Two debut novels portray everyday life in Nigerian cities. They also teach Americans about our own culture.
"There was a time in my life when I devoured Christian literature," says novelist Chigozie Obioma.
The history and struggles of the Nigerian movement known as Boko Haram are more complicated than they first appear.
Behind the Ebola epidemic are issues of basic health care. Combating it involves fairly basic public health measures and education.
Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation, and nearly half of its people are Christians. They are often in conflict, sometimes violent conflict, with Muslims.
As part of the astonishing cinema boom known as Nollywood, some 300 Nigerian producers churn out around 2,000 films each year. Their market of almost 150 million people makes this the world’s third-largest film industry, after Hollywood and the Indian Bollywood. The films go straight to DVD or VCD and sell hundreds of thousands of copies in Nigeria alone, not to mention circulation among the Nigerian disapora in North America and Western Europe. Because videos are passed on from hand to hand, actual viewership is impossible to determine. Explicitly Christian videos make up a large part of the output, which is not surprising when we realize that perhaps 45 percent of Nigerians follow this faith.