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Nigerian soldiers load a military truck with weapons recovered from bandits in north-central Nigeria on April 21.
Nigerian soldiers load a military truck with weapons recovered from bandits in north-central Nigeria on April 21.

More Weapons Won’t Solve Nigeria’s Security Crisis

A nearly $1 billion U.S. arms sale to the country will promote further violence.

Members of the Yansakai vigilante group bring their weapons into the Zamfara State Government house as they members surrendered more than 500 guns on Dec. 3, 2019.
Members of the Yansakai vigilante group bring their weapons into the Zamfara State Government house as they members surrendered more than 500 guns on Dec. 3, 2019.

Arming Civilians in Northern Nigeria Is a Bad Idea

Zamfara state’s decision to provide weapons to untrained individuals could lead to more small-arms proliferation and widespread violence.

Nigerian presidential candidates Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar
Nigerian presidential candidates Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar

Nigeria’s Presidential Candidates Are Deeply Uninspiring

The country’s multiple challenges require a generational change in leadership.

Supporters of Nigeria’s ruling party All Progressive Congress and its presidential nominee, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, jubilate after the party announced him as the winner of its presidential primary at Eagle Square in Abuja, Nigeria, on June 8.
Supporters of Nigeria’s ruling party All Progressive Congress and its presidential nominee, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, jubilate after the party announced him as the winner of its presidential primary at Eagle Square in Abuja, Nigeria, on June 8.

Nigeria’s All-Male Gerontocracy Won’t Go Away

Africa’s largest democracy systematically excludes women and young people from politics in a country where the median age is 18.

Supporters of the “Coalition of Northern Groups” rally to urge authorities to rescue hundreds of abducted schoolboys in northwestern state of Katsina, Nigeria, on Dec. 17, 2020.
Supporters of the “Coalition of Northern Groups” rally to urge authorities to rescue hundreds of abducted schoolboys in northwestern state of Katsina, Nigeria, on Dec. 17, 2020.

Can Nigeria Ever End Its Kidnap-for-Ransom Industry?

New legislation seeks to tackle a stubborn security threat, but members of the government are undermining their own policy.

Nigerian soldiers load a military truck with weapons recovered from bandits in north-central Nigeria on April 21.
Nigerian soldiers load a military truck with weapons recovered from bandits in north-central Nigeria on April 21.

Why Small Business Owners Have Such a Hard Time Getting Loans

Securing a good loan is challenging for many entrepreneurs, particularly women.

A worker stands on an offshore natural gas platform about 60 miles west of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Nov. 2, 2009.
A worker stands on an offshore natural gas platform about 60 miles west of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Nov. 2, 2009.

Germany Should Look to Africa for Gas, Not Russia

To stop financing Moscow’s brutal wars, Berlin should help African countries develop their energy sectors.

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A man exchanges Nigeria’s currency, the naira, for U.S. dollars in Lagos, Nigeria, on April 19.
A man exchanges Nigeria’s currency, the naira, for U.S. dollars in Lagos, Nigeria, on April 19.

Nigeria’s eNaira Is Not an Economic Panacea

After trying to ban cryptocurrencies, the country’s Central Bank has launched its own digital currency—but it won’t end the country’s foreign exchange volatility or shore up its reserves.

Cameroonian army soldiers at a polling station in Lysoka, near Buea, southwestern Cameroon, on October 7, 2018.
Cameroonian army soldiers at a polling station in Lysoka, near Buea, southwestern Cameroon, on October 7, 2018.

Cameroon’s Forgotten Civil War Is Getting Worse

Infighting among Anglophone separatists and denial by the Cameroonian government are escalating the ongoing conflict.

A street vendor hawks yams.
A street vendor hawks yams.

In Nigeria, Yam Prices Soar, and Culture Suffers

Yams mean wealth, power, and the holidays—if you can afford them.

South Africans gather at the Union Buildings.
South Africans gather at the Union Buildings.

The Death Penalty Isn’t African. It’s a Legacy of Colonialism.

Capital punishment was a tool of white supremacy designed to instill terror and cement foreign domination. African governments should abolish it.

The movie poster from 2020's remake of "Nneka the Pretty Serpent."
The movie poster from 2020's remake of "Nneka the Pretty Serpent."

Nigeria’s Cinematic Witches Were Rooted in Horrifying Reality

Witch hunts against the poor and vulnerable remain a serious problem.

Nigerian politicians celebrate the country’s independence.
Nigerian politicians celebrate the country’s independence.

Nigeria’s Legislature Is Siding With Autocracy

Democracy is at risk as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s power grows unchecked.

A protester gestures while holding a placard as another holds up a scarf with the colors of the Nigerian national flag during a demonstration against police brutality.
A protester gestures while holding a placard as another holds up a scarf with the colors of the Nigerian national flag during a demonstration against police brutality.

America’s Hollow Africa Policy

Washington’s focus on stability over human rights is alienating Africa’s youth.

A man carries a banner that reads "Digital right is human right" during a demonstration in Lagos, Nigeria, on June 12, 2021.
A man carries a banner that reads "Digital right is human right" during a demonstration in Lagos, Nigeria, on June 12, 2021.
Traffic gridlock in Abuja, Nigeria
Traffic gridlock in Abuja, Nigeria

Poor People Weren’t Part of the Plan for Abuja

In Nigeria’s carefully designed capital, urban enforcers harass ordinary citizens.

Nigerian soldiers patrol outside the Diffa Airfield in southeast Niger, near the Nigerian border, on Dec. 23, 2020.
Nigerian soldiers patrol outside the Diffa Airfield in southeast Niger, near the Nigerian border, on Dec. 23, 2020.

Will the War on Terror Move to Africa?

With jihadist groups on the rise, African leaders from Nigeria to Mozambique are worried about maintaining stability.

Activists protest LGBTQ discrimination in the Commonwealth.
Activists protest LGBTQ discrimination in the Commonwealth.
A U.S. Cobra helicopter participates in a military exercise.
A U.S. Cobra helicopter participates in a military exercise.

U.S. Lawmakers Hold Up Major Proposed Arms Sale to Nigeria

Senators quietly press U.S. President Joe Biden to reassess U.S.-Nigeria relations amid human rights concerns.

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