Nigerian assembly bans same sex marriage, imposes long jail sentences

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

Nollywood: Censored at Home, Available on the Internet

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

Nigeria Abuzz Over Who Paid for Beyoncé Concert

  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

African Style Goes Global, Despite Little Tangible Support From African Leaders

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

"The man who shamed Nigeria" Nigerians struggle to understand why a privileged son tried to become a bomber.

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.

How Bad Is Security at the Lagos Airport?

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?