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Abuja, Nigeria
Nigeria Correspondent — Voice of America
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Nigeria correspondent for Voice of America

Chris Stein's Biography

I'm a journalist based in Abuja, Nigeria. My work has been published by Voice of America, Al Jazeera America, Agence France-Presse, The Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera, The Economist, GlobalPost and others. I was previously based in Ghana from September 2012 to November 2014, and I have also reported from countries across west, central and southern Africa, including Ivory Coast, the Central African Republic and South Africa. My photos ...

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Boko Haram Resorts to Guerilla Tactics as Pressure Mounts — As multinational forces and the Nigerian military make inroads against Boko Haram in Nigeria's northeast, the sect has been staging attacks outside its usual areas of strength. Experts say this may be a sign of a shift in the group's tactics. Boko Haram's attack on the city of Gombe earlier in February came as a surprise to many.

Vigilantes Settle Local Scores With Boko Haram — Gun-toting men greet visitors to Gombi, in Nigeria's Adamawa state. That's not an unusual sight in Nigeria's northeast. But the weapons these men use are mostly old-fashioned rifles. They don't wear uniforms, but some do have amulets under their shirts to protect them in battle. Vigilantes have long provided security in Gombi.

Vigilantes Settle Local Scores With Boko Haram — Last year, Nigerian forces swept in and retook a series of towns that had been overrun by the extremist group Boko Haram in northeastern Adamawa state. But they did not fight alone: Local vigilantes joined in with makeshift weapons and helped the soldiers retake their hometowns. VOA's Chris Stein reports.

Privatization of Power Sector Has Disappointed Nigerians — The only thing reliable about Nigeria's power supply is its unreliability. From the megacity of Lagos to the capital of Abuja to state capitals like Yola in northeastern Adamawa state, the lights are frequently off. Families and businesses that can afford them rely on generators.

Privatization of Power Sector Has Disappointed Nigerians — Nigeria began the process of privatizing its power sector in 2010. But five years later, reliable electricity is still practically nonexistent. What went wrong? Chris Stein reports from Yola, Nigeria, as part of VOA's Power Africa series.

Questions Remain as Nigeria’s Northeast Reacts to Vote Delay — Nigeria's national elections have been postponed until March 28 due to security concerns affecting a close presidential race and the inability of millions of people to cast ballots. The election commission made the call Saturday in hopes the six-week delay will allow a new regional military force to subdue militant group Boko Haram ahead of the ballot.

Hope Returns for Some Chibok Girls, a New Life at University — After Boko Haram burned down their school and kidnapped over 200 of their classmates, the remaining schoolgirls in the Nigerian town of Chibok had few options for education. Then the American University of Nigeria stepped in. Some hid, some jumped from the beds of trucks and others simply ran.

Issues or Ethnicity? Question Divides Nigeria — As Nigeria goes to the polls next month, many expect the two top presidential contenders to gain much of their support from constituencies organized along ethnic or religious lines. But are faith and regional blocs really what political power in Nigeria is about? Chris Stein reports.

Election Violence Feared in Nigerian President's Stronghold — Attacks on opposition supporters in Nigeria's Niger Delta region are raising fears of greater violence in the region should President Goodluck Jonathan lose his re-election bid February 14. Over the past month, supporters of the opposition All Progressives Congress have been shot at and had their offices bombed in Nigeria's southern Niger Delta region.

Fears in Nigeria over repeat of election violence — All that's left of the Muslim neighbourhood in Madakiya, in Nigeria's northwestern Kaduna state, are decomposing bricks and graffiti-covered walls standing in fields of charred grass. Muslims and Christians once lived together in the village but Madakiya's entire Muslim population fled to a nearby town in rioting after the 2011 presidential election.
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Feb 23, 2015

RT @terphill: Shekau is dead, no he is alive, no he is dead, no he is alive and will be captured soon. He is dead, no alive,no he has died like 3 times.

Feb 23, 2015

@drewfhinshaw Has one of your subjects ever been like "hey wait a second, are you the guy who does #NigeriaTaxiDriverPoll?"

Feb 20, 2015

Billboard near Abuja Hilton extols GEJ's many virtues, including: his love of cassava bread #NigeriaDecides

Feb 17, 2015

RT @AFP: #BREAKING Boko Haram leader vows to disrupt Nigeria election: new video

Feb 17, 2015

Buried in ThisDay story on Buhari's Borno visit is death of five civilian JTF who tried to stop military ammo truck…

Feb 17, 2015

Wonder what will get more rage from #Nigeria twittersphere: @TheEconomist endorsing Buhari, or this @nytimes editrial…

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