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Why Solar Power Won’t Work in Nigeria…

Reporting from Nigeria: Emeka Nweze NEPA is acronym. It stands for National Electric Power Authority. Upon completion of this entry however, it is my intention to use all means necessary to contact this “organization”. The formal complaint I intend to lodge is a simple one. The acronym is a misnomer or, at the very least, … Continue reading

CNPP raises alarm over plan to rig 2015 polls

Reporting from Nigeria: Mercy Abang The Conference of Nigeria Political Party (CNPP) yesterday raised the alarm over what it called a ploy by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s plan to rig the 2015 election. The opposition parties, in a statement by its National Publicicty Secretary Osita Okechukwu, said: “It is our considered view that unlike … Continue reading

Pale Blue Dot – Reflections on Boko Haram

Reporting from Nigeria: Emeka Nweze The term Boko Haram is Hausa and loosely translates to “western education is sacrilege”. Right off the bat, the problem of consistency rears its head. That the founder of the group, a Mohammed Yusuf, held a graduate degree and drove a car is easy enough to refute or substantiate. Then there … Continue reading

Governance a threat to Nigeria’s Climate

Reporting from Nigeria: Mercy Abang The WIKIPEDIA encyclopedia, to choose a commonly accessible definition, defines good governance as an indeterminate term used in development literature to describe how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources in order to guarantee the realization of human rights. [a] Governance describes “the process of decision-making and the process by which … Continue reading

Breaking the Bubble

Reporting from Nigeria: Emeka Nweze Media theorist Neil Postman gave a symposium a couple of years back. It was titled “informing ourselves to death.” In this symposium, he argued that one side effect of the information age is that the average person is beset at all sides by information. Assaulted. Glutted. Drowning in it. Postman’s dominant jeremiad … Continue reading