Friday 20 April 2018
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived more than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewelry in the latest major find near the Nile city of Luxor. Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt’s 18th dynasty New Kingdom era -- around 15th century B.C. “The work did not finish yet and we’re continuing and working to find more objects and more tombs,” he told Reuters at the site. The site includes a courtyard and niche where a statue of the goldsmith Amenemhat and his wife and one of his sons, as well as two burial shafts, the ministry said in a statement. Earlier this year, authorities...
(APA 09/11/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari’s planned address at the United Nations and the military’s invasion of the home of pro-secession leader are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Monday. The Punch newspaper said Buhari has been scheduled to address the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. The Sun newspaper reported that the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has accused the Nigerian Army of an attempt to kill him over his resolve not to abandon the agitation for the actualisation of a state of Biafra. It also reported that former directors of Arik Air have filed a suit against the Federal Government and Ethiopian...
(APA 09/08/17)
Nigerian newspapers are agog with the resolution of the impasse between striking lecturers of Nigeria and the savings in Sovereign Wealth Fund. The Leadership newspaper’s headline said that the money in the pool of the country’s sovereign wealth fund stands at $2 billion this September. The Guardian reported that the Federal Government has begun the payment of salary arrears of the striking university teachers. The Sun newspaper said a marathon meeting between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government ended with a new agreement that may lead to the striking varsity teachers calling off their industrial action. It also said that the Niger Delta militants have formally withdrawn the quit notice handed down to northerners and...
(Citifmonline 09/07/17)
To the sound of roaring cheers and applause at the Labadi Beach Hotel, a 23 year-old graduate’s childhood dream came true when she was crowned Miss Universe Ghana 2017 at the pageant’s hugely anticipated grand finale. Ruth Quashie, a Business Administration graduate who hails from the Central Region eclipsed 120 young women from across Ghana with her ‘confidence, attentiveness and beauty’ to win the coveted title last Saturday (2nd September). Awarded to her in front of high profile guests and other top dignitaries that included big names from the country’s entertainment industry, Ruth came into her own as she went head to head against nine other finalists. “From Day One, Ruth caught our attention” revealed the pageant’s Head Judge and...
(APA 09/07/17)
The killing of two commanders and deputies to the Abubakar Shekau-led faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group was one of the trending stories in Nigerian newspapers on Thursday. The Sun newspaper’s front page said the Nigerian Army killed the two commanders Afdu Kawuri and Abubakar Benishek, during a successful military operation in Alafa in Borno State. The newspaper also reported that Nigerians have continued to query the excitement that followed Tuesday’s news of the nation’s exit from its economic recession. The Punch newspaper joined a chain of other newspapers to report the declaration by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Aisha Alhassan that she would support former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s bid for the Presidency against President...
(Ghana Web 09/06/17)
It would seem that there is some truth in earlier reports that TV show host and comedienne, Afia Schwarzenegger was kicked out of her marital home by her husband after he reportedly caught her in bed with another man. YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a source close to the controversial celebrity had told Ghanaian celebrity gossip website, GhanaCelebrities.com of the development. However, barely days after the report went out, Afia Schwarzenegger took to social media to threaten to bring up a law suit against all media houses which shared that story. She denied the reports and claimed that there was not an explicit video of her leaked out as earlier reports had stated. To the surprise of many, a local news...
(APA 09/06/17)
The reduction of electricity tariff and the Unity Party Campaign manager denying George Weah's claim that he paid his school fees dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Wednesday. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced a 10 percent reduction in electricity tariff for customers connected to the national grid of the Liberia Electricity Corporation. The tariff has been reduced from 39 cents to 35 cents per kilowatt hour. Since August 2016, the tariff has been reduced from 54 cents to 35 cents per kilowatt hour. The New Republic newspaper published this story as its front page banner headline under the caption: Electricity Tariff Reduced-15,000 Connections In Power Supply In The Making', while the Women Voices newspaper published it on its...
(APA 09/06/17)
The Ghanaian press on Wednesday focuses on heavy debts saddling the private sector following protracted power crisis and the frustration of parents over admission to Senior High Schools. The Business and Financial Times (B&FT) states that the delay in the payments to companies for finished government projects and almost a decade of power crisis in the country are responsible for high indebtedness of the private sector to banks. The newspaper quotes a Bank of Ghana (BoG) Industry Report for June 2017 as showing that the private sector, which was the largest recipient of outstanding credit balances, constituted a greater portion of the bank's non-payment loans. The bank's non-payment loans increased from 87 percent in June 2016 to 94.7 percent in...
(Ghana Web 09/05/17)
Comedian Funny Face, known in private life as Nana Yaw Oduro Boateng has incurred the wrath of many after subjecting his wife, Elizabeth Adjoa Ntim to public ridicule. One of such is controversial marriage counselor, George Lutterodt who described the comedian as “a stupid boy”. Funny Face broke up with his wife in 2016, ending what he said was two torturous years of marriage. He blamed himself for the outcome of the marriage, alleging his wife slept with some of his best friends. But a year after the Comedian made public his divorce, Funny Face has conceded he rushed into the marriage. “I didn’t do my homework well before marrying her. Big buttocks and ass and hips pushed me into...
(APA 09/05/17)
The commencement of nationwide strike by resident doctors and the loss of crude oil excite Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. The Sun newspaper’s headline story captured the strike of resident doctors. It said the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) rose from a meeting in Abuja on Monday and voted for total strike. The Guardian said the Nigerian oil industry lost 773,100 barrels per day to production shut-in due to product theft and pipeline vandalism in the month of May, 2017. The Punch newspaper reported the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s allegations of bribery against the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris. The Leadership newspaper said the employees of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), under the auspices of the Association of...
(Nyasa Times 09/05/17)
One of Malawi’s top notch video producer/director Sukez is in South Africa to shoot music videos. Sukez jetted to RSA towards the end of last month where he says he’s planned to work with some well-known artists, these including Malawi’s Zani Challe, dancehall musician Buffalo Souljah and Stone Bouy. Sukez is currently in talks with Gemini Major to work on some of his videos as well. “I have already shot videos for Praise Peterson and Praise Makhubela who are also big artists in SA,” said Sukez. He recently had shared a post on social media with a picture of him sitting with Zani Challe and Buffalo Souljah, one can only tend to wonder what these three were discussing…atleast now we...
(Gnn Liberia 09/04/17)
Liberia has again achieved another milestone in Africa, with its Queen, Miss Liberia 2016/2017, Ambassador Wokie Dolo emerging victorious by capturing the space as 1st running up of the just ended Miss Africa in South Africa. Hundreds of congratulatory messages from Liberia and oversees have been pouring in the offices of the GNN Liberia since it was announced that their Queen, Ms. Dolo has indeed emerged as the 1st Runner Up of the just ended Miss Africa which was held in the Republic of South Africa. “Please extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to our beloved queen, Ms. Wokie Dolo for bringing pride to Liberia by emerging a 1st runner up of the most prestigious Miss Africa, we are proud...
(APA 09/04/17)
The Kenya Supreme Court overturning election result and President Sirleaf reportedly ignoring ruling Unity Party candidate's presidential bid dominate the headlines in the Monday, September 4 editions of liberian newspapers. The Kenya Supreme Court recently declared the result that declared President Uhuru Kenyatta winner. Following the ruling opposition, leader Raila Odinga said members of the electoral commission had committed a 'monstrous act against the people of Kenya, while an outraged President Kenyatta promised to dissolve the commission if elected in the upcoming polls. The Inquirer and Daily Observer newspapers published this story on their front pages under the respective captions: Kenya Supreme Court Overturns Elections Results-Kenyatta vows To 'Fix' Court as Win Quashed, and "Unmasking the Unforeseeable": What Does Kenya...
(APA 09/04/17)
The introduction of paperless processes at the ports in Ghana and the demolition exercise dominate the headlines of Ghanaian press on Monday. The Daily Graphic states that the Ghana Port's programme to avoid paper transactions in goods clearance and other port services would be piloted in full on Monday. The newspaper says the system although introduced last Friday was not fully tested because it was a public holiday and added that during the weekend, two requests were received and attended to on Saturday. The online system would be accessed by clearing agents and companies to facilitate the clearing of goods and eliminate the "paper full" system, which sometimes, human interactions delayed. The Ghanaian Times said that the Member of Parliament...
(APA 09/04/17)
The kidnap of a Catholic priest, drop in the price of petrol and the plan to recover assets of former petroleum minister in Dubai dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Monday. The Sun newspaper said the Imo State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap and subsequent murder of a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo, who was allegedly abducted from his vehicle in Orlu town in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State on Friday. It said that an attack that would have marred the Sallah celebration in Kano State was foiled, with the arrest of top-ranking Boko Haram suspects. The Daily Trust reported that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) confirmed that the ex-depot price of petrol has...
(Nyasa Times 08/31/17)
Cockpit Lounge will once again be the centre of attraction on Saturday where Mizu Band is set to authenticate its reputation as one of the country’s best cover bands. Led by the unrivalled voices of Jay Jay and Eunice Mhango, Mizu Band will certainly light up the Cockpit which has become a convenient venues for live music performances. In a press release, Mizu Band Manager Emmanuel Maliro said their Lilongwe fans have been looking forward to this performance. “The Cockpit is a perfect venue for the kind of performance that Mizu Band offers. A lot of people in Lilongwe were contacting us, asking us to perform in the city and we are glad that we will finally be in the...
(Agence Ecofin 08/31/17)
In Togo, the theater hall of the ministry of culture will be rehabilitated by the European Union for FCFA200 million. The related agreement was signed August 28, 2017, by the minister of communication, culture, youth and civic training, Guy Madje Lorenzo and EU’s ambassador near Togo, Nicolas Berlanga Martinez. The rehabilitation is great news for actors of the Togolese cultural industry, comedians, painters, singers, who will have a space to show their works and perform. In details, while two third of the FCFA200 million will be used for the rehabilitation itself, the rest will be spent on cultural programmes. The new theater hall will have at least 150 seats. On three levels, it will have modern equipment and facilities, regarding...
(AFP (eng) 08/31/17)
Make no mistake -- Nigeria's "A Nasty Boy" is not a gay online magazine. In a country where homosexual acts can be punished with 14 years in prison, this provocative website featuring photos of men in mini-skirts is simply "pushing the boundaries and exploring masculinity". Richie Akuson, the 23-year-old founder, makes up for what he lacks in years with confidence and audacity. Even in "bum shorts" -- the local name for hot pants. "Last year, I challenged myself -- walking through Abuja with silk shorts," he told AFP. "People insulted me loudly, they were making insulting comments, it was quite a painful experience." He decided to recount his experience in Bella Naija, the country's leading digital lifestyle magazine where he...

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