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 arguably the most strategically important country in Africa.

The Nigeria project prioritises in-country research and draws on a network of Nigerian and international experts engaged on a range of issues in Nigeria. The Africa Programme takes an 'all-Nigeria' approach to its research – pursuing distinct research strands simultaneously, enabling it to analyse how specific political, economic and regional dynamics interconnect, and to provide insights in support of successful policy engagement.

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 independent policy relevant research on Nigeria. 

Chatham House and Nigeria

Chatham House has a world-class reputation for independence, influence and rigorous, dependable, policy-relevant research.

The Africa Programme has devoted a great deal of its resources to research on Nigeria. The Programme has hosted the former President of Nigeria, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, former head of state and 2011 presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari, former Chair of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. 

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. Read the Report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria 2013.

Research Areas 

  • Understanding power and leadership dynamics in northern Nigeria
  • Security challenges in Nigeria
  • Organized crime and the impact of oil
  • Understanding models of reform and economic success in Nigeria
  • The State Government series.

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