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First woman, first African: Nigeria's 'troublemaker' on track to run WTO

Feb 12 2021

ABUJA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – an elite economist who has confronted corruption and kidnappers at home and risen to the top ranks of the World Bank, is poised to become the first woman and first African in charge of policing global trade.

'I was crying': Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirl phones home after seven years

Feb 01 2021

ABUJA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly seven years since Islamist militants kidnapped two of his daughters from their school in northeastern Nigeria, a hurried phone call let Ali Maiyanga know that his family's ordeal might soon be over.

In the midst of a pandemic, Nigeria battles to end a painful blinding disease

Jan 29 2021

ABUJA/NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For eight years Nigerian housewife Mallama Baraka suffered in silence as the eye disease trachoma, which can blind but is entirely preventable, slowly took its toll.

As COVID-19 fuels youth unemployment, Nigeria doles out jobs

Jan 26 2021

ABUJA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From hotels and schools to the navy and police force, Nigerian graduate Ene Adejo has looked for a job just about everywhere since she finished her studies eight years ago, but she is still unemployed.

Nigeria's slave descendants hope race protests help end discrimination

Jun 29 2020

ABUJA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Barack Obama was elected the first Black U.S. president in 2008, Anthony Uzoije noticed less contempt towards descendants of slaves like him in his south-eastern Nigeria community.

New sex offenders register may deter Nigerians with 'no conscience'

Nov 27 2019

ABUJA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Employers must use Nigeria's new national sex offenders register to vet their staff for it to succeed and the public must be made aware that it exists, rights activists said on Wednesday.

Nightmares, guilt and awards: 5 years after the Chibok kidnap

Apr 11 2019

ABUJA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five years after being kidnapped by Boko Haram, freed Chibok girls have nightmares about their 100 missing classmates and are burdened by guilt for surviving, while shielding parents of dead friends from the truth about their daughters' fate.

Tears flow as escaped Chibok captive brings news - good and bad

Oct 05 2018

ABUJA, Nigeria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was hearing about her sore eyes that convinced Lawal Zannah his daughter Aisha was still alive, the first sliver of good news to emerge after months of nervy silence enveloped Nigeria's kidnapped Chibok girls.

Nigerian crime fighter enters spirit world to catch sex traffickers

Sep 20 2018

BENIN CITY, Nigeria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Frustrated by a lack of convictions, Nigeria's anti-trafficking boss risked a radical, new tactic - she set aside forensics, visited a spiritual leader and took on the pervasive black magic she felt was trapping thousands of women in sex slavery.

Nigeria's trafficking curse: the battle to dispel the black magic behind sex slavery

Sep 18 2018

BENIN CITY, Nigeria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Florence broke out in lesions on her face, she was convinced it was because she had crossed a black magic curse cast on her as she left Nigeria to work in Russia's sex trade.

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