Africa

Zimbabwe | February 17, 2017

Silence and Denial as Impediments to Peace in Post-Colonial Zimbabwe, 1980-2016

Introduction This appraisal is an interlocution of the twin cultures of silence and denial inherent in Zimbabwe’s post-colonial peacebuilding praxis. It evokes the exigency of placing victimhood, rather than political expediency, at the center of the country’s post-conflict architecture. Zimbabwe’s episodic cycles of violence are customarily resolved through state-mediated reconciliation pronouncements (1980), amnesty ordinances (1979, […]

A participant at an International Citizen Service's workshop on eliminating gender-based violence in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo credit to Gyan Gurung, Flickr user International Citizen Service. Taken on November 25, 2015 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/icsuk/31348744121/in/photolist-dAKkhf-hE5oza-yo5YZa-bsxocA-dAKjME-dyYvBd-hKCsJs-8KENN9-PLbvsi.
A participant at an International Citizen Service's workshop on eliminating gender-based violence in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo credit to Gyan Gurung, Flickr user International Citizen Service. Taken on November 25, 2015 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/icsuk/31348744121/in/photolist-dAKkhf-hE5oza-yo5YZa-bsxocA-dAKjME-dyYvBd-hKCsJs-8KENN9-PLbvsi.
Nigeria | February 9, 2017

Half of a Yellow Sun Book Review

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun offers a heart-wrenching account of the Biafran War (1967-1970), beautifully wrapped in a story of love, loyalty, betrayal, resilience, and hope. She places a human face on a war that has been far removed from historical memory outside of Nigeria. As a result of the massacre of […]

Quotation by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: "The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story."
Photo credit to TEDxTrondheim via Flickr user TEDxTrondheim. Taken September 22, 2012. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/69392086@N06/8015865065/in/photolist-eRL5n4-y89BoX-q14sVW-ddkpq6-Hb9CRn.
Nigeria | February 3, 2017

Challenges to Food Security in Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Niger Delta Region

Introduction Although narratives of environmental degradation in the Niger Delta region are increasingly shifting attention to the human security challenges affecting the area,[1] one significant component of human security—food security—has received limited scholarly attention. It is important to analyze food security in the context of livelihood security because food security is crucial to the sensitivity, […]

A Nigerian market with vendors selling red pepper, oil palm, cow meat, clothing materials, etc. Photo credit to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Taken November 13, 2008. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.  Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/iita-media-library/4749322886/in/photolist-8eFwem-65bSfS-5sh2xZ-pkTxcR-jV941B-hEUn3N-53cSTU-8Dtd58-oGnkbV-bJY6u6-7nM7CH-7nK8SK-53cPQj-51u3fK-7nPqzN-oWPyCN-e9WczK-dD5aBg-bNMSfr-ceiU2S-6dXg9g-bwgPqv-9nzUZG-cVA6F5-6e2ojS-5AdMEK-dNNdXJ-ejohot-997fWD-eQUNvf-9cseQP-bJZ1tK-bjKs1N-bwgMpc-hiLB8-6g53Yy-pkTxaX-aukqyR-fMqivF-ecLrcS-bJXUj4-816bEA-89JJiZ-7YrrjT-e82D5Z-e7JQdc-cEzNx7-8k9uzT-9nwT12-cDtE57/.
Photo credit to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Taken November 13, 2008. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/iita-media-library/4749322886/in/photolist-8eFwem-65bSfS-5sh2xZ-pkTxcR-jV941B-hEUn3N-53cSTU-8Dtd58-oGnkbV-bJY6u6-7nM7CH-7nK8SK-53cPQj-51u3fK-7nPqzN-oWPyCN-e9WczK-dD5aBg-bNMSfr-ceiU2S-6dXg9g-bwgPqv-9nzUZG-cVA6F5-6e2ojS-5AdMEK-dNNdXJ-ejohot-997fWD-eQUNvf-9cseQP-bJZ1tK-bjKs1N-bwgMpc-hiLB8-6g53Yy-pkTxaX-aukqyR-fMqivF-ecLrcS-bJXUj4-816bEA-89JJiZ-7YrrjT-e82D5Z-e7JQdc-cEzNx7-8k9uzT-9nwT12-cDtE57/.
Nigeria | January 25, 2017

Peaceful Negotiations: Implications for the Release of Twenty-One Chibok Girls from Boko Haram Captivity

In April 2014, militant Islamist group Boko Haram abducted 276 schoolgirls from Chibok—a town in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria—making global news [1].  Widespread concern generated by the incident soon culminated in a global social media campaign, “Bring Back Our Girls,” with an accompanying Twitter hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls, that featured Tweets from notable world leaders and international […]

Young Nigerian refugee in Diffa, Niger.
A young refugee forced to flee from Damassak, Nigeria to Diffa, Niger due to Boko Haram attacks.
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