Here come the harmattan winds of West Africa

Here come the harmattan winds of West Africa

They’re starting to feel the dry, dusty Saharan winds known as harmattan in West Africa, where Nigerians and neighboring Togolese say the season is in the air. The annual weather pattern is common from December to March, with blowing desert dust across Ghana or Côte d’Ivoire to the south, or…

HRW calls out both Nigeria and U.S. over Trump remarks

HRW calls out both Nigeria and U.S. over Trump remarks

Campaigners with Human Rights Watch in both Africa and the United States expressed concern late Friday over the Nigerian army’s use of President Donald Trump’s remarks, specifically about responding with lethal force to any migrants throwing rocks at U.S. troops staged on its southern border. Trump’s remarks Thursday, which he…

U.S. diplomat for Africa begins 4-nation tour

United States diplomat Tibor Nagy is visiting Africa this week, with stops planned for Togo, Guinea, Mali and Nigeria. Nagy, the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, made stops in Europe before heading to  Lomé for meetings with government officials and a conference of U.S. diplomats. He is…

Nigeria confirms Boko Haram killed ICRC aid worker

Nigerian officials confirmed the death of an aid worker held by Boko Haram on Monday, a day after the extremists aligned with Islamic State threatened to kill her within 24 hours. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, condemned the death of Hauwa Mohammed Liman, above, and extended Nigeria’s…

ICRC makes appeal as Boko Haram threatens hostage

A desperate appeal came Sunday from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), after they were notified that two health workers abducted by Islamic State-affiliated Boko Haram in Nigeria faced a 24-hour deadline on their execution. Hauwa Mohammed Liman, above, and Alice Loksha were taken on March 1 from the…

Okpokwasili named MacArthur grant recipient

Okwui Okpokwasili, a choreographer and dancer of Nigerian descent, has been named a 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of what are commonly called the MacArthur “genius grants.” She’ll receive USD$625,000 across the next five years, as well as the visibility that comes with the prestigious award.  Okpokwasili, raised…

Nigeria, South Africa send condolences over Indonesia quake-tsunami

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria joined world leaders on Saturday in extending their condolences to President Joko Widodo and the Indonesian people following the earthquake and tsunami disaster that struck the nation Friday night. The death toll reached 420 on Saturday, as officials and aid workers continued rescue efforts on…

Nigeria sets up 5 regional flood response centers

Nigeria has activated five emergency command centers to better coordinate the response to deadly flooding, which has claimed more than 100 lives along the Niger and Benue rivers in the country’s southeast. The flooding has left some 600,000 people displaced, according to the European Union humanitarian aid office for emergency…

Nigerian migrant Obada’s unusual path takes him to NFL

Efe Obada’s dream to play in the National Football League in the United States came true on Saturday. He made the cut for the Carolina Panthers after spending last season on the practice team through the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program, an initiative that launched in 2017. Now the Nigerian-born…

Merkel heads to Senegal, May moves on to Nigeria and Kenya

All eyes have been on British Prime Minister Theresa May during her visit to Johannesburg, where she signed a joint statement on trade with South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini – but on Wednesday, it’s German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s turn to visit the continent. Merkel begins a three-nation tour…

Nigeria protesters, NGOs join call to free Premium Times reporter

Protesters in Nigeria have joined activists and journalism advocates in demanding the release of Samuel Ogundipe, who was arrested Tuesday after filing a report on last week’s statehouse standoff in Abuja. The Premium Times reporter has been charged with criminal trespass, theft, and possession of an internal and classified inspector’s…

Osinbajo touts tech at Google for Nigeria

African youth and the continent’s future will shape the planet in coming decades, and technology is the key to unlock that potential, said Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during the Google for Nigeria event in Lagos. “In Nigeria, we cannot train our nearly 200 million young people by 2045, in…