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We need politicians, not dictators

In late 1975, military head of state General Murtala Mohammed decided to transform Nigeria overnight. His big, genius plan to achieve this unprecedented phenomenon? He would organise a top-down purge of Nigeria’s entire public sector, summarily dismissing and retiring thousands of “corrupt” civil servants and public officials by way of a fiat order from Flagstaff […] Read Full Story

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“Import vs Produce Locally” – An enduring economic misconception

India’s first ever prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru famously believed that manufacturing its own railway components, airplanes and guns was central to maintaining the country’s hard-fought political independence. Speaking shortly after independence, he summed up his country’s approach to trade and development with these words warning about relying on imports: “Whenever these countries wished, they could […] Read Full Story

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Dead people suck

One thing I have learned over the past 3 years is that dead people are just awful. I really do mean that. They absolutely suck. This point cannot be made without giving special emphasis to the recently-departed variety. They live rent-free in your head for weeks and months, jump into your consciousness at the most […] Read Full Story

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Africa’s economic Madonna Whore Complex: A holdout from colonialism

In the field of psychology, an interesting phenomenon exists called the ‘Madonna-Whore Dichotomy’ or the ‘Madonna-Whore Complex.’ The Madonna-Whore Dichotomy is a masculine state of mind mainly affecting men which classifies all women as either “good,” “chaste” and “pure” (Madonna), or “bad,” “promiscuous” and “seductive” (whore). These men have convinced themselves – often for religious […] Read Full Story