(CNN) — A group of tech-savvy entrepreneurs are setting out to rock Nigeria’s vibrant music scene by cashing in on the country’s booming mobile phone…
Nigerian para-soccers hold a game outside Lagos, Nigeria (AP Photo/File) COMMENTARY by Misbahu Lawan Didi NIGERIA (CNN) — As a polio survivor, World Polio Day (Oct. 24) is more than a date on the calendar — it’s a reminder that we can and must end this crippling disease. I grew up in the Kano state of Nigeria and contracted polio at age 3. This disease often causes paralysis and left me mostly paralyzed and unable to walk. My brothers had to help me move when we traveled long distances; even traveling to and from school was difficult. Living with polio was not easy when I was younger, but I have found ways to cope and lead an active life. And that has given me a lot of strength. For example, I was very interested in soccer when I was young, and I later went on to found para-soccer, a nationally-recognized soccer-style game for people with disabilities in Nigeria. While polio has not stopped me, I am determined to stop polio.
by Jenny Soffel LONDON (CNN) — One of the most eagerly awaited films to come out of Africa in recent years, starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, is hitting the big screen. “Half of a Yellow Sun” recently premiered at Toronto’s International Film Festival. The British-Nigerian production is about the Nigerian civil war — the Biafran war — that tore up the country between 1967 and 1970, and is an adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestselling novel of the same name. “It is essentially a love story set in the war,” the film’s Nigerian-born director Biyi Bandele told CNN.
This file image made available from Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2012, taken from video posted by Boko Haram sympathizers shows the leader of the radical Islamist sect Imam Abubakar Shekau. Shaking a finger while cradling an assault rifle, the bearded leader of Nigeria’s extremist Islamic sect Abubakar Shekau threaten in a video on Saturday July 13, 2013 to burn down more schools and kill teachers. But he denies his fighters are killing children. (AP Photo, FIle ) by Michelle FaulAssociated Press Writer LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Shaking a finger while cradling an assault rifle, the bearded leader of Nigeria’s extremist Islamic sect threatens to burn down more schools and kill teachers. But he denies his fighters are killing children.
In this photo taken on June 28, Mo Abudu, chief executive officer of EbonyLife TV, speaks to Associated Press during an interview in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) by Michelle Faul LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A woman who could be considered Africa’s Oprah Winfrey is launching an entertainment network that will be beamed into nearly every country on the continent with programs showcasing its burgeoning middle class.
by Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. (NNPA)–When President Obama and the first lady travel to Africa at the end of this month, they will receive a rapturous greeting. The president’s deep roots in Kenya, the land of his father, resonate throughout the continent. His success in the United States evokes pride and joy in Africa. I write this from Nigeria, a country that has just celebrated its 14th year of democracy. President Obama’s election enabled Africans to see America in a new light. I hope his visit will enable Americans to see Africa with new eyes.