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BBC News Former Nigeria governor James Ibori jailed for 13 years

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Nigeria: Pain and Promise (PBS)

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

PBS NewsHour’s unprecedented look inside Africa’s richest and most populous country. The four part “Nigeria: Pain and Promise” series with Special Correspondent Nick Schifrin explores the country’s ongoing battle with Boko Haram, economic promise, corruption and treatment of gay Nigerians.

Part One: The Halliburton Case and Corruption in Nigeria

Here are all six parts on YouTube:

Documentary about Muhammdu Buhari

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

This British documentary is decidedly anti-Buhari. Up to you to sift through the propaganda and separate fact from flub…

Finally it seems as if Ken Saro-Wiwa, my father, may not have died in vain

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Nigeria’s Ogoniland still looks as devastated by oil pollution as when the junta executed my father 20 years ago. But the carbon economy seems to be reaching a tipping point at last

I’ve seen Nigeria’s old power at work. I know change is coming

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Ken Saro-Wiwa joined the government to fight for reform. Now, as he leaves, he reflects on how young Nigerians are transforming the nation

“Nigeria’s constitution is configured to give the president more powers than any equivalent political office. Despite attempts to strike a balance between the legislature, judiciary and executive, the office of the president is primus inter pares. Part monarchy, part deity, head of state, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, dictator, godfather, Big Man – Nigeria’s chief executive can be anything he cares to be if he exercises the considerable powers vested in his office.”

“Like much of Africa, Nigeria has a particularly pronounced youth bulge – 70% of the 180 million people are under 30 and no African government will survive unless it learns to engage with the changing values, needs and expectations of this demographic. Armed with new technologies and connected to communities and networks far beyond their local constituencies, Africa’s youth are finding new, exciting avenues for self-expression through music, fashion, film, television and even gaming culture.”

Boko Haram Ranked Ahead of ISIS for Deadliest Terror Group

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Boko Haram, the militant group that has tortured Nigeria and its neighbors for years, was responsible for 6,664 deaths last year, more than any other terrorist group in the world, including the Islamic State, which killed 6,073 people in 2014, according to a report released Wednesday tracking terrorist attacks globally.

….Mr. Buhari, who took office in May, ran on a platform of eliminating Boko Haram, which he has pledged to do by the end of December, as well as cutting back on corruption that has dogged the nation.

This week, Mr. Buhari accused the previous administration’s national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, of pocketing more than $2 billion that had been allocated for warplanes, helicopters and other military gear to fight Boko Haram. Mr. Dasuki has denied the allegations.

Source: New York Times

Movie Trailer: Nollywood Babylon

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

NYT Op-Ed: Lights out in Nigeria

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Americanah author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers this starling op-ed on a challenge in Nigerian life that seems to get Lights Out in Nigeria

“I cannot help but wonder how many medical catastrophes have occurred in public hospitals because of “no light,” how much agricultural produce has gone to waste, how many students forced to study in stuffy, hot air have failed exams, how many small businesses have foundered. What greatness have we lost, what brilliance stillborn? I wonder, too, how differently our national character might have been shaped, had we been a nation with children who took light for granted, instead of a nation whose toddlers learn to squeal with pleasure at the infrequent lighting of a bulb.”

Nigeria elections: Mapping a nation divided

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer and most populous country – but poverty is widespread and the country is in the grip of a violent uprising by Islamists Boko Haram. The BBC maps the country’s divisions ahead of its postponed elections.

Map showing the ethnic diversity of Nigeria



Map showing the political controlling parties by state in Nigeria




This House Has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeria

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Karl Maier served as the Africa correspondent for the Independent newspaper from 1986 to 1995 and has contributed articles on Africa to the Washington Post, the Economist, and the Christian Science Monitor.

This first chapter of his book This House Has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeria begins and ends with the return to civilian government in Nigeria in 1999 while offering insight into the post-Colonial history of Nigeria.