Sunday 21 January 2018
(AfricaNews 10/05/17)
Another year of disappointment for the African favourite for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o who has been tipped to win the prestigious prize since 2010. The 2017 prize was awarded to British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro for his emotionally impactful novels, the Nobel Foundation announced on Thursday. He was selected out of the about 350 nominations made by literary experts and former Nobel laureates from around the world. 79-year-old Ngugi published his first book in English in 1964, which is the first by a writer from East Africa. He later changed his language of writing to his native Gikuyu language. He set up a revolutionary theatre in the 1970s that provoked the authoritarian regime at the...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
The family of jailed Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius said Tuesday that it would pursue legal action over a coming US film about his murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. In a statement, the Pistorius family said neither it nor the Steenkamps were consulted about the film, "Blade Runner Killer", which is set to premiere on the Lifetime network in the US on November 11. The athlete's family criticised the project for not being a "true reflection" of the shooting nor of Pistorius's marathon trial which gripped the world. "The 'film' is a gross misrepresentation of the truth," the family said in a statement. "We will be taking legal action." Pistorius, 30, is serving a six-year prison term for killing Steenkamp...
(APA 09/25/17)
Nigerian editors have warned that the media industry has been and is still experiencing a crisis of recession and called on the Federal Government to provide a conducive environment for the media to flourish. The editors said in a communique issued on Sunday after their five-day All Nigeria Editors’ Conference (ANEC) and Extraordinary Convention 2017 in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, that all media stakeholders should collaborate to ensure the setting up of newsprint production companies and the resuscitation of the moribund Oku Iboku plant in Akwa Ibom State to address the crisis of high cost of imported newsprints. The editors, who spoke through their association, the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), also appealed to the Federal and State...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
Cameroon's National Communication Council, the government media regulator, has suspended 30 journalists or radio and TV programs for what it calls biased reporting. Among the more than 30 media organizations and journalists the NCC has suspended or warned are newspapers La Nouvelle Expression, La Meteo, L'Anecdote and the capital city radio station Amplitude FM. NCC president Peter Essoka said the media organizations and journalists were suspended from one to six months because of unprofessional conduct and refusal to respect norms and ethics of journalism. "When a journalist comes up with a newspaper article and says a certain minister is known to be running with the prime minister’s wife, how do you take that? It is indecent. It is indecent. And...
(APA 09/25/17)
The settlement of the sea-boundary dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast dominates the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Monday. The Daily Graphic, The B&FT and others dedicated their front pages to the dispute in which Ghana emerged victorious. The three-year dispute had to be settled by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) through a unanimous decision. The court rejected all the claims put up by Ivory Coast and upheld that Ghana did not breach any international laws as well as disobeyed the court's order not to further drill oil wells in the disputed sea area. The tribunal generated a new boundary which will work in the interest of both Ghana and Ivory...
(APA 09/25/17)
The campaign violence and the killing of three Liberian women in Canada dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Monday. Several persons last Saturday sustained injuries at the official campaign rally of Montswerrado County Electoral District #3 Unity Party Representative Candidate C.D. Barshell. The event, which started on a good note became bloody when incumbent Representative Bill Twahway, led his supporters towards Barshell's office with another rally, resulting to violent confrontation. The Daily Observer newspaper published this story as its front page banner headline under the caption: Rival Campaign Violence Leaves Dozens Wounded...Properties Damaged on Both Sides. The NEWS newspaper also published this story as its front page banner headline under the title: Don't Provoke Violence...Weah Cautions CDCians. Family members,...
(Xinhuanet 09/25/17)
Egypt's El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) aspires to be a destination of Arab and international movie stars and filmmakers, GFF Director Intishal al-Tamimi said in an interview with Xinhua. Scheduled for Sept. 22-29 at the Red Sea resort town of El-Gouna under the slogan of "Cinema for Humanity," the GFF screens some 69 films from around 40 countries, including 16 feature films, 18 short films and 12 long documentaries, in addition to 19 films outside the official competition and four in a special program. "The town is brightened by the festival and the earnest, high quality work and preparation, as it aspires to make the GFF a fixed annual gathering of Arab and international movie stars and filmmakers," said the...
(AfricaNews 09/22/17)
Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state has confirmed that there will be no armed security personnel at this year’s Irreecha festival. Security on the day will be handled by unarmed police and another 300 young people whose mandate will be to prevent unethical behaviour. A top official involved in the organization of the annual cultural festival of the Oromo people further disclosed that it would be kept strictly within its cultural boundaries with no politics allowed. This year, the government should consider whether a much lighter security force presence would best serve to minimize the potential for violence, and in any case, ensure that security force personnel minimize
(Middle East Monitor 09/20/17)
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has received an award for Special Recognition of Leadership in Promoting Tolerance and Intercultural Reconciliation from the foundation Global Coalition for Hope despite the suppression of protests in the north of the country in the last year. The King’s son, Prince Moulay Rachid, accepted the award on behalf of this father at a ceremony held at the Public Library in New York under the patronage of UNESCO in the presence of Heads of State, diplomatic representatives and personalities from the political, arts and cultural worlds. Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, handed the award to him. The Global Coalition for Hope is a network of three non-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong and...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Munyakazi was 14 when she was drugged and raped by an older man in Quartier Birere, a poor, overcrowded neighborhood of Goma in eastern Congo. Her neighbor had asked her to fetch water, she obliged and he thanked her with a bottle of soda. It had been spiked, she believes, and the man raped her. A few months later Munyakazi discovered she was pregnant. She was already at secondary school, but had to drop out of classes as motherhood demanded too much of her time. “I don’t remember anything from what happened later in that day. I was raped, I got pregnant and now here is my baby. Soon she is going to be one year old,” said Munyakazi, now...
(APA 09/20/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the UN General Assembly and the seizure of more guns at the Lagos port are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Trust headline showcased Buhari at the United Nations General Assembly where he appealed to the world for assistance in government’s efforts to fight corruption and recovering stolen assets. The Sun newspaper said that Tin Can Island Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday uncovered another container suspected to contain yet another cache of arms imported from Turkey. This is coming about a week after the command intercepted a 20-foot container laden with 1,100 pump action rifles. The Vanguard newspaper reported that the Federal Government, has met...
(Egyptian Streets 09/15/17)
Egypt’s minister of antiquities Khaled Al-Anany participated in a ceremony organized by Egypt’s embassy in Paris to celebrate the 200th anniversary of discovering Abu Simbel Temples. The celebration took place at Petit Palais Palace in Paris. They also celebrated the 50th anniversary of its relocation. The monuments of Abu Simbel temples had to be relocated in the past century as a part of a campaign to save the monuments of Nubia in the 1960s. Al-Anany expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the Egyptian government along with the UNESCO in the relocation process that took place between 1964 and 1968. The relocation process aimed to rescue and save Abu Simbel monuments from the rising levels of water that resulted from...
(APA 09/15/17)
The Ghanaian press focuses on public sector workers unions outrage over second tier pension scheme funds transfer delays on Friday. The Daily Graphic states "Public Sector Workers Angry" and that the Forum of Public Sector Registered Pension Scheme has given the government up to September 29 this year to transfer funds belonging to its members from the Temporary Pension Fund Account Fund (TPAF) lodged with the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to the designated schemes or face strike action. It said anything short of this would compel the group to embark on industrial action beginning from September 29. The Chairman of the forum, Mr. Isaac Bampoe Addo, told a news conference that the group was frustrated and disappointed at the manner...
(APA 09/15/17)
The crisis emanating from the agitation for the secession of the South East from Nigeria is splashed on the pages of Nigerian newspapers on Friday. The Leadership newspaper said that tension and confusion enveloped Plateau State on Thursday, following unconfirmed reports that clashes have erupted between Northerners and Igbos in Jos, This Day newspaper said the Kaduna State Government has warned that anyone planning to foment trouble would be dealt with by security agencies. The warning is against the backdrop of alleged attacks on Hausa community in Umuahia, Abia State, by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu. The Nation newspaper reported that a Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital,...
(Sudan Tribune 09/13/17)
Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) has seized copies of Al-Tayyar newspaper on Tuesday for the second time in the same week. On Saturday, the NISS confiscated print runs of Al-Tayyar for publishing an interview with the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu. Journalists working for Al-Tayyar told Sudan Tribune that NISS officer arrived at the printing house at 4:30 am (local time) on Tuesday and ordered to confiscate the print runs. They pointed out that the financial loss is estimated at 100,000 pounds (SDG) (about $4600). The same journalists said the NISS informed the editorial board of the newspaper that the seizure was due to publishing a column under the title “A new Revenge...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(APA 09/12/17)
The police charging several persons involved in UP, ANC supporters' clash and the NDI expressing concern about logistical problems dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Tuesday. The Liberia National Police have charged rival youths of the ruling Unity Party and the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) for allegedly tearing down of campaign posters that resulted in a violent confrontation. According to eyewitnesses, one of the accused, Sheikh Fofana, a supporter of ANC, tore down the posters of a UP representative candidate. This led to the representative candidate's supporters breaking into Sheikh Fofana's house and beating him and his mother. The fighting reportedly continued until police arrived on the scene, arrested both parties and took them to a nearby police...
(APA 09/12/17)
The police charging several persons involved in UP, ANC supporters' clash and the NDI expressing concern about logistical problems dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Tuesday. The Liberia National Police have charged rival youths of the ruling Unity Party and the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) for allegedly tearing down of campaign posters that resulted in a violent confrontation. According to eyewitnesses, one of the accused, Sheikh Fofana, a supporter of ANC, tore down the posters of a UP representative candidate. This led to the representative candidate's supporters breaking into Sheikh Fofana's house and beating him and his mother. The fighting reportedly continued until police arrived on the scene, arrested both parties and took them to a nearby police...
(APA 09/12/17)
The seizure of imported raffles by the Nigerian Custom Service and the approval for the concession of two international airports are some of the leading stories in newspapers on Tuesday. The Guardian headline says that the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) have intercepted a container loaded with 1,100 pieces of pump action rifles at the Tin Can port, Apapa, Lagos, making a total of 2,201 such arms seized at three different times this year. This Day newspaper said that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the concession of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The Sun newspaper said that the South East Governors Forum (SEGF) has stepped into the row between...
(Ghana Web 09/11/17)
Anita Erskine has shared an extensive post talking about the ‘fragile’ side of popular radio and tv personality Valentina Agyeiwaa also known as Afia Schwarzenegger which most social media users have not had the privilege to observe. Award-winning women’s advocate, Anita Erskine has added her voice to celebrities seeking justice for fellow TV personality and actress, Afia Schwarzenegger, whose scandalous sexual video, allegedly recorded by her ex-husband, Lawrence Abrokwa for cheating went viral across all media platforms across the country. In a video seeped online, Afia was seen crying and begging her ex-husband, Mr. Abrokwa who threatened to pour acid on her and her lover after he budged on them naked in bed. Read the post below……. Anita writes… This...

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