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The Changes to African Cup of Nations Competition Favor Everyone but Africans

What does the future hold for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) logistics?

Starting in 2019, the number of participating countries in Africa’s biggest soccer event, the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), will increase to 24 national teams from 16 teams. Also significant, the competition, usually hosted in January and February, will be moved to June and July. Why exactly did CAF change the AFCON time-table? The decisions were made following recommendations by ...

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Pep Naija Interviews Ayoade Olusegun, Nigeria’s First and Finest Karaoke Jockey

Ayoade Olusegun is the founder and CEO, Nairoke

A Tony Elumelu Foundation Alumnus, Olusegun is one of 2016 ’30 Most Influential Personalities of Ibadan’ according to the ConnectIbadan Brand. Ayoade ‘KJSheggs’ Olusegun is Nigeria’s first and finest karaoke jockey/host. He is the founder and CEO of Nairoke Entertainment, a Nigerian karaoke company. Segun is also a Crans Montona Forum’s New Leader For Tomorrow and notably, he is the #karaokeking and the ...

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Dele Momodu: Now Our Youths are Crying and Kicking

Dele Momodu with the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari

Fellow Nigerians, I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh when I got a call early this week from Ambassador Dayo Israel, one of the brightest youths I had mentored in my own modest way some years ago. It was a plaintive cry for help after the debacle of a failed local government chairmanship aspiration bid and the death knell ...

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Atiku Abubakar Describes How Nigeria Can Be Restructured in Six Months

Atiku Abubakar says restructuring is the way to go for Nigeria

Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar says Nigeria can be restructured in six months. Atiku said this on Wednesday while delivering a lecture on ‘Restructuring Nigeria’ at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu state. The former vice-president said the fastest way to achieve restructuring is to reduce the power and roles of the federal government and to “return some items on the concurrent ...

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Here’s the Summary of All You Need to Know About Alison-Madueke’s Corruption Scandal

Nigeria's former oil minister, Diezani-Alison Madueke an d her shady shady deals.

Last week, news of a US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit roped Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s former oil minister, in yet another international corruption scandal. The lawsuit alleges that two Nigerian businessmen, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore, illegally obtained lucrative oil contracts in Nigeria by repeatedly bribing Alison-Madueke. The men then laundered the proceeds of those contracts through the US by ...

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Ayo Sogunro: Nigerians Need a People-Constitution and Here’s How to Go about it

Ayo Sogunro is a Nigerian lawyer, writer and human righter

Ayo Sogunro, a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist has further reiterated the fact that the 1999 Nigerian constitution did not meet process standards and so has to be replaced. He said this, among many other necessary reasons why Nigerians should have a people-constitution, during #CitizensHangout– a PEP NAIJA’s bi-monthly social media chat– on July 7. The 1999 Constitution did ...

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Inequality: How a Graveyard Silence is Widening the Gap Between Rich and Poor in Nigeria

The wealth of five richest Nigerians can take Nigeria out of extreme poverty

Based on the recently released CRI (The Commitment to Reducing Inequality) Index, a new global ranking of governments based on what they are doing to tackle the gap between rich and poor, Nigeria is shockingly at the bottom of the table. According to the CRI Index report, “Nigeria has the unenviable position of being at the bottom of the Index. ...

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OpenGovtNg: Are You Willing to See a Prosperous Nigeria? Then Watch This Short Film

Join the call for a prosperous Nigeria

Nigeria has been held back for several decades mostly as a result of bad leadership; and of course poor followership. But things are changing. How? Many active citizens of Nigeria have awaken to the reality that it is their primary responsibility to hold their government leaders accountable, at all times. No break, no excuses! There’s an ongoing Open Government Campaign ...

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Restructuring or Repackaging, What Exactly Does Nigeria Need? [Opinion]

What exactly are we restructuring?

Age is an asset and time. Come to think of it, an independent Nigeria is fifty-six years old. So it is safe to say she has come of age. The country’s official name is Federal Republic of Nigeria, implying it practises a federal system of government. A federation is a political entity established by a union of partially self-governing states ...

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NBS Says Nigeria’s Economy is Improving as Inflation Drops [READ]

The annual inflation rate falls in June for the fifth straight month (Photo: National Bureau of Statistics)

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said Nigeria’s economy is gradually improving, with the annual inflation rate falling in June for the fifth straight month. According to the bureau inflation rate as measured through the Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell to 16.10 per cent, lower than 16.25 per cent rate recorded in May. “The latest index represents the fifth ...

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