May 11, 2018

ECOWAS Commission calls for a focus on Industrialisation to realise new Vision

Mrs Finda Koroma, the Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission Abuja 11th May 2018. In order to realize the vision of an empowered, economically liberated community of people, there must now be a renewed focus on industrialization and the creation of jobs for the citizens who occupy of the West African region. This disclosure was made on the 11th of May 2018 by the Vice President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Mrs. Finda Koroma at the 13th meeting of the Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee (SPCC) holding in Abuja, Nigeria from the 9th to 12th of May 2018. Declaring the meeting open, madam Vice President who spoke on behalf of the Commission’s President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, emphasized that the focus on industrialization should be done through value addition and light manufacturing while building the critical economic and social infrastructure necessary for the improvement of intra-regional trade. The Vice President of the ECOWAS Co..
May 11, 2018

Kenyan breastfeeding mum ‘shamed’ by Nairobi restaurant

Kenyan breastfeeding mum 'shamed' by Nairobi restaurant Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The incident has sparked outrage (stock image) A Kenyan mother has told how she was humiliated by two waitresses for breastfeeding her baby at a restaurant in downtown Nairobi. The woman, 26, who identified herself only as Betty Kim, was so upset she posted about the 7 May incident at the Olive Restaurant on a Facebook group. The post quickly went viral, with mothers leaping to her defence and even planning a march on the restaurant. The eatery has appealed for calm while it deals with the matter. In a post on its own Facebook page, it appeals for Ms Kim to come forward so it can get to the bottom of the matter. It says it is only aware of the incident because of the posts on social media. 'I can't feed in a toilet'Ms Kim told the BBC she was confronted by staff after starting to breastfeed her one-year-old daughter. "I was waiting for my order of beef stew, cabb..
May 11, 2018

Alastair Leithead: How US failures ended in Niger deaths

US Niger ambush: How raft of failures ended in death Image copyright Reuters Image caption The US and Nigerien convoy (L) was attacked by militants in the red area The deaths of four special forces soldiers in a small corner of Niger known as Tongo Tongo was the largest loss of American military life in Africa since the "Black Hawk Down" killings in Somalia 25 years ago. Now an investigation into their killing last October, has found "individual, organisational and institutional failures and deficiencies" contributed to their deaths. In America, the first response to the attack was to ask what US troops were doing in this lesser-known part of Africa, and if it was a supporting mission, why were they in danger? The issue was inflated when one of the widows claimed President Donald Trump's call of condolence was insensitive. And when various explanations of how they were killed didn't seem to add up, there were calls for an inquiry. How did US soldiers come under attack in Nig..
May 11, 2018

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul is keen on Sweden-born Kerim Mrabti switching

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul is keen on persuading Kerim Mrabti to play for the Carthage Eagles despite the midfielder having played three times for Sweden.
May 11, 2018

DR Congo: Foreign Office probes reports Britons kidnapped

DR Congo: Foreign Office probes reports Britons kidnapped Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The national park is known for its mountain gorillas Reports that two Britons have been kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being investigated by the Foreign Office. Local media say a female wildlife ranger - who was with the pair - was killed. The incident took place just north of the city of Goma in the Virunga National Park. The area, known for its mountain gorillas, has seen a number of killings and kidnappings in recent years.
May 11, 2018

New $10bn fund for global education launched

Gordon Brown launches global funding plan for schools Image copyright Unicef Image caption Refugees in Chad: Conflicts have disrupted the education of tens of millions Gordon Brown is launching a $10bn (£7.4bn) scheme to widen access to education in some of the world's poorest countries. The UN global education envoy and ex-UK prime minister wants donor countries to act as guarantors on low-cost lending for projects. The fund aims to tackle the problem of 260 million children without schools. Mr Brown warned the UN in New York that such gaps would have "catastrophic consequences". The International Finance Facility for Education, backed by the UN and World Bank, aims to provide $10bn worth of loans and grants to allow poorer countries to build schools and hire teachers. 'Civil rights struggle'The funding would create places for an initial 20 million children currently out of school. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was "critical" to get international suppor..
May 11, 2018

DR Congo’s Kasai crisis: 400,000 children face starvation

DR Congo's Kasai crisis: 400,000 children face starvation Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some children are already starving to death in Kasai Some 400,000 children are at risk of starving to death in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations says. Thousands of families in the Kasai region fled to the bush, where they stayed for months, short of food and water, many have already died. The Kasai region, once one of the most prosperous and peaceful in DR Congo, descended into violence in 2016. Long-simmering resentment exploded into rebellion against the government. In December 2017, the UN declared the crisis in DR Congo as the highest level of emergency - the same as Yemen, Syria and Iraq. More on this and other stories from Africa 'The army threw people into the river in Kasai' Human crisis in Congo 'worse than Syria' The UN children's agency Unicef has appealed for $88m (£65m) in aid for Kasai. Unicef spokesperson Christophe Boulierac..
May 11, 2018

Inside Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid: Against powerful foes, does the African nation have a chance?

Morocco will go ahead with many of the plans in its 2026 World Cup bid even if they fail to win the right to host the tournament.
May 10, 2018

Africa’s week in pictures: 4 May – 10 May 2018

Africa's week in pictures: 4 May - 10 May 2018 A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright AFP Image caption Men dressed in traditional Libyan costumes attend a military parade in the eastern city of Benghazi. Image copyright AFP Image caption A model presents a creation by Nigerian designer Yemi Shoyemi during a bridal fashion week in Nigeria's main city, Lagos... Image copyright Reuters Image caption While a groom dances at his wedding in the same city... Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dressed in their finest outfits, these women also join in the wedding celebrations... Image copyright AFP Image caption While back at the bridal fashion week, mannequins are dressed in traditional white gowns. Image copyright AFP Image caption Kenyan actresses Sheila Munyiva (L) and Samantha Mugatsia during a photocall for Rafiki at the Cannes Film Festival. The Kenyan film has been banned in Kenya because of its..
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