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Stories about Nigeria

8 November 2019

Was this Nigerian English language film too English for an Oscar nomination?

Lionheart, Nigeria's first-ever Oscar submission for best international feature film was disqualified by award organizers because it has too much dialogue in English.

6 November 2019

Social media propelled ethnocentric disinformation and propaganda during the Nigerian elections

Advox

The 2019 Nigerian elections witnessed unprecedented dissemination of ethnic hate speech at the service of disinformation and propaganda online, particularly on Twitter.

23 October 2019

Nigerian journalist under threat of arrest for exposé of police and prison corruption

Advox

The intimidation of journalist 'Fisayo Soyombo exemplifies the precarious state of press freedom and free speech in Nigeria.

9 October 2019

#SexForGrades: A new documentary exposes sexual harassment at West African universities

Professors who harass female students and pressure them for sex in return for grades or school admission has become the norm in many universities in Nigeria and Ghana.

28 August 2019

Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum: The Congolese scientist behind the cure for Ebola

This African scientist discovered the cure for Ebola. Will his name be as widely shared as news about the disease itself?

27 August 2019

In Nigeria, disability activists say social stigma is greatest obstacle to human rights

“Many people see disability as a charity issue rather than a human rights issue, says Ekaete Umoh, a disability rights activist in Nigeria.

24 August 2019

Nigeria's reputation takes a hit as three online fraud cases make international headlines

The cases involve a young star entrepreneur, the continent's largest e-commerce platform, and 80 online scammers.

23 August 2019

Human rights advocates petition the UN and AU over the detention of Nigerian protest leader

Advox

"The unfounded charge of terrorism that was subsequently laid against him was clearly only created to serve the purpose of silencing Sowore."

16 August 2019

Apprehension rises over the abduction of a Nigerian government critic

Advox

Dadiyata, a fierce critic of Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje, was abducted on August 1 and nothing has been heard of him since.

9 August 2019

Nigerian activist arrested for calling for a nationwide #RevolutionNow protest movement

Advox

Omoyele Sowore was detained and charged under Nigeria's 2011 counter-terrorism law. He could face life imprisonment.

6 August 2019

Nigerian creatives bid farewell to Toni Morrison, who wrote race into American consciousness

"The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you explaining over and over again, your reason for being." — Toni Morrison

26 July 2019

Nigerian schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram allegedly dies in captivity

"The president assured me that Leah would come back and that the government was working hard on it...After that, it was silence because we haven’t seen Leah."

From Nigeria to Zanzibar, Africa quietly played a critical role in US moon landing 

To this day, few people know about Project Mercury space stations in Nigeria and Zanzibar, part of a groundbreaking global communications network that helped pave the way for Apollo 11.

19 July 2019

Netizen Report: In Nigeria and Russia, laws against online ‘insult’ put internet activists on thin ice

Advox

Activists in Nigeria and Russia face charges for "online insult", a Twitter campaign targets "anti-Pakistan" journalists abnd Mauritania’s internet is back on, for now.

17 July 2019

How Nigeria uses the law to repress free speech: The case of journalist Jones Abiri

Advox

Draconian legislation often used to arbitrarily detain journalists and dissenting voices exemplifies the precarious state of press freedom and free speech in Nigeria.

11 July 2019

Nigerian students face cybercrime charges for criticising their university online

Advox

A former staff member described Madonna University as a ''death trap''.

3 July 2019

Nigeria's youngest MP physically assaults woman in sex shop

In the presence of a police officer, Nigerian Senator Elisha Abbo, assaulted a female staff member in an adult toy store in Abuja.

1 July 2019

Pastor or predator? Nigerian Evangelical preacher embroiled in rape accusations

Some young women say they've been chased out of the church or paid off to keep silent.

10 June 2019

In Nigeria, tensions rise in Kano Kingdom as king faces finance corruption charges

King Sanusi II and all other suspects may be suspended, pending further investigation into financial fraud and misuse investigated by the anti-corruption commission.

29 May 2019

Recent troubles rock the historical Kano Kingdom in northern Nigeria

The ancient Kingdom of Kano has thrived for centuries. Now, a political rivalry has led Kano's civilian governor to split the unified kingdom into five parts.