Global Issues

Image Credit: Goya Bauwens via Flickr. In the past few months, there has a resurgence of Biafra in Nigeria by a group known as Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), led by Nnamdi Kanu. Interestingly, the new agitation began in the diaspora, in the United Kingdom where Kanu is a citizen, through [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017 4:13:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Still from ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Since 1949, James Baldwin has been singing a song. It’s an old tune, at times tender, chiding, insistent, blaring, but always loving. It is, at its core, a bluesy refrain to the country that formed him, tormented him, his contemporaries, and his kin, and [...]
Tue, Jun 20, 2017 12:30:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Politics in many parts of Africa is often understood through a metaphor of eating – a point to which Jean-François Bayart drew our attention in his seminal 1989 publication, The State in Africa. In contrast to the social scientific discourse of corruption, the idiom of eating is more neutral and [...]
Mon, Jun 19, 2017 1:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
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Happy Father’s Day. This was the week of June 16th–the commemoration of the 1976 Soweto Uprising, which gave impetus to the long last phase of the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa. (If you’re wondering about the contemporary incarnations of that revolt, look no further than #FeesMustFall, #RhodesMustFall, the Economic Freedom [...]
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 2:30:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
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Slides from my recent talk at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida [...]
Sat, Jan 31, 2015 5:22:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
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We recently completed the first part of a research project that aimed to test whether or not real-time mobile data could be used as a means to predict future macroeconomic trends like interest rates, inflation and GDP per capita in African countries. While the paper itself makes no definitive conclusions, [...]
Thu, Jan 01, 2015 11:48:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
In 2000, the CIA made many predictions about the world. One of them was this: “Aids, famine, and continuing economic and political turmoil means that populations in many [African] countries will actually fall.” While most of their predictions were fairly prescient, this one was way off. Not only is most of [...]
Thu, Jan 01, 2015 8:52:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Diaspora Demo Day
This past weekend I attended Diaspora Demo Day, the inaugural startup competition organized by the people at TipHub and held at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.. The day was not without its hiccups but for a first-time event really exceeded my expectations. As the name implies, Diaspora Demo Day is [...]
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 5:22:00 PM, Continue reading at the source

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