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Dora Lewis


My work focuses on human rights, conflict, women & child rights, arts & culture and the intersection of all these with history and everyday living. Below are as comprehensive a listing as possible, some of my work in print and online, over the last few years.


Nigeria election: Buhari battles body double rumours and economic woe, The Guardian, December 4, 2018

Death, displacement, trauma: Human cost of the Anglophone crisis, Al-Jazeera, October 6, 2018

Anglophone crisis looms over Cameroon’s presidential electionAl-Jazeera, October 4, 2018

Akere Muna: I would solve Anglophone crisis in first 100 daysAl-Jazeera, October 2, 2018

Cryptocurrencies: The rise of Nigeria’s Digital Abokis, The Africa Report, October 2, 2018.

Diasporas: Home, away from home, The Africa Report, August 24, 2018

Fed up with costly, dirty fuels, Nigerians switch to cleaner alternatives, Reuters, August 23, 2018.

Deadly cattle raids in Zamfara: Nigeria’s ‘ignored’ crisis, Al-Jazeera, August 20, 2018.

World Cup Memoir: A postcard from Russia, The Africa Report, July 2018.

This former separatist capital is Africa’s newest fitness hub, Ozy, July 25, 2018.

NIGERIA: “We are pushing the population to the brink” – Donald Duke, The Africa Report, July 16, 2018.

The reverse ‘migration’ fuelling Africa’s soccer hopes, Ozy, June 26, 2018.

The Unofficial ‘Banks’ borne out of Nigeria’s Boko Haram years, Ozy, June 11, 2018.

121 years in absentia: Tracking the Benin Bronzes, The Guardian (Nigeria), June 4, 2018.

Transportation: Djibouti, The Africa Report, May 31, 2018.

African cities pledge to cut climate emissions to zero by 2050, Reuters, May 17, 2018.

Nigeria: Back to the drawing board, The Africa Report, May 14, 2018.

Senegal moves to raise school attendance, Financial Times, April 19, 2018.

This Nigerian Chef is a Culinary Wizard of Oz, Ozy, April 13, 2018.

Designers put urban waste to sustainable use, Financial Times, March 31, 2018

Can Benin escape the Crushing Weight of its Border Blues? Ozy, March 22, 2018.

Their Leader Is Missing, but Nigeria’s Biafran Separatists Aren’t Backing Down, World Political Review, March 6, 2018.

Nigeria’s musical legends of J-Town, The Africa Report, February 16, 2018.

Fraud after Flood: How relief materials for Benue victims were diverted, Premium Times, February 10, 2018.

Wise men in The East, The Africa Report, February 9, 2018.


“Let’s eradicate poverty, not poor people”, IRIN, December 12, 2017.

The mother who outsmarted Boko Haram for nine months by pretending to be mad, The Guardian (Nigeria), November 27, 2017.

Power to the People: How Lagosians creatively cope with power outages, Ventures Africa, November 3, 2017.

Mudslide in Sierra Leone exposes dangers of Freetown’s unchecked sprawlReuters, November 1, 2017.

Change is Nigeria’s only hope, The World Today (Chatham House), October 2017.

‘No more beatings’: Sierra Leone’s husband schools take on domestic violence, Reuters, October 9, 2017.

How Cashew Apple juice became Africa’s new power drink, Ozy, September 26, 2017.

LONG READ: Seven Bloody Days of Summer, Medium, September 21, 2017.

SPECIAL REPORT: How Diezani, her men, their deals bled Nigeria, Premium Times, September 9, 2017.

Leading the charge for female health in Nigeria’s refugee camps,  Ozy, September 1, 2017.

The Small Town of the Super Rich, Forbes Africa, August 7, 2017

Girls’ Coding Classes Have Found Their Way to a Slum in Nigeria, Bright Magazine, July 25, 2017.

Can Nigeria end its business nightmare? Ozy, July 18, 2017.

Fifty years later, Nigeria has failed to learn from its horrific civil war, Washington Post, July 7, 2018.

Lagos at 50: Here’s why half of the city needs to be turned into museums, Ventures Africa, May 22, 2017.

How Nigeria’s Wizkid fashioned a new sound that won global appeal, The Guardian, May 21, 2017

Proxy warfare, The Africa Report, May 9, 2017.

Pain and panic as northern Nigeria races to contain deadly meningitis outbreak, Reuters, May 8, 2017.

In Allah We Trust: The story of Zamfara where medicare for women and children is a mirage, Machaha, May 6, 2017.

Nigeria reclaims the champion it ‘rejected’, The Times of London, May 2, 2017.

Boko Haram leaves cruel legacy of trauma and starvation, Bhekisisa (Mail & Guardian), April 25, 2017.

‘He Was the Love Of My Life’: Why Women Marry Into Boko Haram, Huffington Post, March 22, 2017.

Demolition of Lagos slum, defying court order, fuels fears of more evictions – activists, Reuters, March 20, 2017.

‘I was married to a Boko Haram’: What happens when a victim returns to her village?, Bhekisisa (Mail & Guardian), March 7, 2017.

Nigerian Weddings: The Big Contract, The Africa Report, March, 2017.

Nigeria has discovered oil in Boko Haram’s heartland – but that isn’t necessarily good news for localsQuartz Africa, February 15, 2017.

Firebrand preachers fuel Nigeria’s war of religion, The Times of London, February 14, 2017.

Nigeria’s spiraling herdsmen-farmer violence fuels fears of humanitarian crisis, Reuters, February 13, 2017.

Why is real estate thriving in the birthplace of Boko Haram?, This is Africa, January 26, 2017.

The ex-convict who will be a kingmaker in Nigeria’s ethnic political cauldron, Quartz Africa, January 23, 2017.

Beyond the Bombs: The fate of small businesses in the birthplace of Boko Haram, Ventures Africa, January 9, 2017.


Lagos development boom sparks fear that slum dwellers will be left homeless, Reuters, December 21, 2016.

10 of the biggest African tracks of 2016: Tekno, Babe Wodumo and moreThe Guardian, December 21, 2016.

Children of the Dustbin Estate: growing up on a Lagos swampThe Guardian, December 20, 2016.

Nigeria fails to come to grips with separatist “New Biafra”, IRIN, December 16, 2016

The view from Delta state, Africa Research Institute, December 9, 2016.

Blood Money II: How Tompolo became Nigeria’s most wanted man, YNaija, October 25, 2016.

Defiance on the dancefloor: clubbing in the birthplace of Boko Haram ,The Guardian, September 27, 2016.

Going to America: Small businesses in Nigeria benefit from the craze for going abroad, This is Africa, September 9, 2016.

Malnutrition rates in Nigeria “horrifying”, IRIN, September 1, 2016.

Nigeria gets tough with marauding ‘Sons of the Soil’ in search of land to seize, Reuters, August 24, 2016.

They’re defeating Boko Haram but are they Nigeria’s next security threat?, IRIN, August 22, 2016.

World Jollof Day: Jamie Oliver’s #ricegate and other scandals, The Guardian, August 22, 2016.

‘We ran out of beer’: the night Nigeria won Olympic football gold against Argentina, The Guardian, August 4, 2016.

244,000 hungry children, IRIN, August 1, 2016.

Buhari’s promises of change: How well has he fared on jobs, electricity & corruption?Africa Check, June 16, 2016.

Nigeria land disputes fuel surge in herdsmen violence, Reuters, June 2, 2016.

Does Nigeria’s Kaduna state have more gold than South Africa?, Africa Check, May 24, 2016.

Welcome to Mirabel: the first centre supporting rape survivors in Nigeria, The Guardian, February 25, 2016.

Lagos’s blackout nightmare: the suburb that’s been in darkness for five years, The Guardian, February 25, 2016.

The massacre Nigeria forgot: a year after Boko Haram’s attack on Baga, The Guardian, January 9, 2016.