In Depth

Sat,06Feb2016

In Depth

The new, weak fight for Nigeria's Biafra

Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader, has been refused bail on charges of treason and managing the affairs of an unlawful societyIn accordance with the wish of the Igbo people, Odumegwu Ojukwu declared an independent state in 1967. Many lives were lost in one of the bloodiest wars in the region. Fast-forward to 2015 and Nnamdi Kanu is leading the charge for an independent Biafra nation for the Igbos in a much-changed national environment.

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After the first century, all eyes on the next in Nigeria

The country is still healing from its civil war, 45 years on. Photo©Romano Cagnoni/Getty ImagesA new book by journalist Richard Bourne has spurred debate about Nigeria's past and what the future could hold for the country's exploding population.

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Potential crop catastrophies

Photo©Getty ImagesDrought for some, devastating rains for others: the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 11 million children in East and Southern Africa are at risk of hunger and disease due to the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, caused by highwater temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.

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Animation: Drawn in Africa

African animators' time has come. After being overlooked for decades, with traditional film a preference for investment, its commercial potential is starting to be tapped by advertising agencies, and artists are finding more opportunities to make a sustainable income from their creations.

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Taking on the oily-garchs of Nigeria

With oil accounting for 95% of exports in Africa's biggest economy, Nigeria's state oil company faces its biggest shake-up ever.

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One belt, one road to tie Asia to Africa and Europe

China's President Xi Jinping is keen to leave a global legacy. In 2013, he launched the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) programme – a reference to the Silk Road responsible for the Middle Kingdom's wealth in centuries past (see map).

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