Past eventMembersResearch Event

Power and Democracy in Northern Nigeria: Understanding Political Change

8 July 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House, London


Speaker: Dr Leena Koni Hoffmann, Marie Curie Fellow, Centre for Population, Poverty and Public Policy Studies; Author, Who Speaks for the North? Politics and Influence in Northern Nigeria;  ERANDA Junior Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House (2013)
Discussant: Dr Abdul Raufu Mustapha, Lecturer in African Politics, University of Oxford
Chair: Elizabeth Donnelly, Assistant Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Nigeria’s international profile has been raised in recent months due to the Boko Haram crisis in the northeast, as well as the country’s emergence as Africa’s largest economy. Due to its scale and diversity, understanding the potential and challenges of Africa’s most populous nation requires a broader view of its political and decision-making dynamics. As Nigeria celebrates one hundred years of unity, significant differences – real and perceived – remain between different parts of the country.  

This event will launch the Chatham House Briefing Who Speaks for the North? Politics and Influence in Northern Nigeria. Its author, Dr Leena Hoffmann, will discuss the effects of democratization and pacted politics on northern Nigeria, broader governance challenges, and how relations among decision-makers have evolved.