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September 28, 2017

Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra

The government of Nigeria has formally labeled the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organization. Following a September 14 military attack on his house in Umuahia, the capital of Abia s…


October 13, 2017

Powerful Rhetoric Gives Insight Into Biafran Independence Narratives

The still unknown whereabouts of Namdi Kanu, a leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has led to public exchanges that provide insight into the mindset of at least some of Biafra's support…


September 18, 2017

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 9 - September 15

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from September 9 to September 15, 2017. This update also represents violence relate…


September 20, 2017

Biafra is Back

Tension is rising in Nigeria over secessionist claims by “Biafran” organizations in southeast Nigeria. The Nigeria Security Tracker for the week of September 9 to 15 documents significant bloodshed i…


April 20, 2017

Airport Reopens at Nigeria’s Capital

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja (the second busiest airport in the country after Lagos) reopened on April 18, after having been closed for six weeks since March 8 for runway repairs. Fo…

Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport

January 25, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Biafra and the U.S.-Nigeria Relationship

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is a separatist movement that seeks to recreate Biafra as an independent state. From 1967-70, there was a civil war over Biafra’s attempt to secede that left up…


March 3, 2017

The Lake Chad Crisis

In this episode of the Africa in Transition Podcast series John Campbell is joined by the International Crisis Group’s Nnamdi Obasi, Hans De Marie Heungoup, and EJ Hogendoorn. The group discusses the…

Podcast People wash clothes in a dry riverbed in Maroua, Cameroon

December 18, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
The International Crisis Group on the “Massacre” of Shia in Northern Nigeria

The International Crisis Group (ICG), a highly respected non-governmental organization devoted to conflict resolution and prevention, has published a quick guide to the conflict between the Shia Isla…

ICG Shia

December 8, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Biafra Dream

While those of us who love Nigeria have been fixated on Boko Haram and the discontents of the North, the Ibo-dominated parts of the south have been heating up. Separatists that invoke the defeated Bi…

Biafra Dream

February 2, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria’s Pro-Biafra Agitation: A Mix of Crisis and Opportunity

This is a guest post by Carl Unegbu. Carl is a Nigerian-born American lawyer and journalist. He lives in New York City. Nigeria’s old Biafra problem has reared its head again and with it, the spec…

Pro-Biafra Agitation