Shola Lawal

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Shola Lawal is an independent filmmaker and freelance West African correspondent for the Mail & Guardian, a South African-based newspaper. Lawal is currently based in Lagos, Nigeria. Her work focuses on development issues, women and the environment. Lawal has reported from Ghana, Togo, Finland and from the Nigerian/Cameroonian border. Her reporting calls attention to stories that deeply affect people and the environment: Her stories have taken her to volatile oil fields in Nigeria's Niger Delta, endangered forests in Ghana and the troubled streets of Lomé, Togo. Apart from Mail and Guardian, Lawal's work, (video and words) have appeared in Al Jazeera, TRT World and IRIN News. Lawal is currently working on a documentary film that chronicles the lives of indigenous faith believers in Nigeria, and the discriminatory attitudes they face. Lawal previously worked as a video producer with Zikoko - the Nigerian media company aspiring to be Africa's Buzzfeed - where she helped start a video department. In 2018, Lawal represented Nigeria at the Foreign Correspondents' Programme in Helsinki, Finland. Lawal graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mass communication in 2015, second class upper division, and received her masters in the same field in 2018. Lawal attended the University of Lagos.

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Coronavirus Halts Street Protests, but Climate Activists Have a Plan

Greta Thunberg, protesting in Brussels this month, is now calling for digital strikes.Credit…Johanna Geron/Reuters The coronavirus outbreak has prompted climate activists to abandon public demonstrations, one of their most powerful tools for raising public awareness,…

Season of Women

My time as the Neuffer Fellow comes to a beautiful end this March. I already feel a hint of the nostalgia I know will engulf me when I finally leave New York, a city which…

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The Original Long Islanders Fight to Save Their Land From a Rising Sea

Shinnecock Indians are using nature-based solutions to calm the waves and restore the beaches that protect their lands. By Somini Sengupta and Shola Lawal SHINNECOCK NATION, Southampton, N.Y. — A maritime people who once spanned a large swath…

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The Coronavirus and Carbon Emissions

Welcome to the Climate Fwd: newsletter. The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. Tweak ocean ecosystems? Maybe not, study…

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Hurricane Dorian Ravaged Bahamas’ Reefs, Researchers Find

Fractured coral off the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. Credit Perry Institute for Marine Science When Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas in September, it not only leveled entire communities and killed dozens of people, it also…

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Africa, a Thunder and Lightning Hot Spot, May See Even More Storms

Francois Loubser/Alamy Africa is experiencing bigger and more frequent thunderstorms as global temperatures rise, according to researchers at Tel Aviv University. The continent already has many of the world’s lightning hot spots, with storms that…

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Fireflies Have a Mating Problem: The Lights Are Always On

A swarm of fireflies on Shikoku, in southern Japan. Kei Nomiyama/Barcroft Media, via Getty Images These are tough times for fireflies. Like a lot of other insects, they face increasing threats from habitat loss, pesticides…

In the Big Apple

I am in my third week in one of the greatest cities in the world and so far, New York has been all I imagined and more. More people, more heady smells, more buildings, more…

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Temperatures at a Florida-Size Glacier in Antarctica Alarm Scientists

The Thwaites glacier, above, helps to keep the much larger West Antarctic Ice Shelf stable. NASA/OIB/Jeremy Harbeck Scientists in Antarctica have recorded, for the first time, unusually warm water beneath a glacier the size of…

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CLIMATE FWD: One Thing You Can Do: Make Smart Donations

Also this week, African climate activists and a popular Berkeley class Welcome to the Climate Fwd: newsletter. The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change. Sign up here to…

Ringing in the new

It’s been a fairly quiet month. School session is over, so no more awesome classes at MIT and Harvard *sad face*. Before the break, I got published in MIT’s Precis magazine, which was exciting. Of…

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End the ‘Global Gag Rule’

Nigeria needs to speak up and rethink its strategies on reproductive rights as a matter of urgency In a move that played out at the United Nations General Assembly in September, US Department of Health…

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Exporting the American Dream

An increasing number of migrants who’ve been stopped from entering the United States are opting to stay in Mexico, changing the country’s demographics. African migrants walk in the streets of Tapachula, heading to the central…

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A Zen priest turns her attention to immigrants in distress

Myozen Joan Amaral, a Zen priest based in Beverly, has helped to support immigrants in detention centers and, in some cases, freed them from prison.PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF She is slightly built and has a fragile…

Remember November

“Remember Remember, the fifth of November…” It will be difficult for me to forget a single day of November – what a packed month. On the night of the fifth, for example, I was preparing…

Ditching the ‘T’

  I have spent half of this month panicking about what stories I’m going to tell you about Boston. I feared that I wasn’t connecting to the city, that something was off. In DC, it…

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Trump’s asylum policy is a death sentence for Africans fleeing violence

African migrants marched Aug. 30 in Tapachula, Mexico — on the border with Guatemala — to demand humanitarian visas that would enable them to cross Mexico on their way to the US.ISAAC GUZMAN /AFP/GETTY IMAGES/AFP/GETTY…

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With trophy hunting, wildlife loses

In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Cecil was killed by a hunter in 2015.ANDY LOVERIDGE/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION RESEARCH UNIT VIA…

Johnny Just Come: My first month in America

It has been a crazy four weeks here in Boston! A roller coaster really. I have had my plate full with integrating at MIT and The Boston Globe. At MIT, I have the opportunity of…