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'It Was Wrong to Take the Bronzes' and 'Keep Them for 120 Years'

Germany returns 20 Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

(Newser) - The kingdom of Benin—whose earthen walls were said to be on par with those of the Great Wall of China—stood from the 11th century until 1897. That was the year the British invaded what's now southern Nigeria, burned it down, and made off with the Benin Bronzes:...

Chess Prodigy Gets Early Holiday Gift From the US
Chess Prodigy, 12,
Is Granted Asylum

Chess Prodigy, 12, Is Granted Asylum

Nigerian Tani Adewumi, 12, can now travel globally for chess competitions

(Newser) - In 2019, 8-year-old Tanitoluwa "Tani" Adewumi defeated 73 of the best players in his age group at a New York state chess championship, breaking a record by doing so. Now, three years later, he "just won his biggest match" ever, per NPR : The now-12-year-old Nigerian boy and his...

Shipment of 'Cow Male Genitals' Wasn't Quite That

Effort to smuggle thousands of donkey penises to Hong Kong was busted

(Newser) - Nigerian officials have seized thousands of donkey penises that were about to be exported to Hong Kong, an official said on Thursday. Sacks of the donkey male genitals were seized at the international airport in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, said Sambo Dangaladima, the Nigeria Customs Service area commander. The...

London Museum to Return Looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

It's 'very clear that these objects were acquired through force,' Horniman says

(Newser) - Update: With cultural institutions under pressure to repatriate artifacts taken during the colonial era, a museum in London agreed Sunday to return Benin Bronzes looted in the late 19th century from what is now Nigeria. The Horniman Museum and Gardens said a Nigerian commission asked earlier this year that it...

2 Students Kidnapped 8 Years Ago Found in Nigeria

Boko Haram took nearly 300 girls from school in 2014

(Newser) - Two female students taken in the middle of the night by Boko Haram militants from a secondary school in 2014 have been found and are receiving medical treatment, the Nigerian army said. The women apparently gave birth while held by the militants, the BBC reports, and had their children with...

'Everybody Standing Was Bombarded With Bullets'

50 people feared dead in church massacre in Nigeria, and the motive is unclear

(Newser) - As attackers opened fire on worshippers inside a Catholic church in southwestern Nigeria, other gunmen waited outside to kill those who tried to flee, church officials and witnesses said Monday. At least 50 people including children were killed in the attack, according to a state lawmaker from the area. Worshippers...

Stampede at Event for Poor Kills 31, Including Children

People lined up hours early at Shop for Free program in Nigeria

(Newser) - A stampede Saturday at a church charity event intended to offer hope to the needy left 31 people dead and seven injured in southern Nigeria, police said. One witness said the dead included a pregnant woman and many children, the AP reports. The stampede at the event organized by the...

More Than 150 Unaccounted for After Train Attack

Authorities say some are being held for ransom after Nigeria attack

(Newser) - At least 168 people are unaccounted for after a deadly attack on a train in northwest Nigeria, authorities say. The Nigerian Railway Corporation said Sunday that cell phones of more than 140 passengers from the Abuja-Kaduna train have been switched off or are ringing without being answered since the attack...

Hostage Negotiator Receives Call From Own Abducted Wife

'WSJ' profiles Abdullahi Tumburkai, who has assumed unwanted role of go-between

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal profiles a hostage negotiator in Nigeria named Abdullahi Tumburkai, though he doesn't hold that role in any official capacity. Instead, the 46-year-old was thrust into the job when his two brothers were kidnapped last year. In phone calls with their abductors, he managed to lower...

Japan Does a 180 on Controversial Omicron Policy

And more on what omicron means around the globe

(Newser) - Update: Just one day after announcing a recommendation that quickly became quite controversial, Japan is changing its tune. The country's transport ministry on Thursday said it was retracting its request that airlines stop taking reservations for people coming in to Japan until the new year, the AP reports. Our ...

Fans Send Millionaire Artist $448K in 48 Hours

Afrobeats artist Davido of Nigeria apparently wanted to get his luxury car out of port

(Newser) - Nigerian-American Afrobeats star Davido is a multimillionaire, notes the Guardian . But that didn't keep him from asking fans for donations this week. And they jumped at the opportunity to help "one of the biggest African stars in the world," per the BBC . The singer with 31.6...

2nd US Case of Monkeypox Emerges
2nd US Case of
Monkeypox Emerges

2nd US Case of Monkeypox Emerges

Maryland resident recently returned from Nigeria, as with the earlier case in Texas

(Newser) - Monkeypox, a rare viral illness that usually occurs in Central and Western Africa, has been identified in a second US resident since July. A Maryland resident who recently returned from Nigeria is in isolation with mild symptoms of the virus first detected in lab monkeys, the Maryland Department of Health...

Building Collapse in Upscale Lagos Area Kills at Least 3

Dozens more are missing, authorities say

(Newser) - A 21-story apartment building under construction collapsed in an upscale area of Nigeria's largest city, killing at least three people and leaving dozens more missing, officials and witnesses said on Monday. Lagos Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu confirmed the deaths, but added that three survivors had been pulled from the...

Trump Has Some Thoughts on Nigeria's Twitter Ban

Former president says more countries should do the same: 'Perhaps I should have done it'

(Newser) - Donald Trump is praising Nigeria for banning Twitter after it blocked a tweet from the country's president—which is apparently how the former president wishes things went down when social networks cracked down on him. China, North Korea, and Iran already ban social networks. But "more COUNTRIES should...

Militant Foes: Boko Haram's Leader Is Dead

Abubakar Shekau reportedly died in May 18 suicide

(Newser) - Big news out of Nigeria about Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, courtesy of the Islamic State West African Province militant group, which splintered off from Boko Haram five years ago. "God has judged him by sending him to heaven," ISWAP chief Abu Musab al-Barnawi can be heard saying...

After Nation's 'Deeply Concerning' Move, a Twitter Probe

Nigeria has suspended social media platform indefinitely after president's tweet was removed

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari saw one of his tweets removed, after he threatened to punish secessionists in the region. Two days later, the country's Federal Ministry of Information and Culture put up its own tweet, with an abrupt announcement. "The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the...

Militants Attack, and 1.8K Prisoners Escape

Nigeria violence blamed on rebel group that wants secession

(Newser) - Militants armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades launched a series of coordinated attacks overnight in southeastern Nigeria, targeting a prison where more than 1,800 inmates then managed to escape, authorities said Monday. The attacks began around 2am in the town of Owerri in Imo state and lasted for...

'Armed Bandits' Abduct 39 Nigerian Students

The incident comes weeks after more than 300 girls were kidnapped

(Newser) - Gunmen have kidnapped 39 students from a college in northwestern Nigeria. The Thursday attack on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna state came just weeks after a similar incident in which 317 girls were abducted from a boarding school in the country’s Zamfara state, the AP reports....

279 Kidnapped Schoolgirls Freed in Nigeria
279 Kidnapped
Schoolgirls Freed

279 Kidnapped Schoolgirls Freed

More than 300 were taken last week from boarding school

(Newser) - Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last week from a boarding school in the northwestern Zamfara state have been released, the state’s governor said Tuesday. Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle announced that 279 girls have been freed, the AP reports. Gunmen abducted the girls from the Government Girls Junior Secondary...

42 Freed After Abduction, With a President's Warning

Those released in Nigeria include 27 students seized from school in northern part of country

(Newser) - An official says 42 people, including 27 students who were abducted two weeks ago from a school in northern Nigeria, have been freed. Mary Noel-Berje, chief press secretary for the Niger state governor, told the AP on Saturday that those released have arrived in the state capital, Minna. "We...

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