Nigeria

Prioritise People, Not Partisanship

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Politics
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

As Nigeria decides who will lead the country for the next five years on Saturday 28th March, it is tempting to get caught up in the acidity of politics. Yet, when Nigerians head to the polls, it is vital that we - both voters and politicians - prioritise the health and wellbeing of our citizens in our decision-making.

Nigeria Will Jail Phone Operators That Fail Standards

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Tech

Nigeria has the largest telecoms market in Africa, and as such there are high expectations about the services that its mobile operators can provide. ...

United Kingdom of Nigeria

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Politics
Kanmi Iyanda

The uncanny parallels that merge the two countries of Nigeria and Great Britain are truly mind-boggling. The historical coming together of both entities about three centuries ago has somehow resulted in a weird morphing of the most unlikely national psyches.

Nigeria's Elections: Deciding the Fate of a Young Democracy

Chidi Odinkalu | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Chidi Odinkalu

Unquestionably the most closely-fought in Nigeria's turbulent history, Nigeria's presidential elections on 28th March offer both promise and peril for Africa's most populous country.

My Experience as an Ebola Responder

One Young World | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
One Young World

This piece is by Dr. Freeman Osonuga. Freeman is a One Young World Ambassador from Nigeria. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Heal The Wor...

The Humanitarian Crisis in Nigeria Nobody Talks About

Jo Simmons | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Jo Simmons

On March 28, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People's Democratic Party will square off against former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari of the All People's Congress party, in what could be the first democratic transfer of power since Nigeria's reestablishment of democracy in 1999.

A Healthy Woman Is an Empowered Woman - The Alaafia Universal Health Coverage Scheme

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Through these three programmes, WBFA and I have intervened to assist with out-of-pocket medical bills and the cost of specialist healthcare for patients in need. However, we have found that this model, whilst successful, is ultimately unsustainable.

#girlhero: The Story of a Girl Fighting for Education

Payal Dalal | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

The grades of the some of the students have improved and, despite the challenge of talking to boys about their violent behaviour, Evelyn's persistence has changed the attitudes and actions of many of the boys she speaks to.

Justice for All Relies on Culture as Well as the Law

Andy Hansen | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK
Andy Hansen

If we want to build a safer and more prosperous world, there needs to be a rapid, massive and sustained increase in the number of people who have access to justice.

Making Everyone Count

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

We must show our children that they matter and that they have inalienable rights. We must show our fellow brothers and sisters that they need not suffer violence in silence. We must show our friends and families that there is dignity in reporting death.

Us and Them in Nigeria

Ian Linden | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Ian Linden

Solidarities grounded in ethnicity and faith do not always win over other criteria: who might prove less corrupt, who might distribute oil wealth more widely, even to the poor, who might perform the minimal requirement of a functioning state, the provision of security to its citizens?

They're Not Beheading or Burning Hostages, but Boko Haram is Striking Just as Much Terror as ISIS

Sophia Eribo | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Sophia Eribo

Boko Haram may not have produced imagery that has travelled across the media landscape, burning iconic pictures into the minds of those of us in the West. But by interrupting the political process and denying ordinary Nigerians the chance for peace with a delay of even one day, Boko Haram has proven itself just as terrifying.

Malala Isn't Happy With Politicians' Efforts To Save Nigerian Schoolgirls...

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK

The efforts to save hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls are "weak" because their parents are not "politically or financially powerful", Nobel p...

Imprisoned in Hospital - The Story of Folake Oduyoye

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

For over 10 years, WBFA and I have intervened to assist with medical bills through our various community programmes like the TMB and IMedF. However, this model is ultimately unsustainable.

Nigeria 2015 - Valentine's Day Blues

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Kanmi Iyanda

And so on the very day the rest of the world will be celebrating love, some bright sparks in Nigeria decided it was the perfect day for the country's two main political tribes to go to war. Surprised? Well, not really, I guess. We are Nigerians after all and everything we do must have our stamp of uniqueness and creativity.

Selma the Movie, UK Premiere. A Timely Arrival.

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

Remarkably, this is the first biography about MLK made for the big screen. The film is about a very specific moment in the city of Selma, Alabama, when black civil rights activist Martin Luther King (MLK) life, had given his "I have a dream" speech and received the Nobel peace prize, but was still frustrated by the lack of genuine progress on civil rights.

WhatsApp VoIP: Will it Succeed in the Developing World?

Nigel Eastwood | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Tech
Nigel Eastwood

VoIP technology is actually now more than 20 years old and the initial boom in consumer wireline VoIP came more than 10 years ago. Wireless mobile VoIP has also been around for quite a number of years. The first consumer application was introduced in 2006. A long time ago in telecoms!

The Nigerian Problem: Politics and Religious Persecution

Olaiya Phillips | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Olaiya Phillips

The coldblooded murder of innocent civilians - no matter the nationality or circumstances - is always utterly appalling.

Scale Of Nigeria's Horror Laid Bare In Incredible Satellite Images

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK

The sheer scale of a Nigerian terror group's most horrific and deadly attack yet has been laid bare in stark satellite images of homes, hospitals, sch...

Shoes and The News

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

I don't know how to handle the overwhelming heartache I feel when I read the news about the tragedies in Paris and Nigeria. All I know is to take it day by day by doing even the smallest thing I can to help humanity.

Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on Violence in and From the Margins

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.

Why Aren't World Leaders Linking Arms in Abuja? #BagaTogether

Eulette Ewart | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Eulette Ewart

The attacks in France last week were not just about the deaths of 17 civilians, it was also a direct assault on free speech. So yes, it makes sense that significant attention is paid here. But isn't there room for in-depth reporting on more than one important global news story?

Oil Giant Shell Humbled by Bodo Fishermen in UK Court Settlement

Peter Frankental | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Peter Frankental

After decades of blaming anyone else for the ecological disaster in the Niger Delta, Shell has been forced to point the finger at itself. Why else would the company make an out-of-court settlement of £55million and admit to telling lies during the course of the legal process?

Can Changing How You Cook Save Your Life?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Food is an intrinsic part of Nigerian culture and family life. Nonetheless, we must protect our mothers, our children, and our environment, from the harmful effects of household air pollution and inefficient fuels. This may mean a move away from the traditional firewood stoves that impart the traditional flavours that we all enjoy.

The African Islamic State

Olaiya Phillips | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Olaiya Phillips

This year I have watched from close quarters as a country has been torn apart. A militant Islamic group has successfully exploited an opportunity to carve out a sphere of influence in a riven nation. In a society divided by ethnic and - more prominently - religious loyalties, decades of tension between communities has manifested as sectarian violence.