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The articles below are the most recent additions to the Western Region category of Africa InfoServ. To read an article, click on its title. To see more Western Region articles or to search a particular topic, click on Africa Archive. Articles marked with a magnifying glass ( Longer, analytical article. ) are longer, more analytical pieces.

Countries in this region include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.

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1. My take on corruption: Wole Soyinka
Author: Zero Tolerance Team Date Written: 12 August 2015
Primary Category: Western Region Document Origin: Pambazuka Issue 739
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL: http://www.pambazuka.net
Key Words: Wole Soyinka, Nigeria, Buhari,

Summary & Comment: By some estimates, Nigeria’s national oil corporation alone has reportedly lost more than $30 billion in oil revenue to corruption in the last five yeas, equivalent to the gross domestic product of more than 30 African countries. In this wide-ranging interview, Prof Wole Soyinka speaks about the lost potential in Africa’s most populous nation and t . . . [expand]
2. Nigeria cannot survive without the Igbos
Author: Femi Aribisala Date Written: 1 June 2015
Primary Category: Western Region Document Origin: africansuntimes.com
Secondary Category: History Source URL: http://africansuntimes.com/2015/06/nigeria-cannot-
Key Words: Western Region, History, Nigerian civil war, Igbo genius, emotional retribution

Summary & Comment: While the Igbos made significant strides and returned to Economic dominance following the Nigerian civil war, their political rehabilitation and integration in the Nigerian polity has been largely inadequate. This article recognises the former and points out strategies to accomplish the later. LN.
3. Longer, analytical article. Nigeria elections 2015: what went right?
Author: Antony Goldman Date Written: 13 April 2015
Primary Category: Western Region Document Origin: African Arguments
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http://africanarguments.org/
Key Words: Nigeria; elections 2015, INEC, PVCs.

Summary & Comment: A broad malaise in security and leadership, perceptions of a relaxed approach to corruption and governance, the formation of a national opposition for the first time, and the alienation of both domestic and international economic interest groups- all these could be enough to ensure Jonathan’s defeat in the recent elections in Nigeria. However, give . . . [expand]
4. Nigeria: Buhari’s Victory in Nigerian Election Has Global Significance
Author: Richard Joseph Date Written: 1 April 2015
Primary Category: Western Region Document Origin: the conversation
Secondary Category: Profiles Source URL: http://theconversation.com
Key Words: Nigeria, Buhari, democratic elections, accountability.

Summary & Comment: At 72 years of age, Muhammadu Buhari has the opportunity to serve the nation rather than members of the ruling class. The author identifies three key areas: squelching the Boko Haram insurgency, drastically reducing corruption, and creating a new concordance between Islam and democracy. LN.
5. Longer, analytical article. Oluremi Sonaiya: The president Nigeria won’t have
Author: Fisayo Soyombo Date Written: 21 March 2015
Primary Category: Western Region Document Origin: Aljazeera
Secondary Category: -none- Source URL: http://www.aljazeera.com
Key Words: Oluremi Sonaiya, Nigeria, Chatham House

Summary & Comment: While Nigerian voters are stuck with the task of settling for the lesser of two evils, Goodluck Jonathan or a Muhammadu Buhari, there is another choice, a woman called Oluremi Sonaiya. MM
6. CCN working for responsible elections in Nigeria
Author: World council of churches Date Written: 26 February 2015
Primary Category: Western Region Document Origin: WCC
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http://www.wcc-coe.ch
Key Words: NIgeria, Christian Council, elections, observers,

Summary & Comment: Training events are being organized by the Christian Council of Nigeria leading to the March 28th elections... major project to encourage church leadership to train its members to take a full part in civic activities. The CCN project is...expecting to train and mobilize 2,035 individuals specifically as election observers in the 36 states and Abuja . . . [expand]
7. Longer, analytical article. The fight against Boko Haram tangled up in Nigerian and regional politics
Author: Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni Date Written: 10 February 2015
Primary Category: Western Region Document Origin: ISS Dakar
Secondary Category: AU/NEPAD Source URL: http://www.issafrica.org/
Key Words: NIgeria, Chad, Cameroon, Boko Haram;

Summary & Comment: Much stronger action to control Boko Haram from the Nigerian military is needed, and more coordination in the region with neighbouring countries, Chad, Cameroon and Niger. And much more than just a military approach is needed - winning of hearts and minds, and countering the negative and extremist dogmas of Boko Haram. JK see also live comment . . . [expand]

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