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Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian author and dissident who has died at the age of 82, learnt early in life that words can lead to a lot of pain. It happened when he was at secondary school in colonial Nigeria. Turning to a fellow pupil, he asked in his native Igbo language: ''Nyefe M ncha ahu'' [pass me the soap]. For not using English, Achebe's English headmaster gave him a beating he remembered all his life.

Chinua Achebe writing in his office at Brown University in 2012

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Chinua Achebe, described as the “father of modern African literature” who inspired generations of writers across the continent, has died at the age of 82. 

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Balanced precariously in a narrow canoe, two Nigerian nurses traverse a mile-wide Atlantic estuary to run the daily gauntlet of militant gangs, kidnappers, and unforgiving waters, on a mission to immunise children.

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Foreign Office urges media not to speculate as it investigates claims by Ansaru terrorist group

A Nigerian Islamist group has released screen shots of a video purporting to show dead hostages

Foreign Office investigates reports of British hostage killed in Nigeria

Islamists stormed construction compound last month, taking seven captive

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Has the Nigerian FA banned lesbian players?

Fifa writes to governing body asking for clarification of reports

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Peter Odemwingie will return this season for West Bromwich Albion says Chris Brunt

West Brom captain Chris Brunt believes want-away striker Peter Odemwingie will play some part during the remainder of the season.

Nigerian soldiers surround kidnappers

Nigerian security forces surrounded the kidnappers of a French family in north-east Borno state in an operation to rescue the hostages.

Odemwingie arrived at Loftus Road on Thursday in buoyant mood but was soon told to leave

Steve Clarke asks West Brom fans not to let Peter Odemwingie anger affect team

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