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Trump’s Africa policy still incoherent, but key signals are emerging – Expert

John J Stremlau, a Visiting Professor of International Relations at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand, writes on the emerging shape of US President Donald Trump’s policy on Africa. Africa’s leaders, along with everyone else interested in US-Africa relations, have waited eight months for US President Donald Trump’s administration to explain its Africa policy. We aren’t there yet. But in …

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Corruption in Africa fuelled by European, American companies – Mo Ibrahim

Mo Ibrahim, Sudanese-British business mogul who founded the telecommunications company Celtel International in 1998, has accused of individuals and companies from outside the continent of promoting corruption in Africa. The philanthropist and founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation spoke on the sidelines of the 2nd Africa Convergence summit held in the Moroccan city of Casablanca last weekend. Ibrahim, who was …

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Deutsche Welle broadcasts live to Africa via Facebook

With an audience reach of 52 million in Africa, the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) has become the first international broadcaster to launch ‘Facebook Live Audio’. DW has been streaming live radio programs for Africa daily on the network’s Facebook platform in English, French, Hausa and Kiswahili in recent weeks. The live broadcast of audio content on Facebook has …

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Germany and Ghana mark 60 years of diplomatic relations

German movies, cultural and media workshops are part of celebrations marking 60 years of co-operation between Germany and Ghana, reports Isaac Kaledzi  from Accra. For Yibor Kojo Yibor, a Ghanaian cultural analyst, Saturday, 30 September’s event in Accra offered an opportunity for Ghanaians to reflect more on Germany’s culture and way of life. “I think that what is interesting for Ghanaians is …

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Bayelsa Governor urges Nigerians in Diaspora to unite

Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has called on Nigerians in the Diaspora to work together irrespective of tribe, religion or political affiliation to make Nigeria great again. Governor Dickson, who stated this in Atlanta last weekend at a dinner in his honour by Nigeria’s Consulate-General in America, Ambassador Kayode Laro, said Nigeria is a great country with great …

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MoneyGram MegaDeal: Send money and you can win 100,000 euros!

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Ndi-Igbo Germany cries out as Nigeria declares IPOB terrorist organisation

Nigeria’s separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has officially been tagged an illegal and terrorist entity by a Federal High Court in the capital, Abuja. The government, represented by the Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, had filed a suit against IPOB, praying the court to declare IPOB’s activities as illegal and amounting to terrorism. A further order was to …

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Nigerians have little chances of being granted asylum in Germany despite Boko Haram and Biafra crises

Most migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean to Italy come from Nigeria. EU policy makers have been looking for ways to put a stop to this, but is pumping money into Africa really the solution? Chloe Lyneham reports. For the last eight years, the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, has been tearing northeastern Nigeria apart. The UN estimates …

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Europe is at risk if it fails to help Africa, says President Jean-Claude Juncker

The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has called on the European Union member states to contribute to Africa or face risks of migrant influx. Juncker said on Wednesday during the EU’s State of the Union Address that Europe could face a repeat of the 2015 high influx of migrants when the UN’s World Food Programme ran out of funds. “Our …

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Togolese at home and abroad rise against Gnassingbe ruling dynasty

Thousands of Togolese nationals held demonstrations in about half a dozen cities around the world including the capital Lome where it turned deadly after clashes with security forces. The demonstrations, organised by the opposition Pan African National Party (PNP), were held simultaneously in Accra, Libreville, New York and Berlin on Saturday demanding the reinstatement of the 1992 constitution that limits …

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Nigerians in London protest outside President Buhari’s residence

A group of Nigerians has staged a protest outside the residence of ailing President Muhammadu Buhari. The protesters are demanding that the president return home to Nigeria or resign immediately due to an undisclosed ailment that has kept him out of office for more than 100 days.   The #ResumeorResign protesters gathered outside Buhari’s house on Friday. They had been …

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Germany’s most liveable city named

Just one German city made it to the top 10 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report. The city scored a perfect score for its health care and its infrastructure. Alistair Walsh (with dpa, Reuters) reports. Hamburg is Germany’s most liveable city, according to an annual list published by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Wednesday. For the second year …

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NGOs stop refugee rescue operations off Libyan coast

In a development that will make crossing the Mediterranean for migrants more dangerous, German aid group Sea-Eye has announced it will suspend rescue operations. The announcement comes a day after Doctors without Borders (MSF) took a similar decision citing security concerns. Italian co-operation with Libyan authorities in the policing of the coastal waters of the North African country seems to …

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How a Germany-based Nigerian fights Diabetes in Africa

One of the recipients of the MoneyGram-sponsored “Afrika! Community Award 2017” is an organization that carries out diabetes enlightenment campaign in Africa. Femi Awoniyi writes on how a Diaspora initiative is making a positive impact in the continent. There are hundreds of African organisations in Germany working in different fields to make an impact not only on their community in …

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Nigerian Passport: Confusion surrounds new policy as it affects the Diaspora

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Mohammed Babandede, announced this week that from 1 January 2018, anybody without a National Identification Number issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will not be able to procure Nigerian passport. The condition applies to both first-time applicants and those renewing their expired passport, according to Babandede, who spoke in …

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Italy deploys naval ships to Libyan coast, seizes NGO’s rescue boat

Hours after the Italian Lower House and Senate approved the government’s plan to send a “limited naval mission” to help Libya’s coastguard curb migrant flows on Wednesday, Rome deployed two ships for patrols into the waters of the North African country. The mission is Italy’s boldest efforts so far to slow down the arrival of migrants from Africa. Italy initially …

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