More Work, Less Wages

  By Olanike F. Deji, PhD Rural-urban migration by men in Nigeria has greatly increased over the past 20 years, forcing rural women left in the wake of this growing exodus to inhabit roles formerly occupied by men. Despite the fact that these women are now able to assume leadership positions in both the agricultural sector and in the domestic sphere, their livel...
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Understanding the African Consumer

By David Stevens Much has been made of the development of the African consumer as the driving force of long term African growth.  In 2012, McKinsey’s The Rise of the African Consumer saw the consumer market as the “single-largest business opportunity,” on the continent, and projected consumer-facing industries to grow by $400 billion by 2020. The report goes on to lo...
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Energy Innovation Where It’s Most Needed (In Africa)

By Aurelien Chu and Samuel Miles It is sundown in Warri East, a community of several hundred thousand people in southern Nigeria, and the lights have gone out again, just as the continent’s largest election results are being announced. The coughing of generators picks up as community residents prepare to be cut off from the national grid. Despite the joy and relief...
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How Entrepreneurship is Transforming Africa

By Peter Bamkole "No country can achieve its full potential unless it draws on the talents of all its people" — Barack Obama at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2015. African countries are progressively realizing that entrepreneurship is the key to reducing youth unemployment and including young people in economic activities. Innovation and creativity are riding ...
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Reintegrating Boko Haram

By Tarila Marclint Ebiede As the fight against Boko Haram continues, discussions of the how to approach post-conflict reintegration are becoming increasingly important.  There are currently two possible approaches to the Boko Haram conflict. Most Nigerians who have commented on the issue favor a solely military solution, which the Nigerian government has put at the top o...
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Investigating the World Bank’s Broken Promises

This article was originally published on Premium Times. By investigators and journalists from Premium Times,International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, andHuffington Post. In February 2013, the Lagos state government flattened Badia East to clear land in an urban renewal zone financed by the World Bank, the global lender committed to fighting poverty. The n...
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David Stevens discusses Nigeria and Africa’s 2015 Elections with David Alpern on World Policy on Air Podcast

Last week, Fireside President David Stevens joined David Alpern, host of the World Policy Institute's World Policy on Air podcast, to talk about the results of the recent Nigerian election and look ahead to other elections being held on the continent in 2015. Listen to the podcast above. (From the World Policy Institute) World Policy On Air is a new podcast from t...
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The Impact of Cheap Oil and Ongoing Insecurity on Nigeria’s Politics and Prospects – A Local Perspective

The views expressed in this interview are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Fireside Research. For more of Fireside’s coverage of the Nigerian election, including a full election primer, please visit our Nigerian elections page. For more in depth analysis, please contact us to schedule a free consultation. With regional, reli...
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Nigeria 2015: Challenges of Delayed Elections

By Mmakgantsi Mafojane As interest in Africa has increased in recent years, the presidential elections in Nigeria have come to gain global attention. And at a time when many African countries are making strides toward consolidating their democracies—holding repeated successful elections with peaceful transfers of power—the postponement of elections in the continent’s...
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Debasing Africa’s Largest Economy

The African Angle seeks to amplify the voices of contemporary African thought leaders speaking on issues of global concern. It is an initiative of The Africa-America Institute, Fireside Research, and World Policy Journal. By Soji Apampa There was outrage in Nigeria when the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC), at a conference in 2005, dared to consider the possibil...
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