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February 3, 2017

Caught in the Crossfire Caught in the Crossfire: What Future for Women and Children in Nigeria’s Forgotten Crisis

This is a guest post by Sherrie Russell-Brown. Sherrie is an international lawyer, who writes about issues of gender, security, international justice and humanitarian law, with a regional focus on su…

October 13, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
21-girls-released 21 Nigerian Kidnapped Chibok Girls Freed

In the past, there have been numerous false reports that negotiations between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram would result in the freeing of some or all of the more than two hundred girls kidn…

January 23, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa as a Frontier Market

Obiageli Ezekwesili discusses the rise of Africa as a frontier market, the prospects for growth in coming years, the emergence of new players in African economies, and the World Bank's most innovativ…

August 6, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, former minister of education and a "Bring Back Our Girls" campaigner, addresses supporters at the Unity Fountain, on the 100th day of the abductions of more than two hundred school girls by Boko Haram, in Abuja, July 23, 2014 (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy Reuters). Nigeria’s Chibok School Girls as Suicide Bombers?

It has been nearly four months since Boko Haram kidnapped up to three hundred school girls from a school in Chibok, Borno state. Thus far, there has been little public evidence that the government ha…

October 14, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Chibok Oct 14 Nigeria’s Chibok School Girl Kidnapping Six Months Later

On the night of April 14-15, 2014 up to three hundred girls from different schools in northeastern Nigeria gathered for their final examinations in the town of Chibok. Instead of taking their tests, …

May 12, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
A man holds a placard as youths protest the release of abducted school girls in the remote village of Chibok, in Lagos May 10, 2014. Nigerian Fecklessness Over the Kidnapped School Girls

Examples of the political ineptitude of Goodluck Jonathan’s administration over the kidnapping of the Chibok school girls keep piling up. The latest is a Leadership report of the police forcefully di…

May 16, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
A man holds a placard calling for the release of secondary school girls abducted in the remote village of Chibok, during a protest along a road in Lagos May 14, 2014. Contemplating the Nigerian Crises That Attract International Notoriety

There has been no end of atrocities related to the “Boko Haram” insurgency and the Nigerian government’s failed efforts to defeat it. For example, in February, “Boko Haram” slit the throats of some d…

August 27, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
General view of the Nigerian National Assembly as Chinese President Hu Jintao gives his address in Abuja April 27, 2006. The Cost of Nigerian Governance

Oby Ezekwesili on August 19 in Abuja said that Nigeria spent over one trillion naira on National Assembly members since 2005. That is about U.S. $6.2 billion. Mrs. Ezekwesili is a former minister of …

March 13, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
A man walks on a pedestrian bridge overlooking traffic in Lagos, Nigeria, September 18, 2006. Discordant Voices in the "New Nigeria" Trope

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…