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It’s Been 2 Years Since Boko Haram Abducted 276 Schoolgirls From A Chibok School

Two years later, the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have yet to be found.

A #BringBackOurGirls gathering in New York's Union Square on May 3, 2014. Photo by Michael Fleshman.


On April 14th, 2014, Boko Haram militants abducted 276 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria. 57 students were able to escape.

Criticisms of the then administration of President Goodluck Jonathan quickly abounded. It took Jonathan until May 4 of that year to publicly speak about the kidnapping of the girls, in which he criticized the student’s parents for not cooperating with providing information to the authorities.

Amnesty International reported that the Nigerian government had intelligence that the attacks were going to occur yet failed to act.

Jonathan then lost his re-election campaign to the current President Muhammadu Buhari.

The school itself sustained major damage and was demolished with plans to rebuild have yet to have occurred.

Boko Haram roughly translates to “Western education is forbidden,” and the kidnapping at Chibok is far from the only crimes the ISIL-affiliated group committed. Since the beginning of their insurgency in 2009, nearly 20,000 people have been killed, 2 million people have been displaced, and 2,000 children have been abducted, many times forced to be sex slaves, fighters and suicide bombers.

Following the kidnapping at Chibok, a global movement demanded the Nigerian government be more proactive in their search for the missing girls. The hashtag #BringBackOurGirls appeared throughout social media and on the ground protests with a range of celebrities and even U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama becoming involved.

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The U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson released a statement just before the second year anniversary of the mass abduction.

“As we approach the second anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school in Chibok, the United States again calls for the immediate release, without preconditions, of all hostages held by Boko Haram. The kidnapping of these young women, along with the kidnappings of countless others by Boko Haram, epitomizes this terrorist group’s depravity.”

A new video filmed this past December, purported to feature the girls from the Chibok school abduction was released this past Tuesday. Three mothers have identified the girls in the video to be their daughters. The girls in the video say that they are being treated well but want to be returned home. They also asked for the Nigerian government to cooperate with Boko Haram.

Officials say further verification is needed.

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A special envoy was sent to Nigeria to express the first of President Cyril Ramaphosa's 'sincere apologies'.

Yesterday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa sent a special envoy to Abuja, Nigeria, to meet with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari according to the eNCA. The envoy was tasked with expressing President Ramaphosa's "sincere apologies" for the recent spate of xenophobic attacks targeting foreign African nationals in South Africa. Of the twelve people who were killed during the week of the xenophobic attacks, two of them were Zimbabwean and the rest South African. However, hundreds more were affected by the violence, with the Nigerian government having opted to voluntary evacuate at least 600 Nigerians who wanted to return home.

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Nigerian Activist Omoyele Sowore Remains In Custody Following Planned #RevolutionNow Protests

The founder of Sahara Reporters and 2019 presidential candidate, is being held under terrorism laws after attempting to organize a nationwide protest against insecurity.

Nigerian journalist, activist and politician Omoyele Sowore was arrested on Sunday for his efforts to lead a nationwide "Revolution Now" protest and is currently being held under terrorism laws, BBC Africa reports.

The peaceful protests were set to take place across 21 Nigerian cities on Monday. Several Nigerians were set to take to the streets to demand an end to widespread insecurity in the country, and push for free education and healthcare for all Nigerian citizens. Some organizers attempted to go ahead with the protests on Monday to little success. Those who did attempt to organize faced small run-ins with police.

Sowore remains in custody, after being accused of "calling for an overthrow of the Nigerian government," by organizing the protest. Though he should have been charged within 48-hours of being taken into custody, according to Nigerian law, Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that Sowore could be detained under terrorism laws, following a request from the Department of State Services (DSS) to hold him for further investigation. "The nature of offence of terrorism which involved the use of force, is a clear affront to the peace of the society," said the justice of his decision.

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Get Into Shirazee & Saint Jhn's Highly-Addictive 'Juju'

The new music video follows Shirazee and Saint Jhn to New Orleans.

Shirazee is back with his latest single "Juju."

The new song sees the Benin-born singer-songwriter linking up with none-other-than Saint Jhn for a highly-addictive tune built on afro-fusion beat work. The striking new music video for "Juju," which was directed by Tiara Marei, follows Shirazee and Saint Jhn to New Orleans, Louisiana.

"This one is special to me 'cause the song was recorded at a time I needed to break a love-spell that I felt was put on me by a serious crush of mine [laughs]," Shirazee tells OkayAfrica. "Shooting this video in New Orleans, a city with historical ties to my Benin, was such a privilege and does so much justice to the song and theme.

"[I'm] looking forward to releasing new music this year and the first of two EPs called LOST is on the way and it's exciting," he adds.

For more on him, revisit our interview with Shirazee on his journey, taking risks and going independent. As you remember, Saint Jhn featured on Beyoncé and Wizkid's "Brown Skin Girl," one of our favorite songs last year.

Get into Shirazee and Saint Jhn's "Juju" below.

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Namaste Wahala is the film debut of Indian businesswoman turned filmmaker Hamisha Daryani Ahuja. She released the first poster for the movie on Tuesday, showing a young couple in elaborate wedding regalia, and it's been met with humor and excitement from people online.

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