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Is WhatsApp shaping democracy in Africa?

A study shows that the social messaging platform is both emancipatory and destructive, particularly during election campaigns

WhatsApp played a big role in the Nigerian election. Not all of it was bad

In the recent Nigerian election WhatsApp was used to mislead voters. But it also strengthened democracy in other areas

Abubakar lodges election legal challenge

Abubakar, the candidate for the opposition PDP has now followed through with his promise to challenge the results

Nigeria says governship vote ‘inconclusive’ in six states

Local elections are fiercely contested in Nigeria, as governors generally have more impact on ordinary people's day-to-day lives

Nigeria’s Buhari wins re-election

The former military ruler was first elected as civilian president of Africa's most populous nation and leading oil producer in 2015

Nigerians wait for election results as polls close

Results from nearly 120 000 polling stations were being collated at local and state level before being sent to the capital, Abuja, on Sunday

Boko Haram displaced feel forgotten amid Nigeria election fever

More than 27 000 people have been killed since the Boko Haram conflict began in 2009 and some 1.8-million others are still displaced

Nigeria’s election delay: Why, and what next?

Regardless of how the elections are conducted on the new dates announced, losing parties will blame the postponement for their defeat

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

​Last day of campaigning in Nigeria before polls

Muhammadu Buhari is seeking a second term but is facing a strong challenge from Atiku Abubakar who has campaigned largely against his record in office

As Nigeria votes, Buhari moves from messiah to maligned

Nigerians must not put up with attempts by Nigerian President Buhari to steal the February 16 elections like his predecessors did, says the author

Nigeria has a history of dodgy elections: will it be different this time?

There are question marks over whether Nigeria's upcoming elections will be credible

Nigeria says top judge’s suspension not linked to election

President Buhari replaced Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, sparking claims he had breached the constitution and was trying to manipulate the judiciary

EU ‘concerned’ after Nigeria’s president suspends top judge

The European Union says the president's decision 'raises concerns about opportunity for electoral justice'

Nigeria braces for knife-edge election (again)

At times chaotic, at others comical, the race to lead Africa’s biggest economy is never boring

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