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September 4, 2018

Photos: Nigerian designer of Theresa May’s African jacket thrilled

A young Nigerian designer said he had no idea that a jacket he had been tasked to design will be worn by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May.

Emmanuel Okoro, 27, head of EmmyKasbit told the BBC Pidgin service that when Director of British Council and another top industry player contacted him, the told him the jacket would be used by a VVIP of the United Kingdom.

“They said they wanted a designer who could positively project African fashion, they wanted someone to clothe a UK VVIP arriving in the country.

“They did not mention a name and stressed that it was a top secret so that it will not result in a security breach,” he added.

He added that he had [...]

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September 3, 2018

Boko Haram attack in NE Nigeria, military death toll hits 48

The number of Nigerian soldiers killed in a Boko Haram attack in northeastern Nigeria has reached forty-eight, the AFP news agency reports citing military sources.

The terrorists are said to have overran a military base in the northeast near the border with Niger, two military sources told AFP on Saturday. They are reported to have stormed the base at Zari village in northern Borno state late Thursday and briefly seized it after a fierce battle.

“They came in large numbers in trucks and carrying heavy weapons and engaged soldiers in a battle that lasted for an hour,” a military officer said.

The latest development means the toll has risen by more than half of [...]

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September 3, 2018

Lagos photo festival: Reshaping the African narrative

In this week’s culture segment Bridget Ugwe takes you to discover the Lagos Photo Festival, the first and only international arts festival of photography that has been held in Lagos for several years now by the African Artists Foundation.

The festival hosts exhibitions, workshops, conferences and discussions around African photography…with a special highlight on African artistic diversity but also on local talents.

For its 9th edition, the festival explores how the past, the present and the future collide, through the theme, “Time has Gone”.

The festival will take place from the 27th of October to November 15th. More than 25 photographers and visual artists [...]

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September 3, 2018

‘I have no fear about free and fair election’ – Nigeria’s Buhari

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has emphasized that he is not afraid of a free and fair election because his election is a product of that process.

Speaking on Sunday in the Chinese capital of Beijing at an interactive session with the Nigerian community, Buhari said he won the presidency on his fourth attempt.

“We are not doing too badly, but we need your understanding and support. Whatever you can contribute back at home by advising your families to vote for our party.

“I have no fear about free and fair election because that is what brought me here… I know what I want to do, very few in Nigeria politicians could boast of that, I tried four [...]

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