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Nigeria and the Dangers of a Monolithic Economy

    “About 85% to 90% of Nigeria’s revenue comes from oil which is very dangerous. This is why none of the G7 countries of the world is an oil-dependent economy” – Dr Abbati Bako, International Political Resource Centre We have not achieved much with oil compared to what we achieved before

“Gender mainstreaming critical for the success of SDGs in Nigeria”

Participants in a group photo during Ziongate's step-down training on SDGs for community activists in Kano, Nigeria

Tina Balewa is the executive director of Ziongate Empowerment Initiative for the Less Privileged (ZEIP) a grassroots civic organization  working around gender mainstreaming and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria. Here, she speaks about her organization’s #Women2030 project which seeks to ensure women play important roles in combating climate

Boosting youth political participation through democracy peer education

Youth democracy activists in a group picture shortly after the training

The Organization for Community Civic Engagement’s three-day democracy peer education training drew youth democracy activists from across Nigeria’s northwest region As part of its work on strengthening the capacity of Nigerian youth to engage with political actors and promote public accountability in northern Nigeria, the Organization for Community Civic Engagement (OCCEN)

“How CCCPA is using Islamic Shariah to prevent violent extremism in Africa”

CCCPA's director general Ashraf Swalem

Ashraf Swelam is director general of the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA). Here, he speaks about the Centre’s Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism Leading to Terrorism (PRELT) project in Nigeria and Somalia     CCCPA uses Islamic Shariah to provide alternative narrative to the narratives of terrorists groups

The pains of pregnant mothers in rural northern Nigeria

Northern Nigeria accounts for a huge percentage of women dying of pregnancy-and-childbirth-related complications in Nigeria, whereas the national maternal mortality ratio for Nigeria is put at 576 deaths per 100,000 live births, maternal deaths for the northeastern and northwestern sub-regions are as high as 1549 and 1024, respectively.   Twenty-five year old

“Social media an imperative for achieving open governance”

The social media has been described as an imperative for achieving transparency and accountability in governance towards  open governance. This assertion was made by Chioma Agwuegbo, a social media expert and program manager at the West Africa hub of Reboot, a social impact firm dedicated to inclusive development and accountable


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