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Joel Popoola

5 Apr
Nigeria spends more on healthcare than almost any of our neighbours – but we have very little to show for it. But why can't we use our digital genius to fix that? In fact – despite an almost five-fold increase in health spending since 2001 – we continue to have far worse health outcomes than…
11 Feb
Another annual international Corruption Perception Index, another year of depressing reading for Nigeria. This year’s league table of the most corrupt countries on Earth sees Nigeria slipping even further – dropping a further five places to 154th out of 180, making us the second most corrupt nation in West Africa. Describing this position as “a…
13 Jan
A Nigerian tech entrepreneur, Joel Popoola, has been selected to head up a task force aiming to improve trading ties between Africa and the United Kingdom. Popoola, a digital democracy campaigner and creator of the Rate Your Leader app, is to lead a Special Interest Group for Africa established by the UK’s Institute of Directors…
2 Nov 2021
A little over a year ago, I called on President Muhammadu Buhari to make Nigeria the first country on Earth to abolish cash. Perhaps, he was listening. Last week, the President announced that Nigeria is to become the first African nation to introduce a digital currency. The said eNaira is designed to cut transaction costs…
24 Oct 2021
In October 2020, the eyes of the World were on Nigeria as the #EndSARS protests – the largest anti-government protests in a generation – took on corrupt elites. The demonstrations began as a movement against police brutality but rapidly snowballed into wider calls for government reforms – in particular, greater accountability. If nothing else, the…
Atiku Bagudu
11 Oct 2021
One of the world’s biggest ever data leaks has revealed the lengths some of the richest people on Earth go to hide their money – and with depressing inevitability, Nigerians are amongst those accused of corruption, money laundering and international tax avoidance as a result. The 336 politicians said to be named in the 12…
27 Aug 2021
In tech terms, 2007 was a thousand years ago. YouTube was a little over a year old. Instagram and Snapchat didn’t exist. TikTok wouldn’t go international for another decade. That’s why it’s only sensible that we update our technology laws to reflect the Nigeria we live in now. But this regulatory refresh must not come…
23 Jul 2021
If you were the Nigerian government, what would you spend ₦4.8 billion on? A job creation programme aimed at targeting our 32.5% unemployment rate? Badly needed upgrades to our transport and digital infrastructure? Investment aimed at diversifying our economy and helping us prepare for a post-oil global economy? Spying on people’s WhatsApp conversations? In the…
2 Jun 2021
The 2023 election may feel like a long way off, but the battle to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari is already underway. But who will step into his big shoes? Just recently, the influential international news agency, Bloomberg, asked the question “is Nigeria falling apart?” Unfortunately, it’s hard to argue that it isn’t. However, the real…
21 May 2021
This week, an unelected head of state – sitting on a throne – announced plans to make it harder for their subjects to vote. In the Queen’s Speech – in which the British government outlines legislative plans for the coming year – her majesty Queen Elizabeth announced plans requiring voters to bring formal photographic identification,…
12 May 2021
I am almost as old as Nigeria itself – and in all my time on earth, I have never seen our nation face so many challenges. Corruption. Covid-19. Kidnapping. Economic collapse. Climate Change. Civil insurrection from secessionists. Civil unrest in rural towns. Last month alone, almost 600 civilians were killed across our nation – with…
7 May 2021
A prime minister’s text messages appearing to show him agree to “fix” the tax system to help a billionaire businessman.A prime minister is accused of asking wealthy political donors to refurbish his house – leading the government watchdog to publicly state there are "reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence or offences may have occurred".…

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The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) on Monday destroyed over 400 carts confiscated from pushers, who serially dump waste at unauthorised locations in the metropolis.
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The Nigerian government on Monday said it has shortlisted about 8,800 students for scholarship opportunities abroad. The shortlisted students were from among 26,000 that applied for its overseas scholarship programme backed by Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF). The annual PTDF scholarship has been ongoing since 2000, giving sponsorship placements for Nigerians acquiring masters and Ph.Ds.…
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Former Nigeria's minister of state for education and a presidential aspirant, Dr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Monday said he supported the decision by the ruling All Progressives Congress to attach the controversial letter of withdrawal to the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms sold to aspirants. The withdrawal letter addressed to the National Chairman of the party,…
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Godwin Emefiele, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Monday, withdrew the suit he filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation over his presidential ambition. Emefiele, through his counsel, S.T. Maliki, told Justice Ahmed Mohammed that a notice of discontinuance had been filed and served on the…
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Racism remains part of "everyday life" in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Monday, after a scandal erupted over a viral video showing the humiliation of black students.