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Nigeria: Federal republic in West Africa
Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The constitution defines Nigeria as a democratic secular state.


UK seeks to confiscate convicted Nigerian politician's loot

A British prosecutor launched a fresh attempt on Thursday to confiscate tens of millions of pounds stolen from an oil-producing state in Nigeria by its former governor, who was convicted of laundering..
Reuters - Published

Nigerian Islamist militants free three aid workers, other civilian hostages: U.N.

Islamist militants released three aid workers and other civilians in northeast Nigeria who had been held hostage since late December, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in the country said on..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Nigeria

Floating slum tries to put itself on the map in Nigeria [Video]Floating slum tries to put itself on the map in Nigeria

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 02:14Published

Police name father and 2 children who died in Spanish resort pool [Video]Police name father and 2 children who died in Spanish resort pool

A British father and his two children who drowned in a swimming pool at a holiday resort in the Costa del Sol have been named. Gabriel Diya, 52, his daughter Comfort Diya, nine, and his son..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:35Published

John Boyega's sister designed Nigerian outfits for 'Star Wars' premiere [Video]John Boyega's sister designed Nigerian outfits for 'Star Wars' premiere

The traditional Nigerian attire the John Boyega wore at the London premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was more than just a tribute to his family's ancestry - it was also designed by his..

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published

Miss Jamaica is crowned 'Miss World 2019' [Video]Miss Jamaica is crowned 'Miss World 2019'

PLEASE NOTE: RESENDING WITH ON-SCREEN COURTESY Miss Jamaica was crowned 'Miss World 2019' on Saturday (December 14). 23 year-old graduate of Florida State University Toni-Ann Singh, who sang a version

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:06Published

Cardi B brings Christmas to Lagos orphanage [Video]Cardi B brings Christmas to Lagos orphanage

Cardi B played Santa to an orphanage in Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday when she dropped off supplies and hung out with the kids looking for homes.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:38Published

Westminster Cathedral and other UK landmarks lit red to honour religious freedom [Video]Westminster Cathedral and other UK landmarks lit red to honour religious freedom

Westminster Cathedral is lit with red light as part of an initiative by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, called #RedWednesday to focus on persecuted Christians in countries such as Iraq,..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:49Published

Nigerian smartcard maker taps into move from cash to plastic [Video]Nigerian smartcard maker taps into move from cash to plastic

SecureID, a Nigerian manufacturing and technology company, makes bank cards, mobile phone SIMs and voting cards. It already has businesses in 21 African countries and is looking to tap further into a..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:00Published

Migrant ship seeks port in stormy sea [Video]Migrant ship seeks port in stormy sea

The captain of Open Arms urgently asked Italy permission to land on Sunday as the ship with more than 70 African migrants on board was sailing through increasingly stormy seas in the Mediterranean...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:43Published


Remembering Nigeria's Biafra war that many prefer to forget

Fifty years from the end of Nigeria's civil war three people on the losing side reflect on its impact.
BBC News - Published

#MeToo gave women a voice but solutions still missing: novelist Adichie

The #MeToo movement may have given women's rights a boost but the drive for gender equality still takes "two steps forward, and one step backwards," Nigerian novelist and activist Chimamanda Ngozi..
Reuters - Published

The Nigerian blind mechanic using touch to make repairs

Nigerian Emeka Abugu says he's perfected his skills after losing his sight as a child.
BBC News - Published

The UK Africa Investment Summit: A great opportunity for Nigeria

the uk africa investment summit: a great opportunity for nigeria
Next Monday 20, January 2020, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will host 21 African leaders in London for one of the biggest events of his premiership so far – the UK-African Investment..
WorldNews - Published

Militant attack in Nigerian town kills 20 soldiers, displaces 1,000 residents

About 20 soldiers were killed and nearly 1,000 people made homeless in a militant attack on a town in northeastern Nigeria, two residents and a military source said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Pirates kill Indian off Nigeria coast

IndiaTimes - Published

Nigeria-Cameroon border grenade blast kills nine

Twenty-six people were wounded in the blast on the Nigeria-Cameroon border, an official says.
BBC News - Published

Thirty killed in northeast Nigeria bomb blast on crowded bridge

At least 30 people were killed in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno after an improvised explosive device detonated on a bridge, sources told Reuters on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Chad troops leave Nigeria with Boko Haram mission over

Chad has ended a mission spanning several months fighting Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria and withdrawn its 1,200-strong force across their common border, an army spokesman told AFP on Saturday.
France 24 - Published Also reported by •WorldNews

India welcomes 67,000 babies, world’s most, on January 1

India welcomed an estimated 67,385 babies, the highest in the world, on 2020 on New Year’s Day. It was followed by China (46,299), Nigeria (26,039), Pakistan (16,787), Indonesia (13,020) and the..
IndiaTimes - Published

The story of the aeroplane house in Nigeria's capital Abuja

Said Jammal has spent 20 years building the family's unusual home in the Nigerian capital Abuja.
BBC News - Published

UK and US considered Nigeria naval blockade over Saro-Wiwa execution

The UK and US considered an oil embargo after activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged, document reveals.
BBC News - Published

Gay in Nigeria: 'Everybody sees me as an abomination'

Five years on from Nigeria's Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, discrimination seems to be worse.
BBC News - Published

Militants kill 10 in Nigeria attack targeting aid workers, Christians: witnesses

Islamist militants killed at least 10 people and took two women captive in an attack on a convoy in northern Nigeria that targeted Christians and those associated with international aid groups,..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State says it beheaded Christian captives in Nigeria

Islamic State released a video purporting to show its militants beheading 10 Christian men in Nigeria, saying it was part of a campaign to avenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and its..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •WorldNews

Islamic State in Nigeria 'beheads Christian hostages'

The killings are said to have been revenge for the death of the Islamic State group leader in Syria.
BBC News - Published

Nigeria releases Sowore and Dasuki after AG orders bail

Nigerian activist Omoyele Sowore and former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki left prison Tuesday evening after the attorney general ordered their release on bail, in recognition of court orders.
Reuters - Published

Nigeria orders release of detained activist, Omoyele Sowore

nigeria orders release of detained activist, omoyele sowore
Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Detained activist and former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore will be released on bail, Nigeria's Attorney General said in a statement Tuesday. Sowore, who is the publisher of..
WorldNews - Published

Nigeria orders release of Sowore, Dasuki, heeding court orders: attorney general

Nigeria's attorney general ordered the release on bail of an ex-presidential candidate and a former national security adviser, in recognition of a court order that they be released.
Reuters - Published

Pro-government group attacks rally demanding release of 'illegally' held Nigerians

Pro-government activists in Nigeria on Monday attacked civil society protesters who were demanding the release of people they say are illegally detained, a Reuters witness said.
Reuters - Published

Nigerian table tennis players home from Bosnia camp

The two Nigerians say Croatian police mistook them for illegal migrants and forced them into Bosnia.
BBC News - Published

Letter from Africa: How talk of witches stirs emotions in Nigeria

A section of the Nigerian criminal code forbids witchcraft, and it is punishable by a jail term.
BBC News - Published

15 killed in Boko Haram attack in NE Nigeria

15 killed in boko haram attack in ne nigeria
ABUJA, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were killed when terror group Boko Haram launched an attack on a town in Nigeria's...
WorldNews - Published

Armed group claims killing four humanitarian hostages in Nigeria, aid organization says

An armed group that kidnapped humanitarian workers in northeastern Nigeria five months ago has claimed it killed four hostages, international aid agency Action Against Hunger said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Armed group says it killed 4 hostages kidnapped in Nigeria: Action Against Hunger

An armed group that kidnapped humanitarian workers in northeastern Nigeria five months ago has claimed it killed four hostages, international aid agency Action Against Hunger said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Pregnant schoolgirls no longer banned from school in Sierra Leone

pregnant schoolgirls no longer banned from school in sierra leone
The government of Sierra Leone has been ordered to lift a policy banning pregnant students from attending schools, as a court rules it as unlawful. The “landmark” ruling found the policy to be..
WorldNews - Published

Nigerian spent eight years awaiting trial before being freed

Babagana Aliyu spent eight years in prison without being convicted of a crime.
BBC News - Published

Rights groups urge release of Nigerian ex-presidential candidate

Human rights groups called on Monday for the release of a former presidential candidate facing treason charges who was re-arrested a day after being freed from detention on bail.
Reuters - Published

New Jersey journalist re-arrested in Nigeria after brief glimpse of freedom

Omoyele Sowore, imprisoned in his home country of Nigeria since August, has been freed from government custody, but still has to stand trial. - Published

Pirates capture crew members of Hong Kong-flagged tanker: SCMP

A Hong Kong-registered crude oil tanker was attacked and its sailors kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria in the early hours of Wednesday, the South China Morning Post cited the city's Marine..
Reuters - Published

Yinka Ilori: My Nigerian narrative of art and design in London

Yinka Ilori is a London-based artist whose technicolour work is inspired by his Nigerian heritage.
BBC News - Published

Nigeria files fraud charge in bid to overturn nearly $10 billion penalty

Lawyers for the Nigerian government filed "new and substantive" allegations of fraud with a British court on Friday, carrying on a fight against an arbitration award now worth close to $10 billion, a..
Reuters - Published

Nigerian activist Sowore re-arrested hours after he was freed: lawyer

A Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate whose detention has prompted protests by rights groups was re-arrested on Friday at a court hearing hours after he was freed on bail, his lawyer..
Reuters - Published

Cardi B Heads to Nigeria and Ghana for First Performance in Africa

cardi b heads to nigeria and ghana for first performance in africa
Cardi B recently excited the hip-hop lovers of Africa when she confirmed her journey to the continent’s west coast on Thursday. The Grammy award-winning rapper shared a video where she is seen on a..
WorldNews - Published

Nigerian activist Sowore released on bail: Sahara Reporters

A Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate whose continued detention prompted protests by rights groups was released on bail late on Thursday, the news organization that he founded said on..
Reuters - Published

Twitter CEO Thinks Africa Is Bitcoin’s Next Frontier

twitter ceo thinks africa is bitcoin’s next frontier
Advertisment Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Square and Twitter, believes that Africa will “define” the future of cryptocurrencies after his visit to 3 African countries. Dorsey has been on an African tour..
WorldNews - Published

Pirates kidnap 19 crew members from Greek tanker off Nigeria

Pirates have kidnapped 19 crew members from a crude oil tanker off Nigeria, an official with the ship's operator said on Thursday, in another sign of worsening piracy in the region.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •France 24

18 Indians kidnapped by pirates off Nigerian coast; Indian mission in talks with Nigerian govt: sources

Further information in this matter is awaited.
DNA - Published

UK patient diagnosed with monkeypox

It is believed the patient contracted the infection while visiting Nigeria, Public Health England said.
BBC News - Published

Nigeria foreign reserves fall in November; Markets on standby

nigeria foreign reserves fall in november; markets on standby
The Naira may struggle to maintain stability against the Dollar after Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves decreased to $39.83 billion in November from $40.55 billion in October of 2019. Falling..
WorldNews - Published

Cambridge college to return looted Benin cockerel statue to Nigeria

A Cambridge University college said on Thursday it would return an antique statue of a cockerel to Benin City in Nigeria, more than 120 years after the work was looted by British colonial forces.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •BBC News

Boris Johnson suggested Nigerian people are obsessed with money in 'racist' resurfaced column

'This is deeply offensive and unforgivable,' says anti-racism campaigner
Independent - Published

Nigeria meets with West African neighbors on border closure

Nigeria met with its West African neighbors on Tuesday over its land border closure, with the African giant insisting on levying duties on goods transiting to its country through neighboring nations to..
Reuters - Published

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