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Dozens of Students Feared Dead After Collapse of Residential Building In Lagos

Rescue efforts are still ongoing.

Dozens of young students are feared dead, following the collapse of a three-story building in the Ita Faji, area of Lagos Wednesday morning, which left around 100 children trapped under mountains of rubble.

According to a report from BBC Africa, official have rescued 40 children so far have been rescued alive from the residential building, while at least eight have been found dead.

The cause of the destruction is still unknown, however a local witness by the name of Mohammed Muftau told BBC Africa that cracks had previously been seen in the building and that concerns over its the safety had been raised. According to The New York times, some witnesses claimed that the building had been previously marked with an "X" to denote that it was delapitated and in need of repair.

The collapsed building also housed a nurse and primary school, according to The New York Times.


Distressing footage shared on social media show children being transferred to ambulances on stretchers and large crowds forming at the site, with parents arriving to search for children under the rubble.

Rescue efforts are still ongoing, and local members of the community have stepped in to assist, reports BBC Africa.

The incident raises several obvious questions around infrastructural issues in Africa's largest metropolis, which residents have been pushing the government to address for years.

This is far from the first instance in Lagos. In 2016 a five-story bundling collapsed in the midst of construction, killing at least 34 people, while that same year over 100 people died after a church caved in, in Uyo.

Nigerians have been responding to the tragedy on social media, with many lambasting the government for the lack of systems put in place to protect citizens.




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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

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The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

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"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

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Meet Duro Arts, the Man Behind Your Favorite Afrobeats Album Covers

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