South African playwright Athol Fugard once stated that when the Rainbow Nation went through its extraordinary emergence from Apartheid, it was like having spent a lifetime in a boxing ring with an opponent and suddenly finding yourself in that ring with nobody else. Continue reading “As the elephant rises: Rule-of-law as tourism & investment incentive in reinvented Africa”
South African-born Dave van Niekerk is the founder and CEO of MyBucks, a fast-growing African Fintech company that successfully delivers seamless financial services to banked and ‘unbanked’ consumers alike using next-generation technological platforms. Continue reading “FORBES: Meet The Man Championing FinTech In Africa – Dave Van Niekerk, Founder Of MyBucks”
The past four years have shown that it is possible to have a Zimbabwean government that serves the people
Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change recently commemorated its 13th anniversary at a ceremony in the city of Bulawayo. Contrary to popular belief, my political party had much to celebrate. Continue reading “Wall Street Journal: Zimbabwe on the Upswing”
Leo Cendrowicz, Brussels correspondent for TIME magazine
Orji Uzor Kalu’s pitch as peace broker could yet propel him to Nigeria’s presidency. However, the former state governor will struggle to be heard above the chaos consuming the country
Nigeria is Africa’s eternal prospect. Twice as populous as any other African country, it is an emerging economy with fantastic oil and gas reserves. It has natural resources as varied as cocoa, uranium and rubber, as well as skilled, low cost labour. But much of this remains mere potential. Conflict and corruption have cut into the country’s core, draining its credibility in the eyes of outsiders. Businesses are reluctant to invest, and western governments advise against travel to Nigeria. Continue reading “Huffington Post: Nigeria’s Savior?”
In a bid to learn what makes Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu tick, Baba Chenzira went to meet him.
Orji Uzor Kalu is a colourful and somewhat controversial figure in Nigerian political circles. But trying to find a political figure in the West African country who is not controversial is almost an impossible task! So, there did not seem to be any reason not to hear what the man had to say on a number of issues that face Nigeria today. Continue reading “New African Magazine Profile: Orji Uzor Kalu”
Nigeria’s government is “playing to the media and not the problem” in its approach to the al Qaeda-linked insurgent group Boko Haram, says one of the oil-rich country’s wealthiest men.
Orji Uzor Kalu, a newspaper executive and former governor, is calling for direct talks with Boko Haram militants, who have killed thousands of Nigerians since 2009, and he has offered to be an intermediary. Continue reading “Washington Times: Tycoon offers to initiate talks with Boko Haram”
If governing Nigeria were easy, the country’s last president, Umaru Musa Yar’adua, might not have disappeared from public view and proceeded to die in office, evidently from its strain, in 2010. But Yar’adua’s then vice-president, Goodluck Jonathan, had, as Nigerians sometimes joke, the fortuitous circumstance of becoming the leader of one of Africa’s richest nations overnight. Continue reading “All Africa: Nigeria’s challenging democratic history and the road ahead”
Editor’s note: Orji Uzor Kalu is a former governor of Nigeria’s Abia State and Chairman of the G37, a non-partisan group proposing alternative policy options for Nigeria. The views expressed are his own. Continue reading “CNN: Dreaming of a New Nigerian Century”