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.

Associated Press/ Photo by Aaron Favila

Typhoon Goni slams into the Philippines

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/02/20, 06:53 am

The super typhoon hit the eastern Catanduanes island province early on Sunday, triggering heavy rainfall and sustained winds of 140 miles per hour. The Office of Civil Defense reported at least 16 people died in Catanduanes and nearby Albay province, where three other people are missing. The storm weakened as it blew across the capital city of Manila before heading into the South China Sea. Goni is one of the strongest storms to hit the country after Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,300 people in 2013.

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U.S. forces rescue abducted American missionary in Nigeria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/02/20, 04:32 am

Troops with the elite U.S. SEAL Team Six and other members of a joint special operations unit on Saturday rescued 27-year-old Philip Walton from his captors in northern Nigeria. Armed kidnappers riding motorcycles had abducted Walton from his farm across the border in southern Niger on Tuesday. U.S. officials confirmed he has reunited with his family.

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Spreading religious violence in West Africa

International | Abduction of a Nigerian pastor highlights growing problem
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/30/20, 06:15 pm

The Rev. Polycarp Zongo with the Church of Christ in Nations was traveling for a church conference in northeastern Nigeria on Oct. 19 when he went missing. On Wednesday, he appeared in a video and said insurgents with the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) abducted him. The Nigerian news site MK-Reporters said his captors released him on Friday.

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