Funmi Iyanda to host talk on ‘How to Fix Nigeria’ at the Royal Africa Society

Can Buhari Live Up To Nigerian’s Expectations?


Veteran Nigerian broadcaster and activist Funmi Iyanda will be discussing the recently concluded Nigerian elections and exploring what challenges lie ahead for the country’s President Elect Muhammadu Buhari at a talk scheduled to hold at the Royal Africa Society.

In the lead up to Buhari’s inauguration in late May, expectations of the new administration are high. There is hard work ahead to ensure the health and development of Nigeria’s Fourth Republic, which include the major challenges that featured in the APC election campaign such as ‘the evil of corruption’ and the Boko Haram insurgency. Beyond these issues are structural challenges such as the country’s oil dependent economy which has suffered due to the fall in oil prices, high levels of poverty, inequality and severe electricity shortages.


Buhari’s popularity is indisputable but will he be able to lead his country in solving these social and economic obstacles? Which sectoral transformations are needed to address Nigeria’s contemporary challenges? Join our panel of experts as they discuss Nigeria’s post-election direction and the prospects for ground-breaking and lasting change.

Joining Funmi will be Jeremy Weate, natural resource governance expert; Onyekachi Wambu, Director, Engagement & Policy, AFFORD; Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security & Development, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS); and Ini Dele-Adedeji, PhD Student, SOAS.

Register to attend here.

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