EUROPE

The European Parliament at 70 by Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana

Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, a member of the European Parliament representing Germany on the platform of the Greens, writes on the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the European Parliament which took place on 22 November in the French city of Strasbourg —– Genesis of the European ParliamentThe European Parliament celebrated its 70th anniversary on 22 November in Strasbourg in the …

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Nigerians in Europe elect leaders amid controversies

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) held its annual general meeting on 10-14 November in Rome, Italy. The event, which featured several activities including a conference on diaspora foreign direct investment in Nigeria, was graced by the Nigerian ambassador to Italy, HE Mfawa Abam, and his counterpart to the Holy See, HE Paul Oga Adikwu, and retired Ambassador Joseph …

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Interview: My agenda for NIDOE if reelected – Bashir Obasekola

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) will hold its annual general meeting on 10-14 November in Rome, Italy. A new central executive committee that will run the organisation for the next two years will also be elected during the gathering.In this second part of the exclusive interview with The African Courier, Dr Bashir Olalekan Obasekola, the Chairman of NIDOE, …

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Interview: Why NIDO is important to Nigerians abroad — Obasekola

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) will hold its annual general meeting on 10-14 November in Rome, Italy. A new central executive committee will also be elected during the gathering. In an exclusive interview with The African Courier, Dr Bashir Olalekan Obasekola, the Chairman of NIDOE, talks about the organisation, its relevance to Nigerians living abroad and what it …

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Nigerians in Europe head to Rome for annual NIDO conference

Nigerians from across Europe will gather in Rome, Italy, on 10-14 November for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE). Dr Bashir Olalekan Obasekola, chairman of NIDOE, will deliver a keynote speech, highlighting the activities of the organisation since he assumed office two years ago. Among the activities scheduled to take place during the …

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New British prime minister makes history

Britain’s former finance minister Rishi Sunak assumed office as the country’s prime minister on Tuesday (25 October), following Liz Truss’s resignation last week after just six weeks in office. It’s been a tumultuous period for British politics as the government struggles to stabilise the economy of the country, one of the world’s biggest. Sunak, who had been selected as leader …

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GPAD: Conference on Africa to hold in Berlin

The COVID-19 pandemic had already dampened the steady economic upswing in Africa. Then came the war in Ukraine, which has led to sharp increases in food and energy prices, imposing severe challenges on African countries as the living conditions of the people worsen across the continent. At the same time, EU’s efforts to partner with African countries have increased significantly …

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First Black British finance minister loses his job

Kwasi Kwarteng became the first casualty of the crisis of public confidence plaguing the new British government on Friday when he was sacked as chancellor of the exchequer 38 days after his appointment by Prime Minister Liz Truss. “You have asked me to stand aside as your Chancellor. I have accepted,” the first Black finance minister in British history said …

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African refugee activist becomes national political star in Italy

The activist Aboubakar Soumahoro was elected into Italy’s lower chamber of Parliament on 25 September. He has dedicated his work to fighting for migrants and workers who are exploited in the fields, namely those who are often regarded as “invisible”. “Our shared dream reaches Parliament.” With this phrase, Aboubakar Soumahoro celebrated his election into the Italian Chamber of Deputies on …

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Employers can ban Muslim headscarves at the workplace, rules EU Court

European employers can ban workers from wearing any visible sign of their political, philosophical or religious beliefs, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday. According to the EU’s top court, the ban “may be justified by the employer’s need to present itself in a neutral manner to customers or to prevent social conflicts.” The ECJ said such a …

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David Alaba named Austria’s Sportsman of the Year

David Alaba has once again been voted “Sportsman of the Year” in Austria. It’s the third time in his career (after 2013 and 2014) that the professional footballer would be bestowed with the honour. The winner is chosen in a poll conducted by the members of the Austrian Sports Journalists Association. Alaba is the eighth athlete to be named Austria’s …

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Meet the three new Black Ministers in UK government

Prime Minister Liz Truss did not waste time to appoint her cabinet after taking over at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday. The new Conservative British leader named a 31-member cabinet that surprisingly includes three ministers of African origin. These are Kwasi Kwarteng, Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister), James Cleverly, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, and …

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Women At The Well holds Global Convention in Germany

Women At The Well Of Living Waters, an empowering community of women headquartered in London, holds its global convention in the southwestern German city of Esslingen on 5-7 August. The 3-day event, tagged W@LWGERMANY2022, provides a forum for women from all walks of life to share their experiences and network. Among the activities that will take place at the conference …

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Mo Farah confesses to false identity

British long-distance runner Mohamed Farah has revealed for the first time in a BBC documentary that he lives under an assumed name. The four-time Olympic champion said in pre-released excerpts of the show, titled “The Real Mo Farah”. The 39-year-old, who is from Somalia, said he was born Hussein Abdi Kahin in a region that has since largely become independent …

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Lisbon: Buhari calls on Nigerians abroad to promote unity at home

President Muhammadu Buhari met with a selected number of Nigerians living in Portugal, on Wednesday night in Lisbon, and he reiterated the commitment of his administration to support citizens living outside Nigeria. Buhari called on Nigerians in the diaspora to always contribute their quota to the development of the nation. ‘‘In every field of human endeavour, be it the creative …

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SPECIAL: How Black People in Europe Began to Organise

An international conference sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the Initiative of Black People in Germany brings together activists and scholars in Berlin By Femi Awoniyi* People of African descent have historically been part of European societies. Indeed, their roots on the continent date back centuries, even if this fact is barely acknowledged in modern history books. “Black Europe: …

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Conference on Black People in Europe holds in Berlin

People of African descent have been part of European societies for decades and even centuries. Scholars, journalists and activists will gather in Berlin on 10-12 June to interrogate the history of organisation in Black communities in Europe. The international conference, entitled Black Europe: The Beginnings of Black Self-Organization in Europe, will examine the question of when, where and how Black …

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Africa Centre London reopens after £5.6 Million facelift

After years of planning and a little over 12 months of building and refurbishment work, The Africa Centre – an establishment that celebrates contemporary African culture and heritage – is finally ready to welcome its patrons and supporters to its new home in Southwark, London on 9 June. “It will continue to act as a bold and transformative bridge between …

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