Nigerian pop star D'banj performing on stage in London.
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.
Military and government officials supervise the airlift of girls rescued from Boko Haram at Maiduguri Airport.
It’s been a decade since Boko Haram morphed into a violent, radicalised, Jihadist sect after the death of its founder. Since then it has caused untold harm in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria (left) arriving at Waterkloof Airforce Base Airport in Pretoria. He is welcomed by Minister Naledi Pandor.
South Africa and Nigeria have had a turbulent relationship dating back to the early 1990s.
Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
Akufo-Addo’s intervention marks a continuing move by African political leaders to use football to advance or affirm political situations.
President Muhammadu Buhari (left) and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during a campaign rally in Akure, Ondo State.
In the end, Buhari possibly won simply because the Peoples Democratic Party wasn’t offering a viable alternative.
A hawker sells clocks on a roadside in Nigeria’s oil rich Bayelsa state.
Most of the things Nigerians complained about in 2015 are still unresolved – unemployment, poverty and economic disempowerment.
Despite a new law allowing younger candidates to run, Nigeria isn’t ready for this transition.
Young aspirant politicians lack support structure and the money, both of which remain strong factors in deciding politics in Nigeria.
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, left, and his successor Muhammadu Buhari.
Claims about Cambridge Analytica’s role in elections in Nigeria and Kenya have been overstated.
New media is setting the tone in Kenya.
Across Africa, mainstream media have traditionally been the unrivalled custodians and originators of the public agenda. But this year social media took over as a new regime of information.
Members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilante group battling Boko Haram in north east Nigeria.
Inefficient policing in Nigeria has forced many communities to rely on vigilante groups for security. Despite using force and violence, many groups even have support from authorities.
Residents view an army poster of wanted Boko Haram suspects in Bayelsa, Nigeria.
Despite military successes against Boko Haram, Nigeria needs to face up to the unpalatable truth that military force alone will not win the deadly war, and start discussions about peace building.
Without the perfect-storm conditions of post-invasion insurgency, this most potent expression of al-Qaedaism yet would never have risen to dominate both the Middle East and the world in the way that it does.
The final article of our series on the historical roots of Islamic State examines the role recent Western intervention in the Middle East played in the group’s inexorable rise.
Nigeria’s newly appointed government ministers attend their swearing-in ceremony in Abuja.
No-one imagined that it would take Muhammadu Buhari more than 100 days to form a cabinet. But, then again, Nigeria is no ordinary country and it has its own inherent logic.
Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in Nigeria emboldens him to play a leading role in African affairs.
Former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Olusegun Obasanjo led confidently on African affairs because they were elected by comfortable majorities at home and had solid control of their political parties.
The relationship between Nigeria and South Africa has again been strained following xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The relationship between Africa’s two great powers, Nigeria and South Africa, has had its ups and downs, but has been relatively cordial since 1999.
Celebrating Buhari’s win on the streets of Jos.
In the end, Nigeria managed what once seemed impossible and transferred political power relatively peacefully. What now?
Supporters of the presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari celebrating.
What appears to be a peaceful transference of presidential power in Nigeria – unprecedented in the country’s history – has global significance in the fight against cultist jihadism.
Second time round for Buhari.
A historic win for a former military ruler in a democratic election and a man who ran out of luck. But Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari has his work cut out for him.
Standing up, being counted.
The 2015 elections in Nigeria were chaotic, but the country’s voters displayed immense courage in showing up at all. More than 20 people were killed, not in electoral violence between competing parties…
Damage from a Boko Haram bomb in Maiduguiri that claimed 51 lives.
As Nigeria goes to the polls, the fight against Boko Haram may be reaching a turning point – but in whose favour?