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  • Africa: When Will Women Have Equal Access to Land?
    [allAfrica] In Kenya, residents of a women-only village established in 1990 were finally granted ownership of their tract of land this month. In Tanzania, the government affirmed its commitment to promoting equality in access, ownership and use of land, noting that women's economic development is pre-requisitely determined by how easily women can access land. These recent developments are to be celebrated, particularly since African women depend on land to power agriculture, which is a source of livelihood for 7
  • Chad: U.S., UK Issue Warnings in Face of Rebel Incursion in Northern Chad
    [RFI] The Chadian army says the offensive in the northern provinces of Tibesti and Kanem is over, with the loss of 300 rebel lives. The United States says rebel fighters appear to be moving towards the capital N'Djamena and have ordered non-essential staff to leave. Meanwhile, vote counting continues in the wake of tense presidential elections.
  • Uganda: Uganda Says U.S. Travel Limits Imposed Without Basis
    [VOA] KAMPALA, UGANDA - The U.S. is imposing visa restrictions on some Ugandan government officials for what it calls the undermining of the democratic process during recent elections.

Princess Adeyinka Tekenah has a mission in life — becoming Nigeria’s Howard Schultz. “I love the Starbucks model, and I am determined to build a coffee narrative particular to Nigeria,” she says. Aiming at strengthening the coffee-drinking culture in Nigeria, she has been installing cafés with espresso machines into existing businesses. In 2015, with seed capital of $5,000 from the Tony Elumelu Foundation, a pan-African venture set up to finance promising business start-ups, the US-educated Ms Tekenah created Happy Coffee, a local coffee franchise. It serves a Nigerian coffee blend, sourcing beans from women farmers in Taraba State in the north-east of the country and roasting them in Lagos. It caters for private and corporate events as well as bars and restaurants through pop-up stores.

The coffee economy in Nigeria is largely untapped: last year, it produced just 42,000 60kg bags of coffee, while Ethiopia, Africa’s coffee-producing powerhouse, topped 7.6m bags according to the International Coffee Organization (ICO). But there are 22 coffee-growing states across Nigeria and people are starting to drink more coffee. Consumer spending on coffee in the country will rise by 9.3 per cent a year in the next four years, according to rating agency Fitch. “I wanted to find a way to provide more local coffee to the average Nigerian. Why shouldn’t someone have access to a decent cup of Nigerian coffee?” Ms Tekenah says.

Unlike Ethiopia, Nigeria does not have a strongly developed coffee drinking culture: while about half of all Nigerians drink coffee of some kind, they tend to rely on the ubiquitous small sachets of instant Nescafé. “We are an instant coffee country, so we need to move beyond that to create major awareness about locally grown coffee in order to impact the coffee industry as a whole,” Ms Tekenah says. The government provides no direct support to promote local production and consumption, so she has been learning the business from experts in Brazil, the world’s largest producer. Happy Coffee now sells roughly 1,000 cups for N500 ($1.38) each — versus roughly N200 for a Nescafé ($0.55) — and 200 packets of 100 grammes of coffee for N1,400 ($3.87) each month.

“Promoting domestic consumption in producing countries is one of the best ways to increase overall coffee consumption,” explains José Sette, the Brazilian executive director of the ICO. “Nigeria, because of its population size, is a market that is underexplored.” Interest in ground coffee is growing, but according to Fitch, weak consumer purchasing power means instant coffee will remain dominant.


Credit:  Financial Times

Friday, 22 November 2019 15:15

Peter Arotiba emerges overall best in WASSCE

An 18-year-old Nigerian, Peter Arotiba from Kogi State, has been awarded the National Distinction and Merit Award by the West Africa Examination Council for emerging overall best student in the 2018 examinations. Arotiba, who is currently studying Medicine and Surgery at the University of Ibadan, graduated from the Nigeria Air Force Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos State.

He was recognised alongside two others at the opening of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Nigeria National Committee  of WAEC in Abuja on Thursday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Arotiba had obtained distinction in all the eight subjects offered in the 2018 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination. Speaking with journalists after the awards presentation, Arotiba said that achieving success was a function of so many factors, the chief of which was God’s grace and hard work. “A lot of heroes who have participated in building me up to who I am today instilled the spirit of excellence in me – my parents, my teachers and personal hard work.

“I have natural passion for reading; so, studying was not an issue to me. When you work hard and depend on God’s grace, one will never be disappointed. “The sacrifice made to achieve this feat was high level of discipline during examinations as I let go of other programmes I enjoyed and concentrated fully. “I study ahead by studying during the holidays. Lazying around during the holidays and playing around with friends during holidays were some of the things I refused doing,” he said. Meanwhile, Olu Adenipekun, Head of National Office, WAEC, said the NNC was set up as the highest policy making organ of the council which ensured that policies were formulated in the best interest of the council.

Adenipekun said that the committee was also made to effect positive changes in the education sector of the country. Also, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir, Chairman, NNC, said that the council had improved on its service delivery by taking advantage of the ICT to improve the service, including the online registration of candidates for WASSCE for school and private candidates. Abdulkadir said that the development had enabled the country to handle its migration from paper to electronic enrollment for its examinations. She added that the council had also perfected its electronic portal system, an online portal which provides an avenue for the verification of result

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 03:56

Poem – What is Africa…. Shithole?

Poem – What is Africa…. Shithole?
By Emeka Chiakwelu

Ancient landscape of body, mind and spirit
Noble Humanity of innovation, experience and action
Were you not there in the genesis ?
Relegated as the edged narrative in bondage

Destruction of mind was deadlier than body
Demolition odour of toxic hydrogen sulfide
odour of defeat , smell of capitulation
ever tired of sleeping in the middle of the day

suerly! called Africa plenty names
now called shithole

sadly you know me not
those adjectives represent me not
compilation of thoughts shift actions
words and actions are related
but actions and words are not same

hands are there to do the works
feet were drained by cottons of the fields
enslavement was from man not from Providence

Africa hands are free from chains of yesterday
legacy of yesterday resisted
freedom lies in your hands
mind refused to grasp

mother of the earth violated
spring water of umuoji polluted
the wealth of Africa harvested and siphoned
gold, diamomnd, silver taken away
Africa is living on will power
Surviving on the metaphysical strength

for how long will misery persist
children photographed with flies on their faces
where did the flies come from?
can anybody explain the source of misery

free but enslaved with names and calamity
the voices of children cried at midnight
where is mother and father ?
Protruding with misery in their eyes
Africa arise and take your stars in your crisp hands

But who is Africa?
I am Mandela
I am Azikiwe
I am Shaka Zulu
I am Aminu
I am Nkrumah
I am Kenyatta

Yes my name is Soyinka

Achebe that’s my name

my namee is Obote

my name is Dim Ojikwu

my name is Fela

my name is Adichie

I am….
not Tarzanic landscape
not dark continent
not noble savage
And history knows I am not shithole!

Emeka Chiakwelu is the Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning, including Oxford University and Harvard Education. www.afripol.org, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Published in Emeka Chiakwelu
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 03:45

POEM: Ikemefuna

Ikemefuna    By Emeka Chiakwelu

(A sacrificial lad in Things Fall Apart)

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Moisten forest mesmerized by repugnant darkness
Thoughts wandering from dawn to sunset
From where will the darkness emerged
For in the mind of the hero lies cowardice and malice
But you said he was fearless, a crusader hero
The hour pillage with darkness arrives
Time has come for action to cogitate 
Profound thinking  for the cowards
Who told you so, you simpleton
Without thinking, how can meaningful action speaks

You cannot obliterate a destine event
The hour has come
Where is Ikemefuna  - a lad of innocence?
Clothed with guilt and revenge
Where are the arrows ?
And where are the swords ?
We came to make peace to the land
We came not desolate the land
The land is not asking for sacrifice
The land is asking for tradition to prevail
Those customs were obsolete and unforgiving
We came with a fig of olive branch

Therefore let the lad  go in peace

Here comes Okonkwo the son of the soil
Dripping with culture and customs
A celebrated hero with shallow mind
Arrow in one hand and a sword in another
Okonkwo did you come for war?

Waging a war against your own son?
Take the olive leaf and spare the life of the lad
But they said you a coward
Masquerading as a hero in untamed mind

Obscurity comes out from your eyes
Darkness flow out from your guts
Gushing darkness hidden in the pale mind
Wicked thought lost in vociferous tradition
Only the pained face that repelled cowardice
Ikemefuna a dutiful son not sacrificial object

@CopyrightEmeka Chiakwelu






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The campaign for the Igbos to produce the next Nigerian President in 2023 is gaining tractions from other regions for its actualisation. In this interview with DANIEL ATORI, an All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart and former Commissioner for Information in Niger State,  Tsado Vatsa examines the current North and South dichotomy and articulates how the Igbos can produce the next President in the country



There is almost a national consensus that the Igbos should produce the next President. Do you subscribe to this?

The Presidency that has been rotating between the North and the South has failed and I am calling on the National Assembly to amend the constitution immediately so that the new idea would be that the presidency would rotate among the six geopolitical zones, so that everybody will have a sense of belonging.

Why do you call for a rotation among the six geopolitical zones?

Image result for Comrade Jonathan Tsado VatsaThe  rotation between the North and the South has always produced the same old people from the same club. They are always recycled. The only difference was former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who came in because he was considered to be a lesser-evil. But if the Presidency will rotate among the six geopolitical zones, at least every geopolitical zone will have a taste of it. And if we are starting with the six geopolitical zones we must start from the South-East. The North and the South -West has had enough. If not, there is serious colonisation when you talk of leadership and power in Nigeria.

What are your fears about whoever emerges in 2023?

I don’t have fears, but there has been a lot of manipulation between the North and the South West, and one disappointing thing is that anytime a leader is coming from the North and the South -West, they still go back to the old brigades. These old brigade who are members of the same club are recycling themselves. It is easier for the northerner to look for somebody who is a member of the club from the South -West and bring him in as the President because they are more comfortable with him.

Let me give you a typical example, the northern old brigades were very comfortable with Olusegun Obasanjo and when they went to the South-West for shopping, they went for their own, they brought in Obasanjo because they considered him to be a lesser evil at that time. But if we want peace in this country and want to remain as one entity, the idea of the Presidency rotating between the North and the South -West should be cancelled and be allowed to rotate among the six geopolitical zones.

What do you think can be done to remedy or correct the rotational presidency?

The National Assembly should as a matter of urgency sit down and start to think of how to amend the Constitution to address this issue, because a lot of people from this country, even from among the North and the South -West know that there is marginalisation because the power is just within a clique, the old brigades. And let me tell you what is happening, anytime they are there, it is just their relations and cronies that they remember. You see them having dealings with themselves.

Do you think others share in this your opinion?

Yes, there are a lot of people. A lot of people who share the same ideology as mine from day one would tell you enough of the Presidency in the North; enough of the Presidency in the South- West. That is why we are calling on the Igbos to come together and speak with one voice. Even when we would have agreed to start the rotating within the geopolitical, we should start from the South-East. By allowing the Presidency to rotate among the six geopolitical zones, it will give even the minority tribes the feeling that they belong to this nation.

Do you subscribe to the recommendations of the 2014 National Confab report that recommended restructuring along geo-political zones?

I totally agree with the confab report because it gives everybody a sense of belonging and I don’t know why some people are afraid to bring out this confab report and implement it.

As an APC member are you saying you concur with the confab report because most of the people kicking against it are in your party?

You see, whether the report goes with the APC template or not, the truth remains the truth. You cannot bend the truth. Many of them who don’t want to agree with the report must have selfish interest. This is because they are only thinking about themselves and not about Nigeria as an entity.

Let me say this, APC is very complicated; it is a very complicated party. I was the Publicity Secretary of the APC in Niger State. Enough of this Presidency between the North and South –West. If not by divine providence, former President Goodluck who came in as his name implies with good luck, even then with the arithmetic on ground, they (the old brigades) were looking at Goodluck as lesser evil. If you look at the massive call and signs for him to emerge as President, they would have picked other people for the late Umaru Yar’Adua. That is why it was a very fortunate thing he had it.

And when they saw that Jonathan was going to surpass them in record if he had continued as President, (by having up to 10 years as President), so they removed him. If we want to remain as one Nigeria, we should be fair to all, both the majority and the minority. There should be fairness; we should all be glad to belong to a Nigerian system that is fair, that will not go against you; a system that you are part of, a system that has no more slavery.

What are the possibilities of the Igbos or the South-East coming together to actualising the 2023 Presidency?

There are high possibilities, but there is strength in unity. The North and the South-West have been doing divide-and-rule system with the Igbos in the past. These brigades will just call some of them and give them money to go back home and cause confusion. Enough of that. How can you destroy yourself? How can you be insulting yourselves? The moment you start insulting yourselves, outsiders will start insulting you. But the moment the Igbos today understand and add value to themselves we (northerners) will start having value for them. I have said this many times at different occasions, if you go to any part of this country, you will find an Igbo man there. In fact, they pay their taxes more than any other tribe(s) in the country. I respect them for that; they are patriotic Nigerians. There are many Nigerians who don’t pay tax but they enjoy other people’s hard-earned money.

Interestingly non-Igbos like you, Chief Edwin Clark, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Gen Ishola Williams and Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha from Taraba state are the ones who appear to be championing this cause. What is your call on the Igbos?

These people (Igbos) should come together and participate …as one entity; otherwise, the next generation of Igbos will not forgive the current elders. They must speak with one voice. I don’t believe in secession; I don’t believe the Igbos should go. I believe in one Nigeria, I believe in Igbo Presidency that is my campaign. They are part of this country and should be given the opportunity. It is not a birthright; it doesn’t belong to the North or South-West alone. Igbos are here too.

Do you agree that the APC-led government actually practices fairness, equity and justice?

You see, I believe so much in President Muhammadu Buhari, I see him as a man of integrity, as somebody who will be fair to everybody. That is the reason I followed him; joined the APC and campaigned for him. But the moment I sense that these things are not there, I will tell APC let us divorce because my reason of joining the party was the promise of justice, fairness, equity and change. You remember President Buhari’s statement when he was sworn in in 2015, “I belong to everybody, and I belong to nobody”, that is to tell you that President Buhari is for everybody. We are watching with keen interest.

Are you saying that with what is happening now, those who are being marginalized may soon heave a sigh of relief?

One of the things the rich used to do was to throw corn at those who are marginalised to divide them. Tell them ‘enough is enough; hunger will not kill you.’ When they bring their money don’t follow them, because if you follow them you are mortgaging the future of your children and the future of the next generation.

Let me tell you how the capitalists work in Nigeria, they use their money to protect themselves and to cause confusion. That is what they do with their money. So when the time comes they will bring out the money to start causing confusion and those whom they (the capitalists) denied access to this money will be jumping at the crumbs. That is why you see them do anything to acquire wealth.

Don’t sell your conscience for a plate of porridge. Let’s stand and fight for the next generation; let’s stand and fight so that our children will not curse us. If the Igbos don’t stand and unite, the next generation of Igbos will not forgive them. I advise them to drop the issue of Biafra, we have to come together and stay together but the next Nigerian President must be an Igbo man.

The South-West and some individuals have started warming up for 2023. There are feelers that Vice President Yemi Osibanjo and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu are being canvassed for to emerge. What is your view about this?

For the South-West, it is a right. Also, you cannot stop anybody from aspiring for any position constitutionally, and it is an old system they are operating. Very few of them are alive to this present system we are talking about and so they are still living in the past, where if the northern man finishes, the southern man will take over. But behold, there is a new dawn and this new dawn is for those who have not tasted it. Obasanjo, Ernest Shonekan came from the South-West. Who is from the South-East apart from during the military era where we had General Aguiyi Ironsi? It is an opportunity to balance things.

What role can the youths especially those from the South-East play in this agitation?

I am calling on the youths, most especially because they are the machineries these brigades use during politics, to understand that this poverty we are experiencing is not from God but artificial. This same people are using them to get wealth so that they can control them. It is just the laws of Niccolo Machiavelli. They give you what you need but bit by bit so that you will keep coming to ask. They keep you in check, our money is with them. They should give us the history of their wealth; tell us how they acquired their wealth. The youths should be wise and join hands with their elders to ensure an Igbo President come 2023.

Would you agree with this school of thought that one of the reasons your so-called brigades and their cronies don’t want the Igbos to achieve 2023 presidency is the fear of secession?

That one is there. You see, the core northerner is afraid of an Igbo man because one, they fear they (northerners) might not get it again. Two that the Igbo man may use the power against them and three that the Igbo man may use the power to actualise the Biafra. These are their fears, and four, that if the Igbo man goes there he will be in-charge totally. If you go close to a Hausa man or a core northerner, they will tell you that they have nothing against an Igbo man but these are their fears; they do not trust an Igbo man with power. They are afraid he will use the power on them and that Nigeria may break-up. They think it could be an opportunity for them (Igbos) to break up Nigeria.

Credit  New Telegraph

The 35- aides of vice preident Yemi Osinbajo sacked by the presidency, includes the grandson of chief Obafemi Awolowo and the daughter of  former governor Ajimobi. The reason given for the sack by presidency  - “An appropriate response to the general perception that the presidency has an over-sized and bloated workforce which acts as a drag on efficiency.”


Below is the full list of the former aides of Vice President Osinbajo:


Jibola Ajayi – special adviser, legal

Lanre Osinbona – senior special assistant, ICT

Imeh Okon – senior special assistant, Infrastructure

Jide Awolowo – special adviser, oil and gas

Lilian Idiaghe- special adviser, research, legal and compliance

Arukino Umukoro – special adviser, Niger Delta

Bala Liman Mohammed – senior special assistant, Economy

Edobor Iyamu – senior special assistant, Niger Delta

Dolapo Bright – senior special assistant, agro allied value chain

Toyosi Onaolapo special adviser, community engagement

Gambo Manzo – special adviser, political

Bisi Ogungbemi – special adviser, political matters

Edirin Akemu – senior special assistant, industry, trade & investment

Akin Soetan senior technical assistant, economic matters

Aondaver Kuttuh – technical assistant, rule of law

Ife Adebayo – special adviser, innovation

Yussuf Ali – special adviser, power regulations

Tola Asekun – senior special assistant, National Boundary Commission

Morakinyo Beckley – special adviser, off grid power

Yosola Akinbi – senior special assistant, NEC

Tochi Nwachukwu – special adviser, power privatisation

Bode Gbore – senior special assistant, political

Abdulrahman Baffa Yola special adviser, political

Kolade Sofola – special adviser, infrastructure

Ebi Awosika – senior technical assistant, community engagement

Muyiwa Abiodun – senior special assistant, power

Forri Samson – Banu special adviser, entrepreneurship

Bege Bala – special adviser, BPE

Feyishayo Aina – senior special assistant, community engagement

Halima Bawa – special adviser, community engagement

Nkechi Chukwueke – special adviser, community engagement

Ilsa Essien – special adviser, media









Celebrated Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is set to receive an award for “her work using literature and story-telling to connect with people across generations and cultures.”

She will be honored with the United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Award at the Foundation’s annual Global Leadership Dinner on November 20th, 2019, in New York, United States of America.

The UN Foundation Global Leadership Dinner honors individuals and organisations who have shown ‘extraordinary leadership’.

The dinner is themed ‘We the Peoples’, to recall and honor the vision of the founders of the UN, which is to save future generations from the scourge of war, reaffirm faith in human rights and equal rights, ensure justice and international law, and promote social progress and freedom.

Former honorees of the award include; Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, His Highness the Aga Khan, US Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie, Malala Yousafzai and many other global luminaries from activists and journalists to private and civil society leaders.


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Genevieve Nnaji is a brilliant and impressive filmmaker. To be frank I never anticipated from her the level of sophistication and intellectual audacity she has exhibited since her emergence on the global stage. She deserved a lot of credit for rewriting the perception of Nollywood female stars that are more occupied with vanity and carnality.  Her rational compass and worldview are pointing to a new, high quality and energetic Nollywood.

Yes, the movie “Lionheart” directed and stirred in by Genevieve Nnaji was rejected by Oscar for best international movie due to “too much English” conversation. But there were underlying reasons beyond the aforementioned and stipulated reason that propelled the rejection. It’s all about the money and competition.

Although, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which gives Oscar awards, changed and replaced its outdated global category from “foreign language,” to “international feature film.” But the guidelines and criteria for acceptability remained unchanged. Eligible films must come outside the United States and dialogue must be mostly non-English. By this act of commission, Hollywood puts a face of tolerance but simultaneously, intolerance for competition. This is superb thinking and unabashed public relation and capitalism at its best.

For those whose naivety and insularity have precluded them from understanding Hollywood and its Oscar Academy, they must be made to see crystal clear what this entertainment institution is all about. First
and foremost, Hollywood that birthed Academy award is  a business venture that is why it is commonly labeled show business.   Hollywood is in entertainment business to make money and carved out a huge market for its movie industry. Hollywood will do anything within its power to ward off competitors and continues making the largest dividends for its owners and investors.

Hollywood primarily produced English language based movies and any other region of the world be it Nollywood or Bollywood that is also producing overwhelmingly English based movies will  be  dissuaded and discouraged from  sharing the market with Hollywood. The Hollywood gatekeepers maybe sentimental on making movies but they are stern and shrewd business men and women who are in business to win.

Rendering global limelight to movies like “Lionheart” from Nollywood with mostly English based dialogue is a threat to the financial integrity of Hollywood.  The Hollywood gate keepers are shrewd enough to realize that another film institution outside their sphere of control will cut into their profit immensely. It’s all about the money.

Emeka Chiakwelu Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning including Harvard Education and Oxford University. Africa Political & Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL) is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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