Tag: Nigeria

Nigeria’s First Oscars Submission Disqualified For Having Too Much English, Which Is the Country’s Official Language

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has some explaining to do. According to The Wrap, Nigeria’s Lionheart has been disqualified from the 92nd Academy Awards race. The film, directed by and starring Genevieve Nnaji, was vying for a spot in the Best International Feature Film category. Nnaji portrays Adaeze Obiagu, who “tries to […]

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Nigerian Women Say ‘MeToo.’ Critics Say ‘Prove It.’

LAGOS, Nigeria — It was, she said, a secret that burned so badly she could no longer keep it inside. So at age 34, Busola Dakolo, a well-known Nigerian photographer, went on television and finally spoke. She said she had been raped twice as a teenager by her former pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo, a church leader […]

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Anti-Immigrant Venom Killed Their South African Dreams

LAGOS, Nigeria — They fled mob attacks and the torching of their stores and arrived with nothing but their children and their suitcases. More than 300 Nigerians landed in Lagos on a flight from Johannesburg late Wednesday because their old lives — as immigrants living in South Africa — had become untenable. They arrived after […]

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Boko Haram Is Back. And They Now Have Better Drones.

KONDUGA, Nigeria — Ten-year-old Abdul stood on a dirt road in a village tucked between millet fields and pulled up his shirt. A fresh scar stretched lengthwise down his stomach — the result of a suicide bombing by Boko Haram in June that sent shrapnel tearing through his belly. A half dozen other boys crowded […]

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Jidenna’s 85 to Africa Is a Musical Road Trip Worth Taking

Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images) While August 23, 2019, probably won’t be revered in modern black music release history the same way that September 29, 1998, is—the day that Outkast’s Aquemini, Jay-Z’s Vol. 2, Hard Knock Life, A Tribe Called Quest’s The Love Movement, Black Star’s Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star and […]

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A Performance Artist Testing the Limits of Her Own Endurance

In the opening scene of Okwui Okpokwasili’s experimental one-woman masterpiece “Bronx Gothic” — an intoxicating blend of dance, theater and installation art — the writer, choreographer and performance artist stands, in a purple slip dress, twitching and jerking her nearly six-foot-tall frame. Her gestures fill the air with a strange hurt. She calls the movement […]

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Attack Outside Funeral in Nigeria Leaves at Least 65 Dead

An attack on villagers leaving a funeral in Nigeria over the weekend left at least 65 people dead, the local news media reported, as an official blamed the violence on the militant group Boko Haram. The official, Muhammad Bulama, said on Sunday that the attack had occurred around midday Saturday and that 10 people were […]

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Facebook Connected Her to a Tattooed Soldier in Iraq. Or So She Thought.

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — On a Monday afternoon in June 2017, Renee Holland was draped in an American flag at Philadelphia International Airport, waiting for a soldier she had befriended on Facebook. The married 56-year-old had driven two hours from Delaware to pick him up. Their blossoming online friendship had prompted her to send him […]

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Facebook Love Scams: Who’s Really Behind That Friend Request?

Episode 7: ‘Connecting the World’ Producer/Director Rolake Bamgbose A lonely Florida woman established a Facebook romance with a man she thought was an American soldier in Iraq. It wasn’t until she had sent him tens of thousands of dollars from her and husband’s life savings that she learned her buff, blue-eyed friend was a fake. […]

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‘This Is Quite Gay!’

On the quiet, promising first morning of June, I received a text message from my brother in Abuja, Nigeria. “Please, refrain from all these shameful acts,” he wrote. “Everyone is tired of you. Mummy is crying, Daddy is crying. If you don’t value relationships, we do!” My brother had written after I had posted a […]

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30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 15: Fela Kuti ‘Lady’

Photo: EMI I’d heard of Fela Kuti before I heard Fela. But when I finally made the discovery of Nigeria’s Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti aka Fela Anikulapo Kuti aka Fela, I was done for. Actually, that’s a little untrue. After being told to check out his music I went out and bought the Best of […]

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Online Classrooms Look to Improve Higher Education Across Africa, but Face Skepticism

Everywhere is a classroom for Emily Kamizi, even the buses in Lusaka, Zambia’s congested capital. It can take an hour or more to cross the city, so Ms. Kamizi puts on her headphones, turns up Taylor Swift and concentrates on her M.B.A. studies. Ms. Kamizi, 25, is a student at Unicaf University, an African institution […]

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