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Nigeria’s heroes

Ed Emeka Keazor’s work should change this deficit, forever. Ed is a barrister. He was Legal Advisor to a large UK charity for a number of years before deciding to go back to university in order to better pursue his research passion of past 15 years: the making of modern Nigeria. He obtained a PhD in history. Now, as well as being a musician, writer and blogger, he researches, writes about and presents his findings on the...

The battle of the Sacred Groves

At a site near the historical origins of the Yoruba culture, an epic battle is being fought between the last sacred grove of the ancient traditional Yoruba belief system on one side and modern Nigerian society on the other. The site of this conflict is a 75-hectare plot of land on the banks of the river Osun, roughly 200 km north west of Lagos.  Here, according Yoruba oral history, a group of people came to settle on the...

Nigeria is still in the headlines

The strikes are over. Last week Monday, the Nigerian President announced that the price of petrol would be fixed at Naira 97 per liter – up from the Naira 65 last year but down from the Naira 140 that it had risen to. On Tuesday my husband went back to work and on Wednesday my son went back to school, I went shopping and life returned to normal. The fall-out that I have most noticed from the strikes is that civil society...

What’s up in Nigeria?

It isn’t easy for me to say – we expats have been advised to say home. My husband is working from the guest room and the school is sending homework to my son via an intranet system. I think my teenager is suffering the most, being home alone with very little to do. I am spending hours a day on the phone with my Nigerian friends to try to get a sense of what the strike is about. These are mainly middle class Nigerians,...
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