Inspiration · News

‘How I almost became a Boko Haram suicide bomber’

On Tuesday 9 February, two Nigerian girls entered a camp for displaced people in the country’s north-east. Minutes later they detonated their explosive vests, killing 58 people. A third girl refused to take part in the suicide mission for Islamist militant group Boko Haram. This is her story. Hauwa, not her real name, doesn’t know… Continue reading ‘How I almost became a Boko Haram suicide bomber’

Football · Inspiration

Who is Watford’s striking phenomenon Odion Ighalo?

As a boy, Odion Ighalo and his Olodi Warriors team-mates would hit the deck when they heard gun fire during training. The bullets didn’t know the difference between the young footballers and the drug dealers selling their narcotics on a corner of the pitch, who the police were targeting. Growing up in the Ajegunle ghetto,… Continue reading Who is Watford’s striking phenomenon Odion Ighalo?

Inspiration

Chris Mintz: Army veteran regarded as ‘hero’ in Oregon shooting

US Army veteran Chris Mintz started his day on Thursday heading to class at Umqua Community College, excited about marking his son’s sixth birthday. But hours later, in an attempt to charge the gunman, he was shot five times. The 30-year-old is now in hospital and could make a full recovery, according to a Facebook… Continue reading Chris Mintz: Army veteran regarded as ‘hero’ in Oregon shooting

General · Inspiration

‘I saw my son wrestling with the suicide bomber’ – Father of Yobe blast victim

The father of one of the victims of the suicide bomb attack in Damaturu, Yobe State,  said that he came out of the house and saw his son wrestling with the suicide bomber before the bomb went off killing his 19-yr-old son Hassan Mohammed Damagum. Mohammed, a pre-degree student at the Yobe State University, was… Continue reading ‘I saw my son wrestling with the suicide bomber’ – Father of Yobe blast victim

General · Inspiration

Harvard’s prestigious debate team loses to NY inmates

Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York inmates. The showdown took place at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison where convicts can take courses taught by faculty from nearby Bard College, and where inmates have formed a popular debate club. Last month,… Continue reading Harvard’s prestigious debate team loses to NY inmates

Athletics · Inspiration

YouTube-inspired Julius Yego enjoys win

Kenya’s Julius Yego, who refined his javelin technique watching YouTube videos, says his World Championship gold medal was “really unbelievable”. At 5ft 9ins, the 26-year-old is relatively diminutive in the sport, but he threw 92.72m – a Commonwealth record – to win the competition by nearly four metres. “I had a serious injury and thought… Continue reading YouTube-inspired Julius Yego enjoys win