People in West Africa

  • Children on the move from Africa do not first aim to go to Europe, new UNICEF study shows

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 Children on the move into Europe from Africa take the decision to leave home on their own and do not initially intend to go to Europe. For the majority the systematic trauma and abuse they witnessed or suffered in Libya caused them to flee to Europe and take the terrifying Central Mediterranean sea route, according to a new study commissioned by UNICEF and carried out by REACH.
  • Africa: Tribute to Babacar Ndiaye - Titan of Africa

    DAKAR CITY, 2017/07/16 The Greek mythological Titan of Forethought, Prometheus, dared to disobey Zeus' wishes by sharing fire and heat with humanity. His punishment was to be shackled to the Caucasus Mountains (The derivation of Caucasian comes from the people of the Caucasus Mountains.). This humane act for humankind led to eternal condemnation. Each day, the eagles ate Prometheus's organs, but because he was a Titan (i.e. god), the organs grew back. Prometheus endured this daily fate until Hercules broke his chains.
  • 'Family Planning is Not Only Life-Saving, But Empowering'

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/12 "Contraceptives empower women. And empowered women ... well, they transform societies" Contraceptives are "one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever known", philanthropist Melinda Gates said on Tuesday, calling for family planning to be a world priority. Access to birth control boosts economic productivity by allowing women to earn an gain and leads to smaller families with additional resources to spend on children's health and education, Gates said.
  • Africa population growth key at AU summit

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/02
  • Africa facing shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/02 Unemployment crisis will ravage the continent if it doesn’t opt for market-based development, according to statement by Tony Blair’s Institute Parts of Africa could face a massive unemployment crisis by 2040, with “catastrophic” consequences for the world economy, new research has found. The statement predicted a shortfall of 50 million jobs, which should serve as a “wake up call” for governments across much of the continent, inclunding international donors and agencies. According to the analysis by the Tony Blair Institute for World Change, based on world bank data, the labour force in sub-saharan Africa will be 823 million by 2040, up from 395 million in 2015. However, total number of jobs is only expected to hit 773 million, it said, leaving 50 million people in Africa unemployed.
  • Jonathan goes on pilgrimage to Israel

    ISRAEL, 2013/10/23 Nigeria's President, Goodluck Jonathan, will late Wednesday embark on a pilgrimage to Israel, according to a presidential press statement issued here Tuesday. President Jonathan who will be accompanied on the trip by a number of top government officials, inclunding ministers, will undertake a tour of some locations in Israel which are revered by Christians because of their association with the earthly mission of Jesus Christ. President Jonathan will as well meet with the Israeli President, Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, according to the statement.
  • Africa’s demographics are driving global population growth

    AFRICA, 2013/09/15 Sewage spilling into the streets, shacks for homes and shanty towns stretching into the horizon. This is New York in the late 1800s, its grim scenes famously captured by local reporter Jacob Riis, who took chance of newly-invented flash photography to portray the city’s hard scrabble life The same was authentic of London, its own miserable conditions captured by the pen of Charles Dickens. The images conjured are little different to what one finds today across a lot of developing cities, whether Mumbai or Jakarta. And the experience of the New Yorks and Londons shows that a lot of of today’s most liveable cities were once anything but. So, how do cluttered urban sprawls become cities? And how do Africa’s people trends compare to other regions?
  • Nigerian Diaspora

    NIGERIA, 2013/03/30 Recently New York Times published an article about the increase of U.S. immigrants going back to their native nations to start up their own businesses. It is safe to say over the completed decade the nations grouped in the BRICS have been fortunate to receive a brain-gain, as a lot of of their best and brightest have seen their own nations as land of opportunities.
  • Africa's richest man for the third year in a row

    NIGERIA, 2013/03/06 Cement mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, moved up 33 places from the 76th position, which he occupied on the inventory of richest men and women in the world compiled by US-based Forbes Magazine last year, to emerge the 43rd richest man on earth in 2013. According to the magazine, Dangote was valued at $16.1 billion in 2013 and retained his position as Africa's richest man for the third year in a row.
  • Senegal speaking out against child marriage

    SENEGAL, 2013/03/04 At the same time as Abdoulaye Ba heard his local Imam in Dakar, Senegal, speaking out against child marriage, he found that the idea was not very palatable to him. As chief of his family, he had intended to marry off his three teenage daughters. Ba told us  that he had had "large plans" for his daughters aged 12, 14 and 17. But presently he is realising that it may not be the right thing for his children.