AfricaSource Strategic Insight on the New Africa

May 29, 2014
On April 14, 2014, more than 200 female students were kidnapped from a school in Nigeria. In May, news of that kidnapping went viral. In a series of videos, Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton discusses why the social media response to the event has been so huge, its short- and long-term implications, as well as the Western media response to the story. 

Why has the international response to the Nigerian schoolgirl kidnappings been so huge on social media? Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on what the robustness of the social media response means -- and the possible implications.


Is the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls an escalation of Boko Haram's violence? Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on how the group is becoming more violent, and the implications for Nigeria and its upcoming elections.


Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton discusses Western media coverage of the Nigerian schoolgirl kidnappings, and specifically its use of the term "Islamist militant" group to describe Boko Haram.


Bronwyn Bruton: What does the term "Boko Haram" mean? by Atlantic Council Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on the meaning of the term "Boko Haram," which has been interpreted and defined in various ways.

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