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President Buhari, Cameron and Corruption

President Buhari, Cameron and Corruption

“We have got the leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain… Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world”, UK Prime Minister David Cameron was caught on tape telling the Queen ahead of the anti-corruption summit organized by the UK Government, this week, which was attended by Nigerian President, […]

INEC Releases Timetables For Edo, Ondo Gov Polls

INEC Releases Timetables For Edo, Ondo Gov Polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Thursday, in Abuja, released the timetables and schedule of activities for the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states. According to the electoral body, the Edo State governorship election comes up on Saturday, September 10, 2016 just as that of Ondo State comes up on Saturday, November 26, 2016. […]

Playing The Enemy: Understanding the ‘hit’ against Madonsela

Playing The Enemy: Understanding the ‘hit’ against Madonsela

If someone really did pay a contract killer to take out Thuli Madonsela, they must be quite annoyed that the plot has been exposed before the job was done and that the revelation led to even more hero-worshipping of the public protector. It seems Madonsela’s superhero status rockets every time her detractors try to diminish […]

Transgender Politician Poised For Historic Win in Philippines

Transgender Politician Poised For Historic Win in Philippines

Geraldine Roman blows kisses to curious crowds and serenades them with a love song as she proudly campaigns to be the first transgender lawmaker in the mainly Catholic Philippines. The 49-year-old member of a powerful political family has a strong chance to win a seat in the nation’s lower house in Monday’s elections, in what […]

Economic Crunch May Affect Demand For New Minimum Wage, Says Oyegun

Economic Crunch May Affect Demand For New Minimum Wage, Says Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the dire economic situation which the country is present grappling with will no doubt be a determining factor in the clamour for increase in wage by the labour movement. He also said any demand for new minimum wage should be in […]

Religion, Rights And Politics Clash Over Sierra Leone Abortion Bill

Religion, Rights And Politics Clash Over Sierra Leone Abortion Bill

When she was 15, long before she became gender adviser to Sierra Leone’s president, Naasu Fofanah was raped by her church pastor. With her mother’s help, she had an abortion, a decision she does not regret, even though it involved breaking the law. “That is the choice I want other girls and women to be […]

Gender Is Correct Politics

A good number of women politicians in Nigeria seem to shy away from gender issues. For them, the question of disparities between men and women is taboo, not because they don’t know that gaps exist, but they want to be seen as “serious” politicians.  Here’s a society where it’s incorrect for a woman in politics […]

The Politics Of A Few…A Case For Women’s Inclusion In Politics

Politics is a game of numbers! This is an adage that cannot be more apt for the Nigerian political space which clearly currently under-employs the female gender. From the Federal to State and even Local Government Areas and Councils, women in decision making are in the vast minority and Nigeria is playing against the rest […]

There’s A Huge New Corporate Corruption Scandal. Here’s Why Everyone Should Care.

There’s A Huge New Corporate Corruption Scandal. Here’s Why Everyone Should Care.

Most people remember that the Arab Spring started with a guy who lit himself on fire. What they don’t remember is that he did it as a protest against corruption: Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian fruit vendor, decided he’d been shaken down by police officers one too many times. Bouazizi’s death set in motion the biggest political […]

ANALYSIS: Zanzibar Votes Again, but What Next?

ANALYSIS: Zanzibar Votes Again, but What Next?

The results from Zanzibar’s election re-run on 20 March are a foregone conclusion. But what happens next is not. Here are 5 possibilities. In the aftermath of Tanzania’s October 2015 elections, the respective fates of the mainland and the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar could not have been more different. Dr John Magufuli secured a clear […]