Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Gaming expo aims to spark tech renaissance in Nigeria

Technology | Young Nigerians draw link between video games and computer programming
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/22/16, 11:18 am

ABUJA, Nigeria –Tukur Manzo put on a virtual reality headset for the first time and found himself standing in the middle of a haunted house.

“This thing is scary,” Manzo said, as bats flew before him and thunder rumbled outside. He made several attempts to shield himself before finally yanking off the headset and coming back to reality.

“I knew it was fake, but it seemed too real,” he said, laughing. “I could hear the sounds. I could hear the doors open.”

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Associated Press/Photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh

Twin suicide bombs kill 20 in Somali town

Somalia | Islamic terrorists target new region in Somalia
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/22/16, 10:54 am

Two suicide bombers detonated car bombs at a government headquarters and a marketplace in a Sunday morning attack in Somalia, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 30 others, police officials said.

Abdisalam Yusuf, a police official, said one bomber crashed an explosive-laden car by the gate of the local government in Galkayo in Somalia’s semiautonomous Puntland region. The second attacker detonated his car bomb in the nearby marketplace.

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Associated Press/Photo by Mulugeta Ayene

South Sudan opposition leader flees to DRC

South Sudan | Continued conflict between the country’s factions heaps misery on war-weary residents
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/19/16, 11:03 am

South Sudan’s opposition leader and former vice president, Riek Machar, has fled to the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, a spokesman said yesterday. The UN confirmed it assisted in his departure. Machar’s exit comes weeks after renewed fighting led to increased human rights abuses in the war-torn country.

Machar crossed the border into Congo after a failed attempt to assassinate him, according to spokesman Mabior Garang. After stopping briefly in Kinshasa, Machar plans to travel on to Ethiopia, Garang said.

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