News Brief

Camps Around Maiduguri Are Losing Thousands of Kids to Starvation

Two narratives are coming out of Borno State Nigeria, where Boko Haram are on the run. One is of a humanitarian disaster and the other is hope.

While the Nigerian military says it has Boko Haram on the run, the humanitarian situation in and around these conflict areas in North Eastern Nigeria is bleak. A new report from Doctors Without Borders says camp residens are suffering extreme food shortages. A situation that has long been played down by authorities and seems to involve everything from official corruption to roadblocks in international humanitarian aid funding.


In an interview with the Associated Press, Natalie Roberts, the Doctors Without Borders emergency program manager for northeast Nigeria said this about northeastern Borno:

“We only saw older brothers and sisters. No toddlers are straddling their big sisters’ hips. No babies strapped to their mums’ backs. It’s as if they have just vanished,” Roberts said.

But hold-on there's good news too. As reported in this AJ+ video, girls and boys—an estimated 1.8 million of whom were deprived of schooling during the Boko Haram's peak—are headed back to school in Borno.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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