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Diversion of funds and relief materials for IDPs fuels humanitarian crisis in Nigeria

Government officials in Nigeria have been accused of diverting money, food and relief materials meant for internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the Islamist group Boko Haram. This means that all the donations – especially those made directly to the government – might still not solve the humanitarian crisis in the north-east of the country.

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Cartoon: African presidents and foreign medical trips

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari (74) recently returned to the U.K. for medical treatment, his fourth visit to the U.K. for treatment since his election in 2015. In the same week Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (93), flew to Singapore for a “routine medical check-up”. Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos (74) has reportedly also been undergoing medical treatment in Spain. These cases have stirred debate around medical tourism. Health care systems in many African countries are inadequately funded. There are arguments that our African presidents need to lead by example, and ensure that healthcare systems in their countries improve to match or surpass the foreign countries they so much love to visit.

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Nigeria’s Romeo Oriogun awarded Brunel International African Poetry Prize

Nigeria’s Romeo Oriogun was announced the winner of the The Brunel International African Poetry Prize, in a unanimous decision by the judges. Oriogun received £3,000. Romeo’s win came as a surprise to him. The Brunel International African Poetry prize received 1,200 submissions out of which only 10 made the shortlist. We wish him the best in his literary career.