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President of Cameroon Paul Biya (L) walks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R) following his arrival at the airport in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on July 29, 2015.

No Continent for Old Men

Africa has the world’s youngest population and its oldest leaders. If the next generation wants change, young Africans must abandon dreams of private-sector success and enter the political arena.

French police officers talk to passersby at the entrance to the secure zone for the annual G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 23.

Our Top Weekend Reads

The Amazon is ablaze, world leaders convene for the G-7, and Nigeria marks a global health milestone.

Volunteer community mobilizers (VCMs) hold flip charts used for educating parents about polio and other routine immunizations at a health center in Kano, Nigeria, on July 23.

Nigeria Just Won a Complex Victory Over Polio

The country’s vaccinators have overcome distrust, misinformation, and an insurgency to reach this point, but they can’t stop yet.

Children gather for a ceremony to mark their release from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilante group, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, on May 10.

Nigeria’s Child Veterans Are Still Living a Nightmare

The war against Boko Haram saw kids drafted by both sides. Now they need assistance and a post-conflict future.

A customer pays for a copy of the Africa edition of China Daily at a newsstand in Nairobi on Dec. 14, 2012.

In Africa, China Is the News

Beijing’s infrastructure projects may grab headlines, but its efforts to shape the media are more dangerous.

The African Gold restaurant outside North Nicosia serves as a meeting point for the large foreign student body from Nigeria, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe.

At Europe’s Edge, Unwanted Migrants Are Stranded in an Unrecognized Country

Scammed by opportunistic agents, African students seeking a future in the EU have ended up stuck in Northern Cyprus—some of them left for dead.

A settlement is seen against the skyline of Manila’s financial district in the Philippines on Aug. 17, 2017.

For the Poor, Falling Poverty Numbers Aren’t Always Good News

Chronic poverty may be on the decline, but too many families still face cyclical poverty.

Ambazonia Military Forces General John, who says he commands thousands of rebel soldiers in Ambazonia, poses with his bodyguards in Borrere, Cameroon, the Ambazonian flag proudly hanging behind them, on Feb. 13.

Cameroon’s Separatist Movement Is Going International

Armed groups are slipping into Nigeria and appealing to the Cameroonian diaspora to fuel their fight for a breakaway state.

A discarded Islamic State flag lies torn on the ground in the village of Baghouz, Syria, on March 24. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS’s West African Offshoot Is Following al Qaeda’s Rules for Success

The amorphous Boko Haram splinter group is taking inspiration where it can get it and bringing disaster to the Lake Chad Basin in the process.

Supporters of the All Progressives Congress rally as they celebrate the re-election of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Kano on Feb. 27. (Luis Tato/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Vote

Buhari promised an end to graft and corruption. Now he’ll have to deliver.

A Nigerian man walks on plastic waste in the Mosafejo area of Lagos on Feb. 12. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

Growth Alone Won’t Help the Poor

Nigeria shows that economic growth combined with rising inequality won’t lift people out of poverty. The country’s next government should heed the lesson.

TIJUANA, MEXICO - JANUARY 27:  A view of the US-Mexican border fence at Playas de Tijuana on January 27, 2017 in Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. President Donald Trump announced a proposal to impose a 20 percent tax on all imported goods from Mexico to pay for the border wall between the United States and Mexico. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a planned meeting with President Trump over who would pay for Trump's campaign promise to build a border wall.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

From the border wall to billionaire presidential candidates.

A ballot box is seen at a polling station of Gombi, Adamawa State, Nigeria on Feb. 15, one day ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections.(Luis Tato/AFP/Getty Images)

FP’s Guide to Nigeria’s Election

Articles to read ahead of a crucial vote.

Pro-Biafra supporters shout slogans in Aba, southeastern Nigeria, during a protest calling for the release of a key activist on Nov. 18, 2015. (Pius Utomi Ekepi/AFP/Getty Images)

Slouching Toward Secession in Nigeria

Apathetic voters are planning to boycott this weekend’s election—and may inadvertently boost the country’s most fervent separatists.

Nigerian President  Muhammadu Buhari (left) and Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar (right) shake hands during a meeting in Abuja on Feb. 13. (Sodiq Adelakun/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigeria’s Election Is Shattering Political Taboos

The issue of restructuring the country’s delicate federal system has long been off limits. Both candidates have now put it front and center, ensuring that reforms are on the way.

A woman carries a pot of water on her head in Rann in north-east of Nigeria close to the Cameroonian border on July 29, 2017.

Cameroon Used to Welcome Refugees. Now It Forcibly Expels Them.

Nigerians fleeing violence at home are being kicked out of northern Cameroon and being sent back to areas terrorized by Boko Haram.

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