Still Waiting For The Chibok Girls

by Ugochukwu Ezeh In his well-received memoirs, Dreams From my Father, Barak Obama depicts an evocative search for cultural affirmation in his ancestral Kenya. In one moving passage from the book, he sits underneath a mango tree watching his grandmother braid his sister’s hair and listening to her recite the genealogy of the Obama clan.… Read More

Nigerian Election Diary – A Historic Moment

by Emmanuel Akinwotu General Muhammadu Buhari has won the Nigerian Presidential Elections, in a truly historic moment. For the first time since the end of military rule, an opposition party has won an election in a country where power never changes hands. President Goodluck Jonathan, in swiftly calling General Buhari to congratulate him, adds a final… Read More

Nigeria Elections Diary – Defining, Regardless of the Outcome #NigeriaDecides

by Emmanuel Akinwotu Nigeria’s elections are now only 5 days away. That the wait has been markedly anxious is an understatement. When they were postponed just a week before they were initially scheduled, the narrative offered by the government seemed farfetched. President Goodluck Jonathan’s PDP party, under its first credible electoral threat since multi-party politics… Read More

Nigerian Elections Diary – ‘When or If?’

by Emmanuel Akinwotu  Nigerian politics, a pseudo, modern  equivalent of Thomas Hobbes’ imagined state of nature, is a sometimes sand-like entity where everything built can capsize at will. The presidential elections, previously planned to be held on Valentine’s day, were dramatically re-scheduled to March the 28th, and the Governorship elections to follow on April 11th. Or so we are… Read More

Nigerian Elections: A Caustic Diary

by Emmanuel Akinwotu Elections, for all their gravitas and potential political ramifications, are, at least on planet Nigeria, a box-set series of ceaselessly unravelling drama. Here from London, in February, the most difficult month of the year to scroll through twitter on an iPhone without gloves, it has been gripping at every stage. None of… Read More

Is there a role for the Diaspora in tackling Boko Haram?

by Yemisi Adegoke There are a million ways to define the term Diaspora. I like Jennifer Brickerhoff’s definition best. She describes it as ‘the psychological belonging to a collective culture, homeland or hostland. It holds true to me. Whenever  the ‘what are you?’ question popped up, the answer was always ‘Nigerian.’ That’s how I felt.… Read More

Boko Haram have capitalised on Nigeria’s north/south divide

by Florence Okoye  Reports are trickling through that indicate Boko Haram have struck yet again with impunity. Over the weekend another bomb was detonated, killing 2 and injuring 48. Next, news came that between 60-80 people had been kidnapped in neighbouring Cameroon. Radio 4’s Mishal Husain, speaking to one of Cameroon’s ministers, reported that he… Read More

Ongoing terrorism in Nigeria is not novel, the use of children as human bombs is #WeAreAllNigeria

by Cristine Edusi On the 12th January, I returned to the UK having spent most of December and much of my new year in Nigeria. I boarded the plane and looked forward to perusing the on flight entertainment but before I could, the news about the 10-year-old “suicide bomber” in Borno appeared on my screen. According… Read More

Boko Haram have murdered over 10,000 people in 5 years. When will the world wake up to it?

by Samantha Asumadu I’ve been following the murderous exploits of Boko Haram alongside Somalia’s Al-Shabaab for a number of years. I once tried to weigh them up, comparing and contrasting these two entities causing havoc throughout the regions in which they operate. Initially, bear with me here, I could comprehend the root causes of why… Read More