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

6 reasons why Africa need not care what the world thinks

by Atane Ofiaja Earlier this year, an African magazine reached out to me for some input on a forthcoming article about African creatives (writers, artists, photographers, clothing designers, poets). The editor asked me a few questions regarding what Africans should do to change the perception of Africa to outsiders and what Africans have to offer.… Read More

As a Muslim woman, the kidnap in Nigeria has shaken my faith

by Huma Munshi  As a Muslim woman, I have some things in common with atheists. I wonder where God is when people are being murdered and brutalised. Where is God when the young girls in Nigeria were kidnapped? Where is he when young people all over the world are being abused? The vulnerable being exploited… Read More

What Will Nigeria Owe America Now?

by Atane Ofiaja Calamity befalling Nigeria is now the norm. Who could have envisioned regular bombings in Abuja, the nation’s capital? This is where we are, my Nigeria almost seems unrecognizable. New York City has been where I’ve lived for my entire adult life, but Nigeria is still home. Fond memories as a child in… Read More

The Home Office has an ‘end of life plan’ for Asylum seekers

by Yasmin Gunaratnam I am not in the least legally minded. I become easily confused by the archaic jargon and machinery of our legal systems. This naivety aside, one thing has become clear as I have watched the situation of the asylum seeker and hunger striker Isa Muazu unfold over the past few weeks: with… Read More

Good Immigrant/Bad Immigrant – Paul Collier’s ‘Exodus’

by Kiri Kankhwende In Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century, Paul Collier aims to chart a nuanced course between what he identifies as two extreme views of immigration: “popular hostility” to migrants, tinged by xenophobia and racism; and the view of business and liberal elites that ‘open doors’ are both economically and ethically… Read More