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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Congo finishes review of adoptions on hold since 2013

Adoption
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/20/16, 01:25 pm

Congolese authorities have reviewed all pending cases of more than 1,000 adoptive children in the Democratic Republic of Congo after drafting new adoption legislation.

In November, local authorities approved exit permits for 72 children, but many children remained pending the completion of the new adoption law.

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New Tanzanian president hopes to redefine leadership in Africa

Africa
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/20/16, 11:30 am

Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli takes his campaign motto—“Work and nothing else”—to heart.

A few days after his election on Oct. 30, the corruption-fighting politician made a surprise visit to the National Hospital in Dar es Salaam. He fired the hospital’s managing director and dissolved the governing board after finding patients lying in the hallways. The country’s prime minister, Kasim Majaliwa, made a similar visit to Dar es Salaam’s port, where he discovered an estimated $40 million tax disparity.

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Nigeria combats another hemorrhagic fever

Nigeria
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/19/16, 03:57 pm

Nigeria is facing a serious health outbreak one year after successfully avoiding the Ebola epidemic that devastated three other West African countries.

Earlier this month, Nigeria’s health department officially declared a Lassa fever outbreak after the disease killed more than 40 people.

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