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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 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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Even as Boko Haram rages, local politics will determine Nigeria presidency

Even as Boko Haram rages, local politics will determine Nigeria presidency

Parliament Scuffle Worries Supporters of Nigerian President — Less than three months before the February presidential polls, tensions are ramping up in Nigeria, as the showdown outside parliament Thursday between lawmakers and police made clear. Television footage showed lawmakers climbing the gates of the National Assembly in Abuja as police tried to keep them out.

Falling Oil Prices Force Nigeria to Raise Taxes, Make Cuts — A barrel of oil now costs just under $80, and for Nigeria, that's a problem. Oil makes up 83 percent of the country's exports, and 70 percent of the revenue in Africa's largest economy. But months before the February presidential election that will see incumbent Goodluck Jonathan stand for a second full term, oil is now trading at its lowest price in four years.

Analysts: Chibok Raid Only Part of Larger Boko Haram Advance — Boko Haram's brief occupation of Chibok last week showed that no part of northeastern Nigerian is safe from the insurgency - not even the town where the militants kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls earlier this year. Analysts say the violent Islamist radicals are making gains along Nigeria's border with Cameroon, and that the military has been unable to stop them.

Nigeria's Military Retakes Chibok — Nigeria's military says it has retaken the town of Chibok from Boko Haram militants who stormed it last week. Earlier this year, the militants snatched more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town who remain missing seven months later.

Amnesty: Documents Show Nigeria Oil Spill Larger Than Reported — In Nigeria, Shell oil company is under fire once again after Amnesty International publicized court documents saying the company under-reported the size of two 2008 oil spills in the Niger Delta. Since 2011, Shell has been fighting a lawsuit by 15,000 people affected by a pair of oil spills that occurred near the village of Bodo in the oil-producing Niger Delta region.

Nigeria’s Main Opposition Party Vows to Fight Jonathan — As Nigeria's ruling party gathered this week to endorse President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office, the main opposition group, the All Progressives Congress, is still deciding who its candidate is. The People's Democratic Party has held power in Nigeria since the return of democracy in 1999.

Nigeria's President Announces Re-Election Bid — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says he will seek a second full term as head of Africa's most populous country and number-one oil producer. Jonathan made the expected announcement at a rally in the capital, Abuja, on Tuesday.

Business Fades at Nigeria’s Traditional Dye Pits — For at least five centuries, people in the northern Nigerian city of Kano have dyed cloth in open-air pits and sold it across the region. But the dye pits' business is fading. Artisans blame the region's ongoing insecurity, particularly the Boko Haram insurgency, for the decline.

Liberians Wait in Ghana as Ebola Ravages Home — Amos Bouye fled Liberia 12 years ago, as fighting engulfed the country, and wound up in a camp outside Ghana's capital Accra. He wants to go back, but he missed the organized repatriations carried out by the United Nations. He doesn't have the money to travel.

US Vows Sustained Ebola Response — U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has promised a sustained response to the West African Ebola crisis. During a visit Wednesday to the headquarters the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, Power said the U.S. government is committed to reversing the rising curve of infections and deaths caused by Ebola.
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Nov 21, 2014

RT @mattmbigg: #IMF says makes 'significant progress' in talks with #Ghana on financial assistance deal @ReutersAfrica

Nov 20, 2014

#Nigeria's police blocked and teargassed lawmakers who came to vote on extension to emergency law in northeast…

Nov 20, 2014

@imamdimam Hi Mr. Imam, please can you follow me and share with me your number? I'd like to interview you re: today's events for VOA

Nov 18, 2014

#Nigeria seeks to extend state of emergency in three northeastern states: Borno, Yobe and Adamawa… #BokoHaram

Nov 18, 2014

Four groups, including #Nigeria's #BokoHaram, accounted for over 60% of the 18,000 people terrorists killed last year…

Nov 17, 2014

RT @willintune: Muhammad Sanusi II's D.I.Y. message = Don't wait for the military to save you, defend yourselves. Points to the depth of Nigeria's crisis

Nov 14, 2014

What Africa could have been. At least if ethnicity determined nations:…

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