June 29, 2018

West African journalists pledge to work with ECOWAS’ peace building instruments for regional stability

Abuja, 28th June 2018. Media professionals from across 15-Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have pledged to work with the available peace building instruments of the Commission while giving visibility to ECOWAS activities in realizing the community’s peace and security mandate. In this regard, the more than 30 journalists selected from the print, electronic and online platforms also want the ECOWAS Commission to support the drive for the establishment of media networks in the region for greater synergy and syndication of stories that promote peace and security. In the 13-point communique reached at the end of their 3-Day Workshop which ended in Abuja on the 27th of June 2018, participants urged the ECOWAS Commission to improve the existing partnership with the aim of promoting “continuous structured engagement” while dousing tensions that can undermine the peace and security architecture of the community. The journalists who, alongside ECOWAS of..
June 29, 2018

Africa’s week in pictures: 22-28 June 2018

Africa's week in pictures: 22-28 June 2018 A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright AFP Image caption A girl smiles during a lesson at a camp for displaced people in Somalia's capital on Monday… Image copyright AFP Image caption University students have been volunteering to teach about 600 children at various camps in Mogadishu for more than a year, AFP reports. Image copyright AFP Image caption A Kenyan couple dance on Saturday at the construction site of a railway between Nairobi and Naivasha as the president came to inspect the project… Image copyright AFP Image caption Here a track-laying machine is pictured constructing what will be Kenya's longest railway bridge. Image copyright AFP Image caption Vets prepare to shoot a black rhino with a tranquiliser on Tuesday so it can be relocated from Nairobi National Park to an area in the south-east of the country. Image copyright AFP Image caption O..
June 28, 2018

Nigeria fuel truck blaze kills at least nine

Nigeria fuel truck blaze kills at least nine Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The fuel truck is believed to have lost control after its brakes failed A petrol tanker has caught fire in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, killing at least nine people, officials say. More than 50 vehicles, including five buses, were set ablaze after the truck lost control and spilled its contents on a busy motorway during rush hour. The tanker is said to have crashed after its brakes failed. Fuel explosions are common in Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil producer. Petrol is transported via badly maintained roads and vehicles. The incident on Thursday occurred at about 17:30 local time (16:30 GMT) on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, one of the main motorways into the city. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The incident occurred during rush hour on a busy motorway A representative from the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) told the BBC that the tanker lost control as it approached a bridge,..
June 28, 2018

In pictures: Despair as Senegal crash out of World Cup

In pictures: Despair as Senegal crash out of World Cup Image copyright Getty Images Sport Image caption Senegal defender Salif Sané looks devastated as the final whistle is blown in Russia's Samara arena Senegal came so close but in the end have been eliminated from the World Cup because they had received more yellow cards than Japan. That means all five African teams - Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria - have been knocked out of the group stages. It's the first time since 1982 that no African team has made it through to the knockout stage. Here is how Senegal's 1-0 defeat to Colombia played out. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Fans of both teams were all smiles before kick-off Image copyright AFP Image caption This Senegal supporter takes their 'Lions of Teranga' nickname quite literally Image copyright AFP Image caption Senegal had an early penalty call overruled by the video assistant referee system (VAR) after this challenge on Sadio Mané...
June 28, 2018

Kenyan police ‘killed aristocrat Alexander Monson’

Kenyan police 'killed aristocrat Alexander Monson' Image copyright Monson Family Image caption Alexander Monson died in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of smoking cannabis A British aristocrat who died in custody in Kenya was beaten to death by police, an inquest has ruled. Alexander Monson, 28, son of Lord Nicholas Monson, was arrested for allegedly smoking cannabis in the Diani beach resort in May 2012. His family has always maintained he was killed by the police, while officers claimed he died of a drug overdose. Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo has recommended four officers be prosecuted. More from Lincolnshire According to the AFP news agency, Mr Odenyo said: "His death was not natural, neither was it due to drugs. "His life was cut short by the police and therefore, the director of public prosecution should prosecute the officers mentioned." The officers suspected of being involved - named as Naftali Chege, John Pamba, Charles Munyiri and Is..
June 28, 2018

‘Voodoo’ nurse Josephine Iyamu guilty of sex trafficking

'Voodoo' nurse Josephine Iyamu guilty of sex trafficking Image copyright Google Maps Image caption Josephine Iyamu will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court next week A British nurse has been convicted of trafficking five Nigerian women into Germany to work as prostitutes after subjecting them to voodoo rituals. Josephine Iyamu forced the women to swear oaths to hand over money to her during "juju" ceremonies. Iyamu, 51, formerly of Bermondsey, was convicted of five counts of arranging or facilitating travel for sexual exploitation at Birmingham Crown Court. Jurors also found her guilty of perverting the course of justice. The voodoo rituals saw the women forced to eat chicken hearts, drink blood containing worms, and have powder rubbed into cuts, the court heard. The case is the first in England and Wales in which a British citizen has been prosecuted for sexual trafficking offences committed outside the UK. Iyamu, who was born in Liberia, will be sentenced on Wednesday.
June 28, 2018

Stanley Kwenda: The rise of Senegal’s coach Aliou Cissé

The rise of Senegal's World Cup coach Aliou Cissé Image copyright Getty Images Sport Image caption Insiders say that Cissé - the only black coach at the World Cup - is a born leader with extraordinary willpower Senegal's national football team coach Aliou Cissé is a perfectionist. He is known for his attention to detail and no-nonsense approach. It's a trait that dates back to the time as captain of the Lions of Teranga. He led his country to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals in South Korea and Japan. That was a highlight in a career of mixed fortunes. In the same year, Senegal lost the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) final to Cameroon in Mali. He was to end his football career in 2005 without a trophy for his country. That failure has spurred him on to succeed as a coach. Sheer determinationSalif Diao, who played with Cissé between 2000 to 2005, remembers him as a fighter. "The day we lost 2002 Afcon final to Cameroon, we were sharing rooms," Diao says. "Cissé was so gu..
June 28, 2018

Kenya fire: Several dead in Nairobi market

Kenya fire: Several dead in Nairobi market Image copyright AFP Image caption The Gikomba is one of Nairobi's largest markets At least 15 people have been killed in a fire in a market in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. More than 50 people were injured in the blaze, which broke out in the middle of the night destroying many properties. The Gikomba is one of the largest open-air markets in the city and fires there are frequent, leading to speculation about possible arson attacks, The Standard newspaper says. However, the cause of the current fire is not known. Some of the victims were burned while others inhaled poisonous fumes as they tried to salvage their property. Pictures from Reuters news agency showed people searching the wreckage and ash. The injured have been rushed to different hospitals across the city.
June 27, 2018

Surf competition accused of ‘sexism’ over prize money

Surf competition accused of 'sexism' over prize money Image copyright The Ballito Pro Image caption Rio Waida (left) won twice as much as Zoe Steyn Organisers of a junior surf competition in South Africa have been accused of sexism after discrepancies in the prize money awarded to the male and female winners. Rio Waida and Zoe Steyn claimed first place in the boys' and girls' 2018 Billabong Junior Series Ballito Pro event on Sunday. A photograph of the pair posing with their winners' cheques has drawn waves of criticism online, as Rio is shown to have won double Zoe's prize. The photograph, which was posted to the competition's Facebook page, has been shared widely - and sparked discussion about gender equality. Skip Facebook post by The Ballito Pro Meet your 2018 Billabong Junior Series Ballito Pro Junior winners, Rio Waida (Indonesia) and Zoe Steyn (East London, SA)... Posted by The Ballito Pro on Sunday, 24 June 2018 Report End of Facebook post by..
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