A Nigerian governor warned on Tuesday that Africa’s most populous country was drifting towards a state of anarchy under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Ayodele Fayose, an opposition governor from the Southwestern state of Ekiti called on the international community “to intervene and rescue the country from turning to a war zone, where mass killings are a usual occurrence”. Governor Fayose alleged that under the government of President Buhari, the Nigerian constitution was “on suspension”. “When did Nigeria degenerate to the level that people can no longer worship peacefully in their churches or go to their farms? They are behaving as if the constitution of the country is already suspended and this should worry lovers of democracy in Nigeria.
April 24, 2018 22:41 UTC
Nigerian, Clement Nwaogu, is the latest victim in a string of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Reports say Nwaogu was burnt to death by a mob in Rustenburg, the North West Province of South Africa. Ofentse Mokgadi, spokesperson of the South African police confirmed the killing to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) saying: “We can confirm that in two separate incidents, two vehicles were burnt by unknown suspects. He was also married to a South African woman and had two children, aged three and five. Nigeria’s Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri -Erewa, described Nwaogu’s killing as unfortunate.
April 24, 2018 18:00 UTC
The German government has pledged to accept more than 10,000 refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. Germany comes in first for the country awarding the highest number of refugees protection status in 2017 at 325,400. Germany’s Federal Office For Migration and Refugees (BAMF) differentiates between “asylum seekers,” “asylum applicants,” and “persons entitled to protection” and “persons entitled to remain.”. Those fleeing from poverty, civil wars, natural disasters and so on are considered refugees and not possible asylum seekers. Germany is still clearly leading the way in welcoming refugees and asylum seekers.
April 24, 2018 13:41 UTC
The leadership said the revolutionary council had supported state and ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa during his campaign, leading to the ruling party’s elective conference last December. The regional leadership described the revolutionary council as a coalition of “the wounded” who resorted to fighting if nothing “goes their way”. It said this group had an agenda to enforce regime change so as to clear the path for members of the group, the revolutionary council, to ascend to power. The regional leadership said the revolutionary council had hijacked legitimate community protests to further its own agenda. The regional leadership said the premier’s recall must be performance-based and supported by facts.
April 24, 2018 13:41 UTC
NORTH-WEST, 24 April 2018 - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating the death of a 16-year-old boy during violent protests that rocked the North West province. The boy was killed in Taung on Monday night. Video: eNCAJOHANNESBURG – The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating the death of a 16-year-old boy during violent protests that rocked the North West province. According to North West police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone, the boy was killed in Taung on Monday night. “We can confirm that a teenage boy was killed yesterday (Monday) and that a case of murder has been opened with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid)," Mokgwabone said.
April 24, 2018 13:30 UTC
The proportion of North Africans who want to permanently migrate has reached a record high, with almost half of young people wanting to move country if they get the chance. The desire to migrate was found to be strongest among younger North Africans, with the proportion of 15- to 29-year-olds jumping from 40 per cent in 2016 to 46 per cent the following year. Almost a third (30 per cent) of people in the 30 to 49 age bracket said they would like to permanently migrate, rising from 24 per cent of those interviewed in 2016 by the pollster, which surveyed people living in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. Up to Two-Thirds of Sub-Saharan Africa’s 1.1 Billion People Want to Migrate to the EU, U.S. https://t.co/RfoTgRESxP — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) March 23, 2018The most desired destination for North Africans who said they would like to migrate permanently was France, with the number who named the EU country rising to 19 per cent from 13 per cent the previous year. Last month, Breitbart London reported on research by Pew which found that up to two-thirds of the 1.1 billion-strong population of sub-Saharan Africa want to migrate.
April 24, 2018 13:30 UTC
President of Africa’s football federation (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad called on European football associations to vote for Morocco’s bid to host the World Cup in 2026 at the open elections that will take place on June 13. “I would like to tell Europe that if they vote for us we will vote for them next time,” said Ahmad Ahmad in an interview with AFP saying that Morocco’s bid is Africa’s bid. He said that Morocco hosting the World Cup sends a positive message for the rest of Africa and gives hope to young Africans. Several European football associations including French, Russian, Spanish, Luxembourgish and Serbian voiced support for Morocco’s bid. Morocco is making its fifth bid to host a World Cup.
April 24, 2018 10:52 UTC
The 2018 crop year takes place in best conditions thanks to recent rains, which lifted harvest expectations to 98.2 million quintals, Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development Minister announced. Morocco witnessed an accumulated rainfall of 370 mm that is 16% up compared to a normal year, conducive to dam filling rate standing at 67% by mid-April, said Aziz Akhannouch. By the end of 2018, irrigated areas covered 590,000 hectares, which has been reflected in higher output and water saving. With 4 million jobs, agriculture is the biggest employer in Morocco representing 14 percent of Morocco’s GDP equivalent to 110 billion dirhams. Since 2008, 250,000 jobs have been created in the agricultural sector with a 65% rise in agricultural exports.
April 24, 2018 10:30 UTC
The protests calling for beleaguered North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, which started in Mahikeng last week, have spilled to Taung and other parts of the province, where on Monday a teenager was killed. Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa cut short an international trip to attend to the violent protests in the province. The protests have spread to various parts of North West, including Stella, where a municipal building was set alight as protesting residents demanded better service delivery. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) intervened in the province to ensure the medical health depot in Mahikeng was secure. They were not allowing medicines to get out of the depot,” Motsoaledi told the SABC.
April 24, 2018 09:56 UTC
WATCH: School set alight in North West protest24 April, 11:47 AMA fresh spate of protests erupted in several parts of the North West on Monday, calling for premier Supra Mahumapelo to step down. Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said a building was set alight in Stella on Tuesday morning. Protesters also looted several shops, set buildings alight and attacked police officials. READ MORE: Teen killed in North West protests
April 24, 2018 09:47 UTC
Violent protests in Taung, North West, have claimed the life of a teenage boy, police said on Tuesday. Protests have gripped parts of the North West for the past two days. Mokgwabone said protesters had looted several shops, set buildings alight and attacked police officials on Monday. He said a building was also set alight in Stella on Tuesday morning. Protesters are calling for embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo to go, after a vote of no confidence in him was postponed.
April 24, 2018 09:43 UTC
But PUBG Corp. announced that the battle royale title's first official esports tournament will include one team from North Africa. "Today we're proud to announce PUBG Global Invitational 2018 (PGI 2018), an esports tournament where 20 top professional PUBG teams from around the world will face off for a total of US $2 million in prizes and the ultimate PUBG bragging rights," PUBG Corp. announced yesterday. According to PUBG Corp. the seeding for the tournament will be divided into 10 slots: three each for Europe, North America and Asia, two each for CIS, Rep. of Korea, China and Japan, and one each for South America, Oceania and Middle East/North Africa. PUBG Corp. added: "PGI 2018 will feature 20 top global PUBG teams, selected via regional qualifying tournaments hosted in North America, Europe and Asia through the beginning of July." That is all the details available at the moment, but PUBG Corp. said that information on ticket sales, regional qualifiers and venue will be made known at a later stage.
April 24, 2018 08:37 UTC
Perry Ellis International, Inc. has signed a license agreement with Casablanca-based retail group, Kennek FZE for them to source and distribute a full range of products from surf, skate and ski brand Gotcha in North Africa. In addition, Kennek has stated that it has long-term plans for the brand, including “further African expansion” on a franchise basis in the future. Perry Ellis International, Inc. chief executive and president Oscar Feldenkreis said: “Our company is pleased to enter into a partnership with Kennek to maximise the potential of the Gotcha brand in North Africa. We feel Kennek will be a terrific partner and are excited about the prospects of being in North Africa which falls in line with our plans to extend our business reach.”Mamoun Tadili, chief executive of Kennek FZE, added: “We at Kennek are very proud and excited to join the Gotcha family and showcase the Gotcha brand’s action sports legacy. We look forward to expanding the Gotcha brand with franchises throughout Africa and seeing the success of the Gotcha brand in North Africa in the years ahead.”
April 24, 2018 07:41 UTC
SDX Energy announces major gas discovery in North AfricaTuesday, 24 April 2018 06:44The company aims to expand it oil and gas operations across Africa. (Image source: haymarketrebel/Flickr)SDX Energy Inc, the North Africa-focused oil and gas company, has announced a conventional natural gas discovery at its LNB-1 exploration well in MoroccoAccording to the oil and gas firm, the gas contained heavier hydrocarbon components throughout, which is indicative of a thermogenic hydrocarbon source rock. In April 2018, SDX Energy announced to make a new gas discovery at its Ibn Yunus-IX exploration well at South Disouq, Egypt. In 2017, the company was awarded gas discovery at KSR-14 and KSR-15 well on the Sebou area in Morocco. In 2016, SDX Energy and Dana Petroleum commenced drilling operations on its high-impact exploration well on Bakassi West in Cameroon, Central Africa’s major oil and gas project.
April 24, 2018 06:33 UTC
The desire to migrate was lowest among the least educated North Africans (25%). Germany and Italy remain popular with potential North African migrants as well. Both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are also popular preferred destinations for potential North African migrants. Bottom LineThe increased desire of North Africans to migrate from their country permanently is understandable given the increasingly difficult economic conditions in the region. European countries remain a popular destination for many potential North African migrants, despite the political climate in Europe having become less favorable.
April 24, 2018 06:00 UTC