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10 killed in renewed violence near Jos

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10 killed in renewed violence near Jos.

Special to USAfricaonline.com
August 16, 2011: At least 10 people were killed in overnight attacks in northern Nigerian city of Jos, sparking protest as angry youths took to the roads in the area.The simultaneous killings which occurred last night were carried out in Heipang and Korut villages of Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State.

“Four military identity cards and a military cap was found at the scene of the attack,” the Chairman of Barkin Ladi local government council, Emmanuel Lomang said.

He narrated that the attackers began to shoot at about 12:30 am to scare the people, and later attacked a house at Heipang where they killed seven members of the family of one Nnaji with matchetes.

One Margaret Deme whose husband, Deme was shot and killed in her presence said those who killed her husband came in black attires and were escorted by soldiers.

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“When they knocked on our door, my husband who was in the village for the weekend opened the door and was subsequently shot and killed leaving me with five children to cater for.” she said.

The assailants then proceeded to the house of their next door neighbours where they killed two brothers, Samuel and Adamu Gwom, she continued.

But the spokesman of the Military Special Task Force(STF) on Jos crisis, Captain Charles Ekeocha, who also confirmed the attack, however, said, “My troops went to the area to repel the attack. In the process, the vigilantes in the area opened fire on our troops.”

“In retaliation one of the vigilantes with AK47 riffle and 30rds of 7.62mm (special) was shot. He later died on the way to the hospital and his remains have been deposited in a mortuary at Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH),” Ekeocha said.

Several people have died in internecine crises involving ethnic Fulanis and Beroms in Jos and its environs.
Sometimes the clashes take religious colouration as Christians attack Muslims or vice versa. Majority of the Fulanis are Muslims while the Beroms are mostly Christians. wire/pti/

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  1. Ifeanyi C. Obi

    August 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Is it not a worthwhile solution to temporarily divide Jos into two parts – the Christian sector and the Muslim sector. Christians will not be found in Muslim areas after 6pm and Muslims will not be found in Christian areas after 6pm. Both sides would have a licensed armed protective vigilante group supervised by the armed forces. When truth returns to the land, then the barriers may be removed. Such a measure would be worthwhile if it saves only one human life.

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USAfrica: Obama to deliver 2018 Nelson Mandela memorial lecture

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Special to USAfrica [Houston] •   USAfricaonline.com  •  MLKMandelaAchebe.com

Former President of the U.S., Barack Obama, will deliver the annual Nelson Mandela memorial lecture in Johannesburg in July 2018. It is one of the highlights of the events marking 100 years since the globally acclaimed statesman and first President of the post-apartheid, multiracial South Africa was born.

In a statement, Sello Hatang, head of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, enthusiastically affirmed
“we will be looking forward to hosting him as he will be addressing this esteemed Nelson Mandela annual lecture.”

Hatang noted the Mandela foundation preferred a keynote speaker with “an Africa heritage” to “deal with issues of democracy”, globally. By Chido Nwangwu  @Chido247  

MANDELA’S FOOTPRINTS OF GREATNESS. By Chido Nwangwu

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“I’m BLESSED” gospel video Charlie Wilson, ft T.I show timeless skills [USAfrica]

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Charlie Wilson’s timeless, creative skills are evident in this new gospel song  titled “I’m Blessed” – with superstar rapper T.I coming in to attract more of the younger demographics.

The performance was at a recent 2018 ‘ShowTime at Apollo’ -hosted by Steve Harvey. Wilson gained world-wide respect and recognition as a member of the multiple platinum hits group Gap band.

He has shared his story of moving from being a millionaire to homeless and then picking up, changing his lifestyle and reorganizing….

In many ways, however different our circumstances, join me say to say [and sing] it, again: I’m Blessed!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com [first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet], is completing a book titled “MLK, MANDELA & ACHEBE: POWER, LEADERSHIP & IDENTITY  Follow him @Chido247

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USAfrica: Novelist Chimamanda reveals she was sexually assaulted at 17

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Award-winning novelist and author of Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has revealed that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 17 by “a big man” in the media in Lagos, Nigeria.
She was born on September 15, 1977 in Enugu. She revealed this during an address at the 2018 Stockholm Forum for Gender Equality. 

Chimamanda recalled how she had taken a book of poems she wrote to a “big man in the media” so he could support her in publicizing that work but the yet undisclosed man sexually assaulted her he slipped his hand under her shirt and bra, then squeezed her breast. “I was so taken aback that I did nothing for seconds”, she said. Then, I pushed his hand away, but gently, nicely, because I didn’t want to offend him.

“Later that day, I broke into a rash on my chest, my neck, my face, as though my body were recoiling, as though my body were saying what my lips had not said.”

“I felt a deep loathing for that man and for what he did. I felt as if I didn’t matter, as if my body existed merely as a thing to be done with as he wanted. Yet, I told no one about it. And I kept talking to him, being polite, hoping he will help with my book.”

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