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Stories about Nigeria

27 March 2017

Inspired by a Pioneering Nigerian Author, Yorùbá Language Advocate Takes to the Internet

Rising Voices

"...I knew I had to propagate the Yorùbá heritage to the world and the cheapest and easiest way to do that is via the international network of computers."

6 January 2017

Is the World Ignoring Possible Genocide in Southern Kaduna in Nigeria?

"The level of barbarity was such that pregnant women got their wombs blown out and massacred before their children. And these innocent children were not spared either..."

26 December 2016

Praise, Condemnation After Nigeria’s Offer to Grant Corruption Whistleblowers 5% of the Take

"Must everything bring a monetary reward? How about values like patriotism? Primarily, whistle blowers need protection..."

28 November 2016

Facebook’s Controversial ‘Free Basics’ Project Spreads to 47 Countries

Free Basics is a collaboration between Facebook and mobile providers that allows access for free but limited access to internet.

16 November 2016

Expand Your YouTube Horizons With These Award-Winning African Online Video Creators

From music videos and animated cartoons to a 6-year-old comedian, discover the winners of the inaugural Sub-Saharan African YouTube Awards.

16 October 2016

Nigerian President Says First Lady ‘Belongs to My Kitchen’ and ‘The Other Room’

"I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room," the president said.

23 September 2016

A Specially Designed Keyboard Allows Yorùbá and Igbo Speakers to Type Their Languages

Rising Voices

"With this keyboard, we are addressing technical barriers to the use of Yorùbá and Igbo online."

29 August 2016

Nigeria: Curbing the Tide of Ethnic Hate — Online and Off

The Bridge

Nigeria is the most active African country for political conversations on Twitter. That vibrant digital sphere, however, is fraught with hate speech.

27 August 2016

In Nigeria, You Risk Arrest If Your Dog Has the Same Name as the President

"Anyone that is still in doubt about the political nature of this case should search his inner conscience closely."

26 June 2016

Interactive Security Tracker Maps Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new interactive tool that tracks political violence across Sub-Saharan Africa maps deaths by area, trends over time, and the perpetrators involved.

23 March 2016

#TrollCabal Redefines Trolling on Nigerian Twitter

#TrollCabal "provides a counter narrative that is non-violent and at the same time humorous," explains member Nwachukwu Egbunike.

18 March 2016

Nigerian Police Beat Up Yomi Olomofe, Who Was Assaulted Last Year Over His Corruption Reporting

"Arresting magazine publisher Yomi Olomofe for beating the men he says beat him to a pulp is nothing short of obscene."

16 March 2016

Netizen Report: Uganda and Nigeria Seek Stricter Controls for Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

Thuggery runs rampant in the MENA region, Chile bans spy balloons and Google gears up to expand implementation of the "Right to Be Forgotten."

12 March 2016

A Nigerian Start-Up Is Creating a New World of African Superheroes

Unlike Marvel's Storm character from its X-Men series and Black Panther, who both hail from the fictional country of Wakanda in Africa, Jide Martin’s characters are truly African-born.

30 January 2016

Crude Journalism? Nigerians Demand an Apology From The Economist for Ex-President ‘Buffoon’ Insult

"Dear The Economist, I am of the deeply considered opinion that you owe President Jonathan and Nigeria an apology..."

14 December 2015

Nigerian Lawmakers May Criminalize ‘Abusive’ and Anti-Government Messages Online

Global Voices Advocacy

Nigeria's social media landscape is poised for dramatic changes, if lawmakers get their way with a new bill that would make it possible to sentence Internet bullies to prison time.

26 November 2015

Iran's Supreme Leader Tweets Commentary on Global Conflicts, Blaming the US

"[Supreme] Leader in meeting with Russian president: America always try to put rivals in status of passiveness but you neutralized this policy."

21 November 2015

Following the Paris Attacks, Some Africans Wonder If All Human Lives Are of Equal Value

“I refuse to acknowledge that some human beings are more special than the rest of us,” one Facebook user said.

16 October 2015

Did Pelé Stop the Bloodiest Civil War in Nigeria's History for 48 Hours?

Is it true that the Brazilian king of soccer ushered in a 48-hour ceasefire in Nigeria's bloody civil war? One writer did the research and has reason to doubt.

2 September 2015

Integrity Crisis Brews as Nigeria's President Buhari Disowns Election Promises

"Buhari now says that campaign commitments made by his party were not made by him... For a President elected on a platform of integrity, this is duplicitous. It is unacceptable."

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