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Members of the "Bring Back Our Girls" movement, holding a banner showing photographs of some of the missing, march to press for the release of the schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 from their school in Chibok by Islamist group Boko Haram, during a rally in Abuja on January 14, 2016.  Photo: ANP/AFP Stringer
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Throwing a Lavish Party for the Dead

I have said this before: one of the hardest tasks is to predict how Nigerians would react in any given situation. We are a perplexing bunch, able to defy the most skilled pontificator. Imagine, then, my constant frustration. As one who has written for years on Nigerian affairs, I am often asked—both by audiences in Nigeria and abroad—to pronounce on the likely turn of events in my country of birth.

A protest marking one year since the school girls' kidnap led by the frontliners of the Bring Back Our Girls, second right here, Fmr. Vice President World Bank, Obiageli Ezekwesili
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Inside a #BringBackOurGirls protest

On 22 August 2014, the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy group, acting as a nation’s conscience against poor political will and citizens’ forgetfulness, organised a protest to mark the 130th day since the 276 schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram were stolen from their families, their education and their lives, in Chibok, Borno State. A change of government and 736 days later, the girls are still missing.