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This tweet highlights a problem I wrote about here.
In Nigeria when people die, the number is rarely definitive. Nigerians rarely get a concrete figure on the numbers of those who perish for one reason or another. It’s always “at least”, “multiple”, “around this amount or so” or “many”.
I know this however; when estimates are given by the Nigerian authorities on the number of dead, the real number is usually significantly more. The authorities downplay death numbers in Nigeria.

This tweet highlights a problem I wrote about here.

In Nigeria when people die, the number is rarely definitive. Nigerians rarely get a concrete figure on the numbers of those who perish for one reason or another. It’s always “at least”, “multiple”, “around this amount or so” or “many”.

I know this however; when estimates are given by the Nigerian authorities on the number of dead, the real number is usually significantly more. The authorities downplay death numbers in Nigeria.

Nigeria to adopt genetically modified crops, says agency »

Boko Haram has destroyed 900 schools in Borno – Kashim Shettima – TODAY »

The Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima on Thursday revealed that about 900 schools have so far been destroyed by members of Boko Haram within the last three years.

The governor who stated this during the inaugural meeting of the steering committee of the Safe School Initiative added that a total of 176 teachers have so far been killed by the insurgents.

Fela and some Queens
Photo by Bernard Matussiere

Fela and some Queens

Photo by Bernard Matussiere

Fish sperm potions and camel's milk concoctions keep love alive in Nigeria »

After over 3 months, a canceled trip, hiring an US PR company for $1.2 million for damage control and a meeting with Malala giving her promises, I don’t blame them for not wanting to meet with President Jonathan. This is downright insulting. Just rescue these poor girls. No need for PR stunts and campaigns, which is what a meeting at this point would be.

After over 3 months, a canceled trip, hiring an US PR company for $1.2 million for damage control and a meeting with Malala giving her promises, I don’t blame them for not wanting to meet with President Jonathan. This is downright insulting. Just rescue these poor girls. No need for PR stunts and campaigns, which is what a meeting at this point would be.

Boko Haram leader claims blast in Nigeria's Lagos »

Boko Haram has reached Lagos…

90 Days

It’s been 90 days since Boko Haram kidnapped the schoolgirls in Chibok. 3 months. A quarter of a year.

Nigerian women and girls 'escape from Boko Haram' »

More than 60 women and girls are reported to have escaped from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, security sources say.

They were among 68 abducted last month near the town of Damboa in north-eastern Borno state.

Reports say the women escaped when the militants went to attack a military base near Damboa on Friday.

The Nigerian military said it killed more than 50 rebels in a clash that night.

Boko Haram is still holding more than 200 schoolgirls abducted in April.

Local vigilante Abbas Gava told journalists he had “received an alert from my colleagues… that about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home”.

"They took the bold step when their abductors moved out to carry out an operation," he said.

A high-level security source in the state capital Maiduguri confirmed the escape, AFP news agency reported.

Have you eaten star apples?

This guy at my local green market was talking about star apples and how it’s really popular in Nigeria. I was like star apples? I thought he was talking about apples, but he didn’t mean that. I was wondering what star apples is this guy talking about.

I’ve come to find out he meant udara. Mehn, no one calls it “star apple” in Nigeria. It’s called udara. In Igboland and in the Niger Delta areas at least. There are other names for it in Nigeria like agbalumo, but no one calls them star apple in Nigeria to my knowledge.

So does anyone in Nigeria call it star apple? I’ve never heard it referred to as such by a Nigerian. I just know it as udara and everyone in Abia state and Rivers state refers to it as such.

Now I want udara. Chewing on the skin was like nature’s chewing gum.