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African Heritage Institution, abbreviated to AfriHeritage and formerly known as the African Institute for Applied Economics (AIAE), is a Nigerian think tank founded in 2000 by Charles Chukwuma Soludo, an economist and the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. It conducts research in economics[1], governance, politics, foreign policy, peace and conflict and strategic studies. Based in the city of Enugu, South-Eastern Nigerian, its stated mission is “to provide intellectual leadership in helping Nigeria and Africa think through the emerging economic renaissance.”[2]

African Heritage Institution is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan policy institute that is supported by grants, contracts and contributions from development aid agencies, corporations and government agencies. Its flagship research output is the Business Environment and Competitiveness across Nigerian States (BECANS), a periodic report that assesses the business environment and level of competitiveness across Nigeria’s 36 states, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the 6 geopolitical zones.

It also organizes the Big Ideas Podium, a policy dialogue that examines salient issues of national and international significance. Guests that have been featured on the platform include Obiageli Ezekwesili[3], a former World Bank Vice President for Africa, Barth Nnaji[4], a former Minister of Power in Nigeria, George Obiozor[5], a former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States and Donald Duke, a two-time Governor of Nigeria’s Cross River State.

Charles Chukwuma Soludo is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Heritage Institution, while Ufo Okeke Uzodike, a professor of political science, has served as its Executive Director since 2016. The institution has a fellows program that draws eminent Nigerian and international scholars from a wide range of disciplines within and beyond the social sciences.

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