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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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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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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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