June 22, 2018

ECOWAS Commission holds 3-day Peace building workshop for journalists

Abuja 22nd June 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is organising a 3-Day Workshop for journalists drawn from the 15-Mmeber States of the Community. The Workshop, holding from the 25t to the 27th of June 2018 at the Commission’s Headquarter building, in Abuja, Nigeria, is meant to examine the “role of the media in promoting peace and security in the ECOWAS region”. The Workshop aims to help disseminate information about ECOWAS peace and security mandate, as well as actions and programmes in Member States through national public and private media. In order to enhance the visibility of ECOWAS peace and security interventions in Member States, the Workshop will provide West African journalists appropriate information on peace and security efforts of the ECOWAS Commission to enable them better informed and engaged with ECOWAS citizens and thereby effectively promote and security in the region. In its interface, the Workshop will feature presen..
June 22, 2018

African teens: We are proud to be black

African teens: We are proud to be black Image caption The surveyed teenagers were almost unanimous in feeling proud to be African Africa is the future and its young people have big plans for making it the greatest continent on earth. That was the message from more than 180 teenagers questioned by the British Council and BBC Africa's new youth programme What's New? As well as having lots of ideas, these young people, aged 14 and 15, aren't holding back when it comes to their own ambitions. "President of my country", "the greatest physicist in the world", "a footballer just like Messi", "a doctor who eradicates breast cancer" were just some of the answers when we asked our youngsters what they want to be when they grow up. But though they are excited for the future, they are not naïve about the challenges ahead. 'More important than our parents'"We are the wealthiest continent on the planet in terms of raw materials, but our leaders… let foreigners exploit th..
June 22, 2018

Joseph Mbilinyi takes Tanzania to court over rap song ban

Joseph Mbilinyi takes Tanzania to court over rap song ban Image copyright JOSEPH MBILINYI Image caption Joseph Mbilinyi was sentenced to five months in jail for allegedly defaming the president. Tanzanian MP Joseph Mbilinyi says he will sue the government for banning his rap song about the state of prisons. Basata, the Kiswahili acronym for the country's arts council, banned the song for using words that "incite public violence". The song was leaked after the opposition MP, popularly known as MC Sugu, was jailed for allegedly defaming President John Magufuli. The ban comes amid complaints about restrictions to freedom of expression. Read Africa Live for more on this and other stories on the continent Why Diamond Platnumz is in trouble for a kiss East Africa cracks down on 'fake news' More about Tanzania Basata said in a press statement that the song, which it dubbed #219, had generated numerous complaints from the public and "brings into jeopardy the reputation of the..
June 22, 2018

Akon to build ‘real Wakanda’ in Senegal

Akon wants to build 'real life Wakanda' using a currency called AKoin Image copyright Getty Images Akon says he's planning to release a new cryptocurrency named after himself - called Akoin. Speaking at the Cannes Lions Festival on Monday, the Locked Up singer said he believed cryptocurrency could be "the saviour of Africa". AKoin's official website says the singer wants the app "on every mobile phone" between now and December. And Akon says he's also planning to build a "crypto city" in Senegal which he calls "a real-life Wakanda". Image copyright AKoin Image caption AKoin's offical website details the plans for the new currency The website says Akon has been "gifted" 2,000 acres of land by the President of Senegal to build the city - which is also named after himself. Akon Crypto City will apparently be "a short drive" from Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Just like Wakanda in Marvel's Black Panther, Akon promises says his city will be a "futuristic..
June 21, 2018

Africa’s week in pictures: 15-21 June 2018

Africa's week in pictures: 15-21 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 dancer from the Turkana ethnic group performs in blue light at a cultural festival in Kenya's capital Nairobi... Image copyright AFP Image caption All in all, 14 ethnic groups were represented, including the Samburu... Image copyright AFP Image caption The small El Molo community, whose language is almost extinct, were also there to showcase Kenya's ethnic diversity... Image copyright AFP Image caption So were the Rendille, whose close relationship with the Samburu has led to many mixed marriages and the emergence of a hybrid culture. Image copyright Reuters Image caption In Nigeria, a bronze work is displayed in a shop in southern Benin city, the seat of one of the oldest kingdoms in the region until its annexation by the British Empire in 1897. Image copyright AFP Image caption Burundians pe..
June 21, 2018

Salva Kiir: South Sudan’s president in a cowboy hat

Salva Kiir: South Sudan's president in a cowboy hat Image copyright AFP Salva Kiir Mayardit became the first president of Africa's newest country - South Sudan - in 2011, and within two years was presiding over a civil war that has created the largest refugee crisis on the continent and a famine. Always seen in public with his trademark cowboy hat, the former rebel commander, who specialised in military intelligence, is an accidental politician. A poor public speaker, he was seen as a moderate within the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), and its armed wing the SPLA, during the long fight for independence from northern Sudan. Observers say this may well have been why he was chosen to assume the leadership of the SPLM in 2005 following the sudden death of its founding leader John Garang in a helicopter crash. Mr Garang's death was a blow to the SPLM, coming just three months after he had negotiated a peace deal with the Khartoum government to end three decad..
June 21, 2018

Riek Machar: South Sudan warlord turned peacemaker?

Riek Machar: South Sudan warlord turned peacemaker? Image copyright Reuters Riek Machar is a man who wears many labels: rebel leader, former vice-president, warlord and now, possibly, peacemaker. Emerging from enforced isolation in South Africa, Mr Machar, a central figure in Sudanese and South Sudanese politics for decades, and his bitter river Salva Kiir are expected to hold a meeting which could mark the beginning of the end for a conflict which has torn the world's youngest country apart for five years. But South Sudan - and Mr Machar - have been here before. A peace deal signed in 2015 resulted in him returning to the capital, Juba, to take up a new post in the unity government, only to flee months later as fighting escalated once more. So who is this man apparently holding the fate of a nation in his hands? 'Warlord'Mr Machar is reputed to be a wily operator, switching sides on several occasions during the long north-south conflict as he sought to strengthen his ow..
June 21, 2018

Ghanaian denied UK visa to save sister’s life

Stem-cell match brother denied visa to save Walsall sister's life Image copyright Anthony Nolan Trust/Shirley Kordie Image caption Amelia Chong, of the charity, said: "Put simply, Shirley will die without this stem cell transplant" A woman with a rare blood cancer is being denied a life-saving transplant from her brother because he doesn't earn enough, a charity has said. Shirley Kordie, 33, has hypoplastic MDS and will leave her son, Blessing, four, without a mother if she is not treated. Her brother Joseph, who lives in Ghana, is a "perfect" stem cell match but his visa application was denied due to his "financial circumstances". The Home Office has been asked to comment. Midlands Live: Road closed after body found; Boy charged with murder after street attackMs Kordie said: "My life is in danger - I need to get my life back for my son. "I have my little boy, and I want to live for him." The Anthony Nolan Trust has launched a campaign to support Ms Kordie, who has been rec..
June 21, 2018

Why West African Security architecture has to be sensitive to new threats of Terrorism

Commissioner Behanzin (Middle), Director Ajibewa( 2nd right), Chairman Dimba (2nd left ) flanked by Dr. Vivian Iwar, and Mr. Obeche Usman Abuja, 20th June 2018. Because of the complexities surrounding its operations, terrorism is a threat to all states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Sahel whose decimation requires a holistic approach. Such an approach, according to the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) General Francis Behanzin, also requires a Defense Force that is adapted to the new threats of terrorism which knows no national boundaries. Cross section of Ambassadors Commissioner Behanzin was speaking on the 20th of June 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria while opening the 28th Session of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council (MSC) at the Ambassadorial level. Addressing the Ambassadors of Member States accredited to ECOWAS, the Commissioner said there is a high need for coherent action to be taken which rela..
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