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Wole Soyinka: Nnamdi Kanu was kidnapped

7 July 2021 Wole Soyinka spoke to the BBC about the recent abduction of Biafran separatist Nnamdi Kanu calling it a “kidnap”. The Nobel Prize in Literature winner predicted that there would be an outcry when the truth about how Kanu was captured is revealed. Kanu was reportedly based in the United Kingdom and had a British passport, while leading …

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Has Nigeria benefited from “democracy”?

16 June 2021 It’s rich in resources. It’s got Africa’s biggest population. And it’s enjoyed democracy since 1999. But Nigeria is facing numerous challenges. Mass kidnappings, attacks by armed groups and criminal gangs, corruption and lack of jobs have angered many. Widespread protests last year against an anti-robbery police unit led to the killing of protesters. Nigerians are now calling …

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Who owns the Benin bronzes?

29 April 2021 In 1897, British troops looted thousands of bronze sculptures and artefacts from the African Kingdom of Benin, located in present-day southern Nigeria. Bronze plaques, masks and other objects have over the years scattered around the world, ending up in Western museums or sold to private collectors. Generations later – and facing a global movement to address racial …

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What is behind the rise in kidnappings in Nigeria?

18 March 2021 At least 700 students have been abducted in northern states since December. Nigeria’s school kidnappings have become a key security challenge for its government and security forces. At least 700 students have been abducted in northern states since December. That figure changes every day with reports of more attacks and abductions. Dozens of students managed to escape a raid on Monday, …

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Victor Osimhen tests positive for Covid after Nigeria trip

5 January 2021 Napoli and Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen, who was filmed dancing with people after traveling to his maskless birthday party in Nigeria, should not be judged as harshly as someone who had gone clubbing in Ibiza, his agent has claimed. Record signing Osimhen caused fury at the Serie A club after footage emerged of his antics in Lagos, …

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#EndSARS Memorial: In memory of…

31 December 2020 This film is dedicated to the victims of police brutality in Nigeria and to everyone who lost their lives during the struggle to dismantle the oppressive police systems via Nationwide protests. They will not be forgotten. #EndSARS Follow @naijiant

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Down memory lane: When Maradona met Nigeria

25 December 2020 The legendary Diego Maradona died a month ago at the age of 60, but the man himself said people will be talking about him long after he was gone. Maradona Confidential, a documentary made last year, and shown on the National Geographic channel, focused mainly on his time with Napoli, but also offered an insight into the …

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Nigerian clubs can learn a lot from Boca Juniors

23 December 2020 As I wind down for the Christmas break, I have started watching the documentary series Boca Juniors Confidential on Netflix. It is an “exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Argentina’s legendary club”. Boca is arguably Argentina’s biggest club with millions of fans including Argentines in the Diaspora. They are the current league champions and have won the league 34 …

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How can a food security crisis be avoided in northern Nigeria?

22 December 2020 Al Jazeera’s Inside Story programme took a look at the insecurity crippling much of northeast and northwest Nigeria today, with host Mohammed Jamjoom and guests Serah Makka-Ugbabe, Nigeria country director at ONE, a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty by 2030, Ovigwe Eguegu, a geopolitical analyst at the security think-tank Afripolitika, and firebrand activist Aisha Yesufu, …

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