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April 25, 2019

Preaching, Power, and Private Jets in Nigeria

Bishop Oyedepo, head of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry (Winner’s Chapel) is commonly regarded as the wealthiest preacher in Nigeria, with an estimated personal net worth of $150 million. His fleet of four jets includes a Gulfstream V, which cost $30 million.


April 21, 2017

High Ranking Nigerian Officials Linked to Mysterious $43 Million

On April 12, Nigeria’s principal anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), announced that it had found $43.4 million stashed in a vacant apartment in Lagos. The cas…


December 19, 2016

Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering from December 11 to December 19, was comp…


March 10, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigerian First Lady on the Campaign Trail

First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan has a big personality and is a powerful political figure. She holds multiple Nigerian university degrees. She has been the permanent secretary in the Bayelsa state g…

Patience Jonathan

May 1, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Kidnapped Girls Galvanize Nigerian Public

The kidnapping of more than two hundred schools girls, and the security services’ inability to find and free them, appears to have engaged Nigerian opinion nationwide, far more so than any other atro…


July 22, 2014

Politics and Government
Hello, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo: President of Indonesia

Sometimes sure things turn out not to be so sure. Just ask Joko Widodo, who is better known to his fellow Indonesians as “Jokowi.” At the start of 2014 he was expected to win Indonesia’s presidential…


January 28, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Catholics Suspend National Activity In the Christian Association of Nigeria

The Roman Catholic Church has suspended its participation in meetings at the national level of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). The Catholic bishops stated that “CAN is being dragged into …

Storm clouds gather over the Church of the Holy Trinity in Onitsha, Nigeria, April 14, 2005.

August 24, 2011

Nigeria: The 2011 Elections, Justice Salami, and Judicial Review

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (L) on July 9, 2011. (Benedicte Desrus/Courtesy Reuters) Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan’s recent support of the National Judicial Council’s firing of the p…

Nigeria: The 2011 Elections, Justice Salami, and Judicial Review

May 18, 2011

Nigeria: Investigations Into Voting and Violence

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Attahiru Jega (R) collates electoral figures with a top official of the commission before the announcement of the presidential election resul…

Nigeria: Investigations Into Voting and Violence