Economic Expert: African Economies Need Different Politics

Stuttgarter Zeitung, 27 November 2019

Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili calls Nigeria her home and is a worldwide-recognized human rights activist and politician. She is a former presidential candidate in Nigeria and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018. According to the New York Times, she is among the 25 most powerful women in the world. On November 25, 2019, she provided insights into international economic policies towards Africa under the title “Africa – Between Colonial Past and Global Political Renaissance”. Prior to the event, which is part of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen’s (ifa) series “Total Glokal. Stuttgarter Weltgespräche”, the economic expert found time to visit the offices of Stuttgarter Zeitung and the Stuttgarter Nachrichten.

Ezekwesili is currently Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy, which “offers a residency of several months in Berlin to outstanding personalities from around the world. As such, the Nigerian is living in Berlin for six months and benefits from the “space for confidential exchanges and solution-oriented cooperation on global affairs”. She focuses on the interconnection of politics and economy, and its potential to initiate a structural change and further progress in both Europe and Africa. According to Ezekwesili, the African economy would grow strongly if politics made it possible. However, that requires a different European view on Africa. As for the climate crises and other problems, she explains, solutions can only be found through a trusting partnership with markets.