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Head of the Nigeria in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa

COVID-19: UAE paid for tickets, test fees for Nigerian evacuees—Official

The United Arab Emirates authorities paid for the flight tickets and coronavirus testing for some Nigerians evacuated from the country on Wednesday, the head of the Nigeria in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said . Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, who shared the news in a Twitter post, said among the 246 Nigerians…

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka essay competition winners emerge July 14

Winners of Wole Soyinka essay competition will be unveiled at a virtual prize ceremony on July 14, organisers said Wednesday afternoon. The unveiling is part of activities marking the 86th birthday of Africa's foremost Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, by the Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange Project (WSICE). Early last month,…

President Donald Trump speaking in the East Room of the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Harvard, MIT sue Trump over proposed limit on foreign students’ visas

Two reputable universities in the United States, Harvard and M.I.T., have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over a directive that would strip foreign students of their visas if their coursework was entirely online, the New York Times reported. On Monday night, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)…

Winning artwork of Nigerian artist, Vincent Kolo

Nigerian artist wins Nefertiti prize for African creativity

A Nigerian artist, Vincent Kolo, has won the $50,000 Nefertiti grand prize for creativity during a virtual festival as part of Africa Integration Day celebration. The Africa Integration Day, which is celebrated every July 7, was initiated in 2019 during African Union’s summit on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)…

Governor Nyesom Wike [PHOTO CREDIT: @OfficialPDPNig]

Group seeks accountability on FG’s N78bn reimbursement of Rivers State

An advocacy group, Network for Defense and Good Governance (NDDGG), has called on the federal government to ensure that the Rivers State government gives account of its expenditure of the N78.9 billion reimbursement approved for the state recently. Last month, the federal government approved the fund as reimbursement for its…

Samson-Ayokunle. [Photo credit: Hope for Nigeria]

Coronavirus: CAN urges state govts to reopen churches

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Tuesday asked state governments where churches are still closed to relax the COVID-19 restrictions to allow reopening of worship centres. CAN president, Samson Ayokunle, in a statement by his media assistant, Adebayo Oladeji, said the continued closure of worship centres by some state…

The Murtala Mohammed International Airport

Over 3,000 Nigerians deported from U.S. in 15 years for crime

With a streak of stepped-up enforcement policy on immigration reduction for 15 years, the United States has deported about 3,019 Nigerians after being convicted of a state crime, latest data from the country's Department of Homeland Security shows. The data by U.S. Homeland Security's sub-unit, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement…

Ghanaian Actress, Rosemond Brown and Son [PHOTO CREDIT: akuapem_poloo]

Ghanaian actress apologises for sharing nude photo with seven-year-old son

Ghanaian Actress, Rosemond Brown, popularly known as Akuapem Poloo, has apologised for a nude picture with her son posted on social media to mark his seventh birthday. Ms Brown came under fire after the nude surfaced on her Instagram page for what many called ’insensitive’ and abuse of the boy's…

Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos

317 stranded Nigerians evacuated from UK

Nigeria has evacuated no fewer than 317 nationals stranded in the UK as a result of coronavirus pandemic, government officials said. The evacuees arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe Int’l Airport, Abuja Sunday night after a take-off delay at Heathrow Airport, London by Air Peace. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), in…

A Nigerian-American artist, Victor Ehikhamenor

Nigerian artist selected for prestigious U.S. art residency

A Nigerian-American artist, Victor Ehikhamenor, has been named as The Neon Museum's 2020 National Artist in Residence in the United States. Mr Ehikhamenor was selected from a pool of 110 applicants. The museum said his work is “abstract, symbolic and politically motivated with a connecting thread of signs, symbols and…

Spokesperson to President Muhammadu, Buhari Garba Shehu

Embassy Building Demolition: Nigeria won’t retaliate against Ghana – Presidency

The Nigerian government says it will not retaliate the attack on a part of its embassy in Ghana with force amidst calls for serious sanction on Ghana by some Nigerians. On Friday night, some armed men invaded the building in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, destroying some apartments under construction. PREMIUM…

Yemi Alade

Yemi Alade, Miley Cyrus, Shakira, others set for concert to tackle COVID-19

Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade, is among the A-list musicians across the world to perform at the ‘Global Goal: Unite For Our Future – The Concert’ fixed for Saturday. Expected to be a globally televised and live-streamed event, the concert is backed by the Global Citizen and the European Commission as…

Ghanian High Commissioner in Nigeria, Iva Denoo and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama

Nigeria summons Ghana’s high commissioner over demolished property

The Nigerian government on Monday summoned the Ghanaian High Commissioner in Nigeria, Iva Denoo, over the demolition of a section of the Nigerian embassy in Accra, Ghana. Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in a Twitter post, said he had asked the Ghanaian official to give an “urgent explanation”…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo (Photo Credit: Channels TV)

Demolished Property: Nigerian High Commission trespassed on our land –Ghanaian Monarch

A local chief for Ghana's Osu Traditional Area, Nii Okwei Dowuona VI, has said that the Nigerian High Commission trespassed on a plot of land where the Nigerian High Commissioner's residence stood before Friday's demolition. Mr Dowuona claimed the parcel of land and the entire Osu Mantse layout belongs to…

The Indians, Cameroonians arrested for illegally entering Nigeria

Nigerian authorities arrest two Indians, intercept seven Cameroonians over illegal entry

The Nigeria Immigration Service said it arrested two Indians and turned back seven Cameroonians for illegally entering the country without proper documentation. The two Indians —both male— were intercepted during the screening of 444 Indian nationals that were being evacuated from Nigeria through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, the…

An uncompleted road project.

Buhari authorises N19.67bn for completion of East-West road

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate release of N19.67 billion to ramp up efforts in completing sections I-IV of the East-West Road project by 2021. The presidential directive was part of efforts to address infrastructure deficit in the Niger Delta region and boost its economy. Mr Buhari had, in…

Donald Trump [Photo: BBC]

Facebook removes Trump campaign ads featuring Nazis symbol

Facebook has taken down nearly 100 campaign ads of U.S. President Donald Trump that featured an inverted red triangle, a symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners in concentration camps. The company in a statement Thursday said the ads violated “our policy against organised hate.” The ads were…

Floyd Protests: Nigerian-American teen activist found dead

A U.S. based Nigerian teen who became a strong voice in #BlackLivesMatter movement, Oluwatoyin Salau, has been found dead days after going missing. U.S Police confirmed the death Monday. The 19-year-old was one of two homicide victims discovered Saturday night off Monday Road in South-east Tallahassee, Florida, a couple of…

Late George Floyd. PHOTO CREDIT: NYTimes]

Ex-cop charged with George Floyd’s killing eligible for pension

The former American police officer who pinned slain George Floyd's neck to the ground, Derek Chauvin, could still receive more than $1.5 million (approximately N581 million) in pension benefits during his retirement years even if he is convicted of murder. Mr Chauvin, 44, sparked a global fury when he appeared…

BBNaija star, Khafi’s brother shot dead in London shooting

A man who died in a shooting in West London has been identified by the U.K police as Alexander Kareem, a younger brother of ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Khafi. 20-year-old Kareem was gunned down while walking home from a convenience store close to his family home in Shepherd’s Bush, West…

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Nigerian govt condemns Floyd’s killing, racial injustice

Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) and the National Council for Arts and Culture have condemned the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in the United States, and police brutality, and racial discrimination against Africans in the diaspora. Mr Floyd’s death more than a fortnight ago has triggered…

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University offers scholarship to Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter

Texas Southern University (TSU) has announced it would give a full scholarship to the 6-year-old daughter of George Floyd who was killed via a police chokehold in the United States. Mr Floyd, whose death in police custody on the street, has spurred global outrage and demands for an end to…

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George Floyd: Merriam-Webster dictionary to redefine ‘racism’

American dictionary Merriam-Webster says it will modify its definition of the word ‘racism’ at the request of an African-American lady to better make it reflect the oppression of people of colour. The revision comes against the backdrop of protests around the U.S against police brutality after the death of George…

Chigozie Obioma, won the 2020 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award through the German translation of his second novel, 'An Orchestra of Minorities'.

Nigerian writer wins German literature award

A Nigerian author, Chigozie Obioma, has won the 2020 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award through the German translation of his second novel, 'An Orchestra of Minorities'. The award was founded in 2009 and has since been honouring outstanding contemporary works especially first-time translations "to rack up voices of relatively unknown authors in…

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. [Photo credit: The Age]

New Zealand, Fiji ‘coronavirus-free for now’, Governments say

New Zealand and Fiji have declared themselves free of the coronavirus pandemic at least ‘for now,’ government officials said. The two countries are amongst of the first set of countries to have done so after Slovenia whose 'coronavirus-free status' would later be tainted by fresh cases in May. The coronavirus…