[GUEST POST] WE HATE THE GOVERNMENT BUT LOVE WHAT IT HAS GIVEN TO US

This guest post by Karl Ken Harris is aimed at highlighting the key component of democracy which the incumbent government has allowed to flourish.   Scientists have reported that humans don’t use up to 10% of their cerebral capacity. Despite this uniform ratio, there is another fact that prompted a scholar to say: If you…

New Models in Emerging Markets

Almost a decade ago, the prospect of emerging markets burnt brightly; predictions were made about how certain countries would effortlessly gain entrance into the league of developed economies. However, after the melt down, the brightness dimmed and the apparent cracks that had been shielded from informed view began to show. In what seemed like a…

Creating a Nigerian Skills Base for Future Growth

No one can deny that the private sector plays a key role in a nation’s economic growth. This has been spectacularly demonstrated in China in the last two decades where an improved environment for business productive activities led to massive economic growth through increased jobs, more investment and innovation, increased goods and services. This is…

The problem with the cabal – Part 2

During the run-up to the 2012 Republican primaries in the United States, Rick Perry described a group of businessmen as ‘vulture capitalists’. His choice of words is quite apt. How else can you describe companies whose philosophy is purely about the bottom-line? How best can you describe companies that see people as mere tools to…

The problem with the cabal – Part 1

Unemployment in our country is at an all-time high and, as with any society, the associated danger confronting us is that a lack of jobs tends to come with a negative multiplier effect, often resulting in a state of insecurity. The undeniable fact is that idle minds become factories for nefarious acts. Apparently, that is…

The Vantage Point

We live in a time of incredible change. Borders are dissolving and bringing continents into a single community. These changes have inherent threats, as well as opportunities. Countries are realizing that the Comparative Advantage argument does not hold water anymore. There is an emergence of a new vantage point, which is called the Knowledge Economy….

Not All Gold Glitters

It is often said that not all that glitters is gold, but truly not all gold glitters. The real genius of a parent is not the one who spots success in an obedient child, but the one who finds something redemptive in the seeming stubborn child and nurtures him or her to a place of…

Will your high walls protect you and your family?

Everywhere in Lagos, amidst lack of infrastructural maintenance, posh suburbs are springing up by the day. The real estate market in Nigeria and Lagos in particular, is booming. Some don’t even allow the erratic nature of PHCN to deter them; these estates boast of independent power generation. Many of these so called estates are actually…