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Nigerias 1000bn ambition

Nigeria's $1000bn stock market ambition

April 2, 2012

Nigeria’s capital markets have yet to recover fully after crashing in 2008. But thanks to extensive reforms by its regulators and a strengthening of investor sentiment amid rapid economic growth, the country's stock exchange is expected to take off in the next few years, and some bankers think its capitalisation can reach $1000bn by as soon as 2016.

Babatunde Fashola

The democratic and economic rewards of solving Africa's infrastructure deficit

January 3, 2012

Africa’s poor infrastructure has caused it to lag behind other emerging markets over the past few decades. And while better infrastructure is crucial for the continent’s economic development, it can also boost democracy and good governance.

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Nigeria’s banks enter new dawn

November 1, 2011

Nigeria has revitalised its banks following their crisis two years ago. They are now far healthier and are once again making strong profits. But the shake up of the industry will continue for a while yet, as the affects of recent consolidation – including the creation of two new top tier banks – begin to be felt. 

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Nigeria's Okonjo-Iweala vows to reform country's economy

October 3, 2011

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s recent appointment as Nigeria’s economic tsar has led to high expectations that the country can finally start to fulfil its vast potential. But, despite her intellect, boundless energy and standing among investors, the task is a daunting one. 

Can Nigeria's new government lead it to prosperity?

October 3, 2011

Nobody knows how many billions of dollars have been squandered by Nigerian officials since the country’s independence in 1960. By even the most conservative estimates, however, the scale of graft and bad governance has been staggering, meaning that Nigeria is still far from fulfilling its great economic potential.

New leadership prompts high hopes for change in Nigeria

October 3, 2011

Mismanagement and corruption have stifled Nigeria's economy for decades. But this year’s elections have given hope that its leaders will finally embark on the deep reforms needed to modernise the resource-rich country and enable it to finally fulfil its vast potential.

Mustafa Chike-Obi

Amcon bears the burden of Nigeria's troubled banks

October 3, 2011

By taking on their non-performing loans, Nigeria’s state-owned bank, Amcon, has played a pivotal role in ensuring that the country’s banks are up and running again just two years after their crisis. However, its chief executive is keen to stress that its work is far from over.

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Afren’s high yield bond attracts energy and emerging market investors

May 4, 2011

Afren's high-yield bond issue earlier this year attracted interest from emerging market investors as well as specialist energy players, two investor groups who rarely overlap in the bond markets.

Lamido Sanusi, central bank governor, Nigeria

Nigeria's central bank governor tackles reform head on

March 15, 2011

Nigeria's central bank governor Lamido Sanusi is The Banker's Central Bank Governor of the Year for 2011, both globally and for Africa. He explains his latest thinking on the reform agenda for Nigerian banking.

Lamido Sanusi, central bank governor of Nigeria

Central Bank Governor of the Year 2011

December 23, 2010

In the 18 months that he has been in office, Lamido Sanusi has salvaged a crumbling financial sector, taken on Nigeria's powerful and corrupt bank managers and initiated reforms that have put Africa's most promising market back on the map for investors.

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