Protests against police brutality continue in Lagos | AFP

Nigerian protesters take to the streets once again, blocking a main road in Lagos and demanding that officials follow through on an announcement that a feared police unit is to be scrapped. The decision to dissolve the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which has been accused of unlawful arrests, torture and extra-judicial killings, followed widespread protests that saw police use tear gas and water cannon.

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SAfrica: xenophobic protest outside the Nigerian embassy in Pretoria | AFP

Protesters gather outside the Nigerian embassy in Pretoria as part of a campaign to oust foreigners from South Africa. Foreign workers are often victims of anti-immigrant sentiment in South Africa, the continent’s most industrialised economy, where they compete against locals for jobs, particularly in low-skilled sectors.

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Nigerian delegation arrives for west African bloc talks with Mali junta | AFP

The Nigerian delegation arrives in Accra to attend talks between members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Mali’s ruling junta, in power since the mid-August coup.

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ECOWAS delegation meets with Mali Constitutional Court judges | AFP

The ECOWAS delegation led by former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan meets with judges of the Malian Constitutional Court in Bamako. Last week’s coup — Mali’s second in eight years — followed months of protests calling for Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign as public discontent with the government grew over the collapsing economy and a brutal Islamist insurgency.

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Ballet boy brings hope to poor community

A talented 11-year-old Nigerian boy who has won a ballet scholarship in the U.S. after a cellphone video of him dancing in the rain went viral, has spoken of his surprise and happiness at the turn of events. (Aug. 21)

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Islamic State allies take hundreds hostage in Nigerian town | AFP

The Nigerian army says it has “full control” of a northeastern town where sources say hundreds of people have been taken hostage by jihadists. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters stormed the town Kukawa on Tuesday and seized hundreds of residents who had only just returned after fleeing their homes for nearly two years, according to locals and militia sources.

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West African bloc Ecowas delegation led by former Nigerian president lands in Mali | AFP

Envoys from Mali’s neighbours led by former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan arrive in Bamako in a bid to mediate in an escalating political crisis ahead of new high-risk protests. IMAGES

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Nigerian dancer brings ballet to the poor in Lagos | AFP

Every week self-taught Nigerian dancer Daniel Ajala welcomes in his improvised dance studio dozens of children from a poor district of Lagos to teach them ballet. The academy — which Ajala funds out of his own pocket — has 12 pupils aged between six and 15.

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Nigeria’s displaced camps set up hygiene stations | AFP

Around the Nigerian capital of Maiduguri, hundreds of thousands of displaced people are crammed into government-controlled camps or huddled in makeshift shelters at unofficial locations. A few hygiene facilities have been put in place at camps’ entrances.

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Nigeria confirms coronavirus case, first in sub-Saharan Africa | AFP

Nigerian Health Minister Osagie Ehanire says the first case of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Lagos, during a press conference in Abuja.

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Paris cheers Naomi Campbell and Nigeria’s rising fashion star | AFP

Nigerian fashion designer Kenneth Ize makes a storming Paris fashion week debut with his “fairy godmother”, supermodel Naomi Campbell, closing the show.

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Gold miners face dangerous life in Nigeria’s ‘bandit’ country | AFP

Last April the Nigerian government attempted to introduce a ban on mining in the northwest of the county in a bid to curb conflict over natural resources. But in the state of Zamfara, where gold mining is one of the only viable livelihoods for the locals, many mines continue to operate, despite the lack of safety measures, the risk of lead poisoning and the constant threat of armed groups. N°1NQ07WN°1OJ9CG

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Radio show helps ordinary Nigerians take on officials | AFP

Ahmad Isah’s Brekete Family Show offers an opportunity for Nigerian citizens to settle disputes and hold officials to account. Crowds gather every morning in front the radio show’s studio in Abuja hoping to share their problems, in a country where rampant graft and abuses of the justice system often frustrate citizens.

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‘Horror houses’ shed light on care crisis for Nigerian addicts | AFP

Substance abuse in Africa’s most populous country has been described as an “epidemic” by the United Nations but there is almost no proper treatment available for those trying to recover. The grim problem has come to light after a string of raids on so-called rehabilitation centres where hundreds of inmates, mainly men and boys, have been found chained and abused in atrocious conditions. N°1MD1THN°1MG7HF

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Nigerian police rescue hundreds from another ‘torture house’ Koranic school | AFP

Police in northern Nigeria rescue over 300 young men from an Islamic boarding school where they were chained and sexually abused, the second such operation in a month. The raid comes after some students escaped the school on Sunday and revealed the barbaric conditions they were living in

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Over 300 abused students freed from Nigerian ‘Islamic school’ | AFP

In Kaduna, Nigeria, a police commissioner says that children freed from a purported ‘Islamic school’ had been ‘dehumanised’. Police say more than 300 male students were rescued, many of whom had been tortured and sexually abused.

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Folake Olowofoyeku loves life in the television comedy lane

On the new CBS sitcom “Bob Hearts Abishola,” Folake Olowofoyeku, a Nigerian immigrant woman of the Yoruba tribe, plays a version of herself. She talks about the role and why she resisted changing her name for showbiz. (Sept. 19)

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Nigerian migrants struggle to reintegrate after Libya ordeal | AFP

Since 2017, more than 14,000 young Nigerians have returned from Libya under a United Nations voluntary repatriation programme. Many spend months, even years stranded in Libya, sold as slaves by their smugglers. But once back home in Nigeria, life is even more difficult than before: saddled with debt, struggling to find work, broken by their treatment at the hands of the traffickers and by their failed dreams.

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Air rescue: Pregnant woman transported to safety by helicopter

A Nigerian 9-month-pregnant woman is transported to safety by a Maltese Armed Forces helicopter from aboard the Ocean Viking in Mediterranean Sea. The humanitarian rescue ship has appealed to Italian and Maltese authorities for a safe place to disembark the remaining 83 migrants on board.

Lagos chess project offers Nigerian slum children new move | AFP

Seasoned chess player Tunde Onakoya started the ‘Chess in Slums’ project last September in a rundown neighbourhood of Lagos. The goal of the club is to provide a space to play and learn the game for the young inhabitants of the slum, many of whom are not in school and work to support their families. Some of the most impressive players may even have the chance to win sponsorship to get back into education.

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Demonstrators clash with police near South African businesses in Nigeria | AFP

More than a hundred demonstrators clash with police near a South African-owned supermarket in the Nigerian capital as resentment simmers over attacks on foreign-owned shops in South Africa.

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Nigerian women struggle to raise children born of Libya rape | AFP

Joy is one of the over 14,000 Nigerians who have flown back on chartered planes from Libya under a scheme run by the International Organization for Migration since 2017. Around a third of these are women. In some cases, they travel back home with children born as the result of rape during their time trying to reach Europe.

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we meet the Nigerian entrepreneur who is also King of the Fulani people, and we take a look at the country’s music scene and the pop star who’s challenging conventions. Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features

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