Lekan Babalola was awarded two Grammys in 2009 and 2006 respectively, for his work on Cassandra Wilson's Loverly and the joint album In the Heart ... of the Moon by Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté. The Africa Report caught up with him in September, a few hours before his trip to Lagos to promote his latest album, Lakaaye.
On 8 October 2021, 136 out of the 140 countries involved in the international negotiations signed a reform to tax multinationals. This agreement, ... known as the ‘two-pillar solution’, was initiated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and aims to counter tax evasion and avoidance, which are increasing under the digital economy.
When young protestors gathered to commemorate those who had died in the Lekki massacre one year ago and protest against police brutality, they ... found a security force uncompromising in its policing of the event.
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As part of a new series on procurement in Africa, together with Open Contracting Partnership, we have profiled some of the pioneers pushing open ... data and participation in public contracting. In this first part of a two-part series, we feature some of the key figures advocating for a more transparent and participatory procurement ecosystem in South Africa, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
The decision of Nigeria’s main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to keep its presidential ticket open means former Vice-President ... Atiku Abubakar and other northern presidential hopefuls can emerge as the party’s candidate next year. But will southern elements allow this to happen?
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state in northwest Nigeria is one of the country’s most prominent politicians. He is a regular face in newspapers, ... usually with controversial comments on the core issues. This time, he is said to be determined to defend the interest of northern Nigeria, especially in relation to the 2023 presidential poll. But his close contacts tell The Africa Report that the governor has his undivided attention on Kaduna state, with no plans yet for the election... and that is he is a more national-minded politician than he is given credit for.
After years of uncertainties, Nigeria's Central Bank finally gave the green light to mobile phone companies to offer mobile money services. However, ... the licence was issued to only two of the four biggest telecom operators in Nigeria - the domestic players, not the foreign-owned ones. The Africa Report has learnt that MTN and Airtel have been making tremendous efforts to get the regulator on their side, but to no avail. Why is the CBN keeping them out, and what is at stake for the players? What does this say about Nigeria as a destination for Foreign Direct Investment?
Social media giant Facebook has been criticised for allowing its platform to be used as a vehicle for hate-speech, with minimum moderation given ... to non-English pages, which has caused recurrent problems in sharply-polarised countries like Nigeria and Ethiopia.