Thursday, April 17, 2014

Video - Chimamanda Adichie on the theatrical release of Half of the Yellow Sun

Best selling author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Oscar nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor and film director Biyi Bandele. shares their thoughts on the film adaptation of best-selling novel Half of a Yellow Sun.

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Search continues for kidnapped school girls

Security forces in Borno State in Nigeria are searching for dozens of teenage girls abducted by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

It is thought that they were taken to a forest near the Cameroonian border.

The abductions are the latest in a series of attacks being blamed on Boko Haram. On Monday, 71 people were killed in two explosions at a bus station in the capital Abuja.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Video - Fatality count in Abuja bomb blast rises to 75

The death toll from Monday's massive explosion at a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital Abuja has now risen to 75 and is expected to grow. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast, but President Goodluck Jonathan is blaming the attack, the deadliest to have struck the capital, on Islamist militants Boko Haram.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boko Haram abduct 100 schoolgirls from boarding school in North Eastern Nigeria

Around 100 girls are thought to have been abducted in an attack on a school in north-east Nigeria, officials say.

Gunmen reportedly arrived at the school in Chibok, Borno state, late last night, and ordered the hostel's teenage residents on to lorries.

The attackers are believed to be from the Islamist group, Boko Haram, whose militants frequently target schools.

On Monday, bombings blamed on the group killed more than 70 people in the capital, Abuja.

Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is forbidden" in the local Hausa language, has been waging an armed campaign for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

A government official in Borno state told the BBC around 100 girls were thought to have been abducted from the school.

The exact number of missing students had yet to be established, as some of the girls had managed to return to their homes.

Parents had earlier told the BBC that more than 200 students had been taken from the school.

Residents in the area reported hearing explosions followed by gunfire last night, said BBC reporter Mohammed Kabir Mohammed in the capital, Abuja.

"Many girls were abducted by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy of vehicles," AFP news agency quotes Emmanuel Sam, an education official in Chibok, as saying.

Another witness, who requested anonymity, told AFP that gunmen overpowered soldiers who had been deployed to provide extra security ahead of annual exams.

A girl, who managed to escape and wished not to be named, told the BBC she and fellow students were sleeping when armed men burst into their hostel.

"Three men came into our room and told us not to panic. We later found out later that they were among the attackers," she said.

The girls said she and her schoolmates were taken away in a convoy, which had to slow down after some of the vehicles developed a fault.

Around 10 to 15 girls seized the opportunity to escape.

"We ran into the bush and waited until daybreak before we went back home," she said.

Nigerian media reported that two members of the security forces had been killed, and residents said 170 houses were burnt down during the attack.

Boko Haram emerged as a critic of Western-style education, and its militants frequently target schools and educational institutions.

This year, the group's fighters have killed more than 1,500 civilians in three states in north-east Nigeria, which are currently under emergency rule.

The government recently said that Boko Haram's activities were confined to that part of the country.

However, Monday's bombings in Abuja prompted renewed fears that the militants were extending their campaign to the capital.


Nigeria continues with plans to host World Economic Forum after terrorist attack on capital

Nigeria will continue to host the World Economic Forum in Abuja despite yesterdays bomb attack that killed 71.

Nigeria has pledged that they will put together the "largest security operation ever mounted in the country for an international summit" to protect guests - Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said in a statement sent to forum participants.

The 24th World Economic Forum on Africa will be held in Abuja, Nigeria, on 7-9 May 2014.


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