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North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fessor William Miles has been con­ducting research in West Africa for more than 30 years. So it came as a sur­prise to him that he learned only recently of a growing Jewish com­mu­nity in Nigeria’s cap­ital city of Abuja.

Nigeria is about half Muslim and half Chris­tian. Ani­mism is prac­ticed as well. But now, thou­sand of Igbos – an ethnic group of south­eastern Nigeria – have adopted Judaism.

In his book, “Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-​​Judaic Odyssey,” Miles shares life sto­ries from the com­mu­nity, as well as his own expe­ri­ences, as he cel­e­brates Hanukkah and a Bar Mitzvah with “Jubos” in Abuja.

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