Nigeria and Boko Haram ‘agree truce’ - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29665165
Nigeria’s military says it has agreed a ceasefire with Islamist militants Boko Haram - and that the schoolgirls the group has abducted will be released.
Nigeria’s chief of defence staff, Alex Badeh, announced the truce. Boko Haram has not made a public statement.
The group has been fighting an insurgency since 2009, with some 2,000 civilians reportedly killed this year.
Boko Haram sparked global outrage six months ago by abducting more than 200 schoolgirls.
The girls were seized in the north-eastern town of Chibok in Borno state, and their continued captivity has led to criticism of the Nigerian government’s efforts to secure their release.
Members of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign said in a tweet on Friday: “We are monitoring the news with huge expectations.”
Air Chief Marshal Badeh revealed the truce at the close of a three-day security meeting between Nigeria and Cameroon. He said Nigerian soldiers would comply with the agreement.
Nigerian presidential aide Hassan Tukur told BBC Focus on Africa that the agreement was sealed after a month of negotiations, mediated by Chad.
As part of the talks, a government delegation twice met representatives of the Islamist group.
Mr Tukur said Boko Haram had announced a unilateral ceasefire on Thursday and the government had responded.
“They’ve assured us they have the girls and they will release them,” he said.
"I am cautiously optimistic."
He said arrangements for their release would be finalised at another meeting next week in Chad’s capital, Ndjamena.
The negotiations are said to have the blessing of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, reports the BBC’s Chris Ewokor in Abuja.
Speaking to the BBC, Nigerian government spokesman Mike Omeri said Boko Haram would not be given territory under the ceasefire agreement - and that the government would not reveal what concessions it would make.
"We are inching closer to release of all groups in captivity, including the Chibok girls," he said.
Random photos from the Nigerian Parade this past weekend.
"Wood fires and satellite dishes. Contrasts in an old town." - @orefakorede #dynamicafrica #instaafrica #Nigeria #vscocam (at Enuwa, Ile-Ife)
A little about me, I am a Nigerian born, NYC based model signed with Muse Model Management.
Based on the immense knowledge and exposure I have gained in the fashion industry as a model, I have transferred the skills to various avenues such as, creating content for an online web series called iofafrica.
IOFAFRICA is an online series celebrating individualism on the continent and telling inspirational stories which will feature Africans and friends of Africa who are doing progressive things around the world. I cover topics that influence the image of what African is, “African beauty”, what African cultures are, influences the continent has on the world from a global perspective, and the evolution of these things. I consider these individuals to be trailblazers, navigating and conquering various industries in Africa and the Diaspora.
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Friday at closing time.
People rushing to get home are stuck in traffic.
JESUS IS LORD!
There’s something about this i really can’t place… But it has it’s psychological effect on me
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Few photos from Nigeria’s Independence Day Celebration in Raleigh, NC last Saturday! Still got lots of photos but these will do for now! I took them for leisure, so will post more some day. Got to work on paid gigs and pay these bills, yo! :) Please, feel free to reshare the link! :) Enjoy!
EXHIBITION: New Work by Lakin Ogunbanwo, Oct 8 - Nov 15, 2014
WHATIFTHEWORLD introduces its first exhibition with Lakin Ogunbanwo. Working at the confluence of fashion photography and classical portraiture, young Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo creates enigmatic portraits with an erotic and subversive undertone. His subjects exist defiantly in the frame often masked by shadow, drapery and foliage. His use of vibrant flat colour and bold compositions form a more minimalist homage to the african studio photography popular in the 1960s and 70’s.
Pop. Fashion. Vogue. Ogunbanwo’s camera looks with the gaze of one curious of the language of desire. His images celebrate the sculptural nature of the body. The texture of a scar, hair or clothing are agents to draw our awareness to the body as a form, sculpted by light and muscle and clothing. The lustre of skin is enhanced through oiling and juxtaposes the naked with the clothed. Ogunbanwo’s figures are sculpted by light and framed as objects by the camera reminiscent of Robert Mapplethorp or Man Ray. Rather than colour, it is light that defines Ogunbanwo’s images.