Tag: nigeria

Black lives should matter to black killers, too

Black lives should matter to black killers, too

| August 18, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist I applaud the Black Lives Matter Movement for renewing attention on police violence against blacks, an issue that is old as the republic—for black lives do matter. And black lives should always matter—even when the killers are not hyper-aggressive cops, white supremacists or other emblems of oppression. In 2011, the […]

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Obama needs to do more to halt female genital mutilation

Obama needs to do more to halt female genital mutilation

| August 7, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist Many years ago, as a single man in my early 30s, I dated a young, attractive West African woman. I liked her from the moment I laid my eyes on her.  Janet (not her real name) was soft-spoken, well-mannered, educated, hard working and very easy on the eyes. But, any […]

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U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Somebody had to do it. With President Obama reported to be breaking a record in visits to African countries, someone had to ask: “How many presidents have visited Africa while in office? And where exactly have they gone?” A Washington Post blogger popped the question. And, the answers were pitiful. Before Obama’s current trip, American […]

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Obama offers help to track billions in stolen Nigerian assets

Obama offers help to track billions in stolen Nigerian assets

| July 21, 2015

(GIN)—With a dangerous insurgency spreading within his borders, the visit to Washington this week by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was certainly going to touch on increased military support against Boko Haram. But, it also encompassed a discussion of stolen assets—namely billions of dollars siphoned away by bankers, ministers and, in some cases, newly-minted millionaires. According […]

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U.S. should not pressure Africa to embrace same-sex unions

U.S. should not pressure Africa to embrace same-sex unions

| July 16, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist Over a picture of two bearded tuxedo-clad men kissing, a Nigerian-born acquaintance of mine posted the following on Facebook: “May I, my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren never be part of this abominable act.” A short piece that’s been particularly popular among English-speaking Africans on social media for months, reads: “(Whites), […]

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Witnesses say Chibok girls have begun taking orders from terror group

Witnesses say Chibok girls have begun taking orders from terror group

| June 30, 2015

(GIN)–With more than 400 days of captivity, some of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria, may now be taking orders from their captors in the terror group Boko Haram, witnesses are telling Amnesty International. Witnesses say some are being used to terrorize other captives, and are even carrying out killings themselves. The testimony cannot be […]

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Nigerian journalist shows mettle in unexpected face to face with Mugabe

Nigerian journalist shows mettle in unexpected face to face with Mugabe

(GIN)–A popular TV journalist caught visiting President Robert Mugabe of guard with a line of tough questioning at the recent inauguration of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. President Mugabe, looking frail and under the weather, had been surrounded by bodyguards in a convoy caught in traffic while approaching the inauguration ceremonies. In one unguarded moment, the […]

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Cascade of crises to occupy delegates at African Union summit

Cascade of crises to occupy delegates at African Union summit

(GIN)–Conflicts in Burundi and Libya, xenophobia, migration and terrorism will be high on the agenda at the upcoming African Union summit taking place this week in Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Center, South Africa. Crisis hotspots in South Sudan, Mali, Kenya, Somalia and Nigeria are also expected to be taken up at the gathering of national leaders […]

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Popular Nigerian writer headlines at World Voices Fest

Popular Nigerian writer headlines at World Voices Fest

(GIN)–Prize-winning writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is hoping to break down some stereotypes at the upcoming World Voices Festival sponsored by the PEN America free expression group. Chimamanda is the co-curator in the festival which starts from May 4. The author of Purple Hisbiscus, her first book; Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and Americanah (2013), […]

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Nearly a thousand Nigerian girls freed, many malnourished, pregnant

Nearly a thousand Nigerian girls freed, many malnourished, pregnant

(GIN)—Boko Haram, fleeing to a new hideout, has abandoned hundreds of women and girls in the Sambisa forest where the high school girls from Chibok were initially taken over one year ago. It is not certain, however, that the freed girls and women were part of the 200 plus kidnapped victims of Boko Haram, officials […]

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