AFRICA

How to verify the genuineness of your Nigerian driving licence online

Many Nigerians living in the diaspora hold Nigerian driving licences which they use to drive anytime they are visiting their home country. However, it has been revealed that many of these driving licences are not genuine even though they were obtained at the agency officially responsible for issuing the document. A Berlin-based legal practitioner, Efosa Ogieriakhi, recently revealed to The …

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Benin’s President Patrice Talon wins reelection with landslide victory

Beninese President Patrice Talon was re-elected with 86% of the vote, according to provisional results announced Tuesday evening by the Electoral Commission, in a poll where the head of state was facing virtually unknown opposition candidates. “The duo Patrice Talon and Mariam Talata (vice-presidential candidate at his side) obtained in the first round the majority of votes cast,” said Geneviève …

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Burkina Faso to try Ex-president Compaoré over Sankara’s murder case

Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaoré, who is currently living in exile in Côte d’Ivoire, will stand trial for the assassination of his predecessor Thomas Sankara, during the 1987 coup in which he took power, lawyers told AFP on Tuesday. The case was referred Tuesday to the military court in Ouagadougou, after the confirmation of charges against the main defendants, including Blaise …

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UN calls on Uganda to end post-election crackdown

UN human rights experts* today (13 April) called on the Government of Uganda to immediately stop the brutal crackdown on its political opponents which began in the lead-up to January’s disputed general elections and continues to suppress opposition supporters. “We are particularly alarmed by the reports of widespread and continued repression against opposition leaders and their supporters,” the experts said. …

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Mexico returns stolen artefact to Nigeria

The Nigerian Government on Thursday received a stolen Ile-Ife artefact from Mexico.  Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama received the artwork from the Charge D’affaires of the Nigerian mission in Mexico, Yakubu Dadu. “Presented with an ancient bronze sculpture by Dr. Yakubu Dadu, Chargé Affaires of The Nigerian Embassy in Mexico,” the minister tweeted on his official handle. “This Ife …

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Opinion: Why Tanzania had a peaceful transition

Harrison Mwilima, Kiswahili correspondent for the German international broadcaster DW in Berlin, explains how Tanzania’s recent peaceful transition of power following President Magufuli’s death was not only a result of adhering to the constitution but also respecting the country’s political culture. When Tanzania announced the death of President John Pombe Magufuli on March 17, the East African nation went into 21 …

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Nigeria: Government extends deadline for NIN-SIM linkage

The Federal Government has extended the deadline for people to link their National Identification Numbers (NINs) to their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards by one month. This was announced on Friday in a statement jointly signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Head of Corporate Communications at the National …

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Nigerians angry at Buhari’s medical trip to UK

Nigerians are furious that President Muhammadu Buhari has travelled to London for a ‘routine medical check-up’ and are venting their anger online. A statement from the presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, had informed Nigerians on Monday that President Buhari would be travelling to London on Tuesday but he did not reveal Buhari’s condition. Adesina however assured Nigerians that the president would …

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Spain unveils plan for increased engagement with Africa

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has unveiled a new policy “Africa Focus 2023”. He wants to build closer economic and institutional ties with various African countries. Emma Wallis reports Spain is looking to strengthen its political, economic and institutional ties with various African countries. On Monday, March 29, the prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, unveiled his new plan at an event: …

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Three ways Samia Suluhu Hasan can be a successful president in Tanzania – Prof Monda

Prof. David Monda of the City University of New York in this opinion piece outlines the major challenges that the new president of Tanzania faces and how best she should address them and make the country work better —– An old Swahili proverb states, “Hata kiporo ni ugali – Even yesterday’s ugali, is still ugali”. While the legacy of President …

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African Continental Free Trade Area and UNDP announce new partnership

The AfCFTA Secretariat and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a strategic partnership to promote trade as a stimulus for Africa’s socioeconomic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, and as a driver of sustainable development particularly for women and youth in Africa, in line with the SDGs and Agenda 2063 common vison for the continent. The agreement was sealed yesterday by …

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Nigeria: IOM Launches “Blue Bus” campaign against Human Trafficking

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has launched a new project in Abuja, Nigeria, to raise awareness of the scourge of human trafficking among populations at risk in migration prone areas across the country. The 23 March launch marked the tenth anniversary of the Nigeria–Switzerland Migration …

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A quarter of users in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria attacked by malware – new Study

LAGOS, Nigeria, March 23, 2021/ — There is a common misconception that the most dangerous threats to encounter on modern users’ digital journeys are likely to appear during Internet surfing. The reality however, based on the most recent analysis of cyberattacks in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria in 2020 by Kaspersky experts demonstrates that users are in fact more likely …

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British Council joins initiative against Africa’s negative portrayal

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 24, March 2021 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Africa No Filter today announced that the British Council, the UK-based organisation that supports arts, culture, and education initiatives globally, has come on board to fund its work to shift harmful and stereotypical narratives about Africa. The British Council will join seven other organisations – Ford Foundation, Bloomberg, Andrew W. …

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Nigeria, Switzerland celebrate 10 years of Migration Partnership

Nigeria and Switzerland have commemorated the 10th anniversary of a partnership on migration between the two countries. To mark the event, a mobile information campaign bus and a brochure on the “10 Years Migration Partnership Between Nigeria And Switzerland” were launched at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, on Tuesday. The Blue Bus, a “one-stop office for Public Enlightenment and …

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Tanzania’s first female president takes office

Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan was on Friday sworn in as Tanzania’s first female president after the sudden death of John Magufuli two days earlier. Hassan, 61, Muslim from the island of Zanzibar, will finish Magufuli’s second five-year term, set to run until 2025. “I, Samia Suluhu Hassan, promise to be honest and obey and protect the constitution of Tanzania,” said …

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11 Africans named Young Global Leaders by World Economic Forum

LAGOS, Nigeria, March 17, 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Eleven young enterprising Africans, among them two Nigerians, who have been named Young Global Leaders (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF) for 2021, are to benefit from the Aliko Dangote Fellowship endowed to support African Young Global Leaders. The beneficiaries are among 112 persons under 40 years of age, selected as …

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WTO to assist African women entrepreneurs — Okonjo-Iweala

The Director General of World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has pledged that the organisation would assist African women entrepreneurs to improve their businesses. Okonjo-Iweala, who recently assumed office at the global organisation, gave the assurance during a visit to Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, on Wednesday in Abuja. She said the visit of the WTO …

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