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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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REMEMBERING PATRICE LUMUMBA

Patrice Lumumba  was a Congolese politician and independence leader who served as the first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Republic of the Congo) from June until September 1960. He played a significant role in the transformation of the Congo from a colony of Belgium into an independent republic. Ideologically an African nationalist and pan-Africanist, he led the Congolese …

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Remembering The Darfur Peace Agreement

Remembering The Darfur Peace Agreement

The 2006 Darfur Peace Agreement, also known as the Abuja Agreement, was signed on May 5, 2006 by the Sudanese government headed by Omar al-Bashir along with a faction of the SLA led by Minni Minnawi. The agreement was however rejected by two other, smaller groups, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and a rival faction of the SLA led by Abdul Wahid al Nur. The agreement included …

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20.10.20: Remembering The Lekki Massacre

20.10.20: Remembering The Lekki Massacre

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 …

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THE EXODUS OF ETHIOPIAN JEWS: Operation Moses

THE EXODUS OF ETHIOPIAN JEWS: Operation Moses

Operation Moses was a covert operation to evacuate Ethiopian Jews (Falashas) from Sudan during a 1984 Civil War that caused severe famine. The Israelis initially called the operation Gur Aryeh Yehuda (“Cub of the Lion of Judah”) before the United Jewish Appeal changed the name. HISTORY OF OPERATION MOSES The operation, named after the biblical figure Moses, was a cooperative effort between …

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IDI AMIN: A Legacy Of Brutality

IDI AMIN: A Legacy Of Brutality

Idi Amin Dada was a Ugandan military officer who served as the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. He is commonly known as the “Butcher of Uganda” as he is considered one of the most brutal despots in world history. Idi Amin was born in Koboko to a Kakwa father and Lugbara mother. He joined the British Colonial Army (under the King’s Army Rifles) …

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