Africa: Why does Burna Boy rock more than Nigeria's elections?, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, March 30 -- From Accra to Cape Town images of Nollywood, Nigeria's popular movie footprint, are a common staple in homes across the continent as are the sights and sounds of its pop icons who... Read More

Louis Odion: The matter of 'Capacity', By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, March 23 -- Sometimes it feels like we have been childhood friends. That we have known each other forever. For over 30 years since our paths crossed, I can't remember how many times I've call... Read More

INEC server and other election day stories, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, March 16 -- For the third time since 1999, I voted at a general election on 25 February and did so without much hassle. I knew my candidates would lose at the unit where I voted, but that did... Read More

Osinbajo: A leader for all seasons, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, March 9 -- Trying to fit him into a mold can be sometimes problematic. I have always thought of him as a teacher and mentor. And later, only much later, as a friend. For over three decades he... Read More

What really matters to Obasanjo, ByAzu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, March 2 -- The last thing he wants to hear is that he desires anything other than what is good for Nigeria. Hero of Nigeria's civil war; former military president who supervised the first-pos... Read More

Nigeria's election and the pollster's albatross, ByAzu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, Feb. 23 -- With all the predictions of Armageddon and doubt about whether Saturday's presidential and National Assembly polls would hold it does sound a bit silly to contemplate life after. E... Read More

Looking back, facing forward as Nigeria decides, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, Feb. 16 -- It's hard to imagine that it's nearly eight years since. This time in 2015, I was over the moon with the prospects of a general election that was certain to end the government of P... Read More

Musings after 48 hours with Raila Odinga, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, Feb. 2 -- At first, he appeared to be the most unlikely candidate for the task. After his fifth attempt at running for Kenya's presidency, surely Raila Odinga is finished, done. The only thin... Read More

A leader like Jacinda Ardern, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, Jan. 26 -- A leader like Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand doesn't come in tens. Not even in twos. And so, it was such a bright day on 26 October, 2017, when she took office as New Zealand's prim... Read More

Why we love expensive rituals, ByAzu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, Jan. 19 -- In over two decades since Nigeria's return to constitutional democracy, this is the longest politicians have had to campaign before a general election. And that is a good and bad t... Read More