Among those killed in the crush of the Hajj crowd in Mina, Saudi Arabia, last week was a woman beloved in Nigeria and beyond. Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf, a pioneering journalist and activist, broke down barriers in a patriarchal society.
The legalization of gay marriage in the US has sparked increased homophobia in Nigeria. Now fear is growing that Obama may bring up the issue during the Nigerian president's trip to the White House later this month.
After months of taking a light approach toward the militants of Boko Haram, the Nigerian military has been on the offensive in recent weeks and seems to be winning. But that doesn't mean the Islamist group is disappearing any time soon.