The Nigerian state putting communities in charge

Ndubuisi Eleje and his community in Ogbozalla Opi have built a small hospital with the help of a state development initiative. Credit: Linus Unah/Devex

This is Part 1 of a two-piece series on community-led development in Nigeria. In Part 2, we meet the communities stepping in and pooling their resources to fill the gaps left by the government in local hopsitals.

ENUGU STATE, Nigeria — It was mid-2018 when Ndubuisi Eleje, town crier for the village of Ogbozalla Opi in southeast Nigeria, called his community to the village hall for a meeting.

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    Linus Unah

    Linus Unah is a Nigerian journalist covering global health, conflict, agriculture, and development. His work has appeared in The Guardian, IRIN, NPR, NewsDeeply, The Christian Science Monitor, among others.