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Nigeria: Court Orders DSS to Pay N20 Billion to Igboho

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An Oyo state High Court has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to pay N20 billion to self-acclaimed Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho. Justice Ladiran Akintola gave the order in a suit filed by Igboho, who is currently in detention in neighbouring Benin Republic. The judge also dismissed application…

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Angola: World Bank Grants U.S.$150 Million Credit to Angola

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Luanda — The Angolan government and the World Bank (WB) signed this Thursday in Luanda, a financing agreement valued at US$150 million, to facilitate the purchase of vaccines, as part of the covid-19 prevention process. On the occasion, the minister of Finance, Vera Daves, highlighted the partnership between the Government of Angola and the WB,…

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Uganda: Activists Start Campaign to Regulate Processed Fats

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Health activists under their umbrella, Uganda National Health Consumers' Organisation, (UNHCO) Thursday started a campaign "to get the country on track to regulate and replace the use and consumption of industrially-processed fats also known as trans-fats." The campaign is in line with directives set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fat/oils from…

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Seychelles: Work Underway to Tighten Laws Against Child Prostitution, Labour in Seychelles

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Work has started in Seychelles to tighten laws against child prostitution and labour, said a top government official. The Minister for Social Affairs, Patricia Francourt, and the principal secretary of that department, Linda William-Melanie, outlined on Tuesday the country's completed report on optional child protection laws to present to the United Nations. Although Seychelles is…

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Nigeria: Diezani, NNPC Complicit in Crude Oil Sales Bribery

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Allies of the former minister, prosecutors said, set up companies after Mrs Alison-Madueke took office and got contracts to trade hefty oil allocations on global markets. Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria's former minister of petroleum resources, was part of a grand kickback scheme involving officials of state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and middlemen that delivered mouth-watering…

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Kenya: Survivors of Gender-Based Violence Lack Help

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Effective Law Enforcement, Access to Shelter, Financial Support Are Critical (Nairobi, September 21, 2021) – The Kenyan government’s response to gender-based violence during the Covid-19 pandemic has been too little, too late, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 61-page report, “‘I Had Nowhere to Go’: Violence against Women and Girls during…

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Nigeria: Building a Peaceful and Secure Nigeria

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From a keynote address to the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Americas Annual General Meeting on September 4, 2021 We cannot build sustainable security in Nigeria if we, as a country, do not understand the exact nature and sources of today's insecurity and then translate this understanding into deep-rooted security and political reforms. Nigeria's security threats…

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Africa: Reflecting On Africa’s Last Decade

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Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies John Campbell reflects on his last decade writing for Africa in Transition. As of today, I am retiring from the Council on Foreign Relations, where I have held the Ralph Bunche Chair for Africa Policy Studies since 2009. I am delighted that my successor is Michelle Gavin,…

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East Africa: EAC Stockmarkets Bank On Investment Clinics to Woo Firms, End IPO Drought

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East African stock exchanges are racing to establish investment clinics to help attract companies to the stockmarkets and end the persistent initial public offering (IPO) drought. The Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) joined Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) and Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE) in implementing capacity building and training programmes for small and medium-sized enterprises…

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Uganda: Unra Lists 24 Completed Roads, Bridges and Ferries

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Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) says it has completed upgrading four national roads and eight other roads in various cities and towns, bringing to 5,591 kilometres the national stock of paved roads. UNRA executive director Allen Kagina said during the 2020/2021 financial year, the national roads agency was able to complete construction of roads connecting…

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Namibia: Jazz Weekend for Tsumeb

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As the country is slowly opening up, Tsumeb will be treated to a night of good Jazz sounds tomorrow. The first-ever festival will be held at Lilly's Pub in the heart of the copper town. Tickets are going for N$150 in advance, while a N$250 fee is payable at the gate. The event will be…

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Namibia: ‘Dark Web’ Links Lead to Windhoek

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INFORMATION received from the police in the Netherlands and Australia set Namibian detectives on the trail of Windhoek resident Johann Maree, who is charged with committing numerous sex crimes with underage boys and selling child pornography to paedophiles on the internet. This was conveyed to magistrate Celma Amadhila when Namibian Police commissioner Nelius Becker testified…

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Namibia: Paralympians Demand Equal Recognition

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DESPITE dining with president Hage Geingob following their brave performance at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, Paralympians are still not impressed with the treatment they receive from the government in comparison to their able-bodied compatriots. The president on Wednesday hosted a dinner to honour the Paralympians after their return from Tokyo, Japan, with two medals.…

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Africa: Joint Covax Statement On Supply Forecast for 2021 and Early 2022

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Reading time: Twelve months ago, the world came together to support COVAX, a multilateral initiative aimed at guaranteeing global access to life-saving COVID-19 vaccines. With the support of the international community, COVAX immediately began securing financing, entering into negotiations with vaccine developers and manufacturers and addressing the host of technical and operational challenges associated with…

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Relaxes Lockdown Measures

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa has relaxed lockdown measures while downgrading the lockdown level from four to two with a review in two weeks time. In a televised address, Mnangagwa allowed the following measures: Public gatherings have been allowed for not more than 100 people. Curfew hours have been adjusted to between 10 PM and 5.30 AM,…

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Namibia: I Am Coming to Testify

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ICELANDIC whistleblower Jóhannes Stefánsson says both Namibian and Icelandic Fishrot accused are trying to jeopardise and delay the fishing rights bribery scheme cases by lying to the court. This is what Stefánsson, the former director of operations in Namibia for Icelandic fishing company Samherji, told The Namibian on Monday. This was in response to a…

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Kenya: NSL -PL, Police in Playoff

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Vihiga Bullets have qualified for next season's Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKF-PL) after finishing second as the Betika National Super League season ended Sunday. The western region team secured a 2-0 win over Kibera Black Stars at Bukhungu Stadium to end on 64 points from 37 matches and grab the second automatic promotion slot…

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Mozambique: Total Suspends Resumption of Agungi Work

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Maputo — The French oil and gas company Total has announced that it is suspending resumption of work on building natural gas liquefaction plants in the Afungi Peninsula, in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado. Total heads a consortium exploiting the offshore natural gas resources in Area One of the Rovuma Basin. The project,…

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A difficult end of reign for Ahmad Ahmad.

The Executive Committee of the CAF, meeting today in Yaounde, has made dark hours to President Ahmad Ahmad, recently re-installed at the head of CAF after the decision of the CAS. Indeed, the members of the executive committee insistently requested and obtained the withdrawal of Ahmad Ahmad for the remaining …

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Joe Biden To Start President’s Twitter Account From Zero Followers. – Twitter.

When President-Elect Joe Biden takes office next month, the @POTUS Twitter account will be wiped of its followers, The Verge reports. As Biden’s digital director Rob Flaherty revealed on Twitter, the social media platform has informed Biden’s team that the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts will start with zero followers. By contrast, the Trump administration’s official accounts “absorbed” …

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Nicki Minaj Gives Birth To First Baby!

Nicki Minaj is a first-time mom … she and husband Kenneth Pettyhave welcomed their new child to the world! Sources with direct knowledge tell us … Nicki gave birth Wednesday in L.A. We don’t know the baby’s name or sex. instagram.com/p/CC3zixqDZTj As you know … Nicki announced her pregnancy back in July, posting a …

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Bette Midler Speaks on ‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel

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Now that it’s October and people have Halloween on the brain, some are ready to revisit their favorite seasonal films. For many, Hocus Pocus is on the list and the 1993 classic can’t be mentioned without fans talking about the sequel. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Bette Midler starred …

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