Ini Ekott
Ini Ekott is the deputy managing editor at Premium Times, Nigeria. He has researched and written extensively on governance and leadership in Africa. He is a former Wole Soyinka investigative reporter of the year, and was a member of the global team of journalists that conducted the Pulitzer-winning Panama Papers reporting
A poor prognosis, with some cause for hope

A poor prognosis, with some cause for hope

Abuja Declaration: broken promises African nations have largely defaulted on a 2001 pledge to commit at least 15% of their annual budgets to healthcare Africa has so far seen controversial and even dramatic policy measures in response to the coronavirus crisis. From...

Time for change

Time for change

African leadership: the golden age The continent’s current crop of leaders is more acquiescent than their post-colonial predecessors in dealing with external attempts at unwarranted interference Former Nigerian military leader Yakubu Gowon had a telling exchange with...

Stock in the past

Stock in the past

Nigeria: short cuts Nigeria’s hope of reforming its capital market using a new corporate governance system is haunted by endemic corruption By Ini Ekott The Nigerian Stock Exchange won plaudits last November for launching a new set of rules designed to curb corporate...

Curbing corruption

Curbing corruption

Nigeria: delays and distractions The new president has vowed to fight graft, but will his judicial reforms work? By Ini Ekott One of Nigeria’s most dramatic episodes of judicial corruption happened in January 2013. The country’s Economic and Financial Crimes...

Herculean task

Herculean task

Nigeria: attractive investment? Africa’s largest economy plans to double its foreign direct investment (FDI) by removing impediments to investment, but this may be a tall order By Ini Ekott Within the first nine months of his administration Nigerian president...

Counting the cost

Counting the cost

Nigeria: fighting corruption Africa’s intensified effort against corruption has neither prevented billions of dollars from being stolen nor improved its image By Ini Ekott Billions of dollars that should provide healthcare and education to some of the world’s poorest...

Looking for the right rules of engagement

Looking for the right rules of engagement

  Boko Haram: fight or talk?   Last year, the Nigerian military persistently denied media reports of an upsurge in attacks by Boko Haram in the country’s northeast. Then, in November 2018, the Islamist militant group raided an army base near the border with...

Ini Ekott
Ini Ekott is the deputy managing editor at Premium Times, Nigeria. He has researched and written extensively on governance and leadership in Africa. He is a former Wole Soyinka investigative reporter of the year, and was a member of the global team of journalists that conducted the Pulitzer-winning Panama Papers reporting
Time for change

Time for change

African leadership: the golden age The continent’s current crop of leaders is more acquiescent than their post-colonial predecessors in dealing with external attempts at unwarranted interference Former Nigerian military leader Yakubu Gowon had a telling exchange with...

Stock in the past

Stock in the past

Nigeria: short cuts Nigeria’s hope of reforming its capital market using a new corporate governance system is haunted by endemic corruption By Ini Ekott The Nigerian Stock Exchange won plaudits last November for launching a new set of rules designed to curb corporate...

Curbing corruption

Curbing corruption

Nigeria: delays and distractions The new president has vowed to fight graft, but will his judicial reforms work? By Ini Ekott One of Nigeria’s most dramatic episodes of judicial corruption happened in January 2013. The country’s Economic and Financial Crimes...

Herculean task

Herculean task

Nigeria: attractive investment? Africa’s largest economy plans to double its foreign direct investment (FDI) by removing impediments to investment, but this may be a tall order By Ini Ekott Within the first nine months of his administration Nigerian president...

Counting the cost

Counting the cost

Nigeria: fighting corruption Africa’s intensified effort against corruption has neither prevented billions of dollars from being stolen nor improved its image By Ini Ekott Billions of dollars that should provide healthcare and education to some of the world’s poorest...