Mr Eazi is the artist connecting the sounds of Nigeria and Ghana like no one else right now. Signed to Wizkid‘s Starboy label, his latest mixtape Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos has him buzzing on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the fastest rising new stars of in the afrobeats scene. The Ghanaian-based Nigerian singer and songwriter played a special special Ghana at 60 Independence concert at New York City over the weekend, his first major stop on his North American tour. The freezing cold didn’t stop fans filling the PlayStation Theater to see Mr Eazi live in action.
The strategically located country on the Horn of Africa is the home of the coffee bean for a very good reason. Nobody doubts that there are numerous external factors at work which are exacerbating food insecurity on the Horn of Africa. The next hunger crisis is comingThis current hunger crisis, like previous ones, will pass. But in a few years time, there will be another hunger crisis. There is a myth in circulation which says that hunger in Africa is a climate phenomenon.
Special Operation Forces from the US and Morocco wrapped up the joint military exercises centring on advanced communication and medical skills during Operation Flintlock 2017. The exercises took place in Tifnit training base in Morocco’s southern zone area of operations with the participation of US experts and more than 2,000 military personnel from 24 African and Western nations, US Africa Command said on its website. The training is Africa’s largest special operations forces exercise aiming to enhance responses to violent extremist organizations and other regional threats, the same source said. The exercise was supervised by a pair of Military Information Support Operations (MISO) instructors from Special Operations Command with the sponsorship of US Africa Command and led by US Special Operations Command Africa. Previous training sessions with the Moroccan special operations forces provided familiarization with a piece of equipment, known as the “Next Generation Loudspeaker System,” the US Africa Command added.
The European Union (EU) has denounced “restrictive measures imposed on bilateral trade” without prior consultation with the EU, says a report released on the occasion of 10th session of Algeria-EU Association Council convened Monday in Brussels. In January 2016, Algerian authorities required import licenses for certain European products such as cars, cement and concrete. These “protectionist measures, taken without prior consultation with the EU, have been added to the already existing restrictions and obstacles to trade and investment”, stresses the EU document. Algeria took such measures following the fall in oil prices, which resulted in huge loss in revenues and deepened trade deficit of the North African country, member of the OPEC cartel. Though the legal framework criminalizes a large range of corruption offenses, corruption with impunity remains widespread in the country.
Tunisian coast guards have seized 31.5 kg of pure cocaine off Tunisia’s Mediterranean coasts, probably coming from Italy, an official of the coast guard told media on Monday. Two men manning a speedboat off Tunisian coast were chased Sunday evening near Bon cape. The coast guards hunted them after the men displayed suspicious movements. It is the first time such a quantity of cocaine is seized in the North African country. The official pointed out a new phenomenon taking place for 18 month now, namely ‘arrival on Tunisian coasts of speedboats from Italy trafficking in drugs and cigarettes but also in human beings’.
Rapper and producer Oddisee has released his latest studio album The Iceberg. Oddisee, who was born Amir Mohamed el Khalifa in Washington D.C., dropped the project towards the end of last month. The album is political, as much of Oddisee’s previous work has been, touching on economic inequality, consumerism, race, xenophobia, and sexism. Much of Iceberg feels like an outstretched a hand, one offering understanding, a call for reflection and critical thinking. But as the performance date neared, Oddisee was informed that he was being pulled from the bill for his controversial music.
Amec Foster Wheeler announce take over by Wood Group worth £2.2bnTuesday, 14 March 2017 07:56The head offices of Wood Group on Altens industrial estate, Aberdeen, United Kingdom. (Image source: geograph.org)Amec Foster Wheeler has agreed on a takeover by Wood Group worth £2.2bn (US$2.68bn)In a deal that will bring together two of the United Kingdom's largest energy service companies, Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler have agreed on a multi-billion dollar takeover deal. Wood Group hope that they can cut around £110mn (US$134mn) in costs from the combined business. On 14 March, the shares in Amec Foster Wheeler increased by 14.7 per cent to GDP 5.61 (US$6.82) per share. The share price of Wood Group also grew by 4.4 per cent to GDP 7.85 (US$9.54) per share.
SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERWASHINGTON, D.C. — Russia’s involvement in war-ravaged Libya “is very concerning,” the top American commander in Africa told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “They’re working to influence that decision.”Currently, the security situation in Libya is “very fractured,” declared Gen. Waldhauser. We must maintain pressure on the ISIS Libya network and concurrently support Libya’s efforts to reestablish legitimate and unified government. The top U.S. general in Africa acknowledged that high-ranking officials from both sides — those in favor and against the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli — have visited Russia. Also, this week it’s reported in the open press, [Prime Minister Fayez al-] Sarraj from the Government of National Accord has also visited Russia,” said Gen. Waldhauser.
Economy & Politics Higher diesel prices drive up costs for transportersA worker at a petrol station in Eldoret town adjusts fuel prices upwards on August 15, 2016. Public transport and farmers will continue bearing the brunt of rising fuel costs after the price of diesel jumped the most for two months in a row. Wave of inflationThe higher costs look set to erode the purchasing power of motorists, push up operating costs for transporters and farmers, who could then pass the additional costs on to consumers, triggering a wave of inflation. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), which adjusts fuel prices every month, said the new prices were driven by the fact that the consignment to be consumed this month was bought when global oil prices had increased. Petroleum prices vary across Kenya due to transport costs that reflect how far a location is from Mombasa port where imported consignments land and are stored.
FROM MAGAZINE: Interview with Jonathan Clark, Regional Director - Africa, CargoluxIn 1970, Cargolux started operations from its home base at Luxembourg Airport with a handful of Canadair CL-44 freighters. Africa, being a major trade partner for Europe, the Luxembourg-based cargo airline has been expanding its presence in the continent. Jonathan Clark, Regional Director - Africa, Cargolux, speaks to Twinkle Sahita, on how the year 2016 has been for Cargolux, expansion plans and on key initiatives to remain one of the top cargo airlines in the region. Last year, it was quite a low especially in the import freight in West Africa and Southern Africa. We are looking for Central Africa and may be one or two destinations over the next two or three years in Central Africa.
The Devil thrives on liesTrue Gospel by SAVIOUS-PARKER KWINIKATHE devil’s primary mission on earth is wrapped up in three things – STEALING, KILLING and DESTROYING. The devil knows his best weapon – LIES! The devil thrives on such lies to confuse your relationship, unity of people, church, country, continent and let alone the entire world. Again, we see the devil using LIES to unleash unjustifiable war on Libya using falsehoods. But because the devil was armed with LIES so as to KILL and DESTROY, the entire world was again deceived by the wicked one.
Masterclass West Africa, a satellite masterclass of the World Press Photo Foundation came to a close on Sunday 12, 2017, after five days of extensive training and workshop for 12 of the region’s most talented emerging visual journalists. The class which took place in Accra, Ghana, had 12 participants, four women and eight men, selected from five West African countries. Here are some of the photos shared by participants from their ongoing projects. Through this photographic journey, I intend to rediscover my origins as well as developing a visual archive of Kouy,” says photographer, Bitibaly. And when the child is born, its hair must not be cut to avoid the wrath of ‘Olokun’.
Winter Storm Stella grounds SAA flights to AmericaBy MTHULIS SIBANDAJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH African Airways (SAA) has cancelled its flights to North America as a result of the Winter Storm Stella. Affected flights are those to and from Washington, Dulles International Airport (Washington DC) operated via Accra, Kotoka International Airport, Ghana and to and from New York, John F. Kennedy International Airport. “The airline will closely monitor the situation and reinstate its flight schedule once it is safe to operate,” said Tlali. SAA has cancelled a number of flights already this year due to adverse weather and unforeseen circumstances. Flights to New York and Mauritius have previously been deferred due to bad weather while operations to Abuja, Nigeria have been cancelled due to upgrades at the airport in the West African country.
“Old Mugabe, electoral head must retire”From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, ZimbabweHARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN opposition parties have called for the resignation of government officials whose age have elapsed limits permitted by the constitution to hold public office. In a heated debate in Parliament, the presence of President Robert Mugabe (93) Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede (73) in government came under immense scrutiny. Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) legislator for Binga North, Prince Dubeko Sibanda, said the pair must retire. “The notoriety lies in the fact that this is the only government department (Registrar-General) that is headed by a person who is over pensionable age,” said Sibanda. He pointed out the Zimbabwean constitution had set the retirement age from public office at between 60 and 65 years.
Ghanaian writer and art historian, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, was a PhD student back in 2009, when she first conceived the idea of creating a comprehensive archive of African art and culture. “I would get completely sidetracked reading about things like the technology of kente cloth. The first volume will be an internet-based repository of historical and contemporary Ghanaian art, literature music and more, reports The New York Times. The “Cultural Encyclopedia Project” is about reclaiming African history, but it’s also about expanding knowledge of history and culture within the continent as well. “It is such an important thing, says David Adjaye, “because actually East Africans don’t know about West Africans’ culture, and West Africans don’t know about North Africans’ culture, and North Africans don’t know about Southern Africans’ culture — and I am being simplistic here — but it is very hard.