Nigerian Crossroads: Mark Doyle investigates the Nigerian paradox – BBC

Nigerian Crossroads


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“Mark Doyle investigates the Nigerian paradox. He reports from a Lagos international fashion show – and overflies a network of illegal oil refineries. He visits a polo club where relatively wealthy players favour Argentine ponies – and finds himself in a camp for displaced people which looks like it could be in war-torn Somalia.

Nigeria, the giant of West Africa, has the largest population of any African country. It’s among the top dozen producers of oil in the world, and has a vibrant, growing economy. It’s a country that could – perhaps should – be a significant player on the world stage. But Nigeria’s communities are also torn apart by communal and religious violence. And in recent years a new, radical Islamist group has emerged to challenge the power of the state across the north of the country. Thousands have been killed as the police and the followers of the sect battle it out in places of worship, police stations and on the streets.” – BBC