Nigeria Needs Trade as Much as it Needs Food

by Tirzah Duren The United Nations (UN) has called for $5.6 billion in donations to fight a famine that threatens over 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. In Nigeria alone, upwards of 5 million people face acute food shortages. Considering the progress Nigeria has made in food security since the 1980s, …

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Why Boko Haram is the world’s deadliest terror group

Vincent Hiribarren, King’s College London On Christmas Eve 2015 the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, was publicly confident that his country had “technically won the war” against the Islamist group Boko Haram. Less than two months into 2016, and the group is still wreaking havoc across northern Nigeria and beyond. Since the beginning of the year, …

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Africa News Headlines for 9 September 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from across the globe over the past 24 hours. Partial Solar Eclipse to Darken Southern Africa’s Skies Sunday Source: Space.com Kenya picked to host 2016 Africa Individual chess championship Source: The Star America’s Imperial Footprint in Africa Source: CounterPunch US to train UPDF doctors Source: New Vision Tree bark …

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What lies behind the rise of jihadist movements in Africa

Charles Villa-Vicencio, University of Cape Town Africa arguably faces the biggest threat to political stability since the collapse of colonialism in the mid-20th century. The threat comes in the main from the proliferation of militant Islamic groups in parts of the continent. These groups, which strike at the heart of African cohesion and nation-building, include: …

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Nigeria’s new president faces uphill task of making economic growth benefit all

Stephen Onyeiwu, Allegheny College The Nigerian economy grew at an average of 6.8% a year over the past decade, placing it among the fastest growing countries globally. But only about 25% of Nigerians have benefited from this growth. Why, despite this spectacular economic growth, are millions of underemployed young people and adults barely surviving on …

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