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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In Nigeria, ‘Nomadic schools’ educate the Fulani youth | AFP

In the Kachia reserve in central Nigeria, a school for Fulani nomads welcomes more than 800 students. Designed by the Nigerian government in the 1980s, these schools offer access to education for the children of herders.

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Nigerian President Buhari sworn in for second term | AFP

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in for a second term in office. IMAGES of President Muhammadu Buhari during the ceremony

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Tiwa Savage ‘humbled’ over global music deal

Nigerian singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage says there’s a “revolution going on” in African music and she is “very humbled and excited” to take her music to a worldwide audience. (May 3)

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The most northerly African in the world

Mark Babatunde is a Nigerian who settled down in the coldest place in Russia. He works as a Chinese and English language teacher at a school in Yakutia, Siberia.

Right now he plans to make a series of videos on YouTube to explain how to live (or survive?) in Yakutia — one of the coldest places on the planet.

Would you dare?

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Nigeria: Buhari says election was “free and fair”

Addressing the Nigerian electoral commission, newly re-elected President Muhammadu Buhari declares that the election was “both free and fair.” With ballots counted in all of Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Buhari triumphed with some 15.2 million votes over his nearest rival Atiku Abubakar, who trailed by nearly four million votes.

Nigeria: incumbent President Buhari casts his vote in Daura

Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari votes in Daura in the Nigerian general elections. Running for a second term, he will be neck and neck with Atiku Abubakar, a former vice-president and candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Boko Haram displaced forgotten amid Nigerian election fever

Residents of the Malkohi formal and informal settlement outside Yola, in Nigeria’s north east, feel forgotten as the country gets ready for its election. Many have lived in these camps for more than five years after they were forced to flee their homes in Gwoza during the Boko Haram insurgency. The jihadist group has killed an estimated 27,000 people and displaced 1.8 million others over the past decade despite efforts by the Nigerian government to eradicate them.

Cameroon: 187 ex-Boko Haram fighters surrender arms

Some 187 Cameroonian former members of the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram voluntarily return to their country from Nigeria. They were taken to the base of the Multinational Joint Task Force, set up by Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Nigeria: Abubakar concludes final rally ahead of election

Nigerian opposition leader Atiku Abubakar concludes his presidential campaign in his home state two days before the elections. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader said he was not there to campaign on the day because he has already been chosen by the people.