Debswana Unearthed What Could Be The World’s 3rd Biggest Diamond Ever Seen

Debswana Diamond Co. a fraction of De Beers which deals with diamond mining discovers 1,098 carat diamond in Botswana.  It was unearthed on June 1 at Jwaneng, the world’s richest mine by value which is undergoing a $2 billion expansion. The stone could be the third-biggest diamond ever discovered since the company began operations half …

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Kenneth Kaunda: A True African Hero Says Farewell

Yesterday was cold yet under a baking sun in Africa as Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and liberation hero, died at Maina Soko Medical Center, a military hospital in Lusaka, where he was being treated for pneumonia.  “I am sad to inform [members] we have lost Mzee [the old man]. Let’s pray for him,” Kambarage …

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World Economic Forum: 8 African startups made 100 most promising Technology Pioneers of 2021

Eight African companies reshaping industries, creating job opportunities and adding value to the society have been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on its 100 most promising Technology Pioneers list of the year. The companies were selected from 26 economies across the world with Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, UAE, and El Salvador making the list for …

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Kenneth Kaunda: Former Zambian President Ill With Pneumonia

Zambia’s former president, Kenneth Kaunda, 97, was recently hospitalized at Maina Soko Medical Center, a military hospital in Lusaka,  due to chest infection on Monday. The illness wasn’t specified until now. Rodrick Ngolo, his aide yesterday said KK (Kenneth Kaunda) suffers from pneumonia but certainly not Covid-19. “He is being treated for pneumonia but he …

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ECOWAS on Nigeria’s Twitter Ban.

Aisha Yesufu, one of the leading figures of the EndSars protest; Oby Ezekwesili, Nigeria’s former Minister of Education; the Registered Trustees of the Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP); and over 400 Nigerians have filed a lawsuit against the ban of Twitter by the Nigerian government through the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) …

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Kenya prepares for 2021 WRC Safari Rally

Today, Kenya‘s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Hon. Najib Balala officiated the unveiling of two Magical Kenya branded rally cars at the Kenyatta International Convention Center dubbed Africa’s premier meeting venue. The Magical Kenya branded rally cars showcased will be participating in the 2021 World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally. The rally will be …

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Former Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda, Suffers Chest Infection

Kenneth Kaunda also called KK is not just former Zambian president but one of the country’s founding fathers and the first president who ruled Zambia from 1964 to 1991. The 97-year-old now suffers chest infection which was at first diagnosed as a minor case but later turned into a serious one. He was admitted to …

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SA President Ramaphosa Pleased With G7 Vaccines Support

In a G7 summit earlier this week in the UK, the nations promised to donate at least 1 billion Covid-19 vaccines to countries in less favourable situations. The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, is happy about the development. But Ramaphosa also questioned why only one African nation was invited for the meeting, however the …

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PAGA: The Next Big Thing In Africa

Eyitayo David Oviosu, simply Tayo Oviosu is the founder and CEO of Paga, a mobile payments company dealing with the digitalization of cash in emerging economies. Paga founded in 2009 now processes trillions of Naira today becoming a fintech giant from Africa spreading its wings outside the continent. With U.S. billionaire investor Tim Draper and …

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June 12 Nigeria’s Democracy Day: Youths Protest Question The Essence Of Democracy

While interviewing Nigerian youths on the streets of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria yesterday, just before the big Democracy Day, “June 12 protest” was on the lips of the majority interviewed. They questioned if democracy have been truly practised in the country. As we spoke, little did we know that #BuhariMustGo banners are …

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Tsitsi Dangarembga: Zimbabwean novelist awarded PEN Pinter Prize 2021

Zimbabwean novelist, Tsitsi Dangarembga is the winner for Pen Pinter Prize 2021. The prize was established in 2009 in memory of Nobel-Laureate playwright Harold Pinter, and awarded to a writer of outstanding literary merit resident in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Commonwealth or the former Commonwealth. The African writer will therefore be …

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Ethiopia’s north crisis: Death also knocks at the door

Above, a child sleeps on a sack of food aid in the Tigray region. Pictures like this paints poverty and may shade viewers away from what led to the event. As we speak millions of African kids are having their meals and drinking clean water but we cannot deny that bad governance and unnecessary conflicts …

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Tunisia to partner with WHO and aims to revive its economy

Tunisia, a country of about 12 million people in population, has so far received only 1.6 million Covid-19 doses out of the 2.5 million budgeted to come from WHO-led COVAX initiative. The Prime Minister of Tunisia, Hichem Mechichi, appealed to WHO yesterday during a meeting in Geneva to boost vaccine provisions in order to accelerate …

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Morocco legalizes cannabis for medicinal purpose

The Moroccan parliament after long-time deliberations has passed a law legalizing the production and distribution of cannabis for both medicinal and industrial uses. Cannabis outside being abused has tremendous medicinal benefits which can also be utilized to grow the economy.  The government is looking at the bigger picture and thinking outside the frame as it …

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Nigerian and US Authorities Discuss Lifting Twitter Ban

After Twitter was officially banned in Nigeria, reactions from all angles and sectors of the country and outside its borders condemned the government’s decision. Yesterday, Nigerian and U.S Officials met in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, to have a diplomatic discussion over Twitter ban. Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister said the main reason behind the …

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GUINESS WORLD RECORDS: SA Woman Births 10 Children At Once

It sounds untrue, appearing like a click bait, but 37-year-old Gosiame Thamara Sithole, a South African woman has given birth to 10 babies at once. This sets a new world record topping Halima Cisse — a Malian woman who gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco in May. A caesarian operation was carried out on Sithole …

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AISHA YESUFU: Activist Extraordinaire

AISHA YESUFU: Activist Extraordinaire

Aisha Yesufu is a Nigerian activist and businesswoman. She is a co-founder of the #BringBackOurGirls movement, which brings attention to the abduction of over 200 girls from a secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria on 14 April 2014, by the terrorist group Boko Haram. She has also been prominently involved in the End SARS movement against police brutality in Nigeria. AISHA YESUFU: BACKGROUND Aisha Yesufu was born and raised in Kano …

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Egypt & Japan talk on bilateral relations and the Palestinian issue

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry, and Toshimitsu Motegi of Japan have been holding conversations on bilateral relations and the Palestinian conflict including discussions on other regional and international cases over the phone. Shoukry and Motegi had an elaborate phone conversation on introducing ways to improve cooperation relations between Egypt and Japan in …

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INSECURITY: Armed Bandits Attack Igangan, Oyo State

Insecurity in Nigeria, has been a huge concern due to the “old-age” Boko Haram insurgency, concurrent attacks by unknown groups, the Fulani herdsmen as well as other kidnapping cases across the country. Recently in the late hours of Saturday, a town located in Ibarapa in Oyo State known as Igangan was attacked by armed bandits …

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Nigerian Government Suspends Twitter Indefinitely

Following a recent speech made by Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari on national TV about carrying out an unexpected and shocking attack on secessionists in the country, was a tweet on Twitter to further spread the information on social media. However, the presidential tweet violated Twitter’s rules and was therefore taken down. As a result of …

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Franklyn Usouwa: The story of a storyteller engineering his way forward

Franklyn Usouwa is a Nigerian writer and the author of “A for Abortion” which was shortlisted for Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2021. He was born and raised in Lagos and currently studies Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Lagos. But Franklyn loves to tell stories. In and out of the laboratory, he finds …

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How a Lawyer, Tolulope Williams, Built Electric Bikes Fueled With Passion.

How a Lawyer, Tolulope Williams, Built Electric Bikes Fueled With Passion.

Tolulope Williams is a Nigerian lawyer and the founder of Savenhart Investment Limited Technology simply called Siltech where one of the most amazing electric bikes are produced in Africa. At first, he lacked technical knowledge about the world of electric bikes. But one sure thing that kept him relentless was his passion for achieving his …

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Margaret Wambui: World Athletics should introduce 3rd Category For High Testosterone Performers

Margaret Wambui: World Athletics should introduce 3rd Category For High Testosterone Performers

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will begin by July 2021 but competitors with high testosterone levels will not be participating in events between 400m and a mile. As a result, Margaret Wambui, a Kenyan 800m medalist is saying that World Athletics should introduce a third category of events in order to allow competitors with …

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David Diop: International Booker Prize 2021 Winner

David Diop: International Booker Prize 2021 Winner

David Diop‘s “At Night All Blood is Black”, a novel inspired by his Senegalese great-grandfather’s silence about his experiences during the First World War wins the International Booker Prize for the year. The fiction was announced virtually as the winner by the chair of the judges Lucy Hughes-Hallett on Wednesday. “This story of warfare and …

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Bill Gates to Support Nigeria and Others with Extra $50m for Covid-19 Vaccines

Bill Gates to Support Nigeria and Others with Extra $50m for Covid-19 Vaccines

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is pledging $50 million to Nigeria and 91 other countries for vaccines in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic. It was announced during Gavi’s COVAX AMC Summit co-hosted with Japan. The event welcomed world leaders, private sectors, civil societies, and technical partners in joining hands to procure more Covid-19 vaccines …

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REMEMBERING KOFI ANNAN: Africa's Greatest Diplomat

REMEMBERING KOFI ANNAN: Africa’s Greatest Diplomat

Kofi Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the United Nations  were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela. Kofi Annan studied economics at Macalester …

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BONANG MATHEBA: “Moghel” To Mogul

BONANG MATHEBA: “Moghel” To Mogul

Bonang Matheba is a South African television presenter, radio personality, businesswoman, producer, model and philanthropist. Born in Mahikeng, North West, Bonang Matheba is known for her flamboyant presenting skills and her signature voice. She presented the SABC 1 music show LIVE  which thrust her into the spotlight. She is also known for being the first black South African to be featured on …

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Will Nigeria divide? Buhari Plans To Address Critical Issues

Will Nigeria divide? Buhari Plans To Address Critical Issues

The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, passed a resounding warning to those he labelled as promoters of insurrection saying a rude shock awaits them. The so-called group has been responsible for destroying national assets. Buhari spoke after receiving information from Prof Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission …

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ICC: Former Ivory Coast’s President to return in June

Former Ivory Coast‘s President, Laurent Gbagbo was sentenced to 20 years in prison in absentia for bank robbery during the 2011 post-election violence for refusing to accept defeat. He has now been acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to return home in June 2021. This was announced by Assoa Adou, the secretary general to …

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Zamalek SC, Face of the Inaugural Basketball Africa League 2021

Zamalek SC, Face of the Inaugural Basketball Africa League 2021

Zamalek SC defeated US Monastir on May 30 securing 13 points ahead of the Tunisian team to become the first-ever champions of the Basketball Africa League (BAL). The inaugural BAL final held at Kigali Arena ended 76-63 in favor of the Egyptian stars. Having won the FIBA Africa Champions Cup in 1992, BAL becomes Zamalek’s …

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Ola W. Halim: A Fiction of Truth, Queer, and Freedom

Ola W. Halim: A Fiction of Truth, Queer, and Freedom

Ola W. Halim is a fiction writer, a poet, and a teacher in Edo State, Nigeria. He teaches English Language and Literature and was shortlisted for  TFCN Teacher’s Prize for Literature in 2019.  He writes far away from things frequently told, exploring the unimaginable. His “An Analysis of a Fragile Affair” was shortlisted for 2021 …

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Somalia To Hold Indirect Elections Within 2 months

Somalia To Hold Indirect Elections Within 2 months

In a meeting held at the Aden Abdulle International Airport, a definitive agreement has been successfully signed by Somalia‘s key political stakeholders which stipulates that indirect elections will be held within two months. This followed former Ghanaian President, John Mahama, quitting as African Union’s envoy to Somalia. It points to the fact that polls will …

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Uganda Kiira Electric Vehicles On A Commercial Lane

Uganda Kiira Electric Vehicles On A Commercial Lane

It’s time to wander Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, on any of her made-in-Uganda electric vehicles (EVs). Hearing of EVs in Africa is no longer a new headline that makes you wonder or extremely excited. It was 13 years ago in Uganda when students and staff at Makerere University in Kampala participated in an initiative …

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J. Cole Bids Farewell To Basketball Africa League

J. Cole Bids Farewell To Basketball Africa League

It was shocking for many J. Cole fans especially those in Africa who love the game of basketball after his retirement from Basketball Africa League (BAL). It has been the American rapper’s dream to play basketball professionally and that dream made it out, when he signed with Rwanda Patriots BBC and participated in the inaugural …

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Basketball Africa League: 4 teams down, 8 up for the playoffs

12 African teams began the chase for the inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL) season trophy in high hopes of lifting the trophy and putting their names on the wall of BAL history. With 4 teams out of the race now, 8 teams from Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia qualified for the …

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Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa

Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa

Ken Saro-Wiwa  was a Nigerian writer, television producer, and environmental activist. Ken Saro-Wiwa was a member of the Ogoni people, an ethnic minority in Nigeria whose homeland, Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta has been targeted for crude oil extraction since the 1950s suffering extreme environmental damage as a result. Ken Saro-Wiwa led a non violent protest against the environmental degradation of the land and waters of Ogoniland by the operations …

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Amina Mohammed: A Champion Of Sustainable Environment

Amina Mohammed is a Nigerian diplomat and politician who currently serves as the fifth Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, and was previously the Nigeria’s Minister of Environment from 2015 to 2016. Amina Mohammed was born in Liverpool, UK, in 1961 to a Fulani Nigerian veterinarian and a British nurse. She is the eldest of five daughters of her parents. AMINA MOHAMMED: BACKGROUND AND CAREER Amina Mohammed …

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Digital Information Service Valuable To Farmers In Managing COVID-19

Digital Information Service Valuable To Farmers In Managing COVID-19

In this period of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s crucial for small-scale farmers living in remote areas to receive accurate information on time. Some farmers in local areas access information from digital services via mobile phones. But this isn’t the case for many small-scale farmers. It’s indeed a challenge for many small-scale farmers in Africa, especially …

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NBA Africa: NBA’s new entity in Africa

In 2010, the National Basketball Association (NBA) opened its African headquarters in South Africa. Yesterday, NBA announced the formation of NBA Africa, a new entity that will manage the league’s business in Africa alongside the Basketball Africa League (BAL). This is the first season for BAL featuring 12 of the top club teams from 12 …

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DR Congo: Mount Nyiragongo Volcano Displaces 8,000

Mount Nyiragongo volcano in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo erupted few kilometers away from Rubavu, Rwanda, sending about 8000 people out of their homes. The Rwanda government has ordered its border open for the people of Goma from Congo following the eruption of the volcano. From Kinshasa, Vincent Karega who is the Rwandan ambassador …

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Irenosen Okojie: An African Goddess With A Quill

Irenosen Okojie: An African Goddess With A Quill

Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian-born novelist and a short story writer living and working in London but her heart is always home, Africa. Her collections of short stories are unapologetically black and powerful, sending bold messages to the corners of the world. She’s the author of Nudibranch short story collection and she’s confidently aware of …

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African Champions League: Al Ahly Through To Semifinals

African Champions League: Al Ahly Through To Semifinals

Egypt’s giant, Al Ahly qualifies for African Champions League semi finals playing 1-1 against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday. In the first leg of their quarter-final against Mamelodi in Cairo, Al Ahly were already on the safe side with a clean sheet 2-0 win. Yasser Ibrahim for Al Ahly opened the scoring 11th minute into the …

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Kakuzi: Lamu Port Opens As Avocado Cargo Sets Sail To Europe

Kakuzi: Lamu Port Opens As Avocado Cargo Sets Sail To Europe

The new Lamu Port in Kenya begins operation on Thursday starting with the cargo transportation of 80-ton avocados to France. The avocados loaded on MV Seago Bremerhaven cargo ship are freshly grown at Kakuzi PLC Makuyu orchards. According to the Managing Director of Kakuzi, Chris Flowers, Lamu port going into operation is a huge benefit …

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Lindsey Harding: South Sudan’s first ever women’s basketball coach

36-year-old Lindsey Harding becomes the very first woman to coach in women’s basketball in South Sudan. Lindsey Harding is two sides of the WNBA coin as a former basketball star in court and now playing the role of a coach outside the court line. Lindsey Harding doesn’t see boundaries; she prepares to also work outside …

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Isn’t racism a disease?

Not all diseases cause: fever, dry cough, tiredness Or in some cases: diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, skin rash, discoloration  Some get really serious: difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, loss of speech or movement Then isn’t racism a disease when It leaves you hanging to a tree With your legs slightly above the …

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Ex-Ghana President Pulls Out As AU's Somalia Envoy

Ex-Ghana President Pulls Out As AU’s Somalia Envoy

The former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama who was appointed as envoy to Somalia by the African Union (AU) earlier this month, has now withdrawn his acceptance. As the high representative of AU to Somalia, his responsibility was to help mediate between stakeholders who are yet to agree on an electoral calendar as well …

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Malawi Incinerates Expired AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccines

Malawi Incinerates Expired AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccines

Malawi health authorities burned about 19,610 outdated AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses yesterday. Recently, the uptake of the vaccines in the country has been low. They had done the incineration to prove to the people the availability of only safe vaccines in clinics and to encourage people to turn up for more vaccination. Khumbize Chiponda, the …

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22 Jailed For Child Labor On Cocoa Farms In Ivory Coast

22 Jailed For Child Labor On Cocoa Farms In Ivory Coast

According to the Ivorian police 22 persons were jailed for trafficking children to work on cocoa farms. When the arrest was made, about 70 children were successfully rescued. Five out of the 22 criminals were sentenced to 20 years in prison, while others went in for 5. Two years ago, the Ivorian police rescued 2000 …

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Remembering The 2012 Nigeria Floods

Remembering The 2012 Nigeria Floods

The 2012 Nigeria floods began in early July 2012, and as of 5 November 2012 killed 363 people and displaced over 2.1 million people . According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 30 of Nigeria’s 36 states were affected by the floods. The floods were termed as the worst in 40 years, and affected an estimated total of seven million people. The estimated damages …

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LUPITA NYONG’O: An African Melanin Queen

LUPITA NYONG’O: An African Melanin Queen

Lupita Nyong’o was born Lupita Amondi Nyong’o on 1 March 1983 in Mexico City, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, a college professor. The family had left Kenya in 1980 for a period because of political repression and unrest during which Peter’s brother, Charles Nyong’o, disappeared after he was thrown off a ferry in …

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China to build Kenya’s Foreign Affairs headquarters

China to build Kenya’s Foreign Affairs headquarters

The Kenyan government is solidifying its relation with China through the construction of a new Foreign Affairs headquarters by the  Chinese government. The current building of Kenya’s Foreign Affairs headquarters in Nairobi is located next to the Harambee House, along Harambee Avenue and it’s less spacious. The Chinese government has a track record of major …

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NFL 2021 DRAFT: Meet The Nigerian-American Picks.

The NFL 2021 Draft was the 86th National Football League Draft, the annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible players for the 2021 NFL season. The draft was held in Cleveland, Ohio, from April 29 to May 1, 2021. And in the recent fashion of Nigerian-Americans breaking into mainstream sports in the United States as …

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Moso Sematlane: The Journey Of A Writer

Moso Sematlane: The Journey Of A Writer

Moso Sematlane is the author of ‘Tetra Hydra Cannabinol’ which was shortlisted for the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The young writer and filmmaker based between Maseru, Lesotho, and Johannesburg has been published in Nat Brut and he is currently an Assistant Editor at Lolwe Magazine. The Interview With Moso Sematlane: It is the middle …

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CAF Champions League: Al Ahly One Leg In The Semifinals

CAF Champions League: Al Ahly One Leg In The Semifinals

Cairo’s giant, Al Ahly, seals a two-goal victory against Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg of CAF Champions League‘s quarter-final. Al Ahly Sporting Club — ASC, popularly called Al Ahly, is the defending champions of the CAF Champions League currently under the management of Pitso Mosimane, the former manager of their opponent, Mamelodi Sundowns. So …

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to Improve Lives Through The WTO

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to Improve Lives Through The WTO

The Director-General of World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first woman and the first African to occupy the position in her recent interview with EuroNews has emphasized on WTO’s effort in ensuring that the lives of people amid the Covid-19 crisis are improved. At the State of the Union Conference, Ursula von der Leyen, …

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Zambia’s parliament dissolves as general election approaches

Zambia‘s parliament has been dissolved today which is 90 days before the upcoming election. The 90 days is in accordance with Zambia’s constitution which provides that a parliament is dissolved 90 days before the next election. The last sitting in the house was held on Wednesday when the clerk made it public that the parliament …

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REMEMBERING PATRICE LUMUMBA

Patrice Lumumba  was a Congolese politician and independence leader who served as the first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Republic of the Congo) from June until September 1960. He played a significant role in the transformation of the Congo from a colony of Belgium into an independent republic. Ideologically an African nationalist and pan-Africanist, he led the Congolese …

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Kenya Suspends Somalia Flights After Restoring Diplomatic Ties

Kenya Suspends Somalia Flights After Restoring Diplomatic Ties

Qatar recently mediated the restoration of diplomatic relations between Somalia and Kenya. But before the wave settles, Kenya is already suspending flights to Somalia with no explanation. On Tuesday, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) officially announced that commercial flights to and from Somalia would be paused for three months with no reason following the …

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The Homecoming: Former Head of World Athletics Returns to Senegal

The Homecoming: Former Head of World Athletics Returns to Senegal

LAMINE DIACK RETURNS TO SENEGAL Lamine Diack, the former head of World Athletics formerly International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), has returned to Senegal after a 4-year sentence to prison for corruption by a French court. One of his relatives made this public on Tuesday anonymously. According to the relative, Diack (now 87 years old) …

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AYA CHEBBI: A Pacesetter in Youth Activism

AYA CHEBBI: A Pacesetter in Youth Activism

Aya Chebbi is a Tunisian diplomat, as well as a pan-African and feminist. She became the first appointed African Union Envoy on Youth in November 2018. She was appointed by the chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki in November 2018, as the youngest senior official in the history of the African Union and youngest diplomat in the chairperson’s cabinet. She supports …

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COVID-19: Madagascar Begins Vaccination Campaign

COVID-19: Madagascar Begins Vaccination Campaign

The Indian Ocean island nation started its Covid-19 vaccination campaign on Monday. And among the first to be inoculated at Antananarivo, was Jean Louis Hanitrala Rakotovao, the Health Minister. Last year, the world witnessed Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina launching a medicine he believed was the cure for COVID-19, the COVID-Organics. Although, the president has been …

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South Africa's ANC appoints new Secretary-General

South Africa’s ANC appoints new Secretary-General

South Africa’s ruling political party, African National Congress simply ANC, officially appoints Jessie Duarte as its new secretary-general. The president of the nation, Cyril Ramaphosa made it public on Monday following the suspension of Elias Magashule AKA Ace Magashule, now the former secretary-general, as a result of corruption charges. Jessie Duarte served alongside the former …

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YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IN NIGERIA: A Recurring Dilemma

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IN NIGERIA: A Recurring Dilemma

The rate of youth unemployment in Nigeria is an alarming high. Statistically, one in every two Nigerians in the country’s labor force is either unemployed or underemployed. That grim stat was one of the key highlights of the 2020 unemployment report published by Nigeria’s Bureau of Statistics, which shows the most recent data as of …

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Samia Suluhu Hassan Takes A Different Approach In Responding To Covid-19

Samia Suluhu Hassan Takes A Different Approach In Responding To Covid-19

In March, Tanzania lost its president, John Magufuli to a mysterious illness and was buried in his ancestral village (northwest of Tanzania) before being succeeded by Samia Suluhu Hassan. Though, Tanzania’s late president John Magufuli lived as if Covid-19 was never declared a pandemic. He was one president never to be caught wearing a face …

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Juliana Rotich: The African Geek Woman Amplifying The African Voice

Juliana Rotich: The African Geek Woman Amplifying The African Voice

Juliana Rotich is the founder of Ushahidi, an open-source software designed for receiving and mapping information. As a technology expert from Kenya, she has collaborated with like minds in the creation of iHub, a tech creative space in Nairobi. At Standard Media Group and Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board, the African geek woman sits as …

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The Patriarch of Ethiopian Orthodox Church Speaks on Tigray Massacre

The Patriarch of Ethiopian Orthodox Church Speaks on Tigray Massacre

With the bold statement: “They want to destroy the people of Tigray.” Patriarch Abune Mathias of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has openly said in his first public comment on the issue of war in the country that the massacre in Tigray region is nothing but a ‘genocide’. To provide more premises, he said his attempt …

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Qatar in the middle as Somalia restores diplomatic ties with Kenya.

Qatar In The Middle As Somalia Restores Diplomatic Ties With Kenya.

In a recent report on Thursday, Qatar has successfully mediated the restoration of diplomatic relations between Somalia and Kenya.  This was made possible on Thursday as President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya officially met with Dr Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani, Qatar’s envoy for Counterterrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution. Prior to the meeting, Sheikh Tamim Al …

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GRACE IKECHUKWU: The Unwavering Dream Of Becoming A Movie Star

GRACE IKECHUKWU: The Unwavering Dream Of Becoming A Movie Star

Grace Ikechukwu is a young aspiring actress working through difficulties in making ends meet as a result of the pandemic. Despite the uncertainty, she has kept the dream of being a movie star someday. In this interview, Grace Ikechukwu shares her story with us. THE INTERVIEW WITH GRACE IKECHUKWU What led to you moving to …

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KIKI MORDI: An Icon Of Exemplary Investigative Journalism

KIKI MORDI: An Icon Of Exemplary Investigative Journalism

Kiki Mordi was born Nkiru Mordi on 12th August, 1991, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. She is a Nigerian investigative journalist, media personality, filmmaker and writer. In 2016, she won the award of Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (South-South) at the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards. She was admitted into the University of Benin, but would later drop out as a …

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#JusticeForHinyHumoren: A Focal Case Of Violence Against Women

#JusticeForHinyHumoren: A Focal Case Of Violence Against Women

BACKGROUND TO #JusticeForHinyHumoren The spate of kidnapping, rape and killing of women in Nigeria, has reached an unbearable height in recent times. One of the most recent is the case of Iniobong Umoren, which sparked the #JusticeForHinyHumoren movement. Such is the situation now that it is not an uncommon sight on social media platforms, to …

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ODUNAYO EWENIYI: Bossing A Male-Dominated Tech Space

ODUNAYO EWENIYI: Bossing A Male-Dominated Tech Space

Odunayo Eweniyi was born in Oyo, Nigeria the first of four children. She attended the private tertiary institution, Covenant University, Nigeria, where she graduated the best in her field. After graduation, she met up with fellow graduates from Covenant with whom she founded a platform of discount cards for business. The idea was not successful, …

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5 Tie And Dye Patterns And How You Can Do It Yourself

5 Tie And Dye Patterns And How You Can Do It Yourself

In some parts of Africa people take pride in their cultural tie and dye techniques as a representation of identity and cultural creativity. Commonly in the West, the Yoruba people of Southwestern Nigeria are known for their old age tie and dye pattern called ‘Adire’. Adire was first applied to indigo-dyed cloth decorated with resist …

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DJ Bobby D: The Journey On A Turntable And The Songs of Hope

DJ Bobby D: The Journey On A Turntable And The Songs of Hope

Bobby, popularly known as DJ Bobby D, loves music. Music is his life. In his dark moments, music is the light stretching her hands. Music has become a fortress of solitude for him. Interview with DJ Bobby D, Disk Jockey. How did the name DJ Bobby D come about? My name is actually Daniel, but …

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Remembering The Darfur Peace Agreement

Remembering The Darfur Peace Agreement

The 2006 Darfur Peace Agreement, also known as the Abuja Agreement, was signed on May 5, 2006 by the Sudanese government headed by Omar al-Bashir along with a faction of the SLA led by Minni Minnawi. The agreement was however rejected by two other, smaller groups, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and a rival faction of the SLA led by Abdul Wahid al Nur. The agreement included …

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BLESSING OKAGBARE: A Dashing African Champion

BLESSING OKAGBARE: A Dashing African Champion

Blessing Okagbare is a Nigerian track and field athlete who specializes in long jumping and short sprints. She is an Olympic and World Championships medalist in the long jump, and a world medalist in the 200 metres. She also holds the Women’s 100 metres Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds. Her 100 m best of 10.79 made her the African record holder for the event until it …

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Fighting Coastal Challenges With Systems Approach for Port Development in West Africa

Fighting Coastal Challenges With Systems Approach for Port Development in West Africa

Due to the challenges faced by coastal communities in West Africa as a result of flooding and erosion negatively affecting the ecosystem and livelihoods, the West Africa Coastal Areas (WACA) management program organized a Call for Innovation to mitigate these challenges and boost the economy through sustainable and innovative solutions from both international and local …

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15 Gorgeous Hairstyles & Haircuts That Unveil The African Beauty

15 Gorgeous Hairstyles & Haircuts That Unveil The African Beauty

The braids hairstyle is one of the most popular in Africa. African women love braids! Do you know that braids can be traced back more than 5,000 years ago to about 3500 B.C.? For ages, African women carrying braids has been a thing. And till date it’s never out of fashion. It just continues to …

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The Fight For Equal Recognition Of Health Practitioners

The Fight For Equal Recognition Of Health Practitioners

Ade Martin Abiola studies Pharmacy at Bingham University and has been greatly inspired by popular pharmacist, health practicioner and entrepreneur Stella Chinyelu Okoli, the founder and C.E.O of Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company. She is a passionate aspiring health practitioner with a strong conviction to restructure the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) …

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20.10.20: Remembering The Lekki Massacre

20.10.20: Remembering The Lekki Massacre

The Lekki Massacre, also known as the Lekki Toll Gate Killings, was a horrific event which took place on the night of 20 October 2020, at about 6:50 pm, when members of the Nigerian Army opened fire on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State, Nigeria. According to human rights organization Amnesty International, at least 12 protesters were killed …

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AGNES KALIBATA: An Example Of Altruism In African Agrobusiness

AGNES KALIBATA: An Example Of Altruism In African Agrobusiness

Agnes Kalibata is a Rwandan agricultural scientist and policymaker. She also serves as the president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the Rockefeller Foundation.  She served as Rwanda’s minister of agriculture and animal resources from 2008 to 2014 and began her …

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COVID-19: NCDC Announces New Cases

COVID-19: NCDC Announces New Cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has conducted close to 2 million COVID-19 tests in the country since Feb. 27, 2020. They disclosed this information through their official Twitter account. The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the health agency tested over 30,000 samples for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the space of one week. …

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'BOSUN TIJANI: Laying The Bricks For Sustainable Developments in Africa Through STEM

‘BOSUN TIJANI: Laying The Bricks For Sustainable Developments in Africa Through STEM

Olatunbosun Tijani better known as ‘Bosun Tijani, is the founder of Co-Creation Hub popularly known as CcHub, where all young African talents with passion for science and technology can put their ideas into motion to solve existing problems across the continent by inventing sustainable and innovative solutions. ‘Bosun, the Nigerian-British entrepreneur and the CEO of …

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5 JAW-DROPPING ART GALLERIES TO VISIT IN AFRICA

5 JAW-DROPPING ART GALLERIES TO VISIT IN AFRICA

Africa is known for her amazing artworks with global recognition. Many artworks from Africa have crossed the sea to different parts of the world. Some have been controversially stolen and preserved in museums and various art galleries. Art in Africa has been one of the ways to freeze time and it has helped sculpt history. …

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PETERS CHIKE: The Woes Of The Nigerian Economy

PETERS CHIKE: The Woes Of The Nigerian Economy

Peters Chike holds degrees in Banking and Finance, and Business Management respectively. He currently works at Social Development Secretariat (Federal Capital Territory, Abuja), formerly known as Arts and Culture. Employed by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) with six areas under its control, Peters started working with the Water Board sector after a long journey …

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THE EXODUS OF ETHIOPIAN JEWS: Operation Moses

THE EXODUS OF ETHIOPIAN JEWS: Operation Moses

Operation Moses was a covert operation to evacuate Ethiopian Jews (Falashas) from Sudan during a 1984 Civil War that caused severe famine. The Israelis initially called the operation Gur Aryeh Yehuda (“Cub of the Lion of Judah”) before the United Jewish Appeal changed the name. HISTORY OF OPERATION MOSES The operation, named after the biblical figure Moses, was a cooperative effort between …

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SAHLE-WORK ZEWDE: The Most Important Woman In Ethiopia

SAHLE-WORK ZEWDE: The Most Important Woman In Ethiopia

Sahle-Work Zewde is an Ethiopian politician and the current President of Ethiopia, being the first woman to hold the office. She was elected president unanimously by members of the Federal Parliamentary Assembly on 25 October 2018. Sahle-Work Zewde was previously Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union as “Under-Secretary-General of …

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TWITTER SETS UP AFRICAN HEADQUARTERS IN GHANA

TWITTER SETS UP AFRICAN HEADQUARTERS IN GHANA

Twitter announced on Monday, 12th April, the recruitment of an eleven-member team in Ghana, thereby making the West African country its headquarters for the African continent. In an official statement released by the company, it said: “Today, in line with our growth strategy, we are pleased to announce that we are building a team in …

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FREDDIE KANOUTE: The Pathfinder For Young Aspiring Footballers

FREDDIE KANOUTE: The Pathfinder For Young Aspiring Footballers

There are thousands of young African footballers whose dreams have been balled into a goal of fraud by shady agents. So many have cried out for help, and Freddie Kanoute, an African footballer-turned-agent from Mali has worn his cape and laced his shoes and obviously with no glasses to save the day. Despite the vague …

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10 Amazing Dance Styles That Spell AFRICA

10 Amazing Dance Styles That Spell AFRICA

It’s one body sprouting with countless stems of unimaginable dance moves as the ears listen to the beats of Africa. Like music, dancing is an expression of emotion. As the African saying goes “there’s no smoke without fire”, music becomes the catalyst that sets our bodies in motion. African dance and music are coined in …

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Learning New Skills And Making Ends Meet Amid The Pandemic

COVID-19 Pandemic: Learning New Skills And Making Ends Meet

One of the largest economies in Africa, the Nigerian economy, was forecasted to enter recession last year despite the hit of the pandemic on crude oil prices. However, the Nigerian economy greatly improved, emerging out of recession with 0.11% in the fourth quarter of the same year as a result of tremendous positive growth on …

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IDI AMIN: A Legacy Of Brutality

IDI AMIN: A Legacy Of Brutality

Idi Amin Dada was a Ugandan military officer who served as the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. He is commonly known as the “Butcher of Uganda” as he is considered one of the most brutal despots in world history. Idi Amin was born in Koboko to a Kakwa father and Lugbara mother. He joined the British Colonial Army (under the King’s Army Rifles) …

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MARGARET EKPO: A Strong Pillar Of Women's Rights In Nigeria

MARGARET EKPO: A Strong Pillar Of Women’s Rights In Nigeria

Margaret Ekpo, born July 27, 1914 was a Nigerian women’s rights activist and a pioneering female politician in Nigeria’s First Republic and a leading member of a class of traditional Nigerian women activists, many of whom rallied women beyond notions of ethnic solidarity. She played major roles as a grassroots and nationalist politician in the Eastern Nigerian city of Aba, in the …

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PRISON BREAK: Over 1800 Inmates Escape During Armed Attack

PRISON BREAK: Over 1800 Inmates Escape During Armed Attack

As at Monday, April 5, 2021, over 1,800 inmates of a prison in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria have escaped after a prison break orchestrated by heavily armed men who attacked the facility in the early hours of the morning, prison authorities said on Monday. The attackers used explosives to make their way into the Owerri …

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ZAHRA' LANGHI: The Fight Against Political Factions of Libya

ZAHRA’ LANGHI: The Fight Against Political Factions of Libya

Zahra’ Langhi has been on the forefront in Libya, united with a group of like-minded women demanding transparency in governance and commitment to ensuring a democratic electoral process for the next presidential and parliamentary election on 24 December 2021 which marks the 70th anniversary since Libya was declared a sovereign state. She is a peace …

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AFRICAN CLOTHING: The African Identity

AFRICAN CLOTHING: The African Identity

History of African Clothing The beauty of African identity is fabricated in her unique attires. Before suit and tie, Africans walked majestically in kilts, skirts, cloaks, shawls, and some dresses including gowns and aprons. Due to inadequate documentation of historical records, the evolution of African clothing becomes difficult to trace. However, with oral tradition, paintings …

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POETRY: Who Told Boys To See Themselves Higher

POETRY: Who Told Boys To See Themselves Higher

They called you a prince.When it’s almost time,For the apple to fall,They called you the heir. They wore you a crown.You were no longer a prince.Even without experience,You ruled over everyone. You were on the throne,Sitting on your ego.Bearing the resemblance of yourFather so many years ago. You were told to pick a wifeLike trying …

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POS MACHINES: A Game-changer Amid The Pandemic

POS MACHINES: A Game-changer Amid The Pandemic

There’s a tremendous rise of point of sale (POS) business transactions in Africa since the global economy was hit by the pandemic. Prior to Covid-19 affecting the ecosystem, the introduction of the POS Machine particularly in Nigeria by the Central Bank of Nigeria has ease the stress of everyday transactions. What’s a POS Machine? Point …

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IGBO LANDING: A Story Of Pride And Bravery

IGBO LANDING: A Story Of Pride And Bravery

Igbo Landing is a historic site at Dunbar Creek on St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia. It was the setting of a mass suicide in 1803 by captive Igbo people who overtook the slave ship conveying them and refused to submit to slavery in the United States. HISTORY OF IGBO LANDING In May 1803, a shipload of captive West Africans, …

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IYALLA PETERSIDE: Named One Of America's Best Physicians

IYALLA PETERSIDE: Named One Of America’s Best Physicians

Nigerian-born medical doctor Iyalla Peterside, has been named one of America’s Best Physicians for the year 2020 by the US National Consumer Advisory Board. The list of America’s Best Physicians is a list of some of the most outstanding medical practitioners from the previous year. It is a generally accepted fact that Nigerians in diaspora, …

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TOLUSE DOVE FRANCIS: A Talk With The Mentalist

TOLUSE DOVE FRANCIS: A Talk With The Mentalist

Toluse Dove Francis is the author of Beyond Blue and the founder of Reuel Consulting Ltd offering services such as research, therapy, training and coaching. He has been a consistent champion for Mental Health and Workplace Wellness in Nigeria volunteering as a counsellor and trainer. Toluse Dove Francis has trained over 1000 mental health counsellor, …

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ERNEST MUHAMMED: The Importance of Being Earnest

ERNEST MUHAMMED: The Importance of Being Earnest

Ernest Muhammed is an excavator and wheel loader machine operator. He is diverse and also a salon owner. The name “Ernest” has been the compass of his life. He’s an inquisitive person with great love for music. He shared his life experiences with us, and despite the state of the economy, Ernest Muhammed is one …

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SOUTH AFRICA 2010: When The Beautiful Game Came Home

SOUTH AFRICA 2010: When The Beautiful Game Came Home

In light of the global international football break, in which players have returned home to represent their countries in various continental fixtures, the time seems perfect to reminisce on the South Africa 2010 World Cup, which is arguably the proudest football moment for Africa. The 2010 World Cup, otherwise regarded as South Africa 2010, was …

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GISELE RABESHALA: The Amazon Of Madagascar

GISELE RABESHALA: The Amazon Of Madagascar

Gisele Rabeshala, born Marie Gisèle Aimée Rabesahala  on May 7, 1929, was a Malagasy politician and activist who was the first woman to hold a ministerial position in the government of Madagascar. She ventured into politics at the age of 17, when she campaigned on behalf of political prisoners. She became Madagascar’s first woman municipal councilor, before becoming …

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COVID-19: Nigeria Produces Local Vaccines

COVID-19: Nigeria Produces Local Vaccines

On Monday, 22nd of March, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, mentioned that Nigeria has, courtesy of its scientists, produced at least two local COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines are, by virtue of his testimony, currently awaiting clinical trials and certifica­tion before becoming useful …

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PATRICE MOTSEPE: "African team must win World Cup"

PATRICE MOTSEPE: “African team must win World Cup”

The owner of South African football team Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. and the current president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe , is masterminding Africa to make history in winning the singular most popular international sporting event in the world. However, this isn’t the first time such a statement has been made. The …

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Where Music Started From And The Voice Behind It

The Origin Of Music And The Voice Behind It

How did words in seductive rhythm and sounds emerging from man-made instruments come to be a uniting force known as “music” among all humans in our world today? When we ask about the origin of music, we are indirectly asking about the human origin. According to the theory of evolution coupled with evidence of historical …

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ODEY LINUS: The Story Of A Dog Lover And Where His Passion Lies

ODEY LINUS: The Story Of A Dog Lover And Where His Passion Lies

Odey Linus is an apprentice in a male beauty salon where he is honing his skills in cutting men’s hair in a small community. Odey Linus is studying Public Administration in the university but his biggest passion lies with the dogs. He keeps a dog as a pet and intends to own a large animal …

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Remembering The "Ghana Must Go" Exodus of 1983

Remembering The “Ghana Must Go” Exodus of 1983

“Ghana Must Go” was a popular name given to the migration of illegal migrants (mostly Ghanaians) from Nigeria following a presidential executive order by Shehu Shagari in 1983. In January 1983, the President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari issued an executive order mandating immigrants without proper immigration documents to leave the country or they would be arrested according to the law. The …

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QUEEN NZINGHA: THE MOTHER OF ANGOLA

QUEEN NZINGHA: THE MOTHER OF ANGOLA

Nzingha Mbande (1583–1663) was Queen of the Ambundu Kingdoms of Ndongo (1624–1663) and Matamba (1631–1663), located in present-day northern Angola.  She was born into the ruling family of Ndongo, and she received military and political training as a child, demonstrating an aptitude for defusing political crises as an ambassador to the Portuguese Empire. She later took over the kingdoms after the death of her …

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FLUTTERWAVE PARTNERS WITH PAYPAL

FLUTTERWAVE PARTNERS WITH PAYPAL TO ENHANCE PAN-AFRICAN TRANSACTIONS

Fintech company Flutterwave has teamed up with U.S. payments giant PayPal to enable the latter’s customers pay African merchants through its platform, the Africa-focused payments firm said on Tuesday. The collaboration will connect small and medium enterprises with the more than 377 million PayPal account holders globally, Flutterwave said, eliminating the barrier to cross-border commerce. …

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GRAMMYs 2021: A Colorful Night For Afrobeats

GRAMMYs 2021: A Colorful Night For Afrobeats

The National Academy of America of Recording Arts and Sciences, which is the music recording company responsible for organizing and hosting arguably the grandest of music award ceremonies in the world, held the 63rd edition of the GRAMMYs last night, Sunday, 14th of March. The GRAMMYs have been reputed to reward some of the biggest …

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COMFORT MUSSA: "If Handwashing Was The Only Solution, Would Africa Beat COVID?"

COMFORT MUSSA: “If Handwashing Was The Only Solution, Would Africa Beat COVID?”

Comfort Mussa is an award-winning Cameroonian journalist, and founder of Sisterspeak237. She’s been on the front-line in Cameroon fighting for social justice, women’s rights, and for the disabled persons. Comfort Mussa is supporting vulnerable people in Cameroon by facilitating the provision and distribution of hand sanitizers, face masks, and sending out words of encouragement. She’s …

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World-Changing African Entrepreneurs Everyone Should Know

World-Changing African Entrepreneurs Everyone Should Know

Amid global economic crisis challenging all economies in the world, new ideas are sprouting from Africa through African entrepreneurs like purple hibiscus and lilies to bring positive change and open another portal to a brighter future. New businesses are being set-up by African entrepreneurs to boost the ecosystem, and governments are showing great support despite …

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Remembering The Rand Rebellion of 1922

Remembering The Rand Rebellion of 1922

The Rand Rebellion  also known as the 1922 strike was an armed uprising of white miners in the Witwatersrand region of South Africa, in March 1922. Jimmy Green, a prominent politician in the Labour Party, was one of the leaders of the strike. Following a drop in the world price of gold from 130 shillings (£6 10s) per fine troy ounce in 1919 to …

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ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF: Africa’s First Female Head Of State

ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF: Africa’s First Female Head Of State

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born Ellen Eugenia Johnson, 29 October 1938) is a Liberian politician who served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was born in Monrovia to a Gola father and Kru-German mother. She was educated at the College of West Africa. She completed her education in the United States, where she …

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SENEGAL PROTESTS

SENEGAL PROTESTS: Opposition Leader Released.

In recent weeks, West African country Senegal, has witnessed and experienced a civil unrest resulting in what is now being referred to as the Senegal protests. Last week the country’s opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko was arrested by the State on alleged rape charges. Ousmane Sonko, a charismatic 46-year-old opposition leader and MP who finished third …

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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day: Celebrating All Women Across The Globe

Historically, society has relegated women to the sidelines of events. However, there have been women who have been beacons of power and of heroism, challenging the order. Today being the International Women’s Day, we celebrate these amazing amazons. Countless women across the world have broken grounds in science, technology, art and many more areas one …

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10 Dog Breeds You Probably Thought Were From America

10 Dog Breeds You Probably Thought Were From America

So many African dog breeds have been mistaken to originate from other parts of the world especially America. The importation of dogs into the continent has been a lucrative business for dog lovers for quite some time now. However, not many people know the actual origin of some of the dogs they import and sell …

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Chidimma Cynthia: The Power of Dreams Amidst Nightmares

Chidimma Cynthia: The Power of Dreams Amidst Nightmares

Chidimma Cynthia is young passionate business enthusiast. She grew up with a silver spoon and then she lost both parents. Despite her education being affected and everyday life challenges, Chidimma kept her focus believing nothing would derail her from pursuing her dreams. In an interview with us, she shared how much she draws motivation from …

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Remembering The Soweto Student Uprising Of '76

Remembering The Soweto Student Uprising Of ’76

The Soweto student uprising was a series of demonstrations and protests led by black school children in South Africa that began on the morning of 16 June 1976, over 44 years ago. Students from numerous Sowetan schools began to protest in the streets of Soweto in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local schools. An estimated number of 20,000 students took part …

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YAA ASANTEWAA: The Queen Mother Of The Ashanti War

YAA ASANTEWAA: The Queen Mother Of The Ashanti War

Yaa Asantewaa was born in 1840 in Besease by Kwaku Ampoma and Ata Po in southern Ghana, the older of two children. Her brother, Afrane Panin, became the chief of Edweso, a nearby community. After her childhood, she cultivated crops on the land around Boankra. She entered a polygamous marriage with a man from Kumasi, with whom she had a daughter. …

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The Rise Of The Giant Eagles And Where To Find Them

The Rise Of The Giant Eagles And Where To Find Them

Surrounded by houses, palm trees, a small LPG refilling station, and a community church is a 5-a-side football pitch where Mr. Gideon John coaches young boys on how to become giant eagles of Africa. A location that used to be a bush, a farmland, then a block industry is now the training ground for 14-year-olds …

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The Aba Women's Riots

NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Aba Women’s Riots

The Women’s War, or Aba Women’s Riots  was a period of unrest in colonial Nigeria over November 1929. The protests broke out when thousands of Igbo women from the Bende District, Umuahia and other places in eastern Nigeria traveled to the town of Oloko to protest against the Warrant Chiefs, whom they accused of restricting the role of women in the government. The Aba Women’s Riots …

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Sameera Moussa: Africa's Nuclear Lady

Sameera Moussa: Africa’s Nuclear Lady

In the twentieth century there were a great many scientists and physicists like Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi whose names have been immortalized. When you think of that century, you can’t help but think of Sameera Moussa, the world’s unforgettable nuclear scientist of Egypt. She was born in Egypt, Gharbia Governorate in 1917. She grew …

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BANKY AND ADESUA WELLINGTON CELEBRATE SON'S ARRIVAL

BANKY AND ADESUA WELLINGTON CELEBRATE SON’S ARRIVAL

Popular Nigerian entertainment couple; music mogul Banky Wellington and his wife, Nollywood sweetheart, Adesua, recently celebrated the newest addition to their family as they welcomed their first child, Zaiah Wellington. The union of Bankole Wellington and Adesua Etomi in 2017, was one which pretty much “broke the internet” with the #BAAD2017 hash-tag. It elicited widespread …

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THE HEADIES XPLORE 2020: AFRICA'S BIGGEST AWARD SHOW WINNERS

THE HEADIES XPLORE 2020: AFRICA’S BIGGEST AWARD SHOW WINNERS

The 14th edition of Africa‘s biggest award, Headies, held virtually last night, 21 February 2021. The event was hosted by famous HipTV’s Nancy Isime and Nigerian comedian, Bovi. While entertaining viewers watching live from home, Bovi appeared quite simple making a bold statement with his EndSARS outfit. The event was initially scheduled for December last …

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THE FUTURE AFRICA ENVISIONS WITH NEW INVENTIONS

THE FUTURE AFRICA ENVISIONS WITH NEW INVENTIONS

They say you don’t know something unless you learn about it. Viewing the second largest continent from space at night, it gives you a glimpse of light in some areas and total darkness in others. But despite political and economic challenges millennials are re-engineering and causing the continent to glow with new inventions. The innovators are not …

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A Fight For Freedom: Expressing Originality Through Hairstyles

A Fight For Freedom: Expressing Originality Through Hairstyles

Samuel Muhammed is a hairstylist, and a computer engineer who is learning how to develop software. He is currently studying Mass Communication in a private university. Samuel hopes he achieves his dreams after school working as a broadcaster, and becoming an expert in programming. In this interview, he gives his insight on negative perceptions of unorthodox …

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Makes Herstory As First Female and African Leader of WTO

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Makes Herstory As First Female and African Leader of WTO

The former two-time Nigerian finance minister and former managing director of World Bank, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is now the first woman to head World Trade Organization. Her appointment was publicised on Monday as she prepares to officially occupy the office of director-general of the World Trade Organization by March 1 to August 2025. She is …

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NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Ikeja Bomb Blast

NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Ikeja Bomb Blast

The Lagos armoury explosion, more popularly known as the “Ikeja Bomb Blast“, was the accidental detonation of a large stock of high explosives at a military storage facility in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, on 27 January 2002. The resulting fire from this explosion burnt down a large section of the Ikeja area (and further upwards) of …

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FUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI: The Beacon Of Feminism In Nigerian History

FUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI: The Beacon Of Feminism In Nigerian History

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was born in 1900 in Abeokuta, present-day Ogun State, Nigeria. She was one of the first women to attend Abeokuta Grammar School in 1914, where she would go on to teach. In 1919 she left for Wincham Hall School for Girls, Cheshire, England, to pursue her studies. By the time of her return …

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#EndSARS: Nigerian Police Arrest Protesters Reacting to the Reopening of Lekki Toll Gate

#EndSARS: Nigerian Police Arrest Protesters Reacting to the Reopening of Lekki Toll Gate

The EndSARS protesters are clearly not asleep as the sound of the Lekki Toll Gate reopening pricks their eardrums following the decision of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry. The Lagos State Government tightens security at the Lekki toll gate while discouraging any form of protest by the Nigerian youths. Despite the government warnings, protesters …

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KAYODE ALABI: The Hand Sketching African Whiz Kids for the Future.

KAYODE ALABI: The Hand Sketching African Whiz Kids for the Future.

Hammed Kayode Alabi is a recognized African social entrepreneur from Nigeria, and a former regional manager at Peace First Organization. As a regional manager for Peace First, Kayode Alabi has supported over 1300 projects in over 30 Sub-Saharan African countries impacting the lives of 60,000 young people including other beneficiaries. He is creating opportunities for …

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10 Dishes That Makes You Book The Next Flight to Africa

10 Dishes That Makes You Book The Next Flight to Africa

Africa boasts of countless finger-licking delicacies and dishes, some of which are the absolute best dishes in the world. So good are these foods, that one could be drawn by the aroma waves to return home from overseas. African dishes smell of her rich cultural heritage. Here are 10 dishes that could make you take …

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TYODUGH JOSEPH: Keeping Together Through Art & Football

TYODUGH JOSEPH: Keeping Together Through Art & Football

Interview with Tyodugh Joseph, Artist and an Aspiring Football Star who is currently scaling life’s hurdles throuh his athletic talent, and art. Tyodugh Joseph holds a bachelor degree in History. Due to the negative impact of the pandemic on job opportunities, Joseph has decided to pursue his childhood dreams of becoming a professional footballer while honing …

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NOSTALGIA: Remembering FESTAC '77

NOSTALGIA: Remembering FESTAC ’77

Festac ’77, also known as the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (the first was in Dakar, 1966), was a major international festival held in Lagos, Nigeria, from 15 January 1977 to 12 February 1977. The month-long event celebrated African culture and showcased to the world African music, fine art, literature, drama, dance and religion. About 16,000 participants, representing 56 African nations …

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MIRIAM MAKEBA: The Colorless Woman

MIRIAM MAKEBA: The Colorless Woman

One of the many great figures that fought against the apartheid system in South Africa and advocated for black consciousness, was Miriam Makeba. At a young age, Miriam Makeba discovered the power of music and was able to wield it as a weapon using her voice to pierce injustic, and becoming one of the most …

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LAYCON: BBNaija Star To Launch Own Reality Show

LAYCON: BBNaija Star To Launch Own Reality Show

Nigerian reality TV star and winner of the 5th season of Big Brother Naija, Olamilekan Agbeleshe popularly known as Laycon, is set to air his own reality TV show in partnership with digital network, Showmax, titled “I Am Laycon”. The new show, ‘I Am Laycon’, set to hit the airwaves this month, follows the main …

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CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA BANS CRYPTOCURRENCY EXCHANGE

In a memo forwarded by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to all financial institutions in the country, crypto transactions including Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and Ethereum among others have been prohibited: “Further to earlier regulatory directives on the subject, the Bank hereby wishes to remind regulated institutions that dealing in cryptocurrencies or facilitating payments for the …

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ANGELIQUE KIDJO: Africa's Premier Diva

ANGELIQUE KIDJO: Africa’s Premier Diva

Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo, born July 14, 1960, is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. In 2007, Time magazine called her “Africa’s premier diva”. ANGELIQUE KIDJO: BACKGROUND Kidjo was born into a family of performing artists. Her father was …

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SOMALIA Hotel Explosions

SOMALIA HOTEL EXPLOSIONS: Another Al Shabaab Attack

On Sunday, the 31st of January,2021, there was a suspected suicide car bomb explosion in Somalia‘s capital of Mogadishu. The explosion was followed by a shootout between militants and security forces at a hotel, causing an initially unknown number of casualties. According to reports, a vehicle loaded with explosives crashed into the entrance gate of …

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COVID 19: Investment In Vaccines To Benefit Nigerian Healthcare System.

COVID 19: Investment In Vaccines To Benefit Nigerian Healthcare System.

Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Executive Director, Faisal Shuaib has recently stated that any investment in the procurement of COVID-19 vaccine, the logistics, delivery and administration processes has the dual benefit of protection against COVID-19 infection and strengthening the country’s primary health care system. Explaining how the expected engagement of additional healthcare …

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THE HUSTLER DIARIES (PILOT): In The Beginning

THE HUSTLER DIARIES (PILOT): In The Beginning

In a suburban area of the city of Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa, in a ‘slum’ popularly known as Abule , reside two random strangers, Michael “Mike-O” Oyelade and Timiebi “Timmy Tha Creator” Edafe, connected by their unpleasant background and experiences. Having had the most humbling of beginnings, they have come to the “big city” to …

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NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Kano Bombings Of 2012

NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Kano Bombings Of 2012

January 2012 is a period that Nigerians will always remember as one of the most fearful periods in Nigeria’s recent history. On the 5th and 6th of January, notorious Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram, perpetrated the Kano Bombings of 2012. As of Saturday, January 28th, 2012, exactly nine (9) years ago today, the attacks had …

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BOBI WINE: Finally Released From 11-Day House Arrest Following Court Order.

BOBI WINE: Finally Released From 11-Day House Arrest Following Court Order.

After 11 days of being stuck under arrest within his own home, Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine, can finally breathe a sigh of relief, following a court order. The Security forces raided the home of Bobi Wine, in the heat of the just concluded Ugandan Elections, as he was deemed to be causing …

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SUNDAY IGBOHO: Rise Of The Chief Yoruba Vigilante

SUNDAY IGBOHO: Rise Of The Chief Yoruba Vigilante

Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been in the news lately following his agitation for a Yoruba nation and subsequent clash with the Fulani community in Oyo State,following the detsruction of property and farmland by the Fulani herdsmen. In light of the spate of insecurity in Oyo state, as well as generally in …

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Harry

HARRY BARNES-DABBAN: The Maven Designing Health Into The Future of African Ports

Harry Barnes-Dabban is the Founder and Executive Coordinator of Ports Environmental Network-Africa (PENAf), an organization created with the sole aim of securing the environmental health of African ports. Harry is influencing the future of African ports towards addressing existing challenges through local and international partnerships for a better future. He studied Environmental Policy and Governance …

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NOSTALGIA: 28 Years Ago Today, Fela Kuti Was Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder

NOSTALGIA: 28 Years Ago Today, Fela Kuti Was Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder

Hi there! It’s Thursday today, and you are about to be served your weekly dose of Nostalgia! Today’s feature is about a Nigerian legend in the person of Fela Kuti, who on the 21st of January, 1993 (which so happens to have been a Thursday), was arrested on suspicion of murder. Read on to catch …

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CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE: THE QUEEN OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN LITERATURE

CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE: THE QUEEN REDEFINING AFRICAN LITERATURE AND FEMINISM

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer, born in 1977 to a middle-class Igbo family in Enugu, Nigeria. Her mother became the first female registrar at the University of Nigeria, while her father was a professor of statistics there. She is the fifith of six children, and spent most of her growing up and teenage …

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DR CONGO KILLINGS: Mass Killings In The DRC Are A Cause For Concern

DR CONGO KILLINGS: Mass Killings In The DRC Leaves Dozens Dead

In recent times, the Democratic Republic of Congo, DR Congo, has been plagued with the scourge of mass killings and it is fast becoming an issue of national and international concern. In September 2020, the Allied Democratic Forces were responsible for an attack that claimed 13 lives and left many others displaced, according to reports …

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UGANDA ELECTIONS: Ugandans Clamor For A New Leader

UGANDA ELECTIONS: Ugandans Clamor For A New Leader

In what has become an international spectacle, the people of Uganda have shown their resolve to ensure actual democracy by starting the trend #WeAreRemovingADictator after rejecting the results of Sunday’s election showing the incumbent president Yoweri Museveni as winner. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has been in power for 35 years and in recent years, he …

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Ladi Kwali

LADI KWALI: Born from the Coils of Clay

Without an advanced machine to quicken the pot-making process and to impress aesthetic designs, Ladi Kwali carved and engraved her name on history-making iconic pottery marked with African culture and identity. Born in 1925 into a family who preserved the female heritage of pottery, where the girl-child is handed tools, mentored, and left with her …

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COVID-19: Zimbabwe Imposes 30 Day Lockdown

COVID-19: Zimbabwe Imposes 30 Day Lockdown

Following a spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases within the first few days of the new year, Zimbabwe has reintroduced a 12-hour curfew from 6 pm until 6 am everyday for 30 days. The new curfew was announced on Saturday by Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. In his address, he stated the reasons for the new …

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#JusticeForDonDavis: A Story Of Abuse, And A Faulty Society.

#JusticeForDonDavis: A Story Of Abuse, And A Faulty Society.

In a controversial series of events currently making waves across Nigeria, the #JusticeForDonDavis trend is at the epicenter of a story of abuse of children and a cry for an overhaul of the system entrusted with taking care of children. Recently, a video surfaced on social media in which a boy (later identified as 11 …

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WILL JAWANDO: Meet The Agbada-wearing Nigerian American Councilman

WILL JAWANDO: Meet The Agbada-wearing Nigerian American Councilman

Will Jawando, a Nigerian American who was elected into the Montgomery County Council in the United States, repped his roots as he rocked an Agbada outfit to his inauguration. Initially reading this caption, you’d probably find it weird that any American councilman would wear an Agbada to a political inauguration ceremony (because it’s really not …

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BRIDGET BEMA: One African Child Making A Brand Out Of Mischief

BRIDGET BEMA: One African Child Making A Brand Out Of Mischief

Here in Africa, we have had an elite share of our own comical characters in movies, TV and other media: We’ve had South Africa’s Leon Schuster, Nigeria’s notorious pair “Aki and Pawpaw”, but these days, Bridget Bema is the new face of mischief in Africa. Bridget Bema is a 9 year old schoolgirl from Nairobi, …

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COVID-19: How Africa Has Been Able To Manage The Pandemic

COVID-19: How Africa Has Been Able To Manage The Pandemic

Early in the year, a global phenomenon known as the Coronavirus, also known as “COVID-19” began to make the rounds and before anyone could say “Jack Robinson”, everyone was on lock-down and face-masks became the “new normal”. The emergence of COVID-19 birthed a lot of conspiracy theories, rumors and was a serious cause for global …

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I see no limitations

I SEE NO LIMITATIONS: I Can Achieve Anything, With or Without A Degree

INTERVIEW WITH JACINTA UDE What motivated your movement from the East to Abuja? I came here for a job hunt in 2019. I actually come from a poor family trying to survive. We’re seven in number. In 2015, I concluded high school in Enugu, my hometown. I was troubled by the state of things and …

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LAYCON : Twitter Verification In the Bag!

LAYCON : Twitter Verification In the Bag!

Nigerian musician and reality star of the Big Brother Naija fame, Olamilekan Agbeleshe aka Laycon, finally gets Twitter verification ! The young star began to write his name in the sands of time of Nigerian entertainment upon his admission into the Big Brother Naija House for the Fifth Season of the reality show, endearing himself to …

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