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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 Lagos, 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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Nigerians Await New President With High Hopes — Muhammadu Buhari assumes office as president of Nigeria on Friday (5/29). People across Africa's most-populous nation have high expectations for their new president. When the pomp and circumstance of the inauguration ends in the capital, Abuja, Buhari will sit down to the hard task of governing Nigeria.

Nigeria Fuel Shortage Shows Fragility of Africa’s Oil Giant — Nigeria produces more oil than any other country in Africa. But it nearly ran out of fuel the country needs to power its generators, cars and airplanes over the past week. How could this happen? Nigeria practically ground to a halt over the past few days because there was no fuel at the pumps.

Partisan Dispute Undermines Election Violence Inquiry in Nigeria Oil Capital — The governor of Nigeria's Rivers State is hoping an inquiry into violence that happened around this year's presidential and governor elections will bring a measure of reconciliation to the oil-producing state. But the inquiry has been hamstrung by allegations of partisan bias.

State Moves to Drop Murder Charges Against Nigeria Child Bride — State prosecutors in northern Nigeria say they will not go ahead with murder charges against a child bride accused of killing her husband and three others. Wasila Tasiu faced murder charges in the northern state of Kano for killing her husband and three others with a poison-laced meal last year.

Nigerians 'Trek' Celebrating Historic Election — In the wake of Nigeria's historic presidential election, people across the country are celebrating by going for very long walks. It's called trekking, and it's the latest way to commemorate the outcome of this year's unprecedented elections in Nigeria, which saw the president fail to win re-election for the first time since the country returned to democracy in 1999.

Despite Gunshot Wounds, Student Graduates From University in Nigeria — A close encounter with violent Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram could not stop 26-year-old Abubakar Umar from graduating last week at his university. The scars on Umar's arms distinguish him among this year's graduating class of the American University of Nigeria, where he studied petroleum chemistry..

Ex-Boko Haram Captives: Militants Obsessed With Marriage, Subjugation — As it took over huge parts of Nigeria's northeast last year, Boko Haram fighters were looking not just to indoctrinate female captives to their brand of radical Islam, but also to marry them. The group also used marriage to subjugate its captives.

Displaced Nigerians Return Home to Find Ruin — In the wake of advances by Nigeria's military against Boko Haram insurgents in the country's northeast, people displaced during years of violence are trickling back home to find their lives in ruin. Homa Luka returned home to Michika to a backyard full of dead people.

1 Dead, 6 Injured in Nigeria School Attack — A suicide bombing at a school in the northeastern Nigerian town of Potiskum ended with six students injured and the suicide bomber dead. Extremist group Boko Haram, which has remained active in the northeast despite recent military setbacks, is suspected to have been responsible.

UNHCR Concerned as Niger Forces Out Nigerians — The United Nations refugee agency expressed concern that Niger is forcing Nigerians away from Lake Chad and their livelihoods in the wake of a deadly battle with the Boko Haram extremist group. Thousands of Nigerians who worked in the fishing industry are being forced away from Lake Chad by the government of Niger and back into Nigeria, according to authorities on both sides of the border.
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May 29, 2015

RT @NaijaHistory: 4/ Presidents/Heads of State sighted at #BuhariInauguration: 20. Swaziland 21. Niger 22. C.A.R 23. Côte d'Ivoire 24. Namibia Any omissions?

May 29, 2015

RT @NaijaHistory: 3/ Presidents/Heads of State seen at #BuhariInauguration: 15. Somalia 16. Mali 17. Guinea 18. Saharawi Arab Dem. Republic 19. Eq. Guinea

May 29, 2015

RT @NaijaHistory: 2/ Presidents/Heads of State seen at #BuhariInauguration: 8. Benin 9. Togo 10. Ghana 11. Liberia 12. Sierra Leone 13. Gabon 14. Congo Brazza

May 29, 2015

RT @NaijaHistory: 1/ Presidents/Heads of State seen at #BuhariInauguration: 1. South Africa 2. Zimbabwe 3. Senegal 4. Ethiopia 5. Rwanda 6. Somalia 7. Chad

May 29, 2015

@mikejsmith504 @toluogunlesi I'd kinda like to know how that ended. On the other hand, a lot of other stuff has happened since 2011...

May 29, 2015

@toluogunlesi Did any of those cops get convicted? By straight-up calling it murder seems like Buhari has made up his mind.

May 29, 2015

@schneiderhome he did. So did the amnesty program, not to huge effect from what I've heard. Dunno if new programs are gonna keep the peace.

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