Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

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A page of a diary kept by girls abducted from Chibok by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria are shown in this photo taken on August 16, 2017. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Chibok girls say kidnap by Boko Haram was ‘accidental’

The mass abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls from Chibok - the biggest publicity coup of Boko Haram's jihadist insurgency - was the accidental outcome of a botched robbery, say the girls who spent three years in their brutal captivity. The Chibok girls made the surprise revelation in secret…

Zannah Mustapha standing with the 82 freed Chibok Girls in the forest near Kumshe, while waiting for the Red Cross to arrive

Some abducted Chibok schoolgirls refuse to be ‘freed’ — Negotiator

Some of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted three years ago by the extremist Boko Haram sect refused to be part of a group of 82 girls freed at the weekend, a mediator involved in the release said on Monday. The militants on Saturday released 82 schoolgirls out of the more than…

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How Boko Haram brides fear returning to lives without power, sex, slaves

Changing her son's nappy, a wry smile flickered across Aisha's face as she recalled the power she wielded as the wife of a leading Boko Haram commander, living in the jihadists' forest stronghold in northeast Nigeria. "I had many slaves - they did everything for me," the 25-year-old said, explaining…

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‘He’s my only child’ – mother of Boko Haram militant struggles without her son

More than a year after she was taken from Boko Haram by the Nigerian army, Falta still has mixed feelings about her freedom. While she does not miss life in the Sambisa forest - a vast former game reserve in northeast Nigeria and the jihadists' final stronghold - Falta is…


Chibok girl reunited with family recalls “miracle” release by Boko Haram

When Boko Haram militants decided to release some of the 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped two-and-a-half years ago in northeast Nigeria, Asabe Goni did not dare to dream that she would be among the girls allowed to go home. During their time in captivity the girls were encouraged to convert to…


Boko Haram did not rape, abuse freed Chibok girls – Source

ABUJA, Nov 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The 21 Chibok schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram militants last month say they were not abused or raped during two-and-a-half years' captivity in northeast Nigeria, a source close to the presidency said on Wednesday. Many girls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group have…

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Father of missing Chibok girl hears ordeal from rescued friend, Amina

The father of a missing Chibok schoolgirl who spoke privately to Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki, rescued this week in remote northeastern Nigeria, said after hearing about her ordeal at the hands of Boko Haram he told her not to repeat the horrific story to other parents. Yakubu Nkeki, whose daughter,…

FILE PHOTO: Mrs Muhammed-Oyebode addressing parents at the Chibok   secondary school on Monday, April 11

Daughter of assassinated Nigeria leader battles denial over Chibok girls

As the daughter of an assassinated Nigerian leader, Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode was used to conspiracy and denial theories but she is determined the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria two years ago will not be turned from fact to fantasy. It was a Friday morning in February 1976 when Ms.…


Parents identify missing Chibok girls in Boko Haram video

Three mothers of schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in northeast Nigeria two years ago said they had identified their daughters in a video released by Islamist group Boko Haram, the first possible sighting of the girls since a video in May 2014. About 15 girls featured in the video released to…

Zara John, 16, holds her baby, with her mother watching in the background. TRF/Mohammed Umaru

FEATURE: Rescued from Boko Haram, one girl still in love with militant husband

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani Almost a year after she was rescued from Boko Haram captivity by the Nigerian army, 16-year-old Zara John is still in love with one of the Islamic militants who abducted her. She was delighted to discover that she was pregnant with his child following a urine…

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Media Turns Boko Haram into ‘Superstar Monsters,’ By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

My friend's eight-year-old daughter burst into tears while watching a Boko Haram video release on TV the other evening. The terrorist group has been receiving the kind of local and international media coverage that could make even a Hollywood megastar explode with envy. At the current rate, the group's leader,…

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Doing business in Nigeria, By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Even an announcement to board your flight at the airport sometimes sounded like a summons to the parade ground. (more…)

Mrs. Muhammed in her Plant Nursery

One woman’s mission to save Nigeria’s palms

One of Nigeria's former first ladies, Ajoke Muhammed, now devotes her time to saving indigenous plants, including the West African nation's many species of palm tree. She has the largest private collection of plants in Nigeria, with more than 2,000 trees and shrubs, and 400 types of palm growing in…

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Nigerian Tribalism: A Personal Love Story, By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

There really isn't much hope for my father's generation in terms of relinquishing tribal sentiments. Our only hope is our youth.   When I was 17, a tall, handsome doctor fell in love with me. He left Nigeria, shortly after, for his residency in America, and proceeded to prove how…


How Nigerians are fighting sickle cell anaemia

More Nigerians are protecting their potential children from sickle cell Jackie Onyemelukwe was in her final year at Imo State University when her boyfriend, Chuka, proposed.  They began making plans to get married, but there was an unexpected pitfall.  The pastor of their church asked them if they were aware…

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In Nigeria, You’re Either Somebody or Nobody, By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

[caption id="attachment_114957" align="alignright" width="251"] Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani[/caption] IN America, all men are believed to be created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. But Nigerians are brought up to believe that our society consists of higher and lesser beings. Some are born to own and enjoy, while…

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Losing the Blame Game By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Being honest with ourselves is a risk that Nigerians must be willing to take (more…)

Many Nigerian students want to school abroad, but their return can cause tensions in the workplace ...Photo: Nigeria's Broadstreet...Lagos

My degree is better than yours, By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

My friend’s niece has been sulking and shedding tears.  She does not want to attend university in Nigeria.  Government officials here send their children abroad to school.  Families that can afford it also do the same.  It is rare to find anyone with an alternative choosing to stay behind. “All…