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There are not many in Africa who have through words and deeds succeeded in creating in young Africans, a new mindset that is not held down by the typical stereotype of Africa.

•As soccer betting becomes new trend
•Bitter tale lands many in debt, prison

soccer bettingFRANCIS Akobi, 29, is an accountant by training. He got his Higher Diploma certificate from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic. All his years in school and money that went into his academic pursuit is about to amount to nothing. He blames his misfortune on Soccer betting as he walks in handcuff into Ogbudu police station.

While many are giving up on the world's most populous black nation, a church is sparing no means to help rouse the sleeping giant.

IT takes a lot of rhetoric for many to believe Christians can be patriotic  because the Jesus' followers declare that they are citizens of a heavenly Jerusalem. But for Delta's Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and top executives of his administration, this year's Independence Celebration could only be marked in Christ Embassy, Asaba. The state, its government and people chose to celebrate Nigeria's 53rd Independence with a Thanksgiving the church. The ministry is renowned for lavishly celebrating

Boko Haram attacks have increased sharply in recent months; leaving many worried that wide-scale sectarian violence could break out. Some 45 people have been killed by Boko Haram attacks in recent weeks, while 500 are reported to have been killed over the past year. Tens of thousands of Nigerians have been forced to flee their homes. AUSTIN JACOBSON in this report chronicles the terrorist group, what they want, what they stand for. Excerpts:

THE Congregation and People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad better known by its Hausa name as Boko Haram, which means "Western education is sinful" is an Islamic terrorist militant organization based in the northeast of Nigeria, north Cameroon and Niger. It was founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2001; the organization seeks

BurumaPOPE Francis increasingly resembles a gust of fresh air blowing through the musty chambers of the Catholic Church. He looks and behaves like a normal human being. He wears shoes instead of red velvet slippers. He has good taste in books: Dostoevsky, Cervantes. And he has a more humane attitude toward homosexuals, even if he has not opposed church doctrine on sexual behavior.
But the most astonishing thing that Francis has said, in a recent letter to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, concerns non-believers. A non-believer is safe from the

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