Weekly Brief 26/05

Nigerian Economy Missing the Mark

  • After Nigeria’s 2016 economic recession the Nigerian government launched its “Economic Recovery and Growth Plan” (ERGP)
  • Latest data from Nigeria’s statistics bureau (NBS) shows the plan is well off-course: the economy grew by only 2.01% in the first quarter of the year whilst the ERGP projected a strong GDP growth rate of 4.5% in 2019
  • The unemployment rate has also missed expectations. It was projected to drop to 12.9% this year. However, as of the third quarter of 2018, the unemployment rate was nearly double of that figure at around 23%

Read more: https://qz.com/africa/1624604/nigeria-economy-not-matching-government-projections/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=africa-weekly-brief

Cyclone Idai Damages

  •  Cyclone Idai was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The death toll from Cyclone Idai that ripped into Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in March 2019 is now above 1,000
  • Total damages are estimated at $2 billion and it is reported that the disaster may have destroyed more than $1 billion of Southern Africa’s infrastructure

Read more: https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/rebuilding-communities-after-disasters-four-and-half-lessons-learned?CID=SURR_TT_WBGCities_EN_EXT

Malawi Shuts Down

  • Malawi has joined the list of African states that have experienced disrupted internet during crucial election periods
  • Internet providers experienced service interruptions lasting up to 6 hours
  • It is said that repressive regimes realise the power of internet disruption to stifle public debate, social action and dissent particularly during election periods
  • In 2018 at least 8 African countries were affected by service disruption including Togo, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, D.R Congo and Chad.

Read more: https://qz.com/africa/1625291/malawi-internet-cut-off-after-polls-close-on-election-day/

Focus: African Warriors

Focus: African Warriors


The African Warriors Fighting Championship, the first combat sports organisation in the world integrating indigenous African combat sports with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), announced its launch with its first event earlier this month. 

Held in the historic Nigerian traditional wrestling village of Eha Amufu, in Enugu State in South Eastern Nigeria, the event featured local wrestling champions competing in an eight-man tournament for a cash prize. Along with this, eight fighters from across Nigeria competed in Dambe, a form of boxing native to Northern Nigeria, in a series of exhibition bouts.

For the African Warriors Fighting Championship, this event is just the beginning. Over the remainder of the year, the organisation will host another two events in Nigeria’s economic and cultural capital of Lagos. The first event, targeted for September, will be a try-out event for athletes to prove their prowess to secure their inclusion in African Warriors headline event of the year: ‘Coronation of Kings’ which will take place in December.

Discussing the event and launch of the African Warriors Fighting Championship, Founder and CEO, Maxwell Kalu added:

“Africa is home to a countless number of combat sports which have been practised for centuries. Many of these are yet to be properly promoted and managed. African athletes are the biggest losers in this current state of affairs as there are limited opportunities for them to earn a living through competing in the sports they love. We’re excited to change this and take African combat sports to the world. Nigeria is the perfect starting point for this and this event was the first step on the exciting journey ahead. Going forward, we’re keen to work with who shares our vision of taking African combat sports to new heights.”

For more information, contact Maxwell Kalu, Founder and CEO of The African Warriors Fighting Championship on mkalu@africanwarrriorsfc.com



  1. May 28, 2019 / 12:43 pm

    Feeling the weekly briefs on Africa, keep it up

    As a diaspora, I love seeing more about my country and understanding about how the wider economy, well-being and wealth of Africa is improving

    I would love to hear your own thoughts on what’s happening – is it improving, is it worsening, where are we making break-throughs.

    • annettebena
      May 28, 2019 / 6:59 pm

      Thank you Yommy! Always happy to see the interest. I’m hoping to keep up with regular write ups on my blog alongside my podcast. I’ve written about such topics in the past particularly to do with business opportunities so please feel free to take a look. This is noted!

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