Wednesday 20 September 2017
(APA 09/20/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the UN General Assembly and the seizure of more guns at the Lagos port are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Trust headline showcased Buhari at the United Nations General Assembly where he appealed to the world for assistance in government’s efforts to fight corruption and recovering stolen assets. The Sun newspaper said that Tin Can Island Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday uncovered another container suspected to contain yet another cache of arms imported from Turkey. This is coming about a week after the command intercepted a 20-foot container laden with 1,100 pump action rifles. The Vanguard newspaper reported that...
(APA 09/15/17)
The crisis emanating from the agitation for the secession of the South East from Nigeria is splashed on the pages of Nigerian newspapers on Friday. The Leadership newspaper said that tension and confusion enveloped Plateau State on Thursday, following unconfirmed reports that clashes have erupted between Northerners and Igbos in Jos, This Day newspaper said the Kaduna State Government has warned that anyone planning to foment trouble would be dealt with by security agencies. The warning is against the backdrop of alleged attacks on Hausa community in Umuahia, Abia State, by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu. The Nation newspaper reported that a Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital,...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday...
(APA 09/12/17)
The seizure of imported raffles by the Nigerian Custom Service and the approval for the concession of two international airports are some of the leading stories in newspapers on Tuesday. The Guardian headline says that the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) have intercepted a container loaded with 1,100 pieces of pump action rifles at the Tin Can port, Apapa, Lagos, making a total of 2,201 such arms seized at three different times this year. This Day newspaper said...
(APA 09/11/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari’s planned address at the United Nations and the military’s invasion of the home of pro-secession leader are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Monday. The Punch newspaper said Buhari has been scheduled to address the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. The Sun newspaper reported that the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has accused the Nigerian Army of...
(APA 09/08/17)
Nigerian newspapers are agog with the resolution of the impasse between striking lecturers of Nigeria and the savings in Sovereign Wealth Fund. The Leadership newspaper’s headline said that the money in the pool of the country’s sovereign wealth fund stands at $2 billion this September. The Guardian reported that the Federal Government has begun the payment of salary arrears of the striking university teachers. The Sun newspaper said a marathon meeting between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and...
(APA 09/07/17)
The killing of two commanders and deputies to the Abubakar Shekau-led faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group was one of the trending stories in Nigerian newspapers on Thursday. The Sun newspaper’s front page said the Nigerian Army killed the two commanders Afdu Kawuri and Abubakar Benishek, during a successful military operation in Alafa in Borno State. The newspaper also reported that Nigerians have continued to query the excitement that followed Tuesday’s news of the nation’s exit from its economic...
(APA 09/05/17)
The commencement of nationwide strike by resident doctors and the loss of crude oil excite Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. The Sun newspaper’s headline story captured the strike of resident doctors. It said the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) rose from a meeting in Abuja on Monday and voted for total strike. The Guardian said the Nigerian oil industry lost 773,100 barrels per day to production shut-in due to product theft and pipeline vandalism in the month of May, 2017...
(APA 09/04/17)
The kidnap of a Catholic priest, drop in the price of petrol and the plan to recover assets of former petroleum minister in Dubai dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Monday. The Sun newspaper said the Imo State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap and subsequent murder of a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo, who was allegedly abducted from his vehicle in Orlu town in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State on Friday. It said that an...
(AFP (eng) 08/31/17)
Make no mistake -- Nigeria's "A Nasty Boy" is not a gay online magazine. In a country where homosexual acts can be punished with 14 years in prison, this provocative website featuring photos of men in mini-skirts is simply "pushing the boundaries and exploring masculinity". Richie Akuson, the 23-year-old founder, makes up for what he lacks in years with confidence and audacity. Even in "bum shorts" -- the local name for hot pants. "Last year, I challenged myself -- walking...
(APA 08/29/17)
The meeting of ministers with President Muhammadu Buhari on the economy and the planned sale of super jet fighters to Nigeria by the United States are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, her Budget and National Planning counterpart, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, to deliberate on the state of the nation’s economy,...
(Daily Post 08/24/17)
Veteran Nollywood actress, Eucharia Anunobi has confirmed the news of the death of his son Raymond. The news of the death of the 15-year-old boy broke earlier on Tuesday. Raymond, who happened to be her only child died from Sickle Cell Anaemia, a sickness he was reportedly born with. Speaking with reporters on the child’s death, the actress said, “My son has gone to our place of origin to be with our daddy Jesus, waiting for me when I eventually...
(Ghana Web 08/22/17)
Henceforth, Nigerians will not be hearing Davido’s ‘If’, ‘Fall,’ and three other Nigerian hit songs on their airwaves, Citi Showbiz has learnt. According naijaloaded.com.ng, the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Broadcasting Corporation has banned Davido’s two hit songs, Olamide’s ‘Wo’ and ‘Wavy Level,’ and ‘Living Things’ by 9ice. This comes a few days after the Federal Ministry of Health had openly aired it displeasure about visuals to ‘Wo.’ In its own opinion, the video portrays a bad message...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(AfricaNews 07/18/17)
Nigeria’s information minister has warned against the production of music videos and films outside the country. Lai Mohammed said over the weekend that the government cannot allow Nigerians to produce local content in foreign countries which inversely affects the local job market. “This government has agreed that henceforth, whatever we consume in Nigeria in terms of music and films, must be made in Nigeria,” he said during a visit to the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON). “We cannot continue to...
(APA 07/17/17)
The warning on ministries and agencies against clandestine recruitment and the Presidency’s insistence on the confirmation of appointment of anti-graft boss are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Monday. The Sun newspaper said the Presidency has blown the whistle on illegal, large scale and indiscriminate clandestine recruitments in federal ministries, department and agencies (MDAs). The PM News said the Presidency has reiterated its stance that certain federal appointments should not require the Senate’s confirmation. To this end,...
(APA 07/12/17)
Virtually all the newspapers in Nigeria led with the unscheduled visit to ailing President Muhammadu Buhari by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday. The Guardian’s headline said that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday secretly travelled to London, United Kingdom where he held a meeting with ailing President Muhammadu Buhari. This is coming as the Federal Executive Council (FEC) holds on Wednesday where the Acting President will preside. The Sun newspaper also said Osinbajo left Abuja on Tuesday evening to...
(APA 07/07/17)
The Lagos Jazz Series Quintet is to perform at this year’s Cape Verde JazzSal, which opens on Saturday in Sal, Cape Verde. Sal is one of the 10 Islands that make up Cape Verde. According to a statement released on Thursday in Lagos by the group, the trip to JazzSal on Thursday ignites a musical exchange programme between the two festivals. It noted that this exchange programme has been described by some music experts and lovers as quite novel since...
(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...
(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...

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