Friday, September 20, 2019

Tag "Africa"

    Living together peacefully and unleashing the potentials of Africa

Living together peacefully and unleashing the potentials of Africa

Africa’s population – a continent that is home to 54 countries – is about 1.3 billion people and Black Africans constitute about 80% of the population. Frequently described as the world’s poorest continent, financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank are keen to see Africa rise and unleash its potentials in the age of [...]

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    TRIBUTE: Akintola Williams, who became Africa’s first chartered accountant at 30, clocks 100

TRIBUTE: Akintola Williams, who became Africa’s first chartered accountant at 30, clocks 100

Not many live to see a century. In a clime where the mortality rate is one of the highest in the world, attaining such unusual pedestal comes with a collage of memories. For Akintola Williams, Africa's first chartered accountant, it's been a journey of landmarks. At 100 years of age, Williams has distinguished himself in many areas as a man worthy of [...]

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    Osinbajo: Many young Africans have refused to wallow in pity

Osinbajo: Many young Africans have refused to wallow in pity

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says those who talk about the “good old days” are suffering from memory loss. Osinbajo said this in his remarks at the founder’s presidential dialogue of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) forum in Abuja on Saturday. Encouraging entrepreneurs who had gathered from across Africa for the event, Osinbajo said there have been stories about the continent which do not [...]

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    UK visa system ‘discriminating against Africans’

UK visa system ‘discriminating against Africans’

The All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) for Africa says the UK visit visa system is widely inaccessible to many Africans and widely perceived as discriminating. In a statement released on Tuesday, APPG said a study it conducted showed that African applicants are more than twice as likely to be refused a UK visa than applicants from any other part of the world.“After six [...]

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    Why it’s hard to stop Ebola spreading — between people and across borders

Why it’s hard to stop Ebola spreading — between people and across borders

BY Janusz Paweska Ebola has claimed around 1400 lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo while there are reports that two people have lost their lives in western Uganda. The Conversation Africa’s Ozayr Patel asked Janusz Paweska about how the disease has spread and what can be done.How is Ebola spread between human beings?The source of primary human infection with Ebola [...]

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    Extreme heatwave to hit one-third of African urban population, experts warn

Extreme heatwave to hit one-third of African urban population, experts warn

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    Ivanka Trump: A trip to Africa will inspire my dad

Ivanka Trump: A trip to Africa will inspire my dad

Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump, president of the United States, says a trip to Africa would inspire her dad because she has been “deeply inspired.”Ivanka, who works as Trump’s senior adviser, said this on the last day of her four-day trip to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast.In an interview with Associated Press, she said the White House should be judged [...]

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    Are you a farmer? Here’s how you can access up to $1m loan

Are you a farmer? Here’s how you can access up to $1m loan

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a multi-million euro fund which provides loans and equity investments for rural small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), farmers' organisations, agricultural entrepreneurs and rural financial institutions across the globe.The agribusiness capital (ABC) fund launched during IFAD’s annual general council meeting in Rome, Italy, seeks to mobilise 200 million euros from investors [...]

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    Bill Gates: The world is growing older but Africa stays the same

Bill Gates: The world is growing older but Africa stays the same

Bill Gates and Melinda, his wife, say 2018 left them with many surprises — both good and bad, but the top of the list is that Africa is not growing along with the world.The co-founder of Microsoft and his wife expressed this view in the 2019 edition of the annual report on their philanthropic work, lessons learned, and priorities ahead.In [...]

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    Africa will be polio-free — if Nigeria records no new cases by August

Africa will be polio-free — if Nigeria records no new cases by August

Global immunization experts attending the biannual Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) meeting urged African countries to strengthen their routine immunization. Over the past five years, immunization coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72%, exposing populations to vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks. The immunization experts also emphasized the importance of increased domestic investment in disease surveillance and the need for community engagement to [...]

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    US describes Nigeria’s 2019 elections as a critical test for Africa

US describes Nigeria’s 2019 elections as a critical test for Africa

The US has described Nigeria’s 2019 elections as “a critical test” for the country and the entire continent.Tibor Nagy Jr., US assistant secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, said this in his testimony to the US house of representatives sub-committee on Africa, global health, global human rights, and international organisations.The hearing was titled: ‘Nigeria at a Crossroad: The Upcoming Elections’, according [...]

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    A pan-African agenda for the girl-child

A pan-African agenda for the girl-child

BY EMEKA UMEJEIThe plight of the girl-child is well-documented across the world. The possibility that a girl-child would face sexual and gender-based violence or married off before the age of eighteen is not isolated. The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) defines child marriage as a ‘fundamental violation of human rights’ which “compromises a girl’s development by resulting in early [...]

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    Aliko: By 2020, Dangote Group revenue will hit $30bn

Aliko: By 2020, Dangote Group revenue will hit $30bn

Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group, says the conglomerate's revenue base will hit $30 billion by 2020 -- a feat he would have considered impossible 10 years ago.Speaking at the first ever Africa Investment Forum (AIF) in Johannesburg, South Africa, the multibillionaire said five men built America and those five do not include President Donald Trump.He added that Africa could do [...]

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    Falana: Corruption would reduce if western countries don’t keep money for looters

Falana: Corruption would reduce if western countries don’t keep money for looters

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says corruption would have reduced in Africa if western countries do not help in keeping looted funds. He said this at the African non-governmental organisation (NGO) forum held in Banjul, Gambia.The lawyer accused the western media and Transparency International (TI) of failing to join the campaign for the repatriation of the looted wealth of Africa."If the western countries [...]

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    Nigeria is the best performing economy in Africa, says Keyamo

Nigeria is the best performing economy in Africa, says Keyamo

Festus Keyamo, director of media of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, says Nigeria is the best-performing economy in Africa.The senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) also said the federal government has re-introduced "oil (subsidy) premium" in the 2019 budget proposal.Speaking on Channels TV on Monday, Keyamo said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by the NNPC Act has the powers to spend [...]

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    ELC: Reshaping Africa leadership

ELC: Reshaping Africa leadership

BY SUNDAY OSANYINTUYICertainly, Africa continues to face serious developmental challenges. Such challenges as dependency, corruption, underdeveloped infrastructure, poor leadership and backward governance, etc are some of the impediments to Africa's quest for sustainable and equitable development.In the past, attempts have been made by foreigners to tackle these challenges but these can only be solved by Africans.Prominent among these issues in Africa is our leadership deficiency. Most Africa [...]

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