Editor’s note: We will be revisiting the untold stories behind Nigeria’s middle-belt crisis

Today, YNaija begins a three-part story called ‘Seven Bloody Days of Summer’. It explores the untold stories behind the high volatility that Nigeria’s middle-belt, Jos in particular, has become known for. Our reporter, Eromo Egbejule revisits the 2001 Jos Crisis. These ethno-religiously motivated riots reached a crescendo just days before the infamous 9/11 twin tower bomb blast masterminded by Al-Qaeda in the United States.

Suffice it to say that the tragedy in Jos somehow got buried under the rubble.

Eromo Egbejule tells the story from the perspective of residents who lived through the hell of it all – a young school girl, a disappointed journalist, a rapper and a charming youth corps member. This is a story that not only places a well-deserved spotlight on one the worst series of events to have ever happened in Nigeria, it explores, the human angles that can often get misplaced in the telling of these kinds of stories.

YNaija.com has produced stories like this consistently over the years because we really believe citizens matter. With We Survived Boko Haram, last year, we told the story of Nigerians who lived – and continue to live through – the terror ravaging the North Eastern part of Nigeria. With the Blood Money series, our reporters spent weeks digging deep into the oil-producing region of Nigeria – a part of Nigeria that manages to garner a ton of coverage but coverage that rarely ever explores the misunderstood stories that lay beneath the sensational mind-boggling money-related headlines. Then came Herdsmen Hazards, Brave Women, Beyond Biafra, and a personal favourite, Biafra’s Forgotten Soldiers.

We hope you find this as enlightening as we have.

Roqeebah Olaoniye

Assistant Editor




See the first of the series here.


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