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About Chika
I am an multimedia journalist based in Dakar, Senegal. I have 20 years of experience as a journalist, working in radio, television, newspaper and online platforms. My reportage coverage focuses on current affairs, culture and history across Africa.
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Nigerian Activists Offer Mixed Reactions on Oil Cleanup Project in Niger Delta

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
The Niger Delta, Nigeria's oil-rich region, faces severe environmental damage from decades of oil spills, affecting local livelihoods. The Nigerian government's billion-dollar cleanup project, funded by international oil companies and guided by a UNEP report, has sparked mixed reactions. Activists like Legborsi Yamaabana criticize the project for corruption and inefficiency, while others, such as Fyneface Dumnamene, commend the government's commitment but highlight procurement issues. HYPREP, the agency overseeing the cleanup, faces lawsuits and skepticism from locals. Despite some progress, significant challenges and frustrations remain, with environmentalists warning that full restoration could take decades.

From the archive: ‘Mama Boko Haram’: one woman’s extraordinary mission to rescue ‘her boys’ from terrorism – podcast

27 Sep 2023  |  the Guardian
Aisha Wakil, known as 'Mama Boko Haram,' leverages her personal connections with Boko Haram fighters to mediate peace deals, negotiate hostage releases, and persuade militants to disarm. Despite her efforts, escalating violence is making her mission increasingly difficult.

Despite evidence of homosexual customs pre-dating the colonial era, intolerant laws are flourishing across Africa.

30 Mar 2023  |  Al Jazeera
The article discusses the plight of LGBTQ individuals in Africa, focusing on the harsh laws and societal attitudes they face. It highlights the story of Ifeanyi Orazulike, a gay Nigerian, and the recent signing of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition bill by President Goodluck Jonathan, which imposes severe penalties for same-sex couples and their supporters. Despite widespread condemnation from international bodies, such laws enjoy support among many Africans who view them as a defense against Western imperialism. The article also challenges the notion that homosexuality is 'un-African' by citing historical evidence of homosexual customs in pre-colonial Africa. It features perspectives from various African countries, including Uganda, Cameroon, and Senegal, and discusses the political and cultural complexities surrounding gay identity in Africa. The article concludes with personal accounts of individuals who, despite the risks, choose to embrace their sexuality and identity in the face of adversity.

The 25-Year-Old Who Negotiates With Boko Haram

24 Sep 2021  |  vice.com
Nigeria is facing a kidnapping crisis, with Boko Haram using mass abductions as leverage against the government. Despite public denials, the Nigerian government has reportedly paid ransoms, including over $3.5 million for the release of some of the Chibok Girls. Kidnappings have become a lucrative industry, with little legal prosecution and suspicions of government collusion. Ummu Kalthum, a 25-year-old mediator, has successfully negotiated the release of hostages, including 11 people in two years. A proposed bill seeks to criminalize ransom payments, but faces public opposition and highlights government hypocrisy. Kalthum's work is controversial, as it may finance terrorism, but she maintains her goal is to save lives.

Series: How to move to Africa as a journalist #2: Erica Ayisi

02 Jul 2021  |  journalistinafrica.com
Chika Oduah interviews journalist Erica Ayisi about her career and experiences reporting in Africa, particularly Ghana. Ayisi, a Ghanaian-American, discusses her background, her journey into journalism, and her interests in covering the African diaspora. She reflects on her time working for ETV in Accra and her current reporting for PBS Rhode Island. Ayisi also shares her views on the underrepresentation of African narratives in mainstream media and her desire to explore stories beyond the common themes of war, famine, and disease. The interview is part of a series aimed at providing insights for journalists interested in reporting from African countries.

Series: How to move to Africa as a journalist #1: Drew Hinshaw

08 May 2021  |  journalistinafrica.com
Drew Hinshaw, a senior reporter for the Wall Street Journal, shares his experiences and advice on moving to Africa as a journalist. He emphasizes the importance of cultural immersion, language skills, and having pre-existing freelance work to support oneself initially. Drew's reporting career in West Africa included significant coverage of the Chibok Girls kidnapping and co-authoring a book on the subject. He highlights the challenges and rewards of being a foreign correspondent, the necessity of patience and adaptability, and the value of covering diverse stories in underreported regions.

Gone: The lost victims of Nigeria’s ‘most brutal’ police station

20 Jan 2021  |  www.aljazeera.com
The article delves into the harrowing experiences of families affected by the brutal practices of Nigeria's Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), particularly focusing on the Iloanya family whose son, Chijioke, was arrested and never seen again. It highlights the widespread allegations of torture, extrajudicial killings, and corruption within SARS, which led to the nationwide #EndSARS protests demanding police reform. The narrative is enriched with personal accounts from victims' families, activists, and survivors, painting a grim picture of the Nigerian police force's actions and the ongoing quest for justice and closure by the affected families.

Black Lady Goddess…coming soon

18 Jan 2021  |  Afrocentric Confessions
Chelsea Odufu, a Nigerian-American-Guyanese filmmaker, is set to release a new series titled 'Black Lady Goddess,' which explores themes of black empowerment and matriarchy in an afro-futuristic setting. The series, inspired by the Dogon Tribe's creation stories, envisions a world where God is a black woman, challenging traditional Western narratives. Odufu, who has previously worked with Spike Lee, aims to diversify black representation and empower women through this project. The series has garnered attention for its unique premise and visually appealing trailer.

Don’t drink the water or you’ll grow three heads

18 Jan 2021  |  journalistinafrica.com
The article discusses the health risks associated with consuming unclean food and water in many places in Africa, highlighting CDC recommendations for safe eating and drinking habits. It provides practical advice for reporters traveling to developing countries, emphasizing the importance of research and personal health knowledge. The author shares personal strategies for selecting water brands and sanitizing methods, as well as tips for choosing fruits, vegetables, and other foods to minimize the risk of illness. The article also touches on cultural considerations when eating in local homes and the balance between staying nourished and avoiding sickness.

Do they even speak English in Africa?

30 Nov 2020  |  journalistinafrica.com
The article addresses common stereotypes and misconceptions about Africa and Africans, particularly focusing on the ignorance surrounding linguistic diversity and cultural practices. It highlights the author's personal experiences with such stereotypes and emphasizes the importance of journalism in debunking myths and promoting cultural understanding. The narrative also touches on historical instances of racism and dehumanization, underscoring the need for nuanced and fact-based storytelling to combat prejudice and restore dignity.

How to pitch a (text) story

12 Sep 2020  |  journalistinafrica.com
Mastering the art of pitching stories is crucial for journalists, especially freelancers. A successful pitch should convey the essence of the story, its relevance, and the sources involved. Research is fundamental, involving primary sources like on-the-ground contacts and secondary sources such as published materials. The pitch should focus on a specific story rather than a broad issue, providing clear subjects, regions, and elements. Examples of effective pitches include stories on climate change in Mozambique, anti-gay legislation in Nigeria, and political activism in the DRC. Tailoring pitches to the style and requirements of different news organizations is essential.

Greet the chief: you can’t start asking questions without seeing him

05 Sep 2020  |  journalistinafrica.com
Journalists in Africa must adhere to local customs and protocols before conducting interviews, which often involve greeting and showing respect to community leaders such as chiefs. These customs, which can vary widely across the continent, are rooted in collectivism and the value of social harmony. The author shares experiences of engaging with these practices, emphasizing their importance in establishing rapport and gaining access to stories. The article also reflects on the broader significance of these customs in appreciating humanity and fostering connections.

Wanted: More black women journalists reporting on Africa

05 Sep 2020  |  journalistinafrica.com
The article calls for greater representation of black women journalists in reporting on Africa, acknowledging the challenges they face such as sexual harassment, pay disparity, and microaggressions. It highlights the progress made with examples of successful journalists and celebrates the appointment of Monica Mark as the New York Times' Johannesburg bureau chief, as well as the achievements of African women in the BBC's Komla Dumor Award.

Kenya, oh Kenya!

04 Sep 2020  |  journalistinafrica.com
Chika Oduah shares her personal journey and experiences in Kenya, detailing her fascination with the country from childhood and her eventual move there for a journalism residency. She describes her time working at K24 in Nairobi, the welcoming nature of her colleagues, and the fulfillment she found in her career path. The narrative highlights the cultural and professional growth she experienced, emphasizing Kenya as a safe and inspiring place for her.

'Mama Boko Haram': one woman's extraordinary mission to rescue 'her boys' from terrorism

03 Aug 2020  |  theguardian.com
Aisha Wakil, known as 'Mama Boko Haram', has a unique connection with Boko Haram fighters, many of whom she knew as children. She leverages these connections to facilitate peace deals, mediate in hostage situations, and encourage militants to disarm. Despite her efforts, the increasing violence is making her mission increasingly difficult.

Amid Challenges, South Sudan Vaccination Drive Tackles Measles

19 Mar 2020  |  voanews.com
South Sudan is conducting a nationwide measles vaccination drive to reach 2.5 million children by April, despite challenges such as low routine vaccination coverage at 59 percent and logistical issues in maintaining vaccine temperatures. The campaign, supported by the government, WHO, UNICEF, Gavi, and ONE, has already reached over a million children. The effort includes restoring cold-chain systems disrupted during the civil war and community mobilization to inform and persuade people about the importance of vaccinations.

Enemies of the Public

25 Feb 2020  |  guernicamag.com
The article 'Enemies of the Public' provides a detailed account of the experiences of individuals affected by the activities of Boko Haram and the Nigerian military in northeastern Nigeria. Aisha, a former captive of Boko Haram, recounts her harrowing time in the Sambisa forest and her desire for the Nigerian government to defeat the militants. Hajia Gana shares the story of her son's arrest by the military and her initial inclination to join Boko Haram out of anger and desperation. The narrative also touches on the origins of Boko Haram, the extrajudicial killing of its founder Ustaz Mohammed Yusuf, and the subsequent violence that engulfed the region. The article highlights the human rights abuses committed by both Boko Haram and the Nigerian military, as well as the failure of the Nigerian government to protect and serve its citizens.

Musings on Home From a Nigerian-American

02 Feb 2020  |  Medium
Chika Oduah reflects on her experiences as a Nigerian-American, exploring themes of identity, cultural integration, and the concept of home. She recounts her journey from Nigeria to the United States, and later to Kenya and Senegal, highlighting the challenges and microaggressions faced while growing up in America. Despite embracing her Nigerian heritage, she grapples with the complexities of dual nationality and the search for a place to call home. Her narrative underscores the bittersweet nature of displacement and the evolving understanding of what home means.

Nigerian MiGs were trying to shoot us down

10 Jan 2020  |  biafranwarmemories.com
David Koren reflects on his experiences during the Nigerian Biafran War, particularly his work on the airlift operation to deliver food and evacuate starving children to São Tomé. He recounts personal connections formed as a Peace Corps teacher in eastern Nigeria and his motivation to join the UNICEF-led Biafran airlift. Koren describes the dangerous conditions under which they operated, including flying at night to avoid Nigerian MiGs and landing amidst bombings. He also mentions attending reunions and conferences years later, the emotional impact of the war, and his current life as a retired author and active community member. Koren's memoir, 'Far Away in the Sky,' is based on audio tapes recorded during the war.

Inter Milan Coach, Conte, Tutors Lukaku, Others How To Have Sex During Season

23 Nov 2019  |  saharareporters.com
Antonio Conte, head coach of Inter Milan, has instructed his players on how to engage in sexual activity with their partners during the season to maintain optimal performance on the field. In an interview with L'Equipe, Conte recommended short durations, minimal effort, and specific positions where players are underneath their partners, advising that it is better with their wives to avoid 'extra action.'

Stigma Slows Reintegration of Former Boko Haram Fighters

14 Oct 2019  |  voanews.com
Former Boko Haram fighter Ibrahim Dubji faces social stigma and challenges reintegrating into civilian life despite going through Nigeria's official rehabilitation program, Operation Safe Corridor. The program aims to help low-ranking fighters and those affiliated with the group to reform, but many returnees struggle with mental health issues and substance abuse. The Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Maiduguri treats former insurgents, addressing addictions and helping them develop social skills. Security analyst Joseph Babatunde Sotomey emphasizes the importance of support and monitoring for reformed insurgents, while the Civilian Joint Task Force commander, Baba Shehu Abdul-Gani, acknowledges the community's difficulty in accepting former fighters. The Boko Haram insurgency has displaced about two million people and left a generation mentally traumatized.

Nigerian Labor Activists Denounce Delay in Salary Increase

14 Oct 2019  |  www.voanews.com
Nigerian labor activists are threatening a nationwide strike due to the government's delay in implementing a new minimum wage law signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in April. The law mandates a 67% wage increase for the lowest-paid workers, but negotiations have stalled, and labor groups accuse the government of insincerity. The delay is seen as a political maneuver, and the rising poverty and inflation in Nigeria exacerbate the situation. The Labor Minister claims junior federal workers have started receiving the new wage, but issues remain for upper-level workers.

Nigerian MPs Face Backlash, Lawsuit Over Luxury Car Budget

13 Sep 2019  |  voanews.com
Thousands of Nigerians have joined a lawsuit to prevent the Senate from using 5.5 billion naira of public funds to buy luxury cars for its leaders. The suit, initiated by rights groups including BudgIT, aims to combat government corruption. The Senate's spokesman denied knowledge of the allocation, while political scientist Auwul Musa doubted the lawsuit's impact, noting the habitual abuse of public money by lawmakers. Despite President Buhari's campaign promises, little has been done to address government excesses. The public outcry is fueled by the contrast between the senators' high salaries and the poverty experienced by the majority of Nigerians.

Flood-Ravaged Nigerian Communities Unprepared for More Rains

05 Sep 2019  |  www.voanews.com
Nigeria is bracing for torrential downpours and severe flooding, with a red alert issued for above-normal water levels on the Benue and Niger rivers. The flooding is expected to affect 15 states during the peak of the rainy season, with significant economic impacts already felt from destroyed infrastructure and agriculture. The Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency faces challenges with weather data equipment being vandalized. Experts criticize the government's lack of preemptive measures and poor enforcement of building regulations. The 2012 floods serve as a grim reminder, having displaced two million Nigerians and resulted in 363 deaths.

Nigerian Trafficking Survivors Lack Support, Report Shows

29 Aug 2019  |  www.voanews.com
Human Rights Watch has reported that Nigerian trafficking survivors are not receiving adequate support from their government, with women and girls being held in slavery-like conditions within Nigeria, including in shelters. The report includes interviews with survivors like Adaura, who was trafficked to Libya and held captive by Islamic State terrorists before escaping back to Nigeria, only to be detained by Nigeria's National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). The report criticizes NAPTIP's reliance on shelters, which can trigger painful memories for survivors, and calls for more community-based rehabilitation and reintegration programs. NAPTIP's director general, Julie Okah-Donli, has denied the accusations, stating that the shelters meet operational standards and provide necessary support.

Nigeria's Prisons Set to Undergo Long-Awaited Reforms

24 Aug 2019  |  voanews.com
Nigeria's prison system is set for reforms with a new law signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, changing the Nigerian Prison Service to the Nigerian Correctional Service. The law aims to address issues such as overcrowding, allowing comptrollers to reject new prisoners when at capacity and introducing alternatives like community service and parole. Despite the potential impact, concerns about implementation and corruption persist, as highlighted by activist Sylvester Uhaa. The reforms come after cases like Clinton Kanu's, who spent 27 years in prison before being acquitted by the Supreme Court.

I was a student-turned-soldier overnight

28 May 2019  |  biafranwarmemories.com
Nnamdi Onwualu recounts his transformation from a student to a soldier during the Nigerian-Biafran War, detailing the traumatic experiences of violence, loss, and survival. He describes the killings in Northern Nigeria that precipitated the war, the declaration of Biafra, and the subsequent joy and determination of the Igbo people. Onwualu shares his personal losses, including the death of his father and grandfather, and his own involvement in the war as a young volunteer fighter. He discusses the challenges faced by refugees, the impact of kwashiorkor, and the cultural significance of proper funeral rites. The article also touches on the political dynamics of the war, including the roles of Nnamdi Azikiwe and Colonel Ojukwu, and the eventual disillusionment with the Biafran cause.

Nigeria needs to start talking about the horrors of the Biafra war, fifty years on

04 Jun 2017  |  qz.com
The Nigerian government has avoided discussing the Biafra War, with no official death toll released and minimal coverage in school curriculums. The war remains a sensitive topic, with the southeast region's leaders having declared independence in 1967, leading to a conflict that officially ended in 1970 but whose aftermath is still felt. Veterans live in obscurity, and as they pass away, their stories risk being lost. Recent commemorations and social media discussions reveal misunderstandings and ethnic hostilities. There are calls for the government to address the 'Biafra issue' and for a referendum. A civic dialogue forum was held, but it's debated how effective it was in addressing the war's controversial aspects.

50 years on: Nigeria’s Biafra secessionist movement

30 May 2017  |  www.aljazeera.com
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), advocates for the secession of southeastern Nigeria, citing systemic dysfunction and marginalization of the Igbo people. Despite bail conditions restricting his public engagements, Kanu remains a vocal critic of the Nigerian government, which he accuses of ethnic discrimination. The pro-Biafra movement, gaining traction due to perceived economic and political marginalization, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Biafra declaration. Historical grievances, including the devastating Nigerian-Biafran War, fuel current sentiments. Amnesty International and other organizations highlight ongoing repression of pro-Biafra activists, while Nigerian officials emphasize national unity.

Nigeria Proves a Missing President Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing

03 Mar 2017  |  Foreign Policy
Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, has been absent for 44 days due to medical leave, causing political uncertainty and economic concerns. Despite government assurances, Nigerians remain skeptical about Buhari's health. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been praised for his proactive measures to address the country's economic challenges, contrasting with Buhari's perceived inaction. The situation has highlighted the fragility of Nigeria's political system and the potential for internal power struggles.

An Almost Love Story

09 Dec 2016  |  www.nytimes.com
A personal narrative recounts the author's encounter with a man on a university campus in Abuja, Nigeria. They initially connect over a familiar face from church and eventually develop a close relationship, despite the author's young age and the man's sickle cell anemia. The story highlights their growing bond and the challenges posed by his health condition.

Not a no-man’s land: Abuja’s natives get ready to fight

09 Aug 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Abuja's indigenous people, displaced by the Nigerian government's development of the capital, face ongoing struggles with inadequate compensation, poor living conditions, and threats of further displacement. Despite their traditionally non-violent stance, frustration is leading some to consider more aggressive protests. The Coalition of the Federal Capital Territory of Indigenous Groups is planning to demand an end to forced displacements and seek compensation. The city's rapid expansion contrasts starkly with the poverty and illiteracy among its original inhabitants, who are increasingly marginalized.

Bandit attacks displace hundreds of villagers in Nigeria

08 Jul 2016  |  Al Jazeera
The article discusses the escalating conflict in Nigeria between Fulani cattle-herders and farmers, which has resulted in thousands of deaths and has been fueled by ethnic and religious tensions. The Fulani, a semi-nomadic ethnic group, are being blamed for the violence as they migrate across West Africa, often leading to clashes over land and resources. The situation has been exacerbated by climate change, arms proliferation, and the rise of a group known as 'Fulani militant herdsmen', ranked as the fourth most deadly terrorist group by the 2015 Global Terrorism Index. The Nigerian government, including President Muhammadu Buhari who is of Fulani descent, has struggled to address the issue effectively. The article also touches on the historical context of Fulani dominance in the region and the current fears of their association with Boko Haram.

Nigeria: Deadly nomad-versus-farmer conflict escalates

06 Jul 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Nigeria is facing a deadly conflict between nomadic Fulani herders and farmers, with thousands killed over recent years. The Fulani, a semi-nomadic ethnic group, have historically had a mutual relationship with farmers, but tensions have escalated due to land and water disputes. The violence has surpassed that caused by Boko Haram, with Fulani militants being the fourth deadliest terrorist group globally in 2014. The Nigerian government, including President Muhammadu Buhari, has struggled to address the arms proliferation and religious tensions exacerbating the conflict. Despite government efforts, attacks continue, raising concerns over national unity and security.

A journey to the village of Chibok, where insurgents hide in the bush as families mourn the loss of their daughters.

26 Jun 2016  |  The Atlantic
The article recounts the journalist's perilous journey to Chibok, Nigeria, where Boko Haram militants kidnapped almost 300 female students from a secondary school a month prior. The journey, which began in Abuja, was fraught with danger as Boko Haram insurgents were known to hide along the road and attack passing vehicles. The journalist, dressed to blend in with the local Muslim population, passed through military checkpoints and encountered local vigilantes fighting back against Boko Haram. Upon reaching Chibok, the journalist visited the school where the kidnapping occurred, met with the school's principal, and spoke with families of the kidnapped girls. The community was described as being in mourning, with families praying for the safe return of their daughters. The journalist also met with a girl who had escaped the kidnappers and learned about the local population's lack of faith in the government's ability to protect them despite a significant defense budget. The article provides a vivid account of the situation in Chibok and the impact of Boko Haram's actions on the local community.

Islamic leaders in impoverished Borno State band together to keep vulnerable youth from the grip of Boko Haram.

26 Jun 2016  |  Al Jazeera
In Maiduguri, Nigeria, once known as the 'home of peace,' children and residents are caught in the crossfire as Nigerian troops combat Boko Haram insurgents. The extremist group, weakened by a multinational military offensive and in need of recruits, targets vulnerable youth, particularly in Islamic schools. To counteract this, Islamic leaders in Borno State have developed a state-sanctioned curriculum promoting peace and tolerance. The curriculum is part of a broader effort by community leaders and officials to reclaim the hearts and minds of local youth from Boko Haram's influence. Despite the challenges, including unregulated Islamic schools and the indoctrination of children, some progress is being made. Schools like al-Ilmu Nurul Hayat Islamiya have adopted the new curriculum, and children are learning the importance of peace over violence. The article also touches on the history of Boko Haram and its impact on the region, including the displacement of over one million people.

An interview with the founder of Ukpuru

14 Jun 2016  |  medium.com
Chiadikobi Nwaubani, founder of the Ukpuru blog, discusses his passion for preserving Igbo culture through historical documentation and photography. He shares insights into his inspiration, research process, and the significance of cultural preservation. Nwaubani also talks about the Nsibiri Project, aimed at revitalizing the Nsibidi writing system for Igbo and Cross River languages. He emphasizes the importance of understanding and valuing one's cultural history and addresses the challenges faced in preserving Nigerian heritage.

Niger Delta's New Militancy Poses Questions for Nigeria

14 Jun 2016  |  Foreign Policy
The article discusses the resurgence of militant attacks on oil pipelines in Nigeria's Niger Delta, highlighting the region's long-standing grievances over oil wealth distribution and environmental degradation. It focuses on the actions of a new militant group and the Niger Delta Avengers, who are targeting oil facilities to protest President Muhammadu Buhari's policies, which they perceive as neglectful. The region, which produces the majority of Nigeria's oil, has suffered from pollution and poverty despite the vast revenues generated. The government's response to the crisis includes troop deployments and promises to restructure an amnesty program for former militants. The situation has already impacted Nigeria's oil production, causing it to lose its status as Africa's largest oil producer to Angola.

Trouble Is Brewing in Nigeria’s Oil Country

14 Jun 2016  |  Foreign Policy
The Niger Delta region in Nigeria is experiencing a resurgence of militant activity, driven by long-standing grievances over economic marginalization and environmental degradation. Militants, including the Niger Delta Avengers, are attacking oil infrastructure to draw attention to their plight, significantly reducing Nigeria's oil output. President Muhammadu Buhari's reduction of amnesty program funds and security contracts has exacerbated tensions. The region's environmental and economic challenges, coupled with perceived government neglect, are fueling the unrest, threatening national stability and economic performance.

Two boxers square off at the Dei Dei ring in Abuja

02 May 2016  |  HuffPost
The article explores the cultural tradition of dambe, a form of traditional boxing, in the Dei Dei community of Abuja, Nigeria. Dambe was historically practiced by Hausa butchers to showcase bravery and attract women, but it has evolved into a competitive martial art. The sport is brutal, with fighters often sustaining serious injuries, and it serves as a source of pride and cultural identity for the Hausa people. The article contrasts the poverty of the dambe fighters and spectators with the opulence of Abuja, highlighting the city's stark class divide. Abuja, a planned city with expensive living costs, is described as a haven for the wealthy and a symbol of the corruption that has plagued Nigeria. The article also touches on the uncertain future of dambe, with government pressure leading to the relocation of matches and concerns about the treatment and compensation of fighters.

Nigeria's Chibok girls find new start in US

30 Aug 2015  |  Al Jazeera
The article discusses the story of Lily, a survivor of the Boko Haram kidnapping in Chibok, Nigeria, who has since been brought to the United States to continue her education. After escaping from the kidnappers, Lily, along with other girls, received help from activists and a human rights lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe, to secure U.S. visas and attend private schools in Virginia. The article highlights the challenges faced by the girls, including stigmatization, trauma, and adapting to life in the U.S. It also touches on the broader context of Boko Haram's activities, including their alliance with ISIL and the ongoing efforts to rescue the remaining kidnapped girls. The girls have been involved in various activities, including a national tour with a church choir, and some have been admitted to universities, supported by crowdfunding for their tuition.

A Close Encounter With Boko Haram

01 Jul 2015  |  www.nytimes.com
The article recounts a harrowing experience in Chibok, Nigeria, highlighting the ongoing threat posed by Boko Haram. The author describes the tense atmosphere during the March presidential elections, the improved security presence, and a dangerous encounter with Boko Haram fighters. The narrative underscores the hope placed in President Muhammadu Buhari, a former army general, to effectively combat the insurgency, contrasting it with the previous administration's perceived ineffectiveness.

How I escaped marrying a Boko Haram fighter

24 Mar 2015  |  Al Jazeera
The article recounts the harrowing experience of a young girl who was kidnapped by Boko Haram. She describes the abuse and indoctrination attempts by the group, including forced religious practices and preparations for a forced marriage to a fighter. The girl, given the name Fatima by her captors, narrates the brutality of the militants, including the beating of women and the special mistreatment of pregnant captives. Despite the strict surveillance, she and a few other girls managed to escape by drugging the guards and disguising themselves. They encountered numerous challenges during their escape, including threats from Boko Haram members and the suspicion of locals. Eventually, after a perilous journey through destroyed villages and across borders, they reached safety. The girl has since relocated from the northeast to avoid being targeted by Boko Haram again.

The widows of Boko Haram

08 Mar 2015  |  www.aljazeera.com
In Maiduguri, Nigeria, the epicenter of Boko Haram's insurgency, widows like Falmata Gana struggle to survive and support their children after their husbands were killed by Boko Haram fighters, Nigerian security forces, or civilian militiamen. The conservative Islamic society often leaves widows in precarious socioeconomic positions. Organizations like the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Muslim Widows Association provide food and financial support to help these women. The National Council of Women Societies in Maiduguri has registered over 5,000 widows since Boko Haram began its war against the government in 2009. The plight of these women is highlighted as the world marks International Women's Day.

Chibok: the village that lost its daughters to Boko Haram

15 May 2014  |  www.theguardian.com
The article focuses on the aftermath of the kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants from a government secondary school in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria. Asabe Kwambura, the headteacher, awaits a government investigation team amidst the ruins of the school. The community is in mourning, with many parents now hesitant to send their daughters to school due to the threat of Boko Haram, which opposes Western education. Despite a global social media campaign to #bringbackourgirls, the local community has little awareness of these efforts due to the lack of electricity and internet access. Some villagers have attempted to search for the girls in the Sambisa game reserve, where they believe Boko Haram has encampments. The local government has imposed a curfew and organized a civilian defense force. Lydia Pogu, a student who escaped the kidnappers, now fears returning to school and aspires to be a farmer. The article paints a picture of a community grappling with fear, frustration, and the determination to resist Boko Haram's threats.

Gay Nigerians targeted as ‘un-African’

26 Jan 2014  |  www.aljazeera.com
In Nigeria, the LGBTQ community faces severe challenges following the signing of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition bill by President Goodluck Jonathan, which imposes harsh penalties for same-sex couples and supporters. The law, praised by many Nigerians as a stance against Western imperialism, has been condemned internationally. Activists and members of the LGBTQ community, such as Ifeanyi Orazulike and Yinka, are fighting for their rights and identity amidst widespread homophobia and claims that homosexuality is 'un-African.' Despite historical evidence of same-sex customs in Africa, contemporary African societies are increasingly criminalizing same-sex relationships, threatening human rights and leading to potential cases of blackmail, extortion, and false asylum claims.

Fruit for thought in Tanzania nutrition fight

29 Oct 2013  |  www.aljazeera.com
Tanzanian farmer Selemani Hussaini has changed his eating habits to include more fruits and vegetables, thanks to the Mwanzo Bora nutrition project. The initiative, supported by USAID, aims to combat malnutrition by integrating nutrition and agricultural strategies, such as Farmer Field Schools and demonstration garden plots. The Tanzanian government is also addressing malnutrition through national campaigns and policies like Kilimo Kwanza and SAGCOT, focusing on agricultural commercialization and food fortification. Despite progress, nutritionists emphasize the need for continued grassroots education to change local perceptions about food, particularly in rural areas.

Nigeria urged to reduce child marriages

12 Oct 2013  |  www.aljazeera.com
Child marriage in Nigeria affects more girls than in all other West African countries combined, despite being technically unlawful. Activists like Amina Hanga and organizations such as the Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative and Girls Not Brides are working to change cultural norms and provide education and vocational training to girls. The United Nations reports that nearly 37% of young women in sub-Saharan Africa were married by age 18, with significant health and social risks. Efforts to address the issue include increasing school enrollment for girls and treating pregnancy-related complications, but cultural and religious challenges remain significant obstacles.

Second time around, Malians still hopeful

06 Sep 2013  |  www.aljazeera.com
In Mali's presidential runoff, citizens like Ballu Seriba and Abou Drame showed determination and optimism despite challenges such as unemployment and the need for better infrastructure. The election, crucial after the 2012 coup, saw a lower turnout than the first round, with no clear winner from the initial 27 candidates. Observers like Louis Michel from the EU noted more informed voters and better-trained officers, while Coumbe Bah Traore of SOS Democratie noted a 10% drop in participation. Malians hope their vote will lead to progress and more foreign aid.

Among the Igbo people of Nigeria exists a small group of practicing Jews

01 Feb 2013  |  CNN
The article discusses the Igbo people of Nigeria, a significant ethnic group, some of whom practice Judaism and believe they are descendants of the lost tribes of Israel. It follows the story of 14-year-old Kadmiel Izungu Abor and his family, who attend the Ghihon Hebrew Research synagogue in Jikwoyi, Nigeria. The Igbo's claim to Jewish ancestry is rooted in oral traditions and cultural practices similar to Jewish customs. King Eze A.E. Chukwuemeka Eri of Aguleri, author Remy Ilona, and anthropologist Daniel Lis provide insights into the Igbo-Jewish connection. The article also mentions organizations like Shavei Israel and Kulanu, which engage with communities claiming Jewish descent. Critics, however, like Catherine Acholonu, argue that this identification is a result of Christian influence and diminishes the Igbo's own rich history.

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