In July 2012, Nigerian authorities certified the destruction of one of Lagos’ prominent slums, Makoko, otherwise known as the “Venice of Africa.” Housing approximately 250,000 residents who live afloat Lagos Lagoon in hovels built on stilts, Makoko serves as a self-sustaining fishing community for those who migrated to the city with hopes of leading better […]

Dr. Joyce Banda served as the first female president of Malawi from 2012 to 2014 and founded the People’s Party in 2011. Prior to serving as president, Dr. Banda was the first female vice president of Malawi. She is the founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation, the National Association of Business Women, and the Young […]

For the past few years, acts of violence by the Islamic fundamentalist sect Boko Haram have been the predominate focus of American media coverage on Nigeria. What has flown under the American media’s radar, however, is the resurgence of ethnic militant groups in Nigeria’s largest oil producing region, the Niger River Delta. Many of these […]

On September 21, 2015, the world watched the inaugural trip of sub-Saharan Africa’s first urban light rail system — and if they didn’t, they should have. The Ethiopian government partnered with two Chinese companies to bring a much-needed mass transit system to Addis Ababa, the rapidly growing capital city of Ethiopia. The spirit of the […]

Situated 260 miles south of Agadir, one of Morocco’s serene beach town, is the starting point of the Moroccan Wall, a sand barrier bisecting the contentious territory of Western Sahara. On one side of the wall lie areas of Western Sahara that have been under Moroccan rule since 1976; Africa’s last colony is a zone […]

Nigeria has a people problem. With a population of 167 million and one of the highest fertility rates in sub-Saharan Africa, the country is struggling with the repercussions of longstanding cultural and religious traditions that encourage large families. Alongside the booming population of young Nigerians, the country’s economy is stalling; youth unemployment hovers around 50 […]

South Africa’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are in a state of crisis. Communications, transport, mail, water, and electricity delivery are interspersed with crippling labor strikes and breakdowns in aging infrastructure. The state of SOEs in South Africa is a spectacle of incompetence, mismanagement, malfeasance, and ruin. Unless the government employs competent business leaders and technocrats to […]

Since the start of 2016, ISIL has fought a sophisticated, multi-front battle for Libyan oil industry infrastructure from its stronghold of territory within the country. As in other places, as ISIL has grown as a security threat, American foreign policy has been inevitably redirected towards it. Yet, US high command is still struggling to define […]