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31st March 2017 Abuja, Nigeria

A Peace Building Commonwealth – If We Use It Well

I’ll start with a potentially career-limiting admission: in recent years I hadn’t thought much about the Commonwealth. With UK-focussed (non-FCO) jobs and UK-focussed family life, it simply hasn’t been terribly visible to me. It brings memories of Steve Cram (my dad’s hero) winning races in the ‘80s, and a school trip to the Commonwealth Institute […]

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13th January 2017 Abuja, Nigeria

Andrew Fleming

Andrew Fleming is the Deputy Head Political Section/ 1st Sec. External Affairs, Prosperity, Anti Corruption, South East & West Politics and ECOWAS. He tweets regularly on all things Nigeria, sometimes in Pidgin, as well as on some of the other topics he is passionate about – you can follow him on Twitter @Andrew007Uk

Weddings, Football and Checkpoints – Celebrating New Year in South East Nigeria

This Christmas was my turn to stay back in Abuja for Christmas while the family headed for London. I knew I would miss them terribly and so it was, but I did have the opportunity of attending a local staff member’s traditional wedding to look forward to. Aside from providing a fantastic insight into Igbo […]

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22nd December 2016 Abuja, Nigeria

Eleanor French

Political Officer (Northern Nigeria)

Tackling Sexual Violence Stigma Attached to Victims of Boko Haram

On 23 November, the British High Commission and International Alert convened a workshop in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, where 2.2 million people are displaced. In North East Nigeria, stigma attaches to survivors of sexual violence. Stigma attaches to women who bear a child outside marriage. Stigma attaches to anyone associated with Boko Haram. Many […]

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21st December 2016 Lagos, Nigeria

Bisola Dawon

by Bisola Dawon

Science and Innovation Officer


The second South Africa Science Forum 2016, which was held from December 8 -9 at the International Convention Centre of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa (SA) was a great opportunity for SIN Officers (Nairobi, Kenya; Cape Town, South Africa; and Lagos, Nigeria) to meet and interact with various […]

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21st December 2016 Abuja, Nigeria

Louise Edwards

2nd Secretary Political (Niger Delta) and Head of Communications

Rivers Re-Run Elections

Last weekend I was part of a team from the British High Commission, joined by US and German colleagues who travelled to Rivers State, Nigeria to observe the Rivers State re run elections.  The elections in Rivers State are notoriously problematic (this was the third attempt at running the elections here), but we hoped that things […]

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