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Week in Review: Pangolins, Power and Payments

Nigerian customs authorities at the port of Lekki sized a record 7.1 tons of pangolin scales on Wednesday and arrested three suspects. A fourth, believed to be the smuggling kingpin is still at large. The endangered pangolin is now the most hunted mammal on earth and a seizure ...

Nigeria and the Chinese Debt Trap Myth

The current slump in global oil prices combined with a surge of Nigerian borrowing is prompting a fresh wave of media anxiety related to the country's financial future and specifically whether China will take advantage of the growing instability to seize strategic assets in the event of ...

China’s Ambassador to Nigeria Sends Reassuring Signals on Infrastructure Loans

China's ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun (photo), spoke to the media last week to address the mounting concerns about China's commitment to continue providing loans for Nigerian infrastructure development. "The Chinese side can work with Nigeria for the railway because now, ...

Welcome to the New Era of China-Africa Relations

China's apparent decision to bail on financing the $2.8 billion AKK pipeline in Nigeria is the latest evidence that Beijing's strategy to engage the continent has changed, a lot. This pipeline is now the third major project in Nigeria ...

African Textile Unions Call For Increased Government Protection Against Illegal Imports From China

Years of illegal textile imports and low-cost replicas from China have decimated Africa's once-thriving textile manufacturing sector and labor unions across the continent are calling on the government to do something about it. At a recent meeting of IndustriAll Global Union ...

The Future of a Critical Nigerian Pipeline Now in Jeopardy as Chinese Lenders Balk

The fate of a multi-billion billion gas pipeline project in Nigeria is now in question after Chinese lenders have seemingly backed out of the deal, forcing the Federal Government to look elsewhere to raise the missing capital. The Bank of China ...

Nigerian Transportation Minister Tells Local Contractors “They Are Not Qualified” To Build Infrastructure Like the Chinese Do

Nigeria's outspoken transportation minister Rotimi Amaechi delivered a blunt message to local construction companies who've long complained that they're shut out of bids for the large infrastructure projects that often go to Chinese contractors: "We are not using our local contractors because they are not ...

Local Chinese Businessman in Lagos Awarded Second Nigerian Chieftancy Title

For the second time in just three years, Chinese expatriate businessman Liu Zhiyong has been granted an honorary chieftaincy title in Nigeria's Lagos state. Liu received his latest title last month from Chief Gbobaniyi (photo) for his contributions to the local economy and development in Lagos State. 

Nigeria’s Twitter Ban & China’s Cyber Cultural Products

June’s been an eventful month for China, Africa, and the internet. On June 5th, Nigeria’s government suspended the use of Twitter in the country, indefinitely. The next day, the Foundation for Investigative Journalism reported that the Nigerian government had also reached out to the Cyberspace Administration ...

A Chinese Woman Gets a Ceremonial Chieftancy in Nigeria and the Internet Goes Berserk

A well-known Nigerian chieftain in Lagos bestowed honorary chieftaincy titles on three foreign nationals and nine Nigerians earlier this month to commend them for their contributions to economic development in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole. The story largely ...
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