Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Tag "Africa"

    Dana Omran appointed Africa MD, 100 Resilient Cities

Dana Omran appointed Africa MD, 100 Resilient Cities

Dana Omran has been appointed managing director Africa of 100 Resilient Cities.Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities, announced the appointment in a statement on Thursday.The organisation, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), helps cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.According to the statement, until [...]

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    World Cup Special: After decades of near misses, will an African team reach the semi-final?

World Cup Special: After decades of near misses, will an African team reach the semi-final?

Since the inception of the World Cup, no African team has ever gone past the quarter-final. Many are optimistic that it will happen someday, but hardened believers hope that someday is Russia 2018.Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia are Africa's five representatives at the upcoming World Cup and they will all be aiming to surpass the quarter-final achievements of Senegal in [...]

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    Botswana, an oasis in the desert and new investment haven of southern Africa

Botswana, an oasis in the desert and new investment haven of southern Africa

The Africa Rising narrative has suffered a terrible blow in the last couple of years. With headwinds from falling commodity prices, many African countries suffered significant economic slowdowns. Some of the continent’s largest economics like Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt did officially enter into a recession. Overall, there is hope that the continent will be on a slow path to [...]

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    Nigeria ‘unlikely to eliminate’ malaria by 2030

Nigeria ‘unlikely to eliminate’ malaria by 2030

A recent report by the Malaria Futures for Africa (MalaFa) says Nigeria may not be able to meet the 2030 target by Africa to eliminate malaria.This is contained in a statement issued in commemoration of the world malaria day, marked every April 25. The 2018 edition is themed 'Ready to Beat Malaria'.According to the 2017 world malaria report, there were [...]

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    59 million African children stunted, says WHO

59 million African children stunted, says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says no fewer than 59 million children in Africa are stunted while another 10 million are overweight.The UN health agency also warned that Africa’s attempts to achieve health for all by 2030 could be threatened unless the continent addresses the twin challenges of under-nutrition and obesity.Under-nutrition occurs when people do not get enough to eat, [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala chairs Commonwealth session attended by world leaders — including 3 African presidents

Okonjo-Iweala chairs Commonwealth session attended by world leaders — including 3 African presidents

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former coordinating minister of the economy, chaired a session of the Commonwealth Business Forum attended by many world leaders.Some of the presidents at the session tagged ‘Is the Africa growth story still alive?’ were Paul Kagame of Rwanda; Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa; and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.On Friday, she took to Twitter to share highlights of the [...]

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    Israel cancels plan to deport African migrants

Israel cancels plan to deport African migrants

Israel says it has reached a deal with the UN refugee agency to cancel the plan to deport thousands of African refugees.Speaking at a news conference with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli interior minister Arye Dery said that following tough negotiations with the UNHCR, Israel had agreed to resettle one asylum seeker in a Western country for every asylum [...]

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    SDGs: Peter Obi asks African leaders to take a cue from China

SDGs: Peter Obi asks African leaders to take a cue from China

Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, has called on African leaders to work towards the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).Obi made the call at the World Conference Centre, Bonn, Germany, during the Global Festival of Action for sustainable development goals that ended on Saturday.He said a close look at the goals would show they are development trajectories [...]

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    Buhari missing yet another opportunity to make history

Buhari missing yet another opportunity to make history

President Muhammadu Buhari is a son of history. He has been in enviable positions to make history and has continuously made history with ease. Among other records, Buhari would forever be remembered as the first man to democratically unseat an incumbent president in Nigeria.Buhari is also the only Nigerian who has been head of state, governor, two-time minister, and president. Not even [...]

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    ‘Contributing to Africa’s knowledge base since 2003’

‘Contributing to Africa’s knowledge base since 2003’

Today my column takes a deserved break from writing about politics. Given the nature of politics – contest over power, resources and privileges – especially in an almost anarchic environment like ours -   the topics one writes about could quite often be depressing.Today I am going to crave the indulgence of my readers to write about myself.  Not really about [...]

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    China to US: Don’t blame us for Africa’s accumulated debt

China to US: Don’t blame us for Africa’s accumulated debt

The Chinese government says it cannot take the blame for Africa's debt burden, saying it is as a result of accumulation over the years.At a press briefing on Monday, the US department of state had said China's loan rates are terrible for Africa because they burden the continent.Responding to the statement on Tuesday, Geng Shuang, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, said he [...]

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    Akinwumi Adesina: Africa’s agriculture sector will be worth $1trn by 2030

Akinwumi Adesina: Africa’s agriculture sector will be worth $1trn by 2030

Africa’s agriculture market is expected to rise to a valuation of $1 trillion by 2030, says Akinwumi Adesina, president of African Development Bank (AfDB).Adesina said this on Thursday during a keynote address at the 94th US department of agriculture outlook forum held in Virginia."For too long, Agriculture has been associated with what I call the three Ps - pain, penury, and poverty. The [...]

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    Kukah and the debate on African democracy

Kukah and the debate on African democracy

Depending on where you stand on the active controversies of the day, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, 65, is either a passionate public intellectual animated and driven by his love for his fatherland and how to make her take her rightful position in the comity of nations or he is a political gadfly and peripatetic scholar who probably would have been [...]

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    Ben Bruce: When I first met Dangote, he was the richest man in Apapa

Ben Bruce: When I first met Dangote, he was the richest man in Apapa

Ben Murray-Bruce, senator representing Bayelsa-east, says he first met Aliko Dangote, billionaire businessman in 1981 when he was the richest man in Apapa, Lagos.In a tweet on Thursday, the lawmaker said in less than three decades, the president of Dangote Group grew from being the richest man in Apapa to becoming Africa’s richest man.Challenging the younger people, Bruce said despite the [...]

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    Buhari: How to win the fight against corruption

Buhari: How to win the fight against corruption

President Muhammadu Buhari has told African leaders that winning the war against corruption in the continent would require a change of mindset.He said this on Sunday while launching the African anti-corruption year at the ongoing AU summit in Addis Ababa.In an address titled ‘Winning the fight against corruption: A sustainable path to Africa’s transformation’, Buhari said such a change of [...]

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    From Ghana to Ivory Coast: How herdsmen have been wreaking havoc across Africa

From Ghana to Ivory Coast: How herdsmen have been wreaking havoc across Africa

Clashes between farmers and nomadic herders across West Africa are beginning to look like the norm, with each country taking its share of the violence. Residents of Logo and Guma communities in Benue state, Nigeria, entered 2018 on a sad note.Suspected herdsmen invaded communities in the areas and by the time the dust settled on an attack, over 70 people had been [...]

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