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Nigeria: Students can wear hijab in school in Lagos

The state of Lagos in Nigeria on Tuesday approved the wearing of hijab in public schools. The subject of wearing hijabs in school often stirs intense debate across Nigeria. In 2014, a Lagos High Court ruled against the wearing of hijabs in schools. An Appeal Court upturned this judgment in 2016, however, stating that the […]

Nigeria: Buhari approves new monthly minimum wage

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday inked an agreement with organized labor raising the minimum wage in Africa’s most populous nation. Buhari gave his approval while receiving the report of a Tripartite Committee on the Review of National Minimum Wage at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. To be enacted, the bill needs to be endorsed […]

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Kenya Airways starts direct flights to US

Kenya Airways’ inaugural flight to the United States has landed at the John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday, completing a historic flight that will shave up to seven hours off the tortuous journey that usually involves long layovers in Europe or the Middle East. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and some government officials were at […]

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Nigeria: military open fire on Shi’ite Muslim protesters

Nigeria’s military fired live bullets at Shi’ite Muslim protesters marching in the capital Abuja on Monday to demand the release of their religious leader. Shi’ite leader Ibrahim Zakzaky has been imprisoned without being charged. Hundreds of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) took part in the march for the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky. […]

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Nigeria-Entrepreneurship: TEF-hashed out entrepreneurs to use TEFConnect to boost business

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) launched Thursday at its annual forum the TEFConnect a revolutionary digital community that will connect all African entrepreneurs including the 4,470 African economic revolutionaries that the foundation has empowered since its inception four years ago. For the fourth straight year, TEF gathered in the Nigerian economic capital Lagos, 4,4470 African […]

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Nigeria: Obasanjo backs ex-deputy for 2019 election

Nigerian ex-head of state Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday backed his former deputy for next year’s presidential election in Africa’s most populous nation. Atiku Abubakar recently clinched the ticket of the People’s Democratic Party and is expected to be the main challenger to President Buhari in next year’s election. Although he served as vice president to […]

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Nigeria: Buhari asks lawmakers to approve $2.79 bln Eurobond

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday asked lawmakers to approve the issuance of a $2.79 billion Eurobond. According to Buhari, the Eurobond will help Africa’s most populous nation implement its new external borrowing that had already been approved in the 2018 budget to help cope with the budget deficit and fund infrastructure projects. In its […]

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Nigeria: Chibok girls’ activist Ezekwesili announces presidential bid

Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaigner and prominent Chibok girls’ activist Oby Ezekwesili will challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 elections. The move comes a week after members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, have unanimously rallied behind President Buhari as the party’s unique candidate in next year’s presidential elections. The Nigerian President will be seeking […]

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Nigeria celebrates Independence Day amid stagnant wages

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria reiterated Monday on Independence Day his administration’s commitment to completely diversify the economy and strengthen other sectors to boost the GDP of Africa’s most populous nation. The Nigerian economy slipped into recession in 2016, a development triggered by dwindling government revenue, following the fall in oil prices in the international […]

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Nigeria: economy crippled, labor begins nationwide strike

Nigeria’s two main workers’ unions on Thursday commenced a nationwide strike after several months of failed discussions with the government. The Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC), composed of workers, and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), a professional and managerial trade union, asked their members in the public and private sectors to stop work after discussions with […]

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