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Nigeria: Federal republic in West Africa
Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The constitution defines Nigeria as a democratic secular state. The northern half of the country is mainly Muslim, while the southern half is mainly Christian, with pockets of those retaining traditional African beliefs dispersed throughout the country.


Nigeria: Discovering Lagos nightlife by danfo

Danfo is a way for party-goers to reach the city’s hot spots in an affordable way.
BBC News - Published

Mass evictions prompt protests as Nigerian housing crisis mounts

The men in naval uniforms charged into the Nigerian waterfront village of Okun Glass in the morning, chased out the residents, then called in the bulldozers.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Nigeria

Nigerian rice farmers fall short after borders close [Video]Nigerian rice farmers fall short after borders close

Thomas Tyavwva Maji is planting rice on more of his land than ever on his farm in Nigeria's Benue State to take advantage of a surge in prices since the country shut its land borders in August. Angela..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:22Published

Floating slum tries to put itself on the map in Nigeria [Video]Floating slum tries to put itself on the map in Nigeria

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 02:14Published

Police name father and 2 children who died in Spanish resort pool [Video]Police name father and 2 children who died in Spanish resort pool

A British father and his two children who drowned in a swimming pool at a holiday resort in the Costa del Sol have been named. Gabriel Diya, 52, his daughter Comfort Diya, nine, and his son..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:35Published

John Boyega's sister designed Nigerian outfits for 'Star Wars' premiere [Video]John Boyega's sister designed Nigerian outfits for 'Star Wars' premiere

The traditional Nigerian attire the John Boyega wore at the London premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was more than just a tribute to his family's ancestry - it was also designed by his..

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published

Miss Jamaica is crowned 'Miss World 2019' [Video]Miss Jamaica is crowned 'Miss World 2019'

PLEASE NOTE: RESENDING WITH ON-SCREEN COURTESY Miss Jamaica was crowned 'Miss World 2019' on Saturday (December 14). 23 year-old graduate of Florida State University Toni-Ann Singh, who sang a version

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:06Published

Cardi B brings Christmas to Lagos orphanage [Video]Cardi B brings Christmas to Lagos orphanage

Cardi B played Santa to an orphanage in Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday when she dropped off supplies and hung out with the kids looking for homes.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:38Published


Trump administration plans to add Nigeria and six other nations to travel ban list: reports

The Trump administration is planning to add seven countries - Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania - to its travel ban list, U.S. media reports said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

How Nigeria's cricket team 'shocked the world'

Nigeria's Under-19 side are world cup debutants but cricket remains a minority sport at home.
BBC News - Published

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari 'floors' Anthony Joshua

Photos of the boxer prostrating before the Nigerian leader have had a mixed response online.
BBC News - Published

Pipeline fire kills three in Lagos: Reuters witness

A fire on a pipeline owned by Nigeria's state oil company in the commercial capital Lagos killed three people on Sunday, a Reuters witness said.
Reuters - Published

U.N. says militants targeted aid worker hub in northern Nigeria

Militants attacked a facility housing several aid groups in northeast Nigeria over the weekend in what the U.N. warned on Monday is an escalation in attacks specifically targeting aid workers.
Reuters - Published

Nigerian civil war remix of a theatre classic

Inua Ellams gives Chekhov's classic play a radical new setting: 1960s Nigeria during the Biafran War.
BBC News - Published

UK seeks to confiscate convicted Nigerian politician's loot

A British prosecutor launched a fresh attempt on Thursday to confiscate tens of millions of pounds stolen from an oil-producing state in Nigeria by its former governor, who was convicted of laundering..
Reuters - Published

Nigerian Islamist militants free three aid workers, other civilian hostages: U.N.

Islamist militants released three aid workers and other civilians in northeast Nigeria who had been held hostage since late December, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in the country said on..
Reuters - Published

Remembering Nigeria's Biafra war that many prefer to forget

Fifty years from the end of Nigeria's civil war three people on the losing side reflect on its impact.
BBC News - Published

#MeToo gave women a voice but solutions still missing: novelist Adichie

The #MeToo movement may have given women's rights a boost but the drive for gender equality still takes "two steps forward, and one step backwards," Nigerian novelist and activist Chimamanda Ngozi..
Reuters - Published

The Nigerian blind mechanic using touch to make repairs

Nigerian Emeka Abugu says he's perfected his skills after losing his sight as a child.
BBC News - Published

Militant attack in Nigerian town kills 20 soldiers, displaces 1,000 residents

About 20 soldiers were killed and nearly 1,000 people made homeless in a militant attack on a town in northeastern Nigeria, two residents and a military source said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Nigeria-Cameroon border grenade blast kills nine

Twenty-six people were wounded in the blast on the Nigeria-Cameroon border, an official says.
BBC News - Published

Thirty killed in northeast Nigeria bomb blast on crowded bridge

At least 30 people were killed in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno after an improvised explosive device detonated on a bridge, sources told Reuters on Monday.
Reuters - Published

The story of the aeroplane house in Nigeria's capital Abuja

Said Jammal has spent 20 years building the family's unusual home in the Nigerian capital Abuja.
BBC News - Published

UK and US considered Nigeria naval blockade over Saro-Wiwa execution

The UK and US considered an oil embargo after activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged, document reveals.
BBC News - Published

Gay in Nigeria: 'Everybody sees me as an abomination'

Five years on from Nigeria's Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, discrimination seems to be worse.
BBC News - Published

Militants kill 10 in Nigeria attack targeting aid workers, Christians: witnesses

Islamist militants killed at least 10 people and took two women captive in an attack on a convoy in northern Nigeria that targeted Christians and those associated with international aid groups,..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State says it beheaded Christian captives in Nigeria

Islamic State released a video purporting to show its militants beheading 10 Christian men in Nigeria, saying it was part of a campaign to avenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and its..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State in Nigeria 'beheads Christian hostages'

The killings are said to have been revenge for the death of the Islamic State group leader in Syria.
BBC News - Published

Nigeria releases Sowore and Dasuki after AG orders bail

Nigerian activist Omoyele Sowore and former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki left prison Tuesday evening after the attorney general ordered their release on bail, in recognition of court orders.
Reuters - Published

Nigeria orders release of Sowore, Dasuki, heeding court orders: attorney general

Nigeria's attorney general ordered the release on bail of an ex-presidential candidate and a former national security adviser, in recognition of a court order that they be released.
Reuters - Published

Pro-government group attacks rally demanding release of 'illegally' held Nigerians

Pro-government activists in Nigeria on Monday attacked civil society protesters who were demanding the release of people they say are illegally detained, a Reuters witness said.
Reuters - Published

Nigerian table tennis players home from Bosnia camp

The two Nigerians say Croatian police mistook them for illegal migrants and forced them into Bosnia.
BBC News - Published

Letter from Africa: How talk of witches stirs emotions in Nigeria

A section of the Nigerian criminal code forbids witchcraft, and it is punishable by a jail term.
BBC News - Published

Armed group claims killing four humanitarian hostages in Nigeria, aid organization says

An armed group that kidnapped humanitarian workers in northeastern Nigeria five months ago has claimed it killed four hostages, international aid agency Action Against Hunger said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Armed group says it killed 4 hostages kidnapped in Nigeria: Action Against Hunger

An armed group that kidnapped humanitarian workers in northeastern Nigeria five months ago has claimed it killed four hostages, international aid agency Action Against Hunger said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Nigerian spent eight years awaiting trial before being freed

Babagana Aliyu spent eight years in prison without being convicted of a crime.
BBC News - Published

Rights groups urge release of Nigerian ex-presidential candidate

Human rights groups called on Monday for the release of a former presidential candidate facing treason charges who was re-arrested a day after being freed from detention on bail.
Reuters - Published

Pirates capture crew members of Hong Kong-flagged tanker: SCMP

A Hong Kong-registered crude oil tanker was attacked and its sailors kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria in the early hours of Wednesday, the South China Morning Post cited the city's Marine..
Reuters - Published

Yinka Ilori: My Nigerian narrative of art and design in London

Yinka Ilori is a London-based artist whose technicolour work is inspired by his Nigerian heritage.
BBC News - Published

Nigeria files fraud charge in bid to overturn nearly $10 billion penalty

Lawyers for the Nigerian government filed "new and substantive" allegations of fraud with a British court on Friday, carrying on a fight against an arbitration award now worth close to $10 billion, a..
Reuters - Published

Nigerian activist Sowore re-arrested hours after he was freed: lawyer

A Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate whose detention has prompted protests by rights groups was re-arrested on Friday at a court hearing hours after he was freed on bail, his lawyer..
Reuters - Published

Nigerian activist Sowore released on bail: Sahara Reporters

A Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate whose continued detention prompted protests by rights groups was released on bail late on Thursday, the news organization that he founded said on..
Reuters - Published

Pirates kidnap 19 crew members from Greek tanker off Nigeria

Pirates have kidnapped 19 crew members from a crude oil tanker off Nigeria, an official with the ship's operator said on Thursday, in another sign of worsening piracy in the region.
Reuters - Published

UK patient diagnosed with monkeypox

It is believed the patient contracted the infection while visiting Nigeria, Public Health England said.
BBC News - Published

Cambridge college to return looted Benin cockerel statue to Nigeria

A Cambridge University college said on Thursday it would return an antique statue of a cockerel to Benin City in Nigeria, more than 120 years after the work was looted by British colonial forces.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •BBC News

Boris Johnson suggested Nigerian people are obsessed with money in 'racist' resurfaced column

'This is deeply offensive and unforgivable,' says anti-racism campaigner
Independent - Published

Nigeria meets with West African neighbors on border closure

Nigeria met with its West African neighbors on Tuesday over its land border closure, with the African giant insisting on levying duties on goods transiting to its country through neighboring nations to..
Reuters - Published

47 Nigerian men plead not guilty to homosexuality charge

Forty-seven Nigerian men pleaded innocent on Wednesday to a charge of public displays of affection with members of the same sex, an offence that carries a 10-year jail term.
Reuters - Published

Nigerian prison scam: Head of high-security jail arrested after $1m fraud

A prison doctor was also arrested over an alleged role in enabling a scammer to operate while in jail.
BBC News - Published

Nobel winner Wole Soyinka’s journey with prostate cancer

Nigerian author and Nobel prize winner Prof Wole Soyinka was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014.
BBC News - Published

U.S. indicts Nigerian airline CEO on bank fraud and money laundering charges

The founder and CEO of one of Nigeria's largest airlines, Air Peace, has been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges of bank fraud and money laundering for the alleged illegal movement..
Reuters - Published

Internet fraud: Nigerian scammer 'pulls off $1m heist' from prison

Officials say Hope Olusegun Aroke was able to visit hotels and functions while in a police hospital.
BBC News - Published

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