Liu Xiaobo, a Prisoner of Conscience, and Why China May Never Be a Global Role Model

I posted this last year on my Facebook wall. Too unfortunate, Liu is still in detention despite the global outcry over his incarceration. Liu remains a hero of political freedom. You can jail a man but you can’t jail his ideas and conscience. 

I was surprised when I read an article in an online magazine about a joint solidarity call by 11 Nobel laureates led by Desmond Tutu calling on President Obama to prevail on the Chinese government to release a detained Chinese political critic, professor Liu Xiaobo. I was surprised because I was oblivious that Liu is still in detention.

Professor Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for a controversial essay he wrote in 2009 entitled Charter 08.

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Recession in Nigeria, How It Started

Left: Godwin Emefiele, the CBN governor; Right: President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Nigeria has been experiencing economic downturn since the beginning of the year as statistics from NBS, foremost statistical body in Nigeria, has shown. The economy contracted by approximately 0.4 percent in the first quarter, and further in the second quarter by 2.06 percent.

Government officials have been playing the blame game attributing the dismal performance of the economy to lack of savings and infrastructural investment by the past administration.

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Nigeria’s Recession Ailment, Too Many Injections No Cure

Last week, Dangote suggested that NLNG should be sold and the proceeds injected into the economy, he believes this will drag Nigeria out of the ditch. Surprisingly the president’s economic team is seriously considering it. Since coming to power in 2015 Buhari’s government has injected not less than $2 billion into the economy yet national economic output keeps dwindling.

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Why Some Countries Fare Better Than Others In Olympics

2016 Rio Summer Olympics 2016 is coming to an end today. 207 countries participated, more than half will be leaving without a medal. Only 78 countries out of the 207 participating got medals.

Researchers at Northwestern University and University of Colorado, both in US, are of the opinion that factors such as population, national income per capita, culture, and sport activities determine a country’s competitiveness at Olympics.

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Together Stronger, Divided Weaker

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Four days from today Britons will be deciding their fate in EU. The outcome of their decision will be however one that carries mutually-exclusive benefits for the country. There are legitimate concerns that Brexit (a term for exit of Britain from EU) would diminish Britain’s status in the world order.

EU is the biggest economic bloc in the world. It is bigger than the monster economy of US, even the BRICS.

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Mo Ibrahim Leadership Awards

 

I want to share my thoughts on the just concluded Mo Ibrahim Leadership Awards where no African leader was found worthy of the prize. Mo Ibrahim Leadership Awards is not a compulsory annual award. It is a conditional award though it is held annually. It is awarded if only a deserving candidate is found in a particular year. The award seeks to reward excellent leadership, and exceptional performance in governance. 

In all honesty, GEJ is not deserving of the Mo laurel. He didn’t meet the bar. One of the criteria is that the recipient should be an African leader who moved a significant proportion of his country’s destitute population out of poverty and who developed his nation.

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​A Glance at the Contenders in the 2016 US Presidential Election

US presidential campaign is usually the cynosure of the world’s media. It is notable for a run of endless debates, intellectual discourses, display of oratorial prowess, in fact, it is a sort of a soap opera in which politicians are the cast. Americans are born entertainers. They know how to turn every act into entertainment.

As the 2016 presidential election draws nigh, the soap opera has begun showing on the televisions. The major actors are

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Congratulations, Angela Merkel 

“For asking more of her country than most politicians would dare, for standing firm against tyranny as well as expedience and for providing steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply, Angela Merkel is TIME’s Person of the Year.” -Time Magazine.

The award is well deserved. The commendable role she played in preventing GREXIT helped to stabilize the Euro zone. Moreso, she has taken in more refugees this year than any country leader. Angela is a force for good. Unlike Putin she is not mischievous, not aloof as Cameron, neither  lily-livered as Obama. She is an iron lady welded together by compassion.