Instead of advancing a political or ideological cause, the primary goal of the militias is to enrich themselves
Over the past two months a controversy has developed over the government’s desire to relabel armed outlaws as ‘bandit terrorists’.
With 20% of sub-Saharan Africa’s population and its largest economy, Nigeria is critical for any continent-wide strategy and successive US administrations have courted Nigerian leaders since the restoration of civilian rule in 1999.
When 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram from a remote area in Nigeria, the world called for their rescue. A new book, Bring Back Our Girls: The Untold Story of the Global Search for Nigeria’s Missing Schoolgirls, gives the details of how 164 were freed.
Ending violence against children is one of the most important priorities, but it won’t happen without political leadership
Despite the insurgency, which has killed many people, caused the displacement of millions, confines women to traditional roles and forbids the education of girls, women are fending for their families and starting lucrative businesses. Meet the make-up artists of Maiduguri
The sudden death of Chad’s president, who had ruled for 30 years, has left palpable tension and a lack of security in the air
On 5 February Nigeria’s central bank banned crypto transactions, but industry analysts are confident the sector will find a workaround.
Militias have increased in numbers and strength, and now outnumber state security forces by four to one
After being praised for their handling of the pandemic, African countries must now confront the economic fallout – even as they grapple with existing political and security challenges
‘Nigeria kills its people. Nigeria has always killed its people.’
Can Frelimo and its backers continue to profit from a failing state while an armed insurgency rages in northern Mozambique? And will South Africa help prop them up?
The SADC has been lackadaisical in its response to the insurgency in Mozambique and in so doing, is putting several other southern African countries at risk
What might Africa look like in the wake of the pandemic? There’s enough change happening to keep both optimists happy and pessimists glum
The country’s elites, including the president, travelled abroad for treatment but now they must use the country’s neglected health system
After escaping from the clutches of armed groups, abducted children in northern Nigeria should expect a warm welcome on their return home
After escaping from the clutches of armed groups, abducted children in northern Nigeria don’t get a warm homecoming
A solution to religious fundamentalist violence is neither a secularist view nor religious in nature; it entails a blend of both.
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
International Crisis Group lists seven particularly pressing crises the regional organisation should focus on in 2019
‘We have failed to hold our African leaders to account,’ writes Mustafa Bothwell Mheta
A faction of Boko Haram affiliated to the Islamic State militant group, has intensified attacks against the army in the northeast of Nigeria
The secessionist struggle has turned increasingly violent, with families fleeing and women violated
Voters go to the polls on February 16, four years after Buhari’s landmark victory
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will run for re-election in February 2019 against former vice president Atiku Abubakar
Tens of thousands of English-speaking Cameroonians have fled the country ahead of the presidential vote
Nigerian graduates must all do one year of national service. It’s meant to foster unity, but it does soak up 90% of the national youth budget
Analysts say Nigeria has not faced such a serious threat from Boko Haram since the peak of the insurgency between 2013 and 2015
Government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary late Wednesday condemned the mobile phone video as a "horrible forgery" and "fake news"
With the 2019 elections less than a year away, Nigeria’s ability to hold free and fair elections is open to question
A guerrilla movement in Mozambique could upend the government’s plans for stability and prosperity
Amnesty International has urged the country to act on claims soldiers and members of the civilian militia have raped women and girls in remote camps