Sunday 25 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Leggy dancers in tight shorts, bottles of Moet champagne and flashy cars feature in Nigerian pop icon Wizkid's bling-bling music videos. But the singer himself has now swapped the Versace T-shirts and low-slung jeans that show his underwear for traditional African dress -- a new youth trend in fashion hub Lagos. Last year, Vogue voted Wizkid "Nigeria's best-dressed pop singer", a particularly coveted and prestigious title in a country where appearance is all important and competition is fierce. Clothing that used to be considered only for the old or for people out in the provinces is setting the trend in fashion, from the Yoruba agbada, a large, triple-layered robe worn in the southwest, to the...
(Agence Ecofin 06/13/17)
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has said that Nigeria will assist neighbouring Republic of Niger to successfully transit from analogue to digital broadcasting under the Digital Switch Over (DSO) project. Receiving the visiting Minister of Communication of Niger Koubra Abdoulaye on Monday in Abuja, Mohammed said that Nigeria would make available to Niger the legal framework for its DSO project as well as its expertise in the area of signal distribution, Set-Top-Box, STB, manufacturing and content production. The Minister said that the Nigerian government had the political will to make the DSO a success story for the benefit of all Nigerians and to the ECOWAS Community in the areas of the application of the Digital Dividends, despite...
(APA 06/13/17)
The Nigerian Guild of Editors has condemned the invasion of the premises of the SUN Publishing Limited by heavily armed EFCC operatives in the early hours of Monday. In a statement issued on Monday in Lagos, the NGE said that the fierce looking operatives prevented the staff of the organisation from either entering or leaving the premises of the company and disrupted the circulation processes. It noted that the unwarranted siege to the company subjected staff of the organisation to...
(RFI(EN) 06/12/17)
In this edition of Spotlight on Africa, RFI's Zeenat Hansrod speaks to the Nigerian artist who makes Hijarbies, that's Barbie dolls wearing the hijab. They are already Instagram celebrities and are being sold worldwide.
(This Day Live 06/07/17)
The German Embassy has expressed special interest in a Nigerian film, Shehu Umar, domiciled in the National Film Video and Sound Archive of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC). Shehu Umar was the protagonist in a book written in 1966 about slavery by Nigeria’s Prime Minister in the First Republic, the late Sir Tafawa Balewa, but was published in 1971. The book was adapted for a film by Adamu Halilu, a former general manager of the Nigerian Film Corporation. The embassy...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong...
(APA 05/24/17)
Nigeria’s loss of ICT investment to South Africa, the rising cases of rape and the seizure of arms by the Nigerian Customs Service dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday. The Guardian reported that the combination of poor power generating capacity; harsh business climate; foreign exchange volatility; high level corruption and a host of others have caused Nigeria to lose a major Information and Communications Technology (ICT) investment to South Africa. The Punch newspaper said that the Senate on...
(Premium Times 05/03/17)
An escalating spate of arrests of journalists and intimidation of bloggers as well as the violent crushing of peaceful protests across Nigeria shows the authorities’ determination to suppress the right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International, Wednesday, on World Press Freedom Day. The organisation is urging the federal and state governments to respect international human rights law and the Nigerian constitution by protecting the right to freedom of expression and press freedom including by ensuring that state machinery is...
(AFP (eng) 04/28/17)
A video clip apparently showing the traditional ruler of Lagos snubbing the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people has caused controversy in Nigeria. In the footage, the 73-year-old Oba (king) of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, appears to rebuff the greetings of the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, at a public event in the city Tuesday. The ooni, 42, then went quietly to his seat without incident but what appeared to be the oba's dismissive attitude sparked protests online -- and...
(Agence Ecofin 04/28/17)
Press freedom in Nigeria continues on its downward path in Nigeria. This is what reveals the recent World Press Freedom index produced by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Indeed, the ranking puts the African nation at the 122nd position out of 180 countries graded, while it was 116th in 2016. According to the report, “in Nigeria, it is nearly impossible to cover stories involving politics, terrorism or financial embezzlement”. “Journalists are often threatened, subjected to physical violence, or denied access to...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Africa's diaspora is playing a big role in the economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on Tuesday. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi that remittances are important source of income for many African families. "The diaspora therefore complements government efforts to lift many families out of poverty," Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First Africa-China Conference on Population and Development. Onabanjo said that Africans in the diaspora also bring back...
(APA 04/04/17)
The meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of National Assembly and the lingering problem of meningitis disease are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. The Sun newspaper said Buhari met separately with Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja over the 2017 budget. It said the Acting Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Emmanuel Odu, confirmed that...
(AFP (eng) 03/31/17)
Sadiq Zazzabi is a talented R&B singer in northern Nigeria, popular among Hausa speakers across the country and beyond for his songs about love, social issues and politics. But for several weeks he has been caught up in a bitter rivalry between two of the region's most powerful political figures, one of whom is tipped for a tilt at the presidency. On the face of it, Zazzabi, 38, fell foul of the powerful censorship board that approves films, music and...
(APA 03/31/17)
The massive probe of a senator over contract scam and the progress in the repairs of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Friday. The Nation newspaper reported that a senator is the subject of a massive probe for not executing N4 billion contracts awarded by the government of Delta State. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is also looking into how the lawmaker operates 20 accounts in six banks with...
(Voice of America 03/09/17)
Lagos has long been known as Nigeria’s pop culture hub. It’s the home of Nigeria's film industry, Nollywood, as well as many of the country’s top musicians and artists. But a group of rappers and fashion designers is creating a scene of their own in Kaduna, in northern Nigeria, some 600 kilometers from Lagos. Kaduna's is the new center of Nigeria’s growing hip-hop culture. DJ Jakes Tudu is cranking out jams on his weekly radio show, playing the latest tunes...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
Nollywood film "The Wedding Party" has shown Nigerian cinema at the top of its game, with its success at the box office taking it to new audiences across Africa and the world. The country may well be in recession but Nollywood, which churns out some 2,000 films a year and is the world's second-biggest film industry outside India, has never been healthier. "The Wedding Party" is a madcap, glamorous comedy telling the story of the marriage of Dunny and Dozie, despite the misgivings of their families' rivalries. One family is Igbo and the other Yoruba -- two of the main ethnic groups in Nigeria.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/24/17)
Nigerian musician Femi Kuti on Monday urged his fellow celebrities and their fans to take to social media and pressure the government to do more to help millions of people struggling to survive in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria. The Lagos-based Afrobeat star said he wanted to raise awareness among young Nigerians and encourage them to demand a greater humanitarian response, having visited Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, on Monday. "People need to have a sense of the reality in...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Pioneering Nigerian electro-funk musician William Onyeabor, who amassed a following among the world's pop stars but remained reclusive and enigmatic, has died. He was 70. His record label Luaka Bop announced his death on Wednesday, saying that Onyeabor died in his sleep this week at his home in Enugu, in the country's southeast. Before exploding on the international stage late in his career, Onyeabor introduced synthesisers into Nigerian pop and travelled the world to learn do-it-yourself record-making. From 1977 to...

Pages