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A Week in Nigeria: 10 November – Alexis Akwagyiram –

Highlights from Reuters coverage of Nigeria during the week ending 10 November.
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A Week in Nigeria: 20 October – Alexis Akwagyiram –

In this week’s round-up: A Boko Haram offshoot affiliated with IS kills an aid worker, inflation rises again and the Senate approves the issuance of a $2.8 billion Eurobond.
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In this week's round-up of Nigeria stories from Reuters: 
*ISWA kills aid worker 
*Senate approves $2.8bn Eurobond but warns of debt 
*NNPC denies having $3.5bn subsidy fund 
*Nigeria spent $2.2bn in Oct to keep naira stable 
*Plans to cut 2019 budget
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A week in Nigeria: 16 September 2018  

A week in Nigeria: 16 September 2018   | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it

In case you missed key developments in Nigeria over the last week, here’s a rundown of some of the stories covered by the Reuters bureau. The week was again dominated by relations between South…

 
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My rundown of stories covered by my team at the Reuters bureau in Nigeria. 
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Another mass abduction blights Nigerian leader's security record | Reuters

Another mass abduction blights Nigerian leader's security record | Reuters | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
When Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari took office three years ago, eradicating the "mindless, godless" militants of Boko Haram and rescuing the hundreds of women and children they held captive was one of the main pledges in his inaugural address.
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A Reuters feature by me looking at the increasingly central role security is playing in appraisals of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari. It looks likely to be a key issue if he seeks a second term. 
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Militant group withdraws threat to attack Niger Delta oil industry   

YENAGOA, Nigeria June 28 (Reuters) - A militant group in
Nigeria's oil-rich southern Niger Delta on Wednesday withdrew
its threat to launch attacks on oil facilities from June 30.
The New Delta Avengers
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It’s time to decide what being middle class in Africa really means

It’s time to decide what being middle class in Africa really means | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
The middle classes in the Global South gained growing attention since the turn of the century, mainly through their rapid ascendancy in the Asian emerging economies. A side effect of the economic growth during these ‘fat years’ was a relative increase of monetary income for a growing number of households. This also benefited som
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Nigeria exchanges 82 Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram for prisoners

Nigeria exchanges 82 Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram for prisoners | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Boko Haram militants have released 82 schoolgirls out of a group of more than 200 whom they kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok three years ago in exchange for prisoners, the presidency said on Saturday.
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All your faves are problematic: A brief history of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, stanning and the trap of #blackgirlmagic

All your faves are problematic: A brief history of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, stanning and the trap of #blackgirlmagic | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
In my late twenties, I fell in love with Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie’s words. In part it was because I understood the world she was describing. I had not yet been to Nigeria, and knew nothing of Nsuk…
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A fantastic long read on the limits of the #blackgirlmagic narrative.
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Exclusive: IMF says Nigeria needs urgent reform-document

Exclusive: IMF says Nigeria needs urgent reform-document | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to warn Nigeria its economy needs urgent reform, according to a report seen by Reuters that could delay talks over $1.4 billion in international loans.
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Details of a mostly critical IMF report on Nigeria's ailing economy (the largest in Africa), and the government's attempts to revive it, seen by me and my Reuters colleague Paul Carsten. 
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Nigerian vice president says he has Buhari's approval for everything

Nigerian vice president says he has Buhari's approval for everything | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Monday he had the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for "practically everything", after taking the reins as acting president during Buhari's absence for medical treatment in Britain.
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Boko Haram attacks destroy farm communities, bring famine risk

Boko Haram attacks destroy farm communities, bring famine risk | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Fati Adamu has not seen three of her six children nor her husband since Boko Haram militants attacked her hometown in northeast Nigeria in an hail of bullets.
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My Reuters story from Maiduguri, in northeast Nigeria, about the looming humanitarian crisis in the region that the UN says threatens to kill 75,000 children in the next few months. The depth of the crisis has emerged in the last few months after troops pushed Boko Haram out of territory they previously held. 
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Nigerian power problems old and new frustrate Buhari's economy push

Nigerian power problems old and new frustrate Buhari's economy push | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
* Three out of six turbines idle at biggest power plant* Rise in Niger Delta attacks curbs gas supplies* Power producers owed huge sums by st
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An assessment, by me and Reuters colleague Libby George, of the litany of problems in Nigeria's power sector that are holding back the roll out of reliable electricity across Africa's most populous nation. Until these issues - from attacks on gas pipelines in the Niger Delta to an ageing national grid - are addressed, the continent's biggest economy will struggle to develop.
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U.S. says concerned by deaths of Nigerian Shi'ites in clash with police 

LAGOS, Nov 18 (Reuters) - The United States on Friday said
it was concerned by the deaths of Nigerians in clashes between
Shi'ite Muslims and police earlier this week and what it called
the apparently
Alexis Akwagyiram's insight:
An interesting story coming amid a backdrop of fears expressed by security analysts and diplomats that a Shi'ite minority sect in mostly Sunni Muslim northern Nigeria could be radicalised by a crackdown that has parallels with a push against Boko Haram in 2009, after which the group adopted a jihadist agenda. 
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A Week in Nigeria: 27 October – Alexis Akwagyiram –

Highlights from Reuters coverage of Nigeria over the last seven days. “A Week in Nigeria: 27 October” is published by Alexis Akwagyiram
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Nigeria raises heat on South Africa's MTN with $2 bln tax bill | Reuters

Nigeria raises heat on South Africa's MTN with $2 bln tax bill | Reuters | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Nigeria landed MTN Group with a $2 billion tax bill on Tuesday, marking the South African mobile phone company's latest skirmish with authorities in its most lucrative market.
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Nigerian security agents blockade parliament, chief later fired | Reuters

Nigerian security agents blockade parliament, chief later fired | Reuters | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Nigeria's security forces stopped lawmakers entering parliament on Tuesday in a blockade seen by the opposition as a bid to intimidate its leaders, but the presidency condemned the move and the acting president fired the head of the security agency.
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A hectic day at Nigeria's parliament during which armed state security agents barred entry to lawmakers for around an hour, after which the head of that agency was fired by the acting president. It follows a wave of defections from the ruling party to the main opposition in the run-up to a presidential election in February 2019. 
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Nigeria has let a crisis go to waste

Nigeria has let a crisis go to waste | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Economic collapse was meant to spur diversification — that has not happened
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Superb analysis by the FT's Africa editor, David Pilling, on how Nigeria has failed to diversify amid a recession tied to its reliance on its oil industry. It has let a crisis go to waste. 
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On Boko Haram front line, Nigerian vigilantes amass victories and power

On Boko Haram front line, Nigerian vigilantes amass victories and power | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
His broken arm is in a bamboo splint, his torso pock-marked with shrapnel and his jaw wired together by a Nigerian army surgeon.
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Fascinating insight into the Civilian Joint Task force, a 30,000-strong government approved vigilante force that has fought Boko Haram alongside the army. Written by Reuters' Africa bureau chief Ed Cropley. Members of the group have been accused of human rights abuses and fears are growing about what will happen when the jihadist insurgency has finally been quelled. "You kill one monster and create another dragon," is the problem faced by Nigerian authorities if they aren't properly reintegrated, one military commander told me. 
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Millions of Nigerians face hunger in wasteland recaptured from fighters

Millions of Nigerians face hunger in wasteland recaptured from fighters | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
When he heard that the Nigerian army had declared his family's home town of Banki free from Boko Haram militants and safe to return, Bukar Abdulkadir did all he could to bring his family back to the place they had fled three years ago.
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My Reuters report from Banki, a northeast Nigerian town near the border with Cameroon, whose inhabitants have had their lives torn apart by the Islamist militant Boko Haram insurgency that has gripped the region since 2009. 
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PASSAGES Series: Introduction to Marseille 

In this video we travelled from the States to Switzerland to France.

 
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An interesting travelogue series examining issues related to identity and the African diaspora. 
 
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Pace of reform slows as Nigeria's ailing Buhari slims his schedule

Pace of reform slows as Nigeria's ailing Buhari slims his schedule | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
A lingering illness has led President Muhammadu Buhari to reduce his working day to a few hours since he returned from medical leave, slowing down the pace of economic reforms advanced in his absence, diplomats and government sources said.
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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, who is suffering from an undisclosed illness, has cut down his schedule drastically after the 74-year-old's return from seven weeks of medical leave. A combination of well placed sources provided this insight into the inner workings of Nigeria's presidency amid a slowdown that has seen the pace of economic reforms slow down. 
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Nigerians vent frustrations on President Buhari as costs soar

Nigerians vent frustrations on President Buhari as costs soar | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
With Christmas just weeks away, Dolapo Beckley was among a throng of shoppers haggling at a market in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, where the prices of some goods have doubled in the last year.
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Popular sentiment in Nigeria has largely turned against President Muhammadu Buhari as Africa's largest economy is in recession for the first time in 25 years and the cost of living has risen sharply. My Reuters report from a Lagos market. 
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Cash gifts and 'crocodile holes': Gambia's outgoing ruler

Cash gifts and 'crocodile holes': Gambia's outgoing ruler | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh was celebrating his 48th birthday in Banjul in May 2013 when he saw a poor street hawker selling peanuts with a child strapped to her back.
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"He could be very jovial and kind and then lose his temper like a mad dog". A great profile of Gambia's outgoing president, who has ruled the west African country for 22 years, following his surprise election defeat. Written by my Reuters colleague Edward McAllister.  
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Violence and political pressure anger Nigeria's Shi'ites

Violence and political pressure anger Nigeria's Shi'ites | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Blackened walls and piles of rubble are all that is left of the house of a leader of Nigeria's Shi'ite minority after it was burned down by machete-wielding youths in the tense northern city of Kaduna.
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My Reuters article from Kaduna, northern Nigeria, about violence and a political crackdown that threaten to radicalise the country's largest Shi'ite Muslim sect, pitting them against the Sunni majority in that part of Africa's most populous nation. Some fear they could be the next Boko Haram. 
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Nigerian property crash attracts funds looking beyond recession - REUTERS

Nigerian property crash attracts funds looking beyond recession - REUTERS | African Current Affairs | Scoop.it
* Property prices drop sharply in Nigeria due to recession* Nigeria attractive only for high-risk investors withpatience* Nigeria will need
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Nigeria's property crash offers opportunities for brave investors looking beyond the recession. My Reuters feature on how investors, mainly from South Africa, believe Nigeria's size and under-development make the country's property market attractive in the long term - despite the country's first recession in 25 years. 
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