Continuing our blog series on agricultural politics in Africa, Caroline Kende-Robb emphasises the importance of small-holder farmers. Caroline is the Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel, a group of 10 individuals who advocate for equitable and sustainable policy for Africa. The group is chaired by former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.
Category Archives: Nigeria
In this post Zainab Usman takes a look at the issue of parliamentarians and their pay, in comparison to that of the citizens they are meant to serve. Zainab Usman is a DPhil candidate in International Development and pens her own blog here.
In this opinion piece, Chris Akor explores the apparent desire for a ‘strongman’ leader in Nigeria. He analyses the pressure on Goodluck Jonathan to ‘rule like a lion or a tiger’ and the nostalgia for dictatorial leaders like General Mohammadu Buhari. Chris has recently completed an MSc at the University of Oxford.
In this blog, Zainab Usman highlights the importance of looking at the political context in which militia groups in Nigeria operate. As political contestation around the 2015 elections starts to grow, she asks what impact these various groups will have on the polls, and what the post-election environment might have in store for them. Zainab […]
As attacks attributed to the militant Islamic group Boko Haram continue in Nigeria, Hannah Hoechner explores the ways in which students at traditional Qur’anic schools are treated in word and deed, both inside and outside the country. Hannah is reading for a DPhil in International Development at the University of Oxford.
Inocent Chukwuma, criminologist, activist and Director of the Centre for Law Enforcement Education (CLEEN) visited the African Studies Centre recently for a small informal gathering of Nigeria watchers. Those who were present were lucky enough to hear a comprehensive take on Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgency informed by radical criminology and political economy, which included Nigeria’s […]
Following his highly acclaimed analysis into the state of the nation in Nigeria in January, our anonymous Nigerian analyst returns for the second of a two-part special dissecting the combustible political and economic environment in Nigeria. (If you missed it, take a look at part one here). It was inevitable, really. With limited ‘trickle-down’, and no […]
Following his highly acclaimed analysis into the state of the nation in Nigeria in January, our anonymous Nigerian analyst returns to for a two-part special to dissect the combustible political and economic environment in Nigeria. Something had to give. On 29th June Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, freshly-landed from Rio, announced the dismissal of National Security Advisor […]
Adding Fuel to the Fire in Nigeria” is the most thought-provoking, convincing analysis I have seen of the Jonathan administration’s attempts to end the fuel subsidy. The anonymous author makes the fundamental point that ending the fuel subsidy is not about economics – it is about the patronage politics that govern Nigeria—a point with which […]
Following the recent political unrest and attacks by Boko Haram, we asked an experienced Nigeria watcher to update us on the state of the nation. He did so on the condition of anonymity, and argues that the removal of fuel subsidies has nothing to do with economics, that it may not actually matter whether or […]