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Almost one year ago, more than 200 girls were abducted in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria by the group Boko Haram. The internet was in uproar, people published graphic after graphic, world leaders swore to be involved—but in spite of all those promises and stances, 219 girls are still missing. A series of turbulent events both in the United States and internationally has turned media attention away from these young women and to other issues. International ... Read More
  Nigerian entrepreneur Taofick Okoya is making a name for himself with a line of dolls called “Queens of Africa.” After trying to purchase a doll for his niece at the store and finding only whitewashed toys, he realized  stores in Nigeria were not carrying black dolls—and decided it was a major problem (which, of course, it absolutely is). Okoya took matters into his own hands by creating products that “to promote a positive ... Read More
The Supreme Price is a new documentary that follows the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and the push to increase female involvement in leadership roles. Director Joanna Lipper follows the daughter, Hafsat Abiola, of former president M.K.O Abiola and Kudirat Abiola. Shortly after her father was elected in 1993, he was imprisoned. Her mother took over leadership of the pro-democracy movement, organized strikes, marches, and gained national ... Read More
After a few days of relatively calm news coverage on the matter, Boko Haram have unfortunately resumed their acts of terror in Nigeria. On June 18, the terrorist group kidnapped 60 more women, including some as young as 3 years old, and killed 30 men in a village raid.  After completely stripping it off all food and supplies, the group used petrol bombs to destroy the village of Kummabaza in Borneo.  According to CNN, news of this attack was halted due ... Read More
Just in case you needed more evidence that girls can excel in science as well as guys, here it is: fourteen-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin and 15-year-old Bello Eniola have built a power generator that can create six hours-worth of electricity using a liter of urine as fuel.  The young women displayed their invention at Maker Faire, an annual event in Lagos, Nigeria.  The Maker Faire Blog explains how ... Read More
Nigerian-American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a lot of intelligent things to say about the troubling new "anti-gay" legislation up for debate in her home country. As all democratic civilizations bend towards our generation's central civil rights debate, it's refreshing to hear a writer speak out with such conviction. Here's an excerpt from her speech: The new law that criminalizes homosexuality is popular among Nigerians. But it shows a failure of our ... Read More
The Nigeria Women Football League has announced an official ban of lesbians from Nigerian women’s soccer.  Dilichukwu Onyedinma, a member of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) announced earlier this week that “Any player that we find is associated with [lesbianism] will be disqualified.”  The ban violates FIFA’s anti-discrimination policies, which states “Discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or ... Read More
Last week at Maker Faire Africa, four Nigerian teenage girls presented a generator powered by—wait for it—pee. Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, all 14, and Bello Eniola, 15, invented the machine, which separates hydrogen from urine with an electrolytic cell, purifies the hydrogen, and pressurizes the resulting gas through a generator to power a lightbulb. According to the girls, one liter of urine can produce up to 6 hours of ... Read More
VICE Magazine calls itself "The Definitive Guide to Enlightening Information." It didn’t surprise me, then, to hear that instead of covering the traditional corners of the fashion world (think Paris or London) VICE was devoting its Fashion Week coverage to the unseen fashion shows that normally don’t pop up on our global radar. The web series Fashion Week Internationale takes a look at the unconventional approaches to fashion in places like ... Read More
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