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Oct 14, 2013

Nigeria says Liechtenstein making excuses to keep Abacha loot

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria accused Liechtenstein of using legal challenges as a pretext to cling on to 185 million euros ($250 million) stolen by former military dictator Sani Abacha who died 14 years ago.

Nigeria has been fighting to recover the money for years, but companies linked to the Abacha family keep going to court to prevent the funds being repatriated, Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said.

Oct 11, 2013

Nigeria’s Lagos set to turn vast trash into scarce power

LAGOS (Reuters) – One thing Nigeria’s megacity of Lagos, one of the world’s largest, generates in abundance is trash. Now it plans to turn that rubbish into electricity which the city desperately lacks.

The equation is simple. In one day Africa’s sprawling metropolis of up to 21 million people, according to official estimates, produces more than 10,000 metric tons (11,023 tons) of waste. In the same day it will get barely a few hours of power, forcing many inhabitants to rely on diesel generators.

Oct 3, 2013

Plane crash near Nigeria’s Lagos airport kills 16

LAGOS (Reuters) – Sixteen people were killed when a small passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff outside Lagos airport’s domestic terminal on Thursday, Nigerian authorities said.

The aircraft, operated by Nigeria’s Associated Airlines, came down in open ground, close to an aviation fuel depot in the commercial capital.

Oct 3, 2013

Plane crash near Lagos airport kills 15

LAGOS (Reuters) – Fifteen people were killed when an Embraer passenger plane crashed shortly after take-off just outside Lagos airport’s domestic terminal on Thursday, Nigerian authorities said.

Airports Authority general manager Yakubu Dati told a news conference the plane was an Embraer 120, a Brazilian make.

Oct 2, 2013

Foreign investors seen warming to Nigeria’s power sector-official

LAGOS, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The initial sell-off of state power
assets, designed to end decades of electricity shortages, mostly
attracted local oligarchs, while foreign firms with the
technical know-how shied away from the risks of doing business
in Nigeria.

But that may be changing, the chairman of the presidential
task force on power Bekindo Dagogo-Jack told Reuters on Tuesday.

Oct 2, 2013

Insight: Pre-electoral feuding threatens Nigeria’s economy

LAGOS/ABUJA (Reuters) – In Nigeria, as elsewhere, foreign exchange markets can be a barometer of internal strife, so when central bank governor Lamido Sanusi noticed a surge in dollar demand at forex bureaux in July, he feared something was amiss.

The bank found tens of billions of naira was traded for dollars in cash, much more than importers needed to buy goods or investors to repatriate funds, and there was no trace of where the money came from or where it was going.

Oct 2, 2013

Pre-electoral feuding threatens Nigeria’s economy

LAGOS/ABUJA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – In Nigeria, as elsewhere,
foreign exchange markets can be a barometer of internal strife,
so when central bank governor Lamido Sanusi noticed a surge in
dollar demand at forex bureaux in July, he feared something was
amiss.

The bank found tens of billions of naira was traded for
dollars in cash, much more than importers needed to buy goods or
investors to repatriate funds, and there was no trace of where
the money came from or where it was going.

Oct 1, 2013

President pledges national dialogue to heal ‘divided’ Nigeria

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday promised a national dialogue to heal what he said was an ethnically and religiously divided nation, and urged his compatriots to unite against extremism to avoid the fate of Syria.

Jonathan struck a sombre tone in a televised speech to mark Nigeria’s 53rd year of independence from Britain.

Sep 9, 2013
via FaithWorld

In Nigeria, art boom feeds a revival of interest in traditional animist art

Photo

(Artist and designer Nike Davies-Okundaye poses for a portrait in her art gallery in Lekki district in Lagos August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye)

The haunting stone sculptures have stretched bodies with enlarged heads, mask-like faces and elongated chests – the kind of sharp, geometric qualities that inspired the works of Pablo Picasso and the Cubist movement in the 1920s.

Sep 8, 2013

In Nigeria, art boom feeds revival of ancient rites

LAGOS, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The haunting stone sculptures have
stretched bodies with enlarged heads, mask-like faces and
elongated chests – the kind of sharp, geometric qualities that
inspired the works of Pablo Picasso and the Cubist movement in
the 1920s.

Displayed at a Lagos gallery alongside colourful paintings
of domestic scenes, they represent a revival of ancient art
forms in Nigeria, rooted in traditional spirituality, that
Christian missionaries tried to banish a century ago.

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      "“I am the Bureau Chief for Nigeria. Before that I covered West Africa for 2 years from Ivory Coast, Iraq for 2 years (from Baghdad), and east and central Africa for 5 years, including Uganda, eastern DRC, South Sudan, Kenya and Madagascar.”"
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