The diversion of scarce resources and increasing militarisation could derail the democratic project.
The persecution of Christians in sub-Saharan Africa dwarfs what is happening in the Middle East, according to a report.
Hundreds of teachers have been murdered and millions of pupils terrorised in central Africa.
Last year 32 658 people were victims of terrorism but crime is 13 times higher.
Hafsat Mohammed uses hope to counter hate, but the activist knows the threats she faces are all too real.
Boko Haram, the low oil price and the firm's rapid growth could all be linked to the huge fine slapped on MTN by Nigeria's communications commission.
A Nigerian soldier recounts his experience on the battlefield with Boko Haram fighters and the army's struggle to operate high-tech ammunition.
The continent is two years away from being certified polio-free but violent insurgencies could hamper efforts to finally eradicate the virus.
Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram say the government is punishing them for unknown sins and sentencing them to death.
Guinean President Alpha Condé has said his country is ready to aid its West African neighbours in the regional fight against the Islamist militants.
The Nigerian army has freed 178 people being held hostage by Boko Haram including more than 100 children, it said on Sunday.
Authorities in Niger have banned the full Islamic veil following suicide attacks in countries in the region by women wearing the religious garment.
A report warns that an ANC faction, disbanded by the party, aims to make a return in the province.
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to recover oil revenues from an estimated stolen 250 000 barrels a day during a visit to the US.
Police in Chad have threatened to arrest anyone wearing a full-face veil, a day after a bombing carried out by a terrorist disguised as a woman.
Two suicide bombings killed at least 40 people in the central Nigerian city of Jos, witnesses said.
A suicide bomber attacked a church in the restive northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum, in Yobe state, killing at least five worshippers.
Escaped captives say that some of the schoolgirls flog dissidents and slit the throats of captured men.