Nigeria: Boko Haram Kill 7 in Village Raid

Officials have confirmed that jihadist terrorist group, Boko Haram, have killed at least seven people in a small village in northeast Nigeria.

The attack took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Mildu village, in Adamawa state.

According to witnesses, the group of heavily armed terrorists stormed the village just after midnight, and opened fire on sleeping residents.

“They stormed our village on motorbikes and immediately opened fire on the people and slaughtering people with knives [sic],” one resident told reporters.

Muhammad Yusuf, chairperson of the local council, said that seven people have been confirmed dead while ten others have been taken to a nearby hospital for injuries, thus far. He said that the death toll is likely to rise.

Yusuf also said that the terrorists set houses and shops alight, destroying many of them.

Mildu village is close to the Sambisa forest, a Boko Haram stronghold, up until recently. However, the Nigerian military announced at the end of last year that they had regained control of the area.

Nigerian military forces have significantly increased their efforts to curb Boko Haram’s insurgency over the past year.

Since their uprising started in 2009, Boko Haram has killed more than 20 000 people and have forced over three million people from their homes.

Nigerian Government Shares New Photo of Buhari

The Nigerian government has shared a new photo of ailing president, Muhammadu Buhari, on their official Twitter account.

The photograph, which was posted on Sunday, shows a smiling Buhari meeting with several of his party members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in London.

“President @MBuhari this afternoon received a delegation of APC Governors and leaders in Abuja House, London,” the caption of the photograph read.

Buhari has been in London for medical treatment since 7 May 2017, and has not returned to Nigeria since.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has been the acting president of the country since Buhari’s departure in May, and has denied rumours that he is preparing to take over the role permanently.

The presidency has remained silent on Buhari’s illness for months, and has dodged any kind of inquiry as to what exactly is wrong with him. They have rejected rumours that Buhari is terminally ill with cancer, and that he is in London for chemotherapy.

Upon his departure in May, Buhari said that he has “never been this ill” in his life, and that there is no specific date for his return to Nigeria.

In a follow-up tweet to the photograph on Sunday, the government said that Buhari will return to office as soon as doctors have cleared him for travel.

“The president sends his best wishes to all Nigerians. He will be back to Nigeria as soon as his doctors give the go-ahead [sic],” the tweet read.

Image credit: Buhari and governors at Abuja House in London (2017) [online image] sourced on 24 July 2017 at http://www.nigerianeye.com

Malala Yousafzai Speaks to Women in Nigeria

Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, was greeted with applause by the women in Maiduguri, in Northeast Nigeria, on Tuesday.

Malala is visiting Nigeria as part of her ‘girl power’ tour. The 20-year-old said that she has visited many parts of the world, speaking to women and girls in about their rights and about education.

Malala spoke out against the violent insurgency of Boko Haram in the country, and the hundreds of girls they have abducted. She met with over 100 of the freed Chibok girls who were abducted by the terrorist group in 2014.

“The government must unite so that they should make sure that these girls are released…Boko Haram themselves should learn that in Islam, such things are unacceptable…This is against humanity, this is against Islam [sic],” she added.

Malala, who was accompanied by her father, visited camps for those who have been displaced by Boko Haram.

Many of the girls at the camps said that Malala’s own story of resistance and perseverance inspired them.

“Her story give us hope, that’s why we too want to go to school and become something in life [sic],” one 15-year-old girl told reporters.

Malala also met with acting Nigerian president, Yemi Osinbajo, where she reportedly pressed Osinbajo to declare a state of emergency for education in the country.

According to the United Nations, over 1400 schools have been destroyed and 2295 teachers killed since the Boko Haram insurgency, which started in 2009.

This has left millions of children without education.

Malala urged the international community to address the various humanitarian crises in the country, and to unite to bring aid and relief to Nigeria.

Malala has been a symbol of freedom of education ever since she was shot in the head when she was 15 years old by Taliban militants, who targeted her because of her advocacy for women’s education.

Image credit: Malala Yousafzai in Nigeria (2017) [online image] sourced on 19 July 2017 at http://www.680news.com/2017/07/18/nobel-winner-malala-in-nigeria-speaks-out-against-boko-haram/

Suicide Bomber Kills 8 in Maiduguri, Nigeria

At least eight people have been killed and 18 more wounded after a female suicide bomber detonated at a mosque yesterday morning.

According to reports, the woman approached the mosque during prayers, in the early hours of Monday, 17 July. The mosque was being guarded by civilian joint task militia, who ordered her to stop, so that she could be searched. Instead, she ran into the mosque and detonated her explosives.

It appears that this formed part of a coordinated attack in Maiduguri. Around the same time as the mosque explosion, another female suicide bomber got stuck in barbed wire nearby the mosque and her explosives detonated, while two other female suicide bombers were shot and killed in the city.

While not yet confirmed, it’s suspected that this is the latest in a series of attacks carried out by Boko Haram extremists. Maiduguri, in Northeast Nigeria, was once a Boko Haram stronghold, and is a favourite target of the extremist group, with civilian targets such as markets, mosques and refugee camps hit regularly.

Boko Haram has increasingly used women and children to carry out their attacks as their insurgency has been pushed out of their captured territory. Nigeria’s army chief, Tukur Buratai, said in June that Boko Haram has been “defeated”, but increased attacks in the past few weeks have raised questions about this claim.

Boko Haram has killed over 20 000 people since their attacks began in 2009.

Nigeria Bags 9 Awards at 2017 AMAA Awards

This weekend, Nigeria once again proved that our film industry is one of the best on the continent, bagging nine awards at the African Movie Academy Awards.

The 13th annual African Movie Academy Awards were held on Saturday night and, in addition to winning Best Animation and Best Production, a special award was also given to Nigerian comedic actor, Nkem Owoh.

Nigerian historical drama, ‘76’, was nominated for eight awards, and managed to take home three of them.

Below is a list of all the Nigerian winners:

Best animation: Got Flowers (Nigeria)
Achievement in production design: ’76‬ (Nigeria)
Achievement in makeup: Oloibiri (Nigeria)
Best production: ’76 (Nigeria)
Lagos state award for best Nigerian film: ’76 (Nigeria)
Tony Elumelu award for best comedy: 3 Wise Men (Nigeria)
Best actress in a supporting role: Angelique Kidjo (CEO: Nigeria)

Image credit: Nikes Owoh (2017) [online image] sourced on 17 July 2017 at http://dailymail.com.ng/biographyprofilecareer-nollywood-actor-nkem-owoh-popularly-osuofia/

VP Returns from Visit to Buhari

Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has returned to Abuja after a brief visit with ailing president, Muhammadu Buhari, in London.

Osinbajo met with Buhari on Tuesday, according to the Nigerian government’s official Twitter page.

Osinbajo has also been the acting president of Nigeria since Buhari left the country to receive medical treatment in the UK on 7 May. He has overseen international meetings with other world leaders and will chair a weekly cabinet meeting in the Nigerian parliament on Wednesday.

Speculation over Buhari’s mystery illness has increased over the past few months, with people calling for more clarity over the President’s well-being. The presidency has not said what exactly is wrong with the 74-year-old.

Osinbajo’s meeting with Buhari was the first time the two senior leaders met face-to-face in more than two months.

Upon his return, Osinbajo said that he had a ‘very good’ meeting with Buhari and that he will share ‘more information’ on the meeting with the President in due course.

Earlier this month, Buhari’s wife, Aisha, flew to London to visit her husband. She has also not shared any information about his illness.

Rumours have been spreading across the country that the president has terminal cancer and is receiving chemotherapy in London.

The Best Traditional Shuku Shuku Recipe

As many of you will know, shuku shuku is one of Nigeria’s most popular snacks.

This fluffy, delectable coconut ball will be a hit at any dinner party, and will even satisfy the palette of fussy kids.

Coconuts often don’t get the recognition they deserve. Not only are they bursting with flavour, they are also packed with nutrients and essential vitamins.

Coconuts are used in a variety of Nigerian dishes, but shuku shuku is where the coconut truly shines.

Coconuts grow in 22 of our 36 states, so making shuku shuku is a great way to support locally grown produce.

Shuku shuku has become internationally popular, and has even featured on several US television food shows.

The trick to making the perfect shuku shuku is to keep it simple. That’s why we found the simplest and most delicious shuku shuku recipe for you to enjoy.

Makes about 10 balls, depending on the size of the balls.

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 large egg yolks
½ cup self-raising flour
¼ cup sugar
Optional: 1 teaspoon nutmeg or cinnamon.

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 180° Celcius.

Then, in a large mixing bowl, mix the eggs, flour, sugar and coconut flakes together. If you want to, you can add a teaspoon of nutmeg or cinnamon for added flavour.

Mix well until the mixture is properly combined.

Scoop a spoonful of the mixture into your hands and roll into bite-sized balls, then roll them in a bit of extra flour. Once you have made all the balls, lay them on a cookie tray (or any other baking tray) and bake in the oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes until slightly golden.

Serve with powdered sugar, syrup or jam.

Image credit: Shuku Shuku (2017) [online image] sourced at http://recipegreat.com/6053-shuku-shuku-(nigerian-coconut-balls).html on 7 July 2017

FIFA Confirms Dates for Nigeria vs Cameroon

World football governing body, FIFA, has finally confirmed the dates for the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Cameroon’s Les Lions Indomptables.

Nigeria had initially requested that FIFA bill the two games between 1 September and 4 September. FIFA, however, announced that the first game will be played on 31 August, and the second game on 4 September.

FIFA said that they decided on these dates in order to accommodate the various television broadcasters wishing to air the matches live.

The first match will take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo in Nigeria, while the second match will take place at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde in Cameroon.

The Super Eagles currently hold the top spot in Group B, with six points from two games. Cameroon are in second place, four points behind Nigeria.

Third and fourth place belong to Zambia and Algeria respectively.

While Cameroon may be the current Africa Cup of Nations champions, several Super Eagles players have told reporters that they are confident in their ability to stay on top in Group B.

The Super Eagles previously defeated Zambia 2-1 in their first qualifying match, going on to defeat Algeria 3-1.

Next year’s FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia between 14 June and 15 July.

Ice Prince Praises Nigerian Artists

Popular Nigerian musician, Ice Prince Zamani, has given kudos to his fellow Nigerian artists, praising them for casting a spotlight on the country and for continuing to have success both locally and abroad.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos recently, the ‘Oleku’ hitmaker told the media that Nigerian musicians are moving up in the world, and getting international recognition, which in turn helps the rest of the world to appreciate and accept Nigerian music.

“One can see that Nigerian artists themselves have made efforts at stepping up their game and making it more acceptable internationally,” he said.

He also mentioned Nigeria’s most successful export, Wizkid, and his recent win at the 2017 BET Awards in the US.

“[They make] so much impact – like Wizkid is currently the Best African Act at the just concluded BET Awards in America, which just gives every other person hope [sic],” he said.

He continued, saying that the Nigerian artist community is strong and supportive. He also praised the likes of Nigerian stars such as 2Face, Fela, Don Jazzy and Sunny Ade.

“It seemed impossible, and right now it just feels like one of those things already. Featuring a Nigerian artist would now be a major thing…there’s so much big stuff coming up; it feels good to be a part of the industry that is really growing so fast right now,’ he said.

Image credit: Ice Prince (2017) [online image] sourced on 3 July 2017 at https://buzznigeria.com/ice-prince-profile-biography/

Wizkid Wins Best International Act

Nigeria’s most successful musical export, Wizkid, has done it again.

Wizkid, whose real name is Ayo Balogun, won the BET Award for Best International Act: Africa at last night’s award show in Los Angeles, California.

The young Nigerian superstar faced stiff competition from several other African artists, including the likes of South African rapper, AKA, and fellow Nigerian artist, Mr Eazi.

Controversy surrounding the Best International Act: Africa category abounded earlier last week, when BET accidently announced South Africa’s Nasty C as the winner of the category.

However, BET quickly withdrew the announcement and apologised, saying it was a glitch in their system that caused the false leak.

Nasty C did not seem to mind, telling reporters that it was great to be included as a nominee and that he was happy for Wizkid.
“Wizkid congratulations, it’s for Africa, you took it home man, I’m proud of you. Everyone that’s coming up you just got to keep your head up, thick skin, just keep working, keep on your toes, keep it up [sic],” he said.

The man of the moment, however, was unable to collect his award in person.

This is the second time that Wizkid has won this award in the Africa category. He won the award in 2012 and was nominated in 2015.

Wizkid has enjoyed a lot of success both locally and abroad in recent years. He has collaborated with big names, such as Drake, over the past year, and, according to his Twitter feed, he is working with American rapper, Future, on ‘something big’.

Thanks, Wizkid for always keeping Nigeria’s flag flying high! Congratulations!

Image credit: Wizkid (2017) [online image] sourced on 26 June 2017 at https://buzznigeria.com/wizkid-facts-profile-biography/