10 Dog Breeds You Probably Thought Were From America

10 Dog Breeds You Probably Thought Were From America

So many African dog breeds have been mistaken to originate from other parts of the world especially America. The importation of dogs into the continent has been a lucrative business for dog lovers for quite some time now. However, not many people know the actual origin of some of the dogs they import and sell …

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Chidimma Cynthia: The Power of Dreams Amidst Nightmares

Chidimma Cynthia: The Power of Dreams Amidst Nightmares

Chidimma Cynthia is young passionate business enthusiast. She grew up with a silver spoon and then she lost both parents. Despite her education being affected and everyday life challenges, Chidimma kept her focus believing nothing would derail her from pursuing her dreams. In an interview with us, she shared how much she draws motivation from …

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Remembering The Soweto Student Uprising Of '76

Remembering The Soweto Student Uprising Of ’76

The Soweto student uprising was a series of demonstrations and protests led by black school children in South Africa that began on the morning of 16 June 1976, over 44 years ago. Students from numerous Sowetan schools began to protest in the streets of Soweto in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local schools. An estimated number of 20,000 students took part …

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YAA ASANTEWAA: The Queen Mother Of The Ashanti War

YAA ASANTEWAA: The Queen Mother Of The Ashanti War

Yaa Asantewaa was born in 1840 in Besease by Kwaku Ampoma and Ata Po in southern Ghana, the older of two children. Her brother, Afrane Panin, became the chief of Edweso, a nearby community. After her childhood, she cultivated crops on the land around Boankra. She entered a polygamous marriage with a man from Kumasi, with whom she had a daughter. …

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The Rise Of The Giant Eagles And Where To Find Them

The Rise Of The Giant Eagles And Where To Find Them

Surrounded by houses, palm trees, a small LPG refilling station, and a community church is a 5-a-side football pitch where Mr. Gideon John coaches young boys on how to become giant eagles of Africa. A location that used to be a bush, a farmland, then a block industry is now the training ground for 14-year-olds …

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The Aba Women's Riots

NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Aba Women’s Riots

The Women’s War, or Aba Women’s Riots  was a period of unrest in colonial Nigeria over November 1929. The protests broke out when thousands of Igbo women from the Bende District, Umuahia and other places in eastern Nigeria traveled to the town of Oloko to protest against the Warrant Chiefs, whom they accused of restricting the role of women in the government. The Aba Women’s Riots …

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Sameera Moussa: Africa's Nuclear Lady

Sameera Moussa: Africa’s Nuclear Lady

In the twentieth century there were a great many scientists and physicists like Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi whose names have been immortalized. When you think of that century, you can’t help but think of Sameera Moussa, the world’s unforgettable nuclear scientist of Egypt. She was born in Egypt, Gharbia Governorate in 1917. She grew …

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BANKY AND ADESUA WELLINGTON CELEBRATE SON'S ARRIVAL

BANKY AND ADESUA WELLINGTON CELEBRATE SON’S ARRIVAL

Popular Nigerian entertainment couple; music mogul Banky Wellington and his wife, Nollywood sweetheart, Adesua, recently celebrated the newest addition to their family as they welcomed their first child, Zaiah Wellington. The union of Bankole Wellington and Adesua Etomi in 2017, was one which pretty much “broke the internet” with the #BAAD2017 hash-tag. It elicited widespread …

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THE HEADIES XPLORE 2020: AFRICA'S BIGGEST AWARD SHOW WINNERS

THE HEADIES XPLORE 2020: AFRICA’S BIGGEST AWARD SHOW WINNERS

The 14th edition of Africa‘s biggest award, Headies, held virtually last night, 21 February 2021. The event was hosted by famous HipTV’s Nancy Isime and Nigerian comedian, Bovi. While entertaining viewers watching live from home, Bovi appeared quite simple making a bold statement with his EndSARS outfit. The event was initially scheduled for December last …

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THE FUTURE AFRICA ENVISIONS WITH NEW INVENTIONS

THE FUTURE AFRICA ENVISIONS WITH NEW INVENTIONS

They say you don’t know something unless you learn about it. Viewing the second largest continent from space at night, it gives you a glimpse of light in some areas and total darkness in others. But despite political and economic challenges millennials are re-engineering and causing the continent to glow with new inventions. The innovators are not …

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A Fight For Freedom: Expressing Originality Through Hairstyles

A Fight For Freedom: Expressing Originality Through Hairstyles

Samuel Muhammed is a hairstylist, and a computer engineer who is learning how to develop software. He is currently studying Mass Communication in a private university. Samuel hopes he achieves his dreams after school working as a broadcaster, and becoming an expert in programming. In this interview, he gives his insight on negative perceptions of unorthodox …

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Makes Herstory As First Female and African Leader of WTO

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Makes Herstory As First Female and African Leader of WTO

The former two-time Nigerian finance minister and former managing director of World Bank, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is now the first woman to head World Trade Organization. Her appointment was publicised on Monday as she prepares to officially occupy the office of director-general of the World Trade Organization by March 1 to August 2025. She is …

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NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Ikeja Bomb Blast

NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Ikeja Bomb Blast

The Lagos armoury explosion, more popularly known as the “Ikeja Bomb Blast“, was the accidental detonation of a large stock of high explosives at a military storage facility in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, on 27 January 2002. The resulting fire from this explosion burnt down a large section of the Ikeja area (and further upwards) of …

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FUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI: The Beacon Of Feminism In Nigerian History

FUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI: The Beacon Of Feminism In Nigerian History

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was born in 1900 in Abeokuta, present-day Ogun State, Nigeria. She was one of the first women to attend Abeokuta Grammar School in 1914, where she would go on to teach. In 1919 she left for Wincham Hall School for Girls, Cheshire, England, to pursue her studies. By the time of her return …

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#EndSARS: Nigerian Police Arrest Protesters Reacting to the Reopening of Lekki Toll Gate

#EndSARS: Nigerian Police Arrest Protesters Reacting to the Reopening of Lekki Toll Gate

The EndSARS protesters are clearly not asleep as the sound of the Lekki Toll Gate reopening pricks their eardrums following the decision of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry. The Lagos State Government tightens security at the Lekki toll gate while discouraging any form of protest by the Nigerian youths. Despite the government warnings, protesters …

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KAYODE ALABI: The Hand Sketching African Whiz Kids for the Future.

KAYODE ALABI: The Hand Sketching African Whiz Kids for the Future.

Hammed Kayode Alabi is a recognized African social entrepreneur from Nigeria, and a former regional manager at Peace First Organization. As a regional manager for Peace First, Kayode Alabi has supported over 1300 projects in over 30 Sub-Saharan African countries impacting the lives of 60,000 young people including other beneficiaries. He is creating opportunities for …

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10 Dishes That Makes You Book The Next Flight to Africa

10 Dishes That Makes You Book The Next Flight to Africa

Africa boasts of countless finger-licking delicacies and dishes, some of which are the absolute best dishes in the world. So good are these foods, that one could be drawn by the aroma waves to return home from overseas. African dishes smell of her rich cultural heritage. Here are 10 dishes that could make you take …

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TYODUGH JOSEPH: Keeping Together Through Art & Football

TYODUGH JOSEPH: Keeping Together Through Art & Football

Interview with Tyodugh Joseph, Artist and an Aspiring Football Star who is currently scaling life’s hurdles throuh his athletic talent, and art. Tyodugh Joseph holds a bachelor degree in History. Due to the negative impact of the pandemic on job opportunities, Joseph has decided to pursue his childhood dreams of becoming a professional footballer while honing …

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NOSTALGIA: Remembering FESTAC '77

NOSTALGIA: Remembering FESTAC ’77

Festac ’77, also known as the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (the first was in Dakar, 1966), was a major international festival held in Lagos, Nigeria, from 15 January 1977 to 12 February 1977. The month-long event celebrated African culture and showcased to the world African music, fine art, literature, drama, dance and religion. About 16,000 participants, representing 56 African nations …

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MIRIAM MAKEBA: The Colorless Woman

MIRIAM MAKEBA: The Colorless Woman

One of the many great figures that fought against the apartheid system in South Africa and advocated for black consciousness, was Miriam Makeba. At a young age, Miriam Makeba discovered the power of music and was able to wield it as a weapon using her voice to pierce injustic, and becoming one of the most …

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LAYCON: BBNaija Star To Launch Own Reality Show

LAYCON: BBNaija Star To Launch Own Reality Show

Nigerian reality TV star and winner of the 5th season of Big Brother Naija, Olamilekan Agbeleshe popularly known as Laycon, is set to air his own reality TV show in partnership with digital network, Showmax, titled “I Am Laycon”. The new show, ‘I Am Laycon’, set to hit the airwaves this month, follows the main …

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CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA BANS CRYPTOCURRENCY EXCHANGE

In a memo forwarded by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to all financial institutions in the country, crypto transactions including Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and Ethereum among others have been prohibited: “Further to earlier regulatory directives on the subject, the Bank hereby wishes to remind regulated institutions that dealing in cryptocurrencies or facilitating payments for the …

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ANGELIQUE KIDJO: Africa's Premier Diva

ANGELIQUE KIDJO: Africa’s Premier Diva

Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo, born July 14, 1960, is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. In 2007, Time magazine called her “Africa’s premier diva”. ANGELIQUE KIDJO: BACKGROUND Kidjo was born into a family of performing artists. Her father was …

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SOMALIA Hotel Explosions

SOMALIA HOTEL EXPLOSIONS: Another Al Shabaab Attack

On Sunday, the 31st of January,2021, there was a suspected suicide car bomb explosion in Somalia‘s capital of Mogadishu. The explosion was followed by a shootout between militants and security forces at a hotel, causing an initially unknown number of casualties. According to reports, a vehicle loaded with explosives crashed into the entrance gate of …

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COVID 19: Investment In Vaccines To Benefit Nigerian Healthcare System.

COVID 19: Investment In Vaccines To Benefit Nigerian Healthcare System.

Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Executive Director, Faisal Shuaib has recently stated that any investment in the procurement of COVID-19 vaccine, the logistics, delivery and administration processes has the dual benefit of protection against COVID-19 infection and strengthening the country’s primary health care system. Explaining how the expected engagement of additional healthcare …

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THE HUSTLER DIARIES (PILOT): In The Beginning

THE HUSTLER DIARIES (PILOT): In The Beginning

In a suburban area of the city of Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa, in a ‘slum’ popularly known as Abule , reside two random strangers, Michael “Mike-O” Oyelade and Timiebi “Timmy Tha Creator” Edafe, connected by their unpleasant background and experiences. Having had the most humbling of beginnings, they have come to the “big city” to …

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NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Kano Bombings Of 2012

NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Kano Bombings Of 2012

January 2012 is a period that Nigerians will always remember as one of the most fearful periods in Nigeria’s recent history. On the 5th and 6th of January, notorious Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram, perpetrated the Kano Bombings of 2012. As of Saturday, January 28th, 2012, exactly nine (9) years ago today, the attacks had …

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BOBI WINE: Finally Released From 11-Day House Arrest Following Court Order.

BOBI WINE: Finally Released From 11-Day House Arrest Following Court Order.

After 11 days of being stuck under arrest within his own home, Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine, can finally breathe a sigh of relief, following a court order. The Security forces raided the home of Bobi Wine, in the heat of the just concluded Ugandan Elections, as he was deemed to be causing …

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SUNDAY IGBOHO: Rise Of The Chief Yoruba Vigilante

SUNDAY IGBOHO: Rise Of The Chief Yoruba Vigilante

Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been in the news lately following his agitation for a Yoruba nation and subsequent clash with the Fulani community in Oyo State,following the detsruction of property and farmland by the Fulani herdsmen. In light of the spate of insecurity in Oyo state, as well as generally in …

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Harry

HARRY BARNES-DABBAN: The Maven Designing Health Into The Future of African Ports

Harry Barnes-Dabban is the Founder and Executive Coordinator of Ports Environmental Network-Africa (PENAf), an organization created with the sole aim of securing the environmental health of African ports. Harry is influencing the future of African ports towards addressing existing challenges through local and international partnerships for a better future. He studied Environmental Policy and Governance …

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NOSTALGIA: 28 Years Ago Today, Fela Kuti Was Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder

NOSTALGIA: 28 Years Ago Today, Fela Kuti Was Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder

Hi there! It’s Thursday today, and you are about to be served your weekly dose of Nostalgia! Today’s feature is about a Nigerian legend in the person of Fela Kuti, who on the 21st of January, 1993 (which so happens to have been a Thursday), was arrested on suspicion of murder. Read on to catch …

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CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE: THE QUEEN OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN LITERATURE

CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE: THE QUEEN REDEFINING AFRICAN LITERATURE AND FEMINISM

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer, born in 1977 to a middle-class Igbo family in Enugu, Nigeria. Her mother became the first female registrar at the University of Nigeria, while her father was a professor of statistics there. She is the fifith of six children, and spent most of her growing up and teenage …

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DR CONGO KILLINGS: Mass Killings In The DRC Are A Cause For Concern

DR CONGO KILLINGS: Mass Killings In The DRC Leaves Dozens Dead

In recent times, the Democratic Republic of Congo, DR Congo, has been plagued with the scourge of mass killings and it is fast becoming an issue of national and international concern. In September 2020, the Allied Democratic Forces were responsible for an attack that claimed 13 lives and left many others displaced, according to reports …

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UGANDA ELECTIONS: Ugandans Clamor For A New Leader

UGANDA ELECTIONS: Ugandans Clamor For A New Leader

In what has become an international spectacle, the people of Uganda have shown their resolve to ensure actual democracy by starting the trend #WeAreRemovingADictator after rejecting the results of Sunday’s election showing the incumbent president Yoweri Museveni as winner. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has been in power for 35 years and in recent years, he …

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Ladi Kwali

LADI KWALI: Born from the Coils of Clay

Without an advanced machine to quicken the pot-making process and to impress aesthetic designs, Ladi Kwali carved and engraved her name on history-making iconic pottery marked with African culture and identity. Born in 1925 into a family who preserved the female heritage of pottery, where the girl-child is handed tools, mentored, and left with her …

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COVID-19: Zimbabwe Imposes 30 Day Lockdown

COVID-19: Zimbabwe Imposes 30 Day Lockdown

Following a spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases within the first few days of the new year, Zimbabwe has reintroduced a 12-hour curfew from 6 pm until 6 am everyday for 30 days. The new curfew was announced on Saturday by Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. In his address, he stated the reasons for the new …

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#JusticeForDonDavis: A Story Of Abuse, And A Faulty Society.

#JusticeForDonDavis: A Story Of Abuse, And A Faulty Society.

In a controversial series of events currently making waves across Nigeria, the #JusticeForDonDavis trend is at the epicenter of a story of abuse of children and a cry for an overhaul of the system entrusted with taking care of children. Recently, a video surfaced on social media in which a boy (later identified as 11 …

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WILL JAWANDO: Meet The Agbada-wearing Nigerian American Councilman

WILL JAWANDO: Meet The Agbada-wearing Nigerian American Councilman

Will Jawando, a Nigerian American who was elected into the Montgomery County Council in the United States, repped his roots as he rocked an Agbada outfit to his inauguration. Initially reading this caption, you’d probably find it weird that any American councilman would wear an Agbada to a political inauguration ceremony (because it’s really not …

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BRIDGET BEMA: One African Child Making A Brand Out Of Mischief

BRIDGET BEMA: One African Child Making A Brand Out Of Mischief

Here in Africa, we have had an elite share of our own comical characters in movies, TV and other media: We’ve had South Africa’s Leon Schuster, Nigeria’s notorious pair “Aki and Pawpaw”, but these days, Bridget Bema is the new face of mischief in Africa. Bridget Bema is a 9 year old schoolgirl from Nairobi, …

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COVID-19: How Africa Has Been Able To Manage The Pandemic

COVID-19: How Africa Has Been Able To Manage The Pandemic

Early in the year, a global phenomenon known as the Coronavirus, also known as “COVID-19” began to make the rounds and before anyone could say “Jack Robinson”, everyone was on lock-down and face-masks became the “new normal”. The emergence of COVID-19 birthed a lot of conspiracy theories, rumors and was a serious cause for global …

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I see no limitations

I SEE NO LIMITATIONS: I Can Achieve Anything, With or Without A Degree

INTERVIEW WITH JACINTA UDE What motivated your movement from the East to Abuja? I came here for a job hunt in 2019. I actually come from a poor family trying to survive. We’re seven in number. In 2015, I concluded high school in Enugu, my hometown. I was troubled by the state of things and …

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LAYCON : Twitter Verification In the Bag!

LAYCON : Twitter Verification In the Bag!

Nigerian musician and reality star of the Big Brother Naija fame, Olamilekan Agbeleshe aka Laycon, finally gets Twitter verification ! The young star began to write his name in the sands of time of Nigerian entertainment upon his admission into the Big Brother Naija House for the Fifth Season of the reality show, endearing himself to …

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