The Malala Diplomacy

By Uchenna Ekwo “Nothing kills a bad product faster/quicker than good advertising” is a popular advertising adage. The adage means that good advertising makes people aware of a product, but if the product isn’t any good, then it will be rejected by consumers. In a 1965 interview with the Wall…

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Is Nigeria a failed state?

By Uchenna Ekwo Is Nigeria a failed state? This was the central question that dominated discussion at this week’s Africa Policy Breakfast Series hosted by the United States Congress in Washington with the theme: “Instability in Northern Nigeria and the Ongoing Threat of Boko Haram Terrorists”. As expected, Nigeria’s Ambassador…

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The War in Nigeria

By Uchenna Ekwo For many years now, Nigeria has been at war in peace time. But it is time for the country to face the reality: Nigeria is at war and indeed her second war since its independence in 1960. The first civil war from 1967- 1970 was between Nigeria…

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Does terrorism drive media attention?

By Uchenna Ekwo Attending a conference in South Africa two years ago, I engaged one of the conference participants in a conversation about how Africa is not in the radar of the United States and even the international media. Specifically, we focused on the suffering people of Zimbabwe under the…

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