Deep in the burrows of the Sambisa Forest near the town of Damboa in Maiduguri – the state capital of Borno – a harried and scared 19-year-old girl carrying a baby was found roaming aimlessly – by village natives.
Amina Ali Mkeki is the name that Colonel Sani Usman of the Nigerian army released as the young woman’s identifier even though previous reports have assigned a different one.
The global appeal of Nollywood has been vastly evident in the industry’s ability to stay loyal to a formula that relies on the spiciness of over-the-top dramatics and Shakespearean fodder to maintain a loyal following while also garnering increasing attention from the expansive industry.
The Toronto Film Festival has announced that this coming September – Nollywood will be the target of choice as filmmakers from Lagos, Nigeria – the hub of all the cinematic magic will be invited to participate in the festival’s City to City showcase.
The young girl apprehended by Cameroonian authorities last Friday after being caught carrying explosives with another female who unlike previously reported was actually an adult woman – is definitely not one of the missing Chibok girls.
The 12-year-old who along with her companion had planned to detonate the bombs and blow themselves up – claimed to be one of the more than 250 schoolgirls that were abducted from their dorm rooms by Boko Haram back in April 2014.
It was reported that one of the two female suicide bombers apprehended in Cameroon over the weekend, claims to have been among the 250 schoolgirls that were kidnapped from their dorm rooms in Chibok on April 14 2014.
There are conflicting reports regarding the ages of the girls but sources say that they seem to be at least 10 years of age or younger.
West Africa is currently under siege as the violent footpath of al-Qaida continues to spread like the plague – with the latest casualties falling prey to a team of gunmen that stormed a beach resort in Ivory Coast.