May 28, 2018

South African ‘world’s oldest man’ wants to stop smoking

South African 'world's oldest man' wants to stop smoking Image caption Fredie Blom says there is no special secret to his longevity Fredie Blom spent most of his life as a labourer - on a farm and in the construction industry - in apartheid South Africa but he might soon be recognised as the world's oldest man, as the BBC's Mohammed Allie reports from Cape Town. Although he gave up drinking many years ago, Fredie Blom is still a regular smoker. "Every day I still smoke two to three 'pills'," - local slang for tobacco tightly rolled into a cigarette-length piece of newspaper. "I use my own tobacco because I don't smoke cigarettes. "The urge to smoke is so strong. Sometimes I tell myself I'm going to stop but it's just me lying to myself. My chest chases me to have a puff and I'm then forced to make a 'pill'. "I blame the devil for that because he's so strong," he says with mischievous grin. Celebrity statusThe firs..
May 28, 2018

Nigerian Lawmaker gives wife G-Wagon with special plate “Assurance”

Femi Gbajabiamila, legislator representing Surulere 1 Constituency in the House of Representatives, surprised his wife with a brand new G-Wagon on her 50th birthday. Ovation publisher, Dele […]
May 28, 2018

Kenya arrests youth service chief for theft of N35.7bn

Kenyan authorities have arrested the head of the National Youth Service as part of investigations into a 99-million dollars ( N35.7bn) theft of funds, media said […]
May 28, 2018

Mamoudou Gassama: Migration in the genes of Malians

Mamoudou Gassama: Migration in the genes of Malians Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mamoudou Gassama comes from an ethnic group which is famous for travelling Mamoudou Gassama, who is understood to have been in France for only six months, is among thousands of Malians still making the journey to Europe, despite much-publicised measures to limit immigration to the continent. This is not only because of the failure, so far, of European Union attempts to stop people from crossing the Sahara and Mediterranean. It is also because many of those of who leave Mali - including Mr Gassama, as his surname indicates - are from the Soninke ethnic group. For Soninkes, travelling has for centuries been an obligatory rite of passage to manhood. So well established is the Malian travelling tradition - and so strong are the emigrants' links with home - that when Mali's population is stated to be 12 million, the figure includes a diaspora estimated at about three million people. T..
May 28, 2018

Head of Kenya youth agency arrested in $78m corruption scandal

Head of Kenya youth agency arrested in $78m corruption scandal Image copyright Reuters Image caption The multi-million dollar scandal was brought to light by suppliers who had not been paid Kenyan police have arrested the head of a government youth agency as part of an investigation into the alleged theft of 8bn Kenyan shillings (£59m; $78m). National Youth Service (NYS) Director General Richard Ndubai was detained, while 40 civil servants and 14 private sector officials were charged. The missing funds were allegedly stolen in a scheme involving senior government officials and ghost suppliers. This is the second corruption scandal to hit NYS in the last three years. Africa Live: Updates on this and other news stories Is Kenya serious about tackling corruption? Kenya country profile Kenya's chief prosecutor Noordin Mohamed Haji told a news conference that he would examine the alleged role of banks in the scandal, Reuters reports. The probe is seen as a blow against President U..
May 27, 2018

How the US and Rwanda have fallen out over second-hand clothes

How the US and Rwanda have fallen out over second-hand clothes Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump's "America First" stance on global trade has hit Rwanda, by imposing tariffs on clothing exports from the tiny East African nation. The issue revolves around an obscure import, second-hand clothes, and Rwanda's refusal to back down from the fight. When did the dispute start?In March 2018, the US gave Rwanda 60 days' notice that it would be suspending the landlocked country from selling clothes to America duty free - a status it enjoys under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). Agoa is the flagship US trade legislation designed to boost trade and investment in qualifying African countries by granting duty-free access to 6,500 exported products. "The president's determinations underscore his commitment to enforcing our trade laws and ensuring fairness in our trade relationships," Deputy US Trade Representative CJ Mahoney said at the time. Those 60 d..
May 27, 2018

Mamoudou Gassama: Mali ‘spiderman’ stuns France with Paris child rescue

Mamoudou Gassama: Mali 'spiderman' stuns France with Paris child rescue Image copyright Facebook Image caption Oblivious to the danger, Mamoudou Gassama rapidly pulled himself from balcony to balcony A Malian migrant has been hailed a hero after he scaled the front of a building in Paris to save a child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony. Video of Mamoudou Gassama's spectacular rescue went viral on social media. In less than a minute he pulls himself from balcony to balcony and grabs the four-year-old as a neighbour tries to hold the child from an adjoining flat. President Emmanuel Macron has invited Mr Gassama to the Elysee Palace on Monday to thank him personally. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also praised the 22-year-old's heroism and said she had called him to thank him. The drama was captured in a video posted on Facebook. She referred to him as the "Spiderman of the 18th", referring to the Paris district where the rescue took place. Image copyright Facebook Ima..
May 27, 2018


The Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) Mediation Guidelines (EMG) and the Dialogue and Meditation Curriculum (DMC) were launched in Abuja, on Thursday, 24th May 2018. In a remark during the launch ceremony of the Two policy documents, the Commissioner of Finance of the ECOWAS Commission, Mrs. Halima Ahmed told the Diplomatic Community that the organization developed the “ECOWAS Mediation Guidelines to inform and impact on effective mediation processes in the ECOWAS Region and West Africa”. The Mediation Guidelines, Mrs. Ahmed said, were conceived as tools to guide the ECOWAS Commission’s efforts in the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts in the ECOWAS region taking into consideration the lessons learnt from past efforts and best practices from successful mediation processes. Consequently, Mrs. Ahmed called on stakeholders including ECOWAS-appointed mediators, special envoys and the ECOWAS Council of the Wise to utilize, publicize as well as promote the strate..
May 27, 2018


Ministers of Trade from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have moved to strengthen economic integration among Member States by urging them to adopt and present a common position based on regional instruments at the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations. This was one of the key recommendations of the Ministers during the regional meeting which held on 24th May 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria in order deliberate on trade policies which included the West Africa- European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the ECOWAS Common Trade Policy (CTP). The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, who was represented by the Commissions’ Vice-President, Madam Finda Koroma stated that the meeting showed the shared objective of Member States of delivering the region from poverty, food insecurity and entrenching prosperity among Community citizens. President Brou highlighted several developments in the areas of trade and customs in t..
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