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First kidnapped Chibok girl found in Nigeria’s Borno State

THE first of more than 200 young women abducted two years ago by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram from north-eastern Nigeria’s Chibok village has been found in Borno State. Falmata Mbalala was found Tuesday in Baale Village near the town of Damboa, only a few kilometres from where she was kidnapped in 2014, according to army spokesman Sani Usman. She is believed to have escaped ... Read More »

Uganda’s Museveni sworn in for sixth term

UGANDA‘s veteran president Yoweri Museveni 71, was sworn in for another five-year term on Thursday (May 12), extending his rule to 35 years after an election that was disputed and marred by protests against his rule by the opposition party. The president officially won 60 percent of the votes in the February election, which the opposition said was rigged. Protests ... Read More »

Step aside Nigeria and SA as Ethiopian hip hop takes over

ITS  long been considered a counter-culture to Ethiopia’s long, proud musical traditions, even though its foreign exponents are fairly popular in Africa’s second most populous nation of nearly 100 million. Hip Hop, the American urban culture that includes rap music and graffiti art as it’s main components, has always struggled in a patriarchal country, where conformity is valued and the ... Read More »

Zambian cops arrest journos for calling President a drunkard

ZAMBIAN police have arrested and detained the Zambian Post newspaper’s managing editor Joan Chirwa-Ngoma and reporter Mukosha Funga for alleging President Edgar Lungu was spending too much time clubbing and drinking. The two had been jointly charged with Eric Chanda, leader of the 4th Revolution opposition party, for defamation, in connection with an article published on May 9, 2015 in ... Read More »

Now is the time to market Africa as a tourist destination

NOW is the time to market the African continent as a market for leisure and business, says  SA’s deputy minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa Speaking  at the opening of the third annual World Travel Market Africa Exhibition in Cape Town on Wednesday,  Xasa says  that the trade show could play an important role in growing the tourism sector in South Africa ... Read More »

Ebola no longer a health emergency in West Africa says UN

THE Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa is no longer a public health emergency because countries are now able to rapidly respond to new virus outbursts, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in a statement on Tuesday. “Ebola transmission in West Africa no longer constitutes an extraordinary event, that the risk of international spread is now low, and that countries ... Read More »

Violence feared as DRC preps for elections -UN chief

THE Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) participation in joint operations with the UN peacekeepers is a welcome step to fight armed rebel groups ahead of its national elections, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Monday. The presidential elections are scheduled for November. “Due to the threat posed by armed groups, population displacements and human rights violations ... Read More »

Nearly a million east and southern African kids malnourished

NEARLY one million children need treatment for severe malnutrition in eastern and southern Africa due to drought that is putting millions more at risk of hunger, water shortages and disease, the UN children’s agency said on Wednesday. Even though the powerful El Niño weather phenomenon blamed for the drought is forecast to dissipate in the coming months, its impact on ... Read More »

JoBurg one of Africa’s cities still offering investors hope in hard times

 AFRICA’s biggest economies have been hammered by the collapse in commodity prices over the past 18 months but there are still investment bright spots to be found and cities such as Johannesburg,  Lagos, Nairobi, Accra and  Kinshasa  growth remains robust and investors are prospering in the retail, financial services, technology and construction sectors. This means investors can now re-adjust their strategy ... Read More »

Free maternal health care still a mirage for Kenya

MUCH to its credit, the Kenyan government has for the past about 10 years tried to put in place measures to achieve at least some of the eight MDGs. However, maternal healthcare still remains a major challenge. Long before the government passed any policy regarding free maternal healthcare, there was a spirited effort to counter the ever rising maternal deaths ... Read More »

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