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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Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls return home

International | Repeated school kidnappings stir questions over the region’s insecurity
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/05/21, 11:00 am

Early Tuesday morning, 279 schoolgirls wearing green and brown hijabs filed into a government building in Gusau, Nigeria, hours after kidnappers released them. They met with Zamfara state Gov. Bello Matawalle before leaving for medical checks. Some 55 miles away in the majority-Muslim town of Jangebe, parents who had kept vigil at the girls’ empty school rejoiced at the news, and some rushed to Gusau that morning to see their children.

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China tightens control over Hong Kong at annual congress

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/05/21, 03:45 am

Beijing proposed changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system to ensure only “patriots” rule the city as the National People Congress (NPC) began Friday. Wang Chen, NPC deputy chairman, said the territory’s pro-democracy protests revealed “loopholes” in the current system. He said the Election Committee, which is controlled by pro-Beijing figures, will play a larger role: Not only will it determine the city’s leader, but it will also choose a large share of Legislative Council members.

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Violence against protesters intensifies in Myanmar

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/03/21, 03:55 pm

Videos showed security forces using slingshots against anti-coup demonstrators and beating an ambulance crew in the city of Yangon, Myanmar, on Wednesday. The United Nations said at least 38 protesters died across several cities in the country also known as Burma, where the military took over the government on Feb. 1. Security forces already killed at least 18 protesters on Sunday.

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