Sunday 21 January 2018
(Allafrica 07/14/17)
The head of the Muslim Congress in Liberia Imam Ali Krayee has clarified that he has in no way called on Muslims not to vote for Christians that are aspiring for elected offices in the pending October elections. He told UNMIL Radio on Wednesday, 12 July that Muslims must however prioritize Islam in whatever they do, including the upcoming elections. The Liberian Chief Imam clarifies that he is not telling his people to stay back in the elections process on grounds of having no Muslim candidate in the race. Instead, he says "it would be ridiculous and unpatriotic to make statement of such. "We are not ignorant to make our people to stay back from the elections, we just want...
(Agence Ecofin 07/13/17)
UNESCO has added to its World Heritage list the W-Arly-Pendjari (Wap) Complex, according to a statement released by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee last Friday. This natural reserve spans across three nations, namely: Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso. It is the largest protected reserve of West Africa. For the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, the Wap complex “includes the largest and most important continuum of terrestrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic ecosystems in the West...
(Xinhuanet 07/12/17)
The following are news highlights in Ethiopia's major media outlets on Wednesday. -- The government (of Ethiopia) will further intensify its efforts to bring back undocumented citizens living in Saudi Arabia safely, according to Ethiopia's Embassy in Riyadh. This was disclosed in a report the embassy presented on the activities it has been carrying out to return citizens from Saudi Arabia to development association leaders and volunteers. (Ethiopian News Agency/ENA) -- Coffee export has earned Ethiopia 866 million U.S. dollars in the just concluded fiscal year, according to the Ethiopian Herald. (Fana Broadcasting Corporate/FBC) -- Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome has asked the outgoing Swedish Ambassador to Ethiopia, Jan Sadek, to encourage his country's businesspersons to invest in agriculture and education...
(APA 07/12/17)
Virtually all the newspapers in Nigeria led with the unscheduled visit to ailing President Muhammadu Buhari by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday. The Guardian’s headline said that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday secretly travelled to London, United Kingdom where he held a meeting with ailing President Muhammadu Buhari. This is coming as the Federal Executive Council (FEC) holds on Wednesday where the Acting President will preside. The Sun newspaper also said Osinbajo left Abuja on Tuesday evening to attend a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in London, United Kingdom. The Vanguard newspaper reported that Osinbajo will soon brief the nation on the outcome of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in London. The Punch newspaper said there was...
(APA 07/11/17)
The South South governors’ forum’s appointment of the chairman, the pull out of Eitsalat from Nigeria and court’s judgment on governor dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. The Sun newspaper said that the governors of the South-South geopolitical zone have unanimously appointed Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State as Chairman of their Forum. The Leadership newspaper said that Etisalat International Limited, the Abu Dhabi telecommunications conglomerate, which came to Nigeria as the fourth mobile network operator in 2008, announced that it has finally pulled out of the Nigerian market. The Punch newspaper said amidst the brouhaha at the Nigerian seat of power in the wake of president’s protracted ailment, the wife of the President Aisha Buhari has said...
(APA 07/11/17)
The highlights of some key international relations issues between Ghana, the United States of America and Qatar dominate the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Tuesday. The Heritage newspaper says, "Ghana 'raps' Donald Trump", saying the move is to allow Ghanaian deportees to return home with their belongings. It states that documented Ghanaians living in the USA can heave a sigh of relief, following a move by the Ghanaian Government to negotiate with the Trump administration to allow the rest of the deportees from that country to come home with their belongings. The newspaper adds that the diplomatic move, if successful, will ensure that the deportees do not come home empty handed. The Ghanaian Times said that President Nana Addo Dankwa...
(APA 07/11/17)
Salary cuts for state officials and death of former powerful Interior Cabinet Secretary, grabbed the headlines of major Kenyan dailies on Tuesday. “Serem cuts salaries in tough job changes,” reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that MPs were on Monday hit hardest by the salaries commission, which slashed the earnings of State officers, including the President, to save the country Sh8.8 billion annually. “Salaries paid to all ranks of elected leaders — such as the President and his deputy, governors and elected representatives at the national and county levels — will also be fixed for their term,” reported the daily. “Shocker for MPs as Serem releases new pay structure,” reported the Standard newspaper which pointed out that MPs are...
(The Associated Press 07/11/17)
Africa has several new sites on the United Nations world heritage list, including an old royal capital in Angola, the Eritrean capital of Asmara and a desert area in South Africa that was inhabited during the Stone Age. UNESCO said this weekend at a meeting in Poland that Mbanza Kongo in northwest Angola was the capital of the Kongo kingdom, a largely independent state between the 14th and 19th centuries. The U.N. cultural agency says Asmara, which experienced large-scale construction under Italian rule in the 1930s, showcases "early modernist urbanism" in an African context. And it says the Khomani cultural landscape at South Africa's border with Botswana and Namibia testifies to the way of life of the once-nomadic San people...
(AFP (eng) 07/08/17)
The people of Eritrea have long said their capital Asmara is like no other city in Africa, and on Saturday the UN agreed, designating it a World Heritage site. The proclamation ends a long-running quest by Eritrean authorities to have the city's unique architecture, which includes an art-deco bowling alley with coloured glass windows and a petrol station built to resemble a soaring aeroplane, recognised by the UN cultural body, UNESCO. It's also a rare example of positive world recognition for the Horn of Africa nation that is a major source of migrants fleeing across the Mediterranean to Europe due to the country's repressive policies.
(Xinhua 07/07/17)
Benin students at the Confucius Institute of the Abomey-Calavi University learned how to make traditional Chinese kites at a workshop here on Saturday. At least 60 Benin students participated in the workshop. Guo Hongli, a kite specialist from China's kite city of Weifang in east China's Shandong Province, came to Benin to join the workshop and teach Benin children how to make a traditional Chinese kite which has been registered as a world intangible heritage since 2000. Guo said he was very pleased to be in Cotonou to share with the children of Benin the fabrication techniques of kites so that they can make kites by themselves and fly kites during their spare time. According to Guo, there are three...
(APA 07/07/17)
The Lagos Jazz Series Quintet is to perform at this year’s Cape Verde JazzSal, which opens on Saturday in Sal, Cape Verde. Sal is one of the 10 Islands that make up Cape Verde. According to a statement released on Thursday in Lagos by the group, the trip to JazzSal on Thursday ignites a musical exchange programme between the two festivals. It noted that this exchange programme has been described by some music experts and lovers as quite novel since this is the first time musicians from Nigeria are going to Cape Verde to perform on the main stage at JazzSal. The Lagos Jazz Series, which is the music festival founded by Oti Bazunu in 2010, has evolved to become...
(Others 07/04/17)
With “Birds Are Singing in Kigali,” Polish directors Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze not only draw parallels between the horrors of war in Rwanda and Poland, but also explore the often violent natural order of the world. Speaking to Variety, Kos-Krauze discusses the challenging project, which she finished by herself after the death of her husband, as well as the many positive aspects of shooting in Rwanda. The film screens in competition at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. What inspired you and your husband to tell this particular story about Rwanda?
(AFP (eng) 06/30/17)
For the last decade Ugandans have known two presidents: Yoweri Museveni, the country's long-time ruler, and musician Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a. Bobi Wine, a.k.a. His Excellency the Ghetto President. But in a surprising turn the 35-year-old reggae star -- who was just three when Museveni took power at the head of a rebel army -- on Thursday won a landslide victory in a city by-election to become the country's newest lawmaker. Wine is a spectacularly popular Ugandan entertainer. For many, he embodies the struggles, frustrations and hopes of the young, poor and marginalised in a youthful nation whose often elderly rulers can seem dismissive of their plight. The by-election in the teeming capital Kampala was called due to voting irregularities during...
(The News 06/29/17)
The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, on Tuesday joined scores of people to watch the premiere of ‘L’espèce Humaine’ (French for ‘human species’), a play on the Holocaust, featuring Rwandan artist Diogène Ntarindwa, best known as Atome. The play is based on a 1947 book by Robert Antelme, which he dedicated to his sister Marie-Louise, who died during the infamous deportations of European Jews. In the book, the French author described his own hardships and experience in a Nazi concentration camp – one of the many such sites where Adolf Hitler’s German forces killed millions of Jews. The play premiere in Rwanda was part of the ongoing activities to mark the 23rd commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, with...
(Xinhuanet 06/27/17)
Benin students at the Confucius Institute of the Abomey-Calavi University learned how to make traditional Chinese kites at a workshop here on Saturday. At least 60 Benin students participated in the workshop. Guo Hongli, a kite specialist from China's kite city of Weifang in east China's Shandong Province, came to Benin to join the workshop and teach Benin children how to make a traditional Chinese kite which has been registered as a world intangible heritage since 2000. Guo said he was very pleased to be in Cotonou to share with the children of Benin the fabrication techniques of kites so that they can make kites by themselves and fly kites during their spare time. According to Guo, there are three...
(Xinhuanet 06/27/17)
The Confucius Institute in Burundi on Saturday evening organized a Chinese language proficiency competition where Burundian secondary school students showcased their language talent. The two best contestants in the competition held at the University of Burundi in Bujumbura will represent Burundi to compete with Chinese learners worldwide in China. "The competition brought together eight candidates from secondary schools that were selected after a general competition. Among those eight candidates, we have selected two candidates who will represent Burundi in the world competition in the Chinese language that will take place next summer in China," Joseph Nzeyimana, director of the Confucius Institute in Burundi said. He said the Chinese language is very important these days as it is spoken by at...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/17)
Burkina Faso's Diebedo Francis Kere on Tuesday unveiled his temporary pavilion in London's Hyde Park, becoming the first African architect to undertake the prestigious assignment given to a world-famous architect every year. Kere's Serpentine Pavilion comprises an indigo-blue structure with a latticed canopy, which is inspired by a tree in his hometown of Gando that serves as a central meeting point. "In my village, during the hot day, everyone is gathering under the tree, you have the mothers, the fathers, the elders then the kids," he said. "I grew up listening to stories in my village and the blue, here indigo blue, a natural colour, is so important to the culture." The expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework,...
(Al-Watwan 06/15/17)
Après sa prestation remarquée lors de la résidence artistique régionale à Maurice en avril, Zaïnou El Abidine Mohamed Ali alias Picasso a posé ses pinceaux au Ccac-Mavuna, depuis dimanche dernier. Il y prépare ses œuvres pour une exposition programmée à l’Alliance française de Moroni où le vernissage aura lieu en août prochain. La résidence artistique, qui a débuté dimanche dernier au Ccac-Mavuna et qui durera un mois et quelques jours, sera finalisée dans les locaux de l’Alliance française de Moroni où aura lieu le vernissage en août prochain. En attendant, Zaïnou exprime sa “fierté” de travailler au Centre de création artistique et culturelle des Comores (Ccac-Mavuna). Cela permet, en outre, “à de jeunes qui rodent dans les parages de profiter...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Leggy dancers in tight shorts, bottles of Moet champagne and flashy cars feature in Nigerian pop icon Wizkid's bling-bling music videos. But the singer himself has now swapped the Versace T-shirts and low-slung jeans that show his underwear for traditional African dress -- a new youth trend in fashion hub Lagos. Last year, Vogue voted Wizkid "Nigeria's best-dressed pop singer", a particularly coveted and prestigious title in a country where appearance is all important and competition is fierce. Clothing that used to be considered only for the old or for people out in the provinces is setting the trend in fashion, from the Yoruba agbada, a large, triple-layered robe worn in the southwest, to the Igbo "Niger Delta" embroidered collarless...
(Agence Ecofin 06/13/17)
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has said that Nigeria will assist neighbouring Republic of Niger to successfully transit from analogue to digital broadcasting under the Digital Switch Over (DSO) project. Receiving the visiting Minister of Communication of Niger Koubra Abdoulaye on Monday in Abuja, Mohammed said that Nigeria would make available to Niger the legal framework for its DSO project as well as its expertise in the area of signal distribution, Set-Top-Box, STB, manufacturing and content production. The Minister said that the Nigerian government had the political will to make the DSO a success story for the benefit of all Nigerians and to the ECOWAS Community in the areas of the application of the Digital Dividends, despite...

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