Category Archives: Nigeria

Power play in Kenya and the ‘ideology of order’

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Nic Cheeseman explores the political battle underway in Kenya between county assemblies, the National Assembly, and the Senate. He asks what consequences these might have for Kenyatta’s pledge to provide domestic order and, in doing so, secure his own seat in power.

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Muslim politics and shari‘a in Nigeria

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Alexander Thurston argues that many accounts of shari’a law in Nigeria have underestimated the complex politics that surround this issue, overlooked the diversity of Muslim constituencies involved in its implementation, and failed to explore the unstable political alliances between Muslim scholars and elected Muslim politicians. A more detailed account of his research has recently been published in African Affairs. […]

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Six factors that help us to understand Boko Haram

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This week, we launched a broader series on security in Nigeria, exploring the latest research and comment on the security sector and security threats in the country. As part of that series, we are sharing a summary of Raufu Mustapha’s recent talk on Boko Haram at the University of Edinburgh. Raufu is an Associate Professor of […]

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Wole Soyinka for Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford

Democracy in Africa is joining the campaign to elect Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka as Professor of Poetry. As the first African elected to this post, Soyinka’s appointment would be an immense historical milestone for the University of Oxford. As an inspirational writer and speaker, his tenure would be privilege for us all. Anyone who has been a student at Oxford […]

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Internal divisions in APC as Buhari prepares to take office

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In this blog, Michaela Collord asks whether the APC can remain unified for long enough to deliver the change that they promised to fellow Nigerians. Michaela is a PhD candidate in politics at the University of Oxford. This blog post was originally posted on the Presidential Power blog.

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What the Nigerian presidential election has to teach us about African politics

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Taking a comparative perspective, Co-editor Nic Cheeseman asks what lessons the Nigerian presidential election has for politicians in Kenya, and beyond. A strong opposition coalition, a weak government, an independent electoral commission and a large margin of victory are crucial, he argues, if elections are to facilitate a turn-over of power.

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Buhari and beyond: The answers we have and the questions that remain

Nigeria in Numbers

Co-Editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores Buhari’s victory and the questions that remain, as the nation goes to the polls once more for the Governorship and House Assembly.

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Voice of votes – technology and the Nigerian election

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Voice of Votes has recently started to garner attention in Nigeria and beyond. In the run up to the election, we asked Ismail Jibrin to tell us more about the technology-based offering, and how it could shape the election and its aftermath. You can contact Ismail, here.

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President Goodluck Jonathan under fire as election nears

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In this blog, our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman looks at the prospects for an APC victory in Nigeria at the February polls and the rumours of potential manipulation already surround the elections.

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Je Suis Baga

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In the march on Sunday, Hollande claimed that Paris was the capital of the world. Given the number of deaths at the hands of Boko Haram this month, Ian Taylor wants to know why all eyes are not on Baga.

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