Stories: Nigeria

  • Medicine Men

    Al-Hajji Mojeed thinks of himself as a reformer. After he welcomed me to the offices of his Olaiya Naturalist Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria, he led me to a small, windowless room where a patient was shackled to a rusty engine block, recovering, as Mojeed put it, from “head surgery.” Three days earlier, Mojeed had used a razor blade...

  • An HIV-Free Nigeria Must Start With Pregnant Women

    Gloria, in her early 30s, is a tailor by profession. She lives in Nassarawa, north-central Nigeria. She is married, has one child and is expecting another. Gloria also serves as a mentor-mother at the tertiary hospital in her community. As a mentor-mother, she coordinates the support group created for women living with HIV who access treatment at the health...

  • Evangelical Christianity Is Big in Nigeria — 87 Football Fields Big

    Photo above: Under an open-air pavilion built to seat a million people, children sleep on mats spread out on the cobblestones while their parents enter their 6th consecutive hour of worship. All-night prayer vigils are at the core of the country's booming Pentecostal movement. Some churches draw worshippers in the hundreds of thousands. At one church, the Redeemed Christian...

  • Think L.A. Is Bad? Take a Drive Through Traffic-Clogged Lagos

    Robert Siegel: For another kind of gridlock, we turn now to Nigeria. The city of Lagos is on the fast track to being the most populous in Africa, but the city is often stuck in traffic. Buses, taxis and overloaded trucks are held hostage to a road network that hasn't been updated in decades. The locals call them go-slows....

  • How Technology Is Fostering Good Governance In Nigeria

    As Nigeria marks its 53rd year since independence from the British on October 1st 1960, techies in the oil-rich West African country have come a long way from queueing at public cafes, to creating a multitude of web and mobile platforms to track activities of the government, and hold leaders accountable. With increased access to mobile phones, Nigeria is witnessing increased...

  • Older Persons Are Taking the Lead in HIV Prevention Through VCT in One Rural Community

    Agunji, a community in Nassarawa Eggon, woke up last week Thursday to an announcement of the town crier (Public Relations Officer). They were called to converge under the mango tree opposite the only Primary Health Center in the village for a medical outreach.  Although the news was announced in the early hours of the morning, many people did not...

  • Nigerian Woman Living With HIV Recounts Her Experience Giving Birth to HIV-Negative Baby

    About two years ago, Rosemary, 30, went to the clinic for antenatal check-up. After series of test, she was told that she was HIV positive. The nurses counselled her. She says the counselling provided at the clinic boosted her morale. She said to herself then that God knows everything that happen to mankind and knows how to help her. Rosemary...

  • Nigeria’s Banks Felt the Financial-Crisis Shock Waves

    Oct. 17, 2008: A drop in oil prices forces major cutbacks in Nigeria Days after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Nigerian banker Mohammed Garuba gathered his business partners in an office in Lagos to figure out how to save their new investment banking firm, CardinalStone Partners. “We were confused, we were scared,” he recalls. “We were supposed to...

  • Through PMTCT, We Can Protect Future Generations from HIV, Experts Say

    As part of HealthNewsNG's special focus on HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health issues, Jennifer Ehidiamen spoke to Nurse Egga, an expert in Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) who works in a general hospital in Nasarawa state, northern Nigeria. Her bubbling attitude and high-pitched voice resonate with her passion for the fight...

  • After Grisly Mosque Attack, Nigeria’s Boko Haram Terrorist Group Calls Out Obama

    Konduga is a tiny community on the banks of a river in northeastern Nigeria. Its residents are mostly farmers who are accustomed to a simple life filled with days that pass like the one before. That has recently changed, as an insurgency waged by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram has spilled over from the heart of the war, in nearby...