African Affairs / General / Global / Nigerian Affairs / Northern Nigeria

‘What Does Boko Haram Want?’ ~ Insights from Ahmad Salkida

Ahmad Salkida, Nigerian journalist with access to the leadership of Jama’atul Ahlus Sunna Liddawati Wal Jihad or Boko Haram, gives rare insights into the group’s ideology, modus operandi and gives his recommendations on how this intractable insurgency can be contained, in a Twitter chat. The session was moderated by Akin Akintayo and Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim. … Continue reading

African Affairs / Events / General / Nigerian Affairs / Northern Nigeria

Speaking at ARI Event on Urban Violence in Africa

On Wednesday 08 October, I will be participating in a panel discussing Urban Violence in Africa. This is an event organised by the Africa Research Institute, a think-tank in London. Specifically, I will be speaking on political cohesion  and the capacity of the Nigerian state to contain Boko Haram. My co-panelists are Dr. Paula Meth, Senior Lecturer, Town and … Continue reading

African Affairs / General / Global / Nigerian Affairs / Northern Nigeria / Women

#BringBackOurGirls Coordinator, Hadiza Bala Usman, Speaks at the UN

One of the Founders, and a Coordinator of the #BringBackOurGirls movement in Nigeria, Hadiza Bala Usman, spoke at the United Nations Headquarters in New York about the movement and the Chibok girls. She was guest speaker at the closing ceremony of the UN DPI Conference on 29 August 2019. Here is the video of her … Continue reading

African Affairs / General / Global / Nigerian Affairs / Northern Nigeria / Women

Maryam Writes About Her Experience at Obama’s Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Maryam Shehu Mohammed is one of the 500 young leaders selected from around Africa, to participate in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative in the U.S. She recently returned to Nigeria after the completion of her program. Maryam wrote about her experience through the entire process, from application to completion of the fellowship. Her piece … Continue reading

African Affairs / General / Nigerian Affairs / Northern Nigeria

‘Who Speaks for the North? Politics and Influence in Northern Nigeria’ by Chatham House

The Royal Institute of International Affairs, aka Chatham House, recently released a report on northern Nigeria titled: “Who Speaks for the North? Politics and Influence in Northern Nigeria”. The report is an outcome of a research project by research fellow Dr. Leena Koni Hoffman, under the think tank’s Africa programme. It was launched both in … Continue reading

African Affairs / General / Global / Nigerian Affairs / Northern Nigeria

Thugs Disrupt Peaceful #BringBackOurGirls Protest

It has been over a month since the abduction of over 200 school girls from a secondary school in Chibok Borno state in Northern Nigeria. Since that time, protests have erupted in several cities across Nigeria, and around the world under the banner of #BringBackOurGirls. Influential politicians, global figures and celebrities have lent their support … Continue reading

African Affairs / General / Nigerian Affairs / Northern Nigeria

Boko Haram and a Nation Gripped By Fear

In most cultures of the world, a word exists for a frightening creature or the bogey man. In Hausa for instance, it is the dodo. A fiendish entity, other-worldly, yet beastly in its aggression and human in its scheming prowess, the dodo lurks, stalks and terrorises. Stories of the bogey man are used strategically by … Continue reading