If we are serious about growing the economy and creating jobs, we need to support these young people – even though they don't seem to expect any help or handouts, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
Showers late. More sun than clouds. Mild.
Chibok residents commemorate the five year anniversary of the kidnapping of schoolgirls on April 14, 2014, when Boko Haram gunmen stormed the Chibok girls' boarding school, kidnapping 276 pupils aged 12-17.
In addition to fundamentalist group Boko Haram’s escalating acts of terrorism, the west African powerhouse has to contend with hostility between the Hausa and Igbo ethnic groups, which some fear could lead to civil war.
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Starving and alone, five-year-old Umar was left for dead in a camp for internally displaced people in northeast Nigeria.
Five Islamists have been killed as Nigerian troops thwarted a Boko Haram attack near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the epicentre of the seven-year insurgency, the army says.
Nearly 200 people have died in the last month at a camp for people made homeless by Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria, an aid agency says, warning of a growing malnutrition crisis.
Thirty soldiers from Niger and two Nigerian troops have been killed in a Boko Haram attack on Niger's border with Nigeria, Niger's officials say.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said that MTN fuelled the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria by failing to disconnect millions of unregistered users, .
Tourists once flocked to Cameroon for its wildlife and spectacular scenery, but raids by the Nigerian extremists of Boko Haram all but halted such visits.
Firms like Shoprite and Game are chasing profits in booming but volatile Africa.
Njidda Maidugu never thought he would walk on two legs again after a suicide bombing in Nigeria. Now, he has been given hope. Watch.
We all need to unite – like we do when fighting corruption and discrimination – in condemning the evil of fundamentalism wherever it rears its ugly head, writes Austil Mathebula.
Freed but not free – returning home after being exploited as a tool of war.
Group's leader Abubakar Shekau believed to be fatally wounded in air strike carried out by the military, say officials.
Nigeria's military says Boko Haram Islamic extremists have ambushed a humanitarian convoy escorted by troops, wounding three civilians including a UN worker and two soldiers.
Nigerian troops have killed 19 Boko Haram militants during clashes in northeast Borno state, while two soldiers suffered gunshot wounds, the army say.
One of the 219 schoolgirls abducted in Chibok in northeast Nigeria has been found, the first found since their seizure by Boko Haram more than two years ago, activists, the head of a support group and a community leader say.
Freed by soldiers, Zara, 16, says she would rather be with the Boko Haram fighter who abducted and impregnated her.
In today's news headlines: Senzo Meyiwa's alleged killer due in court, reports indicate the Zimbabwean Vice President has resigned and Boko Haram are suspected of killing nearly 50 school children in a suicide bombing. Watch.
The militant Islamist group Boko Haram are suspected to be behind attacks in Maiduguri, Nigera. Watch.
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