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

Cultural Life: Yinka Shonibare, artist

Books: 'Flash of the Spirit' by Robert Farris Thompson is a book I am reading now. It's about African and African-American art and philosophy. I often express ideas in my work related to current affairs and on a weekly basis I tend to read 'The Economist' and the weekend 'Financial Times'. For 'Crash Willy, a piece on show in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, I was influenced by the credit crunch and drew from both non-fiction resources as well as fictional tales, such as 'Death of a Salesman'.

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Man-for-man ratings from the Moses Mabhida Stadium

Kaita puts the boot in and gives game away to Greece

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World Cup: Greece v Nigeria Live!

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Anti-corruption advocate returns from exile

Respected anti-corruption campaigner Nuhu Ribadu is expected to join the Nigerian government this week after returning from self-imposed exile in US.

Nigerian president dies, aged 58

Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua has died, the President's office confirmed last night. He was 58 years old.

Acting President of Nigeria calls for unity

The acting President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, said it was premature to talk of him making a bid for the leadership in elections due by early next year and called for unity in the ruling party.

Disabled athlete gets deportation reprieve

Even giant clouds of volcanic smoke have silver linings – for some people at least. Vincent Onwubiko, 43, a disabled power-lifting champion, is one of dozens of failed asylum-seekers who have won an unexpected reprieve after the intervention of Mt Eyjafjallajokull.

Welcome to Lagos, BBC2<br/>The Prisoner, ITV

An uplifting gem of a documentary from the refuse tips of Lagos contrasts with a lacklustre US remake of a British classic

Lagos: Inside the ultimate mega-city

Chaotic, sprawling, dynamic &ndash; Lagos inspires and terrifies visitors in equal measure. How do its citizens survive the world's most extreme urban environment?

Man's deportation halted over wheelchair blunder

Officers forgot to take weightlifter's aid to the airport for the flight to Nigeria

Blood and Oil - Executive stress in a murky industry

After cutting her teeth on Zadie Smith and tasting blockbuster success, Naomie Harris is coming of age in a revealing drama about the oil trade in Nigeria. By Gerard Gilbert

Fela Kuti: And the beat goes on

A new musical about Fela Kuti has drawn rave reviews in New York, and a West End run is eagerly awaited. Now his son Femi wants to bring it home to Lagos

A progress report: Six tales reveal how much still remains to be done

Poverty, poor health, sexual violence and degradation remain endemic around the world in spite of closer equality between the sexes
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