Africa 

Anti-France, MINUSMA rally held in Bamako, Mali

About 1,000 protesters demonstrated against foreign troops in Bamako, Mali on Saturday. These demonstrators are against the influence of France and the UN peacekeeping force known as MINUSMA in Sevare, near the central city of Mopti. Professor Clément Dembele is the President of the platform against corruption and unemployment. We have gathered here to ask for the establishment of a Franco-Russian partnership. “We have gathered here to ask for the establishment of a Franco-Russian partnership because we see that two thirds of Malians live in insecurity and risk disappearing, it’s…

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Africa 

Nigeria begins talks with major oil firms over oil revenue dispute

The Nigerian government and international oil companies are trying to find a common ground on a dispute over oil revenues. Citing a 2018 Supreme Court decision, the government says it is entitled to $62 billion from companies after they failed to comply with a 1993 law that gives the state a larger share of revenues when oil exceeds $20 a barrel. The companies have questioned this. We have opened a process of engagement between the parties. “We have opened a process of engagement between the parties,” Justice Minister Abubakar Malami…

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Africa East Africa Sports World 

Kenya’s Kosgei breaks women’s marathon record

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei eclipsed the 16-year-old women’s marathon world record held by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe as she retained her Chicago title. The 25-year-old recorded a time of two hours 14 minutes 04 seconds, easily inside Radcliffe’s mark of 2:15:25 set at the London Marathon in 2003. It adds to the Kenyan’s win in London this year when she clocked 2:18:20 and became the youngest winner of the race. Ethiopa’s Ababel Yeshaneh was second in Chicago, six minutes 47 seconds behind. Only 22 runners in the men’s race finished faster than Kosgei, whose time…

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Africa Business Nigeria West Africa World 

Can Uber’s boat service fix Nigeria’s traffic crisis?

On Friday global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc launched a pilot test of a boat service in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos. It was meant to attract commuters seeking to avoid the notorious heavy traffic situation in the populated and congested commercial city. Called the UberBOAT, the waterway service is operated in partnership with local boat operator Texas Connection Ferries and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA). Uber said in a statement that “This initiative is aimed at providing commuters with an easy and affordable way to get in and out…

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Africa 

Guinea wins West African Football Union tournament

A big win for Guinea as its side A thrashed Cape Verde 4-3 on penalties to win the first ever consolation Plate competition in the West African Football Union tournament in Thies, Senegal. Both sides had drawn 0-0 following 90 minutes and extra-time in a disappointing final on Saturday. Cape Verde can afford to count themselves fortunate when they had a seemingly good goal by Osvaldo Martins ruled out for offside. The ball fell into Martin’s path via a Guinea defender and should have stood. Team Cape Verde also had…

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Africa 

UN chief condemns deadly Burkina Faso mosque attack

According to media reports, at least 15 people were killed, and four injured in the town of Salmossi, which is near the border with Mali. The lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians in the north of the country are disrupted by growing numbers of attacks, and insecurity. On Saturday, some 1,000 people are reported to have protested in the capital, Ouagadougou, denouncing the violence and the presence of foreign military forces in the region. The deteriorating situation is causing an “unprecedented humanitarian emergency”, the UN refugee agency warned on…

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Africa 

Egypt to hold talks with Ethiopia over dam on River Nile

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said that he will be meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Moscow to continue discussions on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) threatening Egypt’s water supply reports Ahram “The leaders of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan met in March 2015 and agreed on some principals regarding the filling and running of the dam in a way that does no harm to Egypt,” the president is quoted as saying. President El-Sisi said that the state has developed an inclusive plan since 2014 to solve Egypt’s water…

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Africa 

News24.com | COPE questions whether government will blacklist Bosasa and terminate contracts

COPE has questioned when Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola will blacklist controversial company Bosasa and terminate its existing contracts. In a statement on Sunday, COPE spokesperson Dennis Bloem took a swipe at Lamola, asking if he was waiting for the US to teach him a lesson. Bloem was referring to the recent revelations where the US announced sanctions against the controversial Gupta brothers and Salim Essa, who will no longer be able do business in the US or with US companies. READ | SA urged to take…

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OP-ED Opinions 

Ethiopian PM Bags Nobel Peace Prize, Buhari, What Legacy Will You Leave Behind? By Fredrick Nwabufo

One man can induce rippling change in a system. One man can stop illegal detention, arrests, and govern the impulse to clamp down on free speech and citizens’ rights. One man can rebuild relationships and cause harmony to exist among disparate peoples. That man is the president; if only he is willing. In Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, the young, charismatic prime minister, has effectuated expansive reforms in the country. He brooks opposition and harbours no political prisoner. In fact, one of his first assignments after becoming prime minister was to order…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

Grudges among musicians not healthy for music industry — PMAN President

Voombalistic Uncle P, National President, Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), says grudges among Nigerian musicians is not healthy for the music industry. Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) is an umbrella organisation that guide, protect and promote the interests of musicians in Nigeria. Dr Obi Okwudili Casmir, popularly known as Voombalistic Uncle P, who spoke in Lagos, advised musicians to shun grudges to avoid resentment in their relationships. “Grudges amongst musicians is not healthy for our industry and will only create further resentment in their relationships as musicians and…

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