Over the last few days alone, militant group Boko Haram has launched suicide bomb attacks using children and reportedly killed hundreds in the town of Baga. The violence has many Nigerians demanding the same solidarity that world leaders offered France after the Charlie Hebdo attack.
Anchor Marco Werman interviews Nigerian afrobeat musician Femi Kuti, son of the late pioneer of the genre Fela Kuti, and gets him to answer the questions he himself poses on his new CD about progress in Africa.
The World's Carol Hills reports that Nigerians are mourning their president, Umaru Yar'Adua, who died last night. There were great hopes for his presidency when he came into office in 2007, but his term was marred by chronic health problems.
Noo Saro-Wiwa is the daughter of slain Nigerian writer and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. She tells host Marco Werman about her difficult journey to bury her father's bones in his homeland, a trip that inspired her new book.
Ray Manzarek, keyboard player and founding member of the 60s rock band The Doors, has died aged 74. Marco Werman gives Manzarek a send-off with some of the sounds he helped influence from Togo, Nigeria and Cuba.
More than 200 teenage girls are still missing after Boko Haram Islamic militants reportedly abducted them two weeks ago. And Nigerians across the country are using protests and social media to demand that the government do something to bring the girls back.
There's hashtag activism, and then there's actually figuring out how to rescue the Nigerian girls kidnapped last month by the Boko Haram. The latter is proving difficult and is revealing the limits of American power and the tensions in Washington's relationship with Nigeria.