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The Future of Africa
Biafra May Be Staging a Comeback
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  • Allah and Mohammed gay lovers

    Biafra has come to stay no going back.

    • Ofer Imanuel

      I am all for you, but how will you accomplish today what you failed to accomplish ~45 years ago?

  • Allah and Mohammed gay lovers

    The blood of biafran innocent children killed by born to rule ambitious Nigerians leaders are crying for justice, and there will never no peace until justice is don. I thank God there’s country the land of the rising sun which is Biafra.

  • Fat_Man

    It seems that most of Nigeria’s oil is in Biafra. I don’t think the rest of Nigeria will let it go peacefully.

  • Anthony

    Nigeria: Clientelism and Corruption. “It is estimated that from the 1970s to the early 2000s Nigeria took in about $400 billion in oil revenues…this money was not plowed back into investments in either physical or human capital (that is, education).” Precarious times indeed for Nigeria’s general populace. More to the point (and in line with Economist and Post), Oil rich Nigeria has a Gini Coefficient (measure of inequality) around 50 representing high levels of inequality in country. Also, Nigeria measures poorly on World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators (six indicators reflecting country’s political institutions). But even those measures (Gini/WorldBank) cannot mask Nigeria’s failure in creating functional national identity, a direct consequence of low-capacity state – I’m sure IPOB movement takes note.

    • bannedforselfcensorship

      Better to just cut checks for every citizens than to “invest” oil profits.

  • Jim__L

    How’s the former Yugoslavia doing these days?

    • Dale Fayda

      Not too badly, actually. Slovenia and Croatia are chugging along about as well as the rest of Central Europe, Serbia is becoming quite the vacation destination, although it still lags behind the other two, the smaller counties (Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia) are unprofitable, corrupt backwaters, but they were always thus, so it appears they will conitue as such.

  • david carlson

    Roland is still wandering I see…

  • dankleitman

    The difficulty with states having many diverse populations lies in the role of government. In the past, welfare and education were handled first by the family, then by the extended family or village, and when that failed by the clan or tribe, This fostered intense loyalty to these entities. Children were taught their own history, traditions, culture and language. When the state taxes over supplying these things, it tends to promote the language education and welfare benefits of the tribe in power, to the anger and frustration of the rest.
    Most countries of Europe or Africa or Asia contained villages each containing essentially one culture but many villages with different cultures living side by side usually in amity, until issues of state dominance drove them apart.
    The only governmental systems that lasted for centuries were those that gave each ethnic group local autonomy. The Ottoman Empire and the rule of the Mamluks in Egypt and the Moguls in India (at least until Auranzebe) are the best examples. Unfortunately such rule was not particularly conducive to economic development.

  • Hubbub

    “African states aren’t the only countries in which ethnic and religious
    groups are uneasily held together in a poorly functioning structure…”

    Kinda what the United States is becoming, wouldn’t you say?

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