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Nigerians put brakes on superhighway cutting through rainforest

Nigerians put brakes on superhighway cutting through rainforest

| March 22, 2017

(GIN)—Bulldozers approaching the communities of the southern state of Cross River, with orders to raze up to a million homes and cut down an ancient tropical rainforest, were stopped in their tracks as an environmental impact statement for a proposed superhighway was rejected by officials. As conceived, the roadway would link northern Nigeria to a […]

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Surplus food found for local groups with novel Nigerian computer app

Surplus food found for local groups with novel Nigerian computer app

| March 14, 2017

(GIN)—Nigerian-born Oscar Ekponimo was 11 when his family was struck by misfortune.  His father had a partial stroke, causing him to lose his job, and with it, the family income. “For the next three years we had little food in the house,” he recalled. “If we had one small meal at the end of the […]

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President’s months-long hospitalization abroad spurs rumor deluge

President’s months-long hospitalization abroad spurs rumor deluge

| March 7, 2017

(GIN)—There seems to be little agreement in Nigeria as to why President Muhammadu Buhari  extended his stay in a British hospital reportedly for an ear infection—especially when Nigeria has well-trained doctors at specialized hospitals at home. According to a presidential media aide speaking to Naij.com, the president has an infected ear and a loss of […]

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Revised ban on immigration ‘catastrophic,’ critics charge

Revised ban on immigration ‘catastrophic,’ critics charge

| March 7, 2017

(GIN)—A revised travel ban by the Trump administration is already in trouble with a leading aid agency, with the travel industry, and with the Nigerian government which has urged its citizens to postpone making trips to the U.S. without “compelling or essential reasons.” The new travel ban. which still targets majority-Muslim countries, slightly modifies an […]

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Civil war blamed for starvation, faming looming in South Sudan

Civil war blamed for starvation, faming looming in South Sudan

| February 21, 2017

(GIN)—The government of South Sudan and the United Nations are reporting that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine. The announcement comes as international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries. There have been warnings of famine in Yemen, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria, but […]

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Nigeria ‘slavery monument’ demolished by developers

Nigeria ‘slavery monument’ demolished by developers

| February 1, 2017

(GIN)—A living monument to Nigeria’s slave trade past was destroyed this month by developers of Lagos Island—the site of a wave of new luxury homes built in recent years. The nearly two centuries old “Olaiya House” had been declared a national monument in 1956. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as he inspected […]

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Nigeria to shut down national airport, citing runway ‘overuse’

Nigeria to shut down national airport, citing runway ‘overuse’

| January 5, 2017

(GIN)—Aviation officials have ordered the shutdown of the nation’s nearly-new international airport at Abuja, the capital, after severe problems on the facility’s single runway were reported. The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, named after Nigeria’s first president, offered direct flights to capitals of Africa and Europe. However, runway problems developed due to “overuse,” according to the […]

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Nigerian telecom tycoon hits high water mark among African billionaires

Nigerian telecom tycoon hits high water mark among African billionaires

| January 3, 2017

(GIN)—Nigerian billionaire Mike Adenuga may not be the most well-known billionaire in the world but he was Africa’s biggest winner in 2016—increasing his net worth by $2.7 billion to total $5.8 billion over the past year. It was the largest increase among billionaires at a time when declining oil prices and devaluations were nibbling away […]

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Unfinished Nigerian chapel collapses with heavy fatalities

Unfinished Nigerian chapel collapses with heavy fatalities

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—Newly-installed steel girders supporting a megachurch filled with Nigerian parishioners snapped abruptly during a Saturday church service, trapping hundreds and leaving a trail of tragedy for close to 200 congregants who lost their lives, according to local sources. Mortuaries in the southern Nigerian city of Uyo were overflowing after the incident, Etete Peters, medical director […]

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Limited help for Nigerian women, girls with stigmatizing condition

Limited help for Nigerian women, girls with stigmatizing condition

| December 1, 2016

(GIN)—A disabling medical condition linked to child marriage and early childbirth is receiving limited attention from the Nigerian government, according to medical professionals in published reports. Doctors say the condition, known as obstetric fistula, is the result of prolonged labor without prompt medical intervention, causing a hole in a woman’s birth canal which leaves her […]

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