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Appeal Court sacks APC senator from Ekiti, declares PDP winner

The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal has nullified the election of the spokesman of the Senate, Senator Dayo Adeyeye.   The Appellate Court subsequently upheld the tribunal judgment which declared Biodun Olujimi, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, as winner of the Ekiti South Senatorial election held on February 23.   The Independent National Electoral Commission had …

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African scholars take stock of African knowledge decolonisation in Nairobi

‘Debates on Africa, in Africa, with academics and scholars from Africa’ is how Cologne-based journalist Tina Adomako describes the 2019 conference of the African Studies Association of Africa, which she attended in Nairobi, Kenya, on 24-26 October. Ms Adomako reports from the gathering of scholars who, among others, discussed issues around reclaiming African studies from the European perspective and decolonizing …

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Togo’s main opposition party chooses leader as 2020 presidential flagbearer

The main opposition party in Togo has selected its leader, Jean Pierre Fabre, as a candidate for the presidential election scheduled for early 2020. His confirmation was held at a congress by his National Alliance for Change party on Saturday in Lomé. “I accept to be the standard-bearer to achieve an alternative with you and real change”, he said. For …

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Uber launches boat service in Nigeria’s megacity Lagos

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday kicked off UberBOAT – the pilot phase of Uber’s boat service in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos. The launch took place at the Lagos State Waterways Authority complex’s Five Cowries Jetty in Falomo. Speaking during a media parley, the governor said his government was committed to building infrastructure that supports multi-modal transportation, which includes water transport. …

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Opinion: Nobel Peace Prize for Abiy Ahmed a misguided decision

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, who was awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, is surely a reformer, but he predominantly garners recognition beyond his country’s borders. Despite the Nobel committee’s well-meaning intentions, it’s the wrong choice, argues German journalist and head of Deutsche Welle’s Amharic desk, Ludger Schadomsky. Despite a number of somewhat questionable recipients — such as former US …

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Nigeria: President suspends foreign travels for ministers, other top officials

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a directive temporarily barring all members of the cabinet and heads of government agencies from travelling abroad. The new directive was announced Friday evening by Willie Bassey, the director of information in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. “Sequel to the presentation of the 2020 Appropriation Bill by Mr …

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2019 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister

Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.” The Nobel committee said during its announcement Friday that the coveted prize was also meant to recognize all the stakeholders working for peace …

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Southern, Middle Belt Leaders back Osinbajo over humiliation in the presidency

Leaders from the southern and middle belt parts of Nigeria have demanded clarifications on the seeming clampdown on the person and office of Vice President, Prof.Yemi Osinbajo in recent times. Prominent leaders, including Chief E K Clark (South South), Chief Ayo Adebanjo (South -west); Chief John Nwodo (South -east); and Dr. Pogu Bitrus (Middle Belt), in a joint statement issued …

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Buhari promises Nigerians uninterrupted power supply

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday addressed Nigerians to commemorate the country’s 59th Independence Day anniversary. In a televised broadcast, Buhari spoke on the issue of corruption, insecurity, economy and power supply, among other challenges facing the country.    President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his confidence that Nigerians would have affordable and uninterrupted electricity supply in not too distant future. He …

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Arrested for wearing Biafra T-shirt — Nigerian activist narrates ordeal

Chido Onumah, a Nigerian journalist and activist who was arrested on Sunday by the Department of State Service  (DSS), said the agency accused him of wearing a shirt with the inscription: ‘We Are All Biafrans.’   Onumah was arrested at the airport upon his arrival from Europe and released five hours later.   “I was arrested for wearing the T-shirt …

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