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Nigerian Named African of the Year

Nigerian Named African of the Year

Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister, Akinwumi Adesina, has been named Forbes African of the Year. Mr Adesina won the award for his reforms to the country’s farming sector. According to Forbes Africa Editor, Chris Bishop, Mr Adesina “is a man on a mission to help Africa feed itself”. In his own words, Mr Adesina, who wants to help people become rich through farming said in his ac... »

UK Government Scraps £3,000 Visa Bond Scheme

UK Government Scraps £3,000 Visa Bond Scheme

A visa bond scheme announced by UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, in June has been scrapped. The scheme which required a £3000 “security bond” for those referred to as “high risk” overseas visitors to the UK was due to commence this November. The overall aim of the scheme was to reduce the number of people who overstay their short-term visas from certain African and Asian cou... »

Africa 2014 Fifa World Cup Qualifying Results

Africa 2014 Fifa World Cup Qualifying Results

The final round of the 2014 World Cup qualification matches in Africa sees 10 group winners from the previous stage meet in five two-legged play-off meetings, with the victors qualifying for Brazil 2014. The first legs were played this weekend, during the current international break, beginning with Algeria’s trip to Burkina Faso. Ivory Coast versus Senegal, Ethiopia vs. Nigeria, Tunisia v Ca... »

Robert Mugabe Election Victory Challenged By MDC

Robert Mugabe Election Victory Challenged By MDC

Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has filed a legal challenge to President Robert Mugabe’s recent landslide election victory, with the Constitutional Court in Harare. According to the electoral petition, the result which showed that the incumbent, 89, won with 61% of the vote should be declared null and void and a new election should be called w... »

Positive Results In Malaria Vaccine Trials

Positive Results In Malaria Vaccine Trials

A malaria vaccine has shown early promises in US clinical trials. When given high doses of the vaccine, researchers found that it protected 12 in 15 patients from the deadly disease. This is good news considering that malaria is one of the most deadly diseases in the world, kills more than half a million people each year and infects about a quarter of a million people every year. The research, pub... »

Africa: A Changing Leadership

Africa: A Changing Leadership

Africa іѕ thе world’s ѕесоnd largest аnd ѕесоnd mоѕt populous continent, аftеr Asia. At аbоut 30,300,000 km (11,700,000 sq mi) including іtѕ adjacent islands, іt covers 5.9% оf thе Earth’s total surface area, аnd 20.3% оf thе total land area. Wіth оvеr 840,000,000 people (as оf 2005) іn 61 territories, іt accounts fоr mоrе thаn 12% оf thе world’s human population. Separated frоm ... »

Nigeria Bans Gay Marriage

Nigeria Bans Gay Marriage

While countries in Europe (such as France and Great Britain) and some American States are passing laws to allow gay marriages, Nigeria and indeed many African countries appear to be heading in the opposite direction. Although it is already illegal to have gay sex in Nigeria, the Nigerian parliament has approved a bill banning same-sex marriage. The lawmakers have also set jail terms of up to 14 ye... »

Google Doodle Honours Late Kenyan Activist, Wangari Maathai

Google Doodle Honours Late Kenyan Activist, Wangari Maathai

Google Doodle celebrated the life of the late Kenyan environmental and political activist, Wangari Maathai, on April 1. Maathai was born on 1 April 1940 and was educated in the United States as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya. She founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental NGO focused on planting trees, environmental conservation, and the rights of women. She received several awa... »

Africa Seeks A Single Currency

Africa Seeks A Single Currency

In а rесеnt meeting оf thе African Union іn Nairobi, Kenya, African economists put thеіr heads tоgеthеr іn аn attempt tо create а single African currency, similar tо thаt оf thе Euro іn Europe. Thіѕ group wіll continue tо work оn thе proposal оvеr thе nеxt fеw months, аnd wіll bе making recommendations tо thе vаrіоuѕ heads оf state durіng а summit thіѕ July. Thе Abuja treaty, signed іn 1991, creat... »

Yahya Jammeh Decrees A Four-Day Week In Gambia

Yahya Jammeh Decrees A Four-Day Week In Gambia

The Gambia has started a four-day week for public sector workers. This means that Fridays will now become an extra day off in addition to Saturdays and Sundays. According to President Yahya Jammeh who made the decree, the shorter week will give The Gambia’s 1.8 million mainly Muslim population more time to pray, socialise and tend to farm fields. In a statement last month, Mr Jammeh’s ... »