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Breaking the code: how women in Nigeria are changing the face of tech
14 August 2017 - The Nigerian tech scene is booming. Last year, Lagos-based startup Andela received $24 million in funding from Mark Zuckerberg. In 2015, financial technology startup Paystack -- one of the first Nigerian tech companies to be accepted into renowned California-based startup accelerator Y Combinator -- secured approximately $1.3 million in seed investment from international investors. Within this growth, women are emerging as influential forces, and changing the face of technology in Africa, especially in the fields of agricultural and financial tech. (more)

Nigerians starved of electricity access turn to solar
21 February 2017 - In Nigeria, for the cost of powering a small generator for two hours they [Dutch company Lumos] offer enough solar power to light a house, cool a room with a fan, and charge cell phones for about eight hours. Customers can even watch TV for a few hours. (more)

The Nigerian school for orphans and victims of jihadists
17 November 2016 - In a region where social bonds have been fractured by Boko Haram insurgency, the Future Prowess school is an unlikely model of cohesion. It consciously and publicly welcomes both the orphans of jihadists -- and the children of civilians and soldiers killed by the jihadists. (more)

Easy Taxi calms Nigeria's kidnapping fears
23 January 2015 - In Nigeria, one of the world's worst countries for kidnapping, getting in the wrong cab could end up costing you or your family a lot more than the agreed taxi fare. Many people have a 'taxi guy' whom they trust to avoid this risk. But what if he's on the other side of a notoriously traffic-throttled city like Lagos just when you need him? It was a clear gap in the market for Easy Taxi. (more)

Nigeria's economy grew by 6.23 pct in Q3 2014
16 November 2014 - Nigeria's economy grew by 6.23 per cent in the third quarter of 2014, up from 5.17 per cent in the same period last year, lifted by its services sector, the statistics office said on Sunday. (more)

Nigerian Stock Exchange joins World Federation
28 October 2014 - The Nigerian Stock Exchange became a full member of the World Federation of Exchanges on Tuesday, just as it prepares to woo Asian fund managers. The main board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange currently lists 190 equities with a market cap of more than $83 billion. The Nigerian exchange is only the fifth in Africa to join the federation. The membership comes the same year Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil producer and its most populous nation of about 160 million, rebased its economy to overtake South Africa as the largest on the continent. (more)

Nigeria declared Ebola-free, holds lessons for others
20 October 2014 - Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus on Monday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain. Caught unawares when a diplomat arrived with the disease from Liberia, authorities were alerted by Doctor Ameyo Adadevoh, who diagnosed it, kept him in hospital despite protests from him and his government, and later died from Ebola herself. This year's outbreak of the highly infectious hemorrhagic fever thought to have originated in forest bats is the worst on record. (more)

Nigeria declared Ebola-free; `spectacular success'
20 October 2014 - Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West Africa. Monday's announcement came 42 days -- twice the incubation period -- since the last case in Nigeria tested negative. Officials are crediting strong tracking and isolation of people exposed to the virus, and aggressive rehydration of infected patients. Dr Simon Mardel, one of the world's leading experts on viral hemorrhagic fevers, said the number of deaths could be cut in half if infected people were taught to properly hydrate themselves and do not take anti-inflammatory drugs, which can actually harm Ebola victims. Mardel, of Britain's University Hospital of South Manchester, called rehydration a low-tech approach that has been neglected by a medical system focused on groundbreaking research. (more)

Nigeria expects economy to grow by at least 6.2 per cent in 2014
15 July 2014 - Nigeria forecasts its economy will grow by at least 6.2 per cent this year following a solid first-quarter performance, the statistics office said on Tuesday. That would be faster than growth last year. Nigeria overtook South Africa as Africa's largest economy in April, after a rebasing of its calculation almost doubled its gross domestic product to more than $500 billion. Most governments overhaul GDP calculations every few years to reflect changes in output, but Nigeria had not done so since 1990, so sectors such as e-commerce, mobile phones, and its prolific 'Nollywood' film industry, had to be factored in. (more)

S&P sees more ratings for Nigerian, Kenyan companies
14 July 2014 - Standard & Poor's expects to rate a number of Nigerian banks this year and is talking to some Kenyan banks and companies about future credit ratings, its managing director for sub-Saharan Africa said on Monday. Borrowers across the continent are looking to tap international capital markets following successful bond sales by African countries. Kenya issued a well-received $2 billion dollar bond last month, its first in international markets. (more)


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An ideal way to protect Nigeria from internal and external threats: Nigerians Report
8 September 2015 - Recently a string of terrorist attacks have occurred as Nigeria has struggled to build a functional and coherent response. 'Fortunately, there is a science-based approach to create societal coherence that can protect Nigeria from both internal and external threats. It is called Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) because it assures invincibility, peace, and even economic progress, to the nation and the military that employ it,' writes Dr David Leffler, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS), USA, in a recent article published in Nigerians Report. 'Invincible Defense Technology is a proven, state-of-the-art, non-violent military solution.' (more)

Preventing future Boko Haram attacks: Nigerian military urged to adopt Invincible Defence Technology to create permanent peace
1 June 2014 - The military of Nigeria cannot solve the problem of terrorism by standard military means alone, write Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Kulwant Singh and Dr. David Leffler in an article that has been published around the world. The authors urge Nigerian leaders to immediately adopt the evidence-based approach of Invincible Defense Technology (IDT)--an effective, scientifically validated means to reduce violence and terrorism, and create coherence and peace in society. IDT requires establishing a Prevention Wing of the military--a small portion of the armed forces which practises Transcendental Meditation and its advanced technologies of consciousness together every day. Extensive scientific research has documented positive social trends such as reduced conflict and lowered crime rate when the square root of 1% of the population practices the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in a group. (more)

Preventing future Boko Haram attacks - African and world press reports
28 May 2014 - Can war and terrorism be prevented with the military methods used in the past? Again and again, history shows that the answer is 'no'. War, conflict, violence, and terrorism are human problems that require a human solution. Their underlying cause is accumulated stress in society's collective consciousness. If the collective consciousness is full of tension and fear, then disorder is more likely to erupt into violence than if the prevailing mood is one of contentment. A dissatisfied and frustrated population contributes to its own instability. This buildup of tension is dangerous to any nation's sovereignty, producing an unstable government prone to war. However, if the collective social stress driving these problems is prevented, negative manifestations would cease. Invincible Defense Technology is a scientifically validated solution to reducing social stress, conflict, and violence. Zero collective stress ultimately means no war and no terrorism. (more)

Nigeria: Preventing future Boko Haram attacks
21 May 2014 - Violence and conflict have plagued mankind throughout history, and the terrorist attacks by Boko Haram are just a current manifestation. How can Nigeria protect itself from future attacks? Ideally, the best way to guard against emerging terrorist threats would be to have no enemies. No enemies = no terrorism! An unfamiliar but effective human resource-based approach called Invincible Defence Technology would help the military of Nigeria to begin creating a lasting peace by preventing such enemies from arising, both internally and externally. Invincible Defence Technology (IDT) is a scientifically validated solution to conflict and violence. There are over 50 published studies confirming its effectiveness. This recently revived method of preventive defense promises to end terrorism and conflict. Its adoption in Nigeria can set an example of peace-based defense for the rest of the world--something all military leaders would value. (more)

Nigeria: Global Mother Divine Organization supports tour of Consciousness-Based Education expert
12 January 2011 - The Global Mother Divine Organization in Nigeria was instrumental in the success of the visit of Dr Ashley Deans, Global Ambassador of Consciousness-Based Education, to the country, during his eight-nation tour of Africa. Achievements of the organization in the past year were presented at a recent international conference in MERU, Holland. (more)

Nigeria: International expert presents Consciousness-Based Education in many Delta district schools
1 November 2010 - Dr Ashley Deans, Global Ambassador for Consciousness-Based Education, recently visited Nigeria, where he met with a leading government official in education in the capital city of Abuja. Dr Deans was given official letters of introduction to schools in one district, where he gave many presentations which were all well received. (more)

Nigeria establishes first Maharishi Peace Palace, promotes programmes for ladies through Global Mother Divine Organization
3 August 2008 - The National Director of Nigeria for the Global Country of World Peace reported on her nation as part of the global Guru Purnima celebration of the Global Country of World Peace in MERU, Holland. (more)

Nigeria: Esteemed leader reports inspiring progress of Consciousness-Based Education
22 July 2007 - Princess Amanda Bola Adesida-Peterson, director of Consciousness-Based Education for ladies in Nigeria, reported on successes in her nation on 19 July 2007 during the 'Global Celebration of Consciousness-Based Education for Mothers in Every Generation'. (more)

Ministry of Ministry of Religion, Culture, and Language offers national invincibility to 32 countries
7 June 2007 - National Ministers of Religion, Culture, and Language of the Global Country of World Peace have been appointed in thirty-two countries. They will be invited to bring fulfilment to the cherished religious and cultural goals of their nation, creating a nation that will enjoy invincibility, affluence, peace, and prosperity. (more)


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Trafficking of Nigerian women into prostitution in Europe 'at crisis level'
8 August 2016 - The UN says 80 per cent of the Nigerian women who came to Italy by boat in the first half of 2016 will be trafficked into prostitution. The trafficking of Nigerian women from Libya to Italy by boat is reaching 'crisis' levels, with traffickers using migrant reception centres as holding pens for women who are then collected and forced into prostitution across Europe, the UN's International Organisation for Migration (IOM) warns. Although a thriving sex trafficking industry has been operating between Nigeria and Italy for over three decades, there has been a marked increase in the numbers of unaccompanied Nigerian women arriving in Italy on migrant boats from Libya. (more)

Boko Haram attacks northeast Nigerian city, town, 80 killed
28 December 2015 - Boko Haram Islamic extremists struck a city and a town in northeastern Nigeria with rocket-propelled grenades and multiple suicide bombers Monday, killing at least 80 people, witnesses said. The attacks appear to be a challenge to President Muhammadu Buhari's declaration last week that Nigerian security forces have 'technically won the war' against Boko Haram and that it is now capable of no more than suicide bombings on soft targets. (more)

Boko Haram violence forces 1 million children from school
22 December 2015 - Attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring countries have forced more than 1 million children out of school, heightening the risk they will be abused, abducted, or recruited by armed groups, the United Nations children's agency said Tuesday. The conflict has forced more than 2,000 schools to close in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger, the agency said. Insecurity also prevents teachers from going back to classes, the agency said. About 600 teachers have been killed during Boko Haram's six-year insurgency, it said. (more)

Nigeria's Boko Haram kills 49 in suicide bombings
18 November 2015 - Blasts from suicide bombers Wednesday were the latest by Boko Haram, Nigeria's home-grown extremists whose 6-year insurgency has killed 20,000 and forced 2.3 million to flee their homes. Boko Haram was named Wednesday as the world's most deadly extremist group in the Global Terrorism Index. Deaths attributed to Boko Haram increased by 317 percent in 2014 to 6,644 compared to 6,073 blamed on the Islamic State group. Boko Haram pledged allegiance to IS in March and calls itself that group's West Africa Province. (more)

Nigeria: Boko Haram killing and kidnapping in villages
30 October 2015 - Boko Haram extremists bombed out of forest camps are attacking remote northeast Nigerian villages, killing scores and kidnapping hundreds of women and children, survivors said Friday, 30 October. The violence has killed at least 2,000 people this year, hundreds in suicide bombing attacks often carried out by women and girls who may have been kidnapped. Some 20,000 people have died in the 6-year-old Islamic uprising and 2.3 million have been forced from their homes. (more)

Nigerian general jailed for losing battle to Boko Haram
17 October 2015 - A Nigerian general has been dismissed from the army and jailed for losing a major battle in which Boko Haram Islamic extremists killed hundreds of civilians, the military said Saturday. Brig. Gen. Enitan Ransome Kuti was sentenced to six months' jail for losing weapons to Boko Haram. (more)

Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria kill 26, including children
2 September 2015 - Twenty- six people were killed in Nigeria' s northeastern Borno state by attackers on horseback believed to be rebels of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, witnesses said. Boko Haram's six-year-old uprising has caused the deaths of an estimated 20,000 people. Nearly 2 million have been driven from their homes by the uprising. (more)

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents step up attacks in Nigeria
4 July 2015 - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked the outskirts of a state capital in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, escalating their attacks after a week of bloodletting in which more than 150 people were killed, military sources said. (more)

Boko Haram guns down 97 people praying in mosques in Nigeria
2 July 2015 - Boko Haram extremists gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in a northeast Nigerian town during the holy month of Ramadan, a government official and a self-defense fighter said Thursday. The attack Wednesday night on the town of Kukawa came the day after the Islamic extremist group attacked a village 35 kilometers (22 miles) away and killed another 48 men and boys, according to witnesses who counted the dead. (more)

Special Report: The rifts behind Nigeria's mass kidnap
29 May 2015 - When local people warned that hundreds of Islamist militants were heading towards his remote town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria, Danuma Mphur hurried to summon help. As chairman of the Parent Teachers Association at the town's school, Mphur feared for the safety of children who were staying there to take exams. Mphur says he called the police and the local government chairman. In turn the local government chairman also called the police and contacted the military commander in Chibok between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on that evening, according to Kashim Shettima, the governor of Borno state, which includes Chibok. Backup never arrived. The military said in a statement that it received no warning about the attack. Either way, about three hours after Mphur rang for help, Boko Haram militants swept into Chibok and abducted 276 girls from the school. The mass kidnap on the night of April 14 sparked headlines worldwide -- but it was far from the first misstep in Nigeria's war against Boko Haram. Divisions, low morale, and corruption within the military have allowed the Islamist militants to take over large swathes of Nigeria's northeast. (more)

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