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3 Apr
When popular broadcaster Tracy ‘Suo’ Chapele finished her English and Literature degree programme at the University of Benin, she was not aware her career in broadcasting would be kick-started by her ability to speak the Nigerian Pidgin effortlessly. Chapele grew up speaking the Nigerian Pidgin. The language is widely spoken in Warri where she was…
Twitter Nigeria
13 Jan
Nigeria said it will now have "direct access" to manage content on Twitter that violates Nigerian laws and Twitter community rules, as parts of the agreements reached between the social media platform and the West African country to lift the ban on Twitter operations. But sources said the "direct channel" does not necessarily mean the…
23 Nov 2021
Nigeria should end its expensive fuel subsidy regime within three to six months, the World Bank said on Tuesday. Reuters reported that the bank advised that the removal of the subsidy must be accompanied by "aggressive reform effort" that  "could contribute more to growth than a sustained period of high oil prices." Africa's largest economy devotes…
16 Nov 2021
A judicial panel set up by the Lagos State Government in the wake of the #EndSARS protest that grounded the state in October 2020 said in a report it submitted to the government on Monday said that Nigerian troops massacred protesters.  Nigerian troops on the evening of October 20, 2020, arrived at the Lekki toll plaza…
13 Jun 2021
Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey Sunday said "the people of Nigeria will lead bitcoin" despite the Nigerian authorities clamp down on the trading of cryptocurrencies. Dorsey's take was a direct reaction to an oped written by NFL star Russell Okung in Bitcoin Magazine. Okung, a Nigerian descendant and self-acclaimed Bitcoin proponent, advised Nigeria to…
12 Jun 2021
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has claimed that his administration has lifted at least 10.5 million people out of poverty in the country in the last two years. Buhari also insisted the Nigerian government will pull 100 million of its current population out of poverty in 10 years. "In the last two years, we lifted 10.5…
8 Jun 2021
The Nigerian Economic Summit Group Tuesday said the "temporary" suspension of Twitter in the country will affect its economic recovery negatively. Nigerian authorities suspended Twitter last week after the platform deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari it considered "abusive". But the government said it suspended the platform because of a "litany of problems". The…
18 May 2021
A senior special assistant to Ogun State governor has been arrested in the United State for wire fraud, the US Department of Justice said in a statement on Monday. Abidemi Rufai was arrested at the JFK Airport in New York on his way out of the US and has appeared before a court on May…
16 May 2021
In the weeks leading to Ramadan, Nigeria was not exactly in a good place. Multiple security challenges, spiking inflation that puts pressure on purchasing power and a downer on lifestyle, rising secessionist agitations riding on the backs of polarising rhetorics, and a pervasive air of retrogression characterised many discourses. For many Muslims, it was a…
30 Apr 2021
When he was in the BBNaija House in 2020 as a contestant, his songs 'Hip Hop' and 'Fierce' became street hops. In fact, 'Fierce' was the go-to anthem for his fans - icons. With record votes in his name and fans spread out all over the world, it may have looked like a daunting task…
26 Apr 2021
Scammers have latched on to the recent philanthropic drive of MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, to help people deal with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. At least a scam ring has a fictitious website it uses to defraud registered by a Nigerian web hosting company. MacKenzie Scott acquired…
21 Apr 2021
Ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday said "speaking with drivers is important" as the strike called by the drivers enters Day 2. Uber, however, referred to the striking drivers as a "small group". "We are aware of a protest taking place by a small group of e-hailing drivers, resulting in slightly longer waiting times for riders,"…