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Gambian minister, UN deputy chief win ‘African Woman of the Year’ awards

Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan, Gambia’s Minister of Women Affairs and Overseer – Vice President’s Office, has won the top award of the New African Woman of Year.The fearless Gambian human rights and democracy activist took New African Woman magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Award at a glitzy ceremony, which held in Dakar on Wednesday. Mrs Jallow-Tambajan was instrumental in unifying the opposition …

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Germany-based group informs Africans about the dangers of illegal migration to Europe

The African Network of Germany (TANG) has launched a project, christened  ‘Lost Dreams’, about the dangers of illegal migration to Europe. It’s currently being presented to young people in Cameroon. Moki Kindzeka reports. In the Nlonkak neighborhood of Cameroon’s capital Younde, the “Cameroon Center Band” is playing songs encouraging young people from rural areas to come to the capital to …

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African migrants sold as slaves in Libya, says UN agency

The United Nations’ migration agency says growing numbers of African migrants passing through Libya are being sold as slaves by traffickers or militia groups before being held for ransom.The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has published a report based on interviews with several West African migrants who told of being bought and sold in garages and car parks in the …

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Nigerian diaspora organization attacks Buhari over Fulani herdsmen’s violence

A Nigerian group in the UK has sharply criticized the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government over its handling of the violence perpetrated by ethnic Fulani cattle herders in the country. Herdsmen are nomadic or semi nomadic herders whose primary occupation is raising livestock.No week passes without the media reporting a massacre carried out by herdsmen in farming communities in Nigeria, …

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Nigeria to close some of its embassies, says Foreign Minister

The federal government is currently working on closing some of Nigeria’s 119 foreign missions, an official has said.The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said though it is expensive to close a country’s embassy or consulate, it will be beneficial in the long run.Onyeama said at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja on Sunday that the reduction of …

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Nigerian Passport booklets now available, says Immigration Service boss

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Muhammad Babandede, has announced that the Service now has standard passport booklets in sufficient quantity for issuance, and has therefore directed Passport Control Officers to clear the backlog of all outstanding applications.A statement by NIS Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, says the CG has appealed to the general public to bear with the …

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Gambia: Jammeh’s party loses big in parliamentary election

The Gambia’s long-time opposition party won an absolute majority in Thursday’s parliamentary elections, easily defeating the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) of ousted leader Yahya Jammeh, according to the results announced today.Official results issued by the Independent Electoral Commission showed the United Democratic Party (UDP) had won 31 of the 53 available elected seats in the country’s National …

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Nigerian and Eritrean women freed from ISIS sex slavery in Libya

 – MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan authorities on Wednesday (5 April) released 28 Eritreans and seven Nigerians who were captured and enslaved by Islamic State in Sirte and had been held in detention since the jihadist group lost the city in December.The group, all but two of whom are women and children, escaped from Sirte, a former Islamic State stronghold …

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Gambians vote in first free parliamentary election in 22 years

Gambians head to the polls on Thursday 6 April) for the first time since the departure of longtime leader Yahya Jammeh, with several parties poised to enter parliament after 22 years of effective one-party rule.Several opposition parties united to form a coalition in December to oust Jammeh from power and deliver flagbearer Adama Barrow to victory as the new president.But …

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Nigerians abroad commend Senate for passing Diaspora Commission Bill

Nigerians living outside the country have praised the passing of the Diaspora Commission Bill by the Senate.The Bill, after the President has assented to it, provides for the establishment of the Nigerian Citizens in Diaspora Commission to ensure the protection of Nigerians in Diaspora, and promote and facilitate their effective participation in economic, political and social development of the nation.Senate President, …

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South Africa mourns national liberation icon Ahmed Kathrada

 Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of Pan-African News Wire, pays tribute to the politician, former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist, who died on 28 March.“Kathy”, as he was popularly known, was elected to parliament in 1994  but declined to seek re-election five years later. He wrote an open letter to President Jacob Zuma, suggesting that perhaps he should step down due to …

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Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission

 Gambia said on Thursday it would set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and offer reparations to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh’s government, which is accused of the torture and killing of perceived opponents.Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said in a statement the government will also probe the finances of Jammeh, who fled into exile in January to Equatorial Guinea …

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Opposition parties demand UN should conduct Zimbabwe’s next election

 Zimbabwean opposition parties have demanded that presidential election next year be conducted by a committee set up by the United Nations and African Union because they had lost confidence in the neutrality of the local election agency.President Robert Mugabe, 94, who has been in power for 30 years, is due to run again.Leaders from several political parties, including Movement for Democratic …

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Will technology make Kenya’s coming election free and fair?

Elections present a milestone beyond which countries either strengthen their democratic credentials or become failed states. Often states fail when there are either perceived or blatant election malpractices. This in turn can lead to prolonged civil unrest. Numerous cases exist across the continent. John Walubengo, a lecturer at the Multimedia University of Kenya, uses the Kenyan case to illustrate how election processes …

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Africa ignores Cameroon crisis as human rights abuses mount

Security forces shooting dead unarmed protesters, arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture, disappearances, harassment and intimidation are some of the reported human rights abuses that have been continuing for more than four months now in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon, writes Kumi Naidoo* on the ongoing crisis in the country.“I write to you in hiding and with so much fear that at …

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New African Union Commission chairperson takes office, to focus on peace and security

Chad’s former foreign minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat, assumed office as head of the African Union Commission on Tuesday, pledging to reform the institution and tackle the continent’s many crises.Faki takes over the leadership of the 54-country continental bloc days after the United Nations announced that the food emergencies in four countries, including Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria, constituted the …

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Gambia seeks extradition of ex-leader Yahya Jammeh’s aide from Switzerland

Gambia has applied to Switzerland for the extradition of former Interior Minister Ousman Sonko. This came as the new government intensifies its efforts in ensuring justice for victims and families of those tortured and even killed during the rule of former President Yahya Jammeh.“I have authorized and invoked International Criminal Repatriation Cooperation processes regarding those out of the jurisdiction for …

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Africa gets its own Internet domain

Africa now has its own Internet domain 25 years after the World Wide Web launched and more than three decades after the first domain name was registered.Africa now has the unique web address .africa, equivalent to the more familiar .com, following its official launch by the African Union (AU).The outgoing AU chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said the .africa domain will …

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