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Can Uber’s boat service fix Nigeria’s traffic crisis?

On Friday global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc launched a pilot test of a boat service in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos. It was meant to attract commuters seeking to avoid the notorious heavy traffic situation in the populated and congested commercial city. Called the UberBOAT, the waterway service is operated in partnership with local boat operator Texas Connection Ferries and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA). Uber said in a statement that “This initiative is aimed at providing commuters with an easy and affordable way to get in and out…

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Nigeria: Man falls and dies while waiting to board flight

A Nigerian passenger on Saturday slumped and died while waiting to board a flight in Lagos airport. Named only as Jude, he died undergoing boarding procedures at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. News Agency of Nigeria reported that the 44-year-old passenger was about boarding an Air France flight when he suddenly slumped. A senior police officer in Lagos, DSP Joseph Alabi who confirmed the development said Jude fell and died after receiving news that his wife had died. Alabi said the incident happened around 5:30 p.m local time…

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How women in Ghana, Nigeria are slapped during childbirth

A new study by the World Health Organization has revealed that many women suffer mistreatment during childbirth especially in lower-income countries. A new evidence from the study, published in the Lancet, showed that over one-third of women in four lower-income countries experienced mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities. Three of the countries where the study was conducted were in Africa, namely Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea. The fourth country is Myanmar. Evidence published in the report revealed that younger, less-educated women were those most at risk of abuses. Those abuses include include…

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West African lecturers implicated in ‘sex for grade’ scandal

A BBC investigation has implicated some lecturers at two public universities in West Africa, namely Ghana and Nigeria in sex for grade scandal. The documentary on sexual harassment was produced following an investigation into activities of lecturers in two top West African universities. BBC’s Africa Eye revealed secret footage that implicated lecturers at the University of Ghana and the University of Lagos in Nigeria. One of the lecturers implicated in Nigeria, Boniface Igbeneghu, who is also a pastor has been suspended by his church. The Foursquare church, where Igbeneghu is…

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Mercy wins 2019 Big Brother Naija reality TV show

Mercy Eke, was the cynosure of Big Brother Naija season four grand finale on Sunday, as she was crowned the winner of the show. The ever bubbling lady was captured in a video celebrating with her fans and almost forgetting to collect her cheque. Her reaction in the video indicated that she was not expecting to emerge the winner of the show. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mercy was crowned winner during the finale on Sunday. The win makes her the first woman to win the Big…

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Kidnappers demand ransom for Nigerian school girls

Gunmen who kidnapped six female students and two staff members from their hostels at a remote school in northern Nigeria have made a ransom demand, the regional governor said. Armed assailants gained entry to Engravers College, a mixed boarding school in a remote area just south of the city of Kaduna, early on Thursday and seized the victims. “They have made a demand for money and that is being negotiated,” state governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai told reporters in the capital Abuja. The governor refused to disclose details of the demands…

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‘Oldest African tortoise’ dies aged 344

A 344-year-old tortoise in Nigeria has been reported dead in a traditional palace. The tortoise popularly called ‘Alagba’ was confirmed dead by an official of the Ogbomoso palace where it used to be kept. Nigerian officials say the tortoise was the oldest in Africa. It died on Thursday after a brief illness. The animal was a major source of tourist attraction for the Nigerian community of Ogbomoso. Toyin Ajamu, the Private Secretary to Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi, Soun of Ogbomoso told journalists on Thursday that the tortoise “lived in the palace…

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Nigeria frees 25 kids cleared of ties with Boko Haram

25 children with suspected ties with Boko Haram have been released by the Nigerian army. They were released on Thursday after being cleared of such suspected ties with the militant group. Boko Haram has been attacking citizens in the country’s restive northeast region, killing thousands and displacing millions. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said 23 boys and two girls were released by the army. They were handed over to authorities in Borno state which is the worst affected by the insurgency. “These are children taken away from their families…

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Facebook to open centre in Lagos to support small businesses

Facebook in partnership with Teleperformance, has announced the opening of its first Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, which will provide outsourced support to all English speaking advertisers across Sub-Saharan Africa. The centre will support advertisers across the region through its Advocacy, Community & Education (ACE) programme, which aims to build engaged communities who are growing their businesses, organizations and communities through social media. The SMEs in this programme will have the opportunity to attend online trainings, and for those in Nigeria face-to-face trainings, that will focus…

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Buhari in South Africa for state visit after xenophobic violence

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has started a three day state visit in South Africa after arriving on Wednesday night. He is visiting the country weeks after tensions escalated between Nigeria and South Africa over xenophobic violence targeted at Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. At the peak of the violence where Nigerians and their businesses were being attacked, the Nigerian government repatriated hundreds of its citizens. The South African government came under a lot of criticisms globally for the xenophobic violence. It offered an official apology to Nigeria and…

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