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Chika Unigwe Examines Religious Violence and Social Media Protests in Nigeria

Chika Unigwe, 091012-02

On Black Sisters' StreetChike Unigwe, a Nigerian-born writer who has been living in Belgium for over 13 years, features in two articles about the turbulent events currently taking place in her home country.

In an article for the Guardian, Unigwe, author of Black Sister’s Street, argues that the religious violence in Nigeria has less to do with division and more to do with the actions of the extremist group, Boko Haram.

In an interview with Africa is a Country, Unigwe discusses the recent Occupy Nigeria protests, which saw many Nigerian writers come out in protest against the state’s removal of the fuel subsidy.

Chika Unigwe speaks to Tom Devriendt of Africa is a Country:

You live in Belgium. You have made Belgium your home. How do you look at what is happening in Nigeria at the moment?

If home is where the heart is, then Nigeria is more of a home to me than Belgium where I have lived for over thirteen years. I’ve never been able to disengage form Nigeria, not mentally at least. What’s happening in Nigeria at the moment is a revolution of sorts, led by a generation that’s been let down, royally, by the government, and who feel that they have nothing else to lose.

Unigwe on Boko Haram in the Guardian:

This week, still reeling from Friday’s bloody bombings on the northern city of Kano, Nigeria braces itself for more violence ahead. The bulk of the casualties in the attacks on churches belonged to the Igbo people, and this has already led to retaliatory attacks in parts of south-eastern Nigeria. An Igbo group, Ogbunigwe Ndigbo, gave all northern Muslims in the region two weeks to leave or face their wrath. In Lokpanta, where my mother is from, the Muslim Hausa community – which settled there many years ago – were seen leaving in truckloads.

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