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June 28, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sonny Okosun, 61, a key figure in Nigerian pop music who mixed traditional African forms with Western rock elements, died May 24 of colon cancer at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., according to news reports. Born in Benin, Nigeria, in 1947 to musician parents, Okosun taught himself to play the guitar. He began his music career by covering British and American rock 'n' roll tunes. Singing and playing guitar, Okosun led a string of bands that showcased his evolving musical sense.
September 25, 2000 | ROBYN NORWOOD
Eighteen days ago, Glory Alozie's fiance was killed when he was struck by a car in Sydney. Today an emotional but composed Alozie took her mark for the 100-meter hurdles and won her heat, advancing to the semifinals Wednesday. "I was focusing on my race, and just to run for the glory of God," said Alozie, one of Nigeria's best medal hopes after finishing second to Gail Devers at the world championships last year in Spain. Her fiance, Hyginus Anugo, was killed Sept.
August 31, 1986 | TONI TAYLOR, Taylor, an authority on the travel industry, lives in Los Angeles
Many would-be travelers are finding themselves caught in a squeeze play between the airlines, on the one hand, and unscrupulous or naive travel agents on the other. TWA and Pan Am, for two--and there will be others--have begun to crack down on what have become known as "Nigerian" tickets, although, in truth, they're thought to be coming into this country from Zambia and maybe Pakistan as well as Nigeria.
March 2, 2000 | Times Wire Services
Amid reports of new clashes that left hundreds dead, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday decried the religious violence that has racked his country, mourning that Nigerians have lost their "sense of moral outrage." Police estimated that 200 to 400 people have died in three days of revenge attacks for clashes last week between Christians and Muslims in the northern city of Kaduna that killed more than 300.
March 22, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHNANNESBURG, South Africa -- Acclaimed Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who wrote “Things Fall Apart,” died Friday after a brief illness. He was 82. Achebe, often called the father of African literature, was best known for “Things Fall Apart," about the Igbo culture and the impact of colonialism in Africa. The novel, published in 1958, sold more than 12 million copies and was translated into dozens of languages. His last book, last year's “There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra,” was about the Biafran region's failed war of independence and resulting famine.
April 15, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls were loaded into vehicles by armed militants and driven off in the middle of the night, according to Nigerian officials. The gunmen assaulted a boarding school in the town of Chibok, in the country's northeastern Borno state, on Monday night and ordered the students into three trucks and a bus, according to officials who spoke to Nigerian media . They also looted the school's food store and the town, killed some residents and burned dozens of houses, according to the reports . Some media accounts suggested the attack lasted six hours, as the militants carefully selected which girls to abduct.
April 16, 1987 | United Press International
A Nigeria Airways captain, his pockets and luggage bulging with an estimated $8-million worth of heroin, was arrested Wednesday by federal agents who impounded the jumbo jet he was trying to board, authorities said. Federal prosecutors said the captain, John Billy-Eko, 47, was not piloting the plane but arranged to be aboard as a crew member so he could pass more easily through customs. Assistant U.S. Atty.
October 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
A militia leader who had threatened war in this country's oil-rich Niger Delta agreed Friday to a tentative deal to disarm his fighters, but said he would keep up a political struggle for regional autonomy and a greater share of oil wealth. President Olusegun Obasanjo also issued a statement after talks with Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, saying the warlord had agreed with other armed groups to disband his militia, disarm and cease hostilities.
November 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
An 18-year-old Nigerian who aspires to careers in both modeling and computers was crowned Miss World, the first black African to hold the title in the pageant's 51-year history. Wearing a lime-green body-hugging gown, Agbani Darego waved to a cheering crowd as she walked to a zebra skin-lined throne in Sun City, a glitzy resort in South Africa. Darego said that as a girl she saw herself as someone "who wants to be a computer scientist as well as a supermodel."
August 5, 1988 | Associated Press
A heavy rainfall knocked down hundreds of houses, and up to 50 people were feared dead in this northern city, it was reported Thursday. The News Agency of Nigeria said residents of several areas of the old city were still rummaging through debris to salvage property damaged in the Tuesday night downpour. A fire official told the news agency that 20 deaths have been confirmed.
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