Shola Lawal is a Lagos-based journalist covering conflict and development in West Africa.
A Nigerian family visits Holy Rosary Church in Abuja, Nigeria, in this 2014 file photo. (CNS photo/Afolabi Sotunde, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Shola Lawal October 13, 2020
President Buhari’s push to corporatize religious houses is causing tension with religious leaders who accuse him of bias against Christians.
A man receives ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass inside the Church of the Assumption in Lagos, Nigeria, Feb. 26, 2020. (CNS photo/Nyancho NwaNri, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Shola Lawal March 05, 2020
The Lenten season has begun, and more Nigerians are likely to attend religious gatherings. To stall a possible outbreak, however, Archbishop Alfred Martins of the Archdiocese of Lagos said contact should be restricted.
Life at a refugee camp in Kindjani, Niger, for Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram in 2016: A young girl drinks water delivered to the community by Catholic Relief Services. (CNS photo/Michael Stulman, CRS)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Shola Lawal January 21, 2020
The pastor’s murder is only the latest attacks in the West African nation. On Jan. 19, Boko Haram insurgents ambushed two separate Nigerian army patrols, killing 17, and slaughtered a bridal party on Dec. 27.
Refugees from Cameroon in the Nigerian village of Agbokim with clothes donated by humanitarian organizations. (Shola Lawal)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Shola Lawal October 05, 2018
Thousands have fled Cameroon for Nigeria following a crackdown on protesters who say English-speaking regions have been marginalized by the nation’s French-speaking majority.