Fiction Pick of the Week: "Good Boy"
Hustling and sexual identity in Lagos.
Hustling and sexual identity in Lagos.
The aforementioned “twist” is that while dinner is free for the black residents of the neighborhood, the prices for white visitors are listed on a pledge form at their seats: $100 for one piece of chicken; $1,000 for four pieces. For a whole bird, with sides, you must donate the deed to a property in North Nashville.
A feat of elegant design wowed elite architects and promised to bring education to poor children in Nigeria. Then it collapsed.
The DVD is still king in Lagos’ Alaba International Market for Electronics.
Excerpted from Nollywood: The Making of a Film Empire.
On Amaka Osakwe and life as a woman in Lagos.
Boko Haram has abducted thousands of children and trained them as soldiers. Four survivors tell their story.
Every year, thousands of teenagers from one city in Nigeria risk death and endure forced labor and sex work on the long route to Europe.
How Atlanta-born Davido, the son of a wealthy Nigerian businessman, hopes to break the international market with his brand of Nigerian pop.
One prison’s efforts to rehabilitate captured members of Boko Haram.
The hopes, dreams and failures of Nigeria’s commercial capital.
On Nigeria’s citizen vigilantes who’ve banded together to fight Islamist terrorists.
The Nigerian schoolgirls who escaped Boko Haram.
How divisions between Nigeria’s Muslim North and Christian South resulted in the birth of terror’s most ruthless movement.
In northern Nigeria, radical Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram is facing a vigilante backlash from armed teenagers with nothing to lose.
How sectarian violence has made life in northern Nigeria “incomprehensibly frightful.”
Mystical, unsettling rumors surround a student at an all-girls school in Nigeria.
"We shuddered when we heard her invoke Allah. All but begging her not to unleash her powers on us, we recounted, in turns, how we had heard from someone who had heard from someone of the pencil case in the gym. Pencil case in the gym? What pencil case in what gym? We said that we had heard stories, too, about the blotting paper. Naturally, we made no mention of her Islamic faith. The word ‘witch’ remained unsaid. We said only that, whatever she had done, we were certain she had done for a good reason. And that her adversary, whomever it was, probably deserved it. Nuratu, as the full implication of our story dawned on her, looked as if she had been stabbed. She slowly sank to the floor, and began to weep and shake her head.
On the history of Nigerian penis theft.
“When I’m in Nigeria, I find myself looking at the passive, placid faces of the people standing at the bus stops. They are tired after a day’s work, and thinking perhaps of the long commute back home, or of what to make for dinner. I wonder to myself how these people, who surely love life, who surely love their own families, their own children, could be ready in an instant to exact a fatal violence on strangers.”
A trip to a modern African megacity.
On the difficult challenges faced by an auteur in Nigeria’s burgeoning Nollywood film economy.
The world’s fastest growing economy isn’t China; it’s the “unheralded alternative economic universe of System D” aka the $10 trillion global black market.
The writer speaks with his father for the first and last time.
My father moved back to Nigeria one month after I was born. Neither I nor my sister Ijeoma, who is a year and a half my elder, have any recollection of him. Over the course of the next 16 years, we did not receive so much as a phone call from him, until one day in the spring of 1999, when a crinkled envelope bearing unfamiliar postage stamps showed up in the mailbox of Ijeoma's first apartment. Enclosed was a brief letter from our father in which he explained the strange coincidence that had led to him "finding" us.* It was a convoluted story involving his niece marrying the brother of one of our mother's close friends from years ago. As a postscript to the letter, he expressed his desire to speak to us and included his telephone number.
On returning to Lagos after years abroad.
It is always understood when you leave Nigeria as a Nigerian that you will return at some point.
On the ground in Nigeria with the nation’s notorious scam artists, who share a remarkable number of qualities with America’s top entrepreneurs.
On the evolution of Nigeria’s booming film industry, which produces 50 full-length features a week.