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Stories about Nigeria

3 July 2020

Nigeria declares ‘state of emergency’ on rape and sexual assault

In Nigeria, a culture of rape and impunity persists, making it difficult for victims to hold their abusers accountable. Police often dismiss rape cases and blame the victims.

25 June 2020

Afro-Czechs on visibility, racism and life in the Czech Republic (Part II)

"For Czech society, accepting that a non-white person can be Czech is too unusual and often not digestible."

19 June 2020

The Kano COVID-19 deaths: Forced relocations and disinformation creates widespread confusion (Part II)

COVID-19

Forced relocations of children contributed to the possible spread of COVID-19 and online disinformation along ethnoreligious lines added to the general confusion surrounding mass deaths in Kano State, Nigeria.

16 June 2020

A new game plays with ideas about how disinformation works in East Africa

AdvoxCOVID-19

"Chose Your Own Fake News" is an online game that teaches new internet users how to be more discerning about the information they receive and encounter in digital spaces.

19 May 2020

Women in Nigeria face a caustic landmine of political advocacy online

Advox

“I’ve grown a really thick skin,” said Fakhriyyah Hashim, co-founder of the #ArewaMeToo movement in northern Nigeria. 

15 May 2020

Nigerian pastor spreads COVID-19 conspiracies and disinformation

COVID-19

Som Nigerian evangelical pastors act as purveyors of disinformation, half-truths and total falsehood about the coronavirus — with divine conviction.

1 May 2020

Nigerian atheist faces death threats for blasphemy against Islam

Advox

"Nigeria is a secular state and freedom of speech is one of the fundamental characteristics of a modern democratic state. Criticizing a religion is not a criminal offence."

23 April 2020

A high-profile funeral highlights a double standard in Nigeria under lockdown

COVID-19

In Nigeria, a high-profile burial amid COVID-19 lockdown orders highlights a double standard when it comes to state guidelines on best practices to mitigate the spread of the deadly disease.

20 April 2020

How to protect Nigerians’ personal information while combating COVID-19

AdvoxCOVID-19

Combatting COVID-19 through all available legal means is urgent. However, such means need not be at the expense of protecting human rights — including the right to privacy. 

14 April 2020

Ghost cities in a COVID-19 world

COVID-19

Videos of empty cities from around the world curated by Global Voices' contributors.

13 April 2020

#IdentityMatrix: a Twitter conversation on identity and digital rights in Africa

Rising Voices

Activists from Burkina Faso, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, will lead a social media conversation in their mother tongue on the intersection of languages, ethnicity and digital rights in Africa.

Africans in China targeted by xenophobia amid fear of second-wave COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19

China has seen a surge in the number of imported COVID-19 cases and the African community has become an easy target for "virus control" and xenophobic sentiments.

11 April 2020

COVID-19 revives grim history of medical experimentation in Africa

COVID-19

Africa 'is not a testing lab' for a COVID-19 vaccine. The debate over human testing in clinical trials speaks to a grim history of medical experimentation and exploitation in Africa.

2 April 2020

Nigeria’s elite ‘above the law’ as the poor struggle with COVID-19 measures

COVID-19

The majority of Nigeria's poor live by the day in overcrowded and squalid shanties, without running water and modern toilet facilities. They cannot and will not survive a lockdown. 

1 April 2020

A king’s belief in herbal remedies to cure COVID-19 butts up against science in Nigeria

COVID-19

This Nigerian king believes that natural herbs can cure COVID-19. But making unverified claims via Twitter to thousands of followers can be misleading — and dangerous — to the public.

25 March 2020

Across Africa, COVID-19 heightens tension between faith and science

COVID-19

While many African governments have taken stringent measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, not all leaders agree with banning faith-based gatherings. 

20 March 2020

COVID-19 pandemic lays bare the political leadership deficit in Nigeria

COVID-19

Nigeria's President Buhari is yet to speak to Nigerians about the COVID-19 pandemic. His spokespersons have even scolded legislators for daring to ask him to address the country.

19 March 2020

Local power play ends the reign of northern Nigeria's emir of Kano

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II used his privileged voice to confront 'the evil forces of feudalism' that have kept Northern Nigeria 'in bondage for so long'. But this cost him his throne.

14 March 2020

COVID-19 in Africa: ‘Unprecedented levels of mobilization’ as nations brace for pandemic

With at least 19 African countries facing COVID-19, several African governments have taken critical steps toward managing the outbreak, including travel restrictions, health screenings, rapid testing and social distancing measures.

4 March 2020

France24 headline about COVID-19 in Africa irks netizens as racist

COVID-19

Having just a few COVID-19 cases in Africa has puzzled some experts, according to France24. Many netizens felt this news framing relied on stereotypical images of Africa as disease-prone.

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