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Nnamdi Obasi

Senior Analyst, Nigeria

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Crisis Group Role:

Nnamdi Obasi is currently Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for Nigeria. He first worked with Crisis Group from 2006 to 2010, and returned to the organisation in 2013. Working under Crisis Group’s West Africa Project, he leads the organisation’s research, policy prescriptions and advocacy on conflicts, insecurity, politics and peace efforts in Nigeria.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Conflicts, security and rule of law in Nigeria
  • Small arms and non-state armed groups in Nigeria
  • Organised crime and maritime security in Niger Delta
  • Nigeria’s domestic politics

Professional Background:

Nnamdi has worked on security, politics and public policy issues in Nigeria for most of his working life. Before joining Crisis Group in 2006, he was a Senior Research Fellow, and later Head of Department of Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs, at the Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, National Defence College, Abuja, Nigeria (1996 – 2006). Prior to that, he was a journalist, rising to Chief Leader Writer on the editorial board of Concord Newspapers, Lagos, then the largest-selling newspaper in sub-Saharan Africa (1984 - 1994).

He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Demography and Social Statistics from Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He also holds a Certificate in Facilitation of Peacekeeping Training from Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana.

Select Publications:

Obasi has authored two books: Ethnic Militias, Vigilantes and Separatist Groups in Nigeria (2002) and Small Arms Proliferation and Disarmament in West Africa (2002). He has also contributed to several research projects and peer-reviewed publications on conflicts, peace operations, small arms and organised crime in West Africa. He is frequently interviewed by the Nigerian and international media (including BBC, CNN, AFP, Al Jazeera and Deutsche Welle), and regularly consulted by international organisations working on Nigeria.


  • English (fluent)
  • Ibo (native)

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