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Nigeria’s art of flowery language

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Foreigners wonder why Nigerian government officials do not opt for simpler language.Are they intentionally trying to confuse the public or to conceal information?

Well, these press releases are simply following an age-old Nigerian tradition of verbal ornamentation.

For us, important information has always been best conveyed with grandiloquence.

The Economist’s 2015 Special Report on Nigeria

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Here are five articles from the Economist’s Special Report on Nigeria. All students read “Opportunity Knocks”, then read the one article assigned to you.

  • Opportunity knocks
  • Miracle in Abuja
  • After oil
  • The only thing that works
  • Keep it calm
  • Can he do it?

Democracy in Nigeria

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Read  these six  articles (12 pages)…..
Democratic Transition in Nigeria
Bloomberg Editorial
Opinion: Democracy is taking root in Nigeria
Nigeria’s Democratic Revolution
Miracle in Abuja

…and respond to these questions.

 

 

For Nigerian News

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Sahara Reporters does a great job of rounding up major news stories from Nigeria (and West Africa where relevant to Nigeria).

Nigeria’s President Buhari: My wife belongs in kitchen

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

On a visit to Germany, he said: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.”

Mr Buhari was standing next to Chancellor Angela Merkel, who seemed to glare at him.

Nigerian disco – 10 of the best

Friday, August 12th, 2016

In Nigeria, it has always been hard to ignore the heavily politicised and radical overtones that suffuse popular dance music. After suffering a terrible civil war that killed three million people in three years, and a police state giving way to a military dictatorship, working-class and middle-class Nigerians were not just worn out after the 1970 coup but also bitterly angry that they were seeing no benefits whatsoever from the discovery of huge oilfields or their country’s membership of Opec. The gulf between the rich and poor could not have been wider. And it was in this atmosphere that the charismatic and rich-voiced Arakatula released the low-slung, agitated prop disco banger Wake Up Africa in 1979.

William Onyeabor

 

A List of Hundreds of Nigerian Parastatals

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Here is a list of all (?) of the officially recognized parastatal organizations in Nigeria. Recall that a parastatal is an agency or a company that is, to some degree, government owned and/or directed. The parastatal possesses political clout and is nominally separate from the government, but its activities serve the state, either directly or indirectly.

5 things that the president of Nigeria can do to get his country back on track

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

1. Carefully clean house. Buhari’s reform agenda probably faces its greatest threat from corrupt, old-school politicians within his own All Progressives Congress (APC) party. Buhari should neutralize some of the APC’s shadiest figures, who could emerge as “veto players,” as described in Carl LeVan’s recent book. Admittedly, housecleaning carries political risks for Buhari…

2. Pare down the parastatals. Buhari has an opportunity to realize immediate savings by eliminating or merging some of Nigeria’s more than 500 federal parastatals and boards. Parastatals are government-operated companies or commercial agencies. Pundits allege that past presidents used parastatal appointments to cultivate national political allies and provincial cronies.

3. Tame the white elephants. Buhari’s apparent determination to revive two “white elephant” economic sectors — domestic oil refineries and steel mills — worry industry experts. Nigeria is replete with these kinds of investment projects where state-owned enterprises are funded for long periods even if they incur huge losses. For decades, Nigerian leaders have thrown good money after bad at these projects because, as Robinson and Torvik argue, white elephant projects yield short-term political gains…

4. Rein in subnational debt. As Buhari tries to put Nigeria’s public finances back in order, the balance sheets of the country’s 36 states are sinking deeper into the red. In a decentralized federal system like Nigeria’s, state budgets typically affect the lives of ordinary citizens more than federal spending does. Since taking office, Buhari has already bailed out 27 cash-strapped states to the tune of $2.1 billion. States’ borrowing trends are risky and need to be addressed, according to a recent report by the African Development Bank.
5. Legislate for the long run. Nigeria will need to feel the “Buhari Effect” (the sense, evident in a recent New York Times article, that there is a new sheriff in town) long after the president’s tenure is over. The best way for him to protect his legacy is to partner with the National Assembly to enact legislation enshrining key reforms. With few other politicians like him on the horizon, Buhari should put his legacy in writing.

Full text from WaPo

BBC News Former Nigeria governor James Ibori jailed for 13 years

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Nigeria: Pain and Promise (PBS)

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

PBS NewsHour’s unprecedented look inside Africa’s richest and most populous country. The four part “Nigeria: Pain and Promise” series with Special Correspondent Nick Schifrin explores the country’s ongoing battle with Boko Haram, economic promise, corruption and treatment of gay Nigerians.

Part One: The Halliburton Case and Corruption in Nigeria

 

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