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Zeke Nnaji powering his way to the NBA

19 February 2020 If you don’t follow college basketball in the United States, you may not have heard of Zeke Nnaji. But it is only a matter of time before he becomes a household name in the US, Nigeria and the rest of the world. Born Ezekiel Tobechukwu Nnaji, 19 years ago, the freshman power forward out of the University …

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Armed bandits kill dozens in northwest Nigeria

18 February 2020 Armed bandits have killed at least 30 people in raids on two villages in northwestern Nigeria. Gambo Isah, a spokesman for police in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Katsina, said on Sunday that dozens of gunmen on motorcycles had attacked the villages of Tsauwa and Dankar on Friday. “The bandits killed 21 people in Tsauwa and another nine …

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Nigeria could see could see oil production drop 35%

16 February 2020 Africa’s largest oil producer could see oil production fall by 35 percent as low oil prices and regulatory uncertainty threaten to prompt oil majors to postpone final investment decisions. OPEC member Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and it pumped 1.776 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in January 2020, according to OPEC’s secondary …

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Chinua Achebe exposed the emptiness of the argument for restructuring in Nigeria

15 February 2020 Restructuring is all the rage in Nigeria as commentators, politicians and the wider public flounder in search of answers for their country’s continued failure on practically all measures of human development. Last week, Martins Onovo, a former presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) responded to a question from the Nigerian Sun newspaper on the “way …

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Nigerian military under scrutiny after latest attacks

13 February 2020 Widespread failings in Nigeria’s security sector are causing frustrations to boil over in the conflict-ridden north. While reform may be on the horizon, implementation will likely prove to be a major challenge.  More brutal attacks by suspected Islamic extremists in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state have once again sparked criticism of the Nigerian military’s response towards extremist groups. More than …

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Despite travel ban, Nigerians tend to trust Trump – Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

12 February 2020 Nigerian writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani spoke to Washington-based National Public Radio’s Audie Cornish about President Trump’s surprising popularity in Nigeria, despite the country being added to the travel ban. Transcript of the interview: Audie Cornish: Immigrants from Africa’s most populous country will be blocked from coming to the U.S. beginning later this month. The Trump administration is …

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