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Kenyan man wins two million US dollars in football betting jackpot

A 28-year-old man has won 221 Kenyan Shillings (US$2 million) after perfectly predicting the scores of 17 matches last weekend in a football betting jackpot. This is one of the biggest wins in Africa and for Kenya’s largest online sports betting service SportPesa.The jackpot winner, Samuel Abisai, was picked up on Tuesday in a white limousine together with his friends and …

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Nigerian activists urge Buhari to take medical leave and hand over power

A group of leading civil society activists in Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take an official leave and hand over his office to his deputy, Vice-President Yemi Osibajo.Buhari returned from the UK, where he was on medical vacation, on 10 March and since his return, he has only made a few public appearances.The activists’ call comes as …

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Germany’s foreign minister in Somalia, warns international community

Germany’s foreign minister has warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe on a trip to Somalia. His visit, the first by a German foreign minister, comes ahead of an international security conference on Somalia.German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday pledged to double aid to drought-hit Somalia, where more than 6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.Gabriel arrived in …

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IOM trains Libyan officials to treat African migrants humanely

In response to the many reports of the maltreatment of sub-Saharan migrants in Libyan detention centres, the International Organization for Migration, IOM, has begun training officials in five facilities on human rights. These are “the first trainings inside detention centres since 2014”, the United Nations Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL) announced. In the pilot project, IOM is targeting five centres …

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Three African countries chosen to test first malaria vaccine

A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020.The injectable vaccine RTS,S could provide limited protection against a disease that killed 429,000 people worldwide in 2015, with 92 per cent of victims in Africa and two-thirds of …

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How a Ghanaian turns young people away from terrorism in West Africa

A graduate of Britain’s Coventry University devoted to tackling terrorism will talk about how he stopped a young man joining ISIS with just hours to spare, when he speaks in Ghana this month.Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar, a graduate of Coventry’s International Terrorism masters course, has already helped at least 20 people turn away from extremism since he set up a counter-extremism …

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Kenya’s ruling party cancels primary elections after too many voters turn up

An unexpected surge in voters in the primaries for Kenya’s ruling party overwhelmed authorities and led them to partially cancel the vote, the President announced on Saturday.President Uhuru Kenyatta said large voter turnout sparked chaos and confusion during voting on Friday, leading to a shortage of voter materials.“Primaries usually do not experience the kind of turnout we saw yesterday,” Kenyatta said …

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Cameroon restores internet to English-speaking regions

English-speaking parts of Cameroon are now back online as the government in French-speaking Yaounde overturns an internet blackout, which damaged the local economy and triggered a free speech campaign, reports Mark Caldwell (Reuters, AFP).The government of Cameroon has announced that it has restored the internet to its English-speaking regions.The move comes three months after the authorities imposed an internet blackout …

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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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