April 24, 1986 |
Songwriter and singer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, an outspoken critic of military rule and corruption, was released from prison today. The armed forces ruling council said that it had retired the judge who had sentenced Fela to five years in prison for trafficking in foreign currency. The 46-year-old Fela has a wide following in Africa, Europe and North America, and there had been many calls for his release since he was imprisoned in November, 1984.
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June 28, 2008 |
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 |
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.
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.
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.
July 30, 2009 |
Soldiers in tanks and armored cars besieged the shelled compound of a radical Islamist sect and sporadic gunfire erupted as hundreds of noncombatants fled Wednesday, the fourth day of fighting in Nigeria's northern city of Maiduguri. Relief official Apollus Jediel said about 1,000 people had abandoned their homes Wednesday, joining 3,000 displaced this week in four states caught up in the violence. It is not known how many people have been killed.
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.
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."
August 5, 1988 |
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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June 8, 1985 |
Britain has denied asylum to Umaru Dikko, a fugitive Nigerian official who was drugged and stuffed into a packing crate last year by kidnapers trying to take him home for trial. A Home Office official said the government is still considering Nigeria's request that Dikko be extradited to face corruption charges. Last July 5, Customs officials found the Nigerian in a crate that was about to be loaded onto a Nigeria Airways jet at London's Stansted Airport.