WBEZ | Nigeria http://www.wbez.org/tags/nigeria Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Boko Haram violence could threaten Nigerian elections http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-02-05/boko-haram-violence-could-threaten-nigerian-elections-111504 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP658195809200.jpg" style="height: 429px; width: 620px;" title="Supporters of Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan dance, during an election campaign rally, at Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/189670087&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Boko Haram&#39;s impact on the upcoming Nigerian elections</span></font></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-319bbeb8-5b7f-8275-b335-5f35a3981374">Nigeria will hold presidential elections on February 14th but more than a million Nigerians have been displaced due to the fighting against the Islamist group Boko Haram. The National Electoral Commission has voiced concern that they&rsquo;ll be unable to vote- Nigeria requires voters to cast their ballots in the city where they&rsquo;ve registered. Security has been a major issue on the campaign trail. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span><strong>Guest:<span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><em>Richard Joseph, professor of political science at <a href="https://twitter.com/NU_PAS">Northwestern University</a> and a senior fellow at the <a href="https://twitter.com/BrookingsInst">Brookings Institution</a>.</em></span></span></p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/189669638&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Wapapura: A solar powered music studio</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-447a6217-5b83-741e-0bef-46e7eea48ac5">Rafa Kotcherha is one of the creators of Wapapura, a solar powered recording studio. Due to its unique ability, Wapapura is able to record in previously inaccessible settings such as the Amazon rainforest and a 9th century Monastery in Spain. The power of the sun also helps him stream via satellite to the internet, as a means of sharing the connection between music and nature to a global audience.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color: rgb(33, 33, 33); font-style: italic; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Rafa Kotcherha, Spanish-Ukranian musician and eco-activist from Chicago, founder of <a href="https://twitter.com/wapapura">Wapapura</a></span></span></p></p> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-02-05/boko-haram-violence-could-threaten-nigerian-elections-111504 Satellite images show vast destruction of Boko Haram attack in Nigeria http://www.wbez.org/news/satellite-images-show-vast-destruction-boko-haram-attack-nigeria-111404 <p><p>Amnesty International has released stunning satellite imagery that shows vast destruction in Baga and Doron Baga, two towns in northeastern Nigeria that were attacked by Boko Haram.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/09/376122497/reports-of-boko-haram-led-massacre-in-captured-nigerian-town">As we&#39;ve pointed out in the past few days</a>, there has been confusion over just how deadly this attack was. Amnesty International has consistently said that the Islamic militants tore through the towns, burning buildings and killing as many as 2,000 people. The government, however, has denied those claims, saying the death toll is closer to 150.</p><p>The new images, the human rights group says, show the government estimates are wrong.</p><p>&quot;Up until now, the isolation of the Baga combined with the fact that Boko Haram remains in control of the area has meant that it has been very difficult to verify what happened there,&quot; said Daniel Eyre, Amnesty Nigeria researcher said in a statement. &quot;Residents have not been able to return to bury the dead, let alone count their number. But through these satellite images combined with graphic testimonies a picture of what is likely to be Boko Haram&#39;s deadliest attack ever is becoming clearer.&quot;</p><p>Here are two relevant photographs from the town of Doron Baga. The first was taken on January 2. The red represents healthy vegetation:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/206246_doro_baga_aka_doro_gowon_2_jan_2015_custom-e2dc87419431d842442270d0d71cf053f0369781-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 313px; width: 620px;" title="Satellite image of the village of Doro Baga in north-eastern Nigeria taken on 2 Jan 2015. Shows an example of the densely packed structures and tree cover in Doro Baga before the village was razed by Boko Haram. Micah Farfour/DigitalGlobe" /></div><p>The second image was taken January 7:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/206247_doro_baga_aka_doro_gowon_7_jan_2015_custom-f3d02928ca794d5fe5dd4b3c6e0090e11cabdddf-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 313px; width: 620px;" title="Satellite image of dense housing in Doro Baga taken on Jan. 7, following an attack by Boko Haram. This shows almost all the structures razed. The inset demonstrates the level of destruction of most of the structures in the town. The red areas indicate the remaining healthy vegetation. Micah Farfour/DigitalGlobe" /></div><p>According to Amnesty, those pictures show that more than 3,100 structures were damaged or destroyed by fire, &quot;affecting most of the 4 square kilometer town.&quot;</p><p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/01/09/boko-haram-may-have-killed-2000-people-in-one-attack/">The Washington Post has a bit of background</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;In August, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau announced the establishment of his &#39;Islamic Caliphate,&#39; quickly taking over every corner of Borno State in northeast Nigeria. But one town called Baga, populated by thousands of Nigerians along the western shores of Lake Chad, held out. Anchored by a multinational military base manned by troops from Niger to Chad, it was the last place in Borno under the national government&#39;s control. Over the weekend, that changed.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Boko Haram has been in the news lately, because the Islamic extremists&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/01/360629727/boko-haram-says-kidnapped-girls-are-now-married">took responsibility for the mass kidnapping of schoolgirls&nbsp;</a>from the town of Chibok in Borno last April.</p><p><em>-via <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/15/377408586/satellite-images-show-vast-destruction-of-boko-haram-attack-in-nigeria">NPR News</a></em></p></p> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/satellite-images-show-vast-destruction-boko-haram-attack-nigeria-111404 How Nigeria contained Ebola http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-21/how-nigeria-contained-ebola-110972 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP63365074299.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After 20 people were infected with Ebola in Nigeria, the country has not seen a new case in 42 days. The World Health Organization has declared the country free of Ebola virus transmission. WHO&#39;s Incident Manager for Ebola in Nigeria tells us how they contained the virus.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-how-nigeria-defeated-ebola/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-how-nigeria-defeated-ebola.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-how-nigeria-defeated-ebola" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: How Nigeria contained Ebola" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-21/how-nigeria-contained-ebola-110972 The Arab states and the conflict in Gaza http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-29/arab-states-and-conflict-gaza-110570 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP874063750311.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We&#39;ll talk with Middle East scholar Joe Kechichian about the role of the Arab and Gulf states in the current crisis in Gaza.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-why-saudi-arabia-and-the-arab-league-are/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-why-saudi-arabia-and-the-arab-league-are.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-why-saudi-arabia-and-the-arab-league-are" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The Arab states and the conflict in Gaza" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-29/arab-states-and-conflict-gaza-110570 The music of Brazil's favelas http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-11/music-brazils-favelas-110320 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP392232449892.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2014 World Cup begins in Brazil tomorrow. There&#39;s an official World Cup song, but it doesn&#39;t necessarily include any of the homegrown sounds coming out of Rio&#39;s favelas. &nbsp;We&#39;ll explore the roots of favela funk with Morning Shift and Radio M host Tony Sarabia.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-music-of-brazil-s-favelas/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-music-of-brazil-s-favelas.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-music-of-brazil-s-favelas" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The music of Brazil's favelas" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-11/music-brazils-favelas-110320 Chicago's Nigerians watch World Cup with optimism and resolve http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagos-nigerians-watch-world-cup-optimism-and-resolve-110311 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/NIGERIA2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Immigrant communities throughout Chicago are excited about seeing the World Cup. Thirty-two nations will compete to win the ultimate soccer championship. Nigeria is one of three African countries that qualified for the World Cup.</p><p>Nigerians in Chicago are looking forward to seeing their team, but some are concerned over an unresolved conflict in their homeland. WBEZ&rsquo;s Yolanda Perdomo talked with several Nigerians in Chicago about soccer and the crisis affecting a group of schoolgirls kidnapped in April.</p><p><em>Follow WBEZ Host/Producer Yolanda Perdomo on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/yolandanews">@yolandanews</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/106564114685277342468/posts/p/pub">Google+</a></em></p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagos-nigerians-watch-world-cup-optimism-and-resolve-110311 The fight for women's rights in Nigeria http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-03/fight-womens-rights-nigeria-110274 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Hafsat_Abiola_photobyJoannaLipper_web_version.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In April, more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria, which led to an international focus on women&#39;s rights there. &#39;The Supreme Price&#39; is a documentary that examines women&#39;s rights in Nigeria. We&#39;ll talk with the film&rsquo;s director, Joanna Lipper and researcher Corinne Dufka.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-fight-for-women-s-rights-in-nigeria/embed?border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-fight-for-women-s-rights-in-nigeria.js?border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-fight-for-women-s-rights-in-nigeria" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The fight for women's rights in Nigeria" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-03/fight-womens-rights-nigeria-110274 Poorly trained pilots and lack of oversight make air traveler riskier in developing world http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/poorly-trained-pilots-and-lack-oversight-make-air-traveler-riskier-developing <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120603045119.jpg" title="People gather at the site of a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP/Sunday Alamba)" /></div><p>The commercial airline whose plane crashed in Nigeria earlier this week, killing 153 people on board and more on the ground, is defending its actions leading up to the crash, saying<br />its chief engineer was aboard the doomed flight.</p><p>Francis Ogboro, an executive who oversees Dana Air, told journalists on Wednesday that the company&#39;s employees wouldn&#39;t have embarked on a &quot;suicide mission&quot; by flying an unsafe plane. Ogboro also said the plane showed no faults or problems Sunday morning before it crashed in a densely populated neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria&#39;s largest city.</p><p>Popular anger has risen in the country against the airline since the crash. The company, owned by a wealthy Indian family living in Nigeria, has been grounded by the federal government as it<br />investigates the crash.</p><p>This is not the first deadly crash to befall the west African nation. Bill Voss, president and CEO of the <a href="http://flightsafety.org/" target="_blank">Flight Safety Foundation </a>says Nigeria had actually &quot;improved its flight safety record in recent years,&quot; but demand for airline travel has grown rapidly and at times, training and safety standards haven&#39;t necessarily been able to keep pace. According to Voss, the African region has nearly 20 times the number of plane crashes as North America.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Friday on<em> Worldview,</em> Bill Voss sheds some light on the challenges developing nations face as they try to improve safety standards.</p></p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 11:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/poorly-trained-pilots-and-lack-oversight-make-air-traveler-riskier-developing Nigerian refugee fights for a life and his marriage in the U.S. http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-31/nigerian-refugee-fights-life-and-his-marriage-us-95998 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-31/eugene2.png" alt="" /><p><p>Eugene Peba is an immigrant here in Chicago. A member of Nigeria's Ogoni tribe, he fled persecution in his home country for the U.S. seven years ago. Now, Eugene works in Chicago and is married to an American -- and he's also facing a protracted legal battle to stay in this country on asylum grounds. His story reveals the byzantine, high-stakes world that many foreigners who come to this country face.</p><p>Students from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism recently met Eugene as part of their reporting work for the website <a href="http://www.immigrantconnect.org" target="_blank"><em>Immigrant Connect</em></a>. Led by their professor, Jack Doppelt, they reported Eugene's story.</p><p>Eugene, Jack and Northwestern student Karen Chen join <em>Worldview</em> to explain why Eugene is fighting to stay in the United States.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>To read the original article on Eugene Peba, written by Northwestern students on </em>Immigrant Connect<em>, <a href="http://www.immigrantconnect.org/2010/12/02/eugene-peba-a-nigerians-fight-for-survival-and-protection/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Watch this video of Eugene's story:</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AhAi75u_G2I" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-31/nigerian-refugee-fights-life-and-his-marriage-us-95998 Fuel subsidy cuts spark protests in an already volatile Nigeria http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-12/fuel-subsidy-cuts-spark-protests-already-volatile-nigeria-95497 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-12/nigeria2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Monday, the Nigerian government announced it would end two decades of fuel subsidies. The actions prompted a nationwide strike in a country already rocked by deadly religious tensions in the north.</p><p>Now, the country’s top oil union - which represents 20,000 oil and gas workers - is threatening to completely shut down oil production if President Goodluck Jonathan doesn’t reverse his decision.</p><p><a href="http://%20http://las.depaul.edu/psc/People/Full-time%20Faculty/Adibe/index.asp" target="_blank">Clement Adibe</a>, a professor of political science at DePaul University, provides analysis. He’s originally from the Niger Delta.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-12/fuel-subsidy-cuts-spark-protests-already-volatile-nigeria-95497