Category: Blog – Politics

Category: Blog – Politics

Massive delays on renewing passports.

By: Prof. Ndubuisi Ekekwe

Whoever is responsible for the booklets to print Nigerian passports should do his or her job. It turns out that this problem- inability to renew passports – is systemic and widespread across our foreign missions. I just checked my inmails and many others have the same problems: massive delays on renewing passports.

I have followed up and was told that a contract with a supplier is the cause of the problem. I have also received a phone number to call the minister of interior. I will not call – we need to fix this for ALL CITIZENS, not for the few who have access to me.

Last month, I had to call the Nigerian Embassy in
Washington DC via my contacts to avoid a couple in the US being messed up due to delays in renewing passports. Please everyone involved should FIX this.

Calling for another special treatment is not what I want to do now. Let everyone get help. Sign whatever contract and make the booklets available to the embassies. Mr. Minister, do your job!

By: Prof. Ndubuisi Ekekwe

Key to National Productivity

Power must be devolved to the true change catalysts in Africa. The entire continent needs to be re-engineered.

Men should be seen as individuals with endless potentials to attain whatever they set their minds on to achieve, but not as political pawns on the politicians’ chessboard. 

The power to a more realistic glorious future of Africa remains trapped in the people of Africa, but not in the government. The best government can do is to provide an enabling environment for the most kind, if not all kinds of potentials. 

These provisions from the side of government are called INFRASTRUCTURES and systems. 

Infrastructure cannot birth national productivity on its own, nor can foreign aids get us to the level of self-sufficiency that our hearts crave for.

This principle of national productivity is well appreciated by thriving nations all over the world. 

If the desire of the people is truly a prosperous Africa, then must we keep on exerting pressure upon the government to ensure the advent of our well-deserved prosperity as good.

Africans must realise that: Nations can not change individuals but changed individuals will change their nations for good.

‘PELUMI A. Pelumi-Folarin

By: ‘PELUMI A. Pelumi-Folarin  (President Shining AfriTest)

The Biting Impact of Covid-19: Plight of African Children

Chief Obafemi Awolowo, one of the founding fathers of Nigeria,  knowing the power of education to transform an individual, and its potency to birth a great nation, says:

“In order  to attain to the goal of economic freedom and prosperity, Nigeria must do certain things as a matter of urgency and priority. It must provide free education at all levels and free health facilities for the masses of it citizens.” 

Government at all levels must wake up this time. For the time calls for maximum seriousness and purposeful executions of citizens oriented projects. I believe we can have our streets tarred with gold, and our walls ornamented with diamonds if  the vast untapped reasources buried in this continent are unearthed and utilised for purpose of the people.

We can’t talk about development without bringing education to the front burner. Education must be of great interest to governments in Africa. If possible,  a major restructuring must be embraced to ensure  beautiful future for African children. Our governments must beginning to see education as one of the basic tools, that will champion unhindered  development.

It’s  highly recommended that governments ensure all schools( both public and privates) are opened as soon as authorities issue the order for the re-opening of our schools, and that all children at all levels( from primary to tertiary) must return  back to school. For this to materialise,  dogged willingness is needed to rollout more scholarship aids, more grants, and more parliative for schools, especially privates. This is needed to aggressively extinct the poverty and under-development debilitating Africa. Tirfe Mammo would go so far to say:

“Poverty is generally underdevelopment and underdevelopment,  in its turn, is associated with many factors. One among these factors is the level of education. The gaps in literacy level between Africa and the better-off countries are remarkable.” [1]

It is no news that several parents have lost their means of livelihood, many more will still follow suit due to the devastating impact of Coronal Virus (Covid-19) on the economy. Be that as it may, a massive bail out plan must be rolled out to create soothing effects for parents. This intervention will reduce the spate of crimes and criminality, and surpress increase rate of depressions.

The system of extortion, which we have come to know by its influence as ‘Neocolonialism’, is basically structured to sustain the ill-gotten wealth, during pre-colonial slave trade  expedition and colonialism that came afterwards, to sustain the  future of the countries involved in this extortion. Our governments must be equally interested in the future of our children. The Post-colonial chaotic influence plaguing Africa is as a result of weak educational systems. African States must be purposeful in reengeneering its educational system.  Our academic system should be remapped to lead  to mental revolution, which will usher in a major systemic reformation.

Coupled with this urgent proposed educational intervention programme should be aggressive plan to make food and a working health system available. The UN, World Population  (1992) statistics, Africa has a large and industrious population base of about six hundred million (10 percent of world’s population ), of which well over 65 percent are economically active (under 65 years of age). The continent covers 23 percent of world’s landmass having over six hundred and twenty million hectares of arable land i.e. enough per capital for cultivation.

It is believed that every other sectors of the economy will geometrically improve when African Member States prioritised Education, food, and health.

The hope for a better tomorrow grows along with our children. Let’s secure this hope.

God bless Africa.

 [1] Tirfe Mammo, The Paradox of Africa’s Poverty, 1999, p.32.

By: OLUWANBEPELUMI Adiv Pelumi-Folarin

‘PELUMI Adiv Pelumi-Folarin, is a Leadership Development Expert of over 10 years active experience. He’s the president of Shining Africans Testimony; A Lagos based NGO. Pelumi is passionate about the wellness of African Continent.


Since the end of 1950s Africa has possessed formal independence, but in many countries ties to their former colonial powers has remained strong. Thus, for post-independence Africa, though it had succeeded in becoming politically decolonized, freedom from what is called neo-colonialism became almost impossible. There are still many hindrances to the achievement of economic decolonization in Africa. Therefore, one may say, although the decolonization of Africa has been achieved, freeing Africans from their colonial legacy and enabling them to embark on the application of African indigenous knowledge and practices remains.

The task of gaining this freedom for Africa has become problematic in many respects due to the severe poverty prevailing on the continent at the present. Africa as a whole is currently associated with extensive malnutrition, recurrent famine, rampant disease, high level of illiteracy and acute shortage of goods to fulfil basic needs. A number of African countries are also ruled by dictatorial government, where little, if any, respect is paid to fundamental human rights. The Paradox is that the potential wealth and rich culture of Africa do not justify a crises of such dimension. As the saying among Africans goes, “Africa is poor because she is potentially rich,” And with regard to the total crisis facing the continent, there appear to be a lot of truth in the saying.

Excerpt from the book titled; Paradox of Africa’s Poverty.
Author: TIRFE MAMMO (1999)

The Mimesis and Diffusion of Foreign Aid Policy

The Mimesis and diffusion of foreign aid policy measures adopted by vast developing countries across the global south are rudimentary issues that continue to adversely shape their development trends thus creating the most severe problems in the realm of economic policymaking.

They are so lust after big name funds but pay less attention to the draconian conditionalities tied in.

In fact, these conditionalities will continue to exist as far we continue to seek aid and see it as a premium source of development progress.

Foreign Aid

It should be enough reason to engender a paradigm shift and build strong alliances as a continent against the culture of aid seeking.

John Martor Reeves

John Martor Reeves, is a young Liberian, a devoted Christian, and a subscriber to the doctrines of Pan-Africanism.

He is a recent (2018) graduate of the University of Liberia where he earned Bachelors of Science degree in Economics.Additionally, he holds several professional certificates and a diploma in the field of Information and Communication Technology, leadership and entrepreneurship studies. He’s a writer, a researcher and an emerging professional in the field of International Social Sciences (Development Cooperations).

He has worked with professional institutions such as Abt Associates Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers.