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Nigeria: The Radio Host who Stays On Air Despite Boko Haram’s Threat

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Source: Reuters

Still in line with the recently celebrated World Press Freedom Day, we meet Fatima Ibrahim.

She is the outspoken radio host at the Dandal Kura station in Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria. Fatima discusses human rights, land laws and also, the radical Islamic views of militant group Boko Haram in local languages and dialects.

The northeast of Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest energy producer, is the main battleground in its decade-long fight against Boko Haram and fellow Islamist insurgent group Islamic State West Africa Province.

I have a passion for it because the radio, most especially the Dandal Kura radio, is a radio which is for the voice of the Lake Chad basin. Most especially those people that are affected by the insurgency…

The region is also plagued by clashes between farmers and herders in which hundreds have died.

The radio station was started in 2016 and claims to have about 10 million listeners in northern Nigeria, and parts of Chad and Cameroon.

Over the years, the station has received video tapes from the extremists decrying their operations and vowing to behead the women that work there.

Famita says she is undeterred by their threats and has even taken her own safety precautions.

Dandal Kura, once funded by United States and the UK now describes itself as editorially independent.

Fatima and her colleagues are not afraid to talk about insecurity and the many other issues facing their listeners – and more importantly in some cases, give listeners a platform to share the trauma they’ve suffered and current challenges they face.

 

 


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Tottenham appoint Mourinho as New Coach

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Tottenham Hotspur had experienced a woeful start in their domestic league, the club board of directors has terminated Mauricio Pochettino four years deal.

Jose Mourinho signed a three-year contract until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Tottenham sit 14th in England’s top flight after picking up just three wins from their opening 12 games and were eliminated from the League Cup in September by fourth-tier Colchester United.

Speaking on his appointment, Mourinho said: “I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters. The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”

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Brazil win U17 World cup after beating Mexico

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Brazil bags another remarkable win to tally its Under-17 World Cup trophy by beating Mexico.

The host team, Brazil leaves it late to triumphed a 2-1 win at the Bezerrao stadium.

thanks to Lazaro Vinicius Marques’ 93rd-minute goal to made the difference.

Mexico – winners of the showpiece tournament in 2005 and 2011 – looked on track to add a third title to their collection when Bryan Alonso Gonzalez Olivan headed home the opener in the 66th minute.

But Brazil, playing in front of legends Ronaldo and Cafu, rallied courtesy of Kaio Jorge’s questionable penalty with six minutes of regulation time remaining.

Brazil then completed the comeback deep into stoppage time when Lazaro volleyed home a last-gasp winner.

The victory added to Brazil’s successes in 1997, 1999 and 2003 as they moved within one of Nigeria’s record of five championships.

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