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About Eshokeme
With over 5 years of broadcast journalism experience, Eshokeme Oludare James shoots, edits and documents history, showcasing Africa to the world. 

Leveraging on his quest to providing answers to society’s problems, Eshokeme Oludare James prioritizes community based journalism pitching one story a time. 

Eshokeme Oludare James is a journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Nigeria: the role of social media influencers on voters

25 Feb 2023  |  www.africanews.com
In Nigeria, the number of active mobile and internet subscribers has significantly increased, with social media users rising from 27 million in 2019 to 36 million. Social media influencers are expected to impact voter decisions in the elections, with their ability to sway opinions and votes. Nail Technician Akhere Oghana and content creator Moyosoreoluwa Eleso discuss the potential influence of these individuals on the electorate. The election turnout will indicate if the young Nigerians' online discontent with the ruling class will lead to a change in voting patterns.

2023 Election: Nigerians on the impact of the #ENDSARS movement

24 Feb 2023  |  www.africanews.com
The #EndSARS protests in Nigeria, which began on October 4, 2020, against police brutality, led to the disbandment of the SARS unit and had a significant impact on the country's youth. The protests, which turned violent with attacks on properties and the killing and injuring of protesters at the Lekki toll gate, have been linked to a record 10 million new voter registrations. The movement has also given rise to the 'obidient movement' supporting Labour Party candidate Peter Obi. With 93.4 million voters, the upcoming general election will decide President Muhammadu Buhari's successor, with Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, and Peter Obi as frontrunners.

Lack of cash crumbling business activities, livelihood in Nigeria

24 Feb 2023  |  www.africanews.com
Nigeria's withdrawal of old 200-, 500-, and 1000-naira notes and introduction of redesigned currency has led to a cash scarcity affecting business activities and livelihoods. Despite the Central Bank of Nigeria's intention to mop up excess cash, citizens struggle to access new notes, incurring high charges from POS operators. The policy has received mixed reactions, with some believing it will help combat crime, while others, including the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, express concerns over its negative economic impact. President Muhammadu Buhari extended the circulation of the old 200 naira note by 60 days, conflicting with the Supreme Court's stance that old notes remain valid.

Nigerian social enterprise encourages citizens to swap waste for cash

16 Nov 2022  |  www.africanews.com
In Lagos, Nigeria, organizations in partnership with the Lagos State waste management authority (LAWMA) are addressing waste management challenges through recycling initiatives. Wecyclers, founded by Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola in 2012, operates on a 'waste for cash' principle, allowing residents to earn money by recycling waste. The initiative has contributed to environmental protection, sustainable development, and provided a source of income for the unemployed and low-income families. The city has seen a reduction in waste, and the program has been praised for its positive impact on community health and the local economy.

Nigeria: Lagos residents react to Owo church attack

07 Jun 2022  |  www.africanews.com
On June 5, 2022, gunmen attacked St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, southwest Nigeria, killing at least 40 people. The incident, which occurred just before the end of a church service, has sparked local and international condemnation and instilled fear in the southwest region, previously spared from such attacks. Lagos residents, including roadside trader Joy Uzoma and publisher Sam Ugwumba, expressed their concerns about safety and criticized the government's inadequate protection of citizens. Lagos-based legal practitioner Goddy Uwazurike also expressed disappointment with the government's response, doubting any significant outcome from the Owo killings. The attack has left many in Lagos dazed and fearful, questioning when such violence will end.

Earth day: Lagosians call for action to save the planet

25 Apr 2022  |  www.africanews.com
On Earth Day, environmentalists and climate enthusiasts in Lagos called for increased action to protect the planet. Gaji Tajudeen from the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources highlighted the importance of saving the planet and mentioned the state's commitment to creating a clean environment. Chidi Ikemefuna of Nampak Bevcan advocated for the use of cans over plastic due to their recyclability. Nnenna Onyewuchi celebrated Earth Day by promoting the recycling of cans. The event coincided with concerns over global inflation and food crises, exacerbated by Russia's war in Ukraine and climate change-related weather extremes, as reported by the IPCC. Local and international efforts are being urged to address climate change.

Afrofutourism: Nigeria’s all-female digital art exhibition

20 Apr 2022  |  www.africanews.com
Afrofutourism, an all-female digital art exhibition in Lagos, Nigeria, curated by Somi Nwandu, aims to elevate the works of black female artists and explore reimagined African futures through art. The exhibition is intended to travel globally, starting with its premiere in Lagos. It highlights the shift from traditional art to digital spaces, where artists like Derek Jombo encourage traditional artists to embrace digital art. Despite challenges such as Nigeria's prohibition of cryptocurrency payments, the potential for digital art in the country is significant, as evidenced by the success of NFTs and digital artists like Mike Winkelman, whose work sold for over $69 million.

Nigeria: young people develop interest in Animation

26 Mar 2022  |  www.africanews.com
In Lagos, Nigeria, there is a growing interest among young people in animation despite the scarcity of formal training opportunities. Creative directors like Adebimpe Adebambo and Esther Gbadamosi from RadioxityMedia are leading initiatives to encourage the youth to explore animation, including starting animation clubs in schools. Trainees like Ronald Adeniyi are drawn to the creative freedom animation offers. The goal is to foster a generation of animators who can achieve local and international acclaim.

Omicron variant: nigerians react to removal of country from UKk red list

Sylvester Oromoni: The tragic death of a 12 year old Nigerian boy bullied in school

08 Dec 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a 12-year-old student at Dowen College in Lagos, Nigeria, died under controversial circumstances, with his family alleging he was tortured by school bullies, contrary to the school's claim of a football injury. The incident on November 28 led to widespread outcry, prompting the Lagos State government to seal off the school and launch an investigation. Legal practitioner Muktar Kolawole supported the government's actions, while civil rights campaigners and citizens are using the case to demand an end to bullying and school violence. President Mohammadu Buhari has committed to bringing the culprits to justice, and an autopsy is awaited to determine the cause of death.

Sylvester Oromoni: Women picket in front of Dowen College, Lagos

08 Dec 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Concerned women protested in front of Dowen College in Lagos, seeking justice for the death of Sylvester Oromoni, an eleven-year-old former student who allegedly died after being bullied. The protestors, dressed in black, included PRINCESS Comedienne and SOLA 'schullzz' Mogaji, who emphasized the need for justice and awareness. Adebimpe Adebanbo criticized the school's claim that Sylvester died from football injuries. The incident has garnered significant public attention and support from Nigerian celebrities like Funke Akindele and Tonto Dikeh.

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