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The Embraer passenger plane crashed just outside Lagos airport's domestic terminal this morning

Nigeria oil union threats shutdown amid nationwide strike‎

A union representing 20,000 oil and gas workers in Nigeria has threatened to shut down all production starting on Sunday as part of a crippling nationwide strike over spiralling fuel prices.

Anarchy warning over Nigeria fuel strike

A national strike paralysing Nigeria risks "anarchy", the government has warned as demonstrations over spiralling fuel prices entered their third day today.

Violence erupts in Nigeria over petrol prices

Protesters furious over spiralling petrol prices started fires on a motorway and at least one person was killed in the unrest after Nigeria's government scrapped a subsidy that had kept fuel costs down for more than 20 years.

Nigeria garages blockaded in fuel hike row

Angry mobs of protesters stopped garage owners from selling fuel today while others lit a bonfire on a major highway in an attempt to thwart the Nigerian government's removal of a cherished consumer subsidy which had kept petrol affordable for more than two decades.

Nigerian leaders 'failed' to respond to bombings

Nigeria's main opposition leader accused the government of incompetence on Monday after Islamist militants killed more than two dozen people in Christmas Day attacks on churches and other targets.

Nigeria oil spill is 'worst in a decade'

An oil spill near the coast of Nigeria is likely to be the worst there in a decade, the government official said today, as slicks from the Royal Dutch Shell spill approached the southern shoreline.

Ojukwu addresses the media in 1967 at the start of the disastrous war

Emeka Ojukwu: Soldier who led his people into the war of Biafran independence

The image so often associated with Africa – a child with stick-thin limbs and swollen belly – dates back to the first televised famine, the Biafran war. The man who understood the power of that image was an Oxford-educated Nigerian soldier, Emeka Ojukwu.

Nurse goes from children's wards to literary awards with first novel

Christie Watson makes Costa shortlist only three years after quitting job to study creative writing

Nigerians who break traffic rules to have their heads examined

While many people may agree that you would need your head examined to drive in the wrong direction down a one-way street in Nigeria's mega-city Lagos, few expected to see it enshrined in law.

Nigeria warned over persistent age-cheats

A former Nigeria international appointed to oversee the establishment of his country's own Court of Arbitration for Sport believes age-cheating in youth football tournaments is still endemic in Africa.

Asa - The 'new Sade' just wants to make us laugh

Asa always wanted to sing, but her parents disapproved. Then she met 'dangerous people', she tells Elisa Bray

Labyrinths, By Christopher Okigbo

Killed in 1967 aged 35, a major on the Biafran side in Nigeria's civil war, Christopher Okigbo had already laid a claim to be judged as one of Africa's greatest modern poets.

Nigeria: Suicide bomber targets police HQ

A suicide bombing blamed on Islamist militants killed at least two people in the parking lot of police headquarters in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, yesterday.

The Echo Chamber, By Luke Williams

The narrator of this remarkable novel is Evie Steppman, a woman in her sixties who has holed herself up in the attic of her decaying house in Gullane, eastern Scotland, to write her memoirs. Evie, as narrators will do in books of this type, has a rather particular super-power: a faculty of hearing so acute that she can actually hear the past. She can "hear" photographs, and catch echoes of her childhood and even prenatal existence, in 1940s Lagos. "This is what I heard," she writes: "the vicious spitting of feral cats, rug-beaters thwacking, traffic bustle and crowds. Fat goats being let to market, their bleating disharmonious and afraid. Women pounding manioc."

Violence disrupts end of polling in Nigeria

Hundreds of poll workers fled their jobs and tens of thousands of displaced Nigerians had nowhere to cast ballots as elections for governors went ahead yesterday despite violence after the presidential poll earlier this month.

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