BBC interview with a sacked Nigerian soldier. He claimed that he and his colleagues had only 20 rounds of ammunition each, and faced Boko Haram fighters armed with anti-aircraft guns, and machine guns mounted on Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks with generators so they can keep firing. He says he feels embarrassed, cheated, and humiliated by the imbalance of firepower between Boko Haram and Nigerian soldiers.
There are two anniversaries today: (1) the anniversary of Nigeria’s first military coup 49 years ago on January 15, 1966; and (2) the anniversary of the end of the Nigerian civil war 45 years ago on January 15, 1970.
This is an interview with one of the Ogoni members of MOSOP (Ledum Mitee) who was imprisoned with Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1995. He recounts the experiences of he and Saro-Wiwa being arrested, imprisoned, and Saro-Wiwa’s execution. Some harrowing accounts – including stories of Nigerian soldiers kidnapping Ogoni women and raping them in the cell opposite Saro-Wiwa and his imprisoned colleagues.
Some of the Chibok schoolgirls who escaped from Boko Haram captivity have (through the assistance of Christian missionaries and scholarships) been allowed to travel to America to resume their education.
Follow three pampered (borderline spoiled in one case) young British kids who are sent to Lagos in Nigeria to work as mechanics in a tough, no-nonsense garage. Watch them try to get to grips with eating local spicey food (including rice and stew, and goat intestine), being offered accommodation in a “face me I face you” and them going to a Lagos beach party.
It was a journey for these young people. My favourite is the Scottish girl who got on with things in her new environment, got to grips, and seemed far tougher than her male counterparts. I also loved the scene where she is inspired after meeting a Nigerian lady that trains young women to be mechanics.