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Homo Urbanus Africanus and Change

The Plateau district of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/Photo/ReutersIn 1950, there were 20 million city dwellers in Africa. Today the number has gone up to 400 million and in 2050 it is projected that there will be more than a billion people.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 00:32


Nigerian women protest against oil firm

The construction of a gas plant in southern Nigeria has been stopped by more than 500 women protesting a breach of promise made by Septa Energy, an oil company.

Septa, a Nigerian subsidiary of Seven Energy Group, had allegedly promised to implement development projects in the Edo community in Esit Eket, Akwa Ibom State.

The women protestors claimed the company had failed to live up to its promises.

They laid siege at the company's central processing facility demanding to officials at the firm.

When armed security men called in to secure the facility appealed to the women to disperse, the women marched to the gas plant construction site.

Carrying placards and symbolic cassava leaves the women blocked the access road to the site.

Nkoyo Uyongnkpo, a leader in the area, told journalists that the women had donated their land in anticipation of development projects and job opportunities.

But they were disappointed that the company had not met its obligations.

"We opened our doors when the company came calling and we surrendered our farm land to provide space for the proposed gas plant but about five companies providing services to Septa have not fulfilled their obligations to the women," Uyongnkpo said.

"None of the companies cared to meet the women of this community and that prompted us to do a peaceful demonstration because we felt short-changed as the economic empowerment packages they promised are not forthcoming."

According to Grace Akpata, the secretary of the Edo Women Council, the community lacked potable water and its roads are in a poor condition.

A Septa official refused to comment on the concerns raised by the women.

Nigerian women protest against oil firm

Map of NigeriaThe construction of a gas plant in southern Nigeria has been stopped by more than 500 women protesting a breach of promise made by Septa Energy, an oil company.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2011 10:41


Nigeria bans same sex marriages

Nigerian law makers have limited the definition of a marriage contract or civil union to persons of opposite sex/Photo/ReutersNigerian law makers have approved a law banning same sex marriages, which imposes severe punishment for offenders and those who witness the unions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 12:05


Political faces behind terror and its impact on Nigeria

The Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) claims to have solved the mystery of the creation, management and funding of extremist Islam group, Boko Haram. But how will the discovery impact Nigeria's homeland security, and the North-South power dynamic?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 11:02


A tribute to Yasmin El-Rufai

The hour of departure has arrived, and we have gone our ways – Yasmin, you to God, while the rest of us remain alive. Which is better God only knowsI am grief-stricken: I lost a close friend over the weekend. Inestimably more than that, her family lost a daughter. Her name was Yasmin El- Rufai and her spirit was one of the most beautiful, intelligent and noble I have ever encountered.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 14:42


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