Nigerian pidgin use ruffles purists' feathers

Jan 19, 2014

Nigerian pidgin use ruffles purists' feathers

The chatter is fast-paced and the laughter infectious in the studios of the Lagos radio station Wazobia FM. Programs at the station are broadcast only in pidgin — the English-based patois that is fast becoming Nigeria’s lingua franca. In a country of 170 million, ...

Man survives three days at bottom of Atlantic

Dec 4, 2013

Man survives three days at bottom of Atlantic

Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat for three days, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle. The Nigerian cook survived by breathing an ever-dwindling supply of oxygen in an air pocket. A video of Okene’s rescue in ...

French engineer kidnapped in Nigeria in 2012 freed

Nov 17, 2013

French engineer kidnapped in Nigeria in 2012 freed

A French engineer taken hostage by Islamist militants in Nigeria, Francis Collomp, has been freed after nearly a year in captivity, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday. In a statement, Hollande expressed thanks to Nigerian authorities for helping to secure the release of 63-year-old ...

Nov 4, 2013

Suspected Nigerian Islamic militants attack wedding convoy

Suspected Islamic militants attacked a wedding convoy in northeast Nigeria over the weekend, the latest in a storm of violence in the region as government troops battle religious extremists bent on turning Africa’s most populous nation into an Islamic state. Authorities on Sunday gave ...

Nigerian military raids kill 95 Islamist Boko Haram fighters

Oct 26, 2013

Nigerian military raids kill 95 Islamist Boko Haram fighters

Nigeria’s military said Friday it had killed 95 suspected Boko Haram fighters in raids in the country’s northeast, as gunmen from the Islamist group battled security forces in a neighboring area. The army, which is battling to crush a four-year Islamist uprising in the ...

Oct 21, 2013

Boko Haram Islamists kill 19 in Nigeria's northeast

Boko Haram gunmen dressed in military uniform on Sunday killed 19 people near the Nigerian border with Cameroon in the restive northeast, where the Islamists have carried out a series of deadly attacks, residents and a survivor said. Motorcycle-riding gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs blocked ...

Sep 30, 2013

China kids know the logos used for smokes

Nearly nine in 10 children in China can identify a cigarette logo, according to a U.S. study out Monday that measured tobacco recognition among typical 5- and 6-year-olds in various countries. The study in the journal Pediatrics covered six nations — Brazil, India, Nigeria, ...