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Extract from ‘The Journey’: Responses to the archive

This sequence of texts was written in response to various photographs of Nigeria made between 1920 and 1929 that form part of the Colonial Office photographic collection

Elnathan John: Our merciful Nigerian father

“They say people disappear, young men with dreadlocked hair, with tattoos, or even just carrying a laptop in a backpack,” writes Elnathan John in a reflective essay about Nigeria.

Educating Abuja girls to STEM the cost of hi-tech research

A recent Wo​rld Bank​ report highlighted the costs of limiting educational opportunity for girls

Saudi Arabia pledges to invest R133-billion in SA energy sector

Ramaphosa is on an aggressive plan to woo investors to deal with high unemployment rates and deepening poverty

Nigeria bombing: Abuja tightens security before WEF

Ahead of the World Economic Forum in Abuja in May, the event's Nigerian hosts says a large security operation is under way following a bomb blast.

Henry Okah given guilty verdict for Abuja car bombings

Nigerian terrorist Henry Okah has been found guilty of masterminding two car bombings in Abuja in October last year, by the South Gauteng High Court.

Boko Haram may be planning Nigeria attacks, says US

The US embassy in Nigeria has warned that extremist group Boko Haram may be planning attacks against hotels or other areas in the capital Abuja.

Mamman Nur masterminded UN attack, says Nigeria

Nigerian authorities say the man behind the attack on UN headquarters in Abuja last week is the al-Qaeda-linked Boko Haram sect's Mamman Nur.

Explosion hits UN building in Nigeria

At least 18 people have been found dead after a large explosion struck a United Nations building in Nigeria's capital of Abuja.

Okah faces new bomb claims

An announcement this week linking Henry Okah to a car bomb explosion in Warri in March could deal a fresh blow to his bail application in SA.

Nigerian police name suspects in deadly blasts

Nigerian police said on Sunday car bombers had intended to "commit mass murder" and distributed photos and other details of the two suspects.

Lawyers challenge Nigerian president’s fitness to rule

Lawyers have petitioned a Nigerian court to install President Umaru Yar'Adua's deputy as acting president until the leader returns from hospital.

Nigeria wants compensation for attacks in SA

Nigeria will press for compensation from the South African government for its citizens who were victims of xenophobic attacks in the country, Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe said late on Tuesday in Abuja. The minister said that although no Nigerian has been killed in the wave of the attacks, many of them lost their properties while others had had their shops looted.

Nigeria adopts new gas policy to favour domestic users

Energy-rich Nigeria has approved a new policy requiring gas producers to direct a part of their output to the domestic market, rather than exporting it, a presidential statement said on Friday. Under the new policy regime, "all oil and gas developers in the country are to allocate a specified amount of gas from their reserves and annual production to the domestic market", it said.

Abuja’s Utopia surrounded by urban blight

Central Abuja looks like a modern capital with wide streets and a spectacular skyline. But four years after a massive urban demolition programme began, little progress has been made in resettling the roughly 800 000 people that the Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions estimates have been displaced.

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Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without justice

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre

Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

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