Rethinking Nigeria’s migration profile

We are a people bathing inside a stream but hurt by the foam from the soap used. In every corner of the world, we have competent professionals striding gallantly in virtually every aspect of human endeavour. From law to languages to medicine to engineering, we have Nigerian men and women of stature whose highly impactful contributions are ‘statements’ in the countries where they reside....

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Why blame Dangote?

Consistent with our Nigerian nature, the plan by the Dangote Group to import 10,000 Indonesian-made light pickup trucks that it plans to sell to its customers in Africa has received strident condemnations. The Dangote Group intends to market these trucks which can carry water, cassava and seed processors to customers in its value chains. Procurement of these trucks will prospectively take place...

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Lessons of Shiites Christmas visit to a Christian church

Regardless of the underlying causes, intolerance and suspicion of each other by people of various faiths have significantly affected our socio-economic development negatively. The resulting tension often affects communal peace and enterprise. Unfortunately, often fanaticism and uncontrolled religious emotions are behind the old conflicts that fuelled today’s suspicion and intolerance. Good...

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Are we ready for the science and technology frontier?

This year is the threshold of the decade of ultra-digital science and the technologies that latch on it. Given the experiences of the past decade, it is evident that the coming years will usher us into a much smarter world of incredible scientific and technological revolutions predicated on artificial superintelligence. In the past few years, we have seen how countries are already positioning to...

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Hoping for a genuinely reformed police

We all know that the police is not necessarily your friend. At least not in all cases. However, the Nigerian police still deserve some commendation in the many accomplishments that it has recorded over the years. Those achievements are partially contributory to the economic successes that we have also recorded. Perhaps apart from the sale of weapons of war, not many businesses survive when there...

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Mental models frustrating our collective prosperity

Sometimes, the most enduring solutions to problems are rooted in the mental models that feed them. In the same vein, challenges can become more complicated, the more the underlying mental models that support them fail the tests of facts and logic. Common culprits are many of the popular systems of beliefs rooted in tradition, religion, and fads. Coincidentally, we are profoundly cultural and...

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