Nigerian Elections Diary – An Anxious Wait

by Emmanuel Akinwotu It is inherently speculative, but also entirely true, to say that there are few places in the world where people’s expectations of their politicians are as utterly diminished as in Nigeria. Outrage in relatively prosperous countries can ensue from frivolous things. In Britain, the Labour party has recently been criticised for the… 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

Things Fall Apart; The Attempted Hijack of the Black Writer

by JJ Bola  “All art is political, Johnson. Otherwise, it would just be decoration,” said the Earl of Oxford in Shakespeare’s Richard III.* To assume that this does not extend to the great art of literature would simply be false. Unlike visual art, which can either be used to make bold political statements or balance… Read More

Top 10 Books by Novelists of Colour Published in 2014

by Samira Sawlani  It has been a big year for novelists of colour, with both renowned names and up and coming writers releasing long awaited and highly anticipated books. 2014 was predicted to be a banner year for African literature and as expected books and writers coming out of the continent did not disappoint. Meanwhile… Read More

Africa Fashion Remixed

by Angela Inniss As a fashion enthusiast, not even a long day at work or the rain was going to stop me from attending Europe’s biggest event for African fashion: Africa Fashion Week London! #AFWL. AFWL provides a platform for established, and up and coming African/African inspired designers, models and industry entrepreneurs to showcase their… Read More