latest news headlines | Appeal court orders retrial of top Nigerian politician.

A panel of judges has ordered Nigeria's third highest-ranking politician to face a retrial on corruption charges linked to his time as a state governor.

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Back to square one: Nigerian migrants return from Libya.

Edo State has put up a rehabilitation and training programme for them.

- Daily Nation - KE

'Integrity Idol' Celebrates Honest Civil Servants in West Africa.

A reality TV show that celebrates honest civil servants in corruption-plagued countries has grown to reach new audiences in Mali and Liberia and aims to enlist the public's help in fighting graft, the organizers said. Integrity Idol asks the public to nominate model civil servants and then vote for their favorite by text ...

- Voice of America - US | 2 teenage girl suicide bombers kill 4 in Nigeria's north.

A Nigerian official says two teenage girl suicide bombers attacked the town of Gwoza, in the country's north, killing at least four people.

- - ZA | Four dead in blast in NE Nigeria: MSF.

Four people were killed in a blast at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders has said.

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“Let's eradicate poverty, not poor people”.

Nigerian authorities should be fighting poverty, not the urban poor

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2 teenage girl suicide bombers kill 4 in Nigeria's north.

A Nigerian official says two teenage girl suicide bombers attacked the town of Gwoza, in the country's north, killing at least four people.

- FOX News - US

Unfazed by OPEC, Libya and Nigeria seek to boost oil output.

By Ahmad Ghaddar and Libby George LONDON - Less than two weeks after OPEC's decision to extend oil production cuts, Libya and Nigeria – the only two exempt members of the group – are signalling their intent to raise output next year. While several ministers at the Nov. 30 meeting of the Organization of the ...

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Africa's SureRemit joins the tokenized race to win the global remittance market.

Nigerian based SureRemit has launched a crypto token aimed at money sent home by global immigrants. The startup , which is incorporated in Mauritius , offered pre-sales of its remittance focused tokens this week, before a January 2018 ICO. SureRemit will use blockchain partner Stellar's platform. The company is connecting ...

- TechCrunch - US

Recession Recoveries In Russia, Brazil Help Lift World Growth To Six-Year High.

World economic growth rose this year to 3 percent, the strongest rate since 2011, aided by recoveries from recession in Russia, Brazil, Argentina, and NIgeria, the United Nations has estimated.

- Radio Free Europe - US | Two dead in suicide bombing in Cameroon mosque.

Two people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in far northern Cameroon, a region that has been shaken by attacks blamed on Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists, sources have said.

- - ZA | Six Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambushes

At least six soldiers died in two separate Boko Haram ambushes in northeast Nigeria, military and civilian militia sources have said.

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Nigerian firm starts video streaming in Kenya market

Nigerian video on demand service IROKOtv has launched in Kenya as it looks to tap into the popularity of Nollywood content locally.

- BusinessDailyAfrica - KE

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 2 to December 8

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political v

- The Council on Foreign Relations - US

Nigeria's flourishing 'miracle cure' business for HIV/AIDS

LAGOS, Nigeria , Blessing wanted to believe the advert on Facebook that promised “a cure for AIDS”. Infected with the human immunodeficiency virus , she felt the ad was her only hope , so against her better judgement, she clicked on the link.

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Milling money from cassava

Cassava is a commercial crop in Brazil, Thailand, China, Nigeria, Ghana and Mozambique in a range of applications

- Daily Monitor - UG

Akufo-Addo Named Among 2017 Most Influential African Leaders

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been named as one of the three most influential African leaders of 2017. The New African Magazine annual 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017 also listed Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Guinean President Alpha Conde. Nigeria 39;s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was listed in the ...

- ModernGhana - GH

Why Wizkid will not attend international award shows

Nigerian superstar Wizkid has spoken out against international award organisers who hand out awards to African musicians backstage.

- Daily Nation - KE

Five tough lessons learnt this year about democracy in Africa

One of the main stories of the last 12 months is an upsurge of secessionist sentiments in Cameroon, Kenya and Nigeria.

- Daily Nation - KE

Separatists Attack Cameroon Police

At least 6 armed separatists and a police official have been killed and several people wounded in the southwestern Cameroon English speaking town of Mamfe during an attack on a military post. The attack occurred after a special envoy from Nigeria assured Cameroon that they want to work jointly to reduce terrorism on their ...

- Voice of America - US

Nigerian state gets happiness commissioner

LAGOS, Nigeria , It has been ranked among the happiest places in the world despite widespread unrest, political crisis and recession. Now one Nigerian state has a minister in charge of contentment.The commissioner for happiness and couples' fulfilment is the brainchild of Rochas Okorocha, governor of the south-eastern state ...

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The week's best photojournalism

Queen Elizabeth meets with the High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and his wife at Buckingham Palace. | A Santa-themed ski day in Verbiet, Switzerland. | Bobo, a British Bulldog, takes a shower at The Wagington luxury pet hotel in Singapore. | A flock of seagulls surrounds a fishing boat in Istanbul. | A ...

- The Week - US

Repatriation of African Migrants in Libyan Detention Centers Begins

The International Organization for Migration has begun the voluntary repatriation of thousands of West African migrants being held in detention centers in Libya under abusive conditions. IOM plans to repatriate a total of 15,000 African migrants by the end of the year. Most come from Nigeria, Guinea, Mali and Senegal. The ...

- Voice of America - US

FIA arrests man for ATM skimming, credit card fraud

The Federal Investigation Agency has arrested a man from Rawalpindi for fraud and recovered blank cards, a magnetic strip reader, a skimmer and other devices from his possession, FIA Director Shakeel Durrani said in a press conference on Friday.Saqibullah,a resident of Rawalpindi, was arrested for making fake credit cards ...


$11 billion gap in global humanitarian funding calls for new CERF funding mechanism

Source: UN Secretary-General Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Haiti, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Yemen UN chief urges Pledging Conference to support 'Super' Central Emergency Response ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Cameroon Anglophone crisis spills into Nigeria

More than 28,000 people had arrived from western Cameroon since October.

- Daily Nation - KE

Police detain Nigerian in drug bust at Istanbul airport

Istanbul police detained a Nigerian national who was carrying over five kilograms of cocaine at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport, according to a police statement on Dec. 8.

- Hürriyet - TR

The National Youth Service Corps: A Bridge to Nationalism in Nigeria

Ayobami Egunyomi is a Franklin Williams intern for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Fo

- The Council on Foreign Relations - US

Railway facelift

Nigeria has unveiled a major railway expansion project to ease congestion on roads. Ijeoma Ndukwe reports from Lagos.

- BBC - UK

Mannir Dan Ali: Why Nigeria needs multi-lingual soldiers

Instead of shouting to be heard, Nigerian soldiers are being told to learn more languages.

- BBC - UK

Ishaq Khalid: Can yams power a nation?

"It's our biggest hope," Nigeria says of the humble crop as the country struggles to curb its economic dependency on oil.

- BBC - UK

Winter Olympics 2018: Nigeria's women's bobsleigh team target medal

Nigeria's women's bobsleigh team are on the verge of securing a historic place at next year's Winter Olympics.

- BBC - UK

In Wake of Ebola, West Africa Must Seize Opportunity to Build Better Public Health Systems

08 December 2017 Dr Ann Marie Kimball MPH, FACPM Senior Consulting Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security Professor David R Harper CBE Senior Consulting Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security Money and international attention have flowed to the region since the outbreak. Now it must build on extensive planning to ...

- Chatham House - UK

Hundreds of West African migrants return home from Libya

LAGOS, Nigeria — Hundreds of West African migrants who had been stranded in Libya are returning home as worried governments repatriate them amid outrage over slave auctions.Another 164 migrants returned to Nigeria early Friday,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

'I cannot go back': 400 Nigerians have been freed from the horrors of Libya's slave trade

More than 400 Nigerians flown out of Libya to Lagos following outcry over migrant slave trade reports.

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Erin Energy targets Miocene offshore Nigeria, Oyo field

Erin Energy Corp., Houston, expects a 60-day drilling and logging window at its Oyo North West well, which the company spudded on Dec. 6 on its oil mining lease 120 block offshore Nigeria.

- OGJ - US

They Fled Boko Haram, Only to Be Raped by Nigeria’s Security Forces

Thousands of women and girls have endured Boko Haram’s sexual violence. But Nigerian security forces have also preyed on the people they are assigned to protect.

- International NY Times - US

Shell Idles Six Nigerian Power Plants After Gas Shortage

Nigeria's lack of infrastructure is hampering the transportation of gas to power plants, and six plants are currently sitting idle in the country because they lack gas, according to Shell's Nigerian unit, Shell Petroleum Development Company . The reason is because we have about six power plants in this country that are ...

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Nigeria Reforms Oil Sector To Draw New Investment

Provisions in the 2018 budget, published in early November, set out proposals that allow for the sale of state equity in joint-venture oil assets, a move officials say will raise N710bn . The additional revenue generated from the reforms will be used to help balance the federal budget and encourage fresh investment in the ...

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Major Nigerian Union Threatens Strike After Mass Firing Of New Members

A major Nigerian oil union has threatened to strike on December 18th in retaliation to a mass sacking' of workers that had joined the organization, according to a new report by Reuters. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria called on the government to force companies to rehire the fired union ...

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Oil rises on threatened Nigeria strike, short covering | Reuters

NEW YORK - Oil prices climbed more than 1 percent on Thursday due to a threatened strike in Nigeria and as traders cover shorts after sharp losses the previous day brought on by an unexpectedly large rise in U.S. stocks of refined fuels. An oil pump jack is seen at sunset in a field outside Scheibenhard, near Strasbourg, ...

- Firstpost - IN

Oil rises over 1pc on threatened Nigeria strike, short covering

NEW YORK, Dec 8 — Oil prices climbed more than 1 per cent yesterday due to a threatened strike in Nigeria and as traders cover shorts after sharp losses the previous day brought on by an unexpectedly large rise in US stocks of refined fuels....

- The Malay Mail - MY

Conflicts and drought spur hunger, despite ample global food supply

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Boko Haram Conflict Enters Counterinsurgency Phase as Nigeria Erects Fortresses'

Jacob Zenn is a Fellow on African and Eurasian Affairs at The Jamestown Foundation. 

- The Council on Foreign Relations - US

Nigerian Oil Union PENGASSAN Threatens Nationwide Strike

One of the country's 2 main oil unions threatens to stage a nationwide strike from Dec. 15 over a 'mass sacking of workers'.

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Successful Nigerian business-NGO partnerships rooted in collaboration

What's the key ingredient to successful partnerships? York University Development Studies Professor Uwafiokun Idemudia reviewed existing research on an unorthodox union between a non-governmental organization and an oil company with a history of spills in Nigeria. He found that collaboration was beneficial even when innate ...

- ENN - US

Moving beyond the green revolution in Africa's new era of hunger

African countries, like Nigeria and Ethiopia, increased their food production using a system-wide approach, and not the traditional reliance on isolated projects.

- The Conversation - UK

Nigeria's anti-Boko Haram general Attahiru Ibrahim sacked

The redeployment of the general who led the fight against the militants follows a wave of attacks.

- BBC - UK

Kidnapped twice, missionary priest returns to Nigeria

Rome, Italy, Dec 6, 2017 / 09:42 am .- After he was kidnapped in Nigeria in October, Italian missionary priest Fr. Maurizio Pallù has returned to the country, attributing his kidnapping to the work of the devil and crediting the Virgin Mary with his protection and release. “I saw a special maternal intervention ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

Truth will lead to African peace, Nigerian bishops say

Abuja, Nigeria, Dec 6, 2017 / 11:23 am .- The Church’s intellectual and moral truth is the key to a peaceful, free, and developing nation, Nigerian bishops have said at a conference attended by the country's political and spiritual leaders. Their remarks came a conference on “Peace and National ...

- Catholic News Agency - US