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· January, 2020

Stories about Nigeria from January, 2020

Waterfront communities displaced by forced evictions in Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos' waterfront communities are seen as a public health and safety threat, but to residents who struggle to afford to live on the mainland, they are the only option.

Nigeria's Operation Àmò̩té̩kùn: Was it named after a leopard, cheetah or tiger? 

Linguists who study Yorùbá have long taken issue with ascribing meaning of the word àmò̩té̩kùn interchangeably with the leopard, cheetah and tiger.

Nigeria’s border closure puts a dent in intra-regional trade optimism

Closing Nigeria's land borders to solve the recurrence of smuggling will have a negative economic effect on Nigeria and puts a damper on Africa's much-anticipated intra-regional trade investment agreement.

This Nigerian human rights lawyer wins second order of restraint against government

Lawyer Gloria Ballason has experienced ongoing intimidation and harassment by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, amid a growing crackdown on freedom of expression and dissent in Nigeria. 

A regional security intervention in Nigeria sparks ethnic, political tensions

Amotekun may be the litmus test that defines the restructuring of Nigeria's federalism.

Another #SexForGrades scandal — and the birth of a movement against sexual harassment in Nigeria

In the last few years, Nigerian women have become ferociously vocal against sexual assault of female students. This is growing into a movement with extraordinary on- and offline impact.

Yorùbá loanwords: How languages evolve

Using Yorùbá words in their original forms helps ensure that culture — kept alive through language — continues to thrive.

Nigeria: A failed state — reality or perception?

In addition to threats from Boko Haram, abductions and kidnapping in Nigeria have also become the norm.

Why is Donald Trump so popular in Nigeria?

Ratings for US President Donald Trump’s handling of world affairs are largely negative around the world. But not in Nigeria.

Will 2020 be the year of the Nigerian girl and woman? 

The year 2019 saw major movements to advance the rights of girls and women in Nigeria. Will 2020 continue this momentum? 

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