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Burna Boy performs at State Farm Arena on Sunday, July 31, 2022, in Atlanta. 

‘Afrobeats is the party’: The rise of African beats in global music

Afrobeats has soared in popularity, from Lagos to New York, and even Seoul, South Korea.

‘Afrobeats is the party’: The rise of African beats in global music
In this April 26, 2017, file photo is a Twitter app icon on a mobile phone. 

Nigerians eagerly await lift of monthslong Twitter ban

Nigerians eagerly await lift of monthslong Twitter ban
A man used his mobile phone to read headline news on Twitter inside an office in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, June 7, 2021.

Nigeria's indefinite Twitter ban sounds the alarm on free speech

Nigeria's indefinite Twitter ban sounds the alarm on free speech
Nigerian Femi Kuti sings into a microphone

Femi Kuti and Made Kuti continue Afrobeat legacy in two-part album

Femi Kuti and Made Kuti continue Afrobeat legacy in two-part album
People hold banners as they demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, Oct. 19, 2020.

Nigerians in the diaspora join #EndSARS protests

Nigerians in the diaspora join #EndSARS protests
A man is shown in a white shirt and wearing a backpack with his arms raised.

Nigeria protesters break curfew amid gunfire, chaos in Lagos

Nigerian protesters demanding an end to police brutality defied a curfew as gunfire rang out where they were setting up a blockade Wednesday, a day after shots were fired into a crowd of demonstrators.

Nigeria protesters break curfew amid gunfire, chaos in Lagos
A man is shown bending over in the back of a delivery truck lifting a burlap bag.

How Africa risks reeling from a health crisis to a food crisis

Millions of people in countries across Africa are at risk of not getting the food they need due to coronavirus disruptions with domestic crops and capacity going to waste and imports drying up.

How Africa risks reeling from a health crisis to a food crisis
A largely abandoned street is shown with the metal wall at the base of a building empty of the normally packed market vendors.

Famously boisterous Nigerian mega-city Lagos adjusts to coronavirus lockdown

Fear of the coronavirus has induced an extraordinary calm in Lagos, Nigeria's famously boisterous mega-city where streets known for miles of gridlock have emptied of traffic and eateries serving takeaways are almost the only shops open.

Famously boisterous Nigerian mega-city Lagos adjusts to coronavirus lockdown
People are seen waiting for a bus at a bus-top in Lagos, Nigeria, Feb. 13, 2020.

Burning tires and sore feet: Lagos bristles under bike ban

Lagos state Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu outlawed the loosely regulated motorbikes and rickshaws, citing safety and security concerns.

Burning tires and sore feet: Lagos bristles under bike ban
A family of men sit on a porch and cry with their heads down.

In Nigeria, Twitter therapists and 'tuk-tuk' counselors make up for a gap in mental health care

There are only eight psychiatric hospitals to serve more than 190 million citizens in Nigeria. To close the gap, nonprofits throughout the country are finding new ways to reach out to people in desperate need of care, from online Twitter therapy sessions to community outreach via motorized trikes. 

In Nigeria, Twitter therapists and 'tuk-tuk' counselors make up for a gap in mental health care
A woman samples food from a spoon.

Meet Nigeria’s small but growing vegetarian and vegan community

In Nigeria, many say being a vegetarian is just not ... Nigerian. But a tiny, growing group is trying to promote a vegetarian — even vegan — diet.

Meet Nigeria’s small but growing vegetarian and vegan community
Signs advertise jobs on the wall of a bridge in Ikeja district in Lagos, Nigeria, Aug. 10, 2016.

Lagos' megacity dreams are a nightmare for many working people

Lagos, Nigeria, is Africa's largest city and it could double in size by 2050. As city officials and developers undertake a project they say will make Lagos a global city of the future, critics argue that megacity gentrification is hurting working people. A new land use tax increase threatens even more strain.

Lagos' megacity dreams are a nightmare for many working people
A school girl holds a Nigerian flag as she joins a parade marking Nigeria's 54th Independence Day in Lagos October 1, 2014.

Nigerian girls often still drop out of school to work, despite the country's increasing wealth

Despite living in one of the richest countries in Africa, poverty often forced Nigerian girls out of school and into the working world.

Nigerian girls often still drop out of school to work, despite the country's increasing wealth
Teju Cole was born in the United States and raised in Nigeria.

Nigerian-American author Teju Cole wants us to rethink what it means to travel

Cole uses text and photography to find connections that might easily be overlooked in 25 locales around the world.

Nigerian-American author Teju Cole wants us to rethink what it means to travel
A chef poses with a handful of rice inside a restaurant in Taipei, Taiwin, on Jan. 11, 2011.

Nigeria seizes shipment of fake plastic rice as food prices soar

More than 100 bags of plastic rice were to be sold ahead of Christmas and New Year festivities, with the price for the popular Nigerian staple hitting the roof because of galloping inflation.

Nigeria seizes shipment of fake plastic rice as food prices soar