Gbemisola Olujobi

Gbemisola Olujobi

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A journalist since 1984, Gbemisola Olujobi is the editor of Saturday Mirror, a weekend newspaper based in Lagos, Nigeria. Previously, she was a Pulitzer Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at...


Nigeria’s Unholy War

Apr 7, 2010
You may have heard about the city of Jos, the capital of Plateau state in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, and wondered why it is a flashpoint of unspeakable violence On Jan 17, mobs killed about 400 residents of Jos The second round of attacks, on March 7, was even more vicious.

One Nation, Two Presidents

Mar 30, 2010
Now, what was the interest of the Saudi authorities in keeping Yar’Adua, the president of a sovereign nation, incommunicado and out of his people’s reach for three months? And if the Saudi authorities had nothing to do with the president being out of reach, who kept him away from his officials and his people?Who kept Nigeria's President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, the leader of a sovereign nation, incommunicado and out of his people's reach for three months?

The Mutallab Challenge

Jan 13, 2010
Christmas 2009 was not particularly cheery in Nigeria. A poor economic climate, an epileptic power supply and scarcity of petroleum products ensured that the celebrations were low-key. As if these challenges were not enough, news of an attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner by a Nigerian filtered in on Christmas Day. The nation’s heart sank. The tag that has now been put on the country is a new one for Nigeria. Money laundering? Sadly, yes. Internet scamming? Another sad yes. But suicide bombing?

Nollywood Rising

Aug 27, 2009
The Nigerian movie industry, known as Nollywood (a play on Hollywood in the manner of Bollywood), has grown from an accidental discovery into a mega-industry of over 2,000 titles and $200M annually. The Nigerian movie industry has grown from an accidental discovery into a mega-industry of over 2,000 titles and $200M annually.

Who is Mogae?

Apr 11, 2009
Almost everyone in the United States or indeed anywhere else in the world knows about Zimbabwe’s sit-tight president, Robert Mugabe. But who is Mogae? Who is Chissano? Who is Kikwete? And who is Kufuor? Sadly, very few people outside Africa recognize these names.

Africa’s Good Friend

Feb 28, 2009
Linda, a 24-year-old sex worker in Kigali, Rwanda, didn’t want to be tested for HIV because she feared she would find she would soon die. Her fear was not unfounded. Being aware of one’s HIV-positive status was a first step toward dying of AIDS in Rwanda, as in most parts of Africa. Anti-retroviral drugs were expensive and hard to come by. But that was before President Bush's PEPFAR.