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Arik Air seeks to address imbalances on London-Abuja route

MICHAEL ARUMEMI-IKHIDE Group chief executive/Courtesy Photo/Arik Air/As the Nigerian airline reduced the frequency of flights to the UK because of limited access to landing slots, its CEO warned that high fuel costs could eat into profits.

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Governor of Lagos is"temperamentally" not a politician

BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA GOVERNOR, LAGOS STATE/PHOTO/JACOB SILBERBERG/PANOS-REAThe Action Congress of Nigeria is getting more attention on a national scale as governor Fashola and his allies change the face 
of Nigeria's densely packed and poorly built economic capital.

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Nigeria: Military crackdown on Boko Haram displaces residents

Map of NigeriaThe Nigerian army on Tuesday carried out a crackdown of a suspected hideout of members of Islamist group, Boko Haram in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

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Nigeria: Jonathan optimistic in State of the Nation address

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan/Photo/ReutersNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan believes the West African country has "made appreciable progress in the last one year" under his stewardship.

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Finance: Foreign firms go local

altPlans by transnational companies to list on local equity markets raise questions about changes in corporate governance and ownership patterns.

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Nigerian city put on high alert

Map of NigeriaNigeria's volatile city of Jos has been put on high alert amid fears of worsening religious clashes.

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Nigeria and U.S in terrorism fight

Extremist group, Boko Haram has caused widespread havoc in Nigeria in recent years/Photo/ReutersThe United States has reiterated its willingness to capacitate the Nigerian security services in dealing with a terrorist onslaught posed by extreme Islamist group, Boko Haram.

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Nigeria on brink of civil war: Soyinka

Nigeria has been rocked by protests over rising petrol prices/Photo/ReutersReligious intolerance fuelled by politicians, ethnicism and economic unrest is pushing Nigeria to the brink of another civil war, renowned poet and Nobel laureate Wole

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Nigeria: Boko Haram condemned amid rising death toll

Map of NigeriaWorld leaders have condemned the deadly Christmas day attacks on churches across Nigeria, claimed by Boko Haram, as death toll continues to rise.

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West Africa's economies trumpet same tune

With democratically elected leaders in all three, West Africa's prospects are looking up/Image/All Rights ReservedFor the first time in a generation, the three elephants of West Africa are all pulling in the same direction.

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Nigeria: Social media stirs sexual violence debate

Map of NigeriaNigerians have used social media to stir the world's conscience over a rape incident, but the next step is to turn the heated online debate into concrete positive social change

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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?



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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.

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Delta Airlines to Fly from Accra to Abuja

Photo/ReutersThe US Delta Air lines, Fortune Magazine's world most admired airline, is to begin direct flight operation from Accra to Abuja on December 1, Delta's Commercial Manager, East and West Africa, Mr Bobby Bryan announced in Accra on Tuesday.

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Nigeria's Fine Art Creative Explosion

Adanma by Alex Nwokolo/ Photo/ All Rights ReservedA new book thrusts the dynamism of the Lagos art scene into the hands of ­collectors worldwide

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Events

 24thAfrica Oil Week
23-27 October 2017 | Cape Town, South Africa - http://www.africa-oilweek.com
 altThe 24th Africa Oil Week 2017 Conference & Exhibition provides the most trusted platform worldwide; bringing together governments, national oil companies, corporate players, independents and financiers with support from service and supply operators shaping Africa's oil, gas and energy future. The conference portrays five days of content-rich senior level executive insights, finance and investor outlook, exposure of Africa-wide state and/or private acreage opportunities, transaction and/or new venture assets and potential, exposure of Africa-wide state and/or private acreage opportunities, exploration and production developments, industry strategies and portfolio, wand an overview of Africa’s hydrocarbon future; regarded for its high level participation, intimate networking and on-site deal-flow. Annually, more than 1,250 corporate and influential leaders and thinkers from every continent attend the flagship Africa Oil Week that attracts a key oil and gas audience to Cape Town, offering a content driven program, quality industry exhibition and five star networking opportunities.
   
 Africa Com - 20th anniversary
7-9 November 2017 | Cape Town, South Africa - https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom
 altThe largest African Telecoms, Media and Technology event in the World: 13,000 attendees, 450 exhibitors & 400 visionary speakers from across the entire digital ecosystem.
   
 CAIF: China-Africa Investment Forum
27-28 November 2017 | Marrakesh, Moroccol - http://www.chinaafricainvestmentforum.com
 altEvery year, the China-Africa Investment Forum brings together the main stakeholders of trade and investment between China and Africa for two days of conferences and business meetings.
An exceptional networking platform, the China-Africa Investment Forum has been designed to strengthen relations between Chinese and African businesses and promote the forging of high value business partnerships, particularly in the industrial sector. 

Two days to discuss: • China-Africa cooperation: stakes and prospects for companies • African strategies to improve industrial competitiveness • Partnerships and investments to strengthen Africa’s production capacity • Morocco’s industrial acceleration plan – is this model exportable?
High level delegates: • Managers of big African and Chinese companies • The most active investors, bankers and financiers in Africa • Key public policymakers (economy, industry, etc.) • Directors of international financial institutions
Seize promising business deals: • Increase your contacts amongst your Chinese and African counterparts • Identify the most profitable markets and sectors • Enter commercial, technical and financial partnerships • Define a new vision for African industry
   
 Oil & Gas Council - MSGBC Bassin Summit and Exhibition
27-29 November 2017 | Dakar, Senegal - http://www.oilandgascouncil.com/conference/msgbc
 altStretching from Guinea to Mauritania, the MSGBC Basin has firmly established itself as a world-class petroleum resource in the last few years with major discoveries including the world's largest and second largest discoveries in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (in conjugate basin, Liza). With the full support of the Ministry of Energy (MEDER) and Petrosen, the MSGBC Basin Summit & Exhibition provides a valuable opportunity for anyone interested in West Africa, to develop a solid understanding of the prospects that exist in some of the world's most exciting plays. The latest industry updates will provide valuable insights, while Governments and NOCs across the North West African Atlantic Margin will gather to outline their industry development strategies, including details of the latest seismic surveys and timelines for bidding rounds. The Summit also provides a platform for countries in the region to outline their regulatory environments, technological requirements and local industry growth targets that are vital for international stakeholders to manage their investment decisions.
   
 Africa 2017 - Business for Africa and the World
7-9 December 2017 | Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - https://www.businessforafricaforum.com
 Africa2017 logo150150Africa 2017 Forum is held under the high patronage of H.E. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on 7th to 9th December 2017 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and is organized by the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation of Egypt and the COMESA Regional Investment Agency (RIA). 

The 2017 edition builds on the success of the inaugural Africa 2016, which saw participation of 6 Heads of State and more than 1,000 delegates from 45 countries. This year the programme has been enhanced with exclusive Presidential Roundtables with Africa leaders and CEOs as well as a Young Entrepreneurs Day. 

Africa 2017 remains the premier business platform to nurture new partnerships; meet investors and fast track your business objectives in Africa. Take your place and belong in the conversation that will drive new projects, transactions and policy throughout the continent with global business leaders who will lead both dialogue and progress on some of the most important projects in Africa.

   
 Energy Council - West Africa Energy Assembly
January 2018 | Lagos, Nigeria - http://www.oilandgascouncil.com/conference/west-africa
 altA Major International Energy Investment Forum for West Africa. In January 2018 we look forward to returning to Lagos, for the third annual West Africa Energy Assembly. Once again we will be welcoming senior executives working in West Africa's Energy sector for pragmatic discussions on how those in the industry can work together to overcome challenges within the market. The West Africa Energy Assembly remains a must-attend energy event for thought leadership, market insight and high-end C-level networking. Whether you are looking for farm in partners, farm out partners, capital investment, financing, advisory work, business partners, or simply want to learn about the opportunities in the sector and expand your business network, this West Africa Energy conference is designed to deliver it all.

   
 

Nigeria faces MEND and Boko Haram threat ahead of Independence Day celebration

Nigeria’s 51st Independence Day celebration scheduled to be held at the Eagles Square in the capital city of Abuja has been threatened by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta and members of extreme Islamist group Boko Haram.

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Nigeria steps up fight against Boko Haram

The Nigerian security authorities have undertaken to act on information about the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram to stop it from carrying out terrorist activities.

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UN investigates Abuja HQ bomb blast

The United Nations says it will not be worried by the activities of the Islamic group Boko Haram until it independently verifies that terrorists are behind the bomb attack at its Abuja headquarters last week.

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‘Powerful Nigerians behind terrorist group’

A Nigerian political group says Friday’s bomb attack at the United Nations headquaters in Abuja by the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram was politically motivated to destabilise President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.

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