Tag: nigeria

Survivors of ‘Biafra War’ in new push for reparations

Survivors of ‘Biafra War’ in new push for reparations

| July 15, 2014

(GIN)–Survivors of the Nigerian civil war that raged for three years and whose horror was captured in unforgettable photographic images that shocked the world have renewed their demand for compensation for the suffering of those years. Ndigbos, a socio-cultural Igbo group, were cut down in a brutal war that followed years of political wrangling among […]

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Nigerian comic turns off fans over offending rape joke

Nigerian comic turns off fans over offending rape joke

(GIN)–A popular Nigerian comic is losing fans fast as he goes on the attack over a rape joke that fell flat. The joke sparked an exodus of fans who abandoned the comedian Bright Okpocha aka Basketmouth but not before leaving a long trail of negative tweets and other unforgiving critiques. “Show me a man who […]

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‘Hashtag’ campaign for kidnapped girls sparks dispute

‘Hashtag’ campaign for kidnapped girls sparks dispute

| June 10, 2014

(GIN)—Is the social media campaign to bring back the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls an effective tool to win their freedom or just trending until the next big thing comes along? That’s the question heating up the news wires with rescue efforts at an apparent standstill and new dramas coming on the media stage. Staff writer Joshua […]

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Nigeria says it has found missing girls – The Washington Post

Nigeria says it has found missing girls – The Washington Post

| May 26, 2014

Not to doubt the veracity of the Nigerian government’s claims to know the whereabouts of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, but we choose to reserve judgment on this report until the girls are returned. One reason is the conflicting reports that have come from Nigeria’s government in recent weeks regarding this tragedy. The nation’s […]

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No deal for kidnapped girls, seen in new video

No deal for kidnapped girls, seen in new video

(GIN)—Attempts to broker the return of the missing school girls held in a rebel camp somewhere in northern Nigeria were apparently quashed recently when a government minister forcefully rejected any deal. The offered deal, from Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram rebel group of kidnappers, would have released the girls in exchange for prisoners […]

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Nigerian government fails our missing girls—and our country

Nigerian government fails our missing girls—and our country

| May 14, 2014

By Oluwa Tosin Adegbola NNPA Guest Columnist The cold facts stare us in our face: Fact 1: More than 300 girls were abducted from the rural northeast region of Nigeria on April 15 while attending secondary school; 276 are still believed to be held captive. Fact 2: The federal government has yet to forcibly intervene to […]

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Boko Haram turmoil in Nigeria could lead to economic decline there

Boko Haram turmoil in Nigeria could lead to economic decline there

| May 8, 2014

If the idea of Boko Haram’s actions is to gain sympathy for a cause around the world, they appear to be failing miserably. Again, how the kidnapping of children ever could be considered an act of political consciousness is far beyond our understanding. If reports of their actions and their boasts of responsibility are true, […]

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Nigerian women lead rallies worldwide for ‘missing girls’

Nigerian women lead rallies worldwide for ‘missing girls’

(GIN)—An unprecedented surge of gatherings and rallies across the U.S. and abroad, sparked by the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian boarding school girls, have made plain the growing anger and frustration of Nigerians with the administration of  President Goodluck Jonathan. After three weeks, little more than a call this week for an investigative committee has […]

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Boko Haram admits kidnapping girls in Nigeria

Boko Haram admits kidnapping girls in Nigeria

| May 5, 2014

We don’t think anyone is surprised by this announcement. Still, perhaps we’re just hopelessly naive when it comes to human nature but we can’t figure how kidnapping innocent children will engender sympathy with anyone. Yes, this act of terrorism is designed to force concessions from the Nigerian government, but it certainly has exposed Boko Haram […]

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Nigeria holds up release of highly acclaimed film by popular novelist

Nigeria holds up release of highly acclaimed film by popular novelist

(GIN)—A new film based on the highly-praised novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi has run into “regulatory issues” from Nigerian censors who have delayed its release. “Half of a Yellow Sun” was set to open in Nigerian cinemas last week and in the U.S. this month. A spokesman for the Nigerian Film and Video […]

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