African Affairs / General / Nigerian Affairs

Assessing Crisis Group’s Report on the Boko Haram Insurgency

  The International Crisis Group recently published a report on the Boko Haram insurgency titled ‘Curbing Violence in Nigeria (II): The Boko Haram Insurgency (full report available HERE)’. It chronicles the insurgency in a detailed and historical manner and recommends measures for addressing it, to various stakeholders. The main findings are summarised in the opening … Continue reading

General / UK / Women

Back to School

Me: “I just resumed school this week” Friend: “What!? School again?? Which school?? :-S Me: “Oh, lol! I just started my PhD this week…” Friend: “That’s rilli (really) nice, congratulations! Ah, Zainab, you too like book o…” This is just a sample of one out of numerous chats/conversations on my return to school to pursue a … Continue reading

Global / Nigerian Affairs / Northern Nigeria

Nigeria, Boko Haram and Pervasive Distrust

At around 01.30 am in the wee hours of Tuesday 13th March, while checking local Nigerian and global news as I usually do before heading to bed, I came across an article on the British daily’s website The Independent, titled “On the Trail of Boko Haram” by Andrew Stroehlein, the Communications Director of the International … Continue reading