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UN appoints Dangote, Adesina, others to combat global malnutrition

Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group, and Akinwunmi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, have been appointed by the United Nations. They are among the 27 global leaders appointed by the UN to combat global malnutrition. António Guterres, the secertary-general of the United Nations, made the appointment as part of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. The statement said …

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Dangote empowers 100,000 Nigerian women with micro-finance grant

In a bid to ameliorate poverty in the country, Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has unveiled plans to empower 106,000 Nigerian women with N1.1 billion worth of micro-grant programme. The philanthropist is set to achieve this through his Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) before the end of 2019. Premium Times, a Nigerian online newspaper reports on Monday that the Aliko Dangote …

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Sowore: Wole Soyinka condemns government’s charges against activist

Professor Wole Soyinka, first African Nobel laureate in literature, has condemned the charges preferred against Omoyele Sowore, human rights activist and convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, by the federal government  of Nigeria. The government preferred a seven counts charges of treasonable felony and money laundering against Sowore on Thursday. The government also accused the human rights activist of causing insult …

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2baba Idibia marks 44th birthday, celebrates ‘two decades in music’

Nigerian hip-hop singer, Innocent Idibia, better known as 2baba, marked his 44th birthday on Wednesday. The singer also celebrated two decades in the music industry by unveiling Tboiz, a boy band which will perform at his ’20 Years A King Concert’.   Speaking at a media launch in Lagos, Nigeria, 2baba said that members of the band would include khiria …

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Sowore: Police barricade SaharaReporters office in Nigeria

Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force have barricaded the Lagos, Nigeria office of SaharaReporters, an online news platform owned by Omoyele Sowore, a prominent Nigerian journalist, human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner currently detained by the government. The security operatives reportedly prevented staff from gaining access into the building premises, located at GRA in the Ikeja area of Lagos State. …

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Protests for Sowore’s freedom to hold in Nigeria, Germany, US, others

There will be a global protest for the release of Omoyele Sowore, a prominent Nigerian journalist, human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner. The protest, according to the TakeItBack Movement, will hold on 18 September in Nigeria and across Nigeria embassies in European countries like Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. Using the hashtag #FreeSoworeNow, the organizers said the protest will also …

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South Africa apologises to Nigeria over xenophobic attacks

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has apologised to Nigeria over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in the country. Ramaphosa sent Jeff Radebe, a special envoy, to President Muhammadu Buhari, to tender an apology letter on behalf of the South Africa government at the state house in Abuja on Monday. Radebe condemned the incessant xenophobic attacks, describing them as …

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Nigeria: Detained activist Omoyele Sowore files fresh bail application in court

Omoyele Sowore, the Nigerian  prominent journalist, human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner, has applied for bail in a fresh application he filed at the Federal Hight Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Sowore, founder of Sahara Reporters, an online news agency based in New York City that focuses on corruption, human rights abuses and other political misconduct in Nigeria,  was arrested 3 …

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Police arrest DR Congo’s ex-health minister for mismanagement of Ebola funds

Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, a former minister of health in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been arrested by the police for alleged mismanagement of $150 million funds, earmarked for Ebola epidemic. Ilunga was grilled earlier this month and he denied any wrongdoing. The police however arrested and detained Ilunga following a tip-off that he was going to flee the …

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Xenophobia: Nigerian mission in South Africa denies arrest of returnees

The Nigerian mission in South Africa, on Friday, denied arrest report of Nigerian returnees by the immigration during the course of evacuation. On Wednesday, 189 Nigerians were evacuated from South Africa, in the wake of xenophobic attacks on them and other foreign nationals living in the country.   The Air Peace flight, which volunteered to evacuate the returnees, arrived the …

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Nigerian Afro-pop singer, Davido proposes marriage to girlfriend

David Adeleke, Nigerian Afropop singer better known as Davido, has proposed marriage to his longtime girlfriend, Chioma Avril Rowland. The 26-year-old singer was seen on his kneel proposing marriage to Chioma in one of the footages he shared on his social media pages on Thursday. “SHE SAID YES!!!! BIG ROCK #ASSURANCE2020,” Davido wrote, as the wife-to-be was seen wearing a …

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