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A rocky but enthusiastic start: Elections get underway in Nigeria

JOS, Nigeria–If you read yesterday’s coverage (including my own forthcoming articles for CS Monitor and The National) of the (postponed) kick-off of Nigeria’s three-week long elections process, you will read of chaos and violence. There was, after all, logistical confusion … Continue reading

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Straight talk on democracy and development in Nigeria

KANO, Nigeria–Nigerian voters have high hopes for this month’s elections, after two delays due to logistical hurdles resulted in postponed polls finally getting off to a rocky start yesterday. The international community is looking to Nigeria, an economic and diplomatic … Continue reading

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Elections Day in Nigeria–Part I, from Jos South

JOS, Nigeria–See above for some photos I snapped in the Local Government Area (LGA) of Jos South, where the first part of the polling process where Nigerian voters will choose their National Assembly representatives was underway this morning. I’m just … Continue reading

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Jos, Nigeria on the Eve of the Elections

  JOS, Nigeria–A series of bomb attempts, explosions, and other security incidents struck across Nigeria yesterday, on the eve of Nigeria’s parliamentary elections (which got off to a false start last Saturday when polling was postponed after voters had already … Continue reading

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Nigerian Elections Dispatch

This dispatch originally appeared here, as a ForeignPolicy.com Dispatch: Too Big to Fail But are Nigeria’s elections already too fraught to succeed? BY MAGGIE FICK | APRIL 4, 2011 ABUJA, Nigeria — Speaking on prime-time television on Friday, April 1, the … Continue reading

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Links on and about various developments on the continent

JUBA, Sudan–Today I’m pushing off for Nigeria, leaving my post here for six weeks. I wanted to share some links I’ve liked these past days, all bits of food for thought which distracted me while I hastily prepared my departure … Continue reading

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Humbly seeking Nigeria contacts

JUBA, Sudan–Greetings from beneath my treasured air-conditioning unit (it’s quite toasty these days in Juba). In addition to poking around on civilian protection problems in the UN peacekeeping mission and talking to local journalists about media freedoms (or lack thereof) … Continue reading

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From Cairo to Canberra to Kansas: Southern Sudanese say “Referendum Oyay”

JUBA, Sudan–Not far from my hometown, in Seattle, Washington, there’s a voter registration center open at 608 Maynard Ave. S., from 9 am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and from noon until 5pm on Sundays. Nope, my fellow Washingtonians are … Continue reading

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Where S. Sudan meets Darfur

I just returned from a visit to Kiir Adem, a disputed zone in a little-known stretch of Sudan’s 1,300-mile north-south border. I filed this piece (www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/14/AR2010121402277.html) for AP, and I’ll be writing more in the coming days about what the … Continue reading

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Tuesday afternoon in a courtroom in Juba

This photo was taken yesterday in a courtroom in the Central Equatoria State High Court. The case being heard, mostly in Arabic, by a judge dressed in a suit, was a financial dispute. The people–like the three pictured above–sitting on … Continue reading

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