Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari vaccinates his three-month-old granddaughter with oral polio vaccine earlier this year.
The health system Muhammadu Buhari inherited in Nigeria is not performing at an optimal level. It has poor governance at the primary health care level and weak collaboration and co-ordination.
A billboard campaigning against crude oil theft. Nigeria is under pressure from falling oil prices and China’s economic slowdown.
How should Nigeria weather yet another episode of oil price shock? This time it's likely to be worsened by two events of significant global effect.
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Obioma's novel struggles to get going, then splutters and stalls to an unimpressive conclusion.
Standing tall: Muhammadu Buhari at the UN.
President Buhari of Nigeria has finally named his cabinet. He was either slow, or he was very choosy, or he couldn’t find enough honest people. Certainly his 55th national anniversary speech was full of…
Malawian President Peter Mutharika has promised to fight the corruption that has seen donors withdraw their support for his impoverished nation.
Malawi appears to have learnt nothing from the biggest state corruption scandal that rocked the country two years ago, leading to donors withdrawing their support. The same conditions still remain.
A cameraman films a scene for the Nollywood movie October 1, a police thriller directed by Kunle Afolayan, at a rural location in Ilaramokin village, southwest Nigeria.
From stories about cult and witchcraft to heartbreak and sorrow, Nigeria's Nollywood has developed into Africa's giant in filmmaking.
The opening ceremony of an exercise organized by the US military in Ndjamena, Chad earlier this year to take on Boko Haram.
Apart from numerous worldwide threats including from China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, the US is taking more notice of Africa due to the expansion of extremist organisations on the continent.
King Mswati III, centre, with his regiments at Ludzidzini royal palace during the annual Reed Dance in August. Swaziland ranks among the worst in Africa for its level of democracy.
Satisfaction with democracy varies widely in Africa. Across 28 countries, only 46% of citizens say they are “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with the way democracy works in their countries.
Chigozie Obioma, whose book The Fishermen has been nominated for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.
Framing younger writers' work within the footsteps of giants is always fraught with risk; the risk of shadowing the merits and faults of the former in an attempt to assess the legacy of the latter.
Then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discusses collaboration between the US and Senegal. International partnerships, particularly between universities, can yield great rewards.
If memorandums of understanding with international institutions are properly developed and put into action, they can contribute a great deal to African universities' push for internationalisation.
A chaotic traffic jam chokes the Nigerian coastal capital Lagos.
The fact that businesses cannot accurately calculate the cost of doing business in Nigeria because of corruption makes them jittery.But it doesn't mean Nigeria is more corrupt than any other country.
A health worker vaccinates children with drops of polio vaccine in a classroom in Lagos, Nigeria.
Nigeria's strategy to eliminate polio was so effective that it was duplicated to deal with ebola. So why did the country take so long to get off the list of polio-endemic countries?
Victoria Island waterfront in Lagos. President Buhari needs to emulate China and South Korea by urgently investing in science and technology to take Nigeria’s economy to the next level.
Investing in science, technology and innovation can help give Nigeria a positive lift in many sectors of the economy.
The island of Mauritius has a strong democratic tradition that has deepened over the past decades.
History tells us that while elements of competition and inclusion strengthen multiparty systems, too much of either can be fatal to the process of democratisation.
Nigeria’s plans for a new modern city need to be boosted so that they deliver a metropolis like the Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi.
Rather than just becoming a financial venture, the Eko Atlantic experiment can be carried further at no extra cost to become the hub to transform good governance in Nigeria and West Africa.
During his upcoming visit to Washington, Muhammadu Buhari should soak up as much as he can about how to manage difficult economic conditions.
Muhammadu Buhari could learn some useful lessons from Barack Obama when they meet in Washington, particularly on how to get an economy back on its feet.
The world was surprised when the usually peaceful country of Mali suffered a coup in 2012.
What are the early warning signs of threats to the stability of African democracies? The signs could be seen in Mali before it exploded in 2012. Ghana and others would do well learn from Mali.
The scene in Zaria.
A week of carnage across northern Nigeria proves Boko Haram is alive and well. Can the Nigerian army get its act together?
A different perspective: Birzeit University.
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To Palestinian students fed up with Fatah and imprisoned by politics, Africa's maturing democracies are a source of inspiration.
Prospective students storm the gates at the University of Johannesburg in 2012. The demand for universities is soaring across Africa.
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Africa needs private universities. But far more must be done to make them powerhouses of knowledge, research and graduate output.