Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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Natural hair, natural beauty

Lifestyle | African hair event renews pride in natural curls
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/18/16, 08:56 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—Boluwatife Okun sat on a plastic chair in a booth lined with African print as one volunteer braided her natural hair into twists. About a year ago, Okun decided to “go natural” after several years of chemically straightening her hair.

“My hair was breaking with relaxers and it didn’t have strength again,” she said.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ben Curtis

Nigeria’s growing digital world

Nigeria | Better access to the internet builds a more informed and globally connected community
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/17/16, 12:05 pm

ABUJA, Nigeria—I tucked my black, 3-inch MiFi—mobile Wi-Fi—into my bag as I worked on my laptop in the slow-moving traffic. It seemed wise to get started on the day’s work since I wasn’t driving. Despite the numerous tabs open on my web browser, the internet connection surprisingly remained steady.

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Associated Press/Photo by Sunday Alamba, File

Nigeria floats currency to save crippled economy

Nigeria | Officials hope the move will inspire foreign investor confidence and stave off recession
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/16/16, 10:18 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—Nigeria’s central bank said yesterday the country’s currency would trade at the market-driven rate, beginning on Monday. Economists lauded the move, which has already prompted a rise in stock prices, as many feared the former fixed exchange rate policy could send Africa’s largest economy into recession.

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