Olusegun Obasanjo

As Northern Nigeria begins to rebuild

A man holds a cow at the cattle market in Maiduguri; thousands of farmers were displaced by the insurgency. Photo©Afolabi Sotunde/ReutersThe reconstruction needs for regions affected by Boko Haram are huge. The government and donors are beginning to mobilise funds, but improving security, relaunching economies and fostering justice and reconciliation are proving challenging.

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My Journey Back to the Future of African Farming - Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of Nigeria, H.E. President Olusegun Obasanjo. Photo©YOSHIKO KUSANO/AP/SIPAEvery year, thousands of young Africans join an exodus from their families' small, often struggling farms in the countryside. Their dream – sometimes fulfilled, often not – is to find a more rewarding and stimulating life in the continent´s rapidly growing cities. Few return, but even fewer ever completely sever their ties.

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Africa's future depends on a tough new global climate treaty

If the world fails to make December's climate treaty stick, then a global climate catastrophe is certain. In Africa, we're well aware of that stark fact: we're already facing the harshest effects of climate change.

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Nigeria's new president, the people's man?

Nigeria's president elect Muhammadu Buhari. Photo©ReutersNigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari will have his work cut out after his inauguration on May 29.

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Olusegun Obasanjo, the history man

Former Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo. Photo©Mark Chilvers for TARFormer president Olusegun Obasanjo was on an international tour to promote his bulky three-volume memoir – My Watch – when the electoral commission announced that the elections due on 14 February would be postponed for six weeks.

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Nigeria's litmus test poll

Governor Kayode Fayemi (APC) goes for the thinking man’s vote. Photo©Ehi EmhonyonWith a contentious past, and vocal in its criticism of President Jonathan's government, there is more at stake in Ekiti State than just the governor's seat. The Africa Report goes on the campaign trail.

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Illicit financial flows: South Africa and Nigeria speak out

Nigeria has lost as much as $89.5bn and South Africa $24.9bn between 1970 and 2008  criminal trade and money launderingThe arguments over criminal trade and money laundering are fiercest in Nigeria and South Africa, the continent's two biggest economies.

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Obasanjo to lead South Sudan inquiry on human rights abuse

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun ObasanjoFormer President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo will head a commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations and other abuses committed by warring parties South Sudan's armed conflict.

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Nigeria: Going out with a bang not a whimper

Lamidu Sanusi, governor of Central Bank of NigeriaAfter shaking his country's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) party with accusations of missing billions, Nigeria's Central Bank governor Lamido Sanusi is going out with a bang.

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Nigeria: Things fall apart in two political camps

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo (left) Bola Tinubu, national leader of APC (right). Photos©Devra Berkowitz/un photo and MichAel Tubi/DeMoTix/corbisPresident Jonathan may be quarrelling with his predecessor as governors defect to the opposition, but the ruling party is still betting on victory.

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What next after edict that created Nigeria expires in 2014?

The 1914 amalgamation edict that established Nigeria was authored by Britain's Lord Frederick LugardWill the unifying edict be renewed or denounced when the Nigerian experiment that was supposed to last for just 100 years expires in 2014?

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Zimbabwe's elections: What the media says

Photo©ReutersAfter getting elected with 61 percent of the total votes cast, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has failed to garner international support amid allegations of widespread election fraud. Reactions from both domestic and international media have been mixed.

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Of Nigerian Kings and King-makers

Konye Ori is a columnist for the web edition of The Africa Report, an adjunct professor of communication at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, and a TEDx Curator.The play staging in Nigeria ahead of the 2015 election is one starring former president Olusegun Obasanjo as the king- maker, and incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan as the king.

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