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Usman Abba Zanna

Maiduguri, Nigeria
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About Usman
Usman Abba Zanna is a journalist based in Maiduguri, Nigeria. He is a consultant community development and conflict management, multimedia editor and photographer. He do video documentary.
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Nigerian Resettled Community Still Crossing To Cameroon For Basic Amenities One Year After

07 Sep 2023  |  humanglemedia.com
Residents of Kirawa, a Nigerian town on the border with Cameroon, continue to face severe challenges a year after being resettled from displacement camps. Despite government promises, the community lacks basic amenities such as water, healthcare, and education. The Borno State government's decision to close IDP camps and resettle people has been met with criticism. Residents often cross into Cameroon for healthcare and education, and security remains a significant concern due to Boko Haram's presence. The local clinic, renovated as part of a World Bank-supported project, is non-functional, forcing residents to seek medical care elsewhere. The primary school lacks resources, and there is no secondary school. The community's safety is compromised, with some residents sleeping in Cameroon to avoid Boko Haram attacks. The local security forces, including the CJTF and vigilantes, face challenges due to unpaid allowances and insufficient equipment.

Kirawa: A Borno Community Expected Rain, But Bullets Fell Instead

05 Sep 2023  |  humanglemedia.com
In August 2014, the town of Kirawa in Borno, Northeast Nigeria, was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists, resulting in residents fleeing to neighboring Cameroon and other settlements. Falmata Mala, a resident carrying her one-month-old baby, was trapped but eventually escaped to Cameroon with her children, despite being pursued by the terrorists. Over the next eight years, Falmata's family faced hardships as refugees, including hunger, loss of two pregnancies, and the death of her five-year-old son. Despite the challenges, they heard of Kirawa's resettlement and decided to return, although Falmata's husband remained skeptical and stayed in Cameroon. The attack on Kirawa had a significant impact on the community, with Boko Haram looting military equipment and disrupting the once vibrant market activities.

Nigeria’s Displaced People Wasting Away Outside The Fold Of Humanitarian Support

01 Jul 2023  |  humanglemedia.com
Internally displaced people (IDPs) in Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria, are facing severe hardships due to a lack of humanitarian assistance. The Shuwari Five displacement camp, home to thousands, has many residents who have never received significant aid. The state government ceased aid distribution in December 2021, exacerbating the situation. The Danish Refugee Council provides some support, but it is insufficient and not all-encompassing. IDPs, including former herders and businessmen, have lost everything to Boko Haram and struggle to adapt to urban life. The camp faces the additional threat of closure by private landowners, leaving IDPs with nowhere to go amid ongoing security concerns.

Vigilantes And Paramilitary Members In Nigeria’s Gwoza Quit Over Lack Of Pay

30 May 2023  |  HumAngle
Armed civilian security groups in Kirawa, Gwoza local government area of Borno State, Nigeria, have ceased their protection services due to unpaid allowances for over a year and inadequate ammunition supplies. Despite a directive from Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum to pay the allowances, the situation remains unchanged. The groups, which include the Kirawa Civilian Joint Task Force and the Kirawa joint vigilantes and hunters’ group, have been essential in providing security in the region, which is prone to Boko Haram attacks. The lack of support has led to dissatisfaction among the members, with some leaving for other work, and poses a significant risk to the community's safety.

Presidential Election Results In One Of Besieged Borno LGAs Rejected

26 Feb 2023  |  humanglemedia.com
The presidential election result from Gubio LGA in Borno State, Nigeria, was rejected due to irregularities, specifically a discrepancy between the total registered voters and accredited voters. The issue was identified when the collation officer, Aminah Gaji, presented the results in Maiduguri. An observer, Abubakar Sadiq Muazu, highlighted the significant difference between the number of accredited voters and those who cast votes. Internally Displaced Persons had traveled approximately 80 kilometers to vote at the local government headquarters.

Survivors Of Deadly Attacks In Borno Left With Gruesome Injuries

02 Dec 2022  |  humanglemedia.com
Survivors of attacks in Borno State, Nigeria, such as Ali Jigila and Ashigar Abba Bukar, have been left with severe injuries and life-altering consequences. Jigila, a victim of gunfire, has undergone multiple operations and depleted his finances, while Bukar, a victim of a suicide bombing, had his leg amputated. The Borno State Contributory Health Management Agency, through the Z-SHIP, and the International Committee for the Red Cross have provided medical care to some victims. However, the extent of support from organizations like the Victim Support Funds is unclear, and there are concerns about adherence to International Humanitarian Laws by state and non-state actors in the region.

The Art of Music as a Medium for Social Change in Nigeria

23 May 2022  |  Audible.com
In the episode, host Usman Abba Zanna engages in an exclusive discussion with guest Maxwel Anthony Daniel about the role of music as a form of expression that can drive social change in Nigeria. The conversation likely explores the impact of music on society and how artists use their craft to address and influence social issues within the country.

Peace Promotion and Religious Tolerance from Borno State, a training organised by Search for Common Ground.

Peace Promotion and Religious Tolerance Messages from Borno State, a two day training organised by Search for Common Ground.







Interview on anti-corruption, accountability and transparency

Interview with Tony Olymelu, Chairman UBA and founder Tony Olymelu Foundation, and interview of thousand dollars beneficiaries of the foundation.

Interview with Sheik Mufti Menk when he visited Maiduguri in Nigeria.

Maiduguri Central Mosque completed after 33years of construction.

This is a video documentary of Advancing Religious Tolerance in Nigeria High-Level Technical Meeting, organised by Search for Common Ground and supported by US Department of State.

This is a video documentary of an NGO project in Borno state. Its implemented by REBHI and funded by National Humanitarian Fund, NHF.


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