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Why teaching World War 1 is crucial in 2018

On Sunday, we marked the centennial of the end of World War I. Many history teachers in 2018, however, may be tempted to bow to student preferences and rush through the “Great War,” devoting more time to World War II. This would be a mistake. While the Second World War

Can violent extremism be prevented?

•Despite significant financial investment, expectations about what can be achieved have been tempered by global realities.   Cheryl Frank, Allan Ngari, Isel van Zyl and Jacqueline Cochrane     Can the global community prevent violent extremism? Is the violence associated with terrorism different from other forms of violence, and in what ways? Although the UN’s

Four Nigerians who made top 20 ‘Women Leaders of the World’

Editor's note: Four Nigerian Women are among the top 20, selected globally for the highly rated leadership fellowship in the US, meaning that Nigeria has the highest slots with immense benefits. With access to over 8,000 professional women networks across the world, the four beneficiaries narrated their experiences and some

As troops battle for Gudumbali…

 Boko haram insurgents infiltrated Gudumbali, a community in Guzamala Local Government of Borno state. Musa Umar Bologi visited the area and presents first-hand information from the residents, military in addition to his observations. The battle The night was gradually creeping in, but the residents of Gudumbali were still going about their dealings. Some children sat

Zamfara: Nigeria’s wild North West

Obi Anyadike It was a set-up and Buharin Daji walked right into it. The notorious cattle-rustling kingpin had arrived for a meeting in the northern Nigerian bush, ostensibly to settle differences with one of his senior lieutenants, but instead was shot dead. Daji’s murder in March has had consequences in an already deeply

Boko Haram’s reign of terror reignites Nigeria’s religious wars

Ali Abare Abubakar  Isa Salisu ran almost a mile without stopping in a bid to escape his attackers at a military checkpoint in Jos, a large city in north-central Nigeria. “Three of us were returning from the cattle market,” said Mr. Salisu,  a 20-year-old herder, recalling how he and two friends were driving

In homecoming for Nigerians who fled Boko Haram, all that’s missing is ‘home’

By Emmanuel Akinwotu and Dionnee Searc More than four years ago, Islamist militants from Boko Haram invaded the town of Bama in northeastern Nigeria, setting up a new headquarters there and sending tens of thousands of people fleeing for their lives. For years many of those residents of Bama lived in squalid camps or

Locals call Boko Haram ‘slave raiders.’ Here’s what that means, and why it matters.

By Scott MacEachern Although widely understood as the Islamist terrorists that they are, Boko Haram insurgents in the borderlands between Cameroon and Nigeria are also slave raiders — at least that’s what many local residents call them. And there’s good reason to use that term. In many striking ways, Boko Haram’s raids

Kano is notorious for underage voters, says ex-INEC commissioner who almost got killed

Editor's note: The 2015 Presidential election was heated and fiercely contested but no state defined the outcome of the winners and losers like the controversial three million votes from Kano State. The state became a reference point of the blight to what otherwise was a successful election for three key