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Wole Soyinka offers hope for greater press freedom in Nigeria

24 June 2018 Nobel-Prize-winning author offers strong defence of free speech in address to Congress participants Nigerian Nobel Prize laureate Wole Soyinka expressed optimism about the future of press freedom in Nigeria during a special interview at the International Press Institute (IPI)’s 2018 World Congress in Abuja even as he warned against the danger of self-censorship. Pinning Nigeria’s current press freedom level …

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Abuja’s marginalised original inhabitants living in dire conditions

This is the Abuja that most visitors don’t see – the wretchedness of the squalor in the “satellite towns”.  Nigeria’s capital is one of the most highly modernised cities in Africa. But the original residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Abuja continue to live in humble mud homes without the most basic life amenities. Without an elected mayor …

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‘No amount of killing will stop us,’ vow Nigerian Shias

One person has been reportedly killed and several others injured after members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) clashed with the police in the capital Abuja. The police, using tear gas and live ammunitions, forcefully dispersed Shia protesters demanding the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, at the Unity Fountain on Monday. Sheikh Zakzaky has been detained without …

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Nigeria: Clearing the locals to make Abuja the capital

Former residents of Nigeria’s current capital say they were forcibly removed without proper compensation. Nigeria’s capital Abuja is a planned city with expansive roads lined with trees. Unlike Lagos – the commercial centre – traffic jams are rare. Nigerian politicians are proud of Abuja and tout it as an example of what a modern African city should be. It was not always the capital …

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