More than half the global population today are either girls or women. Therefore, it is worrisome when we open the history books, especially those ... in Nigeria, and find silence on the labour and contributions of women; a silence interrupted only by brief mentions and cursory anecdotes.
Two years ahead of national elections in Nigeria, and its two main parties are in disarray. Activists in the ruling All Progressives Congress ... (APC) are spending time attacking their fellow party loyalists, rather than those in the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
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Libya's Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the former Jamahiriya “Guide” Muammar Gaddafi, gave an interview to the “New York Times.” In it, ... he openly talked about his political ambitions ahead of Libya’s December presidential election.
The headline figures for agriculture in Africa paint a contrasting picture: imports that are steadily rising while the continent's producers ... are recording harvest growth. Digging deep into the numbers, several trends are revealed: oil importers like Nigeria with huge food import bills, African farmers are producing more and more, but investment and farm yields are lagging population growth as many African authorities neglect agricultural research.
Although France withdrew its troops from Afghanistan in 2014, it is still militarily present in the Sahel, despite an announced withdrawal. The ... disastrous events taking place in Kabul should prompt Paris to reflect on the conditions for the evacuation of its soldiers from the African region.
Prince Uche Secondus returned at the helm of affairs as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition ... party, after a leadership tussle that nearly caused the party to implode. He was replaced in August after a court removed him as chairman, and returned after another ruled in his favour. But the court rulings are only one manifestation of the power play behind the scenes in the capital Abuja, as he claims some powerful individuals want him out of the way. Infighting is set to increase as the party organises new leadership elections in October.
A range of middle-tier Kenyan politicians such as Musalia Mudavadi are trying to distance themselves from the failed 'BBI' constitutional change ... initiative; but Kenyans have been keeping the receipts ...
On Thursday 19 August the members of South Africa’s National Assembly convened physically for the first time in a while. They met in several ... locations in parliament to achieve sufficient distancing in the pandemic. And there was only one item on the order paper: the election of a Speaker.
As part of the IMF's $650bn SDR reserve allocation to member states to boost Covid-19-battered global economy, Nigeria is to receive $3.3bn later ... this month. The country is also to issue a $3-5bn Eurobond later this year. Analysts say these would give the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) the capacity to temporarily ensure FX liquidity and defend the Naira, considering the recent FX supply halt to moneychangers.
But is this the best use of the money?