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  • Africa: Analysts, Activists Explore Dividends from Empowering Women

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/06 Imagine a next Africa where patriarchy is dead and additional women are economically empowered to provide for their own basic needs; one in which they continue to shatter the proverbial glass ceilings to occupy top leadership positions in all spheres. Imagine an African woman who isn’t limited by the imaginary walls society has set for her and can aim to reach her full potential through hard work like her male counterparts.
  • Homosexuality not on Ghana's agenda - President Akufo

    GHANA, 2017/11/27 Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo has said the issue of same-sex relationships was not on the schedule of the West African country. He, however, believes that its snowball result will any minute at this time reach Africa. Akufo-Addo was speaking in an interview with Gulf news channel, Al Jazeera, during which he addressed a series of national, continental and world issues.
  • Nigeria: Flood Displaces Over 110,000 People in Makurdi - SEMA

    NIGERIA, 2017/09/03 The Benue National Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, said over 110,000 people in 24 communities inclunding Makurdi, the national capital, were displaced by flood in recent months. The Executive Secretary of the agency, Boniface Ortese, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Makurdi on Wednesday that over 2, 769 households were as well affected. He explained that places affected included Achusa, Idye, Wurukum Market, Genabe, Industrial Layout, Demekpe, Wadata Market, Katungu, behind the Civil Service Commission, Agboughul-Wadata part others.
  • Nigeria: Diezani Forfeits N7.6 Billion to Govt

    NIGERIA, 2017/08/30 Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison- Madueke, who has lost billions in cash and posh property to the Federal Government in recent court orders, yesterday forfeited an extra sum of N7.6 billion to the government. The string of court ordered forfeitures began early in the year at the same time as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) applied to the courts to reclaim the money and the property on behalf of the government. Yesterday, Justice Abdulazeez Anka of the Federal High Court, Lagos ordered the final forfeiture of the N7.6 billion to EFCC at the same time as no one turned up to claim the money next a certain period. The UK's National Crime Agency has frozen properties valued at £10 million allegedly bought for the former minister of petroleum resources Diezani Alison-Madueke. Two properties located at Regents Park, along with one in Buckinghamshire, have now been frozen based on the request of Nigerian authorities.
  • Nigerian Public Officials Collect N400b Bribe in One Year

    NIGERIA, 2017/08/18 In spite of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari's much-touted anti-corruption war, public officials still collected about ₦400 billion (the equivalent of $4.6 billion in purchasing power parity) in kickbacks, a statement published on Wednesday shows. The all is equivalent to 39 % of the combined federal and national education budgets in 2016. According to the statement, a bribe is not payable in cash alone, though it is "the majority significant form of bribe payment." Sexual favours, provision of food and drink, the handing over of valuables or the exchange of an extra service or favour, as well exist.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • South African President, Jacob Zuma

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/29 The Nigeria Union in South Africa says the recent comments by that country`s Deputy Police Minister insinuating an influx of foreigners in Johannesburg are unfortunate. The Minister, Bongani Mkongi, was quoted to have said: “How can a city in South Africa be 80 % foreign national? That is dangerous. South Africans have surrendered their own city to the foreigners.” He made the comments while reacting to the problem of hijacked buildings in Johannesburg.
  • Nigeria: Is Nigeria On the Brink of Another Civil War?

    NIGERIA, 2017/07/16 On August 1, 1966, next the collapse of last-ditch attempts by Nigeria's power brokers to prevent the impending civil war, Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu said only one thing would make the rebels cease fire: "that the Republic of Nigeria be split into its component parts; and all southerners in the North be repatriated to the South and that Northerners resident in the South be repatriated to the North". On May 30, 1967, Oxford-educated Ojukwu declared Biafra an independent national in the southeast of the country, in an attempt to fulfil his dream for an Igbo homeland. On July 6, 1967, civil war broke out in Nigeria, which claimed additional than a million lives in just three years.
  • Nigeria: U.S. Prosecutors Expose How Alison-Madueke, Omokore, Aluko Blew Billions On 'Lavish Lifestyle'

    NIGERIA, 2017/07/16 Prosecutors in the United States have provided details of how Nigeria's former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and her two businessmen-allies, Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko, lavished billions of naira on property and luxury items in the U.S. and United Kingdom. The trio have, in the last two years, been at the centre of a lot of investigations and court actions around management of Nigeria's oil industry. Last year, the Nigerian government filed for a court order for world-wide seizure of multi-billion naira investment linked to the two men, described as close allies of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and Mrs. Alison-Madueke.
  • Activism And The State: How African Civil Society Responds To Repression

    BURUNDI, 2017/07/09 African citizens, activists and organisations are finding new and innovative ways to resist, organise and mobilise in the face of mounting restrictions on their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association. Restrictions on civic freedoms are increasing worldwide, but are being acutely felt in African nations. According to the CIVICUS Monitor – a constantly updated tool rating nations’ fundamental civic freedoms from open to closed – 43 African nations fall under the bottom three categories of closed, repressed and obstructed with only two African nations rated as open. In most African nations, freedom of expression, assembly and association are stifled by national and non-national actors through the use of restrictive legislation, policies, and judicial persecution inclunding physical attacks, threats and detention of activists and journalists. While these restrictions generally occur at the same time as civil society groups speak out in direct opposition to public policy, there is strong evidence that restrictions increase during politically sensitive periods, like elections and prior to constitutional changes on term limits of political leaders.