Past event

Research Event

The Rise of Boko Haram: A History and Violence of Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme, African Peace and Security, Nigeria Project

Participants

Andrew Walker, Author "Eat the Heart of the Infidel”: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram
Dr Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme
Chair: Sola Tayo, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Overview

Since its violent re-emergence under a new leader in 2010, Boko Haram has sustained its campaign of extreme violence in northern Nigeria and more recently across its porous borders. Its rampage has not gone unimpeded, but this crisis is now years in the running, as it was years in the making, with disastrous humanitarian and economic consequences for Nigeria’s north east and beyond. The emergence of Boko Haram is rooted in the context of north-eastern Nigeria, blighted for decades by poor governance and underdevelopment. 

This event marks the launch of the book “Eat the Heart of the Infidel”: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram. The author, Andrew Walker, will look at Boko Haram’s rise and endurance within Nigeria’s political economy, and will examine the historical and social factors that has allowed for the group’s evolution into a violent extremist organization.