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March 23, 2014 | Hector Tobar
Every Day Is for the Thief Teju Cole Random House: 176 pp., $23 -- Imagine a patient, observant and precise writer like the late W.G. Sebald reborn as a Nigerian exile, returning to and then wandering about that country's teeming and chaotic capital, Lagos. That, in broad strokes, is the voice of the narrator of Teju Cole's fine novel, "Every Day Is for the Thief. " "The air in the strange environment of this city is dense with story, and it draws me into thinking of life as stories," Cole's unnamed narrator says halfway through the novel, as he becomes more deeply immersed in the disorder, the striving, the corruption and the inventiveness of Lagos and its people.
The Family by Buchi Emecheta. (George Braziller: $17.95; 240 pages) Among many other things, Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses" painted a vivid, hallucinatory picture of Muslim East Indian communities in Great Britain. Buchi Emecheta's "The Family," a smaller and quieter work, provides a glimpse of another little-known society: that of the hundreds of thousands of Africans and West Indians who settled in London since World War II.
August 10, 1986 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
Veleda Andromeda Douglas, a soft-spoken nutrition major from Howard University in Washington, D.C., packed her bags this summer after graduation and headed to West Covina on a Greyhound bus with dreams of a medical career. Two days after her arrival, the 22-year-old honors student entered a nightmarish world of mistaken identity that kept her locked behind the bars of a Los Angeles County jail for one week. Grand theft charges were dismissed Aug.
April 6, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
KANO, Nigeria - In an attack that didn't happen - well, not officially - a police inspector and four of his officers were ambushed by Islamist militants last month in this northern Nigerian city. Two of them died, two crawled away and hid in a ditch, and the inspector, shot in the leg, called on his cellphone for help. It arrived eventually, but only after he had bled to death. Northern Nigeria is a region under siege. Boko Haram militants mount attacks almost daily and security forces retaliate in a scattershot way, often mowing down civilians.
March 12, 2010 | Times Wire Services
Nearly 3,000 people have fled to a neighboring state since hundreds were slaughtered in several mostly Christian villages over the weekend, aid officials said Thursday. Residents have accused the Nigerian police and military of failing to provide adequate security to the villages in Plateau state, where attackers managed to violate a dusk-to-dawn curfew. Police said they had arrested about 200 people. On Thursday, thousands of women took to the streets, singing and waving branches, a traditional sign of protest.
September 11, 1988 | Associated Press
Nigerians stand a 1-in-9 chance of being killed in road accidents, which claim 66 lives each day in Nigeria, according to a government report released last week.
September 29, 2002
It is surprising to me, a blended American, that the black community has not taken up this horrific story ("A Baby and an Outcry," Sept. 17) and run with it, worldwide, as an example of religious bigotry at its worst. It is shocking that black women are not demonstrating, boycotting at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington and other capitals around the world. Why not? What are you waiting for? If you think the nice men are going to have a change of heart [about stoning her to death] and grant her a reprieve, think again.
June 15, 1993 | Associated Press
Billionaire publisher Moshood K.O. Abiola has built a strong lead in the race to become Nigeria's first civilian president in a decade, partial returns showed Monday. Abiola, one of two candidates groomed by the military dictatorship to lead Africa's most populous nation, won 11 of Nigeria's 30 states, compared to one for rival millionaire businessman Bashir Tofa.
April 14, 1985 | Associated Press
A 30-year-old tank truck driver was sentenced to death Friday for storing nearly 5,000 gallons of gasoline--unlawful under the military government's anti-corruption laws. The tribunal chairman, Judge Okwuchukwu Opene, acting without a jury, sentenced Vincent Agulannah to be executed under emergency legislation decreed after Maj. Gen. Mohammed Buhari took power in Nigeria in a December, 1982, coup.
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