Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Nigeria: The Invisible Enemy

Posted in Nigeria by ruben eberlein on January 3, 2013

A text about the 2011 massacres by Boko Haram in Nigeria, published by Jungle World in January 2012 (in German). Read it here.

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Chinua Achebe Calls for Revolution in Nigeria

Posted in African Politics, Culture, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on October 19, 2009

a-man-of-the-peopleRenowned writer, Chinua Achebe, has called on Nigerians to rise up in unison and challenge the bad leadership and looting of the country, Next newspaper from Lagos reports. Speaking on Thursday when the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, visited him at his home in Bard College, an elite liberal arts university in the suburbs of New York, Achebe said Nigeria was doomed if its people do not act to halt corruption and ineptitude among its ruling elites.

Nneka: Effusing a Message From Warri, Niger Delta, to the World

Posted in African Politics, Culture, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on October 11, 2009

nneka<UK Independent> It’s been four years since Nneka Egbuna emerged from Germany as the gung-ho Nigerian rapper/singer/songwriter with a socio-political bone to pick, and yet she’s still indifferent to fame. “I’m just happy that more than one person listens to me,” shrugs the 27-year-old when asked if she has the desire to break the US now that she’s been recognised by the Mobos as the Best African Act, and Channel O, the premier African music network based in South Africa. “It’s not about being popular. It’s about the love of doing the music. It’s about giving people hope; it’s not about me, it’s not about Nneka herself, it’s about having a voice and it’s about having a message behind the voice.” Full text here. Promo video for Nneka’s latest release here.

Niger Delta: Bomb Attacks and an Amnesty

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on September 24, 2009

After a massive military intervention, the Nigerian central government wants to pacify the oil-producing Niger Delta with an amnesty. This strategy will most likely fail, but nevertheless prepare the ground for the 2011 elections. Read an updated English version of my text published by Konkret 9/09 here or download the original article as pdf. (more…)

Nigeria: A Different Bailout Is Possible

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on September 3, 2009

2009-36-cover-a‘The bonus culture must come to an end’, demands the acting chief of European Ministers of Finance, Anders Borg. Nigeria’s Central Bank is far ahead in that regard. Several CEOs of top banks were arrested last week, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigates them and several high-profile debtors. Find my text on the issue in the latest edition of Jungle World.

Anthropologically Speaking – A View from Nigeria and Germany

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on August 25, 2009

Olumide Abimbola, a Nigerian PhD student in Social Anthropology, writes in his column ‘Anthropologically Speaking’ for Business Day newspaper about such different things as a visit to the Buchenwald concentration camp, female husbands, driving around with an external license plate in Lagos or Berlin and much more. Check it out!

Thirst for African Oil – New Report by Chatham House

Posted in African Politics, Angola, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on August 17, 2009

Alex Vines, Lillian Wong, Markus Weimer and Indira Campos provide an extensive overview of the engagements of Asian national oil companies in Nigeria and Angola in their recently released report (pdf).

Northern Nigeria: Breaking the Silence, But to What End?

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on August 7, 2009

Hundreds of alleged Islamists died during fights and an ensuing massacre of the army in the North of Nigeria last week. For a growing number of young Nigerians in the North, a rigorous dictatorship by the clergy seems more attractive than the current societal situation. Read my report translated to English here or download a pdf of the original article in German. (more…)

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Nigerian Military in a Frenzy up North: Kill ‘Em All – Parole of the Day

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on July 31, 2009

A lot of media are reporting about what they call ‘fightings’ and ‘combats’ in the North of Nigeria that started Sunday last week. But it becomes more and more clear that the military once again staged a massacre in which up to 600 people are reported to have died. The killing of Boko Haram leader Muhammed Yusuf while in police custody is just the tip of the iceberg. Read my article on the violence in North Nigeria late next week here.

Nigeria: 200 Feared Dead in Bauchi Police, Islamic Sect Clash

Posted in African Politics, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on July 27, 2009

<From The Guardian, Lagos> A shimmering standoff between men of the Nigeria Police in Bauchi State and members of an Islamic fundamentalist group, Boko Haram, turned a pall of tragic conflagration yesterday in an early morning raid on a police station allegedly launched by the sect members to seize the ammunition stored there. No fewer than 200 people, including members of the sect and security operatives, were feared killed with several others badly injured in the crossfire in Bauchi metropolis. (more…)