Saturday, July 11, 2020

Tag "Africa"

    Nigeria to launch ‘first nanosatellite in Africa’

Nigeria to launch ‘first nanosatellite in Africa’

Nigeria is to launch Africa’s first nanosatellite into the orbit, the director-general of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Seidu Mohammed, has said. A nanosatellite is an artificial satellite with a wet mass between one and 10 kg 2.2–22 lb. Mohammed told NAN in New York that Nigeria’s nanosatellite would be launched alongside four other countries between May 23 to May [...]

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    ICYMI: Dangote and Bill Gates’ letter on improving health in Nigeria, Africa

ICYMI: Dangote and Bill Gates’ letter on improving health in Nigeria, Africa

Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, and Bill Gates, the highest net worth individual on earth, are committed to improving health in Nigeria and Africa. In celebration of World  Immunisation week, Dangote and Gates wrote a joint memo on what they have been doing in Africa and their  hopes for the future of health in Africa. Here's the full letter, just in case [...]

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    WHO: 325 million people living with hepatitis — and most lack access to treatment

WHO: 325 million people living with hepatitis — and most lack access to treatment

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that a vast majority of the estimated 325 million people living with chronic hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus infection lack access to life-saving testing and treatment. 60 million out of that figure are said to be Africans. WHO, in the new report, said the lack of access to testing and treatment for hepatitis placed [...]

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    What no one will tell you about living abroad

What no one will tell you about living abroad

BY SAMUEL OSHO The present struggles that characterize the travails of Africa tend to obfuscate the perception of its inhabitants and they build castles in the air about realities that are possible on foreign soils. In a recent chat with one of my friends, he joked about the current state of economic recession in Nigeria. He said that it will take only [...]

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    Xenophobia: Why we shouldn’t pay South Africans back in their coin

Xenophobia: Why we shouldn’t pay South Africans back in their coin

BY INNOCENT ADULUGBA "Africa for the Africans!" This is the slogan on the airwaves right from my toddlerhood in the ‘80’s. This is the old catchy phrase breaking down “colonial frontiers” and uniting Africans in an unbroken chord of brotherhood especially on the pedestal of political independence. However, nowadays, my observation is this; Africans living in other countries other than their countries [...]

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    For the second year running, no African leader ‘deserves’ Mo Ibrahim award

For the second year running, no African leader ‘deserves’ Mo Ibrahim award

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has announced that there is no winner of the 2016 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. This is the second year in a row that the foundation, established to honour outstanding African leaders, will withhold the award. In a statement on Tuesday, the foundation said it made the decision following a meeting of the independent prize committee [...]

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    WHO: Two thirds of all cancer deaths occur in Africa, Asia

WHO: Two thirds of all cancer deaths occur in Africa, Asia

There are over 8.8 million deaths from cancer yearly and two-thirds occur in Africa and Asia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. In a statement released in commemoration of world cancer day, WHO noted that “less than 30% of low-income countries have generally accessible diagnosis and treatment services, and referral systems for suspected cancer are often unavailable resulting in delayed [...]

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    In Nigeria, tobacco companies target children as young as six

In Nigeria, tobacco companies target children as young as six

Tobacco companies are now advertising cigarettes next to sweets and snacks at kiosks in front of primary and secondary schools in Africa, a survey conducted by the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) has shown. According to Deowan Mohee, ATCA’s executive secretary, the research exposed tobacco companies strategy by monitoring five countries in Africa. “The evidence is clear. British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International, and [...]

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    Africa has ‘lost $1.7 trillion’ in 50 years

Africa has ‘lost $1.7 trillion’ in 50 years

Claver Gatete, Rwanda’s minister of finance and economic planning, has called on African leaders to tackle illicit financial flows, alleging that the continent had lost over $1.7 trillion to the menace in the last 50 years. According to a statement by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Gatete made the call while speaking at the third annual customer due diligence and [...]

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    Dangote: Despite my influence, I need 38 visas to move around Africa

Dangote: Despite my influence, I need 38 visas to move around Africa

Aliko Dangote, billionaire businessman, has advised African leaders to give incentives to investors and make intra-Africa travel easy. He said this while revealing that despite the size of his group and his investments on the continent, he needs 38 visas to travel across Africa. The richest African said adequate steps must be taken to address the issue in order for the continent to have [...]

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    UK to work with Nigeria on affordable, quality education

UK to work with Nigeria on affordable, quality education

Insight Africa UK with British Department for International Trade will discuss the current state of education in Nigeria and work towards forging a mutually beneficial relationship with UK universities. Wale Adebanjo, communication manager, British deputy high commission, made the plan known in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday. Adebanjo said the discussions would be held at the launch of  Insight Africa [...]

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    Climate change to increase malaria cases associated with dams could triple in Africa

Climate change to increase malaria cases associated with dams could triple in Africa

Climate change might increase malaria transmission in Africa especially in places where there are dams. According to Thomson Reuters, incidences of malaria, especially among people who live near dams, will reach 25 million by 2080 because the disease will spread to zones not currently affected die to climate change if not prevented fast. "While dams clearly bring many benefits ... the role of [...]

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    Africa to wipe out malaria in 15 years

Africa to wipe out malaria in 15 years

Leaders of African countries say malaria will be wiped out in 2013 as there are ongoing researches and innovations to fight the disease, the Thomson Reuters Foundation is reporting. The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) told the organisations that Africa there is even now a vaccine against the disease. Joy Phumaphi, ALMA's executive secretary, told Thomson Reuters Foundation that the continent is [...]

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    100-YEAR STUDY: Your education, salary affects how tall you become

100-YEAR STUDY: Your education, salary affects how tall you become

How tall you become physically, is a function of your genetic make-up, but more importantly, how much you earn, and how educated you are. A group of over 800 scientists from all over the world, through a period of over 100 years, found in the research, championed by Imperial College London, that earnings affect human height. According to the study conducted in [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: We are lazy in our talk about diversification

Okonjo-Iweala: We are lazy in our talk about diversification

Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, says Africans are lazy in the way we talk about diversification — a project that can't be realised within fours years. The senior adviser of Lazard, who also dubs as Gavi board chair, said it took Dubai over 30 years to attain true diversification, drawing lessons for Africa. "We need to look at the area of diversification. We [...]

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    CNN Africa to launch in Lagos

CNN Africa to launch in Lagos

Cable Network News (CNN) is set to establish a multi-platform operation in Lagos, Nigeria. Stephanie Busari, who has been at the cable and satellite television channel for eight years, will be the inaugural supervising producer, Africa. "This is a truly integrated role, and one that underlines CNN’s commitment to both Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Stephanie will work across our platforms on [...]

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