Tag: nigeria

Trouble ahead for Nigeria as oil profits plummet

Trouble ahead for Nigeria as oil profits plummet

| February 2, 2016

(GIN)—Tumbling oil prices have been a gift to some but they’ve blown a huge hole in Nigeria’s balance sheet which some fear may set the once promising African economy into a tail spin. What could be worse than finding you have a trillion dollar budget gap and an insurgent group that threatens to hit whatever […]

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Gushing pipelines bombed by militants foul water, farms, fishing grounds

Gushing pipelines bombed by militants foul water, farms, fishing grounds

| February 2, 2016

(GIN)—Oil is spewing unchecked into delicate ecological systems in southern Bayelsa state,  Nigeria, after multiple bombings by militants in the area. Community leader Eke-Spiff Erempagamo told AP news that the spill was “massive—the biggest in years.” Fishermen said oil had flowed unchecked for two days. A spokesman for the Nigeria Agip Oil Company estimated a […]

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Nigerians grow impatient with president’s unfulfilled promises

Nigerians grow impatient with president’s unfulfilled promises

| January 5, 2016

(GIN)—Online petitions are piling up for Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, claiming that a more open and democratic society promised in his presidential stump speeches has failed to appear. One petition is already demanding President Buhari’s resignation over his alleged failure to abide by international law. Nigerian-born Ndubuisi Anukwuem  and “Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),’ […]

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Boko Haram ‘technically defeated’—skeptics disagree

Boko Haram ‘technically defeated’—skeptics disagree

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—With only days to go before a self-imposed deadline for defeating Boko Haram, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has declared a “technical” victory against the militants. In an interview with the British BBC, Buhari credited his security forces with incapacitating Boko Haram so they could no longer mount conventional attacks against population centers. As evidence, he […]

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In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—This was the year African economies were poised to rise and invest some of their new-found capital in jobs and infrastructure. But, the triple threat of climate change, falling oil prices and ethnic strife has left some heads of state scrambling for alternative ways to fund their ambitious plans. Of the largest economies, South Africa […]

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China wows African leaders at confab in Johannesburg

China wows African leaders at confab in Johannesburg

| December 9, 2015

(GIN)—At the recently concluded Forum on Africa and China Cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping appeared to be everywhere—shaking hands, holding one on ones, watching cultural shows and last but not least, approving generous grants. As the conference in Johannesburg drew to a close, 48 African countries had received pledges, promises and development deals from Asia’s […]

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World Bank unveils ambitious climate business plan for Africa

World Bank unveils ambitious climate business plan for Africa

| December 1, 2015

(GIN)—“Africans had the least responsibility for putting carbon in the air and yet they’re feeling the brunt of climate change.” That was the view expressed by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at the launch of the 21st climate change conference—known as COP21—opening this week. He added: “We want to make sure Africa is not forgotten […]

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World Scrabble title scooped by Nigerian in first for Africa

World Scrabble title scooped by Nigerian in first for Africa

| November 10, 2015

(GIN)—No one disputes the enormous gifts that Africans bring to the global table. But scrabble? In fact, a Nigerian college graduate is just the latest African winner of the brainiac’s board game apparently loved around the world. Wellington Jigher joins Elisee Poka from Ivory Coast who won the French-language Scrabble World Championship in 2008 and […]

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Climate confab will be ‘a walkover for polluters,’ Nigerian activists warn

Climate confab will be ‘a walkover for polluters,’ Nigerian activists warn

| November 10, 2015

(GIN)—The upcoming climate talks in Paris—opening Nov. 30—are already firing up climate activists who fear it will do little to avert climate disaster. Nigerian environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey questioned the confab’s lofty goals when it was empowering corporations at the same time. “It’s another walkover for polluters,” he said dismissively. “The outcome is already known,” said […]

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Black immigrants boost nation’s black population

Black immigrants boost nation’s black population

| October 9, 2015

By Frederick H. Lowe Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from NorthStarNewsToday.com Provided to NNPA member newspapers courtesy of Trice Edney News Wire (TriceEdneyWire.com)—Black immigrants from other parts of the world are boosting this country’s black population, and the immigrants’ median income is 30 percent higher than that of U.S.-born blacks. “Since 1980, the […]

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