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fuckyeahnigeria:

Fela Anikulapo Kuti 
(15 October 1938 — 2 August 1997), or simply Fela was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, pioneer of afrobeat music, human rights activist, and political maverick.
In 1984, he was again attacked by the military government, who jailed him on a dubious charge of currency smuggling. His case was taken up by several human-rights groups, and after 20 months, he was released from prison by General Ibrahim Babangida. On his release he divorced his twelve remaining wives, saying that “marriage brings jealousy and selfishness.”[12]Once again, Fela continued to release albums with Egypt ‘80, made a number of successful tours of the United States and Europe and also continued to be politically active. In 1986, Fela performed in Giants Stadium in New Jersey as part of the Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope concert, sharing the bill with Bono, Carlos Santana, and The Neville Brothers. In 1989, Fela and Egypt ‘80 released the anti-apartheid Beasts of No Nation album that depicts on its cover U.S. President Ronald Reagan, UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and South African Prime Minister Pieter Willem Botha with fangs dripping blood.
In recent years there has been a revitalization of Fela’s influence on music and popular culture, culminating in another full re-release of his catalog controlled by Universal Music, off-and-on Broadway biopic shows, and new bands, such as Antibalas, who carry the Afrobeat banner to a new generation of listeners.

fuckyeahnigeria:

Fela Anikulapo Kuti 

(15 October 1938 — 2 August 1997), or simply Fela was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, pioneer of afrobeat music, human rights activist, and political maverick.

In 1984, he was again attacked by the military government, who jailed him on a dubious charge of currency smuggling. His case was taken up by several human-rights groups, and after 20 months, he was released from prison by General Ibrahim Babangida. On his release he divorced his twelve remaining wives, saying that “marriage brings jealousy and selfishness.”[12]Once again, Fela continued to release albums with Egypt ‘80, made a number of successful tours of the United States and Europe and also continued to be politically active. In 1986, Fela performed in Giants Stadium in New Jersey as part of the Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope concert, sharing the bill with BonoCarlos Santana, and The Neville Brothers. In 1989, Fela and Egypt ‘80 released the anti-apartheid Beasts of No Nation album that depicts on its cover U.S. President Ronald Reagan, UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and South African Prime Minister Pieter Willem Botha with fangs dripping blood.

In recent years there has been a revitalization of Fela’s influence on music and popular culture, culminating in another full re-release of his catalog controlled by Universal Music, off-and-on Broadway biopic shows, and new bands, such as Antibalas, who carry the Afrobeat banner to a new generation of listeners.

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fuckyeahnigeria:

Jos, Nigeria has been in constant turmoil in the last couple of months and despite pleading the youth still carry on with senseless acts of violence. 
At least 11 people were killed in Jos yesterday amid fresh tensions linked to a political meeting and an attack on buses carrying some passengers, a military commander said.
“We have counted about 11 now in different locations,” Brigadier General Hassan Umaru, who commands a military task force in the region told AFP when asked about the number of death.
“This is a period of anguish over what happened last night,” he added, referring to the attack on the buses.
Various clashes erupted in the city of Jos, he said. Violence was linked to an opposition political meeting in the city, as well as anger over the attack on two buses carrying passengers Friday night outside Jos, said Umaru.
According to a statement issued by the Ulama/Elders Council of Plateau State and signed by its secretary, Barrister Lawal Ishaq, some Muslim Youths were attacked on their way from a wedding of their friend in Mangu Local Government Area of the state.
This alleged attack sparked off a fresh violence in Jos on Saturday as the Muslim youth came out for reprisal attacks leading to the death of not fewer that 10 people and torching of some vehicles.
The state commissioner of police, Mr. Abdulraham Akano, confirmed the skirmishes.

fuckyeahnigeria:

Jos, Nigeria has been in constant turmoil in the last couple of months and despite pleading the youth still carry on with senseless acts of violence.

At least 11 people were killed in Jos yesterday amid fresh tensions linked to a political meeting and an attack on buses carrying some passengers, a military commander said.

“We have counted about 11 now in different locations,” Brigadier General Hassan Umaru, who commands a military task force in the region told AFP when asked about the number of death.

“This is a period of anguish over what happened last night,” he added, referring to the attack on the buses.

Various clashes erupted in the city of Jos, he said. Violence was linked to an opposition political meeting in the city, as well as anger over the attack on two buses carrying passengers Friday night outside Jos, said Umaru.

According to a statement issued by the Ulama/Elders Council of Plateau State and signed by its secretary, Barrister Lawal Ishaq, some Muslim Youths were attacked on their way from a wedding of their friend in Mangu Local Government Area of the state.

This alleged attack sparked off a fresh violence in Jos on Saturday as the Muslim youth came out for reprisal attacks leading to the death of not fewer that 10 people and torching of some vehicles.

The state commissioner of police, Mr. Abdulraham Akano, confirmed the skirmishes.

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{ The Zikist Movement (Nigeria) }

fyeahafrica:

Zikist movement was a radical political group founded in February 1946 by young enthusiastic Nigerian nationalists.

Among its founding members were Nduka Eze, Kola Balogun, Abiodun Aloba, G. Onyeagbula, M.C.K. Ajuluchukwu, M Aina, G. Ebo, J. Inoma, and S. Aderibigbe. In its founding, the group pledged a positive action to defend Nnamdi Azikiwe against attacks by opponents and to take on the repressive nature of colonial rule by seeking its end. The group was multi-ethnic and took some inspiration from Nwafor Orizu writings in his book ‘Without Bitterness’ and in Azikiwe’s own book, Renascent Africa.

Orizu coined the term zikism, a vague term that he describes as not racialism, jingoism, anarchism, monistic nor sarcastic but a social life that strifes to redeem Africa from social wreckage, political servitude and economic impotency.

Between 1948 and 1949, during the movement’s height in popularity, it was able to re-awaken nationalistic political interest among Nigerians at a time of a lull in activity and was partly responsible for the introduction of a new constitution in 1951: the Macpherson Constitution.

The movement was also able to attract dedicated young people who sacrificed their careers for a righteous political cause, among this men were Raji Abdallah, who was let go of his work in the Post and Telegraph and Adesanya Idowu.

via The Nigerian Eagle

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fuckyeahnigeria:

General Sani Abacha 
(20 September 1943 in Kano – 8 June 1998 in Abuja) was a Nigerian military leader and politician. A Kanuri fromBorno by tribe, he was born and brought up in Kano, Nigeria. He was the President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998. He is noted for being a monumental kleptocrat and a notorious dictator whose regime executed political opponents, notably Ken Saro-Wiwa. The Abacha family is considered a criminal organization by the Swiss authorities.
Abacha’s government was accused of human rights abuses, especially after the hanging of Ogoni activist Ken Saro-Wiwa by the Oputa Commission (only one of several executions of Ogoni activists opposed to the exploitation of Nigerian resources by the multinationalpetroleum company, Royal Dutch Shell Group); Abiola and Olusegun Obasanjo were jailed for treason, and Wole Soyinka charged in absentia with treason.
Abacha died in June 1998 while at the presidential villa in Abuja in the company of Jeremiah Useni who was Chief of Staff from 1997 to 1998 and one Musa Abdullahi, who sources close to the military junta claimed was the unofficial strategist and mastermind of Abacha’s plan to transform himself into a democratically-elected dictator. He was buried on the same day, according to Muslim tradition, without an autopsy. This fueled speculation that foul-play was involved and that he may have been poisoned by political rivals via prostitutes. 

fuckyeahnigeria:

General Sani Abacha 

(20 September 1943 in Kano – 8 June 1998 in Abuja) was a Nigerian military leader and politician. A Kanuri fromBorno by tribe, he was born and brought up in Kano, Nigeria. He was the President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998. He is noted for being a monumental kleptocrat and a notorious dictator whose regime executed political opponents, notably Ken Saro-Wiwa. The Abacha family is considered a criminal organization by the Swiss authorities.

Abacha’s government was accused of human rights abuses, especially after the hanging of Ogoni activist Ken Saro-Wiwa by the Oputa Commission (only one of several executions of Ogoni activists opposed to the exploitation of Nigerian resources by the multinationalpetroleum company, Royal Dutch Shell Group); Abiola and Olusegun Obasanjo were jailed for treason, and Wole Soyinka charged in absentia with treason.

Abacha died in June 1998 while at the presidential villa in Abuja in the company of Jeremiah Useni who was Chief of Staff from 1997 to 1998 and one Musa Abdullahi, who sources close to the military junta claimed was the unofficial strategist and mastermind of Abacha’s plan to transform himself into a democratically-elected dictator. He was buried on the same day, according to Muslim tradition, without an autopsy. This fueled speculation that foul-play was involved and that he may have been poisoned by political rivals via prostitutes. 

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{ LINK: Chimurenga Newsroom › call for classifieds }

wildunicornherd:

Via the Carl Brandon Society on Twitter:

Chimurenga Magazine’s next publishing project is The Chimurenga Chronicle – a once-off, one-day-only edition of a speculative, future-forward newspaper that travels back in time to re-imagine the present.

Produced in collaboration with Nigeria’s Cassava Republic Press and Kenya’s Kwani?, it is a multi-section broadsheet with news, long-form journalism, comics, sport, art etc. and 100-page books magazine to be released in September 2011, in numerous African cities.

The current tools we have at our disposal, particularly in the area of knowledge production and dissemination, don’t help much to grasp contemporary reality. What we need is a Time Machine! A device that will allow us to understand the numerous different temporalities, dispersed entanglements and overlapping time-spaces that define today.

The Chimurenga Chronicle is one such machine. Back-dated to the week May 18-24 2008, it’s situated during the first week of the so-called xenophobic violence in South Africa, two years ago – but it focuses outward, covering the events, scenes and situations around the world during this period.

As part of the project we view the newspaper classifieds section as a literary and art platform; a public space that delights in prescience, precision, and provocation and uses wit as a formidable weapon against the tyranny of everyday banality. Yes, it sells out – it sells out big. It sells everything from undying love, to first editions of Fanon, from rhetorical job offers to shards of hope.

We therefore invite submission of nano-novels, micro-art works, flash poetry, philosophical aphorism, minima moralia, haikus of the heart, found objects and more, for sections including sales, wanted, services, jobs, personals and obituaries.

All classifieds submitted should be no longer than 50 words and should relate to the week May 18-24 2008.

Email chimurenga@panafrican.co.za for queries.

{ LINK: Shell oil spills in the Niger delta: 'Nowhere and no one has escaped' }

thealphagirl:

fyeahafrica:

Two oil spills caused by Shell in 2008 have triggered ongoing social and environmental problems for the 69,000 people who live in the vicinity of Bodo.

The air stinks, the water stinks, and even the fish and crabs caught in Bodo creek smell of pure “sweet bonny” light crude oil. It has found its way deep into the village wells, it lies thick in the mud flats and there are brown and yellow slicks all along the 20 sq km network of creeks, swamps, mangrove forests and rivers that surround Bodo in the Niger delta.

The first oil ever exported from Nigeria was found just five miles away from Bodo in 1958 but, says chief Tella James, chair of Bodo’s maritime workers, life for the 69,000 people who live in the vicinity changed dramatically in August 2008 when a greasy sheen was first seen deep in the Bodo swamps miles from the nearest houses.

Shell disputes that, saying that a weld broke in September 2008 in the 50-year-old, 24-inch trans-Niger pipeline that takes 120,000 barrels of oil a day at high velocity across the Niger delta. Either way the spill was not stopped until 7 November, 2008. By that time, as much as 2,000 barrels a day may have been spilled directly into the water.

One month later in December 2008, the same pipeline broke again in the swamps. This time Shell sent no one to inspect or repair it until 19 February 2009. According to oil spill assessment experts who have studied evidence of the two spills on the ground and on film, more than 280,000 barrels may have been spilled - more than the official estimates of the Exxon Valdez accident in Prince William sound, Alaska, in 1989.

Bodo is at the epicentre of several pipelines that collect oil from nearly 100 wells in the Ogoni district and there have been plenty of minor spills in and around the communities over the years. But this was far more serious, says Nenibarini Zabby, head of conservation at the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development in Port Harcourt.

“This was an exceptionally sensitive ecosystem. The spill lasted a very long time and it spread with the tides. Ten years ago you would have seen rich, lush vegetation here. Now it is all dead. The mangroves have been killed. The oil has got deep into the sediments. Without a complete clean up to international standards this commuity has a hopeless future. The health of people is at risk. The company needs to compensate the people but they must also recover the environment,” said Zabby.

“Nowhere and no one has escaped. Every family has been affected. This has caused serious poverty to everyone,” says chief James, assistant secretary to the Bodo council of chiefs and elders. “Nearly 80% of people here are fishermen or they depend on the water. They have lost their livelihoods. People are leaving the community in their hundreds to search for greener pastures. We used to live beautifully. People caught so much fish we could sell it to the cities. Now we have no hope,” he said.

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I am literally fuming. I just CANNOT!!! My family are Ijaw, we live on the Niger Delta. Shell stole land from my Grandpa (my mum’s Dad). The whole situation is just absolutely disgusting. WHY CAN’T YOU CLEAN IT UP?!?! WHY DID IT HAPPEN IN THE FIRST PLACE?! WHY AREN’T MAJOR NEWS STATIONS CARRYING THESE STORIES?!?! WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTESTORS?! WHY AREN’T THE AMERICAN AND BRITISH GOVERNMENT DOING ANYTHING?! I’m absolutely baffled. Look at the shit storm that surrounded BP after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill! I am so incensed. I’m so tired of Africa being the world’s shit bucket. It’s so abhorrent that if this happened anywhere else in the world there would be a media storm. Yet it keeps happening continuously, over and over again. It’s because they don’t see Black Africans as human beings.

[some images at link; descriptions coming later]

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{ LINK: [petition] Bring The ABSU 5 Who Gang-Raped Woman in Nigeria to Justice }

WARNING: description of gang-rape/victim-mocking at link.  but this is really important; please read/sign/pass it around if you can deal with it and are able to.

mybutbeautiful:

NIGERIA - December 22nd, 2011 - Massive Oil Spill - Shell

This story is over a month old.  Any idea why we are hearing nothing about this in the TV media…

…except on Al Jazeera???

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{ Tumblr for Africa }

monochromaticblack:

This is my list of reccommended blogs that highlight various aspects of Africa/African countries

Africa the Continent

Fashion 

Music 

Specific Regions/Countries 

African Headlines/Discussion

Miscellaneous 

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