Damien Hirst accused of copying African art at Venice Biennale

Hirst’s latest exhibition features a “golden head” reminiscent of ancient African art Exhibition curator says the Ife kingdom is referenced and the show tells a story.  (CNN) English artist Damien Hirst has been accused of cultural appropriation after his exhibition, “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable,” featured a “golden head” that appears to mirror sculpted heads created by African artists from Ile-Ife Nigeria. “For … Continue reading Damien Hirst accused of copying African art at Venice Biennale

Nigeria Chibok girls: Parents learning if daughters among those freed

Parents of the missing Chibok girls are slowly learning if their daughters are among the 82 freed by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria two days ago. The girls’ names were put on Twitter by the president’s office on Sunday. They were flown to the capital Abuja. But in Chibok, their home region in north-eastern Nigeria, not everyone has access to the social media site. It … Continue reading Nigeria Chibok girls: Parents learning if daughters among those freed

The Environmental Challenge of Developing the Niger Delta

The Niger Delta is located in the Southern part of Nigeria, a geopolitical framework mainly populated by the Ijaw ethnic nationality. Spreading over a total landmass of about 70,000 sq km, the region is inhabited by an estimated population of 20 mm Nigerians in 2000 communities. The area is also home to the Ogonis, the Ikwerres, Ekpeyes, Ogbas, Egbemas, Engennes, and the Abuas of Ahoada division as … Continue reading The Environmental Challenge of Developing the Niger Delta

US soldier killed on Somalia mission

 A US soldier has been killed in Somalia during operations against al-Shabab militants, the American military says. The death occurred on Thursday 40 miles (64km) west of the capital Mogadishu, near the town of Barii. American forces were carrying out an “advise and assist” mission alongside members of the Somali National Army, the US military said. President Trump has expanded military action against the al-Qaeda affiliate … Continue reading US soldier killed on Somalia mission

Nigerian officials jailed for selling food aid

Two Nigerian officials have been jailed for selling food aid meant for people fleeing militant attacks and food shortages in the country’s north-east. The two sold 180 bags of rice donated by an international aid agency, the court in Maiduguri, Borno State, heard. They were jailed for two years and fined 1m naira ($3,200; £2,500) each. More than two million people have been displaced in north-eastern Nigeria where … Continue reading Nigerian officials jailed for selling food aid

Google tasks FG on policies

Google, an online search tool company, on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to formulate policies to deepen internet access by Nigerians. Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, the Communication and Public Affairs Manager, Anglophone West Africa of the company, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Kola-Ogunlade said that the government always played a role in web content development and … Continue reading Google tasks FG on policies

International Workers’ Day

International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day; is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement, socialists, communists or anarchists and occurs every year on May Day (1 May). The date was chosen for International Workers’ Day by the Second International, a pan-national organization of socialist and communist political parties, to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which … Continue reading International Workers’ Day

Slums are being razed to make way for luxury properties.

Thousands of Nigerians have been rendered homeless after police stormed Otodo-Gbame, a riverbank community in the country’s commercial capital, Lagos, razing homes and chasing away residents with bullets and teargas. This comes after 4,700 people in the settlement had their homes demolished in March, and 30,000 were evicted last November, so altogether tens of thousands of people have been systematically chased off lands that they … Continue reading Slums are being razed to make way for luxury properties.

Cassava is genetically decaying

A cassava farm in Nigeria, which is the world’s largest producer of the crop. For breeders of cassava, a staple food for hundreds of millions in the tropics, producing improved varieties has been getting harder over time. A team at Cornell used genomic analysis of cassava varieties and wild relatives to make a diagnosis: Mutations have corroded the genome, producing many dysfunctional versions of genes … Continue reading Cassava is genetically decaying

Suspected Boko Haram attacks military convoy killing 5 soldiers, 40 injured

A suicide attack on a military convoy in Borno has led to the death of at least five soldiers, with another 40 injured. The suspected Boko Haram jihadist rammed an explosives-laden pick-up truck into a military convoy, security sources told AFP on Friday. The convoy was conducting “clearance operations” between Yobe and Borno states, two military officers revealed. “At about 1100 hours (1000 GMT) on … Continue reading Suspected Boko Haram attacks military convoy killing 5 soldiers, 40 injured