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Nigerian denied medical care dies in UK detention centre

A Nigerian man has died in a British detention centre after he was denied medical attention despite saying he felt unwell. His family has told UK media The Independent that the Oscar Okwurime, 34, was discovered lying in his cell at the Harmondsworth removal centre by another detainee last week. Police in the UK say they are investigating the cause of his death which is still unknown. Oscar’s older brother who was only named as Alex told The Independent that his brother was feeling unwell during his first week in the detention…

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Nigeria: Protest held over killing of young women

Hundreds of women in Nigeria on Wednesday marched to the Government House in Port Harcourt, protesting the killing of young women in hotels in Rivers State. The women clad in black attire held placards with messages that called for an end to the killings. At least, eight young women have been murdered in different hotels in the River state within the last two months. Some of those killed are believed to be prostitutes, whose acts are considered illegal and often get no protection from police. The protesters say everybody, including…

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South Africa apologizes to Nigeria over xenophobic violence

South Africa has sent an official envoy to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari apologizing over recent xenophobic attacks. These violent attacks sparked tension between Nigeria and South Africa, resulting in the evacuation of some Nigerians from South Africa. Many Nigerians were attacked and their businesses destroyed in the wave of the xenophobic attacks mainly in Johannesburg. A special envoy from South Africa on Monday presented an apology to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari. Jeff Radebe said South Africa was sorry for the violence and sent it’s “sincerest apologies”. Radebe said at a…

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Lupita’s role as Nigerian character divides opinions

Some Nigerians have expressed anger at the choice of Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o as a Nigerian character in the 10-episode screen adaption of the novel Americanah. Nigerian award winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s prize-winning bestseller was published in 2013. The novel tells the story of a Nigerian woman woman who goes to the US to attend university and her subsequent return to Lagos. On Friday WarnerMedia announced that Kenya’s Lupita will be playing a lead role. HBO Max orders limited series ‘Americanah’ based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel of…

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Islam, Social Media and Rise of Atheism in Northern Nigeria

Atheism was the focus of a seminar by the Centre for Islamic Civilization and Interfaith Dialogue (CICID) at the Bayero University Kano. The seminar was held on September 12, 2019. Panelists explored the topic: Social Media and the Rise of Atheism among the Muslim Youths in Northern Nigeria. Causes, Consequences, and Recommendations. One wonders why this little known organization decided to focus on atheism. CICID is a research institute that was established in August 2015 in response to a lack of literature and knowledge regarding the contribution of Islam to…

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Nigeria: Man kills wife for not breastfeeding baby

A 40-year-old Nigerian man, Kingsley Madukwe, has allegedly killed his own wife for refusing to breastfeed their one month old baby. He was arrested by police of Nigeria’s Ogun State Police Command for committing the crime. Madukwe reportedly beat his wife, Glory Madukwe, to death when she allegedly refused to breastfeed the crying baby. Police say the suspect, a motorcycle rider was angry when his late wife abandoned their crying baby. He slapped his wife who had complained of tiredness leading to slump and died on the spot. A police…

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Nigerian-born woman elected into Canadian parliament

Nigerian-born Uzoma Asagwara has been elected into a Canadian legislative assembly as a lawmaker in Manitoba. Asagwara is a psychiatric nurse and community activist. She won the Union Station seat for the NDP in the election on Tuesday. That makes Asagwara the first Black, queer woman in the legislature. She also becomes one of three Black people to have been elected into the 150-year parliament. Another blackman Jamie Moses took the St. Vital seat and Audrey Gordon won Southdale for the Progressive Conservatives. ADVERTISEMENT Speaking on her victory, Asagwara said,…

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Nigeria: Tribunal affirms Buhari’s presidential poll victory

The presidential election victory of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been affirmed by the presidential election tribunal. The Tribunal sitting in Abuja affirmed President Buhari’s victory in the February 23 presidential election. The five-man tribunal headed by Justice Garba Mohammed delivered the judgement on Wednesday after months of hearings. Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party rejected the outcome of the presidential election in February and filed a challenge at the tribunal. Abubakar claimed in his challenge that the election was marred by irregularities. He mentioned among others over-voting in…

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Nigeria to fly home 600 citizens from SA due to violent attacks

Nigeria’s government has announced plans to repatriate 600 of it’s citizens from South Africa following a surge in xenophobic violence. Nigerians have been the worst affected by the attacks from locals on African migrants in South Africa. The development has impacted diplomatic relations between the two countries. But Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is due to visit South Africa next month. BBC reports that Nigeria’s Consul General in Johannesburg has revealed that some of the Nigerians will leave on two flights on Wednesday. Nigeria’s Consul General Godwin Adama told the BBC…

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South African Bishops demand action over xenophobic attacks

South African bishops from the Catholic church have demanded action from the government over recent violent attacks on African migrants. The Catholic Bishops have also dismissed claims by the South African government that the attacks on foreigners were not xenophobic. In a  statement the Bishops said the attacks cannot be justified and must not be explained away under the guise of criminality. “Once again we received reports of the authorities doing very little to protect the victims. We received reports of police standing by idly in Pretoria while shops were…

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