Using Art to Reframe Africa’s Image


http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-25719537

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02c7t5n

Vigilantes are a “Godsend” in the Fight Against #BokoHaram


https://soundcloud.com/bbc-world-service/vigilante-operations-the-other-side-of-the-conflict-in-northeastern-nigeria?ocid=socialflow_twitter

How the June 12, 1993 Election in #Nigeria Was Annulled (by Prof Humphrey Nwosu)


Interview with former National Electoral Commission Chairman Professor Humphrey Nwosu regarding the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election in Nigeria; which was won by Moshood Abiola.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keSD3BCqsUo

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHO8KxgOtdg

Life Inside #BokoHaram Camps – #Nigeria


Interviews with survivors of Boko Haram attacks and women who escaped from Boko Haram captivity. Some harrowing accounts of kidnapped girls being forced to convert to Islam, being forcefully married off to Boko Haram insurgents, raped or being beaten or used as servants.

When one of the victims, a 15-year-old girl, complained to a Boko Haram commander that she and the other abducted girls were too young for marriage, he pointed at his 5-year-old daughter, and said: “If she got married last year, and is just waiting till puberty for its consummation, how can you at your age be too young to marry?”

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/newshour/newshour_20141027-1533a.mp3?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

http://features.hrw.org/features/HRW_2014_report/Those_Terrible_Weeks_in_Their_Camp/index.html

What Does #BokoHaram Want?


https://storify.com/forakin/knowledge-expert-contactsalkida-discusses-whatdoes?utm_source=t.co&utm_content=storify-pingback&awesm=sfy.co_dxXT&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter&utm_campaign=

Twitter interview with journalist Ahmad Salkida on Boko Haram. Salkida is an expert on Boko Haram and knew its former leader Mohammed Yusuf. This is a deep and detailed list of posts by Salkida explaining Boko Haram’s ideology and aims (Storify).

‘The Displaced’ – Nigerians Made Refugees in Their Own Country by #BokoHaram


Harrowing documentary about the legions of refugees or “IDPs” (Internally Displaced Persons) in Nigeria who have fled from their homes to get away from areas being attacked by Boko Haram.

Readers with Soldiers of Fortune: Philip Effiong (Number 24) #maxsiollun


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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 24th shout out goes to Philip Effiong who bought his copy in Nairobi, Kenya!  Philip is of course the son of the late Lt-Colonel (Biafran Major-General) Philip Effiong who was second-in-command to Ojukwu during the Nigeria/Biafra civil war.

Copies of Soldiers of Fortune can be bought from:

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

Full list of locations here: http://www.fortunesoldiers.com/where-to-buy/

 

 

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”.

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