Tagged: Africa

UPDATE: Senegal troops move in on Gambia

Senegalese troops have been seen moving towards the Gambian border in a show of force to pressure President Yahya Jammeh to stand down, according to BBC. Senegal gave Jammeh a midnight GMT deadline to quit and Nigeria has sent an air force contingent to Senegal in support of the possible intervention. Wednesday was meant to be Jammeh’s last day in office but parliament extended his tenure by three months. This stops the inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow, who is currently in Senegal. Thousands have fled Gambia because of the political crisis. The African Union (AU) says it will...
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Africa and the Esau mentality by Ken Agala.

The news that the Nigerian customs intercepted a container of “READY TO EAT FOODS’’ like Egusi Soup, Jollof Rice, Ogbono, Yam Porridge imported from India,  should actually worry every African. What this simply means is that it was cheaper and easier to make egusi soup and package it in India than it is to make it Nigeria. It's not shameful enough that we produce crude oil and import petrol , we produce cocoa and import chocolate , diamonds are mined in Africa, but Switzerland is the diamond capital of the world, now we are importing cooked egusi, ogbono, jollof rice and yam porridge into Africa...
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With 63 million users, Nigeria leads in internet usage in Africa.

Nigeria has been ranked number one in Africa and ninth in the world when it comes to internet usage. This information is contained in the second edition of digitalfacts, a publication produced by digitXplus. China has the highest number of unique internet users with 632 million subscribers while the U.S. is second with 269 million users. India, Japan, Brazil, and Russia round up the top six with 198 million, 110 million, 105 million and 87 million users respectively. Indonesia and Germany have 83 million and 68 million users respectively while Nigeria has a total of 63 million...
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Delayed response by Nigeria hinders economic recovery in Africa – IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed worry over what it described as the slow policy response of Nigeria and other oil exporting countries in sub-Saharan Africa to the economic crisis assailing the African region. The Fund stated this in its October 2016 Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa entitled, ‘Multispeed Growth’ billed to be officially released today. The Fund said the economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016 would slow to its lowest level in more than 20 years, adding that average growth in the region is projected to be just 1.4 per cent – “well below...
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World Must Work Together To Ensure Africa’s Youths Devt- Bill Gates

Bill Gates has announced that Africa’s future is rested in the hands of its youth, therefore, every effort must be made to ensure they thrive. Delivering the 2016 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Gates said he was optimistic about the future of the continent “because of its young people.” Pointing out that Africa was demographically the world’s youngest continent, in the next 35 years, it is estimated that two billion babies will be born in Africa and by 2050, 40 per cent of the world’s children will live in Africa, adding that he believes Africa’s youth...
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Huge Crowds As Pope Celebrates First Mass In Africa

Pope Francis held his first open-air mass in Africa on Thursday with huge crowds hailing heavy rains as "God's blessing" as they sung and danced in the Kenyan capital.  Thousands of people queued through the night braving torrential downpours to take part in the historic mass, the first celebrated by Francis on African soil. The 78-year-old pontiff received a tumultuous welcome as he arrived in an open-topped Popemobile, smiling and waving as worshippers cheered, ululated and raised their hands in the air. At least 200,000 people crammed into the park at the University of Nairobi, Kenyan media said, in...
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Dear Obama, Gay Right Is Not an African Priority, By Dinah Adams

To the President of the United States of America, while you tour through our shores burdened with global issues of security/ terrorism, economy, health care and national ties; kindly note that gay right is the least of our problems. The Kenya you visited has been stricken by Al-Shabaab and is frankly strategising ways to eradicate the incursion these external insurgents. It is quite too serious an issue for the issue of accepting various sexual oriented clans to be chipped in. President Uhuru’s response to that request must have settled that, but for emphasis sake, this open letter intends to help you...
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Father says Sons Beaten at School & Called ‘Ebola’

A group of students attacked two of their peers at I.S. 318 in the Bronx while yelling "Ebola" at the brothers who had recently returned from Senegal, the boys' father told CNN Newsroom Tuesday. The New York Department of Education confirms the incident occurred, saying the boys were pushed and shoved. Ousmane Drame, the boys' father, said the boys felt so upset by their experience that they want to go back to Africa. "They were made fun of by the children (who) started yelling, 'Ebola. Ebola. Ebola. Africa. Africa," Drame said his sons told him. Charles Cooper of the African Advisory Council, a local...
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#SmartStart Teacher Tribute: “Bitter are the roots of Study, but how sweet their Fruits”

Today, I want to use my column in celebrating and helping you celebrate our TEACHERS. Firstly, I want to help you remember by asking you these simple questions. Would you be able to read my write up at all if it hadn’t been your teacher who sweated it out that you knew your A to Z? Some of us, our friends and we ourselves believed we were dullards. But these teachers kept trying. Remember? Ok? What is 6multiplied by 6 divided by 6? You sabi answer abi? (Don’t laugh) Do you know how long it took you to remember the multiplication table? 7 times, 8 times, 9 times… Chai! Me sef hated them. Let...
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If Kenya were a person, it would look like her…

As you all know, I carry my camera with me everywhere I go. I usually don’t carry it with me to school because I’m scared of losing my baby. Besides, I travel via the same route everyday and nothing interesting happens, so it’s pretty pointless. I also have lots of books to carry. Anyway, I decided to take my camera to school on Friday because I assumed everyone would be dressed up. Luckily for me, Comfort was also at school and she looked beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. You all remember Comfort, right? The beautiful Kenyan model with a great smile? Yeah I thought so. I went up to her and asked...
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