Dissecting the education crisis in the North — Part 2

My continuing series on the education crisis in the North. This time I talk about the language barriers and how those with the most need for local language learning programs are let down the most by our inability to think beyond English. In the guardian today and online here.

Tackling competitiveness: looking beyond bureaucracy

The one where I talk about competitiveness, again. Although we should give kudos to improvements in the bureaucratic side of doing business, we need to also look beyond towards other challenges. Specifically, on driving reforms down towards the state and local governments (hat tip to the NCCN subnational competitiveness index), and towards other factors that count… Continue reading Tackling competitiveness: looking beyond bureaucracy

Nigeria cashew nuts exports: the typo edition.

I came across this story in the press yesterday, “Nigeria to supply Walmart with $6 billion worth of cashew nuts”. Of course I was a little bit shocked so I did some small research and here is what I found. In 2016 the worlds largest processed cashew nuts exporter, Vietnam, exported somewhere around $2.7bn worth… Continue reading Nigeria cashew nuts exports: the typo edition.

The unfortunate statistic on agriculture and development

In my guardian column today I talk about the statistic no one seems to want to talk about. Especially important since we seem to be putting many of our chips on the agriculture table. Link below. The unfortunate statistic on agriculture and development