Click the link below for an excellent interactive map and timeline/summaries (produced by Al-Jazeera) of Boko Haram attacks going back to 2009 when President Yar’Adua was still in power. http://webapps.aljazeera.net/aje/custom/2014/bokoharamtimeline/index.html
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 22nd shout out goes to Sakina Kabir – an “awestruck reader” in her own words! Sakina says the book “might as well be” a movie, since “so many unwritten movie scripts are contained in our history”! Quite an endorsement.
Copies of Soldiers of Fortune can be bought from:
Online from Buyam and Cassava Republic who can deliver directly to your front door:
Glendora, Awolowo Road, South-West Ikoyi
Patabah Bookstore, Shop B18, Adeniran Ogunsanya mall, Surulere
Jazzhole in Lagos, at 168 Awolowo Road, Lagos, Nigeria
Terrakulture, Plot 1379, Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island
Full list of locations here: http://www.fortunesoldiers.com/where-to-buy/
Feature on marriages between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. Such marriages are actually common and used to be uncontroversial. However politics and wider controversies in society have suddenly put such marriages on edge.
The above is a podcast interview about Boko Haram’s use of female suicide bombers. Boko Haram has carried out nearly a dozen suicide bombings since 2009, but its use of women as suicide bombers is a new tactic.
Contrary to popular perception, Boko Haram’s cadre includes educated people with degrees in sciences such as chemistry.
Meanwhile nearly 1,000 who fled Boko Haram in Nigeria have arrived in the uninhabited Chadian island of Choua (see images of the refugees above):
Nice features by the BBC on African/Nigerian food being cooked and served by locals in Salvador, Brazil. Amazing how much African influence there is in Brazil (including worship of Yoruba gods).
Brazil is actually home to the world’s second largest black population and some of the black population still maintain strong roots with their African heritage.
Audio interview with journalist Alex Perry who was researched and written about Boko Haram for a long time. Perry alleges that there is no coherent plan to Boko Haram’s attacks, and that it is just violence for the sake of it.
Perry saw a gruesome video of Boko Haram members beheading a hostage and gives his analysis of the groups’s actions.
Interesting articles on how Emmanuel Ifeajuna (the first black African to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in high jumping) has been erased from Nigeria’s history due to his involvement in the January 15, 1966 coup and civil war in Nigeria.