The Identity of Man Negotiating Release of Nigerian Girls Is Suspicious

Last Friday, it was announced that Nigerian officials and leaders of Boko Haram had reached a cease-fire deal in Chad that could potentially lead to the release of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped in April. But various sources have become increasingly doubtful of Boko Haram's representative—a Saudi Arabian man named… » 10/21/14 2:30pm 10/21/14 2:30pm

​Boko Haram Allegedly Negotiating the Release of Kidnapped School Girls

It has been about five months since over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria, by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. It has been assumed that many of the girls were to be sold off as "wives," but apparently Boko Haram is in talks with Nigerian government officials and the International… » 9/21/14 3:45pm 9/21/14 3:45pm

​Wife of Cameroon's Vice Prime Minister Kidnapped in Boko Haram Attack

According to Cameroonian officials, this morning members of the Boko Haram insurgency launched an attack on the home of Cameroonian Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, and kidnapped his wife. At least three people were killed in the attack. In a separate strike, local religious leader and mayor Seini Boukar Lamine was » 7/27/14 12:36pm 7/27/14 12:36pm

Need to Calculate Your Bride Price? There's an App for That

If you ever wanted to calculate exactly how much a groom and his family would have to fork over to buy you as his bride, developers in Nigeria have made an app for that. BridePrice app calculates your worth by asking questions on appearance, education, homemaking skills, etc., then — ta-dah! — spits out your price. » 5/30/14 2:40pm 5/30/14 2:40pm

​Nigerian Defense Chief Announces Abducted Girls Have Been Located

Provisionally good news: Nigeria's Air Marshal Alex Barde announced that the location of the nearly 300 missing Nigerian girls has been discovered. However, he is reticent to immediately use force to actually rescue the girls, fearing that such a move could put the girls at more risk. But details of their whereabouts… » 5/26/14 6:27pm 5/26/14 6:27pm

Six Nigerian Girls Share Their Boko Haram Escape Stories

Six of the 53 Nigerian girls who escaped Boko Haram kidnappers last month are speaking out. One girl named Kuma Ishaku told the New York Times that the men came into their school at night shouting first that they were the military, and later that they were Boko Haram. Some who were forced into the trucks decided to… » 5/15/14 1:00pm 5/15/14 1:00pm

Girl In Viral #BringBackOurGirls Photo Neither Nigerian Nor Abducted

This week, Twitter and Facebook's highly visible #BringBackOurGirls campaign highlighted the plight of 276 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. One problem: the most visible images used in that campaign are pictures of girls that aren't Nigerian. Or kidnapped. Or even technically girls… » 5/09/14 1:00pm 5/09/14 1:00pm

14-Year-Old Forced Into Marriage Kills Husband More Than Twice Her Age

When Nigerian 14-year-old Wasila Umaru was forced into a marriage with a 35-year-old man, she was terrified and didn't know what to do. In this state of emergency she did the only thing she could think of: she poisoned her husband in the hopes that she would not have to share her body or her life with him, a man whom… » 4/12/14 3:30pm 4/12/14 3:30pm

Nigerian 'Queens of Africa' Dolls Give Girls What Barbie Can't

Any minority who has felt the frustration of trying to find a doll that corresponds with a specific ethnicity knows the true meaning of futility. I usually switched between my Mulan Barbie (whose hair never fucking reattached), and hand-me-down Indian Barbies from the Dolls of the World Collection. (Because a… » 1/29/14 3:30pm 1/29/14 3:30pm

A Depressingly Large Percentage of Nigerian Women Are Using Harmful…

Last September a horrific-sounding "intimate bleaching product" gained popularity in India and Thailand, which promised to make vulvas "fairer within four weeks." While the shock value garnered this a lot of coverage, sadly, skin bleaching has actually been immensely popular for quite some time. » 4/06/13 1:30pm 4/06/13 1:30pm

1,000 Nigerian Women Are Stuck in Saudi Arabia Airports Because They're…

Around 1,000 Nigerian women have been stranded at airports in Saudi Arabia for five days running because of a rule that says they must be accompanied by a husband or male relative while taking the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca — a trip that's pretty much mandatory for able-bodied Muslims to take at least once in… » 9/27/12 6:30pm 9/27/12 6:30pm