September 25, 2000 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 16, 1987 |
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.
August 4, 1997 |
Nigeria's maverick musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who popularized the Afro-music beat globally and became a staunch critic of his country's leaders, has died of AIDS, his elder brother said Sunday. "The immediate cause of death of Fela was heart failure, but there were many complications arising from the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome," the brother, Dr. Olikoye Ransome Kuti, told a news conference.
June 22, 2003 |
A Nigerian oil pipeline punctured by thieves exploded, killing more than 100 villagers scavenging for fuel, witnesses said Saturday. They said the explosion happened Thursday in the southeastern community of Onicha Amiyi-Uhu, north of the Abia state capital, Umuahia. Word of the disaster emerged slowly because many survivors apparently feared prosecution for theft and sabotage, said Emmanuel Ijewere, president of the Nigerian Red Cross.
October 26, 2009 |
Nigeria's main militant group declared an indefinite cease-fire Sunday, raising the prospect of peace in the oil-rich Delta region after nearly three years of hostilities have crippled production. Though the group has declared cease-fires before, this indefinite truce has greater significance because it comes soon after several high-profile militant commanders agreed to take part in a government amnesty to disarm. Last week, Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua met with longtime militant leader Henry Okah, which the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta says led to its decision to declare the latest cease-fire.
April 15, 2014 |
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.
November 17, 2001 |
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."