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August 6, 2020

Nigeria
Surprisingly Many African Americans Hold Nigerian Heritage

A DNA study of a sample gathered from African Americans shows that their African genetic origin accords closely to the documentary, historical record. 

Four Nigerian men talk and play music. They are wearing traditional clothing. The two men in the middle are the Ooni of Ife and Sultan of Sokoto.

August 5, 2020

Nigeria
Borno Governor Survives Boko Haram Attack in Nigeria

On July 29, Boko Haram operatives attacked a convoy with Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, near the town of Baga. According to media reports, the governor was unharmed, but there were casualties in his entourage.

Nigerian man, the governor of Borno State, speaks into microphone wearing green traditional clothing

August 5, 2020

China
China's Retrograde Rural Land Policies

Despite rhetoric to the contrary, rural land reform is a perennial problem for the Chinese government.

A man rides past houses at Furong village, Hunan province, China, May 10, 2018.

August 4, 2020

Ghana
Ghana Looks to Long Relationship With African Americans for Investment

The year 2019 marked four hundred years since the first enslaved people from West Africa arrived in the United States. The president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, declared the anniversary the Year of Return.

The president of Ghana, a bald African man in a dark suit with glasses, gestures as he speaks at a podium. He is flanked by national flags.

August 4, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWE Book and Film Recommendations

Over the decade since I began blogging at The Water’s Edge I have periodically recommended books to read and films to watch. I have also occasionally asked colleagues to recommend books and movies. G…

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August 3, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 25–31

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from July 25 to 31, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

July 30, 2020

Nigeria
Islamic State Boko Haram Faction Murders Aid Workers in Video

The Islamic State in West African (ISWA) released a video of its execution-style murder of five aid workers in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, who were kidnapped in June on their way to Maiduguri.

The city gate of Maiduguri along Bulumkutu road, in Borno state, Nigeria, on July 26, 2019. The aid workers were reportedly kidnapped while traveling on a road to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

July 28, 2020

South Africa
Andrew Mlangeni, Mandela Ally and Anti-Apartheid Hero, Dies in South Africa

Andrew Mlangeni was the last living defendant of the 1963 Rivonia trial, which resulted in the sentencing of Andrew and ten others, among them, Ahmed Kathrada, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and, most famously, Nelson Mandela.

Andrew Mlageni, an aged, bald man with glasses, sits at a dais. His name is on a lit-up placard in front of him, as is a thin microphone. He is speaking.

July 27, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 18–24

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from July 18 to 24, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

July 23, 2020

Nigeria
Not All Violent Problems Require Violent Solutions: Banditry in Nigeria’s North-West

For more than two years, northwestern Nigeria has faced devastating attacks from armed bandits, particularly in the states of Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Niger, and Sokoto. But violent military operations are half-baked peace plans are not the answer.

A young man in a white tunic robe carries handmade guns. He is flanked by a soldier in camouflage fatigues and a rifle.