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
Africa’s policies must leverage pandemic-created opportunities

Africa’s policies must leverage pandemic-created opportunities

  Two meetings of African leaders in May and July on the region’s post-pandemic economic recovery strategies were not short on big declarations. In Paris, the first summit, facilitated by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, promised to rally global financial support to replenish Africa’s depleted coffers under a “new deal”. Macron pledged to persuade richer […]

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Angola’s long legacy of centralised control 

Angola’s long legacy of centralised control 

Angolan Joăo Lourenço largely proved critics wrong after coming to power as only the country’s second post-civil war leader in 2017.

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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 Tanzania withholding infection and fatality data as the government pushed conspiracy theories, to […]

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A far from bright future 

A far from bright future 

Africa’s collective electricity supply is bedevilled by weak legal frameworks and regional rivalry

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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 US President Richard Nixon in 1971. Invited for a state visit, Gowon, according to a recently declassified American […]

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Nigeria: short cuts

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 misdeeds and reform a market weakened by years of corruption and poor oversight. Nigeria’s former […]

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Nigeria: delays and distractions

Nigeria: delays and distractions

One of Nigeria’s most dramatic episodes of judicial corruption happened in January 2013. The country’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had charged six officials with pilfering 32 billion naira [$204m] from the Nigerian police pension fund. One of the accused, John Yakubu Yusuf, a deputy director in the police pension service, had admitted pocketing […]

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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 Muhammadu Buhari has travelled 26 times to 23 countries. His incessant foreign travels have attracted many […]

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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 people continue to be stolen, but a new class of African leaders is giving a flicker […]

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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 Niger and Chad and killed over 100 soldiers, according to Reuters […]

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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...

Nigeria: short cuts

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 misdeeds and reform...

Nigeria: delays and distractions

Nigeria: delays and distractions

One of Nigeria’s most dramatic episodes of judicial corruption happened in January 2013. The country’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had charged six officials with pilfering 32 billion naira [$204m] from the Nigerian police pension fund. One of the...

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...