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March 2, 2014
They were shooting sporadically and throwing explosives on buildings. I counted 39 bodies this morning. I fled the place because nobody is safe.
Mansur Buba, a resident of the village of Mainok, Nigeria • Discussing a brutal attack, allegedly by the terror group Boko Horam, on his town. Another 46 people were killed in Maiduguri by a spate of bombing attacks, according to a Reuters report.
15:21 // 1 month ago
February 25, 2014

More than fifty students killed in attack on Nigerian boarding school

  • 59 male students at a boarding school in northeast Nigeria were either shot or burned to death on Monday night, by militants aligned with Islamist militia Boko Haram. The attacks were part of an ongoing wave of violence that’s seen the terrorist organization kill more than 300 Nigerians in just the last month, including twin village raids that claimed more than 100 lives each last week. source
15:45 // 1 month ago
January 13, 2014

Nigeria’s new anti-gay law makes it illegal to meet with other gay people

  • 38 the number of countries on the African continent that have discriminatory laws targeting gay people—roughly 70 percent of the continent. Nigeria took another step on this front Monday by passing a law, the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which outlaws LGBTQ people from even holding a meeting in public. People who break the law face up to 14 years in prison. source
20:23 // 3 months ago
December 3, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 3, 2013

Detroit can go ahead with the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history ($18 billion in debt, for those playing at home), which is bad news for retired city workers, who now find their pensions facing a sudden threat.

Earlier this year, a Nigerian man spent three days trapped at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, surviving thanks to an air bubble on his sunken ship. He thinks the rescue was divine deliverance.

Kim Jong-Un apparently fired his uncle, who was a powerful deal-broker in the country. Couldn’t negotiate that one, it seems.

Good news for Obama’s Kenya-born uncle: He won’t be forced out of the U.S., after a judge threw out a deportation notice.

Two companies that nobody likes can officially get married.

19:38 // 4 months ago
November 13, 2013
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October 24, 2013
15:44 // 6 months ago
October 20, 2012

Islamist sect Boko Haram tied to killings in Nigeria

  • 30people slain in Nigeria over the last three days, in a series of killings tied to radical Islamist sect Boko Haram. Their recent history there is thought to be very grisly — along with Nigerian security forces (Human Rights Watch suggests both sides may have committed crimes against humanity), the sect is believed to have caused 2,800 deaths since 2009. source
20:40 // 1 year ago
September 30, 2012
africaisdonesuffering:

Battabox
Launching early in January of this year, Battabox has quickly become a household name in Nigeria. Bringing a new and different approach to News and Entertainment, Battabox aims to give Nigerians a chance to have an input in how their news and stories are being shared. Their tagline is ‘Nigeria like you’ve never seen before’ and that is exactly what they show you. From important news features to silly everyday activities, Battabox covers it all; giving the viewers, as well as those involved, a different perspective on things going on in Nigeria. We had the opportunity of speaking with the founder, who happens to be the ex-CNN correspondent to West Africa, Christian Purefoy, who gave us insight to what Battabox is about.
Rise Africa: I see you studied International politics and International History in University, was there anything in particular that attracted you to Journalism?
Christian Purefoy: I got into Journalism because I enjoy writing. That was the main thing; studying international politics obviously helped. I enjoy it because for me, it’s a big part of what makes the world go round. I had an opportunity to go to Nigeria so I followed that through. Funnily enough I got into it because of the writing but I ended up in video and enjoyed that even more.
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This is really cool stuff. The site, if you’re curious, is over here.

africaisdonesuffering:

Battabox

Launching early in January of this year, Battabox has quickly become a household name in Nigeria. Bringing a new and different approach to News and Entertainment, Battabox aims to give Nigerians a chance to have an input in how their news and stories are being shared. Their tagline is ‘Nigeria like you’ve never seen before’ and that is exactly what they show you. From important news features to silly everyday activities, Battabox covers it all; giving the viewers, as well as those involved, a different perspective on things going on in Nigeria. We had the opportunity of speaking with the founder, who happens to be the ex-CNN correspondent to West Africa, Christian Purefoy, who gave us insight to what Battabox is about.

Rise Africa: I see you studied International politics and International History in University, was there anything in particular that attracted you to Journalism?

Christian Purefoy: I got into Journalism because I enjoy writing. That was the main thing; studying international politics obviously helped. I enjoy it because for me, it’s a big part of what makes the world go round. I had an opportunity to go to Nigeria so I followed that through. Funnily enough I got into it because of the writing but I ended up in video and enjoyed that even more.

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This is really cool stuff. The site, if you’re curious, is over here.

(via globalvoices)

15:46 // 1 year ago
July 31, 2012
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June 4, 2012
At this moment everyone is in shock, including the president, and what you have on your hands is a community of people who are grieving.
Nigerian presidential adviser Reuben Abati • Discussing the deadly plane crash in Lagos that killed all 153 people aboard and an unknown number of people on the ground. The Dana Airlines flight, still burning nearly a full day later, crashed directly into a two-story building, causing fire at many nearby buildings. In the wake of the crash, the country has set a three-day mourning period. The country says the investigation is just beginning and it’s unknown what caused the crash.
10:13 // 1 year ago