When a university student passed out in an overcrowded common room at a University of Ibadan residence hall, students scrambled to get him help. But a health care post established to serve that hall had been shuttered, and no ambulance driver was available to respond to the emergency. The student’s death sparked student outrage – and a university investigation into the widespread shortcomings of its health care service.
Nigerian teacher Kola Tubosun began curating Yoruba names while studying linguistics and African languages at the University of Ibadan. With the help of volunteers and crowdsourcing contributors, he is creating an online compendium of Yoruba names with meanings and aural pronunciations. Yoruba scholars say such work is vital to preserving the language of one of Africa’s largest ethnic groups.
Their purchasing power decimated by inflation, Nigerians celebrate the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan in the March election and hope President-elect Muhammadu Buhari can turn things around. Buhari promises to strengthen the nation’s currency, end government corruption and put down the Boko Haram insurgency. While voters dance in the streets, observers warn against expecting change overnight.
Most states in Nigeria have experienced politically instigated violence as the country prepares for elections on March 28 and April 11. Some experts say such violence is to be expected in a budding democracy.
Citizens are having trouble getting newly introduced permanent voter cards in time to vote in the general election set for March and April 2015. With polling delayed by armed conflict in northeastern Nigeria, the country’s independent electoral commission is working overtime to distribute the cards to as many registered voters as possible.
The Computer Village has attracted thousands of young entrepreneurs who sell, repair or swap technological devices such as phones and computers. More than 50,000 youths have found employment through the technology hub of the country’s largest city.
Activist Ogo Maduewesi has created online support groups for people with vitiligo, a skin disorder that causes blotches of pale skin, and has launched an online petition urging the UN to designate a World Vitiligo Day.