By FRANKIE EDOZIEN, Amsterdam News West Africa Bureau | Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013 10:10 am The Nigerian House of Assembly voted Thursday to ban same sex marriage and impose jail terms of 10 -14 years for those convicted. The measure passed unanimously and with no debate or discussion, merely a voice vote. The vote… Continue reading Nigerian assembly bans same sex marriage, imposes long jail sentences
April 22, 2013, 3:24 pm By FRANKIE EDOZIEN Nigeria’s movie industry — often dubbed Nollywood — has been a source of pride and escape for years for many of Nigeria’s 160 million residents. But the recent banning of a Nigerian documentary on corruption and the country’s oil wealth, “Fuelling Poverty,” has left many crying foul.… Continue reading Nollywood: Censored at Home, Available on the Internet
Feb. 24 2013 By FRANKIE EDOZIEN Did the Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, divert $1 million from an anti-poverty program to finance a trip to Lagos by American pop stars Beyoncé Knowles and her husband Jay-Z? A document recently released by SaharaReporters, a group of well-regarded and some famous Nigerian journalists, some of them dissidents… Continue reading Nigeria Abuzz Over Who Paid for Beyoncé Concert
By FRANKIE EDOZIEN May 26, 2012, 9:25 pm ACCRA, Ghana — Every day on the downtown streets of Accra, debonair men and fashionable women can be seen proudly attired in Western-style skirts, shirts and slacks, all made from African prints by local tailors. In recent years, local designers created ready-to-wear outfits with these prints. But… Continue reading African Style Goes Global, Despite Little Tangible Support From African Leaders
GLOBALPOST By FRANKIE EDOZIEN ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigerians are still struggling to come to terms with the news that Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old son of one of this country’s most prominent and wealthiest bankers, allegedly tried to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight as it landed in Detroit on Dec. 25. “The man who shamed… Continue reading "The man who shamed Nigeria" Nigerians struggle to understand why a privileged son tried to become a bomber.
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 By Frankie Edozien / Abuja International travelers flying out of Nigeria’s Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos during the Christmas season are used to being hassled by security. Usually, it’s a demand for tips and gifts. At every point of contact with officials, from check-in to final boarding, the requests are… Continue reading How Bad Is Security at the Lagos Airport?