• Boko Haram Violence Intensifies As New President Vows To End It

    Despite government efforts to squelch Boko Haram, the terrorist group continues to wreak havoc on Northeast Nigeria. Last Tuesday, during a particularly busy time at Sabon Gari market, a deadly explosion rang out. The blast occurred around 1:30 PM local time and witnesses reported that the devastation was apparent...
  • Gambian President’s Nephew Facing Execution For Pro-LGBTQ Stance

    Thousands of LGBTQ Gambians have experienced the violent homophobia of President Yahya Jammeh. Now, he’s found another target for his vitriol –– his own nephew. Alagie Jammeh is a third-year global studies major at the University of California – Santa Barbara who’s currently facing life in prison or worse....
  • Senegalese Journalist Given Six Month Prison Sentence For Homosexuality

    A well-known Senegalese journalist has been sentenced to six month in prison for “acts of homosexuality,” which is a criminal offense in his country. Journalist and former UNESCO employee Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye was arrested in June after being accused of the attempted rape of a young man. Prior to his...
  • Gambian President Pardons Prisoners While Ignoring Human Rights Abuses

    In a historic move, The Gambia’s long-time president pardoned a large group of political prisoners; however, human rights groups report an ever-worsening climate of fear in the West African nation. On July 22, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh commemorated the 21st anniversary of the military coup that helped him rise...
  • Study: Anti-LGBTQ Legislation Makes Queer Nigerian Men Reluctant To Seek Healthcare

    In the wake of Nigeria’s passage of anti-LGBTQ legislation, gay and bisexual men living in the country report that they’re reluctant to seek healthcare. While many of the implications of Nigeria’s Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act –– such as increased hostility toward LGBTQ citizens –– were apparent immediately, some of its other effects are...
  • Boko Haram Attacks Nigerian Villages, Murders 12 People

    Boko Haram militants have attacked both a village and border town in Nigeria’s Borno state, resulting in several casualties. On July 14, at around 4:30 AM local time, the insurgents struck Damasak, which lies mere kilometers from the border of neighboring Niger. In recent months, Nigeria has been working...
  • Poll Shows 87 Percent Of Nigerians Oppose Same-Gender Marriage

    A recently released poll shows that almost 90 percent of Nigerians are in favor of the country’s law banning same-gender marriage. To gauge nationwide perceptions of both LGBTQ individuals and Nigeria’s recently instated law criminalizing same-gender marriage, NOI Polls, the Bisi Alimi Foundation and the Initiative for Equal Rights...
  • Nigeria Bans Female Genital Mutilation

    In one of the final acts of his administration, Nigeria’s outgoing president officially outlawed one of the most detrimental human rights abuses committed against women and other female assigned at birth people. In a move human rights activists have called “hugely important,” departing President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law...
  • Nigerian Military Guilty of Rampant Violence, According to Amnesty International Report

    Following the release a damning report by Amnesty International, several of the Nigerian military’s highest ranking officials are being called to face war crimes inquiries. On June 3, Amnesty International released Stars on Their Shoulders. Blood on Their Hands: War Crimes Committed by the Nigerian Military, a report about...