The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) last week intercepted 60 containers containing two million tyres, worth over N5 billion in a satellite suburb of Lagos. These tyres were imported by some Chinese nationals into the country, with the tyres re-labelled after being stuffed together for over four weeks enroute China. Continue reading
The eight years of Boko Haram insurgence in Nigeria’s North-east region has wiped out the economic and agricultural opportunities of the region. Most of its population now reside in the Internally Displaced Persons camps (IDPs), such as the one in Dikwa. About 20,000 people have so far died from the violence in the area and 2.6 million rendered homeless.
One of the IDP’s told the GOnews correspondent that she had to seek refuge in the camp to flee from hunger and insecurity in her village. “Over 300 people arrive the camp daily fleeing from the rising scale of malnutrition in the area”.
The Federal Government of Nigeria is unable to arrest the famine in the region, in spite of its huge agricultural and economic potentials. The camps rely mainly on food provided by the United Nations Aid agencies.
Xenophobia attacks in South Africa is becoming disturbing. Over 60 people have been confirmed killed and shops allegedly belonging to Nigerians and Pakistanis razed down. Many of the locals said that the shops were attacked because they were involved in drug peddling and prostitution.
It is believed that foreigners were being targeted because there is a common believe that they were responsible for the lack of jobs among poor South Africans.
It is worrisome for citizens to take laws into their hands by applying jungle justice as a recipe for their lack and poverty. The locals are mere victims of the prevailing socioeconomic hardship in South Africa.
The fact remains that as far as Africa does not industrialized, her citizens would continue to compete violently for scarce resources, that is what is playing out in South Africa. Jobs are scarce, and the few opportunities are taken over by Africans from other countries who are more skilled.
However, the South African Police have tried to stop the violence by firing rubber bullets and water canon to stem the pro and anti-immigrant protest.
Our source revealed that a mammoth crowd gathered at Karaka Community Centre located in a suburb area of Port Harcourt to confirm the strange news of a woman who was allegedly delivered of a kid, after a religious exercise.
According to an eye witness, the woman has been pregnant for the past 3 years until her recent delivery.
Since the strange event occurred, many people have remained dumb founded in the community.
On a trip to town, Naijavoxpop encountered two childhood friends in the oil rich capital city of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Cherise and Raymond who shared everything in common, except views on their nationality.
The former recognizes the need for an inclusive Nigeria that has been undermined by selfishness, greed, corruption and exclusion. He posited further that these challenges have been the cause of the nation’s dilemma. However, the latter disagrees, stating irreconcilable differences of nationhood as being behind the travails of the country. We interviewed them in order to get a feel of what their perspectives are about Nigeria and the agitations for the sovereign State of Biafra. Continue reading
Bole is a street food that consist of roasted plantain, yam and fish with pepper sauce. It is popular among the Niger Delta people. Your visit to Port Harcourt without a bite of bole is incomplete. Continue reading
Nigerian Art history has attracted huge admiration from different parts of the world, from the Nok terracotta to the Benin bronze art pieces. Art history is a source of inspiration for many socio-cultural groups in Nigeria because it reminds them of their heritage.
Naijavoxpop paid a visit to the National Commission for Museums and Monument in Port Harcourt and the Officer-in-charge of Heritage and Monument, Mr. Dagogo took us through a journey of Nigeria’s art history. Continue reading
The rise of street hawking in Nigeria is a huge burden on the development of children, despite the advocacy against child labour, parents and family members are still involved in using their wards to sell products on the streets, largely out of selfish reasons. Continue reading
The growing presence of mentally challenged people in major cities around the country has become a source of concern for many sympathetic Nigerians. From Lagos to Port Harcourt you would find mentally sick people in different streets corners and major highways walking from one point to the other. The last time the nation witnessed such a situation was in the 1990’s during the Structural Adjustment Programmme (SAP) where the people were meant to cut down on their foreign consumption and look inwards because of the nation’s poor economy. A psychiatric nurse, who wants to remain anonymous, said that the present economic downturn in Nigeria might have been responsible for the rising cases of mentally sick persons in the country. He admitted further that “this is because economic recession leads to the loss of jobs, which means more and more people are thrown out of their work and left with no source of livelihood. The resultant effect is depression, which they may never come out of. In the hospital where I work the number of out-patients and those on admission from depression have increased. However, drug addiction and hereditary factors have also added to the mental burden in the society”. Continue reading