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United States based Nigerian economic strategist Emeka Chiakwelu and the founder of public policy center AFRIPOL has blamed Nigeria dire dependence on oil as a consequence of colonialism.

“Among the negative ramifications of colonialism is the inability to impact a legacy of wealth creation to Nigerians and her entity,” Chiakwelu the economic expert said.

Chiakwelu further emphasized, “Nigerian leaders tie and congregate the price of oil with the rate of development in the country. Instead of finding ways to create wealth, they are rather focusing their energy on the depleting oil resource that its impact on the populace is quite minimal. The thriving 21st century economies of United States, Japan and China are product of human capital and innovations. The wealth of nation in 21st century is not inside the ground but in the brain.”

The principal strategist at Africa Political and Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL) has gone into partnership with University of Houston in Texas to find solutions to alleviate the problems of poor wealth management and lethargic capital intensification in order to empower our leaders to speak the language of wealth creation and not squash in blame game.

“Nigerian leaders discussion on economy is devoid of economic understanding because they are not equipped with tools to rationally discuss on economy and wealth of a nation,” Chiakwelu registered as he spoke on the issue.

“Nigerian schools and institutions must be impacted with 21st century thinking on economy and wealth of a nation when it comes on how to pragmatically dislodged from oil dependence and rely on human capital and human resources to boost her economic standing.”

“Nigerian leaders are not trained to see the significance of her abundance human capital which can be drastically consummated to create massive wealth and lunch the nation as a center of innovation and research. But instead our leaders are worried about the fluctuation price of oil, unaware that the economy of oil is fast becoming antiquated without future promise,” as Chiakwelu re-emphasized.

Therefore series of lectures on trade, e-commerce, telecommunications, leadership and politics in Africa has been initiated by AFRIPOL and University of Houston.

The Strategic Policy Lecture Series is a joint initiative by the African Political & Economic Center (AFRIPOL) and the African American Studies program at the University of Houston to provide University of Houston students and Houston-area communities with high quality humanities programming, discussions and symposia around contemporary issues of trade, e-commerce, telecommunications, leadership and politics in Africa.  Through this initiative, AFRIPOL and African American Studies will provide the following benefits to UH students, faculty, and community participants:

· An introduction to the historic and regional nuances that impact trade, commerce and politics in Africa.
· A platform to facilitate inter-economic dialogue between African and African American communities.
· Exposure to first-hand narratives of the social, political and economic challenges and opportunities that face African countries through discussions with leading business persons and elected officials.
· A contemporary understanding and review of the role that trade and commerce play in promoting interdependence among African and African American communities.

AFRIPOL is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa, and to advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environments, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa.

Credits-  University of Houston, BBC

University of Houston


Nigerian prolific and world acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will address Harvard University class of 2018, as part of the annual class day celebration on May 23, the day before Harvard’s 367th Commencement.

“Ms. Adichie is a prolific writer whose work has been translated into more than 30 languages. She wrote the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize; and Americanah, a 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winner, which she finalized during a fellowship year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria.
Her work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book; and Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2013. Ms. Adichie is also the author of the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck.

Ms. Adichie has been invited to speak around the world. Her 2009 TED Talk, The Danger of A Single Story, is now one of the most-viewed TED Talks of all time. Her 2012 talk We Should All Be Feminists has a started a worldwide conversation about feminism, and was published as a book in 2014.

Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Ms. Adichie divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

credits - olanrewaju eweniyi Konbini, Adichie website



Nigerian Americans NFL draft 2018

Uchenna Nwosu

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The Los Angles Chargers selected linebacker Uchenna Nwosu with the 48th pick in the 2018 draft. He went to school at University of Southern California. Initially Nwosu had difficulty deciding whether he wanted to play football. He played some middle school ball, but quit and did not play until his sophomore year in high school. He was a Los Angeles all-city pick as a senior, earning a scholarship from one of his hometown schools. Nwosu was named a co-MVP of USC along with quarterback Sam Darnold.[3] He was also on the watchlist for the Butkus Award. Following his senior season, he participated in the 2018 Senior Bowl.

Derrick Nnadi

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Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft. He attended Florida State University. Listed at 6-foot-1, 312 pounds, Nnadi is not the largest nose tackle in front of scouts during the 2017 season. Few will outwork him, however, as he was named a third-team All-ACC selection, compiling 56 tackles, 10 for loss, and 3.5 sacks in 13 starts. ACC coaches named him first-team all-conference in 2016 after earning the team's Defensive Most Improved Player award in the spring. Nnadi started 11 of 13 games played, fighting through an early-season ankle injury to be credited with 49 tackles from the middle, 10.5 for loss, and six sacks. He collected third-team all-conference accolades from league media as a sophomore, starting every game (45 tackles, two sacks), following a true freshman campaign that saw him on the field for nine games (18 tackles, six against Georgia Tech's triple-option rushing attack in the ACC Championship Game). Despite his lack of height, Nnadi was considered a top 10 defensive tackle prospect nationally after amassing 33 sacks in his final two years of high school ball.

Chukwuma Okorafor

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Pittsburgh Steelers draft Western Michigan tackle Chukwuma Okorafor in third round. Chukwuma Okorafor is well traveled, living in Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana and Southfield before spending the last four years in Kalamazoo. Okorafor received numerous All-American accolades and a first-team all-conference nod for his play as a senior in 12 starts at the left tackle spot.

Joel Iyiegbuniwe (Agu-Igbo)

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Bears drafted Joel Iyiegbuniwe. Iyiegbuniwe will graduate from the pre-med program at Western Kentucky in May, and he has an eye on one day attending medical school to become a pediatrician. But first he medical education has to wait for NFL career.

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – Drafted by Rams .

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Former Oklahoma linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo was selected by the Los Angeles Rams with the 160th overall pick during the NFL draft’s fifth round. Ogbonnia "Obo" Okoronkwo was the son of Nigerian immigrants, and a defensive end recruit from Houston Alief Taylor High School before going to Oklahoma. He was also named second-team All-American with Jefferson by the Associated Press for his efforts.

Duke Ejiofor

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Texans selected Wake Forest DE Duke Ejiofor in 6th Round as a defensive end, he will help Texans to facilitate their defensive front. Ejiofor's parents emigrated from Nigeria years ago, and you can tell by Duke and his siblings' names (Prince, Kingsley) that they come from royalty in that country.

Ade Aruna

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Aruna selected by Vikings as Defensive end in the 7th round 2018 draft. The 24-year-old was born in Nigeria and moved to the United States by himself when he was 16. “It was really tough, especially for me,” Aruna said of leaving his family behind in Nigeria. “I’ve been wanting to do something since I was born. My father put a lot of responsibility on me as the fourth child of the house. I wanted to do something that I was going to be proud of for the rest of my life. “So, it was my decision. My parents didn’t have anything to do with it. They just blessed me and wished me good luck on everything,” Aruna added. “I came over just to do something for my family and bring joy to my country and my family.”

Aruna came to the United State from Nigeria to attend high school and play basketball. A coach at La Lumiere High School in Indiana saw Aruna's build and convinced him to play football in his senior season. He received a three-star rating despite only playing one season of football, and Tulane signed him to a scholarship offer. Aruna redshirted in 2013 and played in eight games the following year, making seven tackles with one sack. He gained enough experience in those seasons to start 11 of 12 games as a sophomore, totaling 32 stops, five for loss, three sacks, and two pass breakups. Aruna had his best year in 2016, starting all 12 games, posting 43 tackles, 10 for loss and five sacks. He could only manage 25 tackles and three sacks in 11 starts (12 games played) in 2017.



Monday, 07 May 2018 16:42

That Buhari and Trump finally met


Please spare me the question on how I feel that President Muhammad Buhari and President Donald Trump finally met and shared beautiful ideas on how to cooperate for the good of both countries. Can any one measure my glee over how our dynamic President is bringing back the past battered image of Nigeria to the path of honour and fulfillment in the eyes of the international community? Again, please do not ask me how I feel that those who love Nigeria within and outside her shores are realizing the divinity in supporting Buhari to lead Nigeria at this period after over a score in his fight to pull the country out of the hands of inhumanity and wicked management of our greatly diverse resources. I am simply elated and humbled to be part of these epoch-making advancements for my dear country.

Early last year, I wrote on the conversation that President Buhari had with the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. Trump called Buhari on Monday February 13, 2017 at a time a segment of the Nigerian media was agog with its usual propaganda that the Nigerian leader was either unconscious in the hospital or even dead in London. During that conversation, Trump invited Buhari to the United States. The meeting eventually held on Monday April 30, 2018, almost after a year and two months. I was quick to congratulate President Buhari for that great recognition by President Trump.

Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017 and he called Buhari three weeks later in return of the latter’s much earlier congratulatory call after the former’s inauguration. He spoke to Buhari before some other world leaders. Buhari has remained the first African leader whom Trump officially spoke to almost immediately after his inauguration and met with physically after a period. If all these are anything to reckon, it is enough evidence and recognition of the position of Nigeria as the giant of Africa by the US president and by extension world leaders. It also delineates the caliber of Buhari’s personality and his position in the eyes of the international community.

I tried to set agenda for that visit with focus on ways to free Nigeria of terrorism, the US aid in curtailing arms deal and smuggling into Nigeria and the economy. Glory be to God that these were the key points captured in the discussion between the two leaders. I was also quick to ask the President to be careful on any special interests of the US that may be detrimental to Nigeria’s interests. I appealed that any covert plan to destabilize Nigeria should be diplomatically resisted. Trump, I urged, should accept to push the western countries to repatriate Nigeria’s monies stashed in their banks and financial establishments back to Nigeria.

It will be recalled that few days after Trump-Buhari phone conversation, a US initiative ‘Power Africa’ expressed interest to invest about one billion dollars on the power sector in Nigeria. And now Trump is promising an annual aid of one billion dollars to Nigeria. If it is worthy, one may ask if it is going to be a “tit for tat” or free donation. Whichever way, one finds a tasking inference in Trump’s postulation that: “And we will be investing substantially in Nigeria if they can create that level playing field that we have to very much ask for and maybe demand.”

President Trump expressed the honour to host President Buhari. He described Nigeria as the largest democracy in Africa, a country which the United States deeply values and appreciates her role as a strong, democratic leader in the region. In the current United States’ plan, he noted, is to expand trade and commercial ties with African nations, including Nigeria, so as to create jobs and wealth in all and with the hope of being the economic partner of choice for Africa and the world.  He boasted of bringing back global respect to the USA. “I’m pleased that Nigeria is one of our largest trading partners in the region and we look forward to growing our trade relationship based on the principle of fairness and reciprocity”, Trump told Buhari.

The US wants to give Nigeria over US$1 billion in aid every year. This is in addition to lifting substantial trade barriers with Nigeria. They acknowledged that President Buhari has also taken concrete steps in fighting corruption and improving the Nigerian business climate. That will ease Nigerian and the United States’ companies’ investments. Trump lauded Buhari for the partnership and leadership in the fight against terrorism.  “He’s been a real leader”, Trump asserted, noting that Nigeria was one of the first African nations to join the coalition to defeat ISIS, while leading regional efforts against ISIS in West Africa, Boko Haram and another ruthless jihadist terrorist group who kidnapped the young girls and young women, many of whom never are seen again. For mere inquisitiveness, one asks who “another jihadist terrorist group” is, apart from the known ones in Nigeria.

Trump recalled what he told two of the Boko Haram victims, Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu, of America’s commitment to fighting jihadist terrorism, the scourge of human trafficking and smuggling. To be free from these, America has to close “deadly immigration loopholes” that are exploited by terrorists, traffickers and criminals. Areas of interest were the US southern border and its weak and obsolete immigration laws.  Trump regretted that America has pathetic laws which no country in the world has.

Other areas of cooperation with Nigeria, according to Trump, are intelligence gathering, provision of training aids and military equipment to Nigerian forces, especially the 12 US A-29 Super Tucano aircraft recently sold to Nigeria – the first-ever major sale of American military equipment to Nigeria.  No doubt, these aircrafts will improve target on the terrorists and protect civilian casualties.

And here comes Trump’s declaration that has, as always by the anti-Buhari media organizations, been misinterpreted in Nigeria. Trump expressed deep concern over religious violence in Nigeria, including the burning of churches, killing and persecution of Christians.  “It’s a horrible story.  We encourage Nigeria and the federal, state and local leaders to do everything in their power to immediately secure the affected communities and to protect innocent civilians of all faiths, Muslims and Christians,” he told Buhari, reiterating the US stand on Nigeria as a valued partner and a good friend. Trump noted that both countries must seek a future of strength, prosperity and peace and looked forward to deepen cooperation and forge an even closer partnership with Nigeria.

President Buhari, on his own part, took time to recount the long history which both countries share in the areas of political, economic, military, social and cultural cooperation.  “Our two countries maintain a strategic partnership for peace and security, conflict resolution, as well as a global fight against terrorism”, Buhari told Trump. Other common shared features included secularism, federal, state, similar democratic model of governance, commitment to universal values of fundamental human rights and freedoms: free enterprise, social justice, and rule of law.

Buhari applauded the US government’s role in defeating ISIS, even as some elements of it have sneaked to the Sahel region, the US support in fighting terrorism and for sale of 12 warplanes and weapons to Nigeria whose international partners, including the International Organization for Migration, the United States Agency for International Development and others have done marvelously. According to him, the US has been, to date, the biggest contributor to the humanitarian response, though the Nigerian government has spent approximately half-a-billion US dollars as contributions through the United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations for protection activities including health, food assistance and shelter.

Buhari informed Trump of Nigeria’s efforts to secure release of the remaining abducted schoolgirls from Dapchi and Chibok.  In that context, he sought the US collaboration in intelligence gathering, hostage negotiations and information sharing, while Nigeria fortifies steps to promote peaceful coexistence amongst Nigerians by boosting security and enforcing appropriate legislation to guarantee state borders and farmers’ access to land.

He reiterated Nigeria’s target on agricultural and food security, power and infrastructure with the positive results in the importation cut of rice by 90 percent. He sought for increased US investment in Nigerian economy, especially the non-oil sector since the economic relations between Nigeria and the US are anchored on three major instruments: the Bi-National Commission, Trade and Investment Framework Agreement and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act. He revealed that Nigeria’s trade volume with the United States, in consideration of the 2016 statistics, stood at US46.07 billion, comprising US$4.76 billion Nigerian’s exports to the United States and US$1.894 billion US exports to Nigeria. He appreciated the US government for the cooperation to recover Nigeria’s stolen funds through a Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, spearheaded by the US Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering.

It was, indeed, a wonderful meeting of the two world leaders. I congratulate our dear President for making us proud. Buhari has proven his leadership genus, incorruptible genuineness and sagacious pedigree. He has proven to be a trustworthy leader who deserves continuity. From all events around, the world is comfortable with his leadership. I will attempt in my subsequent write-up, to survey the stand of the international community on Buhari’s bid for reelection in 2019.

Muhammad Ajah is an advocate of humanity, peace and good governance in Abuja. E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





















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