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To Be a Nigerian in South Africa

The Nigerian as villain: Movie still from South Africa's District 9.

For Nigerians who have migrated halfway down the continent to the comparative prosperity of South Africa, their adopted country can be a hard and brutal place. Nigerians often face racism in South Africa and elsewhere, where they are considered disreputable and dishonest. Official corruption and violence, even against relatively well off immigrants, is rampant and often deadly.

He is by every standard a successful Nigerian businessman and resident in South Africa

Nigeria: ‘Anger as suspected homosexuals escape lynching’

The sudden and very public recent switch to allowing gay marriage in the west has triggered retrenchment and hostility in numerous countries, from Russia to Uganda and Nigeria. The tone of an article from Nigeria’s leading newspaper, Vanguard, shows the local establishment’s attitude toward gay rights, even when opponents threaten public order:

Nigerians demonstrated their disdain for same-sex relationships last week.

In Lagos, Deporting Fellow Nigerians…To Nigeria

In Nigeria, the press calls it the ‘internal deportation’ scandal: police in Yoruba-dominated Lagos round up dozens of supposedly indigent people of Igbo ethnicity in sweeps. After long periods of detention and mistreatment, they are shipped across the country, back to the states that are ‘their homeland.’ A startling glimpse into Nigeria’s struggles with urbanization, ethnic conflict; and perhaps a window into the ethnic warfare that came with the birth of the country.

On Wednesday, some 70 beggars and other people described as homeless.

Last Flight For Okada Air?

Okada riders, Lagos, Nigeria. Photo CC.

Getting around in Nigeria’s crowded cities is taxing, with crushing traffic jams and public transportation systems that have collapsed or never existed. In their thousands, then, people take an Okada airlift: you pay a few cents to jump on the back of a blatting motorcycle, spitting oily smoke, to be whisked to your destination by the agile piloting of a young driver.Blamed for horrifying rates of road injuries and fatalities,choking pollution and criminality,Nigerian cities are banning thr Okada taxi one after another.Scenes from Benin City, one of the Okadas’s last bastions.

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Mobilizing for Love in Kano

Mass weddings of previously divorced women are sponsored by the government in Kano, Nigeria.

A jilted Nigerian princess leads a movement of angry divorcees, until the local governor finds a solution: a mass wedding with state-assigned husbands for her and her followers.

When Atine Abdullahi, a princess from a royal family in Kano State, married her husband in 1989, she had hoped to enjoy a blissful and lasting marriage like other married couples.