Nigeria

Men refused to patronize my services when I started

My name is Precious Joseph. I am 27 years old. I am an orphan, but I have four older brothers. I became orphaned in 2004 at age nine. My education stopped after secondary school. There was no means to further. It actually started like a

He bought me like a chicken in the market

Al-Husseina Amadou never forgets the day she was sold. Like her parents, she was born into slavery in southern Niger. Forty-five years ago, when she was 15, a wealthy businessman from across the border in Nigeria arrived and bought her

The last generation of facial scar bearers in Nigeria

Facial scarification was once popular across Nigeria. Deep cuts, usually on both cheeks or the forehead, were carved on children by families and communities, mostly as a mark of identity. The marks also held stories of pain,

Zamfara wedding kidnapping escapee recounts attack

A Nigerian couple have put their wedding celebrations on hold after gunmen abducted at least 29 guests travelling home from the ceremony. A survivor told the BBC the groom was "devastated" by the attack. Jafar Kanoma said the

I started taking pictures when I was 4

My name is Moyinoluwa Oluwaseun. I’m 7 years old, I take pictures. We a person is taller than me or there’s a group of people ad e, I’m too short. All I need to do is just climb on a chair to take from their head to their feet. I

My 15-year-old son was killed on his church premises

My name is Festus Ugbotor. I am 45 years old. I am an indigene of Uromi Local Government Area, Edo State, but I am based in Agbor, Delta State in Nigeria. I am a vulcaniser (faulty tyre repairer). My son was 15 years old and was set to

I got into ventriloquism because I was actually bullied

The first time I step foot in Africa, I’m married to a king and I have a long-standing road to go ahead for Eti-Oti and our people and I’m just really happy to be here. It’s just like a fairytale that came true. It was actually our