Africa: How militant Soboma George was killed


The name, Soboma George, wouldn’t be forgotten in a hurry by many Nigerians, especially citizens of Rivers State. He was murdered in August 2010. He was a militant in both the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta and The Outlaws. In August 2009, Soboma accepted an amnesty offer made by the Nigerian government, under President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. […]

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Africa: Nigerian Imo community where pregnant girls are BANISHED for life


Osu (caste system) is an ancient Igbo traditional practice that is well known within and outside the country but often condemned because of its perceived infringement on the fundamental rights of the affected people. But not many people are aware of Ikwe-ezi, a traditional festival in Mgbidi area of Imo State, which requires young girls to maintain a high level […]

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Africa: Nigerians Express Outrage as British Artist, Damien Hirst, Copies Ife Sculpture Without Giving Credit


British artist, entrepreneur and art collector, Damien Hirst, has incurred the wrath of Nigerians for copying the bust of a well-known Ife terracotta head sculpted by artists from Ile-Ife in present day Osun State between the 12th and 14th century, without giving attribution to the original work. Hirst’s work titled, “Golden Heads (Female)”, was displayed at his Venice show “Treasures […]

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Africa: How British-Nigerian, Chi-chi Nwanoku Formed Her Own Orchestra


For Chi-chi Nwanoku, coming up with the right name for her new minority orchestra was a stressful experience. Though Ms. Nwanoku had quickly formed a board of directors and had already selected most of her players — 62 musicians representing 31 different nationalities — she was constantly reminded that it would be hard to promote their first concert at the […]

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Africa: Veteran big game hunter dies after elephant, felled by gunfire, collapses on him


Theunis Botha Veteran game hunter led his first guided hunting safari through South Africa’s grasslands in 1989. A college student at the time, he used the money he received to help put himself through school. Over the following 28 years, Botha expanded his college side-gig into a full-fledged business, setting up private hunting ranches in Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and […]

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Africa: Serial fraudster coordinates crimes from Prison in Nigeria


Detectives attached to the Inspector General Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris’s Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, are currently trying to get a warrant to bring an alleged notorious fraudster out of Kuje Prison for questioning. The inmate, Mr Ifeanyi Ezenwa, described by police as a leader of a fraud syndicate, specialises in using fake bank alerts to defraud his victims […]

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Africa: Woman arraigned for attempted suicide


A textile trader, Mrs. TitilayoMomoh, was yesterday arraigned by the police before Chief Magistrate Teslim Elias of an Ebute-Meta Magistrates’ Court for attempting to commit suicide. The 51-year-old Momoh was arraigned by men of the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID), Yaba, on a one count-charge of attempted suicide. She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was […]

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Africa: ‘I am a broken woman in the corpse of a child’…Stolen, bruised, raped: Borno girls recount horrid spells in Sambisa forest


THE girl died in Maryam Alhaji-Wakil on a sunlit afternoon in Bama, Borno. That fateful day in 2014, insurgents of the deadly terrorist sect, Jama’atulahl al-sunnah li da’awatiwal jihad (JAS) a.k.aBoko Haram, invaded her town and burnt her home. They killed her relatives and decapitated her neighbours. Then they abducted her. She was nine years old. Maryam’s abductors whisked her […]

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Africa: 15,000 doctors dump Nigeria for overseas


No fewer than 15,000 medical doctors have left Nigeria for overseas in search of greener pastures. A reliable source at the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) told New Telegraph that “over 15,000 doctors have travelled out of Nigeria to developed countries where they are now practising medicine.” President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Mike Ogirima, confirmed […]

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Africa: Zimbabwean Pastor eaten by crocodiles while trying to imitate Jesus by walking on water


A Zimbabwean pastor from a local church in White River Mpumalanga died this morning trying to replicate the Biblical story of Jesus Christ walking on water  to his congregants. Pastor Jonathan Mthethwa of the ‘Saint of the Last Days Church drowned in a river known as the Crocodile River. According to The Herald Zimbabwe, he was seen by his church […]

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