Nigeria’s Energy Future: Uh oh.

Event Description

Nigeria’s Energy Future: Uh oh.


April 24, 2019 | 12:30  – 2:00 PM EST

Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW 20036

Rome Auditorium

Nigeria is Africa’s biggest country and biggest economy. Yet, per capita electricity consumption is the lowest in the world relative to income—nearly 80 percent below where it should be given other economic conditions. Residential access to electricity is just 59 percent, while nearly all businesses have to rely on generators for power. At the same time, Nigeria is a major energy producer and is forced to flare gas. Successive presidents have promised to solve the country’s electricity problem, but progress has been utterly dismal. Todd Moss will highlight the key issues affecting Nigeria’s energy future—and why failing to solve this conundrum will have profound consequences for the country, region, and far beyond.

About the Speaker:

Todd Moss is founder and executive director of the Energy for Growth Hub. He is also a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development, a nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute, and a fellow at the Colorado School of Mines’ Payne Institute. Previously, Todd served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs at the U.S. State Department, as chief operating officer of CGD, and has worked at the London School of Economics, Georgetown University, the World Bank, and the EIU. He is the author of African Development: Making sense of the issues and actors (eds. 2007, 2011, 2018) and Oil to Cash: Fighting the resource curse with cash transfers (2015). He holds a PhD and MSc from the University of London’s SOAS and a BA from Tufts University. In the early mornings, Todd also writes international political thrillers, including The Shadow List about crime and corruption in Nigeria.