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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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Buhari Supporters Celebrate Election Victory in Nigeria — Supporters of Muhammadu Buhari are celebrating his election as Nigeria's next president. Matti Kamaradeen, a transport worker, and his friends couldn't be more joyful. He said he kept track of the results and called the victory even before the Independent National Electoral Commission. "We are even celebrating now," he said.

Turmoil Feared in Aftermath of Nigeria Elections — Nigerians will line up at polls across the nation Saturday to cast ballots in presidential and parliamentary elections. But what happens after that is anyone's guess, and some are fearing the worst. When results in Nigeria's presidential election are announced, the biggest question may not be how will the winners celebrate, but how will the losers handle the news.

In Nigerian Political Campaigns,Clothing Crucial to Candidates — Political campaigns are serious business in Africa's most populous democracy, and what you wear as a candidate is often as important as what you say. While the Western-style coat-and-tie is standard attire for presidents and prime ministers in many parts of Africa, in a country like Nigeria, with nearly 174 million people and dozens of languages and ethnic groups, wearing traditional garb is key for connecting with voters.

Will Voter Card System Prevent Election Fraud? Nigerians Are Wary — As Nigerians prepare for Saturday's presidential election, the integrity of the vote will hang in large part on the success of a new voter card system that includes thousands of hand-held electronic card readers. The system is designed to prevent identity theft, ballot stuffing and fraud, which marred previous elections and helped spark post-election rioting and violence in 2011.

Nigeria Election Expected to Upend Past Political Trends — Nigeria's fifth presidential election on March 28 is expected to be the tightest since the country returned to democracy in 1999. That's not the only way this vote might be different. From the balance of political power to the way ballots will be cast, analysts say a number of changes are in store for Saturday's vote.

Northeast Exodus Complicates Nigeria Vote — Nigerians are set to vote in high-stakes elections on March 28. But hundreds of thousands of Nigerians who fled the northeast because of Boko Haram are not sure if they can travel home to cast their ballots. Chris Stein reports from the city of Bauchi.

Displaced by Boko Haram, Nigerians Fret as Elections Near — When the northeastern Nigeria town of Damboa came underattack by Boko Haram militants last year, thousands fled, seeking refuge in makeshift camps scattered through the region or, if lucky, relatives. Bazam Ali was one of those who sought haven in Gombe, some 150 miles to the southwest.

Nigeria’s Displaced Caught in the Middle as Elections Draw Near — Tens of millions of Nigerians are slated to cast ballots in the March 28 elections. But how the estimated one million people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the war-torn northeast will vote remains an open question. Chris Stein reports from Gombe, Nigeria.

VOA Exclusive: Nigeria Brings South African, Foreign Mercenaries into Boko Haram Fight — South African and other foreign soldiers in Nigeria are fighting against Boko Haram, engaging in ground combat and flying combat air sorties, Nigerian soldiers told VOA Thursday. The fighting comes as the Nigerian government tries to notch battlefield victories ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections later this month.

Nigeria's President: Boko Haram Trained with Islamic State — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says fighters from insurgent group Boko Haram have traveled to the Middle East for training with Islamic State militants. Jonathan declined to name the countries where the fighters were allegedly trained. But in an interview with VOA Wednesday, he said he's long suspected Boko Haram of having alliances with international extremist groups.
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Apr 01, 2015

@CWallop I'm hoping if I don't show it to anyone it'll just go away (but you can find it on their Twitter)

Apr 01, 2015

Wow that article in The Root was terrible. A desk in Washington is not a good vantage point from which to view Nigeria.

Apr 01, 2015

You'd think Kano's post-Buhari win motor derby would be through. But no, they're still at it, in the middle of one of the city's flyovers.

Mar 31, 2015

Kano's idea of celebrating is huge groups of people packing close together while cars race around them and everyone smokes weed #Nigeria

Mar 31, 2015

Buhari win leads to very inventive driving in front of Kano government house #Nigeriadecides

Mar 31, 2015

Slamming milk with @NellWhitehead to celebrate the semi-end of a very long election season

Mar 31, 2015

Thirty-two minutes till Jega talks. Out of curiosity, what the over/under on PDP votes in Borno? #Nigeriadecides

Mar 31, 2015

RT @BateFelix: The symbolism. In 2011, the army was fighting running battles in Kaduna. Today they are applauded. #Nigeriadecides

Mar 31, 2015

As recently as Friday night, people in Kano, where Buhari is hugely popular, were telling me there was no way he could win #Nigeriadecides

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