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Stories about Nigeria

#KeepItOn: How the Twitter ban is affecting young Nigerians 

Twitter is a connected public square for many young Nigerians. The ban is taking a toll on their businesses, advocacy, and social life. 

Chinese investments in Nigeria flourish on a Silk Road of corruption

The willingness of corrupt Chinese businesspeople to bribe equally fraudulent Nigerian government officials is rarely captured by the simplistic mutual understanding narrative pushed by Chinese diplomats. 

These African animators are saving their native languages using cartoons

Animation is an effective way of teaching young Africans life skills and languages that are often not taught in schools, as most African governments adopt official languages while discouraging native ones.

Africa’s loss, their gain: How the US and UK benefit from medical brain drain

Low pay, paucity of job opportunities, poor infrastructure, and a bleak future for their children are some of the factors responsible for the mass emigration of African health workers.

Social media became a life-saving tool for Nigerians. Now, they have to fight for it

The #EndSARS protest, the Twitter ban and the #June12 protests point to the power of social media in Nigeria. But a rattled government is bent on extinguishing that power. 

Access denied: the social and economic costs of Nigeria’s Twitter blackout 

President Buhari of Nigeria has perceived Twitter’s support for the 2020 youth-led #EndSARS protests, together with the deletion of his tweet, as an act of hostility.

Belt and Road Initiative projects ramp up Nigeria’s favourable perception of China

The BRI initiative enjoys a favourable perception because Nigeria has an infrastructure deficit that China is correcting. This programme will endure for some time in Nigeria. 

Nigerian government suspends Twitter after controversy over president's deleted tweet threatening violence

Nigeria twitter users from different ethnic groups adopted Igbo names while trending the #IamIgboToo hashtag to express their solidarity with the Igbo people, targets of President Buhari’s offensive tweet.  

The difficulties journalists face covering the COVID-19 pandemic in three African countries

Journalists from Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria identified mis-and disinformation, and safety concerns while in the field, as some of the greatest obstacles while reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Africa adrift, and awaiting Nigeria’s leadership?

African countries need a synergy for peace and development of the continent, without external interference. The Nigeria-led intervention in The Gambia is an example of how this can be achieved.

African media perpetuating harmful stereotypes about the continent, report finds

The report released in February 2021 offers a deeper understanding of why poverty, war, disease and failed elections continue to dominate media coverage of Africa.

Nigerian politician arrested for condemning the kidnap of schoolchildren

Salihu Tanko Yakasi’s tweets came after the kidnapping of about 300 school girls at Government Girls Secondary School inJangebe, north-western Nigeria, on February 26, 2021.

Nigerian protesters arrested for resisting reopening of the Lagos Lekki toll gate

The protest came on the heels of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry's decision to reopen the toll gate— a move perceived as insensitive to victims of the Lekki shootings.

COVID-19 vaccine in Africa: Caught between China’s soft-power diplomacy and the West’s vaccine nationalism, Part II 

Is it not hypocritical to heckle China for their soft-power vaccine diplomacy in Africa while Western governments conveniently pursue vaccine nationalism? 

COVID-19 vaccine in Africa: Caught between China’s soft-power diplomacy and the West’s vaccine nationalism, Part I

The storage of Chinese Sinovac’s CoronaVac and Sinopharm are more suited for Africa’s hot temperatures, unlike those produced in the West, which require deep-freezer temps. 

COVID-19, digital rights and Nigeria's emerging surveillance state

In Nigeria, contact-tracing apps raise valid concerns about the government's attempts to leverage this for future clampdowns on citizens' digital rights — long after the pandemic is long gone. 

‘It’s not just a joke!’ Nigerian comedians unite against rape culture

"We have to stop turning survivors of sexual and gender-based violence into collateral damage, just for laughs. Because rape is not a joke…This has to stop. Now!"

Seven African governments employ surveillance spyware, says new study

Equatorial Guinea, Botswana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe have employed surveillance technology from Circles, a firm affiliated with Israel's NSO Group, according to the report by Citizen Lab.

From #BlackLivesMatter to #VidasNegrasImportam: Call to end colonial legacy of police brutality

"Police brutality is universal, white supremacy is global, and colonialism is not forgotten, which is why Black people every day, around the world, are being killed."

Shutdowns, throttling and stifling dissent online: Africa’s new normal, Part II

Weaponizing digital blackouts or social media clamp down by Algeria, Ethiopia, Guinea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania is an ominous sign of a deeply problematic system of governance. 

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