Nigeria

Unicef: 1 Million Children In Nigeria Could Miss School

The U.N. Children's Fund in Nigeria said at least 1 million Nigerian children could miss school this year because of insecurity, as schools in the north of the country have been targeted by armed groups in a series of mass kidnappings for...

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After Initially Denying Responsibility, Nigerian Air Force Admits To Airstrike Killing Civilians

At least ten civilians were killed in a village in northeast Nigeria, according to local reports.

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Algeria Attempts To Advance Trans-saharan Pipeline As Nigeria Looks Toward Rival Line To Morocco

Algiers cut ties with regional rival Morocco last month, accusing Rabat of “hostile actions” toward Algeria, including stirring up dissent in Kabylie. However, the December pact Rabat signed with Israel is seen as even more threatening, which...
Related topics: Algeria, Morocco, Israel

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Nigeria’s Central Bank Denies It’s Threatening To Seize Dollar Accounts

There is no plan to convert dollars, pounds, or any other foreign currencies in Nigerians’ bank accounts to naira, says the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).In a statement on Sept. 11, the bank said it “has not contemplated, and will never...
Related topics: Banking

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Wave Makes Waves, Covid Testing Costs, Kenya’s Twitter Influencers

Hi Quartz Africa readers!Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa have dominated African tech funding for years—but what’s the state of innovation in the 21 French-speaking countries on the continent? That question was answered in a way when Wave, a...
Related topics: Kenya, Social Media, South Africa

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Nigeria’s Battle To Reclaim Looted Benin Bronzes

To Nigerians, the Benin Bronzes are more than just sublime sculptures and carvings, they are spiritual diaries that tell the story of an ancient kingdom. Looted by the British, the Bronzes have become highly-charged symbols in the debate around the...
Related topics: Benin, Debate

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Millions Of Nigerians Can’t Make A Phone Call Because Of Abduction Gangs

Two states in northern Nigeria have shut down telecoms operations as part of a scramble by security agencies to combat escalating criminal activity and, in particular, gangs who specialize in abduction and extortion.Zamfara—a state of more than 5...

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Peer-to-peer Trades Are Sustaining Nigeria’s Crypto Activity Despite A Ban

Seven months after Nigerian banks were barred from enabling cryptocurrency transactions, bitcoin remains an actively traded asset in the country, partly due to the presence of platforms that enable peer-to-peer transfers.The value of bitcoin traded...
Related topics: Banking, Bitcoin

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Nigeria And Saudi Arabia Foil Hezbollah Drug Smuggling Attempt

Saudi Arabian and Nigerian authorities have thwarted an attempt to smuggle more than 450,000 amphetamine tablets bound for the Kingdom
Related topics: Saudi Arabia, Hezbollah

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“double-testing” For Covid-19 In West Africa Is Significantly Driving Up Travel Costs

In 2019, Andrew, a Liberian missionary and businessman based in Nigeria could buy a round trip ticket from Lagos to Monrovia at $450-$500. In 2021, that same ticket now costs $650-$700. In addition, Andrew now spends an extra $300, almost 50% of his...

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American Polyglot Speaks Latin With Vatican City Priests

American polyglot Luke Ranieri of the series polýMATHY traveled to Vatican City in order to locate people with whom he could speak Latin. Luckily, Ranieri was able to find three different priests from different parts of the world (Nigeria, Hungary,...
Related topics: Vatican, Hungary

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Nigeria’s Prospa Gets $3.8m Pre-seed To Offer Small Businesses Banking And Software Services

In Nigeria, there are more than 40 million micro-businesses underserved in some form or another regarding banking services. Although some of these businesses have registered bank accounts, gaps exist in how banks use the data available to serve the...
Related topics: Banking

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Nigeria: Muslim Leader Boasts, ‘we Are In Charge Of The United Nations’

Well, that explains a great deal. “Our Vigilantes Will Arrest Benue Governor, Ortom When He Leaves Office Over His Anti-Fulani Comments—Miyetti Allah Sect,” Sahara Reporters, August 30, 2021: Herders under the Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore...
Related topics: Sahara

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Nigeria: State Governor Accuses National Government Of Complicity In Jihad Activity

The fact is, Muslims kill Christians and others in Nigeria virtually every day, and the national government does little or nothing to stop them. So Ortom has a point. “Fulani People Coming To Kill Us, Finish Usman Dan Fodio Jihad And Buhari...

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Nigeria: Muslims Murder 36 Christians, Authorities Arrest Only Christians For Defending Themselves

This has been going on for years. The world yawns. After all, it isn’t as if this involved something really important, such as “Islamophobia.” “Fulani Herdsmen Kill 36 Christians in Kaduna State, Nigeria,” Morning Star...

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One Drag On Nigeria’s Gdp Growth Has Nothing To Do With The Pandemic

On the face of it, Nigeria’s economic recovery is on the right track.The country’s GDP grew 5% from April to June, according to official data last week (Aug. 26), making it Nigeria’s best quarterly performance since the closing months of 2014....

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Nigeria: Muslims Raid Village, Ambush Fleeing Civilians, Murder 11

“The Guardian learnt that the deceased persons were buried, yesterday, according to Islamic rites.” The fact that jihadis in Nigeria and elsewhere attack fellow Muslims is often used as evidence that the jihadis are not actually Muslims...

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Africa’s Fastest Unicorn, Crypto-trade Champions, Plague Vaccine

Hi Quartz Africa readers!In less than three years, OPay has gone from a curious startup known for its motorcycles in Lagos, Nigeria, to a financial services company worth $2 billion. The latest valuation comes after the company raised $400 million...
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15 More Students Freed In Nigeria After Release Of 90 Others

Police in northern Nigeria say gunmen have released 15 abducted students, marking the second group of students freed in just 24 hours
Related topics: Police

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Gunmen Release Students In Northern Nigeria 3 Months Later

A school official in northern Nigeria says gunmen have released some of the more than 100 children who had been abducted back in May

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