Lagos’ “Ultra Modern” Fad and its Impact on the Informal Sector

The Lagos State government on Wednesday  morning demolished the popular Oshodi Market. Steve Ayorinde, the State Commissioner of Information, said shutting the market would enable the state commence the transformation of the Oshodi Market bus stop to an ultra-modern bus terminal. Lagos is aiming to become an urban mega city, and with this comes the…

Redefining Nigeria in 2016: The Mentality

There is a mentality in Nigeria. The mentality is expressed in the view that; with the right amount of money, you can substitute a Nigerian reality mired in challenges, with a stress free vacuumed off one. An example of an excess of this mentality is exemplified by the Sambo Dasuki saga. The ‘trial by media’…

Meet Mariama Toure – the Senegalese Dancing Diya

By Furaha Asani || In her own words… My name is Mariama Touré. I am a passionate 26-year-old African woman. I am a political journalist and communication specialist as that’s what I have studied. Since I was a kid I’ve always been into arts, culture and entertainment through writing, singing, rapping, hosting shows and most of…

On Management and Managing in Nigeria

I find that some Nigerian managers do not distinguish between managing and management . They are both the same yes, but when you are overworked and overtasked you are ‘managing’ a situation and it’s your managers job to make sure you are properly managed so you do not ‘manage’ the situation anymore.

Understanding Business On The Streets of Lagos

It was almost impossible for us to tax the market women or should I say the informal sector on any transaction let alone profit. Many of them said they could not even write; talk less of keeping book records. I mean Nigeria is a cash-based economy; most of them didn’t even have a bank account.

A Life Adventured: The migrant/refugee

In the current migration and refugee crisis, is scale trumping humanity?

Something about the way the story of the ongoing epic migration and refugee crisis is being told perturbs. Scale trumps humanity. Overwhelmingly, the focus is on the sheer girth and amplitude of the crisis.