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The Lekki Massacre: 1 Year After 20-10-20

The Lekki Massacre: 1 Year After 20-10-20

The Lekki Massacre, also known as the Lekki Toll Gate Killings, was a horrific event which took place on the night of 20 October 2020, at about 6:50 pm, when members of the Nigerian Army opened fire on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State, Nigeria. According to human rights organization Amnesty International, at least 12 protesters were killed during the …

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NOSTALGIA: Remembering Chief Obafemi Awolowo

NOSTALGIA: Remembering Chief Obafemi Awolowo

Chief Obafemi Awolowo was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria’s independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Civil War. The son of a Yoruba farmer, he was one of the truly self-made men among his contemporaries in Nigeria. OBAFEMI AWOLOWO: BRIEF BACKGROUND: As a young man he was …

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NOSTALGIA: Remembering Anthony Enahoro

NOSTALGIA: Remembering Anthony Enahoro

Anthony Enahoro was one of Nigeria‘s foremost anti-colonial and pro-democracy activists. He was born the eldest of ten children in Uromi in the present Edo State of Nigeria. In 1953, he became the first to move the motion for Nigeria’s independence which was eventually granted in 1960 after several political setbacks and defeats in parliament. Anthony Enahoro has been regarded by academics and many …

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NOSTALGIA: Remembering Chinua Achebe

NOSTALGIA: Remembering Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, and critic who is regarded as the most dominant figure in modern African literature. His first novel and magnum opus, Things Fall Apart (1958), occupies a pivotal place in African literature and remains the most widely studied, translated and read African novel. Along with Things Fall Apart, his No Longer at Ease (1960) and Arrow of God (1964) complete …

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NOSTALGIA: The Legend Of "King" George Weah

NOSTALGIA: The Legend Of “King” George Weah

George Weah is a Liberian former professional footballer who played for several European clubs, as well as the Liberian National football team. Often regarded as one of the world’s best football players, he played as a striker in his prolific 18-year professional career, which ended in 2003. He is the first African former professional footballer to become a …

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Remembering The Ugborodo Women’s Protests of 2002

The Ugborodo Women’s Protests took place in July, 2002, in Delta State, Nigeria. For over a week, hundreds of Nigerian women(about 700 of them) occupied the Chevron-Texaco facilities in Nigeria demanding negotiations with company managers working in the country. DEMANDS OF THE UGBORODO WOMEN’S PROTESTS They demanded that the multinational company Chevron, pumping out the …

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REMEMBERING KOFI ANNAN: Africa's Greatest Diplomat

REMEMBERING KOFI ANNAN: Africa’s Greatest Diplomat

Kofi Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the United Nations  were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela. Kofi Annan studied economics at Macalester …

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Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa

Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa

Ken Saro-Wiwa  was a Nigerian writer, television producer, and environmental activist. Ken Saro-Wiwa was a member of the Ogoni people, an ethnic minority in Nigeria whose homeland, Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta has been targeted for crude oil extraction since the 1950s suffering extreme environmental damage as a result. Ken Saro-Wiwa led a non violent protest against the environmental degradation of the land and waters of Ogoniland by the operations …

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Remembering The 2012 Nigeria Floods

Remembering The 2012 Nigeria Floods

The 2012 Nigeria floods began in early July 2012, and as of 5 November 2012 killed 363 people and displaced over 2.1 million people . According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 30 of Nigeria’s 36 states were affected by the floods. The floods were termed as the worst in 40 years, and affected an estimated total of seven million people. The estimated damages …

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