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From Panama to Paradise Papers

From Panama to Paradise Papers 

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

The ripple effects of the Panama Papers are still on in many jurisdictions. Now we have a new leak which, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), include confidential documents of a Bermuda based law firm, Appleby Group Services Ltd, files from Asiaciti, a trust company, as well as documents from company registries in 19 secrecy jurisdictions. The Paradise Papers were first shared with German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, and the ICIJ and partner media outlets. Premium Times claims to be the only news outlet invited to participate from Nigeria. The new leak that became public on November 5, 2017, contains 13.4 million files on offshore accounts of private investors, both individuals and corporations from around the world.

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From CFA to ECO: What’s in a Name?

From CFA to ECO: What’s in a Name?

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

In international politics, there are no permanent friends (at least not one that colonized you), but permanent interests. The CFA is a neo-colonial relation between 8 former colonies of France except Guinea-Bissau which was colonized by Portugal. It is in the interest of France to maintain the relations with its former colonies in spite of hushed tones of dissatisfaction from those pretending to be African leaders.  Countries collaborate if it’s in their respective interests. Many a time, countries operate on how to better their selfish interest. So, France or Britain, (in the case of Nigeria), must not be blamed for always trying to protect their respective interests over and above those of their respective former colonies. It is for Africans to wake-up, use their brains and brawn for change instead of stupidly praying to God/gods of others and expecting freedom through miracles!

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Do Africans Still Need Safari Tourists Disguised as International Election Observers?

Do Africans Still Need Safari Tourists Disguised as International Election Observers? 

By Babafemi A. Badejo, PhD & Nana K. A. Busia, Jr., PhD

Since the ushering in of multi-party politics in African states, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, in the early 1990s, observation of elections by external organizations is one of the mechanisms employed to ensure free and fair elections in the respective African countries.

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Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

We tend to easily sensationalize and fail to examine history very closely. I don’t know if I am alone but we are, in my view, far from the euphoric commentaries on developments on the Korean Peninsula. Rounds of high-level meetings are not holding for the first time in or on the Korean Peninsula. They are taking place after the ones of 1994 and 2000.

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Death at Sea or Slavery for Africa

Death at Sea or Slavery for Africa

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

On November 7, 2017, it was internationally announced that 26 young women, estimated to be in the age range of 14-18 had been found dead on the Mediterranean Sea inside a capsized boat. They were presumed to have met their fate about three days earlier.

According to Mr. Tope Adeleye Elias-Fatile, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Foreign Ministry, the women were confirmed to be Nigerians by the Nigerian Embassy in Italy. Subsequently, however, the Nigerian authorities claimed only three were confirmed as Nigerians.

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Celebrating Miss Nigeria

Celebrating Miss Nigeria

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

The 43rd edition of Miss Nigeria took place on November 30, 2019, at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. For the first time, I attended such an event.

My attendance was due to the much hype around me on the event. My last child Abidemi left the family educational concern, Yintab Private Academy to go work for the Miss Nigeria enterprise as Manager for Ms. Chidinma Aaron, the 42nd Miss Nigeria. She had given us a lot of sleepless nights driving from work for 2-3 hours to return home from work given the crazy Lagos traffic that has not bothered the Governors of Lagos since when I cannot say. When I came to Lagos as a student of the best University in Nigeria – University of Lagos – in 1973, Lagos was already congested.

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Africa Avoids Accountability on Panama Papers

Africa Avoids Accountability on Panama Papers

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

Indeed, there is quite an expanse of ocean separating the tiny country of República de Panamá (Panama) from the African continent. It is safe to say that many, in fact, most Africans are unaware of Panama, a little stretch of land joining Central and South America, with a population of 4 million people.

Some Africans may have learnt in school about the Panama Canal built over a ten-year period by the American Military Corps of Engineers from 1904. The Canal provides an artificial invaluable linkage of the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.

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Kenya: A Plea for Peace Re-Run Presidential Election in October 2017

Kenya: A Plea for Peace
Re-Run Presidential Election in October 2017

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

Two watershed events happened in the recent history of Kenya: the elections of August 8, 2017 and the subsequent annulment of the Presidential Election on September 1, 2017.
Ordinarily, these seem innocuous but anybody conversant with the realities on the ground in Kenya would be concerned, hence the need to call for peace in the build-up to the repetition of the Presidential Elections in less than 60 days and immediately after. The travails and trials experienced in watering the soil of democracy should not always be with the blood of the people of Kenya.

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2018 Nelson Mandela Day

2018 Nelson Mandela Day

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

It is known all over the world that today, July 18, 2018, is Nelson Mandela international day. The UN General Assembly had in November 2009 passed a resolution recognizing Madiba’s birthday as an international event. It was not meant to be a holiday though. In addition, today marks the centenary of the birth of the icon.

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9th Bi-annual Inter-House Sports of Yintab Private Academy

9th Bi-annual Inter-House Sports of Yintab Private Academy

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

Today, February 21, 2018, was the 9th bi-annual Inter-House Sports of Yintab Private Academy (YPA)- a school that started off from humble beginnings in a low-income part of Lagos in January 1990. My wife had been talking of wanting to stop teaching at the Federal College of Education (FCE) that produced teachers for the Primary School level. She wanted to be with kids.

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