Nigeria

Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Finally Set To Be Freed...

The Huffington Post UK/ PA/AP | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

Nigeria's government and Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire which would reportedly see the return of hundreds o...

Where Did Our Money Go? Let Twitter Find Out!

Loren Treisman | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

You may wonder how social media could possibly be used to improve access to critical services like healthcare in Africa, a continent where only 8.6% of the population are online. Activists in Nigeria are doing just that.

Nigerians Should Celebrate Great Writers Like Chimamanda on Independence Day

Jessica Onah | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jessica Onah

I met with Chimamanda at her London Hotel where she stayed during her visit for the London Premier of the film Half Of a Yellow Sun. With the author's time divided between the US and Lagos, I was lucky to catch her during her short stay in London.

Is GDP Cheating West Africa?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
Claudia Delpero

The spectacular GDP growth recorded by some West African countries in the past 5 years is all of a sudden undermined by the spread of the Ebola virus. The epidemic has put under the spotlight the poor conditions of health systems in the region, but also the fragility of economic models measured only by Gross Domestic Product.

Confronting Collusion

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

Our involvement in war and arms must be confronted; we cannot continue to collude with criminals and must own up to the roles that we play. Too many have suffered and too many are suffering.

Another Islamist Group Just Declared A 'Caliphate'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK

Nigeria's Boko Haram have become the second Islamist militant group in just two months to declare a "caliphate", in a video message from its leader. ...

No Excuse for Gruesome Unlawful Killings by Nigeria's Military Forces

Tim Hancock | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK
Tim Hancock

It goes without saying that the situation in north east Nigeria is perilous. Boko Haram and other armed groups have committed some of the most horrific crimes in recent years and have intensified their attacks this year. Residents of Bama - for example - have been living in constant fear of attacks by militant fighters. In February this year Boko Haram staged its most deadly assault on the town. Locals report that attack left almost 100 people dead and more than 200 injured. Improvised explosive devices and grenades were used to destroy huge swathes of the town.

Are Iraqi Christians Worth More Than Nigerian Christians?

Olaiya Phillips | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Olaiya Phillips

Why has the US not committed to airstrikes on Boko Haram like they have on the Islamic State? Surely the value of the hundreds of thousands of Christians in harm's way at the hands of Boko Haram, are just as important as the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians?

Ebola Victims Bodies Left To Rot In The Street As Outbreak Declared Worst Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK

Bodies of Ebola victims are being left in the street by terrified relatives who fear that keeping the bodies will mean they are contaminated, Liberia ...

South Korean University Bans Nigerian Students Over Ebola Fears

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A university in South Korea has banned three Nigerian students it had invited to a conference from attending amid concerns about the highly contagious...

Man Tested For Ebola In Birmingham As Fears Grow Over Virus Spread

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK

The British government views Ebola as a "very serious threat", Philip Hammond said today, as it emerged that man has been tested at a hospital in Birm...

After Killind Hundreds In Africa, Could Ebola Now Be Coming To The UK?

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK

Fears are being raised that the worst ever outbreak of Ebola could spread to the UK after a man who flew from one of the affected countries - where th...

Millions of Nigerians Support Boko Haram's Jihadism

Daniel Brett | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Daniel Brett

Political illiteracy may not matter to those millions who support Boko Haram's nihilistic brand of jihadism, regardless of its negative impact on Nigeria's security, territorial integrity and communal relations. Yet, some may see the emergence of such violent insurrection as inevitable in a country plagued by corruption, state terror, political manipulation of ethnic divides and areas of extreme poverty.

Nigerians Must Raise Their Voices Against Violence

Olaiya Phillips | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Olaiya Phillips

We know there is a terrible price to be paid for silence in the face of violence; for apathy in the face of oppression; and for indifference in the face of injustice. We cannot stay silent and walk by on the other side of the road. We must stand up and speak out for those who cannot stand or speak for themselves. But we cannot do it on our own.

Nigeria: On the Verge of a Food Crisis?

Charles Usie | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Charles Usie

We can proactively address the food crisis issue and put in place measures to reduce its impact, but without addressing the causes of the widening gap between rich and poor any solution will be short term.

More Than 60 Nigerian Women & Girls Escape Boko Haram

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

More than 60 women and girls have escaped from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, security sources say. The escapees had been abducted from K...

The Head Of ISIS Has Just Given A Terrifying Warning To Europe

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

Terror group ISIS will march on Rome in its quest to establish an Islamic state from the Middle East across Europe, its self-proclaimed 'caliph' has a...

Why Investing in Malaria Control Matters for the Muslim World

Hervé Verhoosel | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Hervé Verhoosel

The small bite of an infected mosquito caused an estimated 207 million cases of malaria in largely developing countries around the world each year. Almost half of these cases occur in predominantly Muslim countries belonging to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)...

Nigerian Pop Star Offers Virginity In Exchange For Release Of Schoolgirls Kidnapped By Boko Haram

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

A Nigerian pop star has offered up her virginity in exchange for the release of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Adokiye Kyria, who descri...

Atheist Declared Mentally Ill Because He Doesn't Believe In God

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK

A Nigerian man says he has been detained on a psychiatric ward and forcibly medicated on the grounds of his atheism. Mubarak Bala has been held ag...

Across the World, Girls' Lives Are Being Wasted in a Cycle of Violence and Poverty - What You Can Do to Help

Hugh Dennis | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK
Hugh Dennis

I was horrified to hear about the recent attacks in the coastal town of Mpeketoni - it just highlights how vulnerable poor communities are in the country and, in particular, women and girls. With the ongoing plight of the 300 abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria and the horrific killings of two teenage girls in India and now Pakistan, never before has there been a greater time, to raise funds and awareness to put a stop to such cruel practices and to safeguard the lives and education of girls across the developing world.

Horror As Somali Militants Kill Dozens Watching World Cup In Kenya (GRAPHIC PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK

WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURES FOLLOW Somali jihadists have massacred dozens of people who congregated to watch the World Cup in a Kenyan coastal resort...

International Day of the African Child 2014

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

We are still fighting for the rights of children to have a free and quality education. It is now over two full months ago that more than 200 girls were abducted from a school in Chibok, northern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. This terrible situation is the worst nightmare any parent can experience.

Boko Haram: Military Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Daniel Brett | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Due to ineptitude, corruption and indiscriminate violence, the military is one of the causes of the insurgency, which now forms a strategic part of an arc of jihadism that stretches from Algeria to Somalia. Giving funds and resources to the Nigerian armed forces risks exacerbating the problem. Boko Haram thrives on the endemic corruption that has characterised post-independence Nigeria.

'Monster' Myth Hides Complexity of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Henri Myrttinen | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Henri Myrttinen

This week has seen a flurry of activity around an issue that for far too long has been forgotten, silenced or viewed as an inevitable consequence of war: sexual violence in conflict. All of this is extremely important - but in the rush to 'do something' about the horrific crimes being committed in Syria, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and other conflict zones, we should not forget some basic premises.