Nigeria’s Generator Addiction Is An Opportunity in Disguise (Emerge 85 )

Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and The Delma Institute have partnered to launch Emerge 85, a lab which aims to explore geo-economic trends in the Global South. I wrote this piece for the lab on generators in Nigeria. 

Lagos’s reliance on generators is a foreshadowing of the challenges other large African cities such as Kinshasa and Luanda face as their populations swell despite underdeveloped infrastructure. But the emergence of new renewable energy players points to Nigeria's potential to become the world's most populous green country. 


The Gulf Is Set To Compete In Africa (Forbes Middle East)

As Africa’s oldest trading partner, the Gulf has culture and capital on its side—and it is leveraging both to expand investment. Although Middle East investments have traditionally concentrated on North Africa, today’s investors are moving further south, with countries like the U.A.E. leading the charge. 

In the latest edition of Forbes Middle East, Isaac Kwaku Fokuo and I explain why the Gulf is set to compete in Africa. 

An Interview with Eva Sonaike, the Nigerian Interior Designer On a Mission to Bring More Color To the World (OkayAfrica)

Eva Sonaike is on a mission to bring more color to the world.

What started as a home décor project intended to infuse some of Nigerian style into her London home has morphed into a growing design empire. The striking, vibrant designs of her eponymous luxury line can be found in the premier global department stores from Liberty to Fenwick of Bond Street—and she’s only just getting started.

I caught up with Sonaike as she explored the Greek Isles to learn more about her journey from fashion journalist to interior designer. You can find the full interview here. 

An Interview with Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, The Ghanaian Creative Preserving Africa’s Artistic Past (OkayAfrica)

Ghanaian art historian, writer, and filmmaker Nana Oforiatta-Ayim is one of the foremost architects of the contemporary African arts scene. As the creative director of Accra’s Gallery 1957 and director of the cultural research initiative, ANO, Oforiatta-Ayim is building a flourishing arts ecosystem. I spoke to Oforiatta-Ayim about her efforts to preserve Africa’s artistic past and shape its future. You can view the interview here.