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June 15, 2018 3:34 PM Boko Haram: I’ll talk some sense into Shekau if I see him, says mother

SHEKAU, NIGERIA — Driving west from the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria, the roads get narrower as the towns get smaller. Along the road lie bullet-ridden buildings and security check points as vigilante members patrol gates, all signs of a region where people are trying their best to protect themselves. After three hours VOA ends up in Yobe state, at a village 19

June 11, 2018 2:56 PM World Cup child trafficking bid foiled in Nigeria

Nigerian authorities say they have rescued nine young girls and one boy who were being trafficked to Moscow. Five suspects, including a policeman and a quarantine officer, were arrested for allegedly facilitating their travel, the government agency fighting trafficking says. The victims were found while trying to board a plane from Lagos to Russia 28

May 31, 2018 7:21 AM Biafra shutdown cripples Nigerian cities

A stay-at-home protest by Biafran separatists in Nigeria has crippled cities and towns in the south-east. Streets are empty and markets, banks and schools are closed to mark the abortive attempt in 1967 to gain independence for the region. It led to a bitter three-year civil war in which more than one million people were killed. The authorities have warned 21

April 15, 2018 3:02 AM Stage set for Davido 30 Billion Concert

After taking his 30 Billion Concert to Lagos, United Kingdom, United states of America and other countries, Nigerian star Davido brings the much-hyped gig to Zimbabwe next Saturday in what the organisers have termed a “star-studded showdown”. The gig is slated for the Harare International Conference Centre [HICC]. The event will also incorporate a VVIP all- white 43

April 6, 2018 10:48 AM Skepta has been made a chief in Nigeria

Skepta has been made a chief in his parents’ home state of Ogun in Nigeria. The MC has been in Nigeria for a “Homecoming” concert, which he invited the likes of J Hus, Not3s, Wizkid and Davido to perform at. His chieftaincy title is “Amuludun of Odo Aje”, which literally means the “Chief Entertainer of Odo Aje”. “I am honoured and will continue to put time and love into Nigeria 20

April 2, 2018 11:00 PM Coach: Messi must win WC to equal Maradona

FORMER Argentina manager Carlos Bilardo believes that Lionel Messi must win a World Cup in order to be considered on Diego Maradona's level. Bilardo led Maradona and Co. to World Cup glory in 1986, the second time Argentina lifted football's biggest prize. Messi has come close to winning major international honours with the Albiceleste, but has fallen 235

March 27, 2018 1:54 PM Mahachi in SA for church celebrations

Local gospel singer Tatenda Seith Mahachi is in South Africa, where he is rubbing shoulders with some of the continental gospel music powerhouses at the ninth anniversary celebrations of Rock of Victory Celebrations Ministries International. The celebrations — running under the theme Ebenezer: Thus far the Lord has helped us — started on Friday and ends today 11

March 26, 2018 1:40 AM Nigeria Dapchi abductions: Schoolgirls finally home

More than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls, most of those recently kidnapped by Boko Haram, have gone home to their families, four days after being freed. The jihadist group abducted the girls from the town of Dapchi in February. After their release from captivity and a brief emotional meeting with their parents, the schoolgirls were flown to the capital to meet the president 17

March 22, 2018 6:15 PM Africa agrees deal for Continental Free Trade Area

The leaders of 44 African countries have signed a deal to create one of the world’s largest free trade blocs. The agreement was signed at a summit in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. It is hoped the deal will come into force within six months, and increase prosperity for 1.2 billion Africans. But 10 countries, including Nigeria, have refused to sign the deal, and it will need to be ratified 10

March 21, 2018 6:07 PM Kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls freed in Nigeria

The majority of the 110 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants in the town of Dapchi last month have been returned, the government says. A presidential aide said 101 schoolgirls were dropped back in the town in the early hours of Wednesday. The government said the army allowed the militants through, so “lives were not lost”, but denied paying a ransom 14