Nigeria’s Brown Envelope Journalists

A documentary on corruption in Nigerian journalism. Narrated and produced by Nic Muirhead; featuring journalists, Nicholas Ibekwe and Kadaria Ahmed; political economist, Grimot Nane; and Special Adviser on media to President Buhari, Femi Adeshina.

Obasanjo 3 Soyinka 0

OBJ Soyinka

The crapious bickering between Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and ex-President Gen Olusegun Obasanjo (Rtd) continues. Sometimes simmering sometimes crackling it will never stop. There is no love lost between the two men. Obasanjo is the hedgehog and Soyinka is the fox, if one uses Isaiah Berlin’s understanding of great characters. However, the bickering in question is over the contents of the memoir “My Watch” by Obasanjo which has seen Soyinka caught out with a hat trick; Obasanjo 3 Soyinka 0! Continue reading

Diaspora Shorts: Untold Stories

TOPSHOTS People wait after disembarking from tanker Maria Bottiglieriin carrying more than 110 Central African migrants, men and women, on April 15, 2015 in the port of Corigliano Calabro. Italian coastguards intercepted 42 boats on April 12 and 13, carrying 6,500 migrants attempting to make the hazardous crossing to Europe. AFP PHOTO / ALFONSO DI VINCENZO

Diaspora Shorts: Untold Stories is a series of short but pertinent stories hardly ever told in the mainstream, if at all, about the real experiences of immigrants from Africa when they eventually get to Europe and reside here especially in the United Kingdom. The popular images and narratives of the African migrant and desperate migration gloss over many common and inescapable realities they encounter and live with sometimes permanently. Continue reading

Corruption: One and a Half Questions

Since the widely preferred mode of organisation (partial or encompassing) for our “globalised political economy” in both public and private spheres is corruption, how are useful and successful anti-corruption programs going to produce “better governance” or “cleaner governance” or “good government” or “good corporations”? Who will implement and sustain these anti-corruption programs?

Wikileaks: The Lesson So Far

“Financial asphyxiation” is going to be a buzz word that will be popular with politicians (silently) and activists (openly) in future… I guess. Why? I will briefly and emphatically state that the core message and implication of the wikileaks saga so far is: if you act against the interests of the owners of global and national political economies, legally or otherwise, your efforts will be annihilated through the mechanical ostracism of financial institutions. This is the story and anything else is neither secondary nor tertiary but at best quaternary. Continue reading

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