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Slave Descendant - Illustration by Ojima Abalaka

The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality

By Reparations

Slavery existed among the Igbo long before colonization, and accelerated with the transatlantic trade. Today, slave descendants still retain the stigma of their ancestors. By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker — On a sunny morning in November, 2018, twelve men and two women gathered in a lavishly furnished living room in Oguta, a town in southeastern Nigeria, with the air-conditioning at full blast. They had come to discuss the caste…

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Senegal: Testing for Democracy in Nigeria and Senegal in 2019

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Melvin Foote — Without question Africa is a continent that is very much on the move towards democratic governance. Africa has made incredible progress in the past two decades with many of Africa’s 54 countries now able to be called democratic, holding peaceful and credible elections, enjoying a free press, and governments that are generally accountable to their people. A driving force behind the democratic reform on the continent…

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The Most Successful Ethnic Group in the U.S. May Surprise You

The Most Successful Ethnic Group in the U.S. May Surprise You

By Editors' Choice

You don’t know what it means to hustle … until you meet a Nigerian-American. By Molly Fosco, OZY — At an Onyejekwe family get-together, you can’t throw a stone without hitting someone with a master’s degree. Doctors, lawyers, engineers, professors — every family member is highly educated and professionally successful, and many have a lucrative side gig to boot. Parents and grandparents share stories of whose kid just won…

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To Curb Ghost Workers and Coffee Corruption, Africa Turns to Blockchain

To Curb Ghost Workers and Coffee Corruption, Africa Turns to Blockchain

By Editors' Choice

From Ethiopia to Tanzania and South Africa to Ghana, African nations are embracing this ledger technology to weed out graft. By Kizito Makoye, OZY — On his first day in office as president of Tanzania in 2015, John Pombe Magufuli made a surprise visit to the Finance Ministry and berated officials who weren’t at work. It was the first in a series of steps Magufuli has taken that have won…

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Nigeria’s Tech Startups Defy the Odds

By Commentaries/Opinions

Without the startup ecosystems of the West, Nigerian entrepreneurs are building their nation, innovation by innovation. By Emily Feng, OZY — Any entrepreneur in Nigeria faces high operating costs brought on by the country’s unstable power supply, shaky internet and a fluctuating currency. Undaunted, Nigeria’s tech startups have proliferated, kick-starting a young but thriving tech scene that has earned Lagos’ colonial-era Yaba neighborhood — where many have their offices — the nickname…

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