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Check out this clip from “Plaything”, an amazing 3D animated sci-fi short film directed by Eri Umusu & Nurdin Momodu, produced by Anthill Studios based in Nigeria. Music by Ava Momoh.

Click ➡HERE⬅ to see the full short film.

The film is about a bored little boy who’s afternoon takes a thrilling turn when he discovers his toys can do much more than just lie around in a pile. Or can they?

NIGERIA, MALAM FATORI : People from the Nigerian town of Malam Fatori an its area, close to the borders with Niger and Chad, flee Islamist Boko Haram attacks to take shelter in the Niger’s town of Bosso secure by Niger and Chad armies, on May 25, 2015. Boko Haram, which wants to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria, has been pushed out of captured towns and territory since February by Nigerian troops with assistance from Niger, Chad and Cameroon. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO
Child bride freed by Nigerian authorities looks to new beginnings
An uncertain future awaits 15 year-old Wasila Tasi’u after she is acquitted of murdering her 35 year-old husband
By Joe Sandler Clarke

A teenage girl threatened with the death penalty for murdering her 35-year-old husband in Nigeria, faces an uncertain future after being released from prison.

15 year-old Wasila Tasi’u was accused of killing Umar Sani and three other men with rat poison shortly after they were married. She has spent the last 10 months locked up as her case dragged on, held up by judicial staff strike action and administrative delays.

Speaking to the Guardian, Tasi’u’s lawyer, Hussaina Ibrahim from the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), said her client has no hope of returning home, such was the publicity garnered by the case.

With Ibrahim’s help, a foundation has taken on Tasi’u’s case and the hard work of returning her to normal life. The Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative which aims to get young girls into education, will support Tasi’u in the months to come. She will live with a foster family, for the foreseeable future.

Maryam Uwais, a lawyer based in Nigeria who has been following the case contacted the Guardian to say she had spoken to Tasi’u shortly after her release, who is “overjoyed” at her new found freedom.

“Apprehension, relief and then gratitude were emotions that were manifest today, upon the release of Wasila,” she said.

“An entirely avoidable tragedy, leaving in its wake four dead men and a thoroughly traumatised little girl. Poison – the only feasible escape to freedom – devised from the wild imagination of a naive, depressed little girl caught up in a painful forced marriage to a much older man. A tough lesson for families, communities and a government that is still ambivalent about sanctioning the perpetrators of child marriage.”

Joe Sandler Clarke

234 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped about two weeks ago by Boko Haram, a terrorist group based in Nigeria. I can only imagine what they are going through right now. A handful escaped to tell the story. This is heartbreaking and I weep for Africa. All they wanted was an education. Something must certainly be done about this. Two weeks is too much a time for no action to be done. #Bringbackourgirls #Nigeria

14-year-old Halimatu Usman belongs to a generation of girls suffering from a fractured educational system in the Borno state of Nigeria, where more than 800 classrooms have been burned down, about 70 teachers and more than 100 school children have lost their lives. On April 15, over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from a physics exam and many remain missing, leaving the entire country distraught.

Halimatu‘s school has been shut down to pre-empt attacks. There are plans to fortify the schools when they eventually reopen, but the kidnapping has ingrained a fear that attending classes could be a life-threatening danger. 

Read more via The Guardian.

Sixty-three Nigerian women and girls escaped Boko Haram!

About two weeks ago, the federal government and national security forces denied reports of another mass female abduction in northeast Nigeria. On Monday, local authorities said they were able to confirm last week that over 60 women and girls had managed to escape while the extremist group engaged in an attack in Damboa.

Nevertheless, more than 200 girls who were kidnapped in April remain missing.

Read more via ABC News.


“Yes head wraps should be allowed at work. It’s elegant and creative. I’m glad my job allows it.”

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