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We have no other country but Nigeria

Jide Osuntokun General Muhammadu Buhari in his first coming as a military head of state after the coup d’état that swept off the corrupt and rudderless Shehu Shagari regime in 1983 said something like Nigeria is the only country we have and “...

Nigeria’s strength lies in its unity as nation building Is our collective duty by Adeola Soetan

God does not carry a nation's burden. Citizens do and unburden themselves with their courage and will-power to struggle. Even in God's own country, Americans didn't go to God through their prayer centres for divine intervention when killer Cop Derek publicly executed George Floyd. They...

Ambode’s Humiliation: Will Obaseki Follow Suit? By Tony Ademiluyi

History repeats itself because man in his usual frailty learns the stories but never the salient lessons. This weakness of man ensures that events are perpetually recycled when such needless rigmarole could have been nipped in the bud. In the 2015 build up to the...

Safeguarding Africa’s Food Security in the Age of COVID-19

By Pritha Mitra and Seung Mo Choi Food security in sub-Saharan Africa is under threat. The ability of many Africans to access sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs has been disrupted by successive natural disasters and epidemics. Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, locust...

Remembering my father’s Biafra: The politics of erasing history

Decades after the Nigeria-Biafra war, the truth of what happened is denied, so we forfeit the chance to learn from it.

Richard Ali: ‘There’s a growing dictatorship of disinformation in Nigeria’

The coronavirus lockdown in Nigeria has let the genie out of the bottle, writer Richard Ali says. The ensuing rise in ethnic populism in the digital space has to be confronted by journalists and artists alike. Forced to provide large-scale social services for the first...

Nigeria’s Mental Health Desert

IFEANYI M. NSOFOR, BELL IHUA Nigeria is failing those of its people who struggle with mental-health issues – no small share of the population. But with improved legislation, education, and support systems, the country can turn the tide on mental health, laying the groundwork...

Scaling Up African Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in a Time of COVID-19

Emily Kaine, MD, is the senior vice president for global health at the U.S. Pharmacopeia. Jude Nwokike is a vice president for global public health at the U.S. Pharmacopeia. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive disruptions to global supply chains. Africa is particularly vulnerable with...

Investing in Nature Pays off for People and Biodiversity

If you take care of the land, it will take care of you, says Tsefaye Kidane, a 40-year-old coffee farmer from the Kafa Biosphere Reserve, a protected area in southwest Ethiopia that is also regarded as the birthplace of wild Arabica coffee. Kidane’s farm is...

A Pledge for Africa

ABIY AHMED In 34 of Sub-Saharan Africa’s 45 countries, annual per capita health spending is below $200, and measures like lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, and even frequent handwashing to combat COVID-19 are nearly impossible to implement. This simple fact underscores the urgent need for the Global...
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