Nigerians wake up to compulsory wearing of facemasks in Lagos | AFP

Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos is slowly waking up to the new measures put in place by the government to battle the spread of the coronavirus, including a ban on ‘non-essential travel’ between regions and the compulsory wearing of facemasks. Nigeria will start easing a coronavirus lockdown covering its largest city Lagos and capital Abuja from May 4, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday. IMAGES from the streets of Lagos, Nigeria

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Nigerians turn to traditional brew as economy staggers | AFP

High intake of local brewed beer ‘Burukutu’ in North Central Nigeria is increasingly on the rise and this is a source of worry to the big producers of the conventional beers in Nigeria. In Benue, the looming economic crisis due to delayed payment of worker salaries and high rate of unemployment has forced many to abandon conventional beer for the local brewed, burukutu. They believe it is economically cheap compared to the conventional but expensive beer. In local Burukutu joint in Makurdi, Benue state capital, a litre of Burukutu is being sold for as low as one hundred naira compared to the conventional beer of that volume which cost almost triple the price.

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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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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Lesotho where a plan to make it legal to grow medical marijuana has pushed out small scale farmers and led to drug smuggling. Then we move to Nigeria, where more than 14,000 young Nigerians who went looking for a better life abroad have been repatriated since 2017 and have struggled to reintegrate upon their return.

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

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Johannesburg where orphanages are overwhelmed by the number of babies abandoned each year. Many are simply left in the streets, but a few arrive on the doorstep of the Door of Hope. Then we meet Joy – one of over 14,000 Nigerians who fled for a life in Europe but has since returned to her home country…this time with a baby – the result of being raped during her time away.

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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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Boko Haram: 10 years of conflict and still no respite for the displaced Nigerians | AFP

In Nigeria, attacks by the militant Islamist movement Boko Haram have forced millions to flee their homes. The continuous stream of displaced people fill the camps and the slums of Maiduguri – an unstable situation that has already dragged on for a decade.

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Boko Haram: 10 years of conflict and still no respite for the displaced Nigerians | AFP

In Nigeria, attacks by the militant Islamist movement Boko Haram have forced millions to flee their homes. The continuous stream of displaced people fill the camps and the slums of Maiduguri – an unstable situation that has already dragged on for a decade. A VOICED AFPTV REPORT.

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Nigerians disagree over legacy of a 19th century Fulani Muslim ruler | AFP

In Sokoto, an old city in northern Nigeria, Usmane Dan Fodio’s tomb attracts pilgrims from all over West Africa. For many Muslims, this scholarly and reformist Fulani is considered a saint. In 1808, he established the Caliphate of Sokoto, an Islamic state that extended from Burkina Faso to Cameroon.

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Nigeria election: vote collation process ongoing

The official collation of votes starts at the International Conference Centre in Abuja. This comes after Nigerians across the country cast their ballots to elect their next President. A total of 72.7 million people with voter identity cards were eligible to cast their ballot in Saturday’s polls.

Nigerians start arriving at polling stations on election day

Nigerians in Yola arrive at polling stations early on election day. They are turning out to vote for a new president after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. The two frontrunners are incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, 76, and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, 72. IMAGES of Nigerians arriving at a polling station

Nigeria: preparations ongoing in Lagos ahead of poll opening

In Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria, preparation at a polling station is ongoing before people are allowed to cast their vote. Nigerians are turning out to vote for a new president after a week-long delay. The two frontrunners are incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, 76, and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, 72.

Nigerians react to one week delay to elections

Voters in Lagos, economic capital of Nigeria, react to the postponement of the presidential elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the one week delay just hours before polls were due to open.

Nigerians arrive at polling stations to find them closed

Nigerians are waking up to the news that the elections, which were due to happen today, have been postponed by a week. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the one week delay just hours before polls were due to open.

Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram face uncertain future

Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram violence continue to flee to IDP camps in the country’s northeast. Unsure whether they will be able to return home as the jihadists continue to launch devastating attacks against military and civilian targets, the displaced start new activities, such as sewing, to get by.

Olympics: Nigerians meet their Olympic bobsled team

Nigerians meet their Winter Olympic bobsled team for the first time just one week before the start of the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, giving them a rousing send-off. Thirty years after a Jamaican squad became a global sensation, the trio of Nigerian women Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga will become the first African bobsleigh team in Winter Olympic history.