AFRICA

Nigeria postpones resumption of international flights to 5 September

The Nigerian civil aviation authorities have postponed the resumption of international flights to 5 September. The earlier date for the restart of international operations at the country’s airports had been 29 August. Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Musa Shuaibu Nuhu, revealed the news during a Presidential Task Force COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Thursday. He said while …

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Africa beginning to ‘bend the curve’ of coronavirus – Africa CDC

Africa is beginning to slowly “bend the curve” of COVID-19 infections as measures like mask-wearing and social distancing slow down the spread of the pandemic on the continent, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. Although the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak was slow in Africa in the early stages of the pandemic, the rate of …

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Media mogul criticises Ghana over harassment of Nigerian traders

A Nigerian international media entrepreneur has described as unfair the treatment being meted out to Nigerian retail traders in Ghana. In a press statement issued on Wednesday (19 August), Chief Dele Momodu, Chairman of Ovation Media Group, said the forced closure of some shops owned by Nigerians in Accra violates the spirit of pan-Africanism. “I note with sadness the viral …

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African Union, Ecowas condemn coup in Mali, impose sanctions

The African Union has condemned the military take-over of power in Mali. Rebel soldiers arrested Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Tuesday afternoon following weeks of political tension in the country. A statement issued by the body on Tuesday said, “The President of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemns the arrest of …

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Africa’s efforts to end practice of ‘president for life’ suffer another setback

Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara (78) has finally confirmed he’ll seek a third term in office in October. Within days of this, Guinea’s ruling party asked President Alpha Condé (82) to seek a third term. The actions signal that Africa is a long way from burying the ugly era of presidents for life. The period, which followed immediately after independence and …

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Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo commissions Africa Trade House in Accra

President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday, 17th August 2020 commissioned and handed over the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat building to the African Union Commission (AUC) in Accra. This move is a fulfilment of Ghana’s obligation to provide an office as the Headquarters for the AfCFTA Secretariat and an official residence for the Secretary-General. Delivering a speech at the …

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Nigeria: Abia State Diaspora Dialogue 2020 – Press Statement

Indigenes of Abia State living outside Nigeria gathered for the Abia State Diaspora Dialogue 2020 via a video conference on Saturday (15 August) to deliberate on how they could better contribute to the development of the state. The virtual meeting, convened by the Office of the Special Adviser to Governor, Abia State, on Diaspora Matters, featured speakers from around the …

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Former Angolan leader’s son jailed for 5 years over $500 million theft

  Jose Filomeno dos Santos, the son of Angola’s former president, was on Friday (14 August) sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty on corruption charges, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported. Dos Santos, 42, was charged to court in December over allegations he tried to embezzle up to $1.5 billion (1.3 billion euros) from the country’s sovereign …

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Beware of fake Nigerian driving licence, Berlin lawyer warns Nigerians in Europe

A Berlin-based legal practitioner has warned Nigerians in Germany to be careful when procuring driving licence from their home country. He gave the advice while speaking with The African Courier, revealing that he was presently handling several cases involving fake driving licences from Nigeria which were submitted to the German authorities for recognition.

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Covid-19: More than 1 million infected cases in Africa – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Office for Africa located in Brazzaville, Congo, says there are over one million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent. The UN health agency gave the update on its regional official Twitter account @WHOAFRO on Friday. WHO stated on its dashboard that “there are over 1,000,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – …

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Nigerian basketball player dies suddenly at 27 in Serbia

Michael Ojo, a Nigerian basketball player who previously played for Red Star Belgrade, died at the age of 27 during a training session in the Serbian capital on Friday, the club said. “We are deeply saddened by the news”, Red Star’s spokesperson Igor Vujicin told AFP. The club couldn’t confirm the cause of death, but local media reported that Ojo …

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COVID-19: Africa records 15,000 deaths – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says Africa has recorded over 15,000 COVID-19 deaths. The UN health agency gave the update on its regional official Twitter account @WHOAFRO on Wednesday. WHO stated on its dashboard that “there are over 748,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa, with more than 409,000 recoveries and 15,000 deaths.” READ …

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COVID-19: No evidence Madagascar drug can cure disease, Nigerian researchers say

The head of Nigeria’s agency responsible for the development of drugs and vaccines has described the much-touted herbal tea from Madagascar, COVID-Organics, as not effective in the treatment of the coronavirus infection. Speaking in an interview with the Nigerian daily newspaper Vanguard, Dr Peter Adigwe, said analysis carried out by his organisation, the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development …

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Nelson Mandela’s daughter dies at 59

Zindzi Mandela, South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark, has died at the age of 59. Ms Mandela – the daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela – died in the early hours of Monday (13 July) in a Johannesburg hospital.  She was the youngest daughter of the couple and is reputed to have spent many years involved in South Africa’s freedom struggle. …

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Why Belgian king’s apology to DR Congo is insincere

The Democratic Republic of Congo marked its 60th independence anniversary on 30 June. Belgium’s King Philipe chose the occasion to apologise for his country’s horrendous atrocities against the Congolese people during its colonial occupation of the vast African country. How genuine is the apology? Femi Awoniyi takes a look at the situation of the troubled African country against the background …

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