May 4, 2018

Jean-Claude Kassi Brou and Gbehzohngar Findley sign the Headquarters Agreement for the ECOWAS Radio in Monrovia

Exchange of documents between Jean-Claude Kassi Brou (left) and Gbehzohngar Findley Monrovia, 2nd May 2018. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission President, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou and the Liberia Foreign Affairs Minister, Gbehzohngar Milton Findley have signed the headquarters agreement for the regional organisation’s radio in Monrovia. A ceremony to mark the signing of the agreement was held on Tuesday, 1st May 2018 in the Liberian capital. The headquarters agreement documents were officially signed by Jean-Claude Kassi Brou on behalf of ECOWAS Commission and Gbehzohngar Milton Findley on behalf of the Liberian government. Mr Brou, while responding to the questions raised by journalists during the press conference which held after the signing ceremony, stated that the ECOWAS Radio will contribute to regional integration and economic development of the Community. “We need to make the ECOWAS Radio a powerful instrument to convey information to West Africa..
May 4, 2018

JEAN-CLAUDE KASSI BROU AND GBEHZOHNGAR FINDLEY SIGN THE HEADQUARTERS AGREEMENT FOR THE ECOWAS RADIO IN MONROVIA

Echange de documents entre Jean-Claude Kassi Brou (à g.) et Gbehzohngar Findley The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission President, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou and the Liberia Foreign Affairs Minister, Gbehzohngar Milton Findley have signed the headquarters agreement for the regional organisation’s radio in Monrovia. A ceremony to mark the signing of the agreement was held on Tuesday, 1st May 2018 in the Liberian capital. The headquarters agreement documents were officially signed by Jean-Claude Kassi Brou on behalf of ECOWAS Commission and Gbehzohngar Milton Findley on behalf of the Liberian government. Mr Brou, while responding to the questions raised by journalists during the press conference which held after the signing ceremony, stated that the ECOWAS Radio will contribute to regional integration and economic development of the Community. “We need to make the ECOWAS Radio a powerful instrument to convey information to West African citizens in order to promo..
May 4, 2018

South Africa gold miners die after earthquake strikes

South Africa gold miners die after earthquake strikes Image copyright AFP Image caption The epicentre of the earthquake struck near where the miners were working Four miners have died after an earthquake caused a cave-in at a South African gold mine. The miners were among 10 rescued from Sibanye-Stillwater's Masakhane mine, west of Johannesburg, after the incident on Thursday. Three miners remain trapped, two of whom are still unaccounted for, the company said. South Africa is a leading gold producer, but the industry has often been accused of a poor safety record. Africa Live: For more on this and other stories from the continent $400m payout for South African miners The human cost of South Africa's mining industry This is the second large-scale incident at mines controlled by Sibanye-Stillwater in recent months. Back in February, 955 miners became trapped underground for more than 24 hours after a storm knocked out the power, and the back-up generators failed to work. Me..
May 3, 2018

DR Congo crisis: Why a trainee nun was shot dead at church

DR Congo crisis: Why a trainee nun was shot dead at church Image copyright Courtesy of Kapangala family Image caption Thérèse Kapangala, who was training to become a nun, was killed at a protest in January The BBC's Africa editor Fergal Keane reports on how the Catholic Church has become the main opposition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By the time her brother arrived on the scene Thérèse Kapangala was already dead. She lay in a pool of blood just inside the main door of the Church of St Francis de Sales, about 15 minutes from central Kinshasa. Thérèse was a novice nun who grew up in a devoutly Catholic family in the narrow streets of Kintambo, an old Kinshasa neighbourhood where the colonial explorer Henry Morton Stanley established his first settlement in 1881. She lived a short walk from the church. 'Revolt of the reasonable'On Sunday 21 January she joined protestors who had gathered at St Francis calling for free and fair elections. Image copyright Fa..
May 3, 2018

Africa’s week in pictures

Africa's week in pictures: 27 April - 3 May 2018 A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright EPA Image caption Members of South Africa's trade union federation take a break from their May Day march to push for better wages to pose with statues in Cape Town... Image copyright AFP Image caption On the same day, performers entertain audiences at the official celebrations in the capital, Nairobi. Image copyright AFP Image caption Members of the Sudanese guard of honour stand to attention as they wait for the arrival of the Ethiopian prime minister in Khartoum. Image copyright EPA Image caption A woman makes clay pots during the opening ceremony of a tourism fair in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan. Image copyright EPA Image caption In Zimbabwe, a group of acrobats performs for a captive audience during the annual Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa)... Image copyright EPA Image caption Th..
May 3, 2018

Nigeria companies raided over cough syrup addiction

Nigeria companies raided over cough syrup addiction Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Africa investigation: Nigeria’s deadly codeine cough syrup epidemic Four pharmaceutical companies have been raided in Nigeria after a BBC investigation into the role of cough syrup containing codeine in an addiction epidemic. The firms are in Lagos, Ilorin and Kano, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control said. Nigeria this week announced a ban on the production and import of the syrup. The BBC investigation showed the syrup being sold on the black market for young Nigerians to get high. The probe recorded a number of pharmaceutical employees selling the drug illegally. Prices of the syrup on the black market have shot up since the ban. Officials estimate that about three million bottles of codeine syrup are being drunk a day in just two states, Kano and Jigawa. Excessive consumption of codeine can cause organ failure and schizophrenia. The cou..
May 3, 2018

JEAN-CLAUDE KASSI BROU HOLDS DISCUSSIONS WITH PRESIDENT GEORGE MANNEH WEAH AND OTHER LIBERIAN PERSONALITIES

George Manneh Weah (en bleu) et Jean-Claude Kassi Brou The Liberian Head of State, George Manneh Weah, has assured the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, of his determination to work towards the consolidation of peace, security and stability within the community. Receiving Jean-Claude Kassi Brou in Monrovia on Tuesday 1st May 2018, the Liberian President expressed concern over the political tensions in Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone and Togo, which currently holds the office of Chairman of the regional organisation. We should find a peaceful end to these tensions stated George Manneh Weah, intimating his guest on talks he was scheduled to have the following Monday with his Sierra Leonean counterpart, Julius Maada Bio, on the crisis in the country’s parliament. “It is imperative that Sierra Leonean political stakeholders hold discussions to iron out differences and avoid needless quarrels or outright war. War..
May 3, 2018

Somali gunmen abduct German ICRC nurse in Mogadishu

Somali gunmen abduct German ICRC nurse in Mogadishu Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kidnappers snatched the nurse from an ICRC compound in Mogadishu A German nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was kidnapped in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, the aid group said. She was seized by unknown armed men from inside the ICRC compound at 20:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Wednesday. Police told Reuters they are searching for her. No-one has claimed responsibility for the abduction. It comes a day after gunmen shot dead a Somali woman who worked for the World Health Organization, also in Mogadishu. The unidentified attackers escaped and their motive remains unknown. Decades of conflict have made Somalia one of the world's most dangerous countries for aid workers. The targeting of foreign workers, however, has become far less frequent as security has improved in the Horn of Africa country in recent years. Somalia profile 'I felt dead', ki..
May 2, 2018

South Africa’s Sandile Mantsoe guilty of Karabo Mokoena murder

South Africa's Sandile Mantsoe guilty of Karabo Mokoena murder Image copyright kayfab_27 Image caption Karabo Mokoena's killing was used as a symbol of the wider violence faced by women in South Africa A South African man has been found guilty of killing his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend in a case that shocked the country last year. The High Court in Johannesburg concluded that Sandile Mantsoe stabbed Karabo Mokoena, and tried to conceal the crime by burning her remains. Her killing sparked outrage with women using the hashtag #MenAreTrash. South Africa has one of the world's highest rates of rape and murder of women. More than 40,000 cases of rape are reported every year, figures which are thought to only represent a fraction of actual attacks. Updates on this and the rest of Africa's news Will I be next? South Africa women ask South Africa crippled by rape culture Presiding judge Peet Johnson labelled Mr Mantsoe an unreliable witness who fabricated evidence and was..
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