Ethiopia is at war within its own borders, Uganda is experiencing its worst unrest in years, and Nigeria is implementing a dishonourable campaign of retaliation against innocent citizens who dared to speak up for the right to not be killed indiscriminately. Once again, a leadership deficit threatens to destabilize our fragile democracies as we attempt to reconcile the past with the future. Military dictatorships and autocracies were characteristic of an era long gone when the voices of citizens were subordinate to the wills of strongmen. …


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The planet took a collective deep breath on Saturday 7th November, when international news networks projected that Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States of America. That announcement meant that Donald Trump will be the first American president to serve only one term, since George H.W. Bush lost his re-election bid to Bill Clinton 28 years ago. After five long days of extensive and mind-numbing analysis, the defining conclusion was that character matters. We did not all shed tears, but we felt it when Van Jones sobbed through his contribution on CNN, saying “It’s easier to…


The year 2020 has been marked by an endless stream of protests in all corners of the world, and African countries have had more than their fair share. In a year that will forever be defined by the COVID-19 pandemic and the call for social distancing, there have been multiple reasons for agitated people to defy logic in favour of mass gatherings. From the Black Lives Matter movement in the USA to the 18-month long protests in Hong Kong, and the recent outbreak of demonstrations in Belarus, no region of the world is being spared. In Africa, the #EndSARS movement…


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Dear Mr. President,

I am writing this open letter to you, not because I believe that you will be concerned by the words of my letter, but precisely because I expect that you will not be bothered by them. In a season such as this, where many words have been spoken, one wonders if there is any merit in saying much more, but for the sake of our nation and for posterity, I write.

Like many others, I observed with pride over a near two-week period as Nigerian citizens in my generation thronged the streets in several cities, within and…


Hard things are hard, and that’s the hard thing about hard things. But not all things are hard, and at times, that’s a hard thing to accept. Like writing this article — conventionally, all that it takes is a five-paragraph outline and a general sense of the key idea that I want to communicate, plus at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted time. But for some reason, it has taken more than two months to write. Not that I have been sitting on this very thought for the last two months, but I made a commitment a while back to reactivate…


Have you heard the terms social enterprise and nonprofit organization used interchangeably? Very likely, but perhaps you have not paid much attention to the differences until now. First things first, this is probably not the biggest puzzle you need to solve as you set out to make impact in the world. But haven’t you been curious about the differences between them? Are nonprofit organizations also social enterprises by default? Are all social enterprises also nonprofit organizations? And are they still called nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), or are those different entities altogether?

What is a nonprofit?

The term nonprofit often brings up images of a small…


Isn’t it hard enough that you came up with a big idea, you’ve spent most of your personal savings trying to implement it, you’ve been managing social media accounts, writing content for a website, trying to recruit a solid team to work with you, in addition to finding clients, managing your invoicing system and being your own brand ambassador? This entrepreneur life is not for the faint-hearted, but what you did not bargain for was having to deal with a team of people who are just not as invested as you are. When you brought them on board, the premise…


You have probably heard some nerd talking about a strategic plan and how important it is for your business or social enterprise, and you just simply rolled your eyes and moved on — you are doing well with your little operation, and you have the odd client walk through your doors every now and then. You have convinced yourself that you simply need to do a little more advertising and maybe boost a post or two on Facebook and everything will fall into place. Oh, good old word of mouth is working as well, so the big guns can sweat…


Individuals in positions of leadership are often held to very high standards — they are expected to be people of high integrity, enduring patience, impeccable morals, great achievement and commitment to excellence. People expect so much of leaders that they often overlook their tendency (read: necessity) to be simply human. Yet, while we must leave margins of error for our leaders, we must also continually set high expectations for those who take the noble pledge of leadership because it is a calling like no other.

However, if leaders must deliver on all the targets set by themselves, their establishments and…


In the world of business, and certainly in the public and social sectors, everything revolves around strategy. Business ventures and social organizations that spring up without a clearly defined strategy are likelier to fail than to succeed; likewise, governments that operate on the instincts of individuals rather than time-bound plans will come to the end of their tenures without much to show for the investment of public trust. Strategy propels an organization through periods of clarity and uncertainty; through boom and bust; and through episodes of global prosperity and economic downturns. Strategy guides hiring of staff, expansion of business lines…

Faith Abiodun

International Affairs Analyst. Entrepreneur. Writer. Speaker. Executive Director - Future Africa. Founder — ThinkTank.

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