Huffington Post: Nigeria’s Savior?

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?”

New African Magazine Profile: Orji Uzor Kalu

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”

Washington Times: Tycoon offers to initiate talks with Boko Haram

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”

All Africa: Nigeria’s challenging democratic history and the road ahead

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”