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Chika Oduah
Chika Oduah is an independent multimedia journalist. She has reported across Central America, Africa, the U.S. and is presently based in Nigeria. Chika’s reporting on Africa goes beyond the headlines to explore culture, human rights, health, history, spirituality, development and insecurity on the continent and in African diaspora communities around the world. She is one of the few journalists offering on-the-ground reportage from northeastern Nigeria, the heartland of the extremist group, Boko Haram. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, France24, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, CNN, Al Jazeera, National Geographic, NBC, The BBC, The Associated Press, PBS Newshour, UK Channel 4 and more. Chika is the 2014 recipient of the Trust Women Journalist Award from the Thomson Reuters Foundation; a winner of the 2015 African Story Challenge; and a 2015 finalist for a Livingston Award.

Entries by Chika Oduah

Life or Death: Investigative Reporting in Nigeria

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 4:14 PM

A few weeks ago, a Nigerian journalist uncovered alleged cases of rape and sodomy in a boys' school in Kano, northern Nigeria. Reporting on a sensitive cultural taboo, the journalist discovered that school officials were aware of the abuse and were actively covering it up.

The journalist is now facing...

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The App That Saved 1,000 Children

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2015 | 11:26 AM

The app that saved 1,000 children

Hamzat, a Nigerian activist; Tife Owolabi, cameraman; and myself driving to Bagega from Abuja, Nigeria.

In December 2014, I embarked on a reporting project that took me to a village in northwestern...

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Letter: Ebola Is Closer to New Jersey Than to Rwanda

(10) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:05 AM


To Beth Norcia, Superintendent
Maple Shade School District
New Jersey, USA

Dear Mrs. Norcia,

I was raised in metro-Atlanta, Georgia, where the DeKalb County School system nurtured me.

I attended a number of schools within the district. At...

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Nigeria - A Fractured Giant?

(23) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 1:07 PM


Five months ago, Professor Hassan walked through the doors of a hotel restaurant in Bauchi, northern Nigeria.

He sat down at a table, greeted the two journalists there and commenced his message. He browsed through his belongings and grabbed a stack...

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After God Is the Condom: Sexual Health in Nigeria

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 4:36 PM

In his shop in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, Bassey Ngehaji stands next to Mama Condom and prays while holding up a condom. Photo by Chika Oduah

Bassey Ngehaje does not have a problem using condoms. When that moment approaches, when he's aroused in the...

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Nigeria's Ethiopians Protest Abuse In Saudi Arabia

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 1:16 PM

While thousands are decrying the reported abuse of Ethiopian migrants in Saudi Arabia, one woman hopes to stir more activism in Africa

"I couldn't sleep. If you see the pictures... " Meseret's voice cracks before it trails off, before she lets out an exasperated sigh and swipes away the loose...

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Childhood Stunting Stags Public Health Progress in Tanzania

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 2:55 PM

Yasin Issa thinks he is too small for his age. The 13-year-old boy stands less than four feet tall. He wears a thick brown canvas jacket around his petite body and plays with his friends on one of the...

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Farming While Pregnant in Tanzania

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 3:16 PM

Across Tanzania's multicultural landscape of an estimated 47 million people and more than one hundred ethnic groups, women, wives in particular, play major roles in sustaining family livelihoods. With more than 75 percent of the population living in rural areas, farming comprises up to 75 percent of Tanzania's workforce and...

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Love in a Time of Fear: Albino Women's Stories From Tanzania

(3) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 1:40 PM


Albino women in Tanzania share stories on love, family and survival in a country where albinos are targets for violence


Grace Medaldi looked for love in a relationship with...

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Facing Child Marriage in Nigeria

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 1:05 PM

The Nigerian Senate is reeling in the backlash of a sweeping outpouring of public protests. 2013-07-29-childmarriageprotests.jpg

Activists and protesters are rallying on streets, tweeting and hashtagging #ChildNotBride, sharing editorials in the blogsphere and signing online petitions to voice their outrage over a...

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