Nigeria’s Chaos Is the World’s Chaos

October 22, 2020

For the past two weeks, the youth of Nigeria have been in the streets protesting the ruling order of a nation in crisis. Having seized on the theme of police brutality that inspired the massive demonstrations this year in the US, they are now challenging their government on a much broader range of...

Talking African Literature With Chigozie Obioma

March 05, 2020

African literature has attracted immense international interest in recent years, and a number of “Afropolitan” icons and rising stars have won acclaim from critics and literary festivals. Yet most reading lists released by major newspapers and journals are still disproportionately...

For Nigeria’s Women, the Threat of Sexual Violence Is Never Far Away

November 29, 2019

Few things unite Nigerians like the numerous stories of sexual abuse, intrenched in tradition and scattered across tribes and cultures, and perpetrated mostly against women. So endemic is this culture of sexual violence against women that it is woven into the very fabric of our existence. It cuts...

Nigeria: Are We Really and Truly One Country?

April 25, 2019

“No one lays claim to Nigeria.” It was a statement made casually by my boss at work, yet it carried such weight in my young mind. Perhaps this is the worst sin of all that we leisurely walk through our country like it doesn’t belong to us, casually engaging in tribalism and nepotism as we...

Acknowledging African Activism’s Complicated Realities

May 25, 2018

As with many other aspects of political and economic life on the continent, there is a complexity to African civil society and grassroots activism that escapes the international eye. Nigerian civil society groups are watching warily as long-running protests in neighboring Niger build in...

Africa Opens Up Borders to Free Trade

April 11, 2018

The creation of a continental free trade area across the African continent poses unique conflict of interest challenges for the signatories. In March, African leaders descended upon Kigali, Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills’ capital, to ink an agreement that is meant to smoothen the rough...

Drama in Dapchi: Another Nigerian Abduction Story

April 02, 2018

The continued abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram across Nigeria raises questions about both the government's competence and its willingness to deal with the rebel group.  On February 19, nearly four years after the abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State, which sparked...

Nigeria’s Refugees Face Epidemic of Rape and Abuse

January 08, 2018

Across Africa, armies and police forces regularly prey on civilians, with women and children enduring the worst abuse. In December 2017, The New York Times exposed its readers to a horrific reality Nigerians have known about for years: the plight of female refugees and survivors from...

The Best Way to Tap the Full Potential of Africa’s Diaspora

July 31, 2017

With its diaspora bond drive, Nigeria should scrutinize the way Western Union and MoneyGram conduct their business within its borders. Invest money and invest in your country too. That is the simple proposition behind the Nigerian government’s new diaspora bond, which hopes to entice citizens...

Fighting Boko Haram Through Internet and Education

April 04, 2017

Refugees fleeing Boko Haram are using the internet for the first time in their lives to further their education. Since its emergence in Nigeria’s northeast in 2002, the radical Islamist group Boko Haram has wreaked havoc across the country, leading the government to declare an emergency in...

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