Stories about Nigeria from November, 2009
Sokari writes about Pambazuka News special Women’s issues focusing on the last 15 years since Beijing Platform for Action and the future for women’s rights on the continent.
Sokari reviews Ahmadou Kourouma's novel, Allah is not obliged: “There are three sets of interwoven stories. The story of Birahima and his many wanderings with different militias across the region which makes a mockery of the artificial boundaries created by colonial rulers – only tribes not countries have meaning in...
Theresa lists PayPal alternatives for African entrepreneurs: “Although PayPal is ubiquitous in the States and Europe, there are many alternatives available online, most with far more relaxed policies about where and how money can be sent.”
Nigerian blogger Ore writes about the award she received at the Grace Hopper celebration of women in computing: “I was awarded the Change Agent Award along with 2 other African women (1 from Nigeria and 1 from Kenya).”
Top Nigerian film star, Nkem Owoh, has been kidnapped: “Mr. Owoh is one of the top Nollywood actors mainly due to his role in the blockbuster movie ‘Osuofia’. He was kidnapped along the Enugu – PortHarcourt Expressway and his kidnappers have reportedly demanded a 15 million naira ransom.”
Chidi Opara remembers Ken Saro-Wiwa, the Nigerian writer, environmental and minority rights activist who was executed on 10th November, 1995 by the then military rulers of Nigeria
Marvin writes about Afripot, an African-focused news site: “She is now introducing Africa’s melting pot – Afripot. I am already boiling in there and I hope to see you there too as conversations over there about Africa with Africans pick up and heat up. Who knows, it may generate enough...
Ladybrille blogs about Catwalk for Africa 2009: “After the stunning success of the Miami edition, Catwalk for Africa 2009 is officially on. A bigger show, a spectacular venue, top-notch entertainment, live performances and world-class exhibits…”
It's well known that Nigeria has an image problem – 419 Internet scams, corruption, oil piracy in the Delta region – for many people, these are the associations that come to mind when Africa's most populous country is mentioned.