Bayimba festival signals Uganda trip

Matooka Roots Fusion.....

In this photo, a guitarist plays the guitar on Sept, 18, 2015, during the performance of the Matooka Roots Fusion band at the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts in Kampala, Uganda.

During the annual Bayimba Festival, Kampala comes alive with music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts from established and upcoming artists.

The 9th edition of the festival comes up 16-18 September, 2016.

I am looking forward to another travel.

Hope to see you there.

 

#Bring Back Our Girls: Coverage from Lagos

On May 5, 2014 in Lagos: Nigerian women took to the streets to impress on government to do more to free more than two hundred school girls who were abducted by Boko Haram militants.

On May 5, 2014 in Lagos: Nigerian women took to the streets to impress on government to do more to free more than two hundred school girls who were abducted by Boko Haram militants.

I have been following the #BringOurGirls protests in the news and on the ground, interviewing protesters and rights activists.

I have also been speaking with people, including social workers, familiar with Borno State which remains the hotbed of the Boko Haram insurgency.

In the meantime, after covering two protests in Lagos, I wrote this piece – ‘Bring These Girls Back’: Nigerians Criticize Government’s Handling of Boko Haram Insurgency for RH Reality Check.

Video item on barbershop guy

I am nearing the conclusion of my online journalism course with RNTC with a module on Video. As part of my course work, I will be producing a short video item.

So I have been thinking about what to produce. I don’t want to aim too high. Rather I want to go for something simple and achievable within a short time.

Profile on a barbershop guy

After some brainstorming, I decided to do a video item on a barbershop guy. It’s basically going to be a profile, highlighting what it means to run a small business in Lagos.

I have met a barber who has agreed to become the source and main character of my short video.

By Sunday, I should have shot, edited and posted the video here on my blog. I welcome you to join me and share your thoughts.

UPDATE: I have posted the video as highlighted in the link above.

Audio script: Northern Nigeria and coming general elections

Governors of three northern states in Nigeria where an insurgency has left many dead have urged the Independent National Election Commission to ensure general elections are held in their states in 2015.
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are under a state of emergency following threats posed by Boko Haram Islamic sect.
In a joint statement, the governors urged the election commission to disregard calls by some politicians to postpone the elections due to the security situation in the states.
Nigeria current affairs analyst Yinka Salam says the governors want elections to hold in their states to avoid giving unfair advantage to the ruling party.
In his words: “It appears the presidency knows he (President Goodluck Jonathan) doesn’t have a strong hold there, and that’s why out rightly cancelling or not holding an election there will give him an edge.”