Monthly Archives: June 2014

Please find below a blog I co-authored regarding the recent elections in the Nigerian State of Ekiti. http://www.democracyspeaks.org/2014/06/ekiti-election-test-for-nigeria-2015.html Ekiti Election: A Test for Nigeria’s 2015 ElectionsBy Milica Panic, Deputy Director, Africa and Sentell Barnes, Resident Program Officer, Africa Ekiti state is rather small state for Nigeria standards, with an approximate population of 2.8 million, the state is situated in the South West (SW) geographical zone.  For the past month, the state has… Read More

I have received a lot of “checking in on you” messages so I wanted to let everyone know that I am doing just fine. Earlier today there was a bombing at a shopping center in a neighborhood in Abuja (the capital of Nigeria). My office is located on the other side of town so there were no impact on our side of town. Because of the Nigerian football match today, our staff… Read More

Since arriving in Abuja, I have been impressed with the condition of the roads, expressways and streets in the capital city of Nigeria. But I was warned that once you leave Abuja, the condition of the roads quickly deteriorate. While there is some truth to this statement, the conditions of the roads do not change as quickly as one would think. It’s best to describe it this way, the further you get… Read More

It has been two weeks since I landed in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. And the best way to describe my first two weeks is OVERWHELMED! While the way of life in Abuja will be easy to settle into, the work will be by far, significantly more challenging. South Sudan was a new country and the political parties often sought the advice and assistance of IRI and its staff. Nigerians are… Read More