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Does your town like you?

Global nomads know it instinctively: there are places in the world where we feel more at home than other places. I’ve spent a lot of ink describing that how we experience living somewhere new is to a large degree influenced by how well we prepare, what we expect and need at that point in our life and how much we really want to be where we are. But there may be another element at play: the ‘personality’ of the...

How a Dutch dream came true in Nigeria

Micky Nijboer strides through the Saddle Club with contagious enthusiasm. ‘Let me show you around this little piece of paradise.’ The 9-hectare oasis lies in the pounding heart of Lagos – one of the world’s most densely crowded megacities. Outside the perimeter wall, car horns, street hawkers and truck motors screech and roar. But tranquillity blankets the horse-riding club this Wednesday morning. A gardener splashes...

Nigeria’s heroes

Ed Emeka Keazor’s work should change this deficit, forever. Ed is a barrister. He was Legal Advisor to a large UK charity for a number of years before deciding to go back to university in order to better pursue his research passion of past 15 years: the making of modern Nigeria. He obtained a PhD in history. Now, as well as being a musician, writer and blogger, he researches, writes about and presents his findings on the...

A woman with big plans

‘I would describe myself as a social entrepreneur. I like to start things,’ says Ndidi Nwuneli sitting in the conference room at LEAP, one of the many initiatives she’s started. Ndidi is deceptively petite and soft spoken, for her goals and ambitions are BIG. She has a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and  serves as a director for a range of nonprofit organizations in the United States...

One woman who made a difference

There was a two-page spread in a Dutch newspaper the other week on a father and son’s decades worth of development experience in Africa. Looking back, they felt that their years of diligent work and best intentions had had very little lasting impact on pulling people out of poverty in the communities where they had worked. The article needs to be understood within the context of a raging political debate on development aid...

One man makes a difference

‘I am very lucky as a person,’ said Vinay Mahtani, sipping a beer on the hip terrace of the Radisson Hotel in Lagos. ‘I think throughout my life I have had good opportunities, travelled the world, have been educated well. I felt a bit guilty that I get so much and there are so many people out there with nothing.’ Vinay is Nigerian of Indian decent. Vinay and I have a common interest – the Ebunoluwa Foundation....
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