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Lagos, 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 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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Nigerian Governor Calls for Calm as Boko Haram Attacks Escalate — Amid a surge of deadly violence by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's northeast, the governor of the embattled Borno state is trying to assure residents of their safety. Fighters from the Islamist militant group stormed the village of Zabarmari on the outskirts of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, on Friday evening.

Analysts: Nigerian Oil Shake-Up Shows Buhari Serious About Reform — On the campaign trail, newly-elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to stamp out corruption in Nigeria. To do that, analysts say he must reform the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation or NNPC, which has long been dogged by allegations of waste and graft. Buhari showed he was serious late last month by firing the NNPC's board.

For Nigeria's Criminals, Kidnapping Remains Lucrative Trade — Kidnapping has for years been rife in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta; but, experts say the practice is now common across much of the country and kidnappers are becoming less discerning about their targets.

Nigeria’s Buhari Gets Mixed Review After First Month in Office — In the first month since his inauguration, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has tweaked military strategy and shaken up the state oil company, but has yet to appoint a Cabinet. During his campaign, Buhari vowed to bring change to Nigeria, but did not give a timetable for when that would happen.

Liberia Watches Nervously as Ebola Spreads Near Border — Of the three West African countries hardest-hit by the Ebola outbreak, Liberia is the only one to be rid of the virus completely. When World Health Organization made the announcement last month, Liberians greeted the news with prayer, song and celebration.

Guinea Reacts to Indictment of Generals for 2009 Massacre — Human rights activists welcomed the indictment of two generals in Guinea for the massacre of protesters six years ago. But some question whether the indictments are aimed at a former military ruler who is planning to run in the upcoming elections.

Nigerians Demand Openness from New Government — Activists in Nigeria are mounting a campaign to get the country's National Assembly to open its books and explain how it spends its money. The campaign is already getting results. As the 109 senators and 360 house representatives of Nigeria's eighth national assembly got down to business this month, they did so under the watchful eye of Oluseun Onigbinde, lead partner of non-profit BudgIT.

Girl Burned to Death in Nigeria after Witchcraft Allegation — Police in Nigeria say a 60-year-old man burned a young girl to death after accusing her of being a witch. Allegations of witchcraft in Nigeria can be very dangerous. Police say they've arrested 60-year-old Yakubu Vong for luring an eight-year-old girl to his house in the village of Sabon Layi in north-central Plateau State, dousing her with lamp oil, and setting her ablaze.

Local Gin Distillers Criticize Nigeria Ban — A batch of local gin killed about 70 people in southern Nigeria earlier this month, prompting a nationwide ban on drinking the beverage. Producers and imbibers of the popular drink say the ban threatens not just a beverage, but a lifestyle.

Questions Surround Nigeria Clean Cook Stove Program — Nigeria's government announced last year it would start giving out clean cook stoves to women in rural communities to cut down on the use of harmful wood stoves. Months later, however, a watchdog group is calling the program nontransparent.
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Jul 06, 2015

.@sahelblog argues that America's message with deputy secretary of state visit to #Nigeria/#Niger is: we care…

Jul 04, 2015

Really hoping Buhari's people deploy this innovation at some point…

Jul 03, 2015

@dmagnowski If they're not threatening to chase you out of the country you're not doing your job

Jul 03, 2015

Here we got The Economist almost arguing for polygamy to be legal in the US next:…

Jul 03, 2015

@dmagnowski did that Ministry of Information website ever post anything in the Jonathan days?

Jul 02, 2015

RT @nytimesworld: All of sub-Saharan Africa’s power generating capacity amounts to less than South Korea’s.

Jun 22, 2015

@pantathefirst Not personally but I've read about them. Seems like a smart idea.

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