Nigeria


Just Hours Before Polls Open, Nigeria Announces Surprise Delay Of Elections

Just hours before polls were slated to open, the government of Nigeria decided to delay the proceedings, prompting outrage in the country. Opposition candidates have accused the current President, Muhammadu Buhari, of disenfranchising voters, according to Reuters. Five hours before what was set to be the largest African election in […]


Millions Disappointed Over Last-Minute Delay In Nigerian Elections

Nigeria’s electoral commission decided only hours before polls opened on Saturday to postpone the country’s presidential election by a week. This move has many concerned about the possibility of low voter turnout because Nigeria lacks an absentee ballot system and many citizens cannot afford to return to their polling locations […]


Child Witch-Branding and the Rise of Pentecostalism Across Nigeria

Witch-hunting may be considered a barbaric historical practice in the West but in Africa, it is a very real and very dangerous phenomenon which is increasing with the rise of Pentecostalism. Thousands of children every day are being branded witches and consequently tortured into confessing non-existent crimes, forced to undergo […]


Nigerian Lawyers To Strike Over Suspension Of Top Judge

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) called a member-wide court strike on Monday, following the executive’s suspension of the country’s top judge, Walter Onnoghen. Merely weeks prior to Nigeria’s general election, the act of suspension has garnered both domestic and international attention, contributing to, and highlighting, the decision’s controversial nature. According to […]


Ivory Coast Urges Calm As ICC Weighs Gbagbo’s Return

Recently, the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) motioned to allow former President Laurent Gbagbo re-entrance into the country. Following this announcement, Gbagbo announced an imminent return, after years of exile for allegedly inciting political violence. Outraged citizens currently engage in protests against these recent proclamations. Amidst the turmoil, the nation now […]


When A Military Makes Militants: A Pattern Of Escalation In Nigeria And The Rise Of Boko Haram

“Western education is anathema.” The basic ideology of Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group working out of north eastern Nigeria, appears simple: institute Sharia or Islamic law, and remove foreign influence from the country. To think of Boko Haram in such simple terms, however, is to drastically underestimate the socio-political […]