There’s a growing awareness that Cambridge Analytica harnessed social media and personal data to influence elections.
What role do foreign actors play in African elections? Cambridge Analytica’s case sheds some light.
A newspaper vendor outside a polling station during the 2011 elections in Nigeria.
Nigerian print media played a crucial role in monitoring violence, and thereby deterring it.
January 1, 2016
Stephen Chan, SOAS, University of London; Afif Pasuni, University of Warwick; Andrew Fagan, University of Essex; Bahar Baser, Coventry University; Catherine Gegout, University of Nottingham; Fernando Casal Bértoa, University of Nottingham; Juan Pablo Ferrero, University of Bath; Louise Thompson, University of Surrey; Marco Aponte-Moreno, UCL; Martin Vinæs Larsen, University of Copenhagen; Neil Pyper, Coventry University; Oliver Walton, University of Bath; Paul Kennedy, University of Bath; Simona Guerra, University of Leicester; Sotirios Zartaloudis, University of Birmingham; Steve Hewitt, University of Birmingham, and Yoav Galai, University of St Andrews
For better or for worse, various countries around the world charted a new course last year. What lies ahead for 2016?
Voters line up in Nigeria’s recent election. It was deemed free, fair and relatively peaceful.
Compared to other parts of the world, Africa is not a high-flyer in the area of election management. This can be attributed to the scourge of violence, fraud, corruption and intimidation.
Muhammadu Buhari and his with vice president, Yemi Osibajo, must fix the economy if they want security.
Fixing unemployment, poverty and illiteracy will be at the top of the new president’s to-do list. Then there’s Boko Haram.
Nigeria’s president elect, Muhammadu Buhari has much to do.
Back at the helm, Muhammadu Buhari must turn his attention to corruption, unemployment, infrastructure and the economy.
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?
Goodluck Jonathan seeks a second term in office as Nigeria votes on March 28.
Nigeria heads to the polls on March 28 to choose between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.
Five years after amnesty, how serious are threats from some former militants?
Islamist group raises real fears over security around national vote, but there are others threatening the peace.
How did Nigeria’s former military ruler get back to the precipice of power at 72?
The Nigerian army patrols in Chibok, Borno State. There are reports South African mercenaries have joined them.
South Africans have a reputation for being among the best mercenaries in the world. It’s no wonder Nigeria is turning to them.
Last year I shared a panel with Nigeria’s deputy electoral commissioner, who assured our audience without reservation that everything would be ready on time for the 2015 presidential election. It is apparently…
Six more weeks…
The postponement of Nigeria’s general elections has enraged many Nigerians and become a source of concern for both the UK and the US – but it doesn’t come as a surprise to domestic observers of the country’s…