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Nigeria: U.S. Dollars and Dubious Results
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Soft power, according to Joseph Nye, a former Harvard professor who invented the phrase over 20 years ago, is an important foreign policy tool that countries like the U.S. employ to get other nations to adopt their policy goals.
In Nigeria, American soft power – in the form of various development and support programs – mostly targets Northern states where poverty, high infant and maternal mortality rates, illiteracy and radical Islam shape the economic and social realities.
However, the last couple of years have seen potentially dangerous anti-American sentiments in northern Nigeria morph into a manifestation of serious anti-Western, anti-Christian, and anti-democratic militancy in the form of Boko Haram.
In this project, Nigerian journalist and 2013 Persephone Miel fellow Ameto Akpe documents the true impact of soft power in the region – humanizing the statistics, while exploring themes of sustainability and accountability.
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Education Resources
Pulitzer Center Updates
Media
February 04, 2014 | Boston Review
Soft Power in Nigeria
AMETO AKPE
It will take more than clean water and medicine to change the mindset of some Nigerians toward America.
September 04, 2013 | Pulitzer Center
Nigeria: Mothers Living Positively With HIV
AMETO AKPE, FOR THE PULITZER CENTER
A sisterhood of HIV positive mothers helps others live with the disease.
July 30, 2013 | FrontiersNews
Local Policy Frustrates HIV Prevention Programme
AMETO AKPE
In Nigeria’s fight against HIV and AIDS, local policies undermine efforts to eradicate disease transmission between mother and child.
July 27, 2013 | Pulitzer Center
Northern Nigeria, Falling Short on Maternal Health
AMETO AKPE, FOR THE PULITZER CENTER
Photographs from northern Nigeria tell the story of a country falling short in basic maternal health.
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U.S. development projects target northern Nigeria where poverty, illiteracy and radical Islam shape economic and social realities, but the sustainability of these interventions is rarely discussed.
AUTHOR
AMETO AKPE
Grantee
Ameto Akpe is an independent Nigerian journalist. She was the 2013 Persephone Miel fellow and a 2014 Nieman fellow at Harvard university. Her reporting has been published in Financial Times,...
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LAUNCHED:
July 24, 2013
REGION:
Africa, North America
COUNTRY:
Nigeria, United States
TAGS:
Conflict, Culture, Economy, Environment, Religion
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