Engaging governments- for social entrepreneurs


Democracy does not redistribute wealth neither does it bring about rapid change. Its power is in delivering stability to country systems.

Prof. Ian Shapiro

Yale University
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Should social entrepreneurs have any interest in the nature of politics and governance in their countries? Should they just focus on their entrepreneurship work and isolate themselves from having a say in how governance is run in their countries?

Social entrepreneurs are very important in helping their communities choose good political leaders because of the credibility they enjoy within their societies. It is therefore imperative for social entrepreneurs to be politically engaged in helping their communities choose governments that support civil liberties, personal property rights and economic systems that aid entrepreneurship innovation.

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Between the old and young: Who would lead Nigeria to her future?


Can an old general lead the young to the future they desire?

Adebayo Alonge

The Solutions Ideator
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Not since the June 12 elections have Nigerians been so electrified by the prospect of voting in a general election. Two candidates- President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari are head to head for Nigeria’s most powerful office. Those who love them, truly love them and yet I dare say that the man who will win is the person who emotionally charges the uncommitted.

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The Social Entrepreneurship Mindset


 The social entrepreneurship mindset is one that actively seeks to identify and solve problems faced by impoverished communities in a sustainable way they can pay for.

                                                             Adebayo Alonge

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Investing In Africa’s Future


Africa’s youth makes up over 60% of its population

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Finding opportunities for young people is a critical challenge for Africa, where 62 percent of the population—more than 600 million young people—is below the age of 25. With no signs that population growth will slow in the decades to come, it is imperative that Africa leverage the talent and energy of its youth to create dramatically higher levels of prosperity and equality and avoid the latent risks of unemployment and social instability. – See more at: http://voices.mckinseyonsociety.com/empowering-youth-in-africa/#sthash.NOmGZuS4.dpuf Continue reading

RE (I):The Myth of Trickle Down Economic Policies


The article below is a response to the first comment from Wallesmit on the last post entitled- The Myth of Trickle Down Economic Policies

A second response to his second comment will be posted soon on this blog, please be on the watch out.

Click this link- The Myth of Trickle Down Economic Policies to read Wallesmit’s first comment in the comment section.

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The Myth of Trickle Down Economic Policies


We need to question how we reward value as a society. You cannot have so many billionaires and yet so much poverty and unemployment. What then have these billionaires created of value that serves to justify their wealth?

 Dr. Makanjuola, Resident Surgeon LUTH, Lagos, Nigeria

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     The IMF, World Bank, African Development Bank believe that to drive development in the third world, particularly in Africa, there is need to make the local investment climate suitable to foreign investors. They insist that governments that must benefit from their funds must put in place policies that guarantee the safety of foreign investments, ensure emphasis on improving public infrastructure so as not to erode investors’ profits and enable ‘fair’ competition for foreign investors by removing subsidy regimes that prevent foreign investors from risking capital for critical ventures. For many governments that buy into this argument, there usually is the hope that the foreign investments that result from pursuing these dictates will enable their country’s economy pick up and that the ventures that start up will generate employment for their teeming unemployed.

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