nigeria

  • “We are slaves on our own land”

    Every oil palm plantation stretches over a ‘forest graveyard’. Of those ‘gravediggers’; Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have the lead in palm oil production, as well as world’s highest deforestation rates. Oil palm is a tropical tree, so the optimal level of moisture, soil type, and climate for it to...
  • Twice a victim

    “When I was released from prison, the gate was just open. And they asked me to go. I don’t have anybody in Italy. I didn’t have one euro. I didn’t know where I was.” Emmanuel* smiles without joy, revealing the gap from a missing tooth. He was arrested upon...
  • Unseen crisis

    Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria is facing an unprecedented crisis in the Northeast which has now spread to the entire Lake Chad Basin region including parts of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. The Crisis caused by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has displaced 2.5 million people making it the...
  • The words on my mind

    “The words one whispers into the gourd are concealed in it forever.” – Nigerian proverb Luqman Onikosi immigrated to the United Kingdom (UK) from Nigeria in 2007 to pursue his education at Sussex University. When I contacted him to request an interview, he shared this Nigerian adage and pointed...
  • Behind superstition in Nigeria

    Earlier this year, the image of a starving toddler receiving water from an aid worker in the streets of Nigeria went viral. The picture was useful in raising awareness about the harmful superstitions existing in the country and therefore gaining momentum in the fight against them. The child in...
  • Marriage Delayed

    Gender based violence (GBV) against women crosses cultures and religious affiliation and is acknowledged as a real and on-going issue. In Nigeria sadly it occurs simply  because women are viewed as unequal to men and as property to be acquired and controlled. Typically the discourse around GBV worldwide relates...
  • The Inconvenient Truth About Westerners’ Solidarity

    Last Friday evening, gunmen and suicide bombing attacks were carried out in several places in Paris that victimized hundreds of people, from which at least 127 have died. The next morning, almost all the newspapers and magazines featured the attacks. Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms were filled...
  • Boko Haram: Is the December Deadline Realistic?

    Several analysts and members of the intelligence raised their eyebrows when newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said earlier this summer that terror group Boko Haram should be defeated by November 2015. Little changed when the president postponed the deadline to December 2015, as the Islamist outfit keeps carrying...
  • Nigeria and 2050 Zero Carbon Emissions

    Leading climate scientists have said that the only real chance we have of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees and securing a climate-safe future is if we phase out fossil fuels and our emissions to zero by 2050. They also say that it will require long term vision and...
  • Call4Climate

    According to the words of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, stated that “We’ll not take Nigerians for granted”, issued immediately after he was elected as the President of Nigeria, the government is very much interested in issues addressing Climate Change and Sustainable Development. At the 21st Session of the Conference of...
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    Nigeria: Achieving Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development

    Energy is one of the most fundamental issues for sustainable development. The importance of energy availability in the economic growth, social and political development of every nation cannot be overemphasized. Affordable and reliable energy availability is the precondition for sustainable development.  Sustainable development calls for an efficient, reliable and...
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    Beyond the Hydropower

    In recent years, the concerns for the development of synthetic fuels, combined with soaring energy prices has sparked increased interest in renewable resources such as solar energy, water power, wind power and biomass fuels. This has made the call for renewable energy a global call that has had its...
  • Nigeria’s Step Forward

    The above picture says it all! But to some, the message falls on deaf ears! If we see the Nigerian timeline of the past year, the African nation was in the news for all the wrong reasons. First, the country has always been in the news for the prevailing...
  • Nigeria: new government, new life?

    May 29, 2015 was a remarkable day for Nigeria as a nation, when the handing over took place and a new government mounted the saddle. Lots of promises were made to tackle climate change and environment issues. With this, fellow citizens are now ready to track and see how...
  • A Journey Through Nigeria

    One seldom falls in love with a song the second one hears it, but it happened to me with ‘Soul is Heavy’. I had just finished reading Sozaboy by Ken Saro Wiwa a Nigerian environmental activist killed in 1995 whilst in prison. My curiosity for Nigerian history and society was at its...