The Story that Got an Al-Jazeera West Africa Team Arrested

On Saturday 15 June, the Al-Jazeera West Africa correspondent Yvonne Ndege, and her 3-man crew were arrested in Niger. According to information posted on the Al-Jazeera website: The team was initially detained at around 9.00 (GMT) on Saturday, questioned, and asked to hand over the material from a story they were filming about refugees. The … More The Story that Got an Al-Jazeera West Africa Team Arrested

A Glimpse into the World of Almajirai in Northern Nigeria

I first met Hannah Hoechner in May this year, at the Oxford University Pan African Conference. I was outside the conference hall, getting some fresh air and chatting with several people when this friendly long haired brunette came to us and said hello in Hausa. Fascinated, we proceeded to ask her how come she could … More A Glimpse into the World of Almajirai in Northern Nigeria

Northern Nigeria: The Disconnect Between Our Leaders and the Rest of Us

It is becoming a tired cliché to note that Nigeria is a country with vast potentials which have remained unrealized due to socio-political and economic challenges of which dearth of transformational leadership is at the heart of all. Again, it is common knowledge that this leadership deficit is more severe in northern Nigeria relative to … More Northern Nigeria: The Disconnect Between Our Leaders and the Rest of Us

Nigeria’s First Female Chief Justice

On 16 July 2012 Honourable Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar was sworn in as Nigeria’s very first female head of the judiciary, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). She became Nigeria’s 13th indigenous CJN after her confirmation by the Senate, replacing her predecessor, Honourable Justice Dahiru Musdapher, who retired on 14 July. Justice Mukhtar has had … More Nigeria’s First Female Chief Justice

“What is Boko Haram?” ~ A Report by BBC’s Andrew Walker for USIP

Several weeks ago, in an NGO where I was working then, one of the Executive Directors of the organization came to my department, to say hello to everyone. We exchanged pleasantries, and he asked of my nationality, to which I replied “Nigeria“.  He then asked what part of Nigeria and I said “…from the North…”. He … More “What is Boko Haram?” ~ A Report by BBC’s Andrew Walker for USIP

Debenhams’ Adverts Signs in Hausa: Worth Celebrating or Shameful?

For the first time in my life, I am ashamed of being Hausa-Fulani or rather, at our behaviour. Usually I am one who is extremely proud of my identity: I love the Hausa language, how it flows easily and I relish the slightest opportunity to speak it in the midst of friends and acquaintances of … More Debenhams’ Adverts Signs in Hausa: Worth Celebrating or Shameful?

Celebrating the Resilience of African Women

“I should have known that ambition and success were not to be expected in an African woman. An African woman should be a good African woman whose qualities should be coyness, shyness, submissiveness, incompetence and crippling dependency. A highly educated independent African woman is bound to be dominant, aggressive, uncontrollable, a bad influence.”     … More Celebrating the Resilience of African Women

Part 2: Interview with Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on Sovereign National Conference and Other Matters

  The is  the second part of the interview with Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, with focus on calls for a National Conference and Sharia Law. As with the first part of the interview, this was originally posted on Nigeria Village Square website HERE. Enjoy!!   Now What Podcasts : The NOW WHAT podcasts Series are initiated by … More Part 2: Interview with Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on Sovereign National Conference and Other Matters

Interview with Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on Boko Haram and State of the Nation

This post is an excerpt from the February 25th edition of the Nigeria Village Square (NVS) NOW WHAT weekly series of which I am a panel member. It was originally posted HERE. Enjoy!! Now What Podcasts : The NOW WHAT podcasts Series are initiated by a desire to chart a way forward for Nigeria following the … More Interview with Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on Boko Haram and State of the Nation