All of Our Missing Daughters

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On April 15th about 300 girls were kidnapped from a Government Girls Secondary School in Nigeria by gunmen dressed as Nigerian army-men.  ABC News reports that some of the girls were taken to Chad and Cameroon for the purposes of forced marriage.  The news of the kidnapped Nigerian girls made it slowly to Facebook and Twitter, but it is only weeks later that the case has featured heavily in international news outlets and blog posts.It is a dramatic story, and if the dateline was elsewhere, i … [Read more...]

Forced Conversions and the Nigerian Media

If Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, the fastest growing religion in African countries may be Christianity. In Nigeria, it is so rare to see or hear news of women converting to any religion other than Christianity that when it does happen, the initial assumption is that the conversion must have been forced. Interestingly I did a simple search on conversions to Islam in Nigeria, on scanning the first couple of pages a trend became clear. Where it was women converting, the … [Read more...]

Ridiculing Boko Haram Where It Hurts

Still from the "Sexin' Islamic Girls" music video.  Image via GhanaNdwom.com.

Editor's Note: Please join me in welcoming Anike, MMW's newest contributor!  You may know her better from her blog as "cosmic yoruba."  We're thrilled to have Anike join the MMW team.It is still quite rare to come across depictions of Muslim women in “mainstream” Ghanaian or Nigerian media. (By “mainstream”, I am referring to media available in English or pidgin as opposed to those targeting specific audiences and done in local languages.) When the rare West African Muslim woman pops up on s … [Read more...]


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