Nigeria

Risking Your Life to Get to School

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increasing abductions on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway

From Popula
On September 29, 2022
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Questions for My Ailing Country

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A young police officer is standing with a woman I assume to be his mother. She is praying for him loudly, at a major junction on the streets of a Lagos suburb; speaking in tongues unashamedly while passers-by stare, some in admiration, others, not so much.

From Olongo Africa
On June 27, 2022
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I took a tricycle to the hospital

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I hardly leave my house, but I had to go there; I was going abroad and needed to be double vaxxed before traveling.

From Popula
On June 2, 2022
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A Nigerian Poet’s Dangerous Amorous Episodes

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In the traditions that established earlier voices in modern Africa poetry, sociopolitical maladies have remained an arch theme. In the words of Omafune Onoge, what rocks African poetry most is the crisis of consciousness.

From Olongo Africa
On May 24, 2022
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Not A Laafin Matter: Lamidi Ọláyíwọlá Àtàndá Adéyẹmí (1938-2022)

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When news broke late on 22nd April 2022, that Ọba Ọláyíwọlá Adéyẹmí III, the Aláàfin of Ọ̀yọ́, had joined his ancestors at the ripe old age of 83, there was a sense in the entire Yorùbá speaking world that a truly regnant king had departed the realm.

From Olongo Africa
On April 25, 2022
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Africans trying to exit Ukraine battle racism

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Thousands of Africans from countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Somalia and other countries languish under the disproportionate cold of eastern Europe as they wait at transit points and the border.

From Olongo Africa
On March 2, 2022
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Family Affair

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He belongs to a generation of Nigerian men raised to be strong, silent, and hopelessly incapable of accepting complicity even in the face of clear damage. The patriarchy is alive in him indeed.

From Olongo Africa
On February 3, 2022
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“He Taught Us How To Teach by Learning” – Ọ̀ṣúndáre

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For Ayọ̀ Bámgbóṣé at 90

From Olongo Africa
On January 26, 2022
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Nigeria’s Holy Romance with Ignorance

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Our dealings are dominated by a disregard for scientific reasoning, and a preference for ostentatious, and often venal religiosity.

From Olongo Africa
On January 21, 2022
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Lagos to Lomé: Reflections on Borders

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All our lives, a series of crossings. The parts of our existence we are often not proud to claim still make up the sum total of our lives.

From Olongo Africa
On January 12, 2022
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East of Eden

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I have always found it a little too dramatic when I see movies where people run off to another city to begin a new life after a break up. A whole life in a place, ending because of one relationship. Ridiculous!

From Olongo Africa
On November 19, 2021
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PASSION FOR CHANGE: THE QUEER RIGHTS STRUGGLE IN NIGERIA

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Having criminalized queerness, the Nigerian state ruthlessly promotes homophobia. In response, LGBTQIA+ Nigerians continue to mobilize, committing to the struggle for queer rights.

From Tasteful Rude
On November 9, 2021
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Negotiating African Dish Politics

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The mobility challenge faced by African cuisines in an increasingly technological age is unacceptable. So, when recently I stumbled on a writing about a certain food app called DishAfrik, with its ambitious catalogue of curated African cuisines, with a real-life cooking feature, I was overjoyed.

From Olongo Africa
On November 3, 2021
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