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HE CAME TO D.C. FROM NIGERIA — AND CREATED HIS OWN AFRICAN COMIC-BOOK UNIVERSE

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HE CAME TO D.C. FROM NIGERIA — AND CREATED HIS OWN AFRICAN COMIC-BOOK UNIVERSE

By David Betancourt Roye Okupe didn’t read comic books growing up in Lagos, Nigeria. Comic book shops weren’t around. Instead, Okupe was introduced to superheroes through Saturday morning cartoons such as “Transformers” and “X-Men.” So when he set out to create his own Nigerian superhero, he thought animation was the way to go. That idea led Okupe on a journey…

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WILL JIDENNA SUCCEED IN HIS QUEST TO WIN OVER THE NIGERIAN AUDIENCE?

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WILL JIDENNA SUCCEED IN HIS QUEST TO WIN OVER THE NIGERIAN AUDIENCE?

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson, better known as Jidenna, is bent on warming his way into the hearts of Nigerians and getting the level of acceptance he’s yearning for from the good folks he once ‘unintentionally’ offended. His statement in 2015 that he ‘brought in a lot of AK47s and employed military commandos‘ when he came to…

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AARON SEIDEL, INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA STUDENT AMASSING BOOKS FOR EDUCATION-DEPRIVED NIGERIA

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AARON SEIDEL, INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA STUDENT AMASSING BOOKS FOR EDUCATION-DEPRIVED NIGERIA

Aaron Seidel, a 30-year-old student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was compelled to act when he learned about the extent of the group’s atrocities in Nigeria. Specifically, he has honed in on the persecution of teachers and the education system there. In response, he has now collected nearly 50,000 books to send to Nigeria to give back some of the knowledge taken from the people.

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WEST HAM SIGN FIRST AFRICAN PARTNERSHIP WITH NIGERIAN CLUB

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WEST HAM SIGN FIRST AFRICAN PARTNERSHIP WITH NIGERIAN CLUB

By Oluwashina Okeleji Based in Nnewi, Anambra State, and currently competing in Nigeria’s top-flight league, FC Ifeanyi Ubah are to become the Hammers’ Official Nigerian Football Club Partner, the English club announced. The two clubs will work on a number of projects – led by FC Ifeanyi Ubah – from coaching initiatives to establishing grass…

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TOKUNBO KOIKI: BRITISH-NIGERIAN CHEF TOKUNBO KOIKI ON HER INNOVATIVE SUPPER CLUB

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TOKUNBO KOIKI: BRITISH-NIGERIAN CHEF TOKUNBO KOIKI ON HER INNOVATIVE SUPPER CLUB

“Tokunbo’s Kitchen is a space and opportunity for people to experience and enjoy the type of delicious home cooked Nigerian food I grew up eating. I started Tokunbo’s Kitchen here in London as this is a city that has shaped me into the proud British-Nigerian woman I am,” says Koiki.

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‘SIXTEEN CROWNS’ BRINGS THE FORCE OF ASE TO THE CITY GALLERY

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‘SIXTEEN CROWNS’ BRINGS THE FORCE OF ASE TO THE CITY GALLERY

At the City Gallery, visitors can see a collection of Nigerian art that tells two stories simultaneously: that of the Yoruba tradition and that of the life of Ade Ofunniyin, the collector of these works. Ofunniyin, 63, is a scholarly anthropologist at the College of Charleston who teaches courses in African-American studies, Gullah culture, women’s…

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ADEDAMOLA “DAMOLA” OJEIKERE: NIGERIAN FROM HOMELESSNESS TO THE U.S. NAVY, HOW DID HE DO IT?

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ADEDAMOLA “DAMOLA” OJEIKERE: NIGERIAN FROM HOMELESSNESS TO THE U.S. NAVY, HOW DID HE DO IT?

By Kelly Roncace When Adedamola “Damola” Ojeikere was 19 years old, he found himself homeless. Today, he is a Seaman Recruit in the United States Navy. In 2014, while searching for a place to sleep, Damola visited the Crossroads Program in Willingboro, and was taken in through the program’s Rites of Passage Transitional Housing program….

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UFOMBA KAMALU: LIVING IN NIGERIA TAUGHT UNDRAFTED TEXANS ROOKIE VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS

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UFOMBA KAMALU: LIVING IN NIGERIA TAUGHT UNDRAFTED TEXANS ROOKIE VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS

During his senior year, Starr’s Mill played a televised game against its rival. Ufomba sacked the quarterback and came up dancing. It was the first time Phillips saw Ufomba excited. The coach said the moment “kicked the first domino.” Ufomba began showing more emotion after that.

When Starr’s Mill lost that season’s state championship game at the Georgia Dome, Phillips found Ufomba with tears rolling down his face.

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OLYMPIC ORGANISERS APOLOGISE TO NIGERIA OVER ANTHEM MIX-UP

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OLYMPIC ORGANISERS APOLOGISE TO NIGERIA OVER ANTHEM MIX-UP

By Lolade Adewuyi Nigerian egos were bruised during Thursday’s match against Japan in the Men’s Football Event of the 2016 Olympic Games when a wrong national anthem was played. The Eagles looked confused when the strange tune came up over the Amazon Arena’s public address system in Manaus, as a few players tried to find…

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A Foreigner studied Nigeria and this is his Description

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A Foreigner studied Nigeria and this is his Description

Ever since taking West African History 201, I’ve been fascinated by the rich cultural tapestry that is Nigeria. Professor Olson really opened my eyes to Nigerian accomplishments in art, music, and literature. What an incredibly cool place!   It’s sad how the media always dwell on the negative aspects of African society. Granted, Nigeria faces…

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