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Horror and hashtags: Covering Boko Haram

Wednesday 21 May 2014 - Behind the image

Women carring placards in support of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram attend a street demonstration in Lagos on May 14, 2014 to mark the one-month anniversary of the girls' abduction. (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Expei)

Horror and hashtags: Covering Boko Haram


"AFP in Nigeria has been attracting a lot of interest in recent weeks after we received videos from the Boko Haram militants who kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from their school last month," writes Lagos bureau chief Phil Hazlewood.

"They first claimed responsibility for the mass abduction in Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, while a week later they showed about 130 of the 223 girls still missing, and indicated that they had all converted to Islam."

(AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Expei)

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In search of the prophet

Thursday 10 April 2014 - Eye witness

T.B. Joshua (AFP Photo/Robert Leslie)

AFP video journalist Robert Leslie goes on a mission to Lagos, where he tries to interview Nigeria's best known healer-preacher, a self-styled "commissioned" voice of Jesus Christ. (AFP Photo/Robert Leslie)

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Fighting vice (and self-doubt) with sharia squad in Nigeria

Friday 13 December 2013 - Eye witness

A Hisbah patrol on the streets of Kano. October 29, 2013. (AFP Photo / Aminu Abubakar)

AFP video journalist Robert Leslie grapples with the conundrum faced by many in his craft. How much of what he is filming is reality, and how much is being done for the camera's benefit? It's a question he confronted on a recent visit to Nigeria while on patrol with an Islamist vice squad.

(AFP Photo / Aminu Abubakar)

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Space travel: from Lagos to Tokyo

Tuesday 17 July 2012 - Eye witness

Overcrowded train at Lagos where passengers are even sitting on the roofTrain official with passengers on sparkling clean Tokyo metro












After four years running AFP's bureau in Lagos, Nigeria’s notoriously chaotic and dangerous megapolis, Jacques Lhuillery has recently arrived in Japan to take up the equivalent post in Tokyo, one of the most organized, safest and cleanest super-cities in the world. The contrast is so striking, he tells us, it’s like moving from one planet to another. (AFP Photo)

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