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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

26.05.2005 Those of us that were fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on preferences) to watch the National Television Authority’s belated airing of a documentary on the recent visit of President Olusegun Obasanjo to Britain noticed a remarkable statement in the president’s Commonwealth Lecture delivered at the University of London and titled, ‘The Commonwealth in the 21st […]

“Meant Well, Tried Little, Failed Much”

01.12.2004 I borrowed the title of this article from that of a lecture delivered in New York by Anne Krueger (First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund). She in turn borrowed it from one of the works of celebrated Scottish novelist, essayist and poet, Robert Louis Stevenson. The words easily evoke dreadful solitude […]

The Danger of Failed Expectations

07.06.2004 I remember that day in May 1999. As General Matthew Olusegun Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo took office to become the elected President of Nigeria, the Nigerian people surrendered to him their hopes and expectations. The first term of the Obasanjo presidency is still a subject of contextual debate but ten months into his second term, […]

Changing Perception to Make NEEDS Work

27.08.2003 “Success depends on perception and our job is to create the right perception to ensure success.” [Professor Klaus Schwab, President, World Economic Forum] We are in an era of reforms. Dysfunctional states are becoming more functional, failed states are coming alive and closed systems are opening up. Across the world, more countries are practicing […]