Nigeria: Confederation Cup Draw Worries Eguma

Rivers United's technical manager, Stanley Eguma has described the club's draw in the group stage of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup as tough. United, the only Nigerian club still in the running in inter-CAF club competition this year, is in Group A along FUS Rabat (Morocco), Club Africain (Tunisia) and KCAA (Uganda). "I must say it is a very tough group with two North African clubs from Morocco and Tunisia but we are confident of qualifying for the quarterfinals. "We must also not overlook or underrate KCAA (Ugandan club), who have also earned a right to be here. "Now, we must work hard, study our opponents and try to do Nigeria proud," he told club's website shortly after the draw.

April 28, 2017 00:56 UTC

Nigeria's Female Team Secures Ticket to African Junior Championship

Nigeria secured qualification for the African Junior Tennis Championship slated for September in Casablanca, Morocco as the 1st ITF/CAT West and Central African Teams Championships ended yesterday in Lagos. It was, however, a different story for the Nigerian boys' team featuring Gabriel Inyang, David Ekpeyong and Fortune Joseph as they lost 3-0 to Togo to miss out of the train to the North African country. Ghana finished top of the boys' standing with Togo ending as runners up. Nigeria's coach, Mohammed Ubale expressed satisfaction over the performance of the Nigerian teams despite failing to meet the target of securing qualification of both teams. We equally had injury troubles particularly the one sustained by Reya Holmes, who had gone on preparation for the championship in London."

April 28, 2017 00:11 UTC

Africa: Rwanda Look to Qualify for Africa Rugby Cup Group 1B

Rwanda national rugby team, the Silverbacks, will be looking to qualify for Africa Rugby Cup, Group 1B next year if they defeat Zambia on Saturday at Lusaka Rugby ground. The Silverbacks are in Zambia's capital Lusaka for the on-going 2017 Africa Cup Group 1 C Rugby tournament. The group comprises Rwanda, Zambia and Mauritius. Coach Hubert Wafula's team started their campaign with victory against Mauritius 24-12 on Wednesday and now need to beat hosts Zambia to qualify for next Year's 1B Africa Rugby Cup. The Africa Cup 1C is the third competition of the Africa Cup 1st division.

April 27, 2017 22:07 UTC

How Kwesta Wrote One of the Biggest South African Hip-Hop Songs of This Era

The rapper’s breakout hit, which also features Cassper Nyovest, was easily one of the biggest South African hip-hop songs of last year. It’s definitely one of the biggest hip-hop songs of this era.”Below, Kwesta tells us how he wrote the biggest South African hip-hop hit of last year, in his own words. It could represent South Africa as a whole.”Get a good feature on it. He started playing me some of the songs he had for his album. So this song literally, while we were busy with whatever was happening, was forming itself, bit by bit.

April 27, 2017 20:37 UTC

Despite economic hardship, defense spending in North Africa & Sahel on the rise

The North Africa Journal | April 27, 2017: Despite severe economic performances affecting the countries’ revenues, North Africa, including the Sahel, witnessed an increase in military expenditure in 2016, growing 2.2% to US$ 21.264 billion versus 2015. The figures are at constant 2015 prices and exchange rates, with data gathered by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Despite accounting for less than 8% of the region’s military spending, the biggest year-on-year spending growth came from the combined expenditures of the Sahel nations of Mali, Chad and Mauritania. In line with the region’s average growth, Algeria upped its spending by 2.3% to $10.654 billion, maintaining its share of regional spending at 50.1%. In contrast, Egypt, a country that used to have substantial leadership position in terms of military spending in the 1980s and all the way into the mid-1990s, saw its 2016 military spending shrink by 2.2% to settle at $5.3 billion, or 25.2% of regional spending.

April 27, 2017 20:15 UTC

Kenya: Sonko, Sakaja and Shebesh Win JP Primaries

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has won the Nairobi Jubilee gubernatorial nominations. Senator Sonko got 138, 185 votes against Peter Kenneth's 62, 504 and Bishop Margaret Wanjiru's 7, 654 votes; in 17 constituencies. In the senatorial race, Mr Johnson Sakaja got 163,446 votes to beat Richard Khavemba (33,109) and Badi Ali (10,132). And in the Nairobi Women Representative nominations, Mrs Rachel Shebesh led with 91,766 votes against Millicent Omanga 53,734 votes and Karen Nyamu 36,828 votes. Earlier, Mrs Shebesh stormed Nyayo Indoor Gymnasium at Nyayo Stadium, where the tallying was taking place.

April 27, 2017 20:03 UTC

Nigeria: Stop Blaming Others for Lack Development in North - Atiku

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday said the north must stop the blame game over lack of tangible development in the region. Abubakar stated this in a paper titled; "The Challenge of Unity, Diversity and National Development: Nigeria at Crossroads." He said the nation must devolve power from the centre to the federating units, adding that many of the items in the Exclusive List should be devolved to the states or any other agreed federating units. "To have the federal government create local governments and directly fund them makes nonsense of the word "local." He stressed that this will make the nation productive again as all the federating units would engage in healthy rivalries and competition, which would only result in more progress.

April 27, 2017 19:18 UTC

Secret US Military Documents Reveal a Constellation of American Military Bases Across Africa

He's also wary of a Chinese "military base" being built not far from Camp Lemonnier, a large U.S. facility in the tiny, sun-blasted nation of Djibouti. It's not a secret base and it's not our base... We have no intention of establishing a base there." A map of US military bases -- forward operating sites, cooperative security locations, and contingency locations -- across the African continent in 2014 from declassified AFRICOM planning documents. Those documents divide U.S. bases into three categories: forward operating sites (FOSes), cooperative security locations (CSLs), and contingency locations (CLs). Without its wide-ranging constellation of bases, it would be nearly impossible for the U.S. to carry out ceaseless low-profile military activities across the continent.

April 27, 2017 15:07 UTC

Egypt imposes tariff on exports of fish- Trade Ministry

Posted on Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:47By ReutersEgypt's Trade Ministry on Thursday imposed a tariff on the exports of fresh and frozen fish of 12,000 Egyptian pounds per tonne for four months. The decision comes two days after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt had halted fish exports after a surge in sales to foreign markets following last November's currency devaluation led to supply shortages locally and a rise in domestic prices. The ministry gave different figures for fish exports in their statement, saying Egypt exported 48,000 tonnes of fish in 2016 and in the first quarter of 2017 it exported 14,000 tonnes. Much of Egypt's fish exports heads to the Gulf states. The tariff's on the fish exports comes after the government this month imposed a tariff on sugar exports of 3,000 Egyptian pounds per tonne.

April 27, 2017 15:02 UTC

Nigeria: Suspended SGF Babachir Lawal Shuns Senate Again

The Senate probe committee chaired by Shehu Sani, APC-Kaduna, had written Mr. Lawal on Wednesday, asking him to appear before its hearing today, Thursday. Mr. Lawal was alleged to have chased away legislative officials who had taken the invitation letter to him. Following the adoption of the committee's interim report last December, the Senate had resolved to demand President Muhammadu Buhari suspend and prosecute Mr. Lawal. But the President wrote back, rejecting the call for action against Mr. Lawal. Mr. Lawal has since appeared before the Osinbajo committee which was given 14 days to submit its report.

April 27, 2017 15:00 UTC

Gambia: IFAG Invests Over D1.5M in Gambia's Education Sector

The Iceland Friendship Association-The Gambia (IFAG), a registered charitable organization in The Gambia has spent over D1,543,779 in the country's education system benefitting 104 students. This was disclosed by Fabakary Kalleh, coordinator of the project at recent media briefing held at a hotel in Bijilo. According to him, the support was spent in sponsoring students from upper basic to senior secondary schools, tertiary education as well as university level. During the visit, he said that they visited some of their beneficiaries and were quite impressed with the current state of their project. Adama Thorpe, a first-year student of the University of The Gambia, who is a beneficiary of the programme, expressed delight for having benefited from the programme.

April 27, 2017 14:48 UTC

The Middle East and North Africa is the world's worst region for press freedom

According to the latest report on international press freedom, journalism is at a "tipping point" and the world has reached an "age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms." The Press Freedom Report, published on Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reveals a drastic deterioration in press freedom across the world and particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, over the past 12 months. The report investigated freedom of media and journalists in 180 countries and found that "democracies, as well as dictatorships, had increasingly clamped down on press freedom." It also revealed that the Middle East and North Africa, "continue to be the world’s most difficult and dangerous region for journalists." "The Middle East as a collective region beat Central Asia and Eastern Europe to become the world's worst region for press freedoms, with a median position of 145 out of 180," The New Arab reported.

April 27, 2017 13:30 UTC

Marching for the climate: The death of pack animals reiterates the dire situation caused by drought in East Africa

According to Oxfam, donkeys and camels are dying off for the first time since the drought hit East Africa in 2011. Because of their advantages, a region suffering from food insecurity such as the Horn of Africa benefits from their presence for feeding and labour. Thousands of animals including cows, goats, and sheep have already been lost to the drought in the East African region in the past seven years. Oxfam’s Regional Director, Nigel Tricks attributes the tragedy to the increased recurrence of the droughts in East Africa. Although the terminal threat to animals caused by the drought in East Africa is harrowing, humans are also obviously also at risk.

April 27, 2017 13:18 UTC

The U.S. Military Moves Deeper into Africa

They are trying to influence the action,” commented the chief of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) at a Pentagon press briefing in March, when asked about Russian military personnel operating in North Africa. He’s also wary of a Chinese “military base” being built not far from Camp Lemonnier, a large U.S. facility in the tiny, sun-blasted nation of Djibouti. has secretly expanded its global network of drone bases to North Africa.” Five months later, the AFRICOM commander still sounded aggrieved. For years, AFRICOM has peddled the fiction that Djibouti is the site of its only “base” in Africa. A Constellation of BasesAFRICOM failed to respond to repeated requests for further information about the 46 bases, outposts, and staging areas currently dotting the continent.

April 27, 2017 12:56 UTC

Nigeria: Meningitis Outbreak in Nigeria: Is There an End in Sight?

It has different strains but Serotype C accounts for about 80% of the Nigerian outbreak. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control is supposedly making efforts to bring the outbreak under control. In fact, just 2 years ago, a meningitis epidemic affected almost 10,000 people and killed over 1000 people in Nigeria. When will we ever be prepared to tackle an outbreak of meningitis, a disease that has cut short the lives of so many Nigerians? This Meningitis outbreak shows that the Ministry of Health have no solid plan of action to help prevent such widespread outbreaks.

April 27, 2017 11:48 UTC