Shola Lawal

Shola Lawal is a Nigeria-based freelance journalist and filmmaker covering social justice and environmental issues across west Africa.

Red, gold and green: A pan-African history of flags and the remarkable woman who inspired it

That many of the continent’s flags contain a similar colour scheme is deliberate by design

The doctor who gave her life to stop Ebola in Nigeria

When Ebola first hit Lagos, Dr Ameyo Adadevoh knew something was seriously wrong, so she did something about it

How to translate a pandemic

The key to containing ‘kokoro korona’ is to speak to people in their own languages

MTN’s Nigeria listing: View from the stock exchange floor in Lagos

"Half bread is better than none," says MTN Nigeria chairman

Surviving Boko Haram’s war on children

After escaping from the clutches of armed groups, abducted children in northern Nigeria should expect a warm welcome on their return home

Boko Haram’s war on children

After escaping from the clutches of armed groups, abducted children in northern Nigeria don't get a warm homecoming

Why governing Lagos is Nigeria’s ultimate political prize

Forget the presidency. Whoever controls Lagos controls Africa’s most important city

Tensions simmer in restive Togo

Governance is a family business but a new generation of protesters is trying to disrupt the old order

‘A black coach doesn’t say no to Europe’: What happens next for Daniel Amokachi

Daniel ‘The Bull’ Amokachi was one of African football’s first household names, powering Nigeria to Olympic glory in 1996

The Nigerian king who cursed the sex traffickers

Edo State is Nigeria’s capital of human trafficking, and local authorities are seemingly powerless. Enter His Royal Majesty Oba Ewuare II

Nigeria braces for knife-edge election (again)

At times chaotic, at others comical, the race to lead Africa’s biggest economy is never boring

Hijabis face fear and ignorance

The debate about what Muslim women in Nigeria can put on their heads is getting more heated

Press Releases

LISTEN: Episode Two of Be Accountable

If you run a business, or you need to hire an accountant, you need to know the importance of belonging to a professional body

Standard Bank Podcasts: How small businesses can survive Covid-19

Many commercial enterprises are having to change the way that they do business in order to survive the economic chaos forced upon them

SME in a Covid World: Stimulating Small Business Growth

Small businesses must re-examine their business models and endeavour to understand their customers, and know what their new needs are

GIZ has three Calls for Expression of Interest

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit seeks service providers for projects that will aid South Africa in its development

Nurturing South Africa’s future professionals

The Foundation’s focus is to improve access to tertiary education and to address the social issues of tertiary students beyond the lecture room

Debt Relief Fund a mere drop in the ocean

Most South African SMMEs have received no assistance from the Debt Relief Fund, 90% are in crisis, and many will be forced to close

Cutting salaries? Five ways to make the process less painful

Debt will only put a future strain on cash flow and could result in tremendous financial stress on the owners of the business if they're not able to recover

Request for applications for: Epidemiologist for Lesotho Covid-19 project

The epidemiologist will provide support to the Ministry of Health to build the capacity of the disease surveillance programme for the Covid-19 pandemic

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