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    Book Review: ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel’: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram by Andrew Walker

Book Review: ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel’: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram by Andrew Walker

In ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel’: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram, journalist Andrew Walker examines the emergence of Boko Haram, teasing out the societal and state structures that contributed to its rise and sustained its position. With the book drawing on a comprehensive range of resources, Fisayo Ajala recommends this well-researched and dutifully analysed […]

Africa at LSE Blog: Most Popular Posts of 2015

As the year draws to a close, it is normal to think back on how the year went. For those of us who work on the blog, we asked ourselves which articles our readers liked the most. We thought that you probably would like to know too! We hope you enjoy discovering a post you may have missed or […]

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    Book Review – Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency by Virginia Comolli

Book Review – Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency by Virginia Comolli

Ini Dele-Adedeji calls Virginia Comolli’s new book a thorough and expertly-analysed work that will become an invaluable compendium for Boko Haram watchers.

Virginia Comolli’s Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency is the latest offering to attempt to put conflict in northern Nigeria into better context, connecting the long history of violence in the region with the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency.

Considering […]

Why the 2015 African Union Summit a missed opportunity?

Waiswa Nkwanga argues that as the only continental organisation in Africa that brings the continent’s heads of state together every year, the AU should provide the leadership needed to address the most vexing problems affecting the continent.

So far, 2015 has not been a good year for Africa. Whether it is the Ebola virus killing thousands of people in West […]

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    Permalink White missionaries meeting a medicine man with his ‘trained hyena’ in Pategi, c. 1902. Although we have evidence of repression, we also have evidence of long-surviving heterodoxy and alternative forms of belief and practice in Nigeria. Boko Haram represents a grave threat to Nigeria's history, surely one of its greatest riches. Credit: SIM ArchivesGallery

    Book Review: Who Shall Enter Paradise: Christian Origins in Muslim Northern Nigeria, ca. 1890-1975 by Shobana Shankar

Book Review: Who Shall Enter Paradise: Christian Origins in Muslim Northern Nigeria, ca. 1890-1975 by Shobana Shankar

Ini Dele-Adedeji describes Shobana Shankar’s book as a landmark work that will usher in new era of writing on northern Nigeria.

‘Who Shall Enter Paradise: Christian Origins in Muslim Northern Nigeria, ca. 1890-1975 is a concise work which will most assuredly prove to be vital reading to students of northern Nigeria. The author of this fine work is Shobana Shankar, […]

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    Rescued from Boko Haram – What will it take to feel truly free?

Rescued from Boko Haram – What will it take to feel truly free?

Based on recent news report, LSE’s Mitchell Aghatise imagines the emotions and experiences of one of the girls recently rescued by the Nigerian army from the Boko Haram hideout in the Sambisa Forest.

Today was different. For the past few months we have been scavengers awaiting our next meal. Sustenance has become something to dread, death has become appealing.

Aisha was […]

Direct Your Indignation At Abuja, Not CNN

Jumoke Balogun argues that anger at Western media for not reporting the recent Baga massacre is misplaced.

Yes, you are right. The Western media is not paying attention to the tragedy in Nigeria where 2,000 people were slaughtered by Boko Haram. On the front page of the New York Times on Tuesday morning were two stories on the tragedy in […]

January 22nd, 2015|Conflict|0 Comments|
  • White missionaries meeting a medicine man with his ‘trained hyena’ in Pategi, c. 1902
    Permalink White missionaries meeting a medicine man with his ‘trained hyena’ in Pategi, c. 1902. Although we have evidence of repression, we also have evidence of long-surviving heterodoxy and alternative forms of belief and practice in Nigeria. Boko Haram represents a grave threat to Nigeria's history, surely one of its greatest riches. Credit: SIM ArchivesGallery

    Long before Boko Haram, Dissenters were Driven to the Brink in Northern Nigeria

Long before Boko Haram, Dissenters were Driven to the Brink in Northern Nigeria

As Boko Haram continues its deadly campaign in Nigeria, Shobana Shankar explores parallels between Boko Haram and other marginalised groups in the history of the northern part of the country.

No simple explanation for Boko Haram—its opposition to western education, gruesome acts, and territorial aims within Nigeria and in neighbouring Chad and Cameroon—is entirely convincing. After a recent attack in […]

A Boko Haram defeat is necessary for Nigeria to fulfil its potential

J Boima Rogers looks at the root causes of the Boko Haram phenomenon in Nigeria and what future leaders will have to do to rid Nigeria of Boko Haram and ensure that no copycat groups appear in the future. More than two months after 200-plus school girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants, the local and international outcry has not […]

July 2nd, 2014|Conflict|0 Comments|

Wole Soyinka: Boko Haram is not just a Nigerian problem – it is a crime against humanity

In a recent event at the British Library, Wole Soyinka reflected on his large body of work and spoke on current events in Nigeria, reports LSE’s Ellie Gunningham. Wole Soyinka is no stranger to speaking out against unresponsive or corrupt governments, and is well known for his writing on political themes and his imperative of activism. His defiance of such […]

June 4th, 2014|Conflict|1 Comment|

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