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The Nigerian PhD student that developed an anti-TB drug

A Nigerian woman pursuing her PhD in the Department of Chemistry, University of Ilorin has been recognized for her invention. Mrs. Misitura Lawal-Arowona last week emerged third in an International Conclave holding event in Chennai, India. Lawal-Arowona developed an anti-tuberculosis metal drug that is potentially potent in the treatment of tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis also called TB is an infectious disease that usually attacks the lungs. Nigeria is among the 14 high burden countries for TB, TB/HIV and multi-drug resistant TB. The metal attached anti-TB drug developed by the Nigerian student…

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Nigerian Senator escapes lynching by mob in Germany

A Nigerian Senator, Ike Ekweremadu on Saturday escaped being lynched in Germany by a group of Nigerians fighting for the independence of the Biafra region. Called the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, the group of Nigerians physically assaulted the senator in Nuremberg. Ekweremadu who is the immediate past Deputy President of the Senate was seen in a 64-second video being attack. The video has gone viral on social media with the Senator’s camp confirming the incident. In the video, Ekweremadu was seen being violently questioned over his alleged conspiracy with the…

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Nigerian man arrested by the FBI over $11 million fraud

A Nigerian businessman Obinwanne Okeke aka ‘Invictus Obi’ has been arrested by the FBI in the U.S over alleged $11 million fraud. Okeke was a Forbes Contributor & a Young African Business Leader nominee. He has appeared on global media platforms such as BBC News Africa, CNBC Africa, London School of Economics Africa Summit and TEDxYABA. He was listed among Forbes 100 Most Influential Young Africans 2018. On social media screenshots of the affidavit reportedly sworn to an FBI Special agent, Marshall Ward went viral. The document revealed that Okeke,…

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Mr Eazi’s emPawa project gives hope to African artistes

This year Nigerian-born artist and music executive Mr Eazi launched his emPawa Africa incubator program to support African artistes. The initiative is aimed at investing in the next generation of African talents, largely emerging music stars who lack the needed support. On August 15 entries were opened for submissions from rising African artistes. 30 artists will receive funds to film their music video, get to be mentored and given guidance from musicians like Diamond Platinumz, Sarkodie, Kwesta, Guilty Beatz, Juls, E. Kelly, DJ Neptune, Diplo and Mr Eazi himself. The…

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FIFA gives former Nigerian player Samson Siasia life ban

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has been banned for life and fined $50,000 by Fifa for agreeing to ‘the manipulation of matches.’ Siasia was coach of Nigeria between 2010-2011 and for a spell in 2016 but the time period when Fifa believes he committed his infractions is unclear. He has also served as coach of the country’s Under-20 and Under-23 sides. In a statement, Siasia was found ‘guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches.’ The sanction stems from an ongoing ‘large-scale…

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Nigeria: Teenager stages own kidnap to raise money for party

A 15-year-old boy in Nigeria’s city of Jos staged his own kidnap and demanded a ransom from his father for his release. The teenager and four of his older friends have all been arrested by police in Jos and are all now in custody. They had demanded a $1,365 (500,000 naira) ransom from the teenager’s father to spend on a school-leaving graduation party. Police spokesman Terna Tyopev told the BBC that the entire kidnapping scene was “was expertly done.” Tyopev said the boy’s friends pretended to be the kidnappers and…

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Nigeria’s Shia leader refuses medical treatment in India

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who traveled to India for medical leave has refused to undergo medical treatment. He traveled to India this week with his wife after securing a medical leave from custody since their detention in 2015. El-Zakzaky and his wife visited the Medenta Hospital in New Delhi but he reportedly discharged himself from the hospital to return to Nigeria. He had demanded to be treated by doctors of his own choice, an act that the Nigerian government has described as “unruly”.…

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Nigeria: Woman who locked child in dog cage arrested

Police in Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos have arrested a woman caught on video assaulting and locking a boy in a dog cage. There was huge  public outrage in Nigeria after the woman was captured in the viral video that went viral on social media. The woman could be seen flogging the shirtless boy with what appeared to be a belt. The 50-second amateur video appeared to have been recorded by someone looking on from afar. There was no signal what really happened before the woman started flogging the boy.…

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Nigerian pastor trying to escape arrest killed in China

A Nigerian pastor, Joseph Nwajueze has been killed in China by security operatives. He was reportedly escaping arrest from security operatives for alleged visa violations. According to reports the Chinese security operatives in an attempt to capture the fleeing Nwajueze, used a security gadget to demobilise him. The security gadget made the pastor numb, leading to his fall, which eventually led to his death. Joseph Nwajueze was living with his wife, Chinwe, and four children in China before this incident. The Chairman of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike…

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Why Nigeria’s Buhari is restricting food imports

There have been several interpretations to the order from Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari to the country’s central bank to halt the funding of food imports. Some analysts have said the order has implications for the independence of the central bank of Nigeria. But the Nigerian government said the move it meant to boost consumption of locally produced food. Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy and is the continent’s top oil producer. But it relies on crude sales for around 90% of it foreign exchange. The country however wants to reduce the…

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