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BNET: Strikes, JAMB against Cybercafes, and Future Awards

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 Nigeria News:

It has been an eventful year for Nigeria, and the last stretch promises not to be quiet – good news broke out amidst reports that the country is experiencing none of the customary holiday season fuel scarcity, albeit prices for transport and other services are customarily high. According to Ynaija, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it may not honour further calls from the federal government to resolve the current strike by its members. Meanwhile, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has reportedly banned registrations for students at Cybercafes, according to the Premium Times. The Board is promoting its own Computer Based Test centres as a better alternative for prospective students. In more general news, the Corporate Affairs Commission laments that over 40 million small and medium enterprises in the country remain unregistered. The Future Awards, which has built a reputation over the past few years as a spotter of talent celebrates 20 outstanding young Nigerians. 

BNET Project Spotlight:  Hausa Wallposters

In 2017 BNET paid for 500 wall charts to be printed and sent to the Teacher Development Programme in Abuja. These posters are designed to teach basic literacy in the Hausa language, spoken widely in Northern Nigeria and much of West Africa. The initiative was followed up with the printing of 1,000 copies of follow-up charts for children learning to read songs, stories and riddles in Hausa. The feedback from children and teachers has been very favourable indeed. 

In Memoriam & Acknowledgement of Donation

BNET recognises and thanks the late Professor Anthony Kirk-Greene’s family for a generous donation made this year to the trust in his memory.

Call for Donations

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Events: What’s On


Mest Africa Information Session (Lagos)

Become a globally successful software Entrepreneur

Mest Incubator, Lagos, 19B Adeyemi Lawson Road, Ikoyi, Lagos,


Do you aspire to build your own Pan-African software company?

Do you want to learn more about how you can join one of the largest pan-African tech incubators?

Join the MEST Africa team at the MEST Incubator Lagos, every 4th Thursday of the month, as they share their experience working with entrepreneurs from across the continent. MEST is a Pan-African training program, seed fund, incubator and tech hub that recruits aspiring entrepreneurs from Africa’s leading tech markets: Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana


Ivory Coast. These entrepreneurs get the opportunity to come to Ghana for a 1-year training program, and the chance to pitch for seed funding and join MEST's Pan-African network of incubators.

Agenda for the day:

Introduction to the MEST Team

Introduction to MEST Africa

Q & A session – live opportunity to get answers to your questions about life at MEST

We'll also talk about

The MEST Application process

What qualities MEST looks for in applicants

General tips on how to get into the programme

What to expect during the programme

See you there!

-Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions 

Remember to register! To Register Click Here

January 24th 2019 and every last Thursday of the month – 5.30pm – 6.30pm, WAT

Location: MEST Incubator Lagos, 19B Adeyemi Lawson Street, Lagos, LA, Nigeria

United Kingdom 

Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria

Date & Time: Thursday 24 January, 19:00 – 20:30

Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

This event is organised by the Royal African Society.

Throughout its history, Nigeria has been plagued by religious divisions. Tensions have only intensified since the restoration of democracy in 1999, with the divide between Christian south and Muslim north playing a central role in the country’s electoral politics, as well as manifesting itself in the religious warfare waged by Boko Haram.

Through the lens of Christian–Muslim struggles for supremacy, Ebenezer Obadare charts the turbulent course of democracy in the Nigerian Fourth Republic, exploring the key role religion has played in ordering society. He argues the rise of Pentecostalism is a force focused on appropriating state power, transforming the dynamics of the country and acting to demobilize civil society, further providing a trigger for Muslim revivalism.

Covering events of recent decades to the election of Buhari, Pentecostal Republic shows that religio-political contestations have become integral to Nigeria’s democratic process, and are fundamental to understanding its future. Join us for the book launch and a discussion on the topic with distinguished guest speakers.


Ebenezer Obadare, Author and Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas

Dr Portia Roelofs, LSE Fellow, Department of International Development, LSE

Wale Lawal, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Republic

Dr Adriaan van Klinken, Associate Professor, Religion & African Studies, University of Leeds

Moderator: Dr Marloes Janson - Reader in West African Anthropology, Associate Director of Research -  Department of Anthropology and Sociology,  SOAS 

This event is free to attend but spaces are limited.

Please reserve your place on Eventbrite.