Over a month ago now, Britain voted to leave the European Union and the unintended consequences are gradually becoming apparent We now have a new government in place whose biggest challenge is to follow through the will of the people by taking the country out of the EU , whilst the Labour Party, the main opposition political party in the UK is tearing itself apart as it seeks … [Read more...] about Brexit- unintended consequesences for international development
On a continent where some 600 million people people live in households without electricity, it is very re-assuring to sit and listen to bank officials throw light on a plan empower African youth with jobs, 25 million of them. At the very recent African Development Bank's annual meeting in Lusaka, there was a focus on 5 key areas President Adesina had prioritized. After … [Read more...] about Empowering Africa with 25 million jobs?
On my way to Lusaka, I had an interesting conversation with two Nigerians whiles we transited through Addis Ababa. It was a toned down version of the jollof battles Nigerians and Ghanaians usually engage in whenever they meet. We talked about tomatoes, and how the internet was flooded with tweets and posts about tomatoes and its scarcity in Nigeria. After dodging my questions … [Read more...] about Energy, Agric and Jobs – A vicious cycle
When my President was asked on Focus on Africa whether he had ever taken a bribe, he was first dodgy with his answer, but he finally answered in the negative. This episode has sparked conversations around bribery and corruption in Ghana's media. To add to this trending topic, I want to explore what compels citizens to pay bribe in the first place. I have been faced with many … [Read more...] about I paid a bribe
It’s a terrible sentiment, but I know this to be true – as a teenager I lost my father to AIDS and it left my family desperate. With no income we were thrown out of our home. There was no question – me and my brothers and sisters had to drop out of school to earn what little money we could to keep our family alive. But it wasn’t enough. I remember a time for three nights and … [Read more...] about A person without hope is half dead