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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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Nigeria’s anti-corruption pledge resonates in far-off Zambia

Nigeria’s anti-corruption pledge resonates in far-off Zambia

| April 28, 2015

(GIN)–Nigeria’s president-elect is already making waves with his pledge to attack corruption, starting with the missing $20 billion allegedly swiped from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation during the previous administration. Muhammadu Buhari pledged to pursue the claim of former Central Bank governor, Lamido Sanusi, who was suspended last year by former president Goodluck Jonathan after […]

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Amateur pilots fill skies in Ghanaian paragliding fest

Amateur pilots fill skies in Ghanaian paragliding fest

| April 7, 2015

(GIN)—From Good Friday to Easter Monday, an annual ritual takes place in Ghana quite unlike the egg rolling contests found in the U.S. People from around the world come to launch themselves into the air from Ghana’s second highest mountain. The annual paragliding festival is organized by Ghana’s Tourism Board and this year celebrates its […]

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Former military man declares victory in Nigerian polls

Former military man declares victory in Nigerian polls

| April 1, 2015

Opposition party wins election in West African economic giant, Goodluck Jonathan ousted (GIN)–Showing a “commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders,” Nigerians by the hundreds of thousands lined up at polling stations across the country to select the next president and National Assembly of their country, U.S. and British witnesses to the […]

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American missionary kidnapped in Nigeria as neighbor countries seethe

American missionary kidnapped in Nigeria as neighbor countries seethe

| March 4, 2015

(GIN)–With kidnappings and violent attacks almost a daily occurrence in Nigeria, the disappearance of an American missionary appears to have stirred a new wave of outrage among the international community at the worsening conditions in the West African country, once considered a rising star and the largest economy on the continent. Phyllis Sortor, a reverend […]

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Reversing course, U.S. to aid Nigeria in Boko Haram

Reversing course, U.S. to aid Nigeria in Boko Haram

| February 19, 2015

(GIN)–After a published plea from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for U.S. combat troops in the fight against Boko Haram fighters, the U.S. African Command appears ready to sweep aside its hesitation and jump in with both feet. The previous position held that advanced weapons could not be provided as there were troubling allegations of human […]

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