Nigeria

Chibok Girl Kidnapped By Boko Haram Found Pregnant In Nigerian Forest

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK

The first of the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram has been found pregnant in Nigeria's Sambisa Forest, according to a relative. A total of 276 gir...

Open Letter to Nigerian Leader, President Buhari

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Kanmi Iyanda

This letter was written by Nigerian journalist, Cheta Nwanze Dear President Buhari, On January 4, 2016, between 12 and 38 people were killed in Ude...

Why We Need to Work With Women to Prevent Violent Extremism

Baroness Anelay | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Anelay

To defeat extremism, we need women and girls to be empowered. And for women and girls to be empowered, we need to defeat extremism.

Chibok Girls: Two Years and Counting

Sarah Carson | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK
Sarah Carson

Today, hundreds of people are due to hold a march in the Nigerian capital of Abuja to demand the government do more to find the girls. As they march, we must all raise our voices, so that the Chibok girls are brought home safely, and all girls have the opportunity to go to school without the threat of violence.

8 Reasons Everyone's Forgotten The Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK

Footage has emerged appearing to show some of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls alive - two years after they were abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Th...

Children Used as Suicide Bombers - The Latest Horrific Tactic of Boko Haram

Lily Caprani | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

Since the time when the girls were taken from their school by armed militiamen, the impact of the conflict on children has grown dramatically. Over the past year, 44 children have been used as suicide bombers. In fact, the number of children used in suicide attacks has increased ten-fold over the last year and over 75% of the children involved in the attacks are girls. Nearly one out of every five suicide bombers is a child.

The Tragic 'Starving Witch Child' Has Made An Incredible Recovery

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK

A starving child who was accused of witchcraft and abandoned by his family has made an astonishing recovery after being rescued by a humanitarian aid ...

It's Still Illegal to Be Gay in 76 Countries Around The World. What Can We Do To Help?

Philip Ellis | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK
Philip Ellis

If we look at the conversations happening around equality in 2016, much discussion abounds on the business case for being LGBT-friendly. There is rese...

Here's How Mobile Innovation Can Help End Poverty

Philip Ellis | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

The digital inclusion conversation isn't limited to emerging markets, says Cairns; there are 90 million people in Europe who don't have a bank account or any digital means of payment, rendering travel by train or plane virtually impossible.

Woman Who Helped Starving 'Witch Child' Reveals She Sold All She Owns To Tackle Problem

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK

This article contains images that some may find distressing The woman photographed giving water to a severely emaciated child "accused of being a w...

Images Of This Starving Child 'Accused Of Witchcraft' Will Break Your Heart

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK

This article contains images that some may find distressing UPDATE: Woman Who Helped Starving 'Witch Child' Reveals She Sold All She Owns To Tackle...

Star power and social media alone can't fix crises

Eulette Ewart | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK
Eulette Ewart

Many of us reading this are living in a country where there is freedom of the press and free speech. Two basic rights which, tragically, have been denied to millions around the world. So if media houses have this freedom, let's see them use it responsibly, without relying on a trending hashtag, or a sprinkle of stardust to make it part of their agenda. Let's not wait for #Darfur or #Dalori to trend before we hear stories like these on our news channels.

Crude Spoils: Nigeria's $3.3bn Tax Break for Big Oil Companies

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

Three of the world's biggest oil and gas companies - Shell, Total and ENI - were granted an extraordinary series of tax breaks worth a staggering US$3.3billion in Nigeria, a country where millions of people live in extreme poverty.

#WhatWouldYouDo?

Simon O'Connell | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Simon O'Connell

For decades, Mercy Corps has worked with refugee and displaced populations, we know that building walls does not work. Europe's Schengen Agreement must remain in place and we must avoid the simplistic pretence that fences can be placed at our borders to preserve our economic well-being and security.

African Businesses Will Be Shut Out by Increased Schengen Border Restrictions

Memuna Forna | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Memuna Forna

Schengen in on life support and West African manufacturers should pay close attention. They are already convinced they won't be able to compete with the cheaper, better quality imports, which will be the inevitable result of a forthcoming EU/Africa free trade agreement. For most, exporting to Europe is a distant dream anyway. Increased border restrictions will make it even more unlikely.

Polio - Almost History

David Bull | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK
David Bull

The hard-won battle to eradicate polio once and for all is within our grasp but we can't relax yet. We must, maintain and accelerate our efforts. So it is heartening to see Commonwealth countries, including the UK, coming together this weekend at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta to review the results achieved to date and call for renewed global support.

Jeremy Corbyn Economic Adviser Apologises For Nigerian Economist Tweet Amid Claims Of 'Racism'

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn’s new economic adviser apologised this afternoon for suggesting George Osborne contacted “Nigerian economists” ahead of his fiscal...

How One TV Drama Series Is Fighting the HIV Aids Taboo

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

MTV Shuga is a sizzling sex and relationships drama and multimedia campaign for young audiences, which aims to raise awareness of HIV and Aids globally, and this fortnight I attended the premiere of season 4 of this ground breaking TV brand.

Local Women's Rights Organisations are Key to Changing the Plight Of Domestic Violence Survivors Across The World

Claire Hickson | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK
Claire Hickson

A World Bank report published last week found that in the past 25 years, over a hundred countries have enacted laws on domestic violence though many have not. The authors attribute much of this progress to international instruments and agreements. In reality, it is the work of local women's rights organisations that makes the most difference and that's why they need our support.

From East London to the East End of Glasgow: We Should Look to Lagos

Graham Sheffield | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK
Graham Sheffield

Last month an article in the Economist contended that, despite being "crowded, noisy and violent", Lagos is a positive model for the rest of Nigeria - maybe for the whole of Africa and that's the reason why the British Council has a long-standing relationship with this nation.

Silicon Savannahs and Cyber Cities: Where Does Success in Africa's Tech Sectors Lie?

Lucy James | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Tech
Lucy James

The importance that the tech sector might hold for economic development and diversification is recognised, and state investment has been forthcoming in various ways. In some cases, funds have been put forward for the building of 'incubation' centres and meeting places as was the case for Nigeria's Information Technology Entrepreneurship Accelerator in Lagos.

Nigeria's Leader Can Change World's Approach to Insurgencies and What Drives Them

General Sir Nick Parker | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK
General Sir Nick Parker

The measure of success in Northern Nigeria is whether civilians feel free from fear. Nigeria's sovereign government, with international partners lending their expertise, should be able not simply to clear the battlefield, but to satisfy the reasonable aspirations of the people to a secure and prosperous future. That could be a lesson for the rest of the world to learn.

Beyonce's Favourite Feminist Has Nigerian Women Up In Arms About Discrimination

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK

The woman hailed as Beyonce’s favourite feminist has sparked a powerful online gender equality movement, with women opening up about attitudes towar...

Pipe Dreams? Buhari and Nigeria's Fuel Crisis

Lucy James | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Lucy James

The medium-term outlook is rocky. The urban gridlock, jerry cans and sleep-deprived Nigerians milling outside petrol stations is the best indication of the precariousness of Nigeria's fuel sector today. Buhari and the his APC party can expect to burn the midnight oil to make it work.

UK Applauds Decision By Nigeria To Make FGM Illegal

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK

The UK has applauded a decision by Nigeria to make female genital mutilation illegal as a "landmark moment" in ending the practice which has been infl...