Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tag "Africa"

    How oil spills ‘lubricate’ migration from Nigeria

How oil spills ‘lubricate’ migration from Nigeria

According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), migration streams within Africa are larger than those out of Africa.In a report released in 2016, UNECA said about 31 million of the continent’s 1.2 billion population have migrated internationally, while more than half of those migrating internationally do so within Africa.Ouidah, one of the 10 major cities in Benin Republic, [...]

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    Trump ‘knocks migrants from dirty Africa’ in profanity-laced outburst

Trump ‘knocks migrants from dirty Africa’ in profanity-laced outburst

Donald Trump, US President, is reported to have questioned why the US would want to have immigrants from "s***hole countries" such as Haiti and African nations.The profane term means "an extremely dirty, shabby, or otherwise unpleasant place".According to NAN, Reuters quoted sources as saying the US president made the remarks in the White House while being briefed on a newly [...]

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    Study: Surgery deaths in Africa twice global average

Study: Surgery deaths in Africa twice global average

Death rates for patients undergoing surgery in Africa are double the global average even though they tend to be younger, scientists said, adding that many deaths were likely preventable.According to a study published in the Lancet medical journal, scientists said contributory factors include few specialists, poor hospital infrastructure and a lack of post-operative monitoring.“Patients receiving surgery in Africa are younger [...]

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    The history of Biafra: A comparative perspective of the old and contemporary struggle

The history of Biafra: A comparative perspective of the old and contemporary struggle

BY BIN ZAKThe advent of colonialism in Africa gave birth to many new territories, annexation and extinction of the existing ones. For instance, the territory known as Nigeria today was invented by the colonial masters through the annexation of different existing territories. This geographical invention precipitated the historical distortion and geographical extinction of certain territories. Biafra among other territories lost [...]

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    We are out to promote creativity on our continent, says NGO supporting African entrepreneurs

We are out to promote creativity on our continent, says NGO supporting African entrepreneurs

The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has been offering support to Africans interested in developing technological innovations to solve problems on the continent and the globe at large.According to Pauline Koelbl, IPA director, the foundation seeks to increase Africa’s prosperity through investing in home-grown innovations and entrepreneurship.It also plans to strengthen African innovation ecosystems and mobilise [...]

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    Nigeria pushes for more permanent members on UN security council

Nigeria pushes for more permanent members on UN security council

Nigeria has demanded an immediate restructuring and expansion of the UN security council to correct the injustices meted out against Africa in the composition of the 15-member body.Nigeria’s position was delivered by Babatunde Nurudeen, permanent representative of Nigeria to ECOWAS at the UN general assembly debate on ‘Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security [...]

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    Jonathan: We have to dream that we’ll catch up with the rest of the world

Jonathan: We have to dream that we’ll catch up with the rest of the world

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says Africa has to begin to dream it will catch up with the rest of the world on technological advancement.Speaking at the 2017 roundtable of the African Presidential Leadership Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, he said there is a need to recognise the most brilliant students and focus on building them to bring about the development of [...]

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    Great job beating ISIS in Syria — now let’s keep them out of Africa

Great job beating ISIS in Syria — now let’s keep them out of Africa

The recent report that U.S.-backed forces declared victory in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa is one of several examples proving the tides are turning against the notorious terrorist group. It also affirms the battle-tested notion that when the United States builds coalitions with other nations, even the most challenging of tasks can be accomplished.But the challenge to terminate ISIS (and [...]

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    ‘Africa loses $50bn annually to illicit financial flows’

‘Africa loses $50bn annually to illicit financial flows’

Thomas Quartey, deputy chairman of the African Union commission, on Thursday said African countries were losing an average of 50 billion dollars annually through Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs).Quartey said this in Abuja at a preparatory meeting towards Nigeria’s role as the champion of the 2018 African Union themed, 'Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation'.According to [...]

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    Africa needs 11m teachers, doctors to avert disaster, says UN

Africa needs 11m teachers, doctors to avert disaster, says UN

Africa needs 11 million more doctors, nurses and teachers by 2030 to prevent a “social and economic disaster” that could propel millions to migrate, the UN said on Thursday.It said the 11 million were needed to help the continent cope with a booming population, with the number of children set to increase by 170 million to 750 million in the [...]

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    Democracy guarantees nothing, says Dogara

Democracy guarantees nothing, says Dogara

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, says democracy guarantees nothing but the opportunity to succeed and the risk of failure.Dogara said this in Abuja while speaking at a regional conference for young parliamentarians.He said the young parliamentarians forum has been a "huge success in Nigeria, as it has it has served as a driving force for the Nigerian parliament [...]

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    Osinbajo: Africa loses three times more than its annual foreign aid to tax evasion

Osinbajo: Africa loses three times more than its annual foreign aid to tax evasion

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the loss to tax evasion in developing countries, especially in Africa, is three times higher than the money the continent receives in foreign aid every year.Speaking in Abuja at the ongoing African Tax Administrators Forum (ATAF) conference on tax in Africa, Osinbajo cited the Thambo Mbeki report on illicit financial flows which shows great tax losses [...]

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    HIV patients in Africa ‘to pay only $75 a year’ for new state-of-art drugs

HIV patients in Africa ‘to pay only $75 a year’ for new state-of-art drugs

India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, makers of generic HIV drugs, are set to make millions of pills available to African countries.Reuters reports that the development is coming after both firms secured a multi-million dollar guarantee from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, making it possible to cap the price at just $75 per patient a year.The drugs are currently [...]

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    Trump praises Nigeria’s tackling of Ebola, says Africa has tremendous potential

Trump praises Nigeria’s tackling of Ebola, says Africa has tremendous potential

US President Donald Trump has lauded Nigeria for its handling of the 2014 outbreak of the Ebola virus disease.Trump on Wednesday also said there's "tremendous business potential" in Africa, revealing that his wealthy friends were investing in the continent.He said this while hosting President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders to a working lunch on the sidelines of the 72nd [...]

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    Osinbajo: Nigeria has demonstrated that Africa can solve its problems

Osinbajo: Nigeria has demonstrated that Africa can solve its problems

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria has demonstrated that Africa can solve its problems.Osinbajo said this in Kigali, Rwanda capital, after attending the inauguration of President Paul Kagame.The acting president said the federal government was already working to solve insurgency and humanitarian crisis in the north-eastern part of the country.He said Africans could take up leadership of the continent's economy [...]

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    Eat Me: Great for men, reduces insomnia… Five reasons African walnut is for you

Eat Me: Great for men, reduces insomnia… Five reasons African walnut is for you

African walnut is an edible single seeded stone fruit mostly cultivated for its nuts which can be cooked or consumed as snacks.In the Yoruba language, it is called Asala; Okwe in Edo and Ukpa in the Igbo dialect. [...]

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