Sophie Bouillon

Border closure has mixed impact for Nigeria’s economy

The most visible winner from the closure is the Nigerian treasury, which has benefited from the falling cost of petrol subsidies

Nigerian migrants struggle to reintegrate after Libya ordeal

Many returnees suffer long-term mental and physical health problems as well as social stigma on returning to Nigeria

New look, old ways? Benin’s leader and the authoritarian past

Elected in 2016 by defeating the preferred successor of Thomas Boni Yayi, Patrice Talon won the top job without a traditional political power base

Nigeria counts cost of postponed presidential poll

The two main candidates — President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar — both called for calm as a one-week delay was announced

Privatise Nigeria’s oil industry? Easier said than done

Atiku Abubakar, the main opposition contender, has vowed to break up the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, which he called a "mafia organisation"

Nigeria’s new minimum wage: Too much to ask?

President Muhammadu Buhari may have spoken too soon when he backed an initiative to hike his country's minimum wage by a whopping two thirds

MTN affair casts shadow over Nigeria’s economy, say analysts

In a shock announcement last Wednesday, the Central Bank of Nigeria ordered MTN to repay $8.13-billion

Behind Benin’s cotton harvest, worries over ‘monopoly’

The sleepy town of Bohicon in southern-central Benin roars into life during the cotton harvest between January and March.

Child killed as anti-government protests rock Togo

As the opposition call to unseat President Faure Gnassingbé, demonstrations on both sides have intensified in the region

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