April 28, 2018

100 Women: ‘Mo Salah is so important to Muslim children like mine’

100 Women: 'Mo Salah is so important to Muslim children like mine' "Mohamed Salah! Go Mo, go!" The shouts echo around my house as Mohamed Salah scores a sublime opening goal against Roma in the UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night. My children, Hanaa, aged eight, and Muhammad, six, beam from ear to ear as we all watch Salah lay face down on the ground, in his trademark goal celebration. The rise of Liverpool's Egyptian King hasn't gone unnoticed in homes like mine across the country, if not the world. At the top of his game, Mohamed Salah is uniting communities. He will pray on the pitch, he will sport his beard with pride and he will play some of the best football you have seen this year. Do you have any idea how powerful that is to children like mine? He's a role model of our time. Mohamed Salah: The night the 'phenomenal' Liverpool man downed Roma I came to Liverpool to win titles - Salah Mohamed Salah: Not my decision to sell Eg..
April 28, 2018

Africa’s week in pictures: 20-26 April 2018

Africa's week in pictures: 20-26 April 2018 A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright EPA Image caption A penguin shows attitude on Boulders Beach in Cape Town in South Africa. Image copyright EPA Image caption This man is at the Afrikaburn festival, which sees the construction of a temporary town in the Karoo, a semi-desert region in South Africa... Image copyright EPA Image caption Some 13,000 people attended the annual festival, including this man in a mask made out of bones... Image copyright EPA Image caption It is a festival of radical self-expression, where there is no money, mobile phone reception or commercial goods. Image copyright EPA Image caption This man is in a different mood, as he marches in Cape Town to demand a higher minimum wage than the proposed $1.60 (£1.15) per hour. Image copyright Taiwan presidential office Image caption Dressed in the colours of the national flag, Swazis perform ..
April 28, 2018

Reality Check: Are young Nigerians working hard enough?

Reality Check: Are young Nigerians working hard enough? Image copyright AFP As the president of a democratic country, suggesting the bulk of your electorate is lazy is not usually a good idea and doing so at an international business forum, even less so. And that is what a lot of Nigerians thought about comments made by their president, Muhammadu Buhari, on a visit to London last week. Speaking on a panel during the Commonwealth Business Forum, President Buhari said that "a lot of" Nigerian youths claim "they should sit and do nothing" but expect to get "housing, healthcare and education free". Unsurprisingly social media erupted and the hashtag #LazyNigerianYouths was born. In a statement soon afterwards, the president defended his words. His media aide quite rightly pointed out that the president never used the word lazy. But that didn't do much to quell the angry masses online. One Twitter user said: "I am a 2nd class upper graduate of chemistry science from university of La..
April 28, 2018

Nigerian Senator Dino Melaye and his many scandals

Nigerian Senator Dino Melaye and his many scandals Image copyright YouTube Image caption The senator (l) is well known for his love of luxury cars, champagne and designer clothes A controversial Nigerian senator is currently in detention at an Abuja hospital after allegedly jumping out of a police van to try and escape custody. The incident is the latest in a series of scandals linked to the colourful politician, Dino Melaye. The chain of events that led to Mr Melaye's exit from a police vehicle, through its window, began in mid-March. That month, the police arrested two members of an armed gang. Kabiru Saidu, also known as Osama, and Nuhu Salisu, nicknamed "Small", confessed to taking part in a number of kidnappings and armed robberies. They also accused Senator Melaye, 44, of supplying them with money and weapons - charges he denied. As a result, the police declared that Mr Melaye was wanted on a charge of supplying illegal arms to his political supporters, and they even said t..
April 28, 2018

Brian Hungwe: Mugabe feeling ‘unloved’ on his birthday

Letter from Africa: Mugabe 'unloved' on his birthday Image copyright Reuters Image caption The government has not planned lavish birthday celebrations for Robert Mugabe In our series of letters from Africa, Zimbabwean journalist-turned-barrister Brian Hungwe considers the fate of ousted President Robert Mugabe as he celebrates his 94th birthday. A famous quote by Machiavelli advises politicians: "It is better to be feared than loved - if you cannot have both." However, the Italian Renaissance author and statesman then warns that if a ruler chooses fear, it is best not to be extreme - as unnecessary cruelty will never win life-long loyalty. During Mr Mugabe's rule in Zimbabwe, he enjoyed great prestige and high honour. He personified the state he led for almost four decades as he tightened his grip. But two months after his resignation following a military intervention, he cuts a lonely figure. This photo of Mr Mugabe, accompanied by his wife Grace, tells a thousand word..
April 28, 2018

Joseph Warungu: The handshake that left millions of Kenyans confused

Letter from Africa: The handshake that left millions of Kenyans confused Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta shook hands to end a political standoff following last year's controversial election In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu reflects on the plight of supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga following his reconciliation last month with his bitter rival, President Uhuru Kenyatta. One of the games I enjoyed a lot in my childhood was called "kauka" in Kiswahili, which roughly translates as "freeze". The idea was, you would go about your normal business until your play partner shouted "freeze". This command forced you to stop dead in the middle of whatever you were doing, and keep very still until your friend "unfroze" you. The strategy was to catch you in an extremely awkward, embarrassing or uncomfortable moment, such as having your mouth wide open with houseflies hovering nearby. Unfortunately some ..
April 28, 2018

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani on the teenager fighting school bus sex pests

Letter from Africa: The teenager fighting school bus sex pests Image copyright Our Cries In our series of letters from African journalists, Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani admires a teenager's tenacity in tackling the harassment of pupils on the school commute. Allegations of physical or sexual abuse against teachers in Nigerian schools sometimes manage to grab a headline, but then fade without any follow-up story on how the case was resolved. In 2016, girls at a prestigious boarding school in Lagos abandoned their exams in protest at pervasive sexual harassment by a male teacher. Those of us who endured similar unchecked bad behaviour during our school days cheered them on. I know from personal experience of studying in Nigeria, how powerless students can sometimes feel when faced with abusers who act with impunity, knowing that the cultures of silence and respect for elders are on their side. So, I was impressed when I recently came across a Tanzanian tee..
April 28, 2018

MORE COUNTRIES AND INSTITUTIONS RENEW THEIR COMMITMENT TO PROMOTE COOPERATION WITH ECOWAS

Six new personalities presented their letters of credence to the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, on 16 April 2018 at the headquarters of the Institution in Abuja, Nigeria. They were the Ambassadors of Niger, Alat Mogaskia, Mexico, Alejandro Garcia Moreno Elizondo; Spain, Marcelino Cabanes Ansorena; Italy, Dr Stefano Potesili; Israel, Guy Feldman and the titular Archbishop of Sutri and Apostolic Nuncio of Holy Sea in Nigeria, Rev. Msgr Antonio Guide Filipazzi. While receiving their letters of credence, Mr Brou congratulated them on their appointment and assured them of his support to succeed in their mission. He reviewed the status of cooperation between their respective institutions and countries and the regional organisation. He pleaded for concerted efforts in strengthening their collaboration in the regional economic integration process. Taking the floor, the Vatican’s Rev. Msgr Antonio Guido Filipazz..
April 28, 2018

ECOWAS AND EACS TO COLLABORATE TOWARDS THE STRENGTHENING OF EARLY WARNING MECHANISMS

The Early Warning Directorate of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is committed to collaborating with the East African Community (EAC) in order to share experience and best practices in the process of establishing and operationalizing national early warning structures which will strengthen the early warning mechanisms of both Regional Economic Communities. This was stated by Mr. Kebba Touray who represented the Director of Early Warning of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Abdou Lat Gueye during a benchmarking visit of the EAC to the ECOWAS headquarters on 23rd April 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. The experts from the EAC were familiarized through a detailed presentation on the ECOWAS Early Warning Directorate, its structure, legal framework, modules and products such as daily highlights, situation reports, incident reports, security alerts and early warning and thematic reports. During his presentation, Mr. Touray stated that, ‘The ECOWAS’ Commission Early..
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