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January 29, 2019

Nigeria
Oby Ezekwesili Steps Down as Nigerian Presidential Candidate

Oby Ezekwesili announced she is stepping down as the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria. The elections are scheduled for February 16. She said her goal now is to build a coalition that would provide an alternative to the All Nigeria Progressives Congress (APC), the party of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), whose presidential candidate is former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

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October 12, 2018

Nigeria
Making Sense of Nigeria's Upcoming Presidential Election

Nigerian society and political behavior at all levels usually is shaped by patronage and clientage networks. Politically, there are few genuinely independent voters, in the sense that voters in, say, Vermont or Switzerland are completely free to vote for whomever they like. Clients usually vote as their patrons wish, and nearly everybody is both a patron and a client, from the top of society to rag pickers at the Lagos dump. 

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October 9, 2018

Nigeria
The Stage Is Set for Nigeria's February 2019 Presidential Election

Nigeria’s presidential election is scheduled for February 16, 2019. The two largest parties, the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) completed their primaries last weekend. The APC unanimously selected President Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate. The PDP primary included a number of candidates, but the party chose former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

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March 18, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Election Disappoints

February’s presidential election does not inspire confidence in the democratic trajectory of Africa’s most populous country.

A young man climbs up a wall plastered with election posters during a rally in Kano to celebrate President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection.

June 14, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Arguments for the Restructuring of Nigeria

In a thoughtful, must-read article, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Tufts Professor, Kingsley Moghalu, argues that Nigeria currently faces a serious challenge: “The Federal …

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April 15, 2015

Nigeria
Assessing Nigeria's Economy

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala discusses the state of the Nigerian economy in the context of recent developments.

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March 7, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Economies: Growing Quickly But Transforming Slowly

This is a guest post by Diptesh Soni. Diptesh is a master’s degree candidate at the Columbia University School of International Public Affairs (SIPA) studying economic and political development. You …

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June 8, 2011

Nigeria
NED Event on Youth and Democracy in Nigeria

A Nigerian Youth Corps worker (beige cap) counts ballots as security officers, polling agents and voters watch in the populous Ebute Metta district of Lagos, April 9, 2011. (Daniel Wallis/Courtesy Re…

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July 21, 2005

China
China's Rising Role in Africa

Presentation to the US-China Commission July 21, 2005 By Princeton Lyman, Director of Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations China has had a long involvement with Africa, going back to…