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HBO's Upcoming Documentary Following the Rescued Chibok Girls To Premiere This Fall

"Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram" presents the traumatizing stories of the Nigerian school-girls who were kidnapped by the extremist insurgent group.

In the town of Chibok, Nigeria, on the night of April 14, 2014, 276 girls were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School of Nigeria by Boko Haram—a violent, extremist Islamic insurgent movement, hidden in the Sambisa forest. It has been about a year now since the group of 82 Nigerian girls have been released, adding to the previous number of young women who have been released, rescued or successful in their escape.

This fall, HBO Documentary Films has partnered with BBC2 and ARTE France to present the stories of these young women.

Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram, directed by Karen Edwards (Dispatches) and Gemma Atwal (Marathon Boy), will reveal the trials these young women face beyond captivity. It bares the scars of these young Nigerian women and their difficulty adapting to their newly found freedom.


The documentary will show the girl's rehabilitation through secret government safe houses in Abuja. It explores the emergence of their label as "The Chibok Girls," children who aren't allowed to live outside of their protected environment with limited access to the outside world.

Stolen Daughters will also explore the fate of the "Forgotten Girls," the thousands of women and young girls who remain tucked away in the slums and refugee camps in the city of Maiduguri who have and are constantly being attacked by Boko Haram before the school-girl attack that sparked the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls, helmed by leaders and influencers like Michelle Obama.

Although this documentary is focused on the story of the young women who have become the target of the terrorizing tactics of the Boko Haram, it's documentation of how the Nigerian Government has been handling these attacks will also hopefully explore the ongoing injustices against the women and communities of Nigeria, and their resilience at the same time.

Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram comes to us this fall.

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The 20 Best Nigerian Songs of 2019

Featuring Burna Boy, Rema, Tiwa Savage, Zlatan, Mr Eazi, Wizkid, Teni, Davido, Lady Donli and many more.

2019 was another huge year for Nigerian music.

Zlatan's presence was ubiquitous and powered by the zeal for zanku, a dance which is now de rigueur. Rema led the charge for a group of young breakthrough artists that include Fireboy DML and Joeboy. They all represent an exciting crop of talents that point the way forward for Nigerian pop.

Burna Boy's new dominance, built around his excellent African Giant album, delivered on his rare talents, while the long wait for Davido's sophomore album, A Good Time, paid off in satisfying fashion. Simi's Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1 announced her departure from her longterm label. Tiwa Savage also made a highly-discussed move from Mavin Records to Universal Music Group. Meanwhile, Yemi Alade exuded female strength with her latest record, Woman of Steel.

Not to be left out, Wizkid sated demands for his fourth album with a new collaborative EP following a year of stellar features that included his presence on Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift, an album which also boasts Tekno, Mr Eazi and Tiwa Savage. Mr Eazi also notably launched his emPawa initiative to help fund Africa's promising up-and-coming artists.

Asa returned in a formidable form with Lucid, while buzzing artists like Tay Iwar, Santi, and Lady Donli all shared notable releases. Lastly, the beef between Vector and M.I climaxed and sparked a resurgence of Nigerian rap releases from Phyno to Ycee, PsychoYP and more.

Read on for the best Nigerian songs of 2019. Listed in no particular order. —Sabo Kpade

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African Travelers Will Soon be Able to Enter Nigeria Without a Visa

Speaking at the Aswan Forum in Egypt, President Muhammadu Buhari said that as of January 2020, fellow Africans will instead be issued with visas upon their arrival in Nigeria.

According to Sahara Reporters, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has announced at the Aswan Forum in Egypt that fellow Africans will no longer require a visa to enter Nigeria.

However, this is not to say that travel to Nigeria will be entirely visa-less. Instead, those in possession of an African passport will be issued a visa upon their arrival in Nigeria.

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South African Women Dropped the Best Debuts of 2019

We highlight 10 noteworthy albums & EPs from a new generation of vocal talent in South Africa, featuring Elaine, Ayanda Jiya, Ami Faku and more.

The South African music scene has seen an uptick in youthful, vocally gifted artists over the years. Much of this is owed to the recent global resurgence of R&B, as well as the increased significance of streaming sites, especially SoundCloud.

From internet-savvy artists creating jazz, alternative soul and house-infused spoken word to radio friendly iterations of pop and Afro-soul, 2019 has been the year of impactful debut performances.

This year ushered in the voices of a new generation of South African female artists announcing themselves to the world.

Here's a lowdown of 10 great releases from talented female vocalists, songwriters and composers marking this new era.

Read ahead below. This list is in no particular order.

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Listen to Stormzy's New Album 'Heavy is the Head'

The British-Ghanaian grime star has dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album featuring YEBBA, H.E.R., Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9 and Headie One.

British-Ghanaian rapper Stormzy has finally dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album Heavy is the Head. The album comes two years after he released his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer.

The 16-track project features the likes of American singer-songwriter YEBBA, H.E.R., Burna Boy, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9 and Headie One.

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