Our economy and the foundations of religiosity and reason

Our ancestors placed a lot of trust in the gods for most of their strategic decisions. That was in an era with limited scientifically proven facts about the world around them. Their reliance on divine authority also made them downplay their capacity to investigate, thoroughly understand and conquer the world in which they lived. In my own Ibo ethnic group, my ancestors accepted to commit...

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Nigeria’s maturing civic space

We are a country conquered by a privileged few; powerful politicians and ‘men of money’ who apparently, write the destinies of most other Nigerians. These ‘super Nigerians’ live ostentatiously and glaringly above the law. They also do everything humanly possible to defend those privileges and powers. Part of their key past time is a continuous conspiracy among themselves to convert commonly...

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“Hustling” our economy to regrets

Things are hard. It is the refrain of virtually every Nigerian, including the very rich. Ideally, the poor should predictably feel the brunt of the pervasive hardship in the country and are justified in using such the refrain. The monsters of hunger and deprivation always remind the most vulnerable of their proximity. And therefore, it is very understandable when people at this socioeconomic...

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Tales of Nigeria’s roadside corpses  

Perhaps it is only in a state of war that one would imagine the number of dead bodies that we behold daily on our roadsides. But that is the reality of today’s Nigeria. Even ifthe Boko Haram areas,where there is currently a nigh-war situation, is discounted, these ugly sites are commonplaceon our roadsides every other day. Life is a great gift that is cherished.The human body is the symbol of...

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Our children go to bed without food

Recently Oxfam revealed that about 70% of the Nigerian population live below the poverty line. Based on that data, it is reasonable to conclude that about 40% of Nigerians go to bed without food. We have always known this tragic fact but need to stand it on some statistics. For instance, how can a family of six on a salary income of N45,000 that is unarguably 50% higher than the minimum wage...

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From hunger, faith and hustling to prosperity

Understanding the developmental phases that lead us to the Nigeria of our dream is critical for the design and implementation of feasible policies. First, it will help us to appreciate our current situation better. Secondly, it will enable the recognition of ideal phase actors and role expectations for achieving success. Thirdly, it facilitates better anticipation of the next stage in the...

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