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The meaning of political leadership in an age of pessimism

OURS is a confused and  illiberal age. Our people have become so pessimistic about the future it’s alarming. My experience with politics so far has even deepened my sense of pessimism. A few days ago I found myself in a room with some of the greatest movers and shakers in the political arena. There was not a single discussion of how we could take Nigeria forward. I felt as if I was in the midst of gangsters.

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Dynamic labour leadership – refueling the economy by Femi Falana

I must begin by saying that the theme for  this year’s anniversary-Dynamic Labour Leadership-Fuelling the economy is timely and insightful.

However, I became close to Pengassan and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) when we jointly waged the battle for the restoration of democracy in Nigeria. I can say, without any fear or contradiction, that both unions gave impetus to the titanic struggle against one of the most corrupt military regimes  that ruled any country in Africa.

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Leadership & the burden of history

There are far too many reasons to felicitate with my brother and friend Ray Ekpu, a man we fondly  call ‘Brother Ray’ as he turns 70. Perhaps the most important and obvious reason is that he is a journalist. The second reason is that he has lived a life of journalism in a place called Nigeria. Ray’s abiding courage and significant leadership lies in the boldness of the choice he made as and when he made that choice.

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Africa, leadership deficit and the imperative of institutional reform

The question I will want to address in this intervention is simple but fundamental to the way we see Africa and her possibilities: What does it take to transform the African continent into a space of development possibilities? This is the question that formed the core of my keynote address to the 18th African Conference, organised by The University of Texas at Austin with the distinguished Professor Toyin Falola as convener and with the renowned Punch newspaper Columnist, Dr. Abimbola Adelakun and director of keynote event.

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