Africa: AU lacks quality leaders like Mbeki and Obasanjo to drive it

AU lacks quality leaders like Mbeki and Obasanjo to drive it The African Union lacks new Mbekis, Obasanjos and Bouteflikas to drive it, analyst Sibusiso Nkomo from the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation has said. “The AU is far from its vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa that is a dynamic force in the global arena,” he said […]

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Africa: I’m still godfather of all Ajegunle musicians — Daddy Fresh boasts

I’m still godfather of all Ajegunle musicians — Daddy Fresh boasts Self-styled godfather of Ajegunle musicians, Innocent Onyebuchi Onyemuwa, popularly called Daddy Fresh, who made waves in the early 90s with his “Eleru gbe eru” and disappeared into thin air while the ovation was loudest, is back on the scene. The versatile singer recently announced his return to the music […]

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Africa: Tourism Experts Who Could Be NTDC DG

A few days ago, the Federal Government relieved the Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Sally Mbanefo, of her duties. In essence, there will be a new person in charge of marketing Nigeria; the country’s unique natural endowments and its rich cultural heritage. Most visitors to Nigeria come for business with only a small percentage coming for leisure. […]

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Aviation: Why 50 Nigerian Airlines collapsed in 50 years

By Abdullateef Aliyu At least 50 airlines which operated in Nigeria from Independence Day on October 1, 1960 have gone into extinction, checks by the Daily Trust have shown. While most of the airlines were owned by Nigerians, others were jointly owned with partners from countries in Africa and Europe. Few of the airlines lasted for more than one year […]

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Chanchangi Airlines: Grounded but still dreaming of the skies

ESTEEMED readers, I hope you have not forgotten Chanchangi Airlines so soon, an airline that controlled over 40 per cent of the domestic market even with Arik Air there until the once great airline grounded to a halt. Chanchangi was so known back then that it had charter operations contracts with the United Nations, the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Football […]

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Africa Marriage: In my next life, I will marry a soldier … if he is my Thomas

By KODILINYE OBIAGWU, and LAWRENCE NJOKU, Mrs. Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, widow of the first military Head of State, Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi will never consider any of her sons join partisan politics or the armed forces. Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the general on July 29, she spoke with the South East Bureau Chief, KODILINYE […]

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Uko: Nigerian Airlines Need Govt Support

Travel expert and organiser of Akwaaba Africa Travel Market, Ikechi Uko said government should support Nigerian airlines to be able to compete favourably with their foreign counterparts. He spoke to Chinedu Eze. Excerpts: Most of the airlines in Ghana are targeting Nigerian market, what is the enormity of what we are losing? The normal thing is that every country should […]

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The Politics That Shaped the Chibok girls Story

The unfortunate kidnap of some secondary school girls two years ago in Chibok, Borno State, may have been mismanaged by sheer local politics, write Shola Oyeyipo, Segun James and Jameelah Sanda The moment the abduction of the 234 secondary school girls took place in Chibok, Borno State, it ran straight into the web of local politics and through the sheer […]

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Utomi: Raised by Books

From becoming one of Nigeria’s top managers in manufacturing before his 33rd birthday, reaching a Presidential Advisory position at 27, earning two Master Degrees and a PhD at 26, plus a professorship and global acknowledgement as a leading scholar in business, political economy and media studies in his 40s, Professor Pat Utomi, at 60, has risen to become, perhaps, Nigeria’s […]

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Only 10% of privatised companies in Nigeria are functional

For 11 years, it was alive as though a living dead. The decision to privatise it changed the fortune of Eleme Petrochemicals Limited. Ten years after its acquisition, a $1.4b fertiliser plant and a $130 million export terminal have been added to the once-moribund empire. OLUKOREDE YISHAU writes on the transformation , which has shown that if well done, the […]

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