Readers with Their Copy of Soldiers of Fortune – Number 23 (Femi Oke) – #maxsiollun


Many of you have been posting images of yourselves with your copy of my book Soldiers of Fortune. To say thanks to you, I have been posting “shout outs” to say thanks to you for  buying and reading the book.

The 23rd shout out goes to Femi Oke. Happy reading Femi. I hope you enjoy the book.

Copies of Soldiers of Fortune can be bought from:

Online from Buyam and Cassava Republic who can deliver directly to your front door:

Dr Stella Adadevoh – #Nigeria “Heroine Doctor” Who Prevented Spread of #Ebola


Recollections from from the son (and colleagues) of Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh who managed to contain the spread of Ebola in Nigeria after Liberian national Patrick Sawyer brought the virus into Nigeria. Sawyer may have spread the Ebola virus to Dr Adadevoh and other medical staff after he resisted Dr Adadevoh’s instruction for him to be kept in hospital under observation. He apparently pulled out intravenous tubes and splashed his blood on medical staff at the hospital.

 

“She was fine all along and then suddenly it became apparent. We were seeing little signs and so of course there was panic and confusion,” says the 26-year-old.

These were the early days of the Ebola outbreak and Nigeria was not ready. Dr Adadevoh had already gone to inspect Lagos’s rudimentary Ebola treatment centre, and had described it as “uninhabitable”, Mr Cardoso says.

‘Kidnapping charge’

“So, when she had to go in she was, of course, very worried,” recalls Mr Cardoso who followed behind the ambulance in his car.

Dr Adadevoh had earlier already won a different battle – to isolate Mr Sawyer. He had not taken kindly to being told he could not leave.

“Immediately, he was very aggressive. He was more intent on leaving the hospital than anything else,” says Dr Benjamin Ohiaeri, the director of First Consultant Hospital.

“He was screaming. He pulled his intravenous [tubes] and spilled the blood everywhere.”

It has been suggested that Mr Sawyer, who had already lost a sister to Ebola, was not interested in medical assistance as he had set his mind on visiting one of Nigeria’s popular Pentecostal churches in search of a cure from one of the so-called miracle pastors.

During those early days caring for Mr Sawyer whilst awaiting the result of the blood test, Dr Adadevo came under intense pressure to let him leave – a move that could have had catastrophic consequences.

“The Liberian ambassador started calling Dr Adadevo, putting pressure on her and the institution. He felt we were kidnapping the gentleman and said it was a denial of his fundamental rights and we could face further actions,” says Dr Ohiaeri, adding that the hospital trusted Dr Adadevo’s judgment.

School children washing their hands, Lagos, Nigeria - Wednesday 8 October 2014Health workers stress the importance of basic hygiene to prevent the virus from spreading
Volunteers bury the body of an Ebola victim in Sierra LeoneStrict precautions must be observed when burying those who have died of Ebola

“The only way we could be sure and live up to our responsibility to our people, the state and nation – this is all about patriotism at the end of the day – was to keep him here.”

Mr Sawyer died in the hospital from Ebola. Dr Adadevoh and eleven of her colleagues caught the virus.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29696011

#Nigeria Agrees with #BokoHaram: #Chibok Girls to be Release – #Bringbackourgirls


 

Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh has announced that Nigeria has agreed a ceasefire with Boko Haram and that Boko Haram will release over 200 schoolgirls it kidnapped over 6 months ago.

Badeh said:

“A ceasefire agreement has been concluded between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (Boko Haram).”

“I have accordingly directed the service chiefs to ensure immediate compliance with this development in the field.”

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/nigeria/11169959/Nigerias-missing-schoolgirls-to-be-released-after-ceasefire-deal.html

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29665165

 

Separately, Hassan Tukur, a presidential aid, told AFP an agreement to release the schoolgirls and end hostilities had been reached following two meetings with the militants.

The negotiations took place in neighbouring Chad, mediated by that country’s President Idriss Deby, he said. “Boko Haram issued the ceasefire as a result of the discussions we have been having with them,” said Mr Tukur. “They have agreed to release the Chibok girls”.

The Reasons for The Amazing Success of Black Athletes


http://www.tflinks.com/articles/other/a013.html?1

Fascinating articles explaining the success of black (especially those of west African descent) athletes that is totally disproportionate to their percentage of the world population. The article attempts to explain some of the following anomalies:

  • All of the thirty-two finalists in the last four Olympic men’s 100-meter races are of West African descent.
  • Blacks of exclusively West African ancestry make up 13 percent of the North American and Caribbean population but 40 percent of Major League baseball players, 70 percent of the NFL, and 85 percent of professional basketball players.
  • Blacks who trace their ancestry to West Africa, including African Americans, hold more than 95 percent of the top times in sprinting;
  • Athletes from one country, Kenya, make up more than one-third of top times in middle and long distance races; including top performances by other East Africans (most from Ethiopia), that domination swells to almost 50 percent.
  • Remember the last time a non-black set the men’s world record in the 100-meter sprint? One has to go back to 1960, when German Armin Hary won the Olympic gold medal in 10.2 seconds. The best time by a white 100-meter runner is 10 seconds, which ranks well below two hundred on the all-time list.
  • Whites dominate strength based sports such as weightlifting, shot-put and hammer (whites hold 46 of the top 50 throws).

A Bibiliography of Resources on #BokoHaram


http://progressivegeographies.com/resources/boko-haram-an-annotated-bibliography/?utm_content=bufferd0bb0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

#Nigerian Woman Who Gave Birth at Age 59


https://twitter.com/BBCAfrica/status/511869820812681216/photo/1

https://audioboo.fm/boos/2482659-oldest-nigerian-woman-to-give-birth-at-59

 

Emir Sanusi: Northern #Nigeria Needs Economic “Marshall Plan”


Interview with the new Emir of Kano Muhammed Sanusi II (AKA Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) about the Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria.

Key points made by Sanusi:

  • Islam “preaches education for all adherents”.
  • Marrying young Muslim girls off at a young age is actually a cultural (not Islamic) practice “that is not consistent with the teachings of the (Muslim) religion)”.
  • Poverty level in northern Nigeria provides a fertile breeding ground for militancy. Says the same thing happened in the Niger Delta.
  • Boko Haram insurgency must be tackled via an economic “Marshall Plan” for northern Nigeria.
  • Says insurgency calmed down in Kano because of investment in infrastructure there.
  • “As long as people as gainfully employed they are not likely to jump into the bandwagon of insurgency”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29221283

How #BokoHaram will Affect 2015 #Nigeria Election


Good article in Africa Confidential about how the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria will affect next year’s presidential election.

One surprise from the infographic map above is that although Adamawa State is under a state of emergency even though the number of deadly attacks in that State are about 25% of the number of attacks in Kano State (which is not under a state of emergency). Also Bauchi state has had 600% more attacks than Adamawa State, and it too is not under a state of emergency.

http://www.africa-confidential.com/article/id/5762/How_terror_twists_the_vote
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The Nigerian Army’s War with #BokoHaram (PBS Frontline)


http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hunting-boko-haram/

This is a PBS documentary (also shown on Channel 4 in the UK) about the Nigerian army’s battle with Boko Haram. It contains very harrowing footage of suspects being allegedly killed by the army and their civilian allies the Civilian Joint Task Force.

Civilians are being caught in the crossfire of the war between Boko Haram and the army. After Boko Haram attacks, the army sweeps in and arrests suspects. Locals claim that innocent people are often arrested, beaten, and killed after Boko Haram fighters have left the scene:

Nigerian government’s response to allegations of abuse by the army and CJTF:

“#BokoHaram is the 2nd Most Lethal Terror Group in the World”


https://soundcloud.com/bbc-world-service/newsday-how-similar-are-boko-haram-islamic-state-militants?ocid=socialflow_twitter

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