Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

Hundreds of newly trained Al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. (File/AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh) Both the Daesh group and Al-Qaeda see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval…

International Women’s Day: Celebrating Nigeria’s women in journalism

International Women’s Day: Celebrating Nigeria’s women in journalism

Every March 8, the International Women’s Day is celebrated globally. This year is no different! To mark the day, Chiemelie Ezeobi and Mary Nnah profile some amazons in the newsroom across Nigeria who operate behind the scene in churning out news, changing the narrative and above…

Dreadlocks: The myths, misconceptions, culture and lifestyles

Dreadlocks: The myths, misconceptions, culture and lifestyles

Late Jamaican reggae star, Bob Marley popularised dreadlocks A child born with natural dreadlocks is unique, especially among some African countries; and they ascribe to them somewhat spiritual capabilities such as gift of healing and ability to foresee future, among others. It…

Set them free! The judge who liberates Nigerians forgotten in jail

Set them free! The judge who liberates Nigerians forgotten in jail

Justice Ishaq Bello and a team from the committee at a prison in Anambra state, 2019. Photograph: Committee on Prison Reform and Decongestion Ishaq Usman Bello is shaking the conscience of the courts – and nearly 4,000 wrongly detained prisoners are grateful…

Challenges of menstruation and hygiene management among young girls

Challenges of menstruation and hygiene management among young girls

File photo for illustration purpose only Menstruation, also known as period or monthly, is the regular discharge of blood and mucosal tissue (known as menses) from the inner lining of the uterus through the vagina. The first period usually begins between 12…

Slavery’s bitter roots: US marks 400th anniversary of arrival of first Africans

Slavery’s bitter roots: US marks 400th anniversary of arrival of first Africans

In late August 1619, an English pirate ship named the White Lion sailed into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and anchored at Point Comfort. It deposited, according to handwritten records, “20 and odd” Africans seized from a Portuguese slave ship headed…

Haringey, Harvard & Hollywood: The fabulous Temi Fagbenle and family

Haringey, Harvard & Hollywood: The fabulous Temi Fagbenle and family

After Britain missed out on qualification for Rio 2016, Fagbenle is spearheading attempts to reach Tokyo 2020 Temi Fagbenle’s basketball journey began on a court marked with tramlines, not free-throw lines. A little over a decade ago, she was playing tennis with…

Daniel arap Moi: Life and times of former Kenyan president

Daniel arap Moi: Life and times of former Kenyan president

Daniel arap Moi (L) alongside Nelson Mandela (C) and Muammar Gaddafi (R) at a summit of African leaders For more than a quarter of a century, Daniel arap Moi dominated Kenyan politics. He was a more populist politician than his predecessor Jomo…

Kirk Douglas, Hollywood legend, dies at 103

Kirk Douglas, Hollywood legend, dies at 103

Late Hollywood legend, Douglas Actor Kirk Douglas, a fixture of cinema for six decades, has died aged 103. The stage and screen actor was well-known for a range of roles, including the 1960 classic Spartacus, in which he played the titular character….

Migration, governance and media reporting

Migration, governance and media reporting

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres asserts that migration is a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding among the nations. According to him, migration also allows millions of people to seek new opportunities with benefits for both the communities of…