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Nigerian pop star D'banj performing on stage in London. Robin Little/Redferns/Getty

The perils of mixing music and politics in Nigeria

When pop star D'banj signed up to help get Goodluck Jonathan elected president, fans turned on him. But a hit song turned things around.
A group of protesters demanding better governance in Nigeria just as the country marked its 60th Independence Day anniversary on October 1, 2020. Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Nigeria is not a failed state, but it has not delivered democracy for its people

Although it's failed to deliver democracy to citizens, Nigeria is not the collapsed and disintegrated entity which a 2005 US National Intelligence Council analysis predicted it would become by 2020.
In spite of its resources, poverty is rampant in Nigeria. Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Fear dominates the lives of Nigerians: the consequences are dire

Given its natural resources and people, Nigeria should be a prosperous nation, but after 60 years of self governance, the country now ranks as the world poverty capital.
A tightly packed and busy urban slum in Ajegunle, Lagos, Nigeria. shutterstock

Why African cities should have engaged non-state actors in the fight against COVID-19

Urban governance must include community groups, non-state and informal actors in the battle against COVID-19 in Africa.
Nigerian rapper Falz sings in his home studio in Lagos. Florian PlauCheur/AFP/Getty Images

Why has protest music dried up in Nigeria?

Young Nigerians are protesting bad governance and police brutality. Where is the music to assist them?
The increasingly well-coordinated global anti-vaccine movement has repurposed itself to challenge the very reality of COVID-19. Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

COVID-19: A global survey shows worrying signs of vaccine hesitancy

A safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be developed in record time and may be approved for production, distribution and acceptance some time in 2021.
Professor Christian Happi, director of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, displays one of the most advanced automated acid extractors being used in the laboratory. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

Nigeria needs innovation and science investment to help control COVID-19

To effectively control COVID-19 and prevent a future pandemic, Nigeria needs to start investing heavily in science research.

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