Each episode delves into the inner workings of one aspect of Nigerian life, and tries to explain why the seemingly most straightforward things don't work the way they should, or do in other countries. HNW(BD) aims to bust the myth that Nigeria's problems are unique, by showing the universal principles at work.
Why Third Party Candidacies (don't) Work
On this Episode, Sandra and Andy candidly discuss the errors that third party candidates or smaller political parties make which create humongous challenges for them as regards winning elections.
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How Child Protection in Nigeria (doesn't) Work.
Sandra and Andy take an unflinching, uncomfortable look at all the ways Nigerian laws, culture, and corruption conspire to leave children, especially poor children, vulnerable to exploitation, slavery, rape, and other forms of abuse.
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Why Nigeria's Independence (doesn't) Work
To mark Nigeria's 58th Independence anniversary, Sandra and Andy talk about the reasons self rule has not brought the prosperity and success hoped for on October 1st 1960.
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Why Nigeria's National Carriers (don't) Work
Sandra and Andy ask whether a national carrier could ever be a good idea for Nigeria, even if run perfectly. They assess the plans being made for the newly announced Nigeria Air, and do a postmortem on the other national carriers that came before it.
June 12 - How the Third Republic (almost) Worked Part 2
Sandra and Andy discuss the annulled 1993 Presidential election itself, as well as the end of the Third Republic under Sani Abacha.
June 12: How the Third Republic (almost) Worked Part 1
Sandra and Andy take a look at the failed transition from military rule to full democracy that started in 1987 & culminated in the cancelled Presidential election of June 12th 1993, won by MKO Abiola. They also trace the history of the political alliances of the time, stretching back to the First Republic.
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Honestly one of the best podcasts heard
I listen to a lot of podcasts. I’ve studied international politics and rely on scholarly journals for in depth political analysis. I feel without a good basic understanding of a regions history, sociology and some understanding of the psychological factors that influence people, you’re really at a loss to make any sense of basic news, politics or events happening elsewhere. The dynamic between the two hosts is phenomenal. The level and depth of information and analysis is enlightening. They get to the roots of causality so that it hardly matters whether you are a native Nigerian or someone from the outside who has no prior knowledge of the region or dynamics. Either way you will be able to gain a deep understanding of issues facing Nigeria today, and much of the lessons to be learned from this puzzle are universal in their applicability. Really engaging, and funny as well! Will continue to listen and hope to discover more gems from other areas that similarly bridge the gap between culture, politics and a global perspective. Great work