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 / 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 / Global / Northern Nigeria

The Burka Avenger “fights” the Taliban in Pakistan

  Culled from Aljazeera: “She is called the Burka Avenger and is like no other superhero before her. By day she is a Pakistani school teacher, but by night the secret martial arts expert dresses in a veil while fighting bad guys  (who want to shut down schools). The animated children’s series is about to … Continue reading

African Affairs / Culture & Lifestyle / General / Nigerian Affairs / Northern Nigeria

A Glimpse into the World of Almajirai in Northern Nigeria

I first met Hannah Hoechner in May this year, at the Oxford University Pan African Conference. I was outside the conference hall, getting some fresh air and chatting with several people when this friendly long haired brunette came to us and said hello in Hausa. Fascinated, we proceeded to ask her how come she could … Continue reading

General / Nigerian Affairs / Northern Nigeria / Uncategorized

Northern Nigeria: The Disconnect Between Our Leaders and the Rest of Us

It is becoming a tired cliché to note that Nigeria is a country with vast potentials which have remained unrealized due to socio-political and economic challenges of which dearth of transformational leadership is at the heart of all. Again, it is common knowledge that this leadership deficit is more severe in northern Nigeria relative to … Continue reading

African Affairs / Nigerian Affairs / Northern Nigeria

“What is Boko Haram?” ~ A Report by BBC’s Andrew Walker for USIP

Several weeks ago, in an NGO where I was working then, one of the Executive Directors of the organization came to my department, to say hello to everyone. We exchanged pleasantries, and he asked of my nationality, to which I replied “Nigeria“.  He then asked what part of Nigeria and I said “…from the North…”. He … Continue reading