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Africa ‘must industrialise to boost economic development’ – Akinwunmi Adesina

African must focus more on industrialisation to boost economic development, the president of the African Development Bank has said. Akinwumi Adesina warned that the region is “de-industrialising” and called on African countries to learn from Korea, China and Japan – countries that have used industrialisation as a way to boost the economy. “Africa needs to industrialise and add value to everything …

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Boko Haram survivors have been starved and raped by Nigeria’s military

Thousands of women and girls who survived the brutal rule of the Boko Haram armed group have since been further abused by the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them, said Amnesty International in a new report released today. “They betrayed us” reveals how the Nigerian military and Civilian Joint Task Force (Civilian JTF) – a militia who work …

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‘Buhari must wake up’ Nigeria’s bishops say after church attack

Nationwide protests were held this week in Nigeria to mark the funeral of two priests and 17 church members in Benue State. The government must do more to protect the people, Nigeria’s Catholic bishops say. Felicia Tabo slowly makes her way through the crowds of people. “I came all the way from Abuja,” Tabo says, pushing her way closer to the altar …

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Leon Balogun signs for Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Nigeria international defender Leon Balogun. The 29-year-old centre-back joins on a free transfer after leaving Bundesliga side FSV Mainz 05, and has signed a two-year deal with the club. Albion manager Chris Hughton said, “I am delighted to welcome Leon to the club. He will add more depth to our defensive …

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Boko Haram Islamists still control parts of northeastern Nigeria

People in two of northeastern Nigeria’s six states say militants with ties to Boko Haram are still in control of areas despite the federal government’s unwavering stance that it has defeated the Jihadist militant group. In Borno and Yobe states, residents told DW that militants of the so-called Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) — led by Musab al-Barnawi — …

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Could voting by text solve Nigeria’s voter apathy?

On Sunday, 22 April, 2018, my wife achieved what was previously inconceivable. She persuaded me to watch a small section of Big Brother Naija (BBNaija), the Dutch reality television show franchise. How did she achieve this? Well, while other family members were watching the BBNaija TV show in the living room, I decided to go to the bedroom and mind …

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At least 100 people kidnapped along road in northern Nigeria

At least 100 people have been kidnapped along a road in northern Nigeria in the past few days, officials, witnesses and relatives of the abducted told Reuters on Tuesday, underscoring the insecurity still afflicting parts of the country. President Muhammadu Buhari won elections in 2015 partly on promises to bring security to Nigeria but has struggled to fulfil them. He …

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Nigeria violence adds to pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari

Ex-general’s bid for re-election threatened by Boko Haram militants that he promised to destroy When armed militiamen killed dozens in an attack on an isolated village in northern Nigeria this month, it was seen as a sign of rising levels of violence across Africa’s most populous nation, not least because it was the third attack that week with a death …

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Chelsea missing Michael Emenalo

Chelsea has just finished fifth in the Premier League and out of the Champions League places after the final games were played this afternoon.  They won the league last season and many fans may think that the reason for this term’s failure is the absence of talisman striker Diego Costa who was sold in the summer.  But coach Antonio Conte …

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Book Review – Love does not win elections by Ayisha Osori

This unique book should be required reading for those interested in the promotion and consolidation of democracy, whether as scholar or activist. It offers a candidate’s-eye view of what it takes to contest a primary election to run for office as a member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives. Focused on just one constituency in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, Ayisha …

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