The death toll from two bomb attacks, one of which tore through a busy junction outside the Safari Hotel in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, has risen to 276.

It is the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation. The country’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo declared three days of national mourning and ordered flags flown at half-mast.

Police said a truck bomb exploded outside the Safari Hotel at the K5 intersection, which is lined with government offices, restaurants and kiosks, flattening buildings and setting vehicles on fire. A separate blast struck the Medina district two hours later.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although the Islamist al Shabaab group has carried out regular attacks.

The al Qaeda-allied group is waging an insurgency to topple the weak U.N.-backed government and its African Union allies and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam.

They frequently launch gun, grenade and bomb attacks in Mogadishu and other regions controlled by the federal government, though in recent years the militants have lost most territory under their control to African Union peacekeepers and government troops.



Hundreds of Somalians in the capital Mogadishu trooped to the Banadir Stadium on Friday evening to witness the country’s first football match under floodlight in three decades.

Since the start of the civil war, no football match has ever been played at night and the oldest stadium in the country – the Banadir Stadium – built in 1956 had been severely damaged.

FIFA came to the rescue of the sport when it funded the redevelopment of the stadium in 2009 through its Win in Africa with Africa programme.

The Banadir Stadium which has not seen renovation since the 1980s hosted for the first time the finals of a district level youth football competition on Friday night which saw about 400 young footballers compete.

The 3rd edition of the championship was won by Waaberi District football team which beat Hodan District by 3 – 1.

The stadium was full to capacity and present were members of the Somali Football Federation sports minister Khadjia Mohamed Diriye.

Somali Football Federation president, Abdiqani Said Arab, said the renovation has turned the country around and will go a long way to develop the sport, local media report.

The minister said football is the main priority of the government and they will use it “as a tool of peace building and stability”.



A policewoman attached to Makinde Police Division, Oshodi area of Lagos, was on Tuesday beaten into a coma by a female soldier during a fight.

The fight occurred while the policewoman was controlling traffic around the NAFDAC office area in Oshodi. The events leading to the fight however remain unclear.

Eyewitnesses however claimed there was an argument between the two female officers, who were both in their uniforms, which later resulted into a physical fight.

A colleague of the policewoman now in coma identified her as a traffic warden who was carrying out her official duty at the time of the incident.

The police source said the policewoman was still in coma at an undisclosed hospital.

“The case of assault has been reported to Police Command Headquarters for further investigation,” she added.

The Vanguard also claims that its reporter who was at the scene was manhandled by soldiers when he tried to talk to the duelling officers and take pictures of the incident.

The reporter was said to have dashed across the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway but was pursued by the soldiers who continued to hit him until a courageous motorcyclist came to his rescue and sped off with him to safety.

Clashes between operatives of different security agencies are not uncommon in Nigeria just as uniformed men also continue to assault journalists and other civilians at will.


{:en}Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he feels healthy enough to return home and is only awaiting permission from his doctor.

The 74-year-old leader has been on medical leave in London since early May raising questions whether he is well enough to run the country.

Details regarding his illness have never been disclosed to the public.

His absence has sparked numerous protests, including demands that he should resign as well as calls for more transparency about his condition.

“I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge,” Buhari said in a statement adding that there had been a “tremendous improvement” in his health.

“Yes he has said that now he has learnt to obey orders. You know Mr. President is a retired general. He was the one who used to issue the orders but now the shoe is on the other foot and he’s the one that must obey orders so he says he must obey the orders of his doctors so we look forward to the doctors giving him the green light to proceed to Nigeria,” said Yemi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on media and Publicity.

President Buhari has spent more time since the beginning of 2017 in Britain than in Nigeria.

He was in London from January to March for sick leave before returning to Britain in May for further treatment.

“We just appeal to Nigerians to continue to pray for Mr. President. He’s going to come back Insha Allah to Nigeria to continue what he has been doing and right now there’s really no vacuum and Mr. President is happy about that that the fact that the acting president is doing the job with all diligence and responsibility,” said Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Nigeria’s Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora.

Nigeria’s presidency released images showing a jovial Buhari, a move that will hopefully reassure Nigerians who have been concerned about their President’s well being that he is indeed fit enough to continue serving them.


{:}{:ru}Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he feels healthy enough to return home and is only awaiting permission from his doctor.

The 74-year-old leader has been on medical leave in London since early May raising questions whether he is well enough to run the country.

Details regarding his illness have never been disclosed to the public.

His absence has sparked numerous protests, including demands that he should resign as well as calls for more transparency about his condition.

“I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge,” Buhari said in a statement adding that there had been a “tremendous improvement” in his health.

“Yes he has said that now he has learnt to obey orders. You know Mr. President is a retired general. He was the one who used to issue the orders but now the shoe is on the other foot and he’s the one that must obey orders so he says he must obey the orders of his doctors so we look forward to the doctors giving him the green light to proceed to Nigeria,” said Yemi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on media and Publicity.

President Buhari has spent more time since the beginning of 2017 in Britain than in Nigeria.

He was in London from January to March for sick leave before returning to Britain in May for further treatment.

“We just appeal to Nigerians to continue to pray for Mr. President. He’s going to come back Insha Allah to Nigeria to continue what he has been doing and right now there’s really no vacuum and Mr. President is happy about that that the fact that the acting president is doing the job with all diligence and responsibility,” said Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Nigeria’s Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora.

Nigeria’s presidency released images showing a jovial Buhari, a move that will hopefully reassure Nigerians who have been concerned about their President’s well being that he is indeed fit enough to continue serving them.




Paul Kagame has won a third term as President after a crushing victory in Rwanda’s elections, extending his 17-year premiership.

“It is clear that President Paul Kagame, who has 98.66 per cent, is in the lead,” said electoral commission head Kalisa Mbanda. He said 80 percent of the vote has so far been accounted for.

Mr Kagame, 59, who has led Rwanda since his rebels ended the 1994 genocide that left more than 800,000 people dead, told a campaign rally in July that “the day of the presidential elections will just be a formality.”

He was running against Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda — the only permitted opposition party — and independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana.

Three potential candidates were disqualified for allegedly failing to fulfil requirements including collecting enough signatures.

Candidates had been barred from putting campaign posters in most public places, including schools and hospitals. The electoral commission vetted candidates’ campaign messages, warning that their social media accounts could be blocked otherwise.

More than 80 percent of Rwanda’s 6.9 million registered voters cast their ballots, according to Charles Munyaneza, executive secretary of the Rwanda Electoral Commission.

While Mr Kagame remains popular for presiding over economic growth, critics accuse him of being intolerant to criticism and of using state powers to remove perceived opponents.

Rwandan authorities, including Mr Kagame, deny claims his government targets dissidents for assassination or disappearances.

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Uhuru Kenyatta

Jubilee Party’s candidate 55-year-old Uhuru Kenyatta is the incumbent President of Kenya and the youngest in the country’s history when he was sworn in in 2013.

Before his election for his first term, Kenyatta was a deputy prime minister in the Mwai Kibaki government which had his strongest opponent Raila Odinga as Prime Minister.

After grooming by former President Daniel Moi to become president in 2002, Kenyatta lost the bid to Kibaki, but backed him to win the disputed 2007 elections which saw some 1,300 people killed and more than 600,000 displaced in election violence.

Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto were both indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2011 for incitement of the deadly post-election ethnic violence against Odinga’s supporters in 2007.

The charges were dropped against Kenyatta in December 2014 and against Ruto in April 2016 due to lack of evidence – months/ years after winning the 2013 elections.

Uhuru Kenyatta has not always been a politician. The shy son of the country’s first president Jomo Kenyatta grew up in wealth from his family’s several businesses and lands.

He appeared on the political scene after former President Moi named him as his successor in 2001.

Kenyatta gained the support of his Kikuyu ethnic group – which is the largest in Kenya – and squared it off with the support from the Deputy President William Ruto’s ethnic group Kalenjin to secure him a win in 2013.

For his campaign for a second term, Uhuru Kenyatta is riding on his achievements in job creation, security, social policy and transportation expansion.

Raila Odinga

National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition flagbearer Raila Odinga is not new to elections as he is contesting for a fourth time after unsuccessful attempts in 1997, 2007 and 2013.

The 72-year-old son of Kenya’s first vice president Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, is a veteran Kenyan politician and notorious for crossing political camps.

He was once in the camp of his arch-rival former President Mwai Kibaki until he fell out with him after the 2002 elections which he campaigned actively for Kibaki.

Odinga, who is a Luo, is unpopular among the Kikuyu ethnic group of Uhuru Kenyatta who he accused of attacking his supporters – predominantly Luo – leading to the deadly post-election violence in 2007.

Raila Odinga was also accused of an unsuccessful but bloody coup attempt in 1982 against former President Daniel arap Moi. He spent seven months under house arrest, charged with treason and detained without trial for six years.

He was released in 1988 and re-arrested months later for anti-government agitation. Odinga was released in 1989, arrested again in 1990, released in 1991 before he went on exile in Norway.

He finally returned in 1992 to engage in politics under a Kenya that practiced multi-party democracy.

Mechanical engineer by training in East Germany, Odinga was a prime minister between 2008 and 2013 under a power-sharing deal to end the post-election violence that saw some 1,300 people killed and more than 600,000 displaced.

Odinga has served as the Member of Parliament for Langata between 1992 and 2013.

Running as flagbearer for the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, which includes all of Kenya’s main opposition groups, Odinga – together with his running mate Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka – hopes to end Uhuru Kenyatta’s bid for a second term.

He has accused the incumbent of plotting to rig the elections using state security agents and called on the youth to be vigilant on the polling day to avoid rigging.

National Super Alliance (NASA)‘s campaign is focused around lowering food prices and rent and tackling youth unemployment.

Mohamed Abduba Dida

Mohamed Abduba Dida is standing for president for a second time after vying in 2013.

The 43-year-old is the only Muslim candidate and was a high school teacher, teaching English Literature and Religion.

Dida is of mixed heritage with mother being a Kenyan-Somali and father from northern Kenya.

The Alliance for Real Change (ARK) candidate – together with his running mate Titus Kusolo Ngetuny – are campaigning for change and promotion of morality in the country.

John Ekuru Longoggy Aukot

John Ekuru Longoggy Aukot is running for the first time as president after his service in drawing up Kenya’s 2010 constitution.

The 45-year-old Doctor of Philosophy in Law is the flagbearer of the Thirdway Alliance Kenya (TAK) party, that unsuccessfully contested the 2013 elections.

He has worked in a lot of committees in the country including the panel that selected the commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Dr Aukot and his running mate, Emmanuel Kombe Nzai, are campaigning against tribalism and seek to end corruption and insecurity.

Shakhalaga Khwa Jirongo

Shakhalaga Khwa Jirongo, popular called Cyrus Jirongo, is a former Member of Parliament and nearly run for the presidency in 2013 but opted out in the last minute.

The 56-year-old is running as flagbearer of the United Democratic Party with Joseph Orina Momanyi as his running mate.

Jirongo was an MP between 1978 and 1981, 1997 and 2007.

Japhet Kavinga Kaluyu

Japhet Kavinga Kaluyu is an independent candidate running for the first time as president.

He has lived and studied in the United States where he gained a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Health Policy and Research.

Kaluyu’s running mate is Muthiora Eliud Kariara.

Michael Wainaina Mwaura

Michael Wainaina Mwaura is also running as an independent candidate for the first time in Kenya’s presidential elections.

He is a former literature lecturer at Kenyatta University.

The 44-year-old professor hopes to invest in the youth to develop the country. His running mate is Miriam Muthikwa Mutua – the only woman in the race.

Joseph William Nthiga Nyagah

Joseph William Nthiga Nyagah is the third and final independent candidate who has been a politician for several years.

The 69-year-old is running for president for the first time, but has served as a minister between 2007 and 2013.

Nyagah has a Masters in Financial Management and has worked as a banker between 1973 and 1983.

His running mate is Moses Waswa Marango.

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A senior Kenyan election official was found murdered on Monday, three days after he went missing, poll officials said, as opposition leaders warned the killing could plunge next week’s national vote into turmoil.

Chris Msando, the election board’s head of information, communication and technology, was tortured before he died, the board told journalists, without giving further details.

Kenyans – who saw their 2007 election descend into ethnic violence – will chose their next president, lawmakers and local representatives on Tuesday next week.

“There’s no doubt that he was tortured and murdered,” Wafula Chebukati, the chair of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, told journalists outside the City Mortuary.

“The only issue is who killed him and why … I demand from the government that they provide security for all members of the IEBC for them to give Kenya free and fair elections.”

Kenya’s main opposition group, the National Super Alliance (NASA), which has repeatedly accused the government of trying to rig elections, immediately called a news conference.

“It is telling that the key person who was perhaps holding very vital passwords has been eliminated at this delicate time,” NASA’s Musalia Mudavadi said.

“Chris Msando’s brutal killing was an attempt to drive a dagger into the heart of the forthcoming election.”

Police said Msando’s body was found on Saturday and brought to a mortuary.

“We view this incident as a crime of grave proportions and a … special homicide team has been set up to investigate the murder,” Kenya’s National Police Service said in a statement.

Otsieno Namwaya, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch, called for an urgent investigation, saying: “Msando’s killing comes as the electoral management body was due to audit its systems, a week away from the election day.”

The audit, scheduled for Monday, was cancelled, Chebukati said. Msando’s predecessor was suspended after he refused to cooperate in an audit of the electronic systems, local media reported in May.

Rashid Abdi, regional analyst at International Crisis Group, said public confidence in next week’s vote could be affected.

“This is someone who was involved in a critical component of the elections – the electronic infrastructure. This will definitely raise suspicious and undermine public confidence in the outcome,” he said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, seeking a second and final five-year term, is running against veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Odinga says that fraud robbed him of victory in the last two elections. In 2013, electronic voting machines suffered widespread malfunctions, but Odinga took his complaints to court, which dismissed them.

In 2007, he called for street protests after tallying was abruptly stopped and a winner announced. Political protests and ethnic violence killed more than 1,200 people.

The announcement of Msando’s death came days after an attacker killed a policeman outside the vice president’s country home.

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A Nigerian state governor says he expects President Muhammadu Buhari to return home from the UK within the next two weeks.


Governor Rochas Okorocha was a member of a delegation who met the president in London on Sunday.

Mr Buhari has been receiving treatment in the UK for an unspecified illness.

His absence has led to some anxiety in Nigeria, with some speculating that he might have died. Others have worried he may not be able to return to duty.

The presidency later released images of Mr Buhari, 74, at the meeting with governors from his party. It is the first time he has been pictured in London since leaving Nigeria almost 80 days ago.

‘High spirits’

The Imo state governor told the BBC’s Newshour programme on Monday: “I met a very hardy man in high spirits, and he’s doing quite well. He has not lost his sense of humour, for which is he known for.

“So he is doing quite well and we are very pleased to see him and I think that has gone a long way to reassure Nigerians about the health of their president.”

Mr Okorocha earlier said Mr Buhari had laughed off rumours concerning his health when asked about them.

“President Buhari was completely unperturbed by the cocktail of lies. He, instead, sent his best wishes to Nigerians.”

Mr Buhari would be returning as soon as doctors gave him the green light, Mr Okorocha said.

The president left Nigeria on 7 May – his second trip to the UK for treatment this year.

In his absence, he has given Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo full powers to act as head of state.




Cairo – Egypt said it would end visas on arrival for Qatari citizens as a dispute between four Arab states and the Gulf emirate continues over allegations that Doha supports terrorism.

The measure, which goes into effect on Thursday, will not include spouses of Egyptians or university students who will be granted tourist visas on arrival, foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said.

The decision was announced on Monday as Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah, who is trying to mediate an end to the dispute.

Shoukry insisted that Qatar has to meet the demands of the Arab bloc to end an embargo, a foreign ministry statement said.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have demanded that Qatar stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood movement and close broadcaster Al-Jazeera which they accuse of inciting unrest in their countries.

The Gulf crisis is the worst to hit the region since the establishment of the Gulf Co-operation Council in 1981.

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A wall collapsed at Demba Diop stadium in Dakar as police fired tear gas at both sets of supporters after the game.

Eight people have been killed during a Senegal football league final in Dakar in a stampede that broke out following clashes at the end of the match, the official APS news agency said.

A wall collapsed at Demba Diop stadium on Saturday as people prepared to leave after the game between local teams Ouakam and Stade de Mbour, APS reported, adding many more were injured.

Police fired tear gas at clashing supporters from both teams who were throwing projectiles, and panic spread in the stadium leading to a crush.

Sports minister Matar Ba said a young girl was among the dead, while around 60 injured fans had been taken to health facilities in Dakar.

He vowed “strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal”.

At 2-1 during extra time, US Ouakam supporters began throwing stones at Stade de Mbour fans, causing spectators to begin vacating their seats in a rush, an AFP news agency journalist at the scene said.

Part of a wall supporting bleachers seating fans from both sides then collapsed as police started firing tear gas.

“All of a sudden, the wall fell. We knew some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people,” said Cheikh Maba Diop, a witness who helped evacuate victims from the stadium and lost a friend in the tragedy.

Campaigning for Senegal’s legislative elections due on July 30 would be suspended on Sunday in respect for the victims, said a spokesman for President Macky Sall.

Sall also wanted “punishments serving as a warning” following the tragedy, spokesman El Hamidou Kasse said on TFM television.

Senegal’s safety record at large gatherings has been heavily criticised this year after the death of dozens of people at a religious retreat in April when a fire ripped through makeshift shelters.


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Three lions which had escaped from a world famous game reserve in South Africa have been killed.

A farmer living near Kruger National Park (KNP) shot dead one of the males when he found all three eating one of his cows, a parks spokeswoman said.

He wounded another and a third ran away, Janine Raftopoulos added.

A search party of rangers decided to put down the wounded lion and the one which had escaped the farmer, Ms Raftopoulos said.

South African National Parks says the unharmed lion was killed because tasting cattle meat would change its behaviour.

There were also concerns that having already escaped once, the lion would keep trying to leave the park.

“The decision is made by vets and rangers with years and years of experience”, Ms Raftopoulos said.

Initial reports indicated that four lions had escaped on Sunday, but parks officials have since said that evidence suggests only three escaped.

Staying safe at South Africa’s Lion Park

Runaway lion Sylvester given own pride

KNP is one of the biggest game reserves in Africa, covering an area of 7,523 sq miles (19,485 sq km).

It is not yet clear how the lions escaped from the park, which is largely fenced off.

Officials say they were probably driven out by population pressures.

The latest escape comes after five lions broke out of the same park in May. Four of them were caught but the fifth is still unaccounted for.


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South Africa violated its obligations to the International Criminal Court by failing to arrest Sudan’s President Hassan al-Bashir when he visited in 2015, the court’s judges said in a ruling on Thursday.

However, the war crimes court judges declined to refer South Africa to the U.N. Security Council over the matter. They noted that South African courts had already censured the government for its failure in Bashir’s case and said referring it to the UN would likely have little effect.

South Africa’s issue with the ICC

South Africa’s moves of dropping its ICC membership follows its highly controversial failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during an African Union (AU) summit in Johannesburg in June 2015.

On the eve of al-Bashir’s arrival in South Africa, the ICC issued several calls for his arrest to the South African government. Bashir was allowed to leave after the summit, a court subsequently ruled that the government was wrong to have allowed him to leave despite the ICC warrant of arrest.

It was in light of this event that Jeff Radebe, a minister in the presidency, announced that South Africa was reconsidering its participation in the ICC.



The Nigerian Army through the Chief of Army staff, General TY Burutai has presented popular comedian, Francis Agoda popularly known as I Go Dye with an award of commendation for positively projecting the laudable virtues of the institution and his unwavering support.

Recall that last month, the humour merchant joined other eminent African leaders to receive the 2017 African Child Prize which he dedicated to the gallant men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces, whom, he said have been resolute in their war against terrorism and commended their singular act of returning some of the abducted Chibok girls, back to the waiting arms of their families. The excited Delta State born comedian took to his instagram page to express his gratitude to the Nigerian army, while also pledging his continued support “ Never did I envisage that my little contribution will be identified for commendation. I’m indeed grateful for this honour presented to me by the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian army. It will challenge many others to cooperate and expand partnership with the army, promoting a sense of responsibility to all citizens of this country to understand that the fight against terrorism and other agitations are in our best interest. I will continue to use this medium to seek support, using my artistic work to project and express the laudable virtues of this noble institution.” he enthused. The comedian further expressed optimism that the honour will change the perception of ordinary citizens towards the Nigerian army.

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The tape measure wound around the arm of two-year old Apiu tells its own story. Under the traffic light system for measuring undernutrition, green means healthy, amber is for “at risk”. Apiu is deep in the red zone: seriously malnourished. South Sudan is grappling with famine and severe hunger.

Now, despite a heavy UN presence and the efforts of many of the world’s largest organisations, delivering life-saving aid is about to become more difficult. After rains failed last year across the Horn of Africa, now they have started to fall on to the parched, dry earth. Soon, large parts of the country will be inaccessible to all vehicles but helicopters.

At the small health centre in Abiriu, in Bahr el Ghazal – the area in north-western South Sudan that the UN has warned is likely to be the next place where famine is declared – the scale of the disaster is clear.

Abandoned by her mother, Apiu has been brought to the clinic in Abiriu by her cousin, Yar. She weighs just 7kg, at least 3kg less than she should at her age. “We haven’t eaten today,” says Yar. “She became sick when [her mother] stopped breastfeeding her and she has been sick since.”

The family is desperately short of food. Apiu’s father, Kau Maciek, 34, has a brain injury caused when a bullet tore a wedge out of the side of his head, and is unable to work. He was shot trying to save his cattle from armed raiders, who took all 20 animals.

Last year’s lack of rain is one reason for the food shortages, but the descent into armed conflict and chaos is the real cause of the crisis in South Sudan, where it has become too dangerous to farm the fields. At least 100,000 people are now affected by famine, with 1 million more at immediate risk. More than 5 million could be affected by the crisis over the next few weeks.

The civil war that erupted in 2013 has escalated from a dispute between President Salva Kiir, from the dominant Dinka ethnic group, and exiled vice-president Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer, into a full-blown crisis of deadly rivalries, cattle raiding and revenge killings.

The epicentre of the hunger crisis is Unity state, but across the country there are signs that it is spreading.

Monica Aluel, 30, arrives at the clinic with her one-year-old daughter, Adok. Her family can’t work the fields because of the violence, she says. “Last year, we tried to farm but there was no rain and the fighting made it difficult. We ran away from the fighting, and when we went back there was no rain.”

Two weeks ago, she returned to the fields – a two-hour walk north of Abiriu – only to be driven off again. “We tried to cultivate a small piece of land but then there were gunshots,” she says. “I heard the shooting and then others who were cultivating with their guns nearby started shooting back. I picked up my child and ran away, because they kill women too.”

Aluel says she has little food for Adok, who is running a fever. “We have been eating leaves picked from the wild,” she says. “If you get a little money, you can buy a cup of sorghum from the market.”

Sorghum is the staple grain in South Sudan, but even those who have cash are struggling to buy enough of it as rampant inflation has pushed prices in the markets beyond the reach of many people.

With six children to feed, neither Aluel nor her husband have work, though they earn a little money by selling some of the leaves they pick. “I’m not able to do anything and I feel very weak,” says Aluel, joining a queue of women waiting in the shade of a tree to have their children assessed by the medical team.

Abiriu is reached via a potholed, red dirt road running north-west from Rumbek, the capital of Western Lakes state, and passing through checkpoints guarded by armed men. At the sides of the road are clusters of mud huts with conical thatched roofs. A few people are working in the fields. Many people are carrying guns.

David Laat, a community nutrition volunteer at the clinic, says more people are arriving with signs of severe malnutrition. “It is the lack of rain and the insecurity,” he says. “People can’t move around – they might be attacked in their gardens.”

The UK charity Plan International runs an emergency feeding programme through the clinic. It is one of many agencies working with the UN’s World Food Programme to get food to those in need.

Field coordinator Daniel Kon says five clinics treating severely malnourished children have been expected to treat 3,000 cases in a year, but the numbers appear to be rising. The rains will make it difficult to move food aid on the roads, he says.

Apath Majon has brought in her 17-month-old daughter, Cholok, hoping she will be given Plumpy’nut, the peanut-based therapeutic paste. “My child is sick. She is vomiting and has fever. She is not eating,” says Majon, who is 19. “Life is terrible now for both of us. My child is sick and we don’t have food.”

Daniel Chol, a volunteer, tightens a tape measure around the arm of another child. “They are very malnourished and we have got about 15 cases of severe malnutrition,” he says, indicating the red zone of the tape measure.

A boy of 15, who gives his name as John, has brought along his sick five-year-old sister, Adit. “Children don’t have enough food because the criminals want to kill you in the gardens,” he says.

“Last year they came and took my cows. I was sleeping in the garden and the cows were eating near me and the thieves had guns and they shot and I was afraid. I ran away because I didn’t have a gun. We have no cows now. There is no food and no money.”

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South African prison officials suspended 13 guards on Monday after women in black body suits and knee high boots were photographed cavorting with inmates in a steamy strip show at one of Johannesburg’s most notorious prisons.

Images circulated on social media show various guards standing watch as three strippers perform seductive dances and undress and embrace an inmate dressed in an orange prison overall at the Johannesburg Correctional Centre.

The jail, which houses some of some of the country’s most dangerous convicts, were circulated on Facebook on Monday.

Prison officials called a press conference to say that the photographs, taken at an event on June 21 are “authentic” and that those involved had been served with suspension letters.

Prisons commissioner James Smalberger said at a press conference that the officials include top management at the prison, which inmates jokingly refer to as “Sun City”.

“The form of entertainment as depicted on social media was not approved as it was not in line with the Department of Correctional Services’ policies and procedures, which are clear in terms of appropriate clothing behaviour when inside a correctional environment,” Mr Smalberger said.

The event was supposed to be part a “rehabilitation project” to commemorate Youth Day, when dozens of protesting school pupils were gunned down by the apartheid police in 1976.

Six items were approved Youth Day events but the female dancers was not cleared by the department, Mr Smalberger said.

“On behalf of correctional services, we would like to apologise to the citizens of South Africa for this incident, which is indeed disturbing.

“We will make sure that those found to be guilty face the full consequences of their actions, and measures will be put in place to make sure similar incident do not happen again.”

South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world with 500,000 people murdered in the country since 1994, according to the Institute of Race Relations.

The latest crime figures, released by the police, show that 14,333 people were killed in the country between April and December last year.



UK police may consider manslaughter charges after finding tower cladding failed safety tests in blaze that killed 79.

A fire that engulfed a London tower block, killing at least 79 people earlier this month started in a fridge-freezer, London police said, adding that cladding on the building failed all safety tests.

Police said that 79 people were dead, or missing and assumed dead, after the blaze rapidly spread through the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, which was built in 1974, on June 14.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said the Hotpoint model, FF175BP, was not subject to recall and that the manufacturer was doing further tests.

“We now have expert evidence that the fire was not started deliberately,” McCormack said before adding the police were considering manslaughter charges given the high number of deaths.

Police were also investigating companies involved in the building and refurbishment of the tower, and possible “health and safety and fire safety offences”, she said.

Exterior cladding and tiles recovered from the building have failed fire safety tests, said McCormack.

The cladding was installed on the council-owned building as part of a refurbishment completed last year.

Whirlpool Corp, the world’s largest maker of home appliances, owns the Hotpoint brand in the Europe and Asia Pacific regions. In the United States, the brand now belongs to Haier, following the Chinese group’s purchase of General Electric Co’s appliance business.

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“We are working with the authorities to obtain access to the appliance so that we can assist with the ongoing investigations,” Whirpool said in a statement.

“Words cannot express our sorrow at this terrible tragedy.”

The blaze prompted a wider review of social housing which has identified at least 600 towers in England with similar cladding.

McCormack repeated calls for anyone with information on who might have been in the tower to come forward.

“What we haven’t got is a picture of how many people might have been in there. That’s the number I’m really worried about,” she said.

Police fear the death toll may be higher because some residents may have been living in the tower illegally.

“Our forensic search may not be complete until the end of the year,” she added.

Prime Minister Theresa May stressed on Thursday that all victims, regardless of their immigration status, would be able to access whatever help they need.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 502 prisoners before the Eid al-Fitr holiday including prominent businessman Hesham Talaat Moustafa, according to a presidential decree issued on Friday.

The prisoners to be released include 25 women and “a large number of youth jailed in cases involving protesting and gathering,” state news agency MENA reported, without specifying how many.

Since seizing power in mid-2013 from the Muslim Brotherhood, Sisi has presided over a crackdown on Islamist opponents that has seen hundreds killed and many thousands jailed. Activists and liberal opponents have also been imprisoned.

A law requiring permission from the Interior Ministry for any public gathering of more than 10 people is strictly enforced and has largely succeeded in ending the kind of mass demonstrations that helped unseat two presidents in three years.

Among those pardoned was Hesham Talaat Moustafa, the former chairman of one of Egypt’s largest real estate developers, Talaat Mostafa Group.

Moustafa had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for hiring a hitman to kill Lebanese pop star Suzanne Tamim in 2008. He was pardoned on health concerns, security sources told Reuters.

Sisi ordered the interior ministry to implement the decision before the start of the holiday, which immediately follows the holy month of Ramadan that ends this Saturday.



Cameroon, the African champions were handed a losing start to their Confederations Cup campaign which kicked off in Russia over the weekend.

The Indomitable Lions lost 2 – 0 to Chile (Copa America champions) thanks to late goals from Auturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas.

The South American champions were however denied an earlier goal after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruled out a legitimate goal by Vargas on the stroke of halftime.

Hugo Broos’ side next take on Australia on Thursday in a match they have to win to keep alive their chances of progressing.

The 2017 African Nations Championship winners are in Group B, with Germany, the reigning world champions. Chile two-time winner of the Copa America and Australia.

Group A consists of Portugal, European champions; Russia, Mexico and New Zealand.

The eight teams taking part in the competition will share $20 million. The winner will receive $4.1 million and the losing finalist gets $3.6 million, the remaining will be shared among the others.

The competition takes place from 17 June to 2 July 2017.



The World Bank says Ethiopia’s economy will be the most expansive on the continent for the year 2017 followed by Tanzania, Ivory Coast and Senegal in that order.

This view by the global finance outfit was contained in their Global Economic Prospect report released this month.

‘‘Ethiopia is forecast to expand by 8.3 percent in 2017, Tanzania by 7.2 percent, Ivory Coast by 6.8 percent, and Senegal by 6.7 percent, all helped by public investment. However, some countries need to contain debt accumulation and rebuild policy buffers,’‘ the report cautioned.

Ethiopia is forecast to expand by 8.3 percent in 2017, Tanzania by 7.2 percent, Ivory Coast by 6.8 percent, and Senegal by 6.7 percent, all helped by public investment.

The World Bank further noted that growth in non-resource intensive countries was anticipated to remain solid, supported by infrastructure investment, resilient services sectors, and the recovery of agricultural production.

Whiles projecting a generally stable economic performance for most Sub-Saharan Africa economies, the report titled, ‘A Fragile Recovery,’ forecasted that economies will averagely ‘‘pick up to 2.6 percent in 2017 and to 3.2 percent in 2018, predicated on moderately rising commodity prices and reforms to tackle macroeconomic imbalances.’‘

They stressed the challenges that the United States official development assistance slash will have on smaller economies and fragile states in the region as a major risk. The East Africa region they noted was also susceptible to whether-related risks.

‘‘Worsening drought conditions will severely affect agricultural production, push food prices higher, and increase food insecurity in the sub-region,’‘ they added.

Ethiopia overtakes Kenya as economic giant of East Africa

This forecast becomes the second stamp of approval on the Ethiopia economy in as many months. International Monetary Fund (IMF) figures released in April this year ‘crowned’ the country as the new economic giant of the East Africa region dethroning neighbouring Kenya.

Their annual economic output for 2017 was expected to hit $78 billion from $72 billion recorded last year. Ethiopia’s economic growth since 2015 has been pegged at 10.8% putting a significant gap between them and Kenya. In monetary terms, Ethiopia has opened a gap of over $29 million over Kenya.

Ethiopia’s economic growth is hinged on public-led spending on infrastructure and a strong demand by locals. It has also recently become an investor destination of choice for particularly Chinese investors.

Another factor believed to be driving the economy is the country’s large population – which is almost double that of Kenya.



Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has been talking about the impact online communities are making around the world.

He is due to address the global tech giant’s inaugural Facebook Communities Summit to be held in Chicago next month.

Ahead of the Chicago summit, he has been meeting people who have helped build meaningful Facebook communities. One of such people is Lola Omolola, a Nigerian who lives in Chicago.

Two years ago, she founded a secret Facebook group called Female IN, or FIN. It’s a no-judgment space where more than a million women come to talk about everything from marriage and sex to health issues and work problems — and it’s helping end the culture of silence that exists for women.

‘‘Two years ago, she founded a secret Facebook group called Female IN, or FIN. It’s a no-judgment space where more than a million women come to talk about everything from marriage and sex to health issues and work problems — and it’s helping end the culture of silence that exists for women in some parts of the world.

‘‘I’m looking forward to meeting more admins like Lola and talking about how we can help them do even more to build community. I’ll share more info on the summit as we get closer, and I’ll stream the event live from my profile later this month,’‘. Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post published on Tuesday (June 6).

Female IN describes itself as ‘‘a movement of 1,000,000+ women focused on building compassion, providing support and nurturing the power of self-expression in a culture where women are meant to be seen and not heard.’‘

Facebook is the only medium through which they can be contacted and to access the group an existing member (known as FINster) is empowered to add other members.

He stressed how the platform continues to play a lead role in making the world more open and connected. He said there was, however, more to be done to promote mutual togetherness and to build a common understanding.

‘‘This summit will be the next chapter and we’ll discuss more of what we’re building to empower community leaders to bring the world closer together,’‘ he added.



News Corp reports Yacqub Khayre, who took a female sex worker hostage and killed 36-year-old David Hao, in Monday’s Brighton siege, left war-torn Somalia when he was seven years old.

He reportedly dropped out of high school in Year 12 and converted to Islam.

Khayre would travel back to Somalia, to reportedly train at a camp where he may have received weapons training, and became so radicalised he reportedly tried to seek a fatwa so his friends could become martyrs.

The 29-year-old was acquitted of his role in planning a suicide attack on Sydney’s Holsworthy army base in 2010.

But it reportedly led to his family abandoning him and the community he had in Melbourne followed suit, leading to him becoming a loner.

Following his 2010 arrest, Khayre then reportedly became addicted to methamphetamine and turned into a deranged criminal with a long rap sheet of drug-fuelled crimes.

A corrections source told The Herald Sun he was “an idiot” like Lindt café siege killer Man Haron Monis.



Egypt has retraced the biblical route of Jesus Christ’s family while in the North African country from Bethlehem, to promote tourism.

The three-year journey of Joseph, Mary and Jesus Christ is now being embarked on for the first time by 520 tourists who arrived in Cairo last week from 20 different countries, state news agency MENA reported.

Among the places they will visit are the Church of St. Sergius and the Hanging Church in Old Cairo, St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Convent in Maadi, the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Jabal al-Tair near Minya, Muharraq Monastery at Mount Koskam, the Holy Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Monastery at Mount Durunka in Assiut governorate and the three monasteries of Wadi al-Natrun which includes the Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai where it is believed to enshrine the burning bush from which God first revealed himself to Moses.

These are eight of the 25 historical sites ready for the tour, the tourism ministry said.

They are believed to be places where the holy family stopped during their stay in the North African country.

Pope Francis was in Egypt on a historic visit last month where he delivered a message of tolerance and co-existence in the face of terrorism that is affecting the tourism sector of the country.

Tourism Minister Yehia Rashed is reported to have visited Rome for talks with the Vatican on promoting tourism to Egypt as the site of Christ family’s journey in the country is being launched.

Egypt’s tourism sector has been hard hit after the political revolution in 2011 and subsequent jihadist attacks.

The Journey

Mary and Joseph traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem in 5 B.C. before the birth of Jesus Christ.

The family moved to Egypt after Joseph was told in a dream to flee to the now North African country to escape the command of Herod the Great to slaughter children in and around Bethlehem.

They reached Egypt after a 65 kilometers journey where they lived for three years until after the death of Herod in 4 B.C. when Joseph had a dream that it is safe to return to Israel.

The family traveled to Nazareth which took them a journey of at least 170 kilometers.

Biblical references of the journey
Matthew 2:13
Matthew 2:16
Hosea 11:1
Matthew 2:22-23
Luke 2:39-40



West African regional group Ecowas has in principle approved Morocco’s membership application despite the country being in North Africa.

But Ecowas leaders meeting in Liberia said the implications of its membership still needed to be considered before Morocco could formally join.

King Mohammed VI was not at the summit because Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been invited.

Morocco’s application comes after it rejoined the African Union in January.

Morocco left the continental body in 1984 after it recognised the independence of Western Sahara.

Morocco regards Western Sahara as part of its historic territory and has spent much of the last three decades trying to strengthen ties with Europe at the expense of relations with Africa.

Ivory Coast President Alasanne Ouattara has confirmed that the decision had been agreed in principle but the details still had to be worked out.

Morocco, along with Tunisia which is seeking observer status with the organisation and Mauritania, which wants to return to the body, will be invited to the next meeting of heads of state in Togo in December, a senior Ecowas source told the BBC.

Rival bodyguards ‘clash’

Ecowas is made up of 15 West African nations, none of which shares a border with Morocco.

Members enjoy free trade and movement of people.

King Mohammed VI last week announced he would not be attending the summit in Liberia, because of the presence of Israel’s prime minister.

Morocco does not have diplomatic ties with Israel.

Mr Netanyahu addressed West African leaders on Sunday saying: “Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is coming back to Israel.

“I believe in Africa. I believe in its potential, present and future. It is a continent on the rise.”

While in Liberia for the summit, his bodyguards scuffled with those of Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe, according to reports in the Israeli media.

This trip comes nearly a year after Mr Netanyahu was in East Africa as part of his efforts to strengthen ties between the continent and Israel.



Nineteen people have been killed and about 50 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena.

The blast happened at 22:35 BST on Monday following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande.

PM Theresa May said her thoughts were with those affected by “what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack”.

Paramedics at the scene told the BBC they had treated some of the wounded for “shrapnel-like injuries”.

British Transport Police said the explosion was in the arena’s foyer.

Greater Manchester Police has established an emergency telephone number in response to the attack. It is: 0161 856 9400.

The prime minister has suspended her general election campaigning and will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee later, in response to the attack.

Mrs May said: “We are working to establish the full details” of what had happened in Manchester.

“All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected,” Mrs May said.

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Daniel Sandford said senior counter-terrorism officers were assembling in London and liaising with the Home Office.

Unconfirmed reports from two unnamed US officials suggested the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, tweeted: “Terrible incident in Manchester. My thoughts are with all those affected and our brilliant emergency services.”

Greater Manchester metro mayor Andy Burnham said: “My heart goes out to families who have lost loved ones, my admiration to our brave emergency services. “A terrible night for our great city.”

Shortly after the blast Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, was closed and all trains cancelled.

Greater Manchester Police carried out a precautionary controlled explosion in the Cathedral Garden area of the city at about 01:32. The force confirmed it was not a suspicious item.

A number of eyewitnesses have described the confusion in the aftermath.

Andy Holey, who had gone to the arena to pick up his wife and daughter who had been at the concert, said: “As I was waiting, an explosion went off and it threw me about 30ft from one set of doors to the other set of doors.

“When I got up I saw bodies lying on the ground. My first thought was to go into the arena to try to find my family.

“When I couldn’t find them, I went outside with the police and fire and looked through some of the bodies to try and find my wife and daughter.

“I managed to find them eventually and they’re OK.

“It was definitely an explosion and it was some force. It happened near the box office at the entrance to the Arena.”


U.S. President Donald Trump has disclosed that Egypt will be his first stop on an African visit. His immediate predecessor, Barack Obama also visited Egypt as his first stop on the continent.

Trump who took office on January 20 has largely operated in Washington until last Friday when he flew out on his first foreign visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He said on Sunday that he hoped to visit Egypt, after meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The Egyptian leader was also the first African leader to meet Trump at the White House during a visit in April this year.

The Saudi meeting was under the aegis of the Arab Islamic American Summit, 37 heads of state and at least six prime ministers were present at the two-day summit in Riyadh.

Obama’s first African trip, June 2009 – Egypt

The trip to Egypt was Obama’s 10th since he took office. He arrived in the capital, Cairo on June 4, 2009.

Obama delivered a speech at the Cairo University; titled ‘A new beginning.’ It centered on the need for improved mutual understanding and relations between the Islamic world and the West and said both should do more to confront violent extremism.

He also called for peace between Israel and Palestinians. Obama reaffirmed America’s “unbreakable” alliance with Israel, and described Palestinian statelessness as “intolerable.”

Afterwards, he held talks with the then President Hosni Mubarak and also visited the Sultan Hassan mosque before leaving the land of the Pyramids.


The 90 deportees were dropped off from Johannesburg by a South African Airways flight at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) confirms.

The Lagos Airport Police spokesperson DSP Joseph Alabi told NAN that most of the all-male deportees were living in South Africa without valid documents.

This is the second mass deportation after a February 28 exercise when 97 Nigerians including two females were deported from South Africa, NAN reports.

There is a growing number of Nigerian communities in South Africa. Some of them have suffered a series of xenophobic attacks in parts of Johannesburg and Pretoria since 2008.

The attackers blame the Nigerians and other African nationals of involving in criminal activities in the country.

Mass deportation of Africans within the continent is rare.

This month, 258 Nigerians returned home from crisis-hit Libya as part of a voluntary repatriation exercise facilitated by the Nigerian government and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

253 migrants had been repatriated earlier in April.



Guinea completely dominated the match and went 5-0 up before Gabon hit a consolation goal in the second half.

Later on Sunday, Cameroon were scheduled to face Ghana in the other Group A match.

Group B’s opening matches take place in Libreville on Monday with Mali facing Tanzania and Angola taking on Niger.

The top four teams will qualify for the Under 17 Fifa World Cup in India in October which gives the teams an extra incentive to do well.

Before the opening game, Gabon’s head coach, Pierre Mfoumbi, had said he hoped his players could get off to a good start, in their bid to reach the World Cup for the first time.

In contrast, defending champions Mali – who start their campaign against debutants Tanzania on Monday – reached the final of the last Fifa Under 17 World Cup in Chile two years ago, only to lose to fellow Africans Nigeria in the final.

For Tanzania, qualifying for the Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations is a new chapter in the development of their country’s football.

They will be hosting the 2019 edition of the African U-17s, and Jamal Malinzi, president of Tanzania’s Football Federation, says they are determined to do well in Gabon.

“We have high expectations – very, very high expectations. We are going to start against Mali, I know it’s a formidable team,” Malinzi told BBC Sport.

“They have got two very good academies in Mali, which produced a number of their players, and some of them are playing in Europe already.

“But that won’t deter us from being determined to conquer Mali, to conquer Group B, and be in India for the World Cup finals,” Malinzi said.

Gabon replaced Madagascar as hosts for this Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations following a Caf inspection.


1. Chen Lihua — Net worth $7.2 billion. The now-Beijing based 76-year-old, also known as Chan Laiwa, grew up in poverty before becoming, arguably, the world’s most successful businesswoman. she runs the investment company FuWah and is married to a well-known actor Chi Zhongrui

2. Zhou Qunfei — Net worth $6 billion. The 47-year-old from China jumped to the top of the list in 2015 when her Lens Technology group went public. But before she set up her company, she was born into poverty in rural China and worked on a shop floor.

    T=3. Zhou Hongwen & husband Xiao Jianhua — Net worth $5.5 billion. The co-founder of the corporate consulting giant Tomorrow Group hit the headlines this year after her husband Xiao went missing after being “abducted” from the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

Tina Green & husband Philip Green — Net worth $5.5 billion. The 64-year-old (middle) is from Britain but is now based in Monaco with her husband who runs the retail giant Arcadia . She owns all the family shares in Jersey-registered Taveta Investments, which owns Arcadia.

5. Chen Chunmei & husband Gong Hongjia — Net worth $5.3 billion. The 52-year-old from China derives her wealth from one of the world’s largest supplier of video surveillance products, Hikvision Digital Technology.

6. Judy Love & husband Tom Love — Net worth $4.8 billion. Love and her husband cofounded the fuel station and services chain Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores in 1964 and now it has more than 420 locations in 40 states in the US

7. Wu Yajun— Net worth $4.6 billion. The 53-year-old from China started her career as a journalist but became incredibly wealthy after founding her real estate brand Longfor.

8. Zhang Yin — Net worth $4.5 billion. The 60-year-old founded her massive company Nine Dragons Paper, which originated from building a big scrap paper trading business out of California before creating her own factories in China.

9. Peggy Cherng & husband Andrew Cherng — Net worth $4.4 billion. Cherng and her husband found their fortune through Panda Express in the US, which is now one of the world’s largest family-owned restaurant chains.


China is taking on Wikipedia with a new online encyclopedia, an enormous project which has prompted debate from scholars on how open the platform should be.

The digital encyclopedia, which will be launched online next year, represents the country’s biggest ever publishing project, with contributions from more than 20,000 experts.

Previous paper editions of the encyclopedia in China – published in 1993 and 2012 – have been criticised for being influenced by political dogma from the Chinese government.

Wikipedia is available in China, however searches for sensitive items, such as ‘Tiananmen Crackdown’ or the ‘Dalai Lama’, are often blocked by internet censors.

It is expected that the public will not be able to edit the new Chinese Wikipedia.

Yang Muzhi, the editor-in-chief of the official Chinese Wikipedia, said China was under pressure to produce its own online platform in order to “guide and lead the public and society,” according to a report on a meeting of senior scientists on the website of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

“The Chinese Encyclopaedia is not a book, but a Great Wall of culture,” he said.

Bai Chongli, the deputy head, said the new website is the result of “important orders from President Xi Jinping” and “an important cultural decision of central government.”

Meanwhile, Professor Huang Annian, a US-based historian who was asked to contribute to the project, said it should be open to new, modern ideas.

Previous editions provided “a framework for political history instead of a framework of economic globalisation, international political democracy and ideological multiculuralism,” he said in an online blog.

The Chinese version of Wikipedia, which was first planned in 2011, will compete with popular encyclopedia’s set up by the country’s search engine services, such as Baidu.

China has more than 730 million internet users, according to official figures



According to Garrow, Obama met Yager in the mid-80s while doing community organizing in Chicago, and lived with her in his early 20s. In her interview with the Pulitzer prize-winning author, Jager says, “In the winter of ‘86, when we visited my parents, he asked me to marry him.” Jager’s parents would not allow them to get married, however– they feared their daughter was too young, only 23 at the time.

Despite Jager’s parents’ opposition to the marriage, the couple did not immediately split up. They continued dating until Obama’s attention shifted to a run for presidency. Jager tells Garrow, “He became. . . so very ambitious, very suddenly… I remember very clearly when this transformation happened, and I remember very specifically that by 1987, about a year into our relationship, he already had his sights on becoming president.”

When Obama was leaving for Harvard Law School, Jager says he proposed to her once again and asked her to come with him to Cambridge, but she chose to follow through with her planned research trip to Seoul. Jager tells Garrow she believes Obama made the proposal “out of a sense of desperation over our eventual parting and not in any real faith in our future.”

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World tennis great, Roger Federer was joined by Chief Executive Officer (CEO)of Microsoft, Bill Gates and two others in a charity game that raised funds for Africa.

The Swiss professional tennis player and Gates were joined by American tennis star, John Isner and guitarist Mike McCready to play at the Match for Africa 4 – the fundraiser led by the Roger Federer Foundation (RF Foundation) in Seattle.

At the end of the event, it was announced that an amount of $2 million had been raised for the foundation and its efforts in Africa.

The 16,000 crowd were treated to a doubles match that had Federer and Gates on one side of the court whiles Isner and McCready played on the other side.

The main event was between Federer and Isner. Their head-to-head record in competitions put the Swiss ahead by 5-2. The game was closely fought but in the end, 35-year-old Federer prevailed.

The Roger Federer Foundation’s Africa efforts

The RF Foundation is focused mainly on improving education on the continent. It is currently operational in six Southern African countries covering 277,000 children so far.

All activities of the foundation are realised and implemented by local non-governmental authorities in close collaboration with the local communities. Federer has made several trips to the continent as part of the operations of his foundation.

The countries it operates in and the respective number of beneficiaries are as follows:

  • South Africa – 75,000
  • Malawi – 62,000
  • Zambia – 53,000
  • Zimbabwe – 78,000
  • Namibia – 4,600
  • Botswana – 4,500

In his welcome message on the foundation’s website, Federer wrote: ‘‘I believe in the power of people. They might only need some initial empowerment.

‘‘We know that a good education empowers children by allowing them to take their future into their own hands and play an active part in shaping it. And we trust in the best will of parents that they want to ensure the best possible opportunities for their children.

‘‘For more than 12 years my Foundation has therefore been committed to enable parents and local communities in providing these children with the opportunity for a good education. We aim to reach a million children by 2018.’‘




An explosion rocked Toronto’s financial district on Monday afternoon, prompting the police to close off a section of the downtown area as heavy smoke billowed out of sewer grates.

Toronto’s fire chief told CBC’s French-language channel that the blast may have been caused by a power transformer explosion

Heavy smoke was pouring out of sewer grates at the corner of King and Bay Street, in the heart of the city’s financial core, according to a Reuters witness.

A Toronto police spokeswoman said there were no injuries reported and police and fire trucks were on the scene.

The blast occurred at evening rush hour and trains were bypassing King St. subway due to the investigation while streetcars were being diverted from the area.



An ex-leader of a militant group, Paul Eris, has established a rice farm at Peremabiri Community in Bayelsa to reduce hunger and curb crime.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Mr. Eris was formerly known as `Ogunboss’ in the creeks when he was a militant.

He told journalists during a tour of his farm on Thursday that the initiative was also to boost commercial rice production and create jobs for the youth.

He said that the farm began on February 6, 2017 in a 51.5-hectare swampy forest which had been cleared.

He hoped that the farm, known as Tanko Farms, would increase by 200 hectares in 2018.

The former militant said that the farm had received 300 bags of paddies from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.

According to him, the farm has acquired a rice milling machine which is serving rice farmers in the area.

Rowland Kiente, a rice farmer in Peremabiri, told journalists during the tour that the milling machines ensured production of stone-free rice.

Alagoa Morris of the Environmental Rights Action, David West of the Civil Liberties Organisation and Eberesikimo Gbassa, a rights activist, who also toured the farm, hailed the initiative.

They hoped that it would go a long way to boost food production and stimulate economic activities.

They called on the state government to support farmers and construct a road from Yenagoa to Peremabiri to encourage Tanko Farms.

Peremabiri Community is in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

It is located along the River Nun in the Bomo Clan of Southern Ijaw.

The community is accessible through water transportation from Yenagoa.

It hosts the abandoned Irrigated Rice Farm Project, established by the then Niger Delta Development Board in 1962.



As we cross the finish line of President Trump’s first 100 days, no leader in recent memory has benefited more from low expectations. A more typical president who tumbled from an approval rating in the high 60s to one in the low 40s would be in a political crisis. Trump’s current performance is only a slight dip from his divisive norm. A president with pretensions of rhetorical coherence would be embarrassed by gaffes and mediocre speeches. For Trump, gaffes and inarticulateness are part of the package. A president with high standards of integrity would be mortified by a brewing scandal that seems to involve smarmy aides and a foreign government. For Trump, well, what would you expect?

The president is particularly proud of the consequential elevation of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. But this action invites a comparison. Trump’s one unquestioned achievement consists of appointing another man who actually has thoughtful convictions.

Much of Trump’s 100-days defense could have been employed by the pharaoh who ruled after the one in the book of Exodus. The cattle haven’t all died. We’ve seen less fiery hail. And pestilence has been kept to an acceptable minimum.

There is, however, one area in which Trump dramatically raised national expectations. He might be unknowledgeable. He might be immature. But at least, in polling language, he is a “strong and decisive leader.” This is a conceit that becomes harder and harder to maintain.

Consider Trump’s interaction with China. On the campaign trail, the Chinese were currency manipulators who were too weak on North Korean nukes. In his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the American president got his first glimpse of the Chinese perspective and was transformed. On North Korea: “After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy.” On the currency issue: “They’re not currency manipulators.” It seems the case that one of America’s main strategic rivals was, quite literally, schooling the American president on economics and foreign policy.

A similar picture has emerged in Trump’s dealings with Congress. When the Freedom Caucus defied him on health care, the administration’s blustery threats against the dissenters came to nothing. House Republicans ignored his tantrum and continued their work. Now the president will likely be forced to endorse whatever they produce.

The same, no doubt, will be true of the construction of a physical barrier across the North American continent. Mexico has not been made to pay (and should not be). Trump has conceded that he will sign an omnibus spending bill that doesn’t include wall funding. In the long-term contest between Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the border wall, Schumer — armed with the Senate’s rules — is the safer bet. And the absence of that wall will be a lasting monument to Trump’s political impotence.

This is not a problem that can be solved by the big bang of the MOAB (nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs). In a number of cases, Trump has not been cunning but credulous; not an authoritarian but a pushover. During his campaign, Trump looked down on the weak; now, it turns out, he is weak.

Ultimately, Trump is failing because he has little knowledge of the world and no guiding star of moral principle. The best of our leaders — think Abraham Lincoln — have been sure about the truth and uncertain about themselves. Trump is the opposite. His mind is uncluttered by creeds. He knows what he wants at any given moment, but it can bear little relation to the moment following. Who really believes that he would be sleepless if the wall were not built or if NAFTA ultimately survived? Who believes he would not be sleepless because of a nasty joke at his expense during a dinner party?

Without deep and thoughtful beliefs, persuasion is impossible. It is public reasoning that allows others to follow a leader’s footsteps in the snow. What has Trump done to rationally and respectfully persuade his critics?

Without deep and thoughtful beliefs, the prevailing advice is often the latest advice. For a rootless leader, in Oscar Wilde’s phrase, “passions are quotations.”

Trump clearly wants to be judged by a frenetic level of activity. But the issue at hand is direction, not momentum. It is useful to undo some past liberal excesses, as Trump has done. But negation can’t be confused with inspiration. There can be no measure of political progress without a measuring stick of political conviction. Instead, we are treated to hysterical self-praise. Appalling — but, hey, what did we expect?



RICHARD and Connie Dabate seemed like the perfect couple.

Photographs show husband and wife with their arms wrapped around each other, smiling widely, their eyes bright with happiness.

In family portraits, their hands rest protectively on the shoulders of their two young sons, love and pride written all over their faces.

But appearances can be deceiving and police will allege Richard “Rick” Dabate was anything but a devoted husband; he wanted his wife dead.

In 2015, two days before Christmas, Connie was gunned down in the family’s Ellington, Connecticut home in an apparent burglary gone wrong.

Dabate told police that a masked man dressed in camouflage gear shot his wife and tied him to a chair. He claimed he narrowly escaped with his own life by burning his assailant with a blowtorch, causing the man to flee.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Dabate tied to a chair on the floor and his 39-year-old wife dead with gunshot wounds to the back of her head and her stomach.

Dabate told the officers that he’d been on his way to work after dropping the kids off at school when he received an alert on his mobile phone that the burglar alarm at home had been set off.

Knowing Connie would be in the middle of her spin class at the local YMCA, Dabate made his way back to the house. He claims that once inside, he was confronted by a masked intruder who threatened to harm his wife and children unless he handed over his wallet and bank account PIN numbers.

“Dabate stated he heard something upstairs and he went to check it out … he heard a noise in the master bedroom, which door was half closed,” police said in an arrest document obtained by the Hartford-Courant.

“Dabate stated he opened the bedroom door and saw the intruder in the closet looking through things. (He) stated the intruder was about 6’2”, larger than he was, and was wearing a dark green camouflaged suit and mask,” the statement said.

“The intruder then noticed he was in the room, and he (the intruder) pulled out a knife. Dabate said the intruder then said something like, ‘give me your money, your wallet and your PIN numbers, and if you don’t, I’m going to wait here for your wife and kids’.”

Dabate then reportedly revealed that the intruder had a “deep voice, like the actor Vin Diesel”.

“Dabate stated he was about four feet from them and running … the intruder then shot the gun, and he thought he saw a flash,” the police statement continued.

“He then closed his eyes and fell to the ground. Dabate stated his ears were ringing, and he thought he heard another shot.

“Dabate stated he then got up, and saw (his wife) on the ground. Debate stated the intruder came towards him and did some sort of ‘pressure point thing’ on his neck and wrist while walking him ‘like a dog’.”

After Connie’s death, Rick even posted a touching tribute to his wife on Facebook.

“As most of you know, Connie has been taken from us far too early, he wrote.

“The volume of loving friends, family and acquaintences we saw at services is a testament at how much she touched the lives of others.”

The shocking crime remained a mystery until last week, when police laid murder charges against Rick Dabate.

Police will allege the 40-year-old IT worker concocted a bizarre and elaborate story to cover up his plan to kill Connie so he could marry his pregnant mistress — a childhood sweetheart he he’d allegedly been having an affair with for seven years.

Both police and family members had been suspicious of Dabate’s version of events from the start. His story kept changing, seemingly becoming more detailed and outlandish with each retelling.

They knew Connie had been shot with a .357 Magnum — the same type of gun her husband had bought just two months earlier.

When detectives confronted Dabate about his pregnant girlfriend, he claimed she was acting as a surrogate for him and his wife, who had agreed to the arrangement after discovering she was unable to have another child.

Months of digging turned up more marital secrets and lies, including financial documents allegedly showing Dabate had taken out a credit card behind his wife’s back, using it to pay for flowers for his lover, secret trysts at a local Motel 6 and rack up $US1200 at a strip club.

According to police documents tendered to court, detectives learned that Dabate tried to cash in Connie’s $475,000 life insurance policy just five days after her murder but the insurance company denied his claim. Two years earlier, he had stopped making payments on his own policy. In January 2016, he withdrew more than $90,000 from an investment account that belonged to his wife.

The investigation would take many months and relied heavily on police reviewing a wide array of digital footprints from cellphones to laptops to security alarm records. Police also used Connie Dabate’s Fitbit — which she had worn to her spin class on the morning of her death — to retrace her last steps.

Those records showed her final movements inside the home were at 10:05am — nearly an hour after Richard Dabate told detectives she had been killed by the masked intruder.

“To say it is rare to use Fitbit records would be safe,” District Attorney Craig Stedman told the Hartford Courant.

In a previous case, Mr Stedman used Fitbit records to prove that a woman had fabricated a story about a stranger breaking into her home and sexually assaulting her.

“It is an electronic footprint that tracks your movements,” he said. “It is a great tool for investigators to use. We can also get the information much faster than some other types of evidence such as DNA tests.”

Dabate has been bailed ahead of his next scheduled court appearance on April 28.

He faces charges of murder, tampering with evidence and making a false statement.


High school students in Tanzania are learning to build robots with the help of a Korean organisation called E3-Empower Africa.

Gracious Ephraim, a student of Ilboru High School in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha has built a solar-powered robot that can walk, turn its head, speak and perform other functions triggered by a remote control.

Rwanda is also expecting its first set of smart classrooms by the end of this year to empower students with digital tools, practices, and technologies.


Emmanuel Macron the French presidential election  candidate with a high chance of defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in May’s showdown for the French presidency. In a case of him wining, France will have perhaps its most unexpected first lady ever.

Macron’s wife, Brigitte Trogneux, was his drama teacher in Macrons high school and is 25 years his senior. He’s 39, she’s 64.

The front-runner was just 16 when he vowed to marry Trogneux – a married mom-of-three at the time – and his parents even tried to put a stop to the schoolboy love affair, according to a new book.

The unusual love story has captivated French tabloids and magazines, and emerged as a major storyline during Macron’s rapid rise towards the Elysee Palace, with both husband and wife hitting back at critics.



The Cameroonian government announced the restoration of internet service to the country’s anglophone regions after over 3-months blackout.

Some activists as at Thursday evening confirmed that their internet services were back as promised by the government. Others, however, choose to wait till they can personally verify the ‘return.’

The government statement announcing the restoration of the internet was signed by Communication Minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, but there was a caveat that Yaounde reserved the right to put people offline if they misused it.

‘‘The government urges the populations of these regions to be vigilant (and) to continue to nip in the bud the activities of extremists, secessionists and enemies of the Republic,’‘ the statement said. Pro-internet activists who kept pushing for the restoration of the resource have been celebrating the development. Internet access was blocked in Cameroon’s two anglophone regions (Beau and Bamenda) following anti-government protests

The shutdown according to ‘The Internet Without Borders’ group cost businesses in the affected areas an estimated 44,000,000 CFA Francs, which translated to $723,000 or 675,000 euros. The group has been at the forefront of calls for the net ‘as a matter of urgency.’

The reason for the blackout was because of allegations on the part of the government that social media particularly was actively being used to spread false information. Protests were largely against discrimination by the country’s Francophone majority.

Over 100 people were arrested and one person killed in November last year in the north-western town of Bamenda, following days of violent protests over the alleged discrimination against minority English-speaking people.

French is spoken in eight of Cameroon’s 10 regions and English in the north-western and south-western regions. The anglophone regions are calling for authorities to stop imposing French on their educational and legal systems


Italian prosecutors have alleged that Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan and his oil minister received kickbacks as part of a $1.3bn deal involving oil giants ENI and Shell.

Court documents filed late last month in the city of Milan and seen by AFP outline a case against 11 people, including senior executives from the two oil majors and the companies themselves.

Jonathan, who left office in May 2015, and Diezani Alison-Madueke, his long-time petroleum minister who was also the first woman president of OPEC, do not feature on the list.

But they are alleged to have played a central role in the deal, which saw ENI and Shell make a $1.3 billion payment in 2011 for an offshore oil block in Nigeria.

No formal charges have been brought and the parties usually have 20 days to respond to the conclusion of the preliminary investigation report before any formal prosecution.

ENI chief executive Claudio Descalzi and his predecessor Paolo Scaroni met Jonathan “in person” to thrash out the deal, which also involved former British intelligence agents working as advisors for Shell, it was alleged.

Prosecutors allege ENI and Shell executives worked with Nigerian businessman Dan Etete, who was oil minister under the military ruler Sani Abacha from 1995 to 1998.

Etete’s company Malabu was the “fraudulent holder” of the OPL 245 block, according to the court documents.

After talks in Milan and Abuja, the block was bought illegally by the oil majors in contravention of domestic laws, “without competitive tendering” and with “full, unconditional exemption from all national taxes”, prosecutors said.

A total of $801.5 million was allegedly transferred to Etete’s Malabu accounts, of which $466 million was converted into cash in Nigeria and used for remunerating government officials, including Jonathan and Alison-Madueke, prosecutors said.

A further $54 million was withdrawn by Abubakar Aliyu, whom prosecutors describe as an “agent” of Jonathan.

The beneficiaries of the money went on a shopping spree buying “property, aeroplanes, armoured cars,” prosecutors added.

– ‘No basis’ for prosecution –

ENI and Royal Dutch Shell have both denied wrongdoing.

Shell said in an email: “We are aware of the investigation and we hope to show the prosecutor that there is no basis to prosecute Shell.

“Shell takes this matter seriously and is co-operating with the authorities.”

Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has also recently pressed charges in connection with the same oil block deal.

Charges were “filed towards the end of last year”, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren told AFP, without elaborating.

Anti-corruption campaigners view the case as a classic example of graft in Nigeria but also an indication of the difficulty in tackling the problem when it crosses international borders.

Alison-Madueke is facing a flurry of graft allegations in Nigeria and was arrested by Britain’s National Crime Agency on suspicion of bribery and money laundering in 2015.

She has denied the allegations.

Last week, the Federal High Court in Lagos ordered Alison-Madueke to temporary forfeit $153 million that was allegedly syphoned from state coffers.

For his part, Jonathan has denied that his government was corrupt and contested his successor Muhammadu Buhari’s claim that he inherited a “virtually empty” treasury.

Buhari secured a historic first win for an opposition leader in Nigeria’s history when he defeated Jonathan in presidential elections in March 2015.

He campaigned on a platform to target endemic corruption and has said “mind-boggling” sums of money have been stolen from the public purse.

His government has arrested a series of high-ranking officials from Jonathan’s administration on corruption charges but few have been convicted.


Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been called as a witness in a corruption trial that has long been plaguing his ruling Popular Party.

It follows a huge investigation into a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme in which party members and a network of businesses are implicated.

Rajoy has sought to distance himself from the scandals surrounding the PP.

His opponents argue that as he was the party’s general secretary when the main suspect in the case was its treasurer, he should have been aware of any illegal activity.

Luis Barcenas, a former treasurer of the PP, is accused of having overseen a party slush fund and of squirreling away millions of euros in tax havens.


On Thursday President Robert Mugabe, 93, said Zimbabweans should be happy that there haven’t been any power cuts for the last 15 months.

“We all should be pleased that since January 2016 the country achieved a 15-month period without load shedding,” said the long-time leader speaking at the 37th Independence Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium.

Load shedding was particularly severe at the height of Zimbabwe’s hyper-inflationary crisis around 2007 when the country experienced regular blackouts and electricity was at times supplied only for a few hours in the middle of the night.

Power cuts persisted during the years of the 2009-13 coalition government, annoying watchers of the FIFA World Cup in 2010.

But severe load shedding came to a halt at the beginning of last year in a development linked then to a reduced demand for electricity within major supplier South Africa, which freed up power for export to Zimbabwe.

Though interruptions in power supply still happen in Zimbabwe, they are often blamed on “faults”.

During his Independence Day speech, Mugabe praised what he said were improvements in the health and education sectors and said the authorities were trying to encourage industrial development.


North Korea launched a missile early on Sunday, but it reportedly “blew up almost immediately” on take-off, according to the US military.

The reported test launch came a day after North Korea held a massive military parade in its capital, Pyongyang, marking the birth anniversary of the state founder, where what appeared to be new ballistic missiles were displayed.

The attempted blast-off near Sinpo, on North Korea’s east coast, is believed to have failed shortly after launch, South Korean and US officials said.

“The North attempted to launch an unidentified missile from near the Sinpo region this morning but it is suspected to have failed,” the South’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

There were no further details, and the office said it was analysing the launch.

The US Pacific Command detected and tracked what it assessed to be a North Korean ballistic missile launch early on Sunday, said Navy Commander Dave Benham, a military spokesman.

“The missile blew up almost immediately,” Benham said. “The type of missile is still being assessed.”

Citing the military parade and the launch of the missile, South Korea’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the North’s combined show of force “threatened the whole world”.

There was no immediate response from Pyongyang.


Testimony released by the Brazilian Supreme Court alleges that builders and politicians illegally profited from the construction of stadiums used in the 2014 football World Cup.

The plea bargain testimony was given by executives working for Odebrecht – the continent’s biggest construction firm.

They claim there were irregularities in the bidding process for six stadiums including the Maracana in Rio.

The latest corruption probe apparently involved almost all political parties.

In the case of the Maracana, the cost of renovation was to have been 700 million reais ($225 million) but eventually went over one billion reais.

Inside the refurbished Maracana

Rio’s historic stadium

At least five executives out of the 77 who gave evidence confirmed that payments were made to secure what they described as “an unfair advantage associated with work on the Maracana”.

The Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo was going to be much smaller but the cost rose to four times what was planned when it was decided to hold the opening match there.

Irregularities were cited in the testimony at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, the National Stadium in Brasilia, the Pernambuco Arena in Recife, the Castelao Arena in Fortaleza and the Amazonia Arena in Manaus, along with the Maracana in Rio.

Stadium in Brasilia, the Pernambuco Arena in Recife, the Castelao Arena in Fortaleza and the Amazonia Arena in Manaus, along with the Maracana in Rio.

The Odebrecht executives gave their testimony as part of a settlement with US, Brazilian and Swiss authorities in a huge foreign bribery case across Latin America.

Countries across the continent have opened investigations into alleged bribery conducted by Odebrecht to win large infrastructure projects.

The company’s methods first came to light during investigations in Brazil into a giant corruption scandal centred on the country’s state oil company, Petrobras.

In July 2015 Marcelo Odebrecht, whose grandfather founded the company, was formally charged with corruption and money laundering, and accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes to senior officials at Petrobras.

Last year the company agreed to pay at least $3.5bn (£2.8bn) to the authorities in the US, Brazil and Switzerland after admitting to bribing officials to secure contracts.

Its executives signed a deal to co-operate with the investigation into Petrobras – known as Operation Car Wash by naming politicians involved in the kickback scheme.


French President Francois Hollande has given citizenship to 28 Africans who fought for France in World War Two and other conflicts.

Mr Hollande said France owed them “a debt of blood”.

The veterans – many from Senegal, and aged between 78 and 90 – received their new certificates of citizenship at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

Campaigners have long been calling for the rights of the veterans, long-term French residents, to be recognised.

“France is proud to welcome you, just as you were proud to carry its flag, the flag of freedom,” said President Hollande.

More naturalisation ceremonies are expected to follow for other veterans in France.

One of those granted citizenship on Saturday, Mohamed Toure, said the gesture will go some way towards healing old wounds.

“President Hollande did what none of his predecessors ever imagined. And that repairs a lot of things,” he said.

The granddaughter of a Senegalese soldier, Aissatou Seck, who is herself deputy mayor of a Parisian suburb, has been a lead campaigner for African veterans’ rights.

Last year, she started a petition that gained tens of thousands of signatures in less than a week.

The veterans have long been struggling for recognition and equality in France.

Until 2010, they received lower pensions than their French counterparts.

Their ambiguous status also meant they lacked access to other benefits and sometimes found it difficult to travel, said the BBC’s Africa editor, Mary Harper.

In 1944, dozens of West Africans were shot dead by French troops when they mutinied over unequal pay and pensions.

A few years ago, Mr Hollande acknowledged that French soldiers had gunned down their African counterparts.

But many war veterans are still demanding a full apology.


Cameroonian entrepreneur Pascaline Nenda produces locally-made commercial infant cereal, Blesolac a brand of baby food made from soya, wheat, fruits, milk and sugar.

It is made by boiling and roasting soya beans which are later ground into powder. Pascaline then mixes the soya powder with other cereals to make the baby meal.

She started her business five years ago to counter imported brands, which she says are generally expensive and contain preservatives.

“From six months, breast milk is not enough to feed a baby. So when I would travel to my village, my husband noticed that the women in the village would roast wheat and would feed it to the children to help them grow. So I had an idea to use the same wheat and make something else with it and after several trials, Blesolac was born,” Nenda said.
About 1.2 million of children in Cameroon have stunted growth and about 45 percent of child deaths are linked to under nutrition.

Pascaline works with various baby clinics in the city where she also introduces her products to mothers.
She sells about 150 kilogrammes of Blesolac a week, but says she would be able to process more if she had the right equipment and financing.

“The challenges are many because first of all there isn’t enough equipment for manufacturing. When I started selling, I was going from door to door trying to market what I was selling, which was not easy. I was packaging the product in transparent plastic bags,” she added.
Pokam Nadege’s seven-month-old baby recently started weaning and Blesolac is one of the foods in her diet.

“When I heard about Blesolac, I went and bought it and I tasted it and I also liked the smell. I gave it to the baby, and she liked it and she eats it with no problem,” said Nadege.

The product is packed in various sizes from 1 kilogram boxes to 200 grammes sachets. It has been certified by government authorities and is sold in stores across the country. A kilogram pack costs about 6 US dollars.


A country where humans see themselves as gods, demonstrating all kinds of madness just because they occupy certain positions. Work place violence and it’s totally dehumanizing. These are married women, mothers and wives who happily went to work to make some cash for their family only to ge abused by the so called commander. Hopefully human right lawyers take this case as far as possible, to serve as deterrence to other bullies

A woman who escapes child abuse from parents growing up, domestic violence from husband, graduated college/ University only to get bullied at work. This is work place violence and should be banned immediately.

A commander with zero respect women at work stand a 98% chance of domestically abusing wives and children.


Nigerian Bring Back Our Girls campaigners Saturday marked the 3rd anniversary of the abduction of Chibok girls by Boko Haram.

They planted trees and tied ribbons to commemorate the day .

“Today is a thousand and ninety days they have been taken away and they are not yet back. So as long as we see those red ribbons we remember our Chibok girls that are out there, and so whoever is walking by and seeing the red ribbons it’s just to remind them and say to them: look, 195 Chibok girls are waiting for your voices, come lend that voice and ensure that the government does the right thing and bring them back home,” Bring Back Our Girls leader Aisha Yesufu said.

276 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok in 2014.

About 20 were released last October and over 150 girls are still in captivity.


ISIS claimed responsibility for bombings that killed 36 at two Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday — brazen strikes against a vulnerable minority on one of the most important days on the Christian calendar.

The terror group’s Amaq media wing said “a security detachment” of the Islamic State carried out the attacks on churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria. The bombings also left scores wounded.
CNN could not independently confirm ISIS was behind the attacks — or had any prior knowledge in planning them. ISIS often uses Amaq news agency to claim attacks after they have happened.
The first blast was in the northern city of Tanta, when a powerful explosion ripped through a Palm Sunday service at St George’s Church, killing 25 people and wounding 60 others, state TV reported. The explosive device was planted under a seat in the main prayer hall, it said.
At least 11 people were killed and 35 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack outside Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, according to two state-news outlets. Egyptian state media also reports that the head of Egypt’s Coptic Church Pope Tawadros II was inside the Church when the blast happened. He was not injured.
The horrific attacks were the latest against Christians in the region, this time on Palm Sunday — the Sunday before Easter, and the day that marks the start of Holy Week for Christians.
Nile and Masriya TV, Egyptian state outlets, aired black banners in the upper left of its newscasts to signify mourning for the victims of both explosions.
In Tanta, news footage shows people gathered at the church, singing hymns. The video then quickly switches to bars as harrowing screams and cries echo in the background.
“Everything is destroyed inside the church” and blood can be seen on marble pillars, said Peter Kamel, who saw the aftermath of the carnage.
It appeared the explosive device was placed near the altar, he said. Priests and the church choir were among the casualties.
In Alexandria, the Interior Ministry said in a statement that police assigned to St. Mark’s stopped a terrorist with an explosive belt from breaking into the church. Along with civilians, a policeman, a policewoman and other police staff were killed.

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it uncovered yet another large sum of suspected laundered money to the tune of N448,850,000 (Four hundred and forty eight million, eight hundred and fifty thousand naira) in a shop at LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, according to the premium times report.

It further reports that the money, stashed in several Ghana-Must-Go bags were in N500 and N1000 denominations, hidden in a shop awaiting conversion into foreign currency, was recovered on Friday evening, according to a statement by the spokesperson for the commission, Wilson Uwujaren.

Traders interviewed at the premises, according to the EFCC, claimed they were not aware that such money was housed inside the shop, as the place hardly opens for business.

In February, the EFCC recovered $9.8 million and £74, 000, all in cash, from the residence of the former group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu. But the former NNPC boss claimed the money was given to him as a gift by unnamed persons and has gone to court to challenge its seizure by the commission


Demonstration across Johannesburg for immediate resignation of Jacob Zuma “South African President after Mr Zuma’s sack of a respected finance minister, which led to the country’s credit rating being cut to junk status.

The move added pressure to South Africa’s already embattled economy.But supporters of Mr Zuma also turned out to defend the president.

This week Mr Zuma survived calls by powerful groups allied to the governing ANC for him to go. He also got the backing of a major decision-making body within the party.

He is not due to leave office until 2019 when his second five-year term comes to an end.

One of the immediate sources of controversy was last week’s cabinet reshuffle which saw the removal of, among others, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

In Johannesburg, there was a heavy police presence as protesters planned to converge near the ANC headquarters.

Hundreds of veterans of the ANC’s armed anti-apartheid struggle and members of the ruling party’s youth wing also gathered outside its headquarters at Luthuli House to protect the building.

Supporters of Mr Zuma told the BBC’s Milton Nkosi that they came out to promote the president’s policies. They said that Mr Zuma was promising radical socio-economic change.

One supporter said that it would be wrong to force regime change in South Africa, adding that such a move would be “going back to the dark ages of apartheid”.



The Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) has condemned in the strongest terms the alleged rape of a 42-year-old woman, Korto Kollie, whose corpse was discovered by police in Monrovia on the morning of March 25, 2017.

The association, through its president, Atty. Vivian D. Neal, also condemned recent reports of the rape of two children in Kakata, Margibi County, and New Georgia Estate, Montserrado County, respectively. AFELL called upon the police to leave no stone unturned in apprehending the suspects and bringing them to justice.

Atty. Neal described the crimes as evil and diabolical.

The AFELL statement assured the government through the Ministry of Justice of the association’s willingness to collaborate with state prosecutors to speedily bring the perpetrators to justice.

Meanwhile, AFELL is reminding the public that rape under Chapter 14 of the Penal Law of 1976, as amended, is a felony of the first degree.

AFELL says its attention is also drawn to the deaths of a woman and her ward in Ganta, Nimba County.

It was reported that the lifeless bodies of two females, identified as Viola Thompson Richmond and her 13-year-old ward, were found in Ganta, Nimba County.

AFELL calls on the Liberian National Police to conduct a forensic investigation to ascertain the actual cause of the two deaths and warns the public against making any statement which has the propensity to undermine the investigation.


A House of Representatives member, representing Bosso, Paiko Federal Constituency in the Niger East senatorial zone of Niger State, Salihu Adamu, narrowly escaped death last Monday when aggrieved youths in his constituency beat him beyond recognition.

Our correspondent learnt from a very reliable source that he was first hospitalised  in the Tunga area of the state capital following the assault before being transferred to a medical centre in Kaduna.

According to  findings the vehicle in which the lawmaker was travelling was also damaged by the angry youths.

It took the intervention of men of the Niger State Police Command who were invited by some people at the scene of the incident for the lawmaker to be saved.

Trouble was said to have started when the lawmaker drove into one of the villages in his constituency to attend a political meeting.

The youths who were said to have haboured resentment  against the politician took exception to his attending the meeting because he had failed to visit them since he was elected almost two years ago.

It was learnt that immediately he arrived  the meeting the youths advised him to leave in his own interest but the lawmaker ignored the threat.

An eyewitness said, “One of the youths first slapped him and another hit him in the stomach making him to fall to the ground.

“It then became a free for all as every youth there tried to take their pound of flesh from the politician.”

When contacted the State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident.

“It was a politically motivated attack,” Elkana said, adding that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.

The police spokesman also confirmed that the legislator was admitted to a private hospital in Minna before being moved to Kaduna. -PUNCH


Hon. James Gbande, member representing Kwande East State Constituency, made to kneel down and apologize to Governor Samuel Ortom after he accused the governor of not doing enough to end the killings by Fulani herdsmen in his constituency.

Fulani gunmen yesterday invaded Ikyoawen in Moor District and Diiv as well as Alaba villages of Nzaav council wards all in Turan, Kwande local government council killing 15 persons and destroying houses.

This is what we call Political violence. Nigerian politicians have zero respect for individuals below their political ranks. Why should people lose their freedom of speech?


Domestic Violence goes both ways (Man beating woman or woman beating man) .The internet in jubilation with a trending video online that shows how a Nigerian woman fought a man in the streets of Italy over ‘unpaid sum of money’.

Clips from the trending footage, the lady was heard shouting at the man to remit her money or murder her as she struggles to rip off his clothes in public.

The man in the video was shouting to alert the public he didn’t rape her. He also said ” I’m not going to touch you no matter what you do.

The angry lady also attempted attacking the guy behind the camera for getting her recorded.  The clip didn’t indicate how he owed her the money however many  have concluded  it is a case of sex worker demanding her money after sleeping with her client in Italy.


A 7-year-old girl reportedly died yesterday after she was raped anally by the 21-year-old son of a Senator in Taraba State. It is alleged that her internal organs was destroyed as a result of the rape.

However, when the incident was reported to the boy’s dad, he got the father of the raped girl who is also his guard arrested, alleging that he (his guard) wants to ruin his political career. The girl, Talatu Musa Paul, died yesterday while she was being wheeled in for her
second surgery. It is also alleged that her dad who has been locked up for long, doesn’t even know his daughter is dead.


More than 3,000 South Sudanese fled into neighboring Uganda on Tuesday after government soldiers attacked the border town of Pajok, killing men, women and children indiscriminately, refugees said.

The attack by government SPLA forces is the latest to hit southern towns near the Ugandan border as a three-year civil war spreads across the world’s youngest nation.

South Sudan government officials were not immediately reachable for comment.

“If you ran, you got shot. If you got arrested you got slaughtered,” said 35-year-old Lokang Jacky, drawing his index finger across his throat for emphasis.

Refugees and Ugandan intelligence officials said fighting started at 8:00 a.m. on Monday with a three-pronged assault on the town, which is normally home to 50,000 people.

“The town is completely empty,” a pastor who gave his name as Mondaa said. “If they catch anybody, they will kill them.”

In late March, rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar said they freed prisoners from a jail in another border town of Kajo-Keji around 100 km (60 miles) south of the capital Juba.

But the government disputed this, saying the rebels had raided a prison, freed a number of people it described as prisoners-of-war, then left.


Amara Emeka on Sunday dumped her baby by the roadside after being told by a “Man of God” in Sapele, Delta State Nigeria to pay N52,000 to get her baby spiritually delivered.

According to Amara, “the pastor brought fear to my heart when he pronounced my baby a snake and would only be free if I pay N52,000 for spiritual cleansing from the spirit of snake. Because I couldn’t afford that sum of money, I dumped my baby”.

The baby after being dumped by the mother on the roadside was found by passerby crying, then took the child to the police station before the mother came to identified the child.


Timilehin Adesin, 18-years old purposefully dumped her four months baby under the Oshodi Bridge in Lagos State could not identify who the father of the child is and unable to take care of the child blames poverty.

According to punch report, Adesina has been sent out of the house by her mother because she could not tell who the father to her baby was. Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit arrested Adesina during operation for abandoning her 4 months old baby under the Oshodi bridge.

TF officials who were dislodging commercial buses causing high way traffic saw Adesina dump what seem suspicious in a bag and fled the scene. Upon close check, it was discovered Adesina had dumped a naked baby in a bag before fleeing. Although this happened at night, the street lights under the bridge helped expose her. Officers chased after her and arrested her.

“I dropped out from school due to poverty while in JSS 2. I was living with my mother at 26, Coker Street, Ejigbo, Lagos after my father died nine years ago.

My mother sent me out because I gave birth and could not identify the man who impregnated me as different men slept with me.”

Adesina explains her reason for dumping her baby under the bridge.


In the mist of certification saga, some Oshodi Reporters fan has reminded us of Dino’s case of domestic violence to his ex-wife that got every politician talking. dino who was a member of the Nigerian senate was alleged by ex-wife Tokunbo Melaya to be a domestically violent during her divorce fillings of 2013.

With the ongoing certification crisis, Oshodi Reporters is wondering why a top government official like Dino whom the masses look up to will carry out such act.

Tokunbo alleged that  Dino constantly beat her ever since they got married.

Dino, who bagged over 7 degrees from prestigious universities like Harvard, London School of Economics, Ahmadu Bello University, etc. to mention a few according to him was involved in domestic violence leading to his marriage break down.

If University  Bachelors, Masters, PHD’s etc.. degrees didn’t help Dino become a non violent man, what could be the solution to domestic violence in Africa?



Domestic violence as we know  occurs to both men and women and can lead to lasting emotional trauma, pains, physical injuries, and death in most cases. Oshodi Reporters has compiled a list of 5 major  factors causing domestic violence across Africa.

Thirst for Materialism

Some victims of domestic abuse is as a result of most women living above the means of their husband thus causing a strain on the husband’s ego. This women can be sophisticated at times for the men they chose to spend the rest of their life with. They sometimes confront their husband with this point. Some women go as far as making their husband feel worthless and publicly disrespect their husband. This attitude is annoying and easily frustrates one to the point of beating someone.

I Don’t Care Attitude

Some women who are victims of domestic violence in one way or the other see these signs in their partner during their courtship but decided to ignore these signs. Some of these women proceed on marrying these men, creating excuses for these behaviors under the assumption they’ll come to their senses and change after marriage. It’s important to know that love isn’t suppose to be painful, aggressive, and traumatizing.

Uncontrolled Utterances

The Bible made it clear that “life and Death lies in the power of the tongue”. Some women are super loud most times with many adding nagging personalities to every little chance they have. Women need hold back their thought  at times and only say it when it’s appropriate. While it is clear most African men need classes on “Anger Management”, women need to think what they say to avoid me going beyond their self control limit.

From the above statement, instead of most women bringing life to their husband through encouraging words, they rather use it to talk down on their husband and get them depressed. This  could make a man feel less capable of being a man and easily beat the woman if he is not self disciplined.

Failure to Recognize Abusive Marriage

Some women in marriages that are abusive stay in it for the sake of their children, embarrassment of going back to their fathers house after being handed out for marriage. Women please stop staying in abusive marriage. Your emotional sanity is very important for your personal growth.

Women, understand that your kids can only grow and  become good citizens and not domestic abusers.. . when they grow up in homes where their father isn’t violent.  Abuse starts with a man using demeaning words on you, and if nothing is done about it the men will become physically violent because you permitted it.


Cheating in marriage is another cause of domestic violence. Men cheat and when confronted can become abusive as they clearly want to prove to their wife that they love them. Women also cheat on men and if caught can be a major cause of men being violent.

Women, if you are tired of your marriage for whatever reason,  please quit and get yourself a new partner. Men if you’re tired of your marriage, quit and get yourself a new partner


A Nigerian man living in Malaysia named

Above is picture of Owoalfin Ijoba Buwale who was arrested by Malaysian police for allegedly beating and stabbing his wife, Aishat, mum to his twin babies. Buwale who publicly celebrated his wife’s birthday with pictures hovering the platform of instagram a week prior to this act of domestic violence

  Report reaching us claims Buwale had attacked his wife with a bottle after he ordered her to cook some beans for him but the wife refused because she was taking care of the babies. Buwale who felt insulted and underappreciated got furious, served the wife some beating and stabbed her with a bottle.

From the two pictures above, it appeared Buwale loved his wife though his action got people wondering if he’s real or not. Please young men married and unmarried, get a class on anger management. Beating your spouse is not  sexy.


People are curious to know if Nigerian president  Mohammadu Buhari, is secretly practicing domestic violence following his speech about his wife, Nigerian First Lady “Aisha Buhari’s” political party “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to but she belongs to my kitchen, and my living room,and the other room” during a speech in Germany.

Please watch for yourself…..


Sayo Akomolafe, wife of Segun Akomolafe took to a customary court  in Ekiti State requesting for their marriage to be annulled upon receiving frequent beating from her husband for not bearing  a male child. She’s  said her husband completely neglect her existence but gives a lot of beating. Sayo who already had 5 girls and pregnant for the sixth time with a girl. Sayo claimed to have been transformed to a punching bag.

Segun Akomolafe (husband) has denied this allegation but we all know a picture worth more than a thousand word. Segun have added two new women to his wife collection and Sayo is the one not seen as a wife.

There is a panel of three looking after the case. Yemisi Ojo the head of the panel of three has advised Mr. Segun to do chromosome studies.



A Nigerian Air Force personnel has reportedly been shot dead by a jealous colleague.

Details are still sketchy, but according to Punch, the deceased, better known to her friends as Shomzy Shomzy, was killed by her aggrieved lover.

The lover boy also killed her purported boyfriend, who was also an officer, the report said.

The incident was said to have occurred at the Air Force Base in Makurdi, Benue State.

The killer has reportedly been arrested and in custody of the Air Police in Makurdi.

Friends of the female officer, have taken to social media to mourn her.



Nigerian celebrities are becoming smarter  when it comes to standing against domestic violence in marriage. while some Nigerians have cheered them up for their braveness, others are having issues with these celebrities not sticking to their marriage.

The big question some intelligent Africans are asking is why are these women taking forever to report this issue.





Domestic violence has been a mega problem facing African marriages both in Africa and in diaspora.  Africa being a continent with over half of it’s population subscribing to the concept of “women are inferior to men” have witnessed and is still witnessing domestic violence from both men and women on a daily basis be it with couples of higher economic Echelon or lower economic Echelon.

While people quickly equate causes of domestic violence with poverty, it is now clear that in Africa the issue of domestic violence goes beyond poverty as more African celebrities are becoming more vocal about their personal stories of domestic violence.

Watch this piece from Oyemykke  about domestic violence


President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari is spending between one and four hours a day in his office due to his current health situation.

Diplomatic and government sources said that Buhari’s conditions is likely to slow down the pace of economic reforms advanced in his absence, further deepening concerns that he is too unwell to orchestrate reforms to the recession-hit OPEC economy.

The nature of his illness has not been revealed, and reports indicate that he was due to return to Britain for further treatment in April.

Buhari’s health will be in focus this week, when the International Monetary Fund is due to urge swift reforms — a verdict that risks derailing Abuja’s hopes of securing $1.4 billion in international loans.

However, even some government insiders appear to be in the dark over the president’s health and his reform plans.

“Everyone is trying to read Buhari’s body language now he is back,” said an adviser to the government, who did not want to be named.

Buhari was in London between late January and early March for treatment.

Business leaders and diplomats have said that during his absence, the presidency acted with an energy rarely seen in the two years since his election. Civil servants said they were working longer hours and handling heftier workloads.

The central bank devalued the naira for retail customers, a move seen as testing the waters for a wider devaluation that Buhari has so far resisted.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also oversaw the release of an economic reform plan required for a World Bank loan to help plug a forecast record deficit this year and finance infrastructure projects.

Even so, political observers and economists at the time questioned whether he was acting with Buhari’s consent and had the authority to enact long-term reforms.

John Ashbourne, Africa economist at Capital Economics in London, said Buhari’s return had opened up “the possibility for important decisions to be made.”

“It was never likely that Osinbajo was going to really change directions during his time at the helm,” said Ashbourne.

Two diplomats said, however, that Osinbajo has now been authorized by Buhari to hold talks with leaders in the restive Niger Delta region to quell unrest that has choked crude production, in a sign some newfound momentum may be retained.

The coming weeks may help signal how confident creditors are that Nigeria can haul its economy out of recession. Finance ministry officials are preparing for further talks with the World Bank over a loan of at least $1 billion, and with the African Development Bank (AfDB) for a $400 million package.



An Egyptian court decided earlier this month to release Mubarak, 88, after his acquittal by the Court of Cassation for the death of protestors in 2011 during the revolt that caused his fall.

He was originally sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for conspiring to murder demonstrators, sowing chaos and creating a security vacuum during an 18-day revolt which began in January 2011, but an appeals court ordered a retrial.

The former long time Egyptian ruler has long maintained his innocence in the case and has said history would judge him a patriot who served his country selflessly.

An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the reopening of corruption investigation against Mubarak but maintained that the decision will not affect the decision of the public prosecutor’s office to release Mubarak.

The new investigation concerns allegations that he, his wife, two sons and daughters-in-law received gifts from the government daily Al-Ahram worth about $ 1 million.

In 2013, an judge agreed to abandon the investigation after the money was returned by the parties concerned, but the prosecution appealed.

Mubarak is also the subject of another investigation for unlawful gain, but has not been brought before the courts for that case.


Yahya Jammeh, caught in his usual all-white clothes, standing with a man believed to be Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo as they look at the farm land.

A sweating Jammeh is also seen walking, observing, weeding and relaxing in the thick bushes while being captured by cameras.

Yahya Jammeh has been actively involved in agriculture besides politics while he was president.

New Gambian President Adama Barrow has accused Jammeh of embezzling an estimated 85 million Euros during his 22-year rule which ended dramatically after his refusal to accept election results after he was beaten at the December 1 polls.

According to local media, the Gambian government will embark on a nationwide audit of the civil service and security forces to rid the country of corruption.


The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday sentenced former Congolese vice president and warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba to one year in prison and 300,000 euros in fines for witness tampering in his war crimes and crimes against humanity trial.

“The chamber imposes on you, Mr. Bemba, an additional sentence of a year in prison in addition to your current sentence,” Judge Bertram Schmitt said.

The 54-year-old former businessman was convicted in June 2016 for the wave of murders and rape committed by his militia, the MLC, in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003.

Bemba was again convicted in October for corrupting 14 witnesses, presenting false evidence and false testimony.

The prosecutor had requested eight more years of jail term.

Jean-Pierre Bemba was also sentenced to pay a fine of 300,000 euros within three months which will then be transferred to the Victims Fund, the ICC said.

“It is necessary to discourage such behavior,” added Mr. Schmitt.
Bemba and four others were charged with attempting to interfere with witnesses during his trial last year that saw him jailed for 18 years after the court found him guilty of war crimes.

The four include his legal counsel Aime Kilolo and a member of his defense team, Jean Jacques Mangeda, as well as a Congolese member of parliament, Fidele Babala and Narcisse Arido who served as an expert defense witness in the main trial.

They face up to five years in prison, a fine, or both.


As many as 44 people are feared dead after a plane crash landed and split into pieces at an airport in South Sudan.

Passengers were pulled from the burning wreckage after the plane belonging to South Supreme Airlines crashed at the north-eastern town of Wau on Monday.

Photos showed the scorched pieces of the plane as the crash site was surrounded by emergency services, airport personnel and UN peacekeepers.

Smoke filled the air as firefighters arrived at the scene of the air disaster and poured water on the smouldering remains.

Everyone on board was feared dead, local media reported.


Marking the start of annual tobacco auctions in Harare, Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board spokesman Isheunesu Moyo said output would climb from 202 million kgs in 2016 after more farmers grew the crop.

“This season we have mobilised 700 million to buy tobacco from the farmers. Last season farmers benefited from about 585 to 600 million from the sale of tobacco. We expect it to be a better year in terms of output, last season we sold about 202.2 million Kgs and this season we expect more because we have better quality this year and when you have better quality the likelihood is that you are also going to have more in terms of output,” said Moyo.

Tobacco is Zimbabwe’s biggest export earner, bringing in more revenue than gold and platinum.

Zimbabwe exports the bulk of its tobacco to China, which has become the largest investor in the Southern African country.

Zimbabwe is desperately short of dollars due to its moribund economy, although traditionally liquidity improves during the tobacco-selling season as cash is brought into the country.

Moyo said tobacco buyers had borrowed $700 moffshore to purchase the crop from farmers.

Billion dollar market

The merchants process the leaf before exporting it.

Tobacco farmers will be allowed to withdraw $1,000 from banks per day to allow them purchase farming inputs for next season.

Cash shortages in the last 12 months have forced banks to impose daily maximum withdrawal for most Zimbabweans of sometimes as little as $50 per day.

“As indigenous buyers we are looking forward to capacitating the market, it’s a huge market its a billion dollar market and we need to have a share of that. We are going to work with other big players so that as locals we benefit, international buyers they benefit, our farmers they benefit from competitive prices,” said Bright Matonga, a buyer.

“Today I brought in 2,500kgs I’m expecting an average price of US $3.50 with the highest price being maybe US$4.99 I am expecting quick processing of our sales sheets so that we can access our cash easily from the banks,” said Constantine Garikai, a farmer.

President Robert Mugabe’s government blames the shortages on the illegal export of U.S. dollars, weak commodity prices and falling remittances from Zimbabweans in the diaspora.


The Vatican has confirmed Pope Francis to visit Egypt April 28th and 29th to help solidify the relationship between Muslim and Catholics. Egyptian president said over the press that “Egypt welcomes Pope Francis and looks forward to this significant visit to strengthen peace, tolerance, ans inter-faith dialogue as well as as well as to reject the abhorrent acts of terrorism and extremism, said Sisi.

In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo,.

Christians, mostly Orthodox Copts, account for about 10 percent of Egypt’s population, which is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim. Sectarian violence sometimes erupts over disputes on issues related to church building, religious conversions and interfaith relationships.

Francis has put great emphasis on improving inter-faith relations since his election in 2013, and a year ago he met the grand imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb in the Vatican.

That meeting unfroze relations after Al-Azhar, a 1,000-year-old mosque and university center, cut contacts with the Vatican in 2011 over what it said were repeated insults towards Islam from Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict.

Benedict had denounced what he called “a strategy of violence that has Christians as a target” following a bomb attack outside a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria that killed 23 people.

A bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49 in December.

Pope Francis has urged an end to what he called a “genocide” against Christians in the Middle East, but he has also said it is wrong to equate Islam with violence.


A Mozambique football club  by name “Atletico Mineiro de Tete” is currently morning the death of their “central defender” who tragically lost his life to crocodile attack during a run session along the bank of Zambize River in Africa.

Estevao Alberto Gino, 19 was a promising soccer player with bright future. His coach Edy Carvalho confirmed the crocodile jumped off the water and took Gino by his waist. Two of Gino’s friend present at the scene of the incident were of little help as they were 5 meters away and it all happened swiftly.

His Club “Atletico Mineiro de Tete” took tribute to Facebook  “We are mourning our player, our brother, our friend, our son and eternal central defender Estevao Alberto Gino, only 19 years of age with a promising future, who was the victim of a crocodile on the banks of the Zambezi River.” said the tribute.and also sent their condolence to Gino’s family.


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Refugees from Somali aboard on the Red Sea have been confirmed dead including women and kids following a helicopter attack. 35 others were said to be wounded in the process and have been sent to the hospital for treatment.

The 33 plus dead people were also taken to a hospital in the western port city. The killing was confirmed by the officials securing the Yemen’s rebel held Hodeida on Friday March 17th.


Malian sports minister Housseini Amion Guindo has dissolved the country’s sports executive committee called FEMAFOOT. due to performance of the Malian National Football Team in the world soccer games and also some ongoing crisis in the country’s football sphere.

This interference by Malian government made FIFA suspend the Mali football federation. This means none of Mali’s soccer federation member will benefit from any of FIFA’s development program or CAF.

The only conditions for which Malian football federation will get out of the suspension is to get the ministerial decision reversed.


An African church minister who supplements his meagre stipend by scrabbling for minerals in the artisanal mines of eastern sierra leone  has discovered one of the largest diamonds ever found.

The 709-carat stone was extracted this week by Emmanuel Momoh, a pastor in one of the myriad churches that ministers to the mining communities of Kono district, the diamond centre that became the crucible of Sierra Leone’s blood-soaked civil war.

It is believed to be the 13th largest uncut diamond ever to be pulled from the ground, industry analysts said.


Nigerian cement production giant, the “Dangote Cement” has been offered  a 10-square-kilometer plot of land in the town of Mtwara, Tanzania by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals to mine coal for it’s cement production operations.

The decision was approved by Tanzanian president John Magufuli following a ban in coal importation to Tanzania from South Africa company since the coal supply company was unable to meet the entire market demand making Dangote Group a monopoly in the market.

Dangote has demanded the Tanzanian government subsidize it’s natural gas price as the depend heavily on diesel. President John, upon meeting with the company CEO Aliko Dangote apologized for the delay in supply plans caused by middlemen and gave the company access to purchase directly from state run Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation.

Dangote Group plan to build cement plant across Africa within the next couple years. The company hope  to increase Tanzania annual cement output to 6 million tonnes.



The National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday released a report of fall in Nigeria’s inflation rate for its first time in 15 months. The Nigerian citizens are yet to see the effect of the drop in inflation rate as housing, electricity, hydro, fuel, food, education, etc. price are still on the rise. As of February 2017, food price index went from a 17.82 percent to 18.53 percent increase.

There is a transformation going on with the insurance and banking sector with the help of the central bank. The Central Bank of Nigeria recently came up with a mega plan to position the Nigerian insurance industry among the top 15 world wide come year 2020.


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The death of two suspected suicide bomber girls on Saturday by Maiduguri security personnel after they spotted the girls wearing explosive vests under their clothes has prompted a new attack on March 15th by four Boko Haram female suicide bombers and two other men who went on to carry on suicide explosion at the Usmanti area along Muna Garage in Maiduguri, Nigeria.

Rescue and health workers on scene after being alerted of the attack helped rescue wounded victims by transporting them to the University of Maiduguri Teaching hospital and state specialist hospitals for treatment.

Rescue workers pronounced six people dead and sixteen injured from the suicide bombing attack. Boko Haram is believed to be responsible for the attack.


The Egyptian Ministry of Education have proposed  to allow “only military”  to print National High School Examination following a huge leakage in 2016 examination that resulted in exam malpractice across the country.

The High School National Exam written by over 500,000 Egyptian students is used to determine their eligibility for University across Egypt. Scheduled for June 4th, “Thanaweya Amma” as it is called in Egypt took a new direction as students used their phone to distribute their exam questions and answers on Facebook.

Abdel-Fattah El-sisi, the Egyptian president in a statement promised the error will not be repeated twice. Prior to the 2016 exam leak, the Egyptian law makers passed a law to punish offenders by pay a fine of 50,000 Egyptian pounds and also face a year prison term.


The Somalian government and the United nations World Food Programme call for humanitarian assistance as millions of Somalians face possible famine following lasting drought. Over 95 people are reported dead in March from drought related sickness.

Boris Johnson, the British Foreign Secretary on Wednesday met with the Somalian president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaago to address the drought crisis facing Somalia. The government of the United Kingdom recently pledged a sum of “110 million pounds” to help vulnerable Somalians.

The United Nations Food Programme is using a digital loaded card to help vulnerable Somalian families access shops across the country. The 2011 Somalian famine took the life of over 200,000 Somalian citizens.

The photo was taken on Thursday, March 9, 2017 shows Fatima Ali and her children, who fled the drought, sit by their makeshift hut in a camp for the displaced


Democratic Republic of Congo in chaos as offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission and other administrative offices in the Kasai-Central’s Kazumba district got vandalized. Suspects were said to have burned official documents. The Militiamen of behind this is believed to have hailed from the Kamuina Nsapu Sect.

There was a huge looting and nationalization along the Kazumba district. The CENI, the residence of the administrator of the territory,and territorial offices got their documents burnt in the process. The people of Congo are calling on the government to act immediately as this movement is widespread across the province.

The Kumuina Nsapu militiamen from the Kasai-central took the name of a prominent traditional leader who died last year after his house was attacked. The leader who was very vocal against the authorities, and the militiamen who claim alignment with the traditional chief went extreme with their insurgence in the Kasai region by attacking police officials and state properties leading to death of many and some injured.

Omer Tshibala, the interim executive secretary confirmed that the militiamen were responsible for the attack on offices and properties.


Doctors in Kenya came to an agreement with the government on Tuesday over a strike that lasted 3 months, and 10 days following the death of dozens who couldn’t afford private health care. Over 5,000 Kenyan doctors seized operations in government hospital in December 2016 requesting a 300 percent increase in pay.

The secretary general of Kenyan Dr. Oruma Oluga said the government union officials have signed a deal to address the payment and working conditions they are subjected to. According to Dr. Oluga, the most exciting part of the achievement with the new deal is the doctors will now have a 40 hour work week and would be paid separately for any extra hour spent working beyond this time. Prior to this agreement, government doctors were constantly on call shifts.

On average, Kenyan doctors earn between $400 to 850 a month after spending a minimum of 6 years at the University. Dozens were recorded dead within the period of this strike because of high cost of private clinics and hospitals in Kenya.

The Kenyan people in jubilation as doctors put an end to the strike today.


Landslide at a 5 decade rubbish dump in the outskirt of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia  has killed over 70 people  with many feared the number might increase as more bodies are discovered. The Ethiopian government have been held responsible for this disaster  by Amnesty International.

Despite being aware of the dangers posed by the landslide after it filled beyond it’s capacity and 100’s of residents living in close proximity, the Ethiopian government ignored the signs and continued using the dump stand until the landslide that killed over 60 citizens.

Many survivors are left homeless after the incident in Ethiopia. The people of Ethiopia are calling on the government to accept responsibility for those killed by this tragic incident and also those who are left without a place to call home.

The parliament has declared a three days of national mourning for the victims starting Wednesday. Funeral arrangement has been organized for some of the affected victims on Monday and Tuesday.

The African Union headquartered in Addis Abba has requested the resident remain still as they retrieve more bodies from the waste dump. The government have announced it’s plan to rehabilitate the affected families.


A Sri Lankan -flagged fuel freighter has been hijacked following a distress call from the ship, with tracking system turned off and changed course for the coast of Somali. Piracy experts are suspecting the Somali Pirates in this attack.

The incidence will be the first hijack of commercial ship by the Somali pirates since the year 2012 an expert said. The freight (Aris 13) which is owned by Dubai is said to have carried  a crew member of 8 according to the Aid Group Oceans Beyond Piracy John Steed who happen to be a formal British Colonel.  He is working closely with some naval forces tracking the ship.


Meet Africa’s richest woman; 43 year old Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angolan president Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. She’s worth a whooping sum of $3.7 billion. Isabel stared her business career at a young age of 24 after attending Kings college in London where she studied Engineering.

Isabel currently is member of the boards of directors in several Angolan and Portugal companies. Her business interest ranges from Diamond, Oil, Media, Cements and Banks. Isabel is the first African woman to become a billionaire.

63 year old African Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey is a media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist is the second richest black woman on Forbes list of billionaires with a net worth of $2.9 billion. Oprah went to Tennessee State University after winning a Oratory contest which secured her a full scholarship to the University. she graduated with a degree in communications and performing Arts.

Nigerian born Folorunso Alakija (65 Years old) is Africa’s third richest woman with a total net worth of $1.62 billion. Folorunso who is a fashion designer and executive director of FAMFA oil “Oil and gas exploration company”.  She started her career working with Defunct International Merchant Bank in the 70’s  before travelling to the United Kingdom to study fashion design. Upon completion, Folorunso returned to Nigeria in 1985 and launched her fashion brand “Supreme Stitches” which expanded to become Nigeria’s largest fashion designers.

She owns 60% stake in FAMFA Oil which gained license in 1993 from Nigerian president Ibrahim Babangida. Following the huge cash turnout from FAMFA Oil, Nigerian president  Olusegun Obasanjo illegally acquired a 50% stake in the oil block without any compensation to the company of Folorunso but later revoked by the supreme court


African soccer fans went bizarre following Zambia’s victory over Senegal in the under 20  African cup of Nations final. Fans flooded the streets dancing to the victory. Also around Lusaka and Kasangula fans were chanting as a way of expressing their joy over the historic win of the AFCON title.

Beston Chambeshi the coach the carried the U-20 team to the final game says he is proud to have won the continental trophy for the first time.

Chambeshi has also paid tribute to President Edgar Lungu, FAZ, his technical bench, players and football fans for delivering for Zambia.

And Senegal under 20 Coach Joseph Koto says his team put in their best but Zambia was too good.

Meanwhile, when asked for a comment on his players allegedly use of suspected juju, Koto said he is not aware of any use of such by his players.

Senegalese players on more than two occasion been qought using suspected juju in the under 20 Africa cup of nations tournament which Zambia hosted.

In a semi-finals game against Guinea, one of Senegalese players was spoted giving his colleague suspected juju as he was being substuted while in the final against Zambia, substitute Ibrahima Ndiaye was spotted throwing an object in Zambia’s goal resulting in confusion and later a yellow card.

Zambia beat Senegal 2-nil to win the maiden Africa cup of nations under 20 tournament.

The junior Chipolopolo boys scored through Patson Daka in the 16th minute and Edward Chilufya in the 35th minute.

Zambia’s goal minder Mangani Banda was voted man of the tournament while Patson Daka won the man of the tournament award.

Zambia has bagged 250, 000 U.S dollars for winning the tournament.

In the third place play-off played earlier at the same venue Guinea defeated South Africa 2-1 to finish as Bronze medalists.

All four semi-finalists have automatically qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup to be hosted in Korea Republic from 20 May to 11 June.

The draw for the Fifa U-20 World Cup will be conducted on Wednesday, March 15.


“Could it be a case of copy and paste ?” asked African leaders as South African president Jacob Zuma announced an immediate ban on citizens of Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Angola, and Malawi from temporarily entering South Africa.

This decision is as a result of South African citizens finding it challenging competing with diplomats from other African countries in the job market. “Why should my child suffer while my neighbors child eats in my field?” said Zuma.  He also blamed Africans from the southern region of the continent for the increase in South African crime rate as it’s easier for them to escape the country compared to citizens.

The issue of South African citizens not finding it easy gaining employment has been a major concern to the government and citizens as they’ve launched Xenophobic attack on citizens of West  African countries the last few years especially Nigerians  who come to the country and build flourishing businesses or gain employment in high paying jobs.

The issue of “My country first” was started by United States president Donald Trump following his deportation of immigrants from the United states and the ban on Muslims coming into the United states. Today President of South Africa Jacob Zuma has followed suit and has requested immediate deportation of the citizens of the affected countries from S A.

African leaders currently meeting to discuss the situation.


Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari who left Nigeria on the 19th of January 2017 for a 10 days vacation in the United Kingdom has arrived Nigeria today Friday March 10th after 49 days.

President Buhari who was expected to back in Nigeria on the 29th of January and resume his official duty on February 6th wrote to the national assembly before leaving Nigeria and temporarily transmitted power to the vice president professor Yemi Osinbanjo.

The president on February the 5th wrote to the national assembly requesting to extend his stay in the United Kingdom based on advice from his doctor requiring him to run some series of test before returning to Nigeria.

While away, Nigerians have raised alarms wanting the president to speak via Facebook live video to prove his alive and not dead thereby repeating the saga caused by the death of the former late president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

The president remained in contact with some of the countries elite like the former military head of state turn civilian president Olusegun Obasanjo, former head of state Yakubu Gowon, and the governor of Niger and Kano state.

When addressing Nigerians, Buhari praised technology and urged the Nigerian citizens to embrace the power of technology.

President Buhari arrived Nigeria on Friday, March 10th and has received Archbishop of Canterbury in his Abuja house. President Buhari thanked Christian and Muslim Nigerians living in Nigeria or abroad for their support and prayers while he was away for medical treatment. He plan on resuming duty as president of Nigeria in the next one or two weeks.


Etisalat, Nigerian affiliate of Abu Dhabi telecom company (Emirates Telecommunications Group) is currently pleading with local banks to reconsider the terms and conditions covering a $1.2 billion loan it took four years after defaulting a payment.

The missed payment of the syndicate loan taken in 2013  from 13 local banks has been accredited to the economic downturn the Nigerian economy experienced that lead to the drastic devaluation of the Naira and the shortages in the interbank market said the Nigerian Regulatory Affairs Vice President “Ibrahim Dikko”.  Etisalat has promised it’s users that there’s active effort to renegotiate the loan terms and the banks will not be taking over the ownership of their business;  “we as the management body is committed to keeping the business running and service the customers” said Dikko.

He later told one of our correspondents, “We are negotiating our loan. It has been ongoing for quite a while now. But I as speak to you, no person has taken over Etisalat’s operations. As a management, we are just committed at keeping the business running and servicing our customers. We hope to conclude the discussions with the banks.

Etisalat has said they have been repaying the loan the best way they can and the current outstanding balance on the loan is $500 million.

A banking insider with  great knowledge of the Etisalat Nigeria loan saga said the company might be missing a payment scheduled for March as it did in February.





If you haven’t had the opportunity of watching Nelson Mandela’s long walk to freedom movie; spend some minutes to watch the trailer

Here are some of Nelson Mandela’s favorite quotes

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.


 The Egyptian economy is currently undergoing a downturn in business turnover for the last 17th months as observed from a recent survey. This has lead to a fall in Egyptian labour cost and increased input cost making the exchange ratio of the Egyptian pounds to the United states dollar decrease.

The Emirates NBD Egypt Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the non-oil private sector showed that the Egyptian economy had retreated but at a slower rate than the previous month

Although the PMI data still indicated a contraction in Egypt’s private sector in February, the headline index rose to its highest level in six months, said the head of research and Chief Economist at Emirates NBD, Tim Fox..

Recent export orders were only marginally lower than in January, signalling improving external demand, and the rate of decline in output was slower than last month.

The PMI showed employment had been on the decline for the 21st consecutive month.  The non-oil private sector is showing some signs of stability.which is a good thing for the nation of Egypt.


The former and exiled Gambia president  “Jammeh Yahya” can be seen wearing white African traditional robe through out his reign as the Gambian President before being defeated by now President Adama Barrow who took the oat of office in Senegal due to Jammeh’s unwillingness to accept defeat of the just concluded 2016 Gambian presidential election.

The Gambian police are currently examining the bank account of exiled Jammeh and his family following accusations made by the current president Adama Barrow and his cabinet members alleging Jammeh to have looted extensively from the state treasure chest; leaving the Gambian economy bankrupt..

Jammeh who has enjoyed the status of Gambian president for 22 years is also the richest Gambian alive. Figures have it that Jammeh has more money than the nation of Gambia.

The police are now collecting key data relating to Jammeh’s personal and family bank accounts as requested by the Gambian government. The Gambian police are working along side the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Gambian Central Bank to access the various accounts belonging to Jammeh which he used to  accumulate all the money he stole from the countrys coffer totally over $50 million United states dollars.

Jammeh Pictured With Former United States President Barack Obama and Former first lady Michelle Obama


Nigerian music star (Charly Boy) has used his music platform to speak against the current state of Nigeria. From his music titled “Our Mumu Don Do“, Charly Boy highlighted the problem facing Nigeria from the President to the man on the street.

He spoke about the politicians only caring for themselves, the pastors using their church platform to extort money from his members, and also dehumanize some of their congregations by asking them to eat grasses meant for goats all in the name of miracle.

In year 2004, music star and rapper Eedris Abdulkareem once used his music platform to criticize the state of Nigeria during the Olusegun Obasanjo regime.

Early 2017, the Nigerian citizens were excited as music legend “Innocent Idibia” popularly known by his stage name as 2Face Idibia or 2Baba mapped out a massive protest against the Nigerian government but optioned out at the very last minute. We urge every Nigerian/ African to keep using their platform to speak out against evil, corruption, bribery, etc..

Please watch and see for your self.


Aliko Dangote, Africa/ richest black man alive have shown interest in purchasing Arsenal Football Club the last few years. Among other outstanding Barclays Premier League clubs Arsenal seem to have been the only club that caught Dangote’s attention. Report from an insider discloses his recent talk with the management team of Arsenal FC. Could this mean Aliko Dangote bought the club already?

Billionaire Aliko Dangote pictured shopping with comedian basket-mouth..

Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote discussing philanthropy. Givers never lack is an old adage but it could be the reason why Bill Gates remain the world richest dude and Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man.


This young South African Millionaire trader is speaking out knowledge. We need more young thinkers today in Africa than never before. The acceptance of technology in the African continent has made starting a business less expensive, stressful, and place no cap on how much up-front capital one must have prior to starting a company.

There is no better time to be a young, vibrant, and hungry for growth African than today.  To be among the next set of African young billionaires, we encourage this interested in amassing fortune for themself to take the leap of faith and create a service that will be used both in Africa and beyond.

Below is a video of 23 year old Sandile Shez who went from selling muffins to becoming South African youngest millionaire through stock trading.


West African delicious food is incomparable with any other cultural groups. West African delicious food is incomparable with any other cultural groups.

West African delicious food is incomparable with any other cultural groups. West African delicious food is incomparable with any other cultural groups.

West African delicious food is incomparable with any other cultural groups.  West African delicious food is incomparable with any other cultural groups.