Articles by Feyi Fawehinmi
20 Dec 2022
As Nigerians go to the polls in 2023 to elect new leaders who will inherit arguably the most challenging set of economic and social problems in the country’s history, there is at least some good news to be found amid all the excitement and online jostling between rival supporters of the leading candidates. Trying to…
27 Dec 2021
When Adam Smith was asked whether Britain’s loss of its colonies in America in the 18th century marked the end of Britain as a power, he replied with his now famous quote - ‘There is a great deal of ruin in a nation’.
6 Aug 2019
A few weeks ago someone I know got kidnapped and was released after about a week and paid nearly N10m in ransom. One hears about these things but I never think too deeply about them. But this one made me wonder to myself - what if you don’t have the money to pay? So I took the question to the place I go when I am seeking answers - social media.
16 Jul 2019
You can kill a cow in Argentina and have the beef eaten in Europe. That is, the beef can travel around 13,000 km from one place to the other to be eaten. This might sound like a simple point but can a cow be killed in Kano today and eaten in Lagos? In the debate about cows, herdsmen, and Rugas
2 Jul 2019
Accidentally, the United States central bank - The Federal Reserve - stumbled on a powerful monetary policy tool in the 1920s.
18 Jun 2019
I have decided to share some random thoughts and questions that have been playing in my head with you this week. In no particular order, here they are.
28 May 2019
The living legend that is Godwin Emefiele has somehow, against all odds, obtained a second 5 year term in office as CBN governor.
7 May 2019
One of the biggest problems with the Nigerian government’s policy on rice is that its entire policy is constructed on a foundation of falsehood. The idea is that by importing rice from countries like Thailand, Nigeria is supporting the economy and jobs in those countries to the detriment of Nigeria’s own economy. With this is the starting point for policy making, everything that comes after it is completely wrong.
30 Apr 2019
A couple of weeks ago, the Rice Processors Association of Nigeria (RIPAN) - which we shall hereafter refer to as the “Rice Cabal” - issued their latest...
9 Apr 2019
Last month, at least 20 people - including school children - died when a building collapsed in Ita Faji, Lagos Island. We of course now know that the building had been marked for demolition before it finally gave way.
26 Mar 2019
Democracy is often a series of new problems to solve. One such new-ish problem that really became acute in this electoral cycle is that of low turnouts.
12 Mar 2019
If you were to plot China’s GDP per capita on its map, you will find a startling ‘imbalance’. The country’s west is vast in terms of landmass and provinces like Xinjiang, Tibet and Qinghai make up close to a third of the country. Yet, the GDP per capita in those 3 regions is $8,000 or…