Ecobank wins international award

Ecobank, a Pan-African financial institution, won the Best Digital Strategy Award at the Retail Banker International’s prestigious awards ceremony held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London on May 10. Ecobank’s digital strategy leverages digitalisation for scale and ubiquity and is the key plank in its ambition to be the top consumer financial services franchise […]

Nordic prime ministers meet this week

Nordic cooperation, current foreign and security policy issues and 5G are on the agenda as the Nordic prime ministers meet in Örnsköldsvik on 22–23 May. The informal prime ministers meeting is held annually as part of the extensive Nordic cooperation. Sweden is currently chair of Nordic cooperation and is hosting the meeting in Örnsköldsvik on […]

Shaping change in a time of disruption

Before 1800, nearly everyone on the planet was poor. Royalty and large landowners were a small minority, and wealth was tied to land – those who controlled land, controlled much of the world’s wealth. Nearly everyone else lived in poverty. This was what society looked like for virtually the entire recorded history of humanity: Jim […]

Liberian government accused of violating constitution

The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says President George Weah and his Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC) led government’s failure to provide adequate funding for the holding of the recently suspended senatorial by-elections in Montserrado and Bong Counties’ violates the Liberian Constitution and it undermines the country’s fledgling democracy. Liberia’s National Election […]

Another victory for democracy in West Africa

Sierra Leone is the latest example of democracy taking root in West Africa, according to Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) head of research Victor Adetula, who calls recent elections in the region a success story. Sierra Leone has a new president. Opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party won a narrow victory […]

ECOWAS seeks gender equality in peace processes

The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), a Swedish agency for peace, security and development have, taken further steps to ensure gender equality in the region as well as increase the involvement of women in peace and security processes as stipulated by the United Nations […]

Liberian legislators visit UK

  A seven-member delegation from Liberia’s House of Representatives will begin a week-long engagement with the British Parliament, key education and policy institutions beginning Monday, May 7.    The Liberian legislative delegation will hold discussions with their counterparts at the British Parliament in Westminster. Members of the delegation include Johnson Gwaikolo, Muna E. Pelham Youngblood […]

Sweden hosts international peace forum this week

‘The Politics of Peace’ will be the theme when the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) host the fifth annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development on 7–9 May. The forum will gather a number of international experts for discussion and debate on how global cooperation on conflict prevention […]

Igboananike, Sam Johnson score two goals each

The 6th round of Sweden’s top football league last week saw Orebro relying solely on goals scored by African strikers to maintain its respectable 3rd-place spot on the table with a 3-2 win over Dalkurd. Orebro bounced back from 2-0 down with 10 minutes left to grab a sensational victory with Nigerian Kennedy Igboananike scoring […]

Congo and OPEC: A marriage of mutual need

The Republic of the Congo has suffered dearly during the oil collapse; and Congolese President Denis Nguesso has pledged that the country would no longer be sitting on the side lines — suffering the effects of global decision-making in the oil industry without a voice. In an official communiqué announcing the bid for OPEC membership, […]