Chika Oduah is a multimedia journalist with 16 years of reporting experience. She reports for Voice of America from her current base in Nigeria. She has been reporting for VOA since 2016, covering stories such as terrorism in Nigeria, hip-hop in the Democratic Republic of Congo and women empowerment in Rwanda.
In the Nigerian city pf Maiduguri, the popular incense kaaji is a cherished, local tradition. Kaaji, made from generations-old recipes, is used during important ceremonies such as weddings to dispel evil spirits. But with the advance of technology and social media, the market for the incense is growing. Chika Oduah reports from Maiduguri.
The International Committee of the Red Cross says their highest caseload of missing persons in the world is currently in Nigeria. Nearly 22,000 Nigerians have been reported as missing in connection with the 10-year-old insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Chika Oduah files this report from the heart of the insurgency in Borno State.