Kidnapping in Nigeria has blossomed into a burgeoning criminal enterprise.
Links between groups within the Kivu province and the Islamic state are not new.
The US needs to review whether a security agenda based on US priorities will solve problems in sub-Saharan Africa.
Only by prosecuting extremists will the world be able to marginalize those who carry out violent acts and those who give credence to their ideas.
Northern Nigeria's cattle rustling problem is aggravated by the regions ungoverned forests.
Research shows that unrest, even terrorism, can erupt in poor countries with a surplus of young people and not enough jobs. Can Niger, a once-peaceful sub-Saharan African nation, handle its baby boom?
Four young women who escaped Boko Haram during the 2014 Chibok schoolgirl kidnapping are now studying in the US. Their professor recounts a recent breakthrough in their quest to go to college.
In the end, Buhari possibly won simply because the Peoples Democratic Party wasn't offering a viable alternative.
Terrorist attacks and fatalities peaked in 2014, and have been on the decline since then.
The electorate monitored political parties very closely, an indication that democracy in Nigeria is taking root.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is hoping to be reelected but he's fallen short on the country's security challenges.
Nigeria's forests are used by terrorists, kidnappers, cannabis cultivators, cattle rustlers and robbers.
Cameroon being stripped off hosting the Africa Cup of Nations affects its international reputation and is likely to impact the economy.
Despite the large number of aspirants for Nigeria's 2019 elections, women and young people remain underrepresented.
Young aspirant politicians lack support structure and the money, both of which remain strong factors in deciding politics in Nigeria.
Some human rights activists worry that Cameroon could be the site of Africa's next civil war.
Nigeria is far from ready to hold a credible ballot in 2019.
A big rise in armed attacks in the Sahel - and the intensity of the attacks in recent years - is now seen as a major source of concern.
It's inconceivable that military prowess can offer long-term solutions to Nigeria's deep-rooted institutional problems.
US President Donald Trump will have an opportunity to showcase his "deep respect" for Africa when his Nigerian counterpart visits.