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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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Principal pleads with kidnappers to release abducted girl students

Principal pleads with kidnappers to release abducted girl students

| April 25, 2014

(GIN)—While divers conducted their final searches in Korea for the high school students drowned in a misguided ferry excursion, in Nigeria, Principal Asabe Kwambula pleaded with kidnappers of more than 100 high school girls to “have mercy on the students.” “I am pleading with the government to secure the release of the children, to save […]

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More than 230 children seized in Nigerian conflict

More than 230 children seized in Nigerian conflict

| April 21, 2014

As terrorism becomes more of a “tool” for advancing political agendas around the world, there appears to be more and more opportunities for humanity to express its more monstrous side. Perhaps we’re missing something, but it is beyond our comprehension that kidnapping children for any reason would curry sympathy for a cause. Child molesters and […]

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Seventy killed in bus blasts outside Nigerian capital

Seventy killed in bus blasts outside Nigerian capital

| April 14, 2014

Observers have said that the religion-driven conflict in Africa’s largest nation, typically thought of as being reserved to the north, was threatening to spill into the rest of the nation and destabilize the country. While early reports are incomplete, many are wondering if Boko Haram has decided to take their fight past the confines of […]

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Nigerian senator says 135 civilians killed

Nigerian senator says 135 civilians killed

| April 13, 2014

Nigeria long has been touted as a point of pride in Africa with its growing economy and status as an oil-producing nation, as well as its reputation for being a thriving democracy. But, that status has been under attack over the years due to government corruption, the jailing and suspicious deaths of dissidents in oil-producing […]

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Nigeria claims Africa’s highest GDP, disputes World Bank poverty stats

Nigeria claims Africa’s highest GDP, disputes World Bank poverty stats

| April 10, 2014

(GIN)—News headlines worldwide are trumpeting the startling news that Nigeria has now surpassed South Africa as the continent’s biggest economy. According to newly “rebased” statistics, Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product or GDP of $509.9 billion—being the total value of the nation’s goods and services over a period of time—now tops South Africa’s and makes the West […]

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Nigerian wins major book prize for ‘Americanah’

Nigerian wins major book prize for ‘Americanah’

| March 22, 2014

(GIN)—Acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, who gave us Half of a Yellow Sun, has written an epic volume on a U.S. sojourn by a modern young woman from Nigeria who confronts a new reality—being black in America. The book was a standout among this year’s entries for the U.S. National Critics Book Circle and this […]

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Stampede at state-run job event leads to 20 deaths in Nigeria

Stampede at state-run job event leads to 20 deaths in Nigeria

| March 19, 2014

(GIN)—More than half a million applicants turned up for jobs offered by the Nigerian Immigration Service last week and in the resulting crowding, some 20 panicked jobseekers were killed in a stampede. An inquiry is being sought by the National Labor Congress and the Coalition against Corrupt Leaders. The two groups condemned the immigration service for […]

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BBC News – Nigeria orders probe into ‘missing $20bn’ of oil money

BBC News – Nigeria orders probe into ‘missing $20bn’ of oil money

| March 14, 2014

Nigeria orders probe into ‘missing $20bn’ of oil money President Jonathan says the allegations are patently false Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered a forensic audit of the state oil firm following claims that $20bn (£12bn) had gone missing. Suspended central bank governor Lamido Sanusi caused shockwaves last month when he said that $20bn in […]

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Former president of Nigeria linked to half a billion dollar heist

| March 13, 2014

  (GIN)—Four years ago, at a conference in Lagos, three eminent leaders took a swipe at the increasing rate of corruption in Nigeria. “Nigeria is too rich for any of its citizens to be poor… Nigerians must rise up immediately to fight the scourge of corruption ravaging the country.” That was the Rev. Jesse Jackson. […]

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