Much has been made of ways in which Africa may contribute or even lead the clean energy revolution, and green bonds just may be the answer.

As a sustainable and clean energy advocate, I’m very interested in the methods different countries adopt towards universal access to affordable and clean energy, especially the seemingly unconventional means.

UNDPs SDG Financing Solutions defines green bonds as “innovative financial instruments where the proceeds are invested exclusively in green projects that generate climate or other environmental benefits, for example in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable waste management, sustainable land use (forestry and agriculture), biodiversity, clean…


Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, and SDG7 “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”…may seem to be at opposite ends of the development spectrum. However since gender inequalities directly link to poverty, and access to energy facilitates economic advancement…energy access programs solely targeted to women, are essential to women’s economic empowerment.

There are several programs enabling energy access in rural and low-income urban areas in developing countries. These efforts usually take into cognisance, the fact that women bear the burden of energy poverty and set aside funds…


South Sudan is on track to becoming a major player in Africa’s oil and gas sector again. Though Africa’s youngest country, South Sudan has long been an oil and gas producer, with oil companies operating under North Sudan before 2011. Production has plunged in recent years, however, as South Sudan has dealt with violence and political instability. But 2017 has seen a resurgence for Africa’s youngest country.

Originally published as part of the Centurion Knowledge Series on December 8, 2017.

Following the success of the first dedicated energy and infrastructure event in South Sudan’s history; the South Sudan Oil &…


There is a popular African adage, “When two elephants fight, the grass suffers.” And there can be no greater current representation of this than the 2017 conflict between the Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum Resources; Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC); Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru.

Originally published as part of the Centurion Knowledge Series on November 20, 2017

Nigeria’s Ministry of Petroleum Resources was created to develop and implement sound policies that will serve as a back bone for the rapid development of the then burgeoning oil and gas…


A portion of the Dodd-Frank Act, considered an important element of curbing corruption in the oil and gas sectors, has been dismantled by a senate vote and support from President Donald Trump.

Originally published as part of Centurion Knowledge Series on February 28, 2017

On Feb. 14 2017, President Donald Trump handed the American oil, gas and mining industry a gift-wrapped Valentine, when he signed off on the U.S. Senate’s action to scrap an anti-corruption measure that requires oil and mining companies to disclose their payments to the United States or to foreign governments for commercial developments.

This rule, implemented…


Africa’s refineries are unable to meet the region’s increasing demand for petroleum products. Investment in this critical sector would reduce dependence on imports, ease the burden on public finances from subsidies, and create new job opportunities. This article examines the current state of African refining and the benefits of increasing capacity through private investment.

Originally published as part of the Centurion Knowledge Series on August 24, 2016

Africa is the continent with the least number of oil refineries in the world, an under-utilized 46, in a highly competitive market where a single country, the United States of America has about 140 refineries. As the world’s fastest growing oil consumer, with the IEA projecting consumption of 4.5 million barrels per day by 2018, this disadvantage in refining capacity is crippling.

Despite the fact that Africa produces 3.5 times the amount of oil that it consumes (according to an article by Evaluate Energy), the continent’s oil…


This past week, I attended the African Development Bank — Civil Society Forum in Abidjan, as a guest of the West African Civil Society Institute, sponsored by the Mandela Washington Fellowship and the International Research & Exchanges Board. The theme of the Forum was Engaging Civil Society in Regional Integration for Africa’s Economic Prosperity.

I was invited to speak on a panel titled Moving Regional Integration Beyond Rhetoric in West Africa: Leveraging on the strength of engaged civil society, my role being to examine regional integration through a gender lens, assess the policies which may prove to be potentially harmful…


A few months ago I led a Leadership & Management Training for a multinational infrastructure company with offices across Africa. During a session on Diversity and Gender Sensitivity, I learned that the company had a staff strength of 180 in their Ghana office, out of which only 8 were women. These 8 women were mainly administrative and support staff.

I asked how it was possible that they had no women among their technical staff and the answer was jarring. I was told that the technical staff were made up of engineers who engaged mostly in field work and for the…

Adaku Ufere

Feminist | Woman in Energy | Reality TV Enthusiast | Award winning Lawyer | Bibliophile | Liberal...in no particular order

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