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Google launches Street View for Lagos

Google has officially launched its Street View of Nigeria’s commercial hub, Lagos, and the tech giant is looking to make the feature available across the country soon. The company launched the new service at the Google for Nigeria event which took place in Lagos last Thursday (27 July) in the presence of its CEO, Sundar Pichai. Street view is a …

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Tunisia passes landmark law to ‘end all violence’ against women

Tunisia’s parliament has approved a bill aimed at ending “all violence against women” in a move welcomed by rights groups. The new law, which is expected to enter into force next year, defines violence against women as “any physical, moral, sexual or economic aggression” against women based on discrimination between the two sexes. It includes the key elements of the …

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Exclusive Interview with Gambian President Adama Barrow

“My message to the Gambians in the Diaspora is that we want them to come back home and contribute to nation building,” appeals President Adama Barrow as he hints of a possible trial of former leader Yahya Jammeh, currently in exile in Equatorial Guinea. In an exclusive interview with Omar Wally of Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s public international broadcaster, Barrow …

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Germany advises Nigeria on Biafra

Nigeria is currently in a state of intense political agitation. An Igbo self-determination group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is calling for a separate national state for the Igbo people of the country while other groups are advocating for a wide-ranging constitutional reform to devolve more powers to the federating states. Foreign governments are intervening in the debate. The …

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Asian community in Kenya gets indigenous ethnic status

Kenyans of Asian heritage have been granted official recognition as the 44th ethnic group in the country. The Kenyan government granted the status last week after years of petitioning by the Kenyan Asian community made up of about 46,782 people, according to the 2009 census figures. “All persons, bodies and authorities within the Republic of Kenya shall recognize the community …

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Libya’s rival leaders agree to ceasefire and elections in Paris

Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and the divided country’s eastern commander General Khalifa Haftar agreed to a conditional ceasefire and elections at Paris talks on Tuesday. “We commit to a ceasefire and to refrain from any use of armed force for any purpose that does not strictly constitute counter-terrorism,” the rival leaders said after the talks. French President Emmanuel …

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Corrupt image affecting Nigeria abroad – NIDO leaders declare in Abuja

The Nigerian Diaspora Day kicked off in Abuja today. The annual event brings together Nigerians resident abroad and representatives of the federal government and its agencies to discuss areas of partnership in national development. Addressing a press conference in Abuja on the eve of the Diaspora Day, leaders of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization, NIDO, said that the issue corruption …

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Libya moves to take control of $66 billion wealth left by Ghaddafi

Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has formed a board of trustees and appointed directors for the country’s contested sovereign wealth fund, moves opposed by others who lay claim to the key financial institution. The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), which holds about $66 billion-worth of assets acquired during the era of Muammar al-Gaddafi, is the subject a long ownership …

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Don’t depend on governments to rebuild Africa – Akon tells youths

Senegalese singer, songwriter and businessman Akon has called on African youth to play an active role in rebuilding the continent and not depend on governments. The American-born music star was addressing over 2,800 youth from all over Africa on Friday (21 July) in Rwanda’s capital Kigali during the final day of the maiden YouthConnekt Africa Summit organised to shape the …

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Jailed Cameroon journalist named winner of global press freedom prize

Radio France International’s Hausa service journalist Ahmed Abba, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison this year by a Cameroon military tribunal, has been named the 2017 International Press Freedom Award recipient. The annual prize is awarded by media rights body Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) to honour journalists who show courage in defending press freedom despite facing attacks, …

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Nigeria to begin local production of e-passports

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Muhammad Babandede, has said that plans are underway for the local production of the Nigerian e-passport. Mr Babandede disclosed this on Thursday (13 July) in Abuja when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Interior came on an oversight visit. He said that the NIS was working round the clock with …

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NIDO Worldwide assures on Nigerian Diaspora Day in Abuja

The Governing Council of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Worldwide (NIDOWW) has assured that the Nigerian Diaspora Day 2017 will take place as scheduled on 25-26 July in Abuja. The body issued a press statement yesterday where it confirmed that it’s taking up the full responsibility for staging the annual event this year following the difficulties encountered by Nigerian National …

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French president under fire for his diagnosis of Africa’s problems

People of African descent are reacting angrily to French President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial remarks about Africa during a press conference at the G20 summit in Hamburg on 8 July. Macron was asked by Philippe Kouhoun, an Ivorian journalist for Afrikipresse, how much the world’s leading economies were ready to spend to help Africa under Germany’s “Marshall Plan for Africa” The …

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Elections unlikely to take place this year in DR Congo – Electoral commission

The president of Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission has said that a vote to replace President Joseph Kabila will probably not be possible this year, violating a deal that let Kabila stay on past the end of his mandate. Kabila’s refusal to step down at the end of his second elected term in December 2016 sparked protests that killed …

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Kenya’s president and chief justice clash as elections approach

Chief Justice David Maraga has warned President Uhuru Kenyatta not to undermine public confidence in the judiciary, in an unusually sharp exchange between the two men less than a month before national elections are due. Kenyatta had earlier responded to a court victory for the opposition against Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by cautioning against any use of …

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Ghana’s president praises team behind country’s first space satellite

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has hailed the team that successfully launched Ghana’s first satellite into space on Friday ( 7 July). “Congratulations to the team from All Nations Uni., Koforidua, for the successful launch of Ghana’s 1st satellite, GhanaSat-1, into orbit,” the elated president twittert. The West African country celebrated the technological feat thanks to the efforts of a …

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Nigeria’s Acting President praised for signing Diaspora Commission bill into law

Acting President Yemi Osibanjo’s signing of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Establishment Bill 2017 into law has been praised for giving teeth to the government’s self-professed desire to partner its citizens abroad. The Diaspora Commission Act establishes the commission under the supervisory jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  “It has the responsibility to coordinate and organise Nigerians in and …

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Algeria to grant legal status to African migrants

Algeria plans to grant residency rights and job permits to illegal African migrants, responding to a shortage of workers in farming and construction while also seeking to combat a surge in racist sentiment. Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s plan follows the launch of an anonymous online campaign that blames African migrants – whose numbers are unofficially estimated at 100,000 – for …

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