British government wants to deport Nigerian woman to death

This video from Britain says about itself:

FGM: Nigerian mother’s fears for two daughters if deportation goes ahead

25 April 2014

Afusat Saliu, 31, and her two children aged one and three, face deportation to Nigeria on Friday. Saliu, who was a victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child, has appealed to the Home Office on the grounds that her daughters could face FGM if sent back to their home country. But her appeal was rejected on Thursday. Nigeria has the highest number of genitally mutilated women in the world.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Nigerian woman who fled FGM ‘faces death’ if deported back

Friday 30th May 2014

A WOMAN facing deportation from Britain to Nigeria risks being killed if returned to her home country, campaigners said yesterday.

Afusat Saliu was taken into custody by UK Border Agency staff on Wednesday and was scheduled to be flown back to the African country last night.

She fled to the Britain in 2011 while heavily pregnant after her stepmother threatened to subject her daughter Bassy, now four, to female genital mutilation (FGM). Her second daughter Rashidat, two, was born in London.

Ms Saliu — herself a victim of FGM — has said she fears her children will be cut and that she will be forced to marry a man against her will if she returns to her native country.

Since moving to Leeds three years ago Ms Saliu has converted to Christianity and friends and supporters fear she will be targeted by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram — the group responsible for the abduction of around 250 mainly Christian schoolgirls in northern Nigeria.

Ms Saliu’s solicitor BP Legal has launched a judicial review in a last-ditch attempt to keep her in Britain and has accused Home Office officials of ignoring their own guidelines by ordering her deportation before the review is heard.

Bhumika Parmar, her lawyer, said: “Once judicial review is issued, the Home Office rarely removes as a right to a fair hearing should be exercised.

“In fact, their own guidelines state that detention should be a last resort.”

More than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Home Office to halt the deportation.

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Nigerian wildlife news

This video from Nigeria is called Elephants in Yankari Game Reserve.

From Wildlife Extra:

Wildlife Conservation Society to manage key Nigerian wildlife reserve

Yankari Game Reserve in Nigeria, which includes the Country’s main remaining population of elephants, is to be managed by The Wildlife Conservation Society in partnership with the Bauchi State Government for the next four years

The 866-square-mile (2,244 square kilometers) reserve contains an estimated 350 elephants, – the only viable population remaining in Nigeria and one of the largest remaining in West Africa. The area also supports important populations of lion, buffalo, hippo, roan antelope, and hartebeest. It is considered the nation’s richest protected area.

“Yankari Game Reserve is an ecological gem of West Africa,” said Dr. James Deutsch, Executive Director of WCS’s Africa Program. “We are extremely proud to be entrusted with preserving this critically important wildlife area by the Governor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda for the benefit of the people of Bauchi State and Nigeria.”

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Nigerian teachers demonstrate against kidnapping schoolgirls

This video from Nigeria says about itself:

22 May 2014

Chibok Schoolgirls: Abuja teachers protest, demand compensation for slain teachers’ families.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

NIGERIA: Teachers closed schools across the country yesterday to protest against the government’s failure to rescue the hundreds of schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram and the killings of scores of teachers by the Islamist extremists.

Families of some of the kidnapped girls and their supporters also marched to the presidential villa in Abuja to carry their complaints to President Goodluck Jonathan.

They were met by police in riot gear and fire engines with watercannon.

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Migratory birds and Asian, African and European children

This video says about itself:

9 Jan 2014

Spring Alive has been spreading widely in Africa. Check how great they are doing in Nigeria where many children are enthusiastically engaged in birds oriented actions thanks to the Spring Alive project.

From BirdLife:

Spring Alive 2014 has arrived!

By Rebecca Langer, Thu, 06/03/2014 – 15:14

BirdLife and its Partners in 50 countries are proud to announce the launch of Spring Alive 2014. Now nine years old, Spring Alive brings together children, their teachers and families in Europe, Central Asia and Africa to observe and record the arrivals of five species of migrant birds:  Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica, White Stork Ciconia ciconia, Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus, Common Swift Apus apus, and European Bee-eater Merops apiaster.

Spring Alive 2013 broke all previous records. During Eurasian and African seasons, a total of over 286,000 observations of migratory birds were recorded on the Spring Alive website, and by the end of the year over 54,000 children, 900 teachers and supervisors and 500 volunteers from 49 countries had joined in a range of Spring Alive activities.

While the program began as a pan-European project to track the northward spread of spring migrants, now it involves many more indoor and outdoor events to engage children, schools and the wider community in the conservation of migratory birds. One example is the new pilot program Spring Twin, which matches schools in Europe and Asia with schools in Africa. Children will exchange letters, emails and diaries, and send one another videos they have shot before publishing them on the Spring Alive YouTube channel.

Spring Alive is coordinated by OTOP (BirdLife in Poland), with national coordinators in each participating country. This year, with the announcement that Azerbaijan will be joining in, at least 50 countries will be taking part.

“2014 is set to be an even bigger year for Spring Alive”, said Karolina Kalinowska, International Spring Alive Manager. “Now that we have accustomed children to recording their observations of the first spring migrants, we want to get them more involved in the conservation of migratory birds.”

Although it is still early in the year, in the southern Mediterranean early signs of spring are already popping up. Unfortunately, the joy of spring and the promise of some of the best birdwatching of the year is overshadowed in Malta by the Government’s intention to again allow spring hunting season, in violation of EU law. This translates into 10,000 hunters being allowed to legally shoot European Turtle-dove and Common Quail returning to Europe to breed. Experience suggests that too many of them will also be illegally targeting protected species, from songbirds to waders, herons and birds of prey: here.

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Bird conservation in Nigeria

This video says about itself:

Closeup of Weaver Bird weaving nest, outside Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria

13 June 2013

Bird is using shredded palm fronds to weave the nest. Since there are hundreds of these nests in the colony, the palm trees around the hotel are in pretty sorry condition.

From BirdLife:

The Lekki Bird Club in Nigeria proves committed to bird monitoring and conservation

By nairobi.volunteer, Mon, 24/02/2014 – 09:38


The Lekki Bird Club (LBC) is a volunteer-based bird conservation group focused on increasing the awareness of bird conservation in Lagos, Nigeria and also on the generation of bird data. This is achieved via the involvement of amateurs and volunteers in bird related activities like bird-watching in local birding sites, organization of talks/lectures, and publications in the form of trip reports and newsletters. Membership is drawn from all walks of life, which gives LBC the uniqueness of leveraging on its own diversity to achieve the goal of bird conservation in Lagos.

Since its inception in March 2009, LBC has remained committed to this goal by organising numerous bird-watching expeditions that enable us collect scientific data during our leisure trips and other activities that encourage bird conservation. Our success story has provided a strong platform to replicate LBC in other cities across the country.

Birding Experience and Data Collection

As a bird club situated in Lagos where land development is highest in the country, birding has never felt better. Put differently, despite the obvious implications of environmental squalor around most birding areas in the city (e.g. degraded woodlands, polluted wetlands), we have had the opportunity to observe and collate an impressive checklist of birds as they adapt to our ‘urbanisation’.

Species of global significance including migratory and threatened birds have been recorded during our trips in Lagos. Some of them include Hooded Vulture, Palm-nut Vulture, Whimbrel and the Open-Billed Stork. Others are Collared Pratincole, Common Ringed Plover and Wood Sandpiper, which are listed in the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA). Some of the sites where these species have been recorded include the Tarkwa Bay, National Arts Theatre and Nature Reserve of the Lekki Conservation Centre. Other includes Majek Farms and Muritala Mohammed Botanical Garden.

However, the LBC is not just about globally important and threatened species, but also about the common species we see daily that have graced our gardens, nested in our cubbyholes, lurked around our windows and even orchestrated beautiful melodies to our ears. The Common Bulbuls, Woodland Kingfisher, Laughing Dove, Variable Sunbird, Didric Cuckoo, Village Weavers, Pied Crows and the likes, have all collectively maintained the ecosystem with their services and acted as indicators to the state of our immediate environment.

Other Activities

In May 2012, the club hosted members and other prominent nature enthusiasts to its first in the series of lectures. The well attended evening talk, which was hosted in the Chevron Club House, focused on the “Roles of Volunteers in Bird Conservation in Nigeria” and was delivered by Prof. E. U. Ezealor. The evening talk is part of the LBC’s effort to further propagate the club activities and reach a wider audience. The same feat is achieved with the publications.

Publications like trip reports and newsletters are also produced to give us a wide-eye and as much as possible, to delight our readers. Locally, our publications have stirred up nature’s excitement in some of our subscribers and have obliged them to be part of the club. Internationally, it has provided the platform to network with similar bird clubs outside the country and share experiences by featuring our articles in their publications.

In March 2013, LBC and the Nigerian Field Society (NFS) jointly organised a birding competition tagged “Lagos Bird-Watching Challenge” from 2nd to 3rd March, 2013. This was to further stir the interest of bird-watching among members of both clubs.

Partnership and Sustainability

The club has received support in form of birding equipment like binoculars and DSLR camera from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK and Idea Wild, USA. We also only recently received funds from the African Bird Club (ABC) Conservation Fund for a pre-establishment training workshop of Ibadan Bird Club.

Replication in other Nigerian Cities

In line with the objective of increasing the stake of bird conservation in Nigeria, we are at the threshold of establishing another local bird club in Ibadan by the name Ibadan Bird Club (IBC). We are currently organising a 3-day training workshop to hold from 5th to 7th March, 2014 for the prospective core members of IBC. This will focus on developing the capacity of participants to effectively promote the conservation of birds and their habitats in Ibadan. This program will be implemented together with our local partners in Ibadan; Forest Project in International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and department of Wildlife and Ecotourism in University of Ibadan. The replication of another bird club in Finima, Rivers State is also in the pipeline.

Story by Nigerian Conservation Foundation.

World Wetlands Day Celebrations at Marlborough Vlei in Harare, Zimbabwe: here.

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Nigerian governmental homophobia, satiric video

This video says about itself:

17 Jan 2014

Nigeria’s anti-gay lobby thinks homosexuality is a sickness. No wonder they’re celebrating Goodluck Jonathan‘s newly signed Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act. But Ikenna has other ideas about the future of Naija‘s health…

What’s Up Africa is a video blog created and presented by Ikenna Azuike and filmed and edited by Sandesh Bhugaloo about creative Africa.

From AMERICAblog about this today:

Nigerian-British comedian Ikenna Azuike does a cute video about how Nigeria’s draconian new anti-gay law is going to end up turning all the straight people gay. …

“So you see, if this jail the gays law stays in force, the economy will collapse. Everyhone who calls in sick for pretending to be gay will be arrested for wanting to be gay. Jails will be full of people who claim to be gay, making jail a ‘gay institution.’ Therefore jails will be illegal, and the only solution will be to let the gay people out, and lock up all the straight people, so jail can be legal again.”

British rich homophobe: A former donor to UKIP has inexplicably responded to a Times columnist’s article condemning a Russian anti-gay law, by taking out an advert in the Telegraph and claiming that homophobia does not exist: here.

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Eurasian migratory birds need big African trees

This video from England is about a common redstart.

This blog reported already about the count this month of migratory shorebirds in west Europe and west Africa.

More inland in Africa, people count migratory birds as well.

There is an international BirdLife program: Living on the Edge; for improving migratory bird habitats and livelihoods in the Sahel region, just south of the Sahara desert.

In this program, there is participation from Burkina Faso NATURAMA, Mauritania, Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF) – Nigeria; and Senegal. And also from European countries where the migratory birds are in summer.

This morning, Vroege Vogels radio in the Netherlands reported about it. Where do Eurasian migratory birds like common redstart and spotted flycatcher spend their African winters?

It turns out they do so overwhelmingly in just about ten tree species, all in the Acacia genus. And much more so in older, taller trees than in small, young trees.

This research result means there should be more conservation of acacia trees, especially tall, older ones.

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West African lions in danger

This video is called Wild West African lion cub at the Yankari Game Reserve in Nigeria eating a warthog.

From Wildlife Extra:

The West African Lion is dangerously close to extinction

January 2014: The African lion is facing extinction across the entire West African region reveals a paper authored by Panthera‘s Lion Program Survey Coordinator, Dr Philipp Henschel, and a team from West Africa, the UK, Canada and the United States.

The West African lion once ranged continuously from Senegal to Nigeria, but now, says the scientists, there are just 250 adult lions left in five countries; Senegal, Nigeria and a single trans-frontier population on the shared borders of Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso.

These results follow a massive survey effort that took six years and covered 11 countries where lions were presumed to exist in the last two decades.

Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter said: “Lions have undergone a catastrophic collapse in West Africa. The countries that have managed to retain them are struggling with pervasive poverty and very little funding for conservation.”

The West African lion is genetically distinct from the lions of in East and southern Africa.

“West African lions have unique genetic sequences not found in any other lions, including in zoos or captivity,” explained Dr. Christine Breitenmoser, the co-chair of the IUCN/SCC Cat Specialist Group, which determines the conservation status of wild cats around the world. “If we lose the lion in West Africa, we will lose a unique, locally adapted population found no-where else. It makes their conservation even more urgent.”

Lions have disappeared across Africa as human populations and their livestock herds have grown, competing for land with lions and other wildlife. Wild savannas are converted for agriculture and cattle, the lion’s natural prey is hunted out and lions are killed by pastoralists fearing the loss of their herds.

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