Letter from Nigeria

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Baba Aye reports on the millions who took to the streets in the largest and most intense strikes that Nigeria has ever seen

Eight days of a general strike and street protests in January awakened a new belief across Nigeria that ordinary people could bring about change in society.

The strike paralysed Nigeria for eight days. Across the country workers downed tools in the public and private sectors as well as in the informal economy.

It was not just the strike that was a resounding success. Millions of people took over the streets in at least 47 cities and towns.

Interview: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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'My book is not just about people thrown into a war where we watch them die. It is about people who have full lives and how war changes them'. The award winning author of Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, talks to Charlie Kimber about her new novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, set during the Biafran War.

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.

Her latest book, Half of a Yellow Sun, focuses on the Biafran War.

Imperial Oil: Petroleum Politics in the Nigerian Delta and the New Scramble for Africa

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Anna Zalik and Michael Watts explain why being "oil rich" has become a curse on the poor of Nigeria and Angola.

The new scramble for Africa strikingly resembles the gun boat diplomacy and violence of the late nineteenth century. And the violence in the Niger Delta arises from a context in which oil industry policies have encouraged competition among local residents for the meagre payments associated with corporation activities on their land and waterways. Africa is experiencing a major oil boom. The continent accounts for roughly 10 percent of world oil output, and 9.3 percent of known reserves. Over the last decade it has emerged as a strategic supplier to the US market.

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