Among those killed in the crush of the Hajj crowd in Mina, Saudi Arabia, last week was a woman beloved in Nigeria and beyond. Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf, a pioneering journalist and activist, broke down barriers in a patriarchal society.
The legalization of gay marriage in the US has sparked increased homophobia in Nigeria. Now fear is growing that Obama may bring up the issue during the Nigerian president's trip to the White House later this month.
Technically, it's been illegal to be gay in Nigeria since the country's independence from Britain in 1960. But the wording was vague and the law was hard to enforce. Now a new law just signed by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan creates an effective dragnet with the ability to arrest any Nigerian who is gay or who supports or advocates on any issues related to homosexuality.
Armed gunmen in Nigeria kidnapped eight more school girls overnight. This comes after the leader of Islamist militant group Boko Haram warned in a video released Monday, that more girls would be taken. Boko Haram has already admitted to abducting more than 200 schools girls three weeks ago. This all takes place on the eve of the World Economic Forum meeting in the capital, Abuja.
The fate of Nigeria's missing schoolgirls is still unknown, six months after their abduction by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. But a number of girls who evaded or escaped from Boko Haram have described their ordeal to Human Rights Watch
April 14 will mark one year since Boko Haram abducted 276 girls from Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria. Now some Nigerians hope their president-elect might be in a better position to take on the extremist threat.