AFRICA

German-supported centre for returnees opens in Accra

A German-supported centre has opened at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra to provide both voluntary and forced returnees from Europe advice on available reintegration initiatives and livelihood support programmes by the government and other agencies for their re-establishment process. The Migration Information Centre for Returnees (MICR) was declared open by the Chief Director of the ministry, Mrs Adelaide …

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Ugandan writer arrives in Germany after fleeing torture

Award-winning Ugandan author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, who fled the country after being charged with insulting President Yoweri Museveni, has arrived in Germany to seek medical treatment after being “tortured” in jail, his lawyer said Wednesday. Rukirabashaija’s lawyer, Eron Kiiza, confirmed his client’s arrival in Germany on Wednesday, describing the news as “a big relief”. The Ugandan writer’s arrival was also welcomed …

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Nigeria: NDDC’s achievements and challenges facing it under new leadership – Barrister Ekene Onwuka

Prince Anthony Ekene Onwuka, a Germany-based lawyer and project management consultant, is the Special Assistant, Project Monitoring and Special Duties, Presidential Monitoring Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The Commission, established in 2001, is saddled with the responsibility of redressing the historical neglect to which the oil and gas-rich region had been subjected by successive governments since independence. …

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How to curb the cybercrime menace in Nigeria

cybercrime, popularly known as “Yahoo-Yahoo”, is a crime perpetrated through electronic communication network, particularly the internet. This menace is very rampant among youths within the age of fourteen to twenty-one and it had done incalculable damage to the image of Nigeria. Cybercrime can be perpetrated through many ways e.g. phone calls, internet calls, sending of scam emails containing “get rich …

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AfDB chief pays homage to late President John Magufuli of Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 14, 2022/ — The President of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, ended his three-day official visit to Tanzania with a moving tribute to the late President John Magufuli, who died in office last March. Adesina on Thursday travelled to the north-western town of Chato to pay homage to the late …

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Tech Start-ups Key to Africa’s Digital Transformation but.. – New report

Start-up funding in Africa topped $1.2 billion in 2020 – a six-fold increase in five years, but still less than 1% of the value that US start-ups raised. The continent’s research and development (R&D) investment is only a quarter of the global averageAfrica is trailing behind the world in developing a knowledge-based, digital economyGovernments can change this by fuelling tech …

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Bayelsa Govt Partners AfricanTide Union on Skills Development

The Bayelsa State Government has said that it would partner with the AfricanTide Union, an international social development organisation, to train over 200 Bayelsans in various skills. The Commissioner for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Hon. Stanley Braboke, stated this on Monday during a meeting with the management of AfricanTide Union in Yenagoa. He expressed delight that the AfricanTide Technical Training …

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Uhuru Kenyatta, Mo Salah, others win African awards

PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom, January 12th, 2021,-/African Media Agency(AMA)/- The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards committee has unveiled the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, as the African Political Leader of the Year 2021; the President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masis, as the African Peace & Security Leader of the Year 2021; Egyptian Football Star, Mo Salah, as ALM Young …

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OPINION | Why We Need African Energy Banks. Now

NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber, argues against those pushing for a halt to new investments in Africa’s oil and gas industry. The majority of those making these demands are based in industrialized nations that were built on fossil fuels, he argues. For more than a year, the African Energy Chamber has been pushing back against steadily building pressure …

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Africa’s most enduring political party celebrates milestone

The African National Congress of South Africa marks 110 years of its existence on 8 January 2012. The Congress, which led the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa, has been governing the country since its independence in 1994. Our Senior Contributing Editor Eric Singh**, who joined the ANC in 1951 and participated actively in the struggle against Apartheid, …

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What Africa needs to do to make AfCFTA succeed

It is projected that under the African Continental Free Trade Area, extreme poverty will significantly decline across the continent, writes Zion Adeoye, Managing Director for Centurion Law Group’s AfCFTA Desk, and he lists what Africa has to do to realise the potential of the trade agreement — Established in 2018, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents perhaps Africa’s …

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MEP Herzberger-Fofana pays tribute to Desmond Tutu

Dr. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Member of the European Parliament representing Germany on the platform of the Green Party, pays tribute to Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the South African Anglican bishop and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist who died at the age of 90 on 26 December. —– The South African Archbishop of the Anglican Church passed …

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu: How best to honour his memory by Strive Masiyiwa

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the South African Anglican bishop and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist, died at the age of 90 on 26 December. The clergyman, who in 1984 received the Nobel Prize for Peace, emerged as one of the most prominent opponents of South Africa’s apartheid system of racial segregation and white minority …

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Opinion: Why elections are failing in Africa

The year 2021 has been characterized by thirteen elections in Africa – in Uganda, Niger, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Benin, Chad, Ethiopia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Zambia, Somalia, Cabo Verde, Gambia, and Libya. Of these 13 elections, only those in Zambia, Cabo Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe could be considered free and fair. Why are elections failing in Africa? …

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WhatsApp launches Campaign against Fake News in Nigeria

WhatsApp, has announced the launch of #YouSaid, a campaign to educate people on how to verify information they come across before passing it on, to help reduce the spread of false news in Nigeria. The campaign offers tips for WhatsApp users to spot false news and take responsibility in minimising its spread, by encouraging people to think carefully and check …

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Adama Barrow reelected Gambian president

Incumbent president of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, has won the country’s presidential election held on Saturday December 4. Mr Barrow, who contested the election under the flagship of the National People’s Party (NPP), polled 457, 519 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ousainou Darboe, of the United Democratic Party (UDP). Mr Darboe garnered 238, 253 votes, according to results released …

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Ford Foundation, Open Society launch Fund against Sexual Violence in West Africa

With $3.75 million in seed funding, Kasa! hopes to raise $10 million in total to support sexual violence survivors and feminist and women’s rights organisations over the next five years LAGOS, Nigeria, December 3, 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Today, the Ford Foundation and Open Society Initiative for West Africa, announced their commitment of $3.75 million to launch Kasa! Ending Sexual …

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G-PAD: Speakers identify main challenges to sustainable development in Africa

Distinguished speakers from different walks of life addressed the 2021 G-PAD Forum on Thursday 25 (November), discussing the issues surrounding sustainable development in Africa. Among the keynote speakers at the opening of the conference, holding on 24-25 November with the theme ‘Transformative Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Africa’, were Philip Keil, Executive Director, SEZ – Foundation for Development Cooperation, Baden-Württemberg; …

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