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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.

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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.