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S Sudan attempts to reign in its “2 Many VIPs” problem

JUBA, Sudan–Greetings all. I’ve been entirely MIA from this blog since my month-long stay in Nigeria, which is now, somehow two months behind me. I spent the past two months in Juba (reporting on Abyei crisis and Southern Sudanese army … Continue reading

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My Nigerian elections wrap-up post

(I’m re-posting the below from Christian Science Monitor’s Africa Monitor blog) By Maggie Fick, Correspondent / April 27, 2011 Shendam, Nigeria–Despite the problems with Nigeria’s parliamentary, presidential, and local elections over the past month, and despite the feeling of many … Continue reading

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My FP Dispatch from Kano on Post-Elections Violence in Nigeria

This dispatch appeared today @ ForeignPolicy.com: Thug Democracy Nigeria is cheering its first legitimate and internationally praised election. But violent protests in the north make it clear just how divided the country still is. BY MAGGIE FICK | APRIL 19, … Continue reading

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My recent feature on Jos

Below is a feature I wrote that ran last week in the Abu Dhabi-based National newspaper: Fear divides Nigeria’s ‘beautiful city’ of Jos Maggie Fick Apr 15, 2011 JOS, NIGERIA // “Welcome to our beautiful, troubled Jos,” Esther Ibanga said … Continue reading

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Transparency in Action: Nigeria’s version of CSPAN

Live from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) HQ in Abuja, chairman Professor Attahiru Jega announces the final, official results of Nigeria’s presidential vote: Good Luck E Jonathan of PDP having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared … Continue reading

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Kano’s Post-Elections Riots

KANO, Nigeria–Above are the photos I took while perched in the administrator’s office at the Murtala Muhammad Hospital in the northern city of Kano, as young men wielding wooden planks marched by; as you can see by from the photos, … Continue reading

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Protesting with their vote: Nigerians @ the polls demanding change

KADUNA, Nigeria–The hundreds-strong crowd of young men–the same “ready army” often used by opportunistic Nigerian politicians to rig past elections–tensed, momentarily surged, then broke into rowdy cheers, satisfied with the result of a dispute during the ballot counting process. Scores … Continue reading

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#Nigeriadecides: Photos from the April 16 Presidential vote

KANO, Nigeria–A day after Nigerians turned out for the third Saturday this month to vote in polls that many middle-aged and older voters told me were the best they had ever witnessed in their lifetimes, the country’s 73+ million voters … Continue reading

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Economic Disparities & Irresponsible Leaders

I wrote this piece about a week ago when I was still in the Nigerian capital but am just posting it now: ABUJA, Nigeria–It’s hard not to notice the intense extremes in Nigeria, a powerhouse nation on the continent in … Continue reading

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Elex and Security

JOS, Nigeria–Geoffrey York of The Globe and Mail had an interesting report the other day on the severe security measures put in place across Nigeria last Saturday for the parliamentary polls. York wrote that “nearly¬† 250,000 gun-wielding soldier” were deployed … Continue reading

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