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Sorry, But My Country Is Ugly
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Politics and Society Sorry, But My Country Is Ugly

What lofty and enduring dream could sprout in us when we have become accustomed to squalor, habituated to decrepitude, made our peace with detritus? What hope is there for us when we fetishise Dubai and flaunt our expensive Louis Vuitton handbags, and yet fail to realise that our country has become—is—an endless open toilet, overflowing with septic sludge? Okey Ndibe chronicles his recent visit to Nigeria, which he describes as a “nightmare”.

Britain: PM David Cameron says Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt” countries
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Politics and Society Britain: PM David Cameron says Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt” countries

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron’s critical comments that Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt” countries have caused quite a stir on social media. The comments were made during a discussion with the Queen, just before the start of the London Anti-Corruption Summit. Interestingly, early this year, President Muhammadu Buhari admitted that Nigerians have a bad reputation abroad, but noted “we are on our way to salvage that”. Could Nigeria ever shake off this reputation?

Africa and the Panama Papers: Waiting on Popular Disapproval
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Politics and Society Africa and the Panama Papers: Waiting on Popular Disapproval

What is however required in the short and long term is a new popular African approach to off shore accounts and deals that hide the movement of money and avoidance of tax via illicit deals. This is because it is our political and business elite that are involved with a level of impunity that indicates that they do not see themselves getting into any sort of trouble if they are caught.