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Defend Nigeria's socialist editor

15 January 2013
Socialists in Nigeria are taking action to defend Socialist Worker editor Femi Aborisade, whose house was attacked twice. The first time, on 22 November, he suffered machete wounds.

Socialist editor attacked in Nigeria

12 January 2013
Femi Aborisade, the editor of Socialist Worker in Nigeria, has been attacked in his house.

‘Special forces’ botched rescue

13 March 2012
The British government sent in an elite army force to rescue two hostages in Nigeria last week. The raid ended with the two hostages dead.

Ethnic division in Nigeria can be overcome by spirit of solidarity shown during strikes

24 January 2012
The West African state of Nigeria was shaken by a series of bomb explosions on Friday of last week.

Petrol protests win partial victory in Nigeria

17 January 2012
Labour leaders in Nigeria called off a general strike on Monday of this week after the government agreed to partly reintroduce petrol subsidies.

Millions protest as indefinite strike shakes streets of Nigeria

10 January 2012
Nigeria arose on Monday as its workers began an indefinite general strike.

Nigerians in London protest against fuel price hike

06 January 2012
Several hundred Nigerians joined a noisy protest outside the Nigerian High Commission in central London on Thursday afternoon. They were angry that the West African country's President, Goodluck Jonathan, says he will abolish the subsidy on fuel prices. The government says everyone must tighten their belts—but only the poor rely on the subsidy to make costs of cooking and transport bearable. Many ordinary Nigerians say the subsidy is the only benefit they have had from the country's oil wealth.

Fela Kuti musical celebrates Africa’s radical history

23 November 2010
The hit Broadway musical about Nigerian musical legend and political radical Fela Kuti has just opened in London.

Blood and oil: the true price of profits in Nigeria

23 March 2010
In many ways it’s surprising that there has not already been a BBC drama called Blood and Oil. There’s hardly a lack of source material.

Blood and Oil

09 March 2010
The Niger Delta in Nigeria is a battleground.

The sick state of Nigeria

16 February 2010
Goodluck Jonathan has been sworn in as acting president of Nigeria after three months with no leader. The only caveat is that "the president will automatically resume office… once he is well enough". The story of the missing president has continued since November, leaving Africa's most populous country with no functioning government. This is doubly strange as Nigeria is a major regional power sitting on large oil reserves.

Shell makes payment over oil campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa's death

16 June 2009
In an out of court settlement oil multinational Shell has paid £9.5 million to the family of Nigerian author and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. The family had taken the company to court in New York, accusing it of complicity in the execution of Saro-Wiwa in 1995.

Nigerian workers march against government attacks

20 May 2009
Around 10,000 trade unionists marched through Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital on Wednesday of last week. The march grew in size as people joined it on route. It was protesting against government plans to deregulate the price of fuel, demanding a substantial increase in the minimum wage and calling for electoral reform to guarantee free and fair elections.

Playing the numbers game with immigration

09 September 2008
"I’ll swap you one pensioner retiring to the Costa del Sol for one midwife from Nigeria."

Nigerian teachers win their dispute

12 August 2008
An all-out strike by state sector teachers in Nigeria has ended after four weeks with a government recommendation that teachers get a 27.5 percent pay increase.

Gordon Brown increases tension in Nigeria’s Niger Delta

16 July 2008
Gordon Brown has caused controversy by saying that the British government will help Nigeria in West Africa to "tackle lawlessness" in the oil producing Niger Delta region.

Teachers’ strike brings Nigeria’s schools to a halt

08 July 2008
An indefinite national strike has closed primary and secondary schools across Nigeria in West Africa.

Some great books to read this summer

31 July 2007
Half Of A Yellow Sunby Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie rightly won the Orange prize for fiction for this novel set during the Nigeria-Biafran war in the 1960s.

Workers’ action brings Nigeria to a standstill

26 June 2007
The four day nationwide strike in Nigeria from 20 to 23 June has once again demonstrated the revolutionary potential of the working class. Nigeria’s President, Umaru Yar’Adua, said the strike "wreaked havoc on our economy and our people" in a letter to the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

Interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about Half of a Yellow Sun

11 June 2007
Although she is only 29 years old, the Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won wide acclaim. Her first novel Purple Hibiscus was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Booker.

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