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19-year-old Nigerian shot dead in London

They wave of violence among Black youth in the British capital continued to claim lives when Eniola Aluko, 19, was on Friday shot dead at Plumstead, London. According to UK’s Metropolitan Police, the young Nigerian, who is from Thamesmead, died after sustaining gunshot wounds to the neck and chest. Metropolitan Police said they were called to the scene, a car …

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Effects of China-America trade war haunt African economies – says new report

As a global trade war rages, Africa fears contagion from lower commodity prices, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) latest report, Economic Insight: Africa Q2 2019. The accountancy body provides GDP growth forecasts for various regions including East Africa, which is the region in Africa that was estimated to have experienced the most rapid …

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How Continental Free Trade Area will shape Africa’s future

The historic African Continental Free Trade Area agreement went into force on 30 May 2019. Creating the regionally integrated Africa of our dreams, will require political will, policy changes, and private and public sector partnerships, argues Dr Victor Oladokun, Director of Communication, African Development Bank. In 2018, the fictional country of Wakanda in the blockbuster movie Black Panther, was ranked …

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Nigerian human trafficking gang smashed in Italy

Italian authorities have arrested four people on suspicion of human trafficking and aiding prostitution. The arrests also led to the dismantling of the group that was allegedly operating in Nigeria, Libya and Italy. Police in the southern Italian city of Palermo have arrested four people, including a Nigerian woman and an Italian citizen. It is suspected that they were running …

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Germany opens more doors for legal immigration

The Bundestag on Friday passed two laws to regulate immigration from non-EU countries into Germany. One of the laws provides more opportunities for people to come to Germany to work and receive training while another amends the regulations affecting asylum-seekers. In a major step to modernise and liberalise its immigration system, the German parliament passed into law a bill submitted …

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Germany: MP Karamba Diaby speaks out on the SPD crisis

The leader of the centre-left Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Andrea Nahles, resigned under pressure on Sunday after the poor result of her party in the EU elections. The SPD scored 15.8% of the popular vote, an 11.4-percentage-point drop from 2014’s EU elections, finishing behind its coalition partners, the Chancellor Angela Merkel-led CDU/CSU (28.9%), and the Greens (20.5%). It’s …

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Germany: SPD leader resigns after bad EU elections result

Leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD), Andrea Nahles, resigned on Sunday after the poor result for her party in the EU elections, where the SPD came third behind Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU and the Greens. Nahles became the SPD’s first female leader in April 2018 when she replaced former EU Parliament president, Martin Schulz. Merkel has pledged the coalition …

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Herzberger-Fofana elected as first Afro-German member of European Parliament

Dr. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, a member of the Green Party, has been elected into the European Parliament. The politician, who is originally from Senegal, was one of the 21 Green candidates elected from Germany at the elections on Sunday. With her election, she has become the first German member of the parliament with African origin. Announcing her victory on her Facebook …

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Op-Ed: Why the Future of Africa’s diaspora is in Africa

With over 30 million Africans living outside of their home countries, migration will play a big role in shaping Africa’s future, write Akinyi Ochieng and Gregory Thwaites* While the vibrant and growing diaspora communities in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom and France are gaining in visibility, it is communities of Africans within Africa that will have the …

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Africa glows in Dortmund

AfricanTide Union hosted a commemoration of the Africa Day on 24-25 May in the western German city of Dortmund. This year marks 56 years since the day was conceived in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia at the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (now African Union). It is celebrated annually on the 25th of May.   The theme of the …

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Book: Veteran Nigerian diplomat gives account of his stewardship

The book Confidence in Diplomacy – Defending Nigeria at Home and Abroad is an account of the author’s nearly 30 years of service in Nigeria’s diplomacy. It’s a journey that began in 1982 when Alhaji Abdul Rimdap joined the foreign affairs ministry and ended in 2010 when he retired while serving the country as ambassador to Germany. His distinguished international …

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