Nigeria

The Africa Programme carries out policy-focused research and analysis on a range of themes relating to Nigeria's complex politics and interconnected challenges, to inform decision-making on what is among the most strategically important countries in Africa. 

Research on Nigeria and its regional and international relations has been central to the work of the Africa Programme since its inception. Over the years the Programme has built up a body of work and network of expertise, making it a unique centre for world-leading, independent policy research on Nigeria. 

The Africa Programme devotes significant resources to its research on Nigeria, and in recent years has hosted such figures as then-presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua 2008, as well as a range of government, opposition and civil society speakers.

More recently, the Africa Programme has developed deeper expertise on areas such as unrecorded trade flows, and in 2017, begun its work on social norms research with the publication of a ground-breaking report on the social norms of corruption in Nigeria.

In 2017, the Programme initiated its ‘Next Generation Nigeria’ series of events, which seeks to open up the debate around restructuring. The first event saw HE Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, outlined key points in the debate.

The Africa Programme is uniquely placed to offer a neutral forum for debate and discussion on this complex country to a diverse network of decision-makers.

The programme also provides administrative and research support to the British All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria.

  • Understanding power and leadership dynamics in northern Nigeria
  • Demographics, youth and electoral participation
  • Economic growth, oil and diversification
  • Security and humanitarian challenges in Nigeria
  • Trade and regional dynamics
  • Corruption, behaviour and organized crime 
  • Understanding prospects for reform and improved governance

Department contact

Elizabeth Donnelly

+44 20 7314 3667

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Nigeria’s 2019 Elections: Preparations, Politics and Prospects

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Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: How to Connect Society and Institutions

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Enforcing Nigeria’s Anti-People Trafficking Legislation: Challenges Toward Effective Implementation

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Calls for Biafran Independence Return to South East Nigeria

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Boko Haram: Journey from Evil – Documentary Screening

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Defining Development for Rivers State and Steps to Sustainable Implementation

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Next Generation Nigeria: Youth, Opportunity and Governance for the Future

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People Trafficking From Nigeria to the UK: Tackling Root Causes and Protecting Victims

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Size Matters: Developing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Industrial complex for the production of galvanized roof sheets, Kampala, Uganda. Photo: Elk Arne Clausen/Getty Images.
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Developing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia

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Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions

Made in Nigeria’ trademark on printed fabric at a market in Torodi, Niger, March 2015. Photo: Leena Koni Hoffmann.
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Nigeria’s Booming Borders: The Drivers and Consequences of Unrecorded Trade

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Nigeria’s Interminable Insurgency? Addressing the Boko Haram Crisis

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Who Speaks for the North? Politics and Influence in Northern Nigeria

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The Promise of Nigeria’s Entrepreneurs: A Perspective from the UK

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Too Many to Count? Human Rights, Justice and Accountability in Nigeria: 2013 Country Visit Report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria

Nigeria's Criminal Crude
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Nigeria's Criminal Crude: International Options to Combat the Export of Stolen Oil

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Young Democracy 2012: Country Visit Report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria

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Nigeria and South Africa: Rivalries, rows and reconciliations

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Big problems but a big future

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Improving Elections in Nigeria: Lessons from 2011 and Looking to 2015

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Nigeria's Unity and Regional Socio-Political Groups: Influence and Impact of the Northern States Governors' Forum

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Lost in translation: why Nigeria's police don't implement democratic reforms

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Nigeria in 2012: Crises and Reforms

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Negotiating with the Neighbours: Niger’s Regional Policy and Influence

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Democracy in Nigeria and the Rebirth of Opposition

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Zimbabwean Farmers and Agricultural Innovation in Nigeria

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Key Issues in Nigeria's 2011 Elections

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Nigeria’s 2019 Elections: Preparations, Politics and Prospects

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Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: How to Connect Society and Institutions

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Nigeria's Anti-Corruption Effort: Working with the Media, Civil Society and International Partners

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Enforcing Nigeria’s Anti-People Trafficking Legislation: Challenges Toward Effective Implementation

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Boko Haram: Journey from Evil – Documentary Screening

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Defining Development for Rivers State and Steps to Sustainable Implementation

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Next Generation Nigeria: Youth, Opportunity and Governance for the Future

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People Trafficking From Nigeria to the UK: Tackling Root Causes and Protecting Victims

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Benue State Launch - Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions

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Next Generation Nigeria: Participation, Accountability and National Cohesion

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Next Generation Nigeria: What Is Restructuring and Does Nigeria Need It?

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Sokoto State Launch - Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions

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Adamawa State Launch - Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions

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Enugu State Launch - Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions

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Rivers State Launch - Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions

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Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions - Lagos Launch

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Navigating the Nigerian Market: Diaspora Insights and UK Business Engagement

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Accountability Through Innovation: How Can Transparency Strengthen Governance?

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Next Generation Nigeria: What Is Restructuring and Does Nigeria Need It?

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Developing Power and Infrastructure in Nigeria: Strategies for Successful Reform

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Event Speech: Right Data, Right Policy? Innovations in Data Collection and Dissemination in Nigeria

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Event Q&A: Right Data, Right Policy? Innovations in Data Collection and Dissemination in Nigeria

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Event Speech: The Humanitarian Situation in Northeastern Nigeria

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Event Q&A: The Humanitarian Situation in Northeastern Nigeria

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Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria's Transition

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Nigeria's Security: Insurgency, Elections and Coordinating Responses to Multiple Threats

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Elections, Boko Haram and Security: Assessing and Addressing Nigeria's Complex Challenges (Session 1)

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Elections, Boko Haram and Security: Assessing and Addressing Nigeria's Complex Challenges (Session 2)

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Session 1: Event Speech: Elections, Boko Haram and Security: Assessing and Addressing Nigeria's Complex Challenges

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Session 2: Event Speech: Elections, Boko Haram and Security

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Session 2: Event Q&A: Elections, Boko Haram and Security

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Event Speech: Nigeria's 2015 Elections: Expectations, Priorities and the Independent National Electoral Commission

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Event Q&A: Nigeria's 2015 Elections: Expectations, Priorities and the Independent National Electoral Commission

Nigeria's Criminal Crude
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Nigeria's Criminal Crude: International Options to Combat the Export of Stolen Oil

People queue with jerrycans to buy fuel at Mobil filling station in Lagos, on May 21, 2015.
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Event Q&A: Reform and Resource Governance in Nigeria

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Event Speech: Opportunities for Financial Services in Nigeria, Angola and Ghana

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Event Q&A: Opportunities for Financial Services in Nigeria, Angola and Ghana