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Meet Eritrean refugee, cleaner now New Zealand’s first African MP

– Advertisement – New Zealand now has its first African member of parliament and it happens to be a former Eritrean refugee. Ibrahim Omer achieved this feat in the country’s just ended election in which the Labour Party had its biggest victory in 50 years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s party won enough seats to allow Mr Ibrahim to be in parliament. Ibrahim first fled Eritrea in 2003 into a refugee camp in neighbouring Sudan. He spent years in those UN-run refugee camps working as an interpreter, until he was detained…

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Africa Featured Gambia West Africa World 

Gambia reopens its borders after closure over Covid-19

– Advertisement – The government of The Gambia has announced that borders have now been reopened after a six-month lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The country’s Banjul airport will however remain closed till October 31 due to construction work. The announcement on Friday is part of efforts to re-open the country’s economy and return life to normalcy. A statement from the government said “Travellers destined to The Gambia shall show evidence of Negative PCR Test Results conducted not more 72 hours prior to arrival.” It adds that “Isolation is…

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Africa Featured Nigeria West Africa World 

Founder of Nigeria’s notorious police unit SARS ‘feels guilty’

– Advertisement – Fulani Kwajafa founded the recently disbanded and hated police unit the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in 1984. But years later the unit has become a point of hate and agitations among the citizens its officers were supposed to protect. Members of the SARS unit were accused of committing extrajudicial killings and torture. Recent killings carried out allegedly by some of the members of SARS sparked protests in Nigeria, receiving support globally. Kwajafa told the BBC that he feels sad and guilty about the notorious image of the…

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Africa East Africa Featured World 

500 volunteers still battling fire on Mount Kilimanjaro

– Advertisement – At least 500 volunteers continue to battle a fire on Africa’s tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzaia as they hope to bring it under control. The fire broke out on Sunday, according to the country’s National Parks service. Moto umezuka Mlima Kilimanjaro leo mchana na jitihada za kuuzima bado zinaendelea. Taarifa zaidi zitafuatia. #TANAPANEWS BY @PASCALSHELUTETE pic.twitter.com/Jcfj6QlCf8 — Tanzania National Parks (@tzparks) October 11, 2020 But the Tanzania National Parks service said in a statement that “efforts to extinguish it are still ongoing,” adding that volunteers have…

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Africa’s first adaptive learning online high school launches

– Advertisement – Prestigious, independent school, Bridge House and award-winning EdTech company, Digemy, have joined forces to create ConnectEd – the first Independent Examinations Board (IEB) curriculum online high school in Africa to utilise a dynamic adaptive learning platform. The school will launch initially for Grades 10 and 11, with other grades to follow next year and into 2022. Bridge House and Digemy have an aligned vision to change the traditional teaching model and, in the process, enable a first-rate education to be accessible to a much wider audience. “A…

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Over 11 million African girls likely to miss school due to Covid-19

– Advertisement – The education of over 11 million school going girls hangs in the balance as they are likely to remain home after the covid-19 pandemic, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This problem, if not dealt with, will worsen the plight of the already existing canker of high number of girls without access to education. In sub-Saharan Africa, 33.3 million girls of primary and lower secondary school age are out of school. This number rises to 52.2 million when taking into account girls of upper secondary school age,…

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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Over 400 pistols, ammunition seized at Ghanaian port

– Advertisement – Ghanaian authorities have confirmed the seizure of some 436 pistols and ammunition at the country’s major port in Tema. A 20-footer container containing 26 packs of 50 pieces of ammunition and 1(40millimetre) piece of pepper spray was also impounded by officials. Ghana’s Revenue Authority said the weapons were illegally imported from Turkey. The arms and ammunition were concealed in personal effects made up of clothing, shoes and bags. The revenue authority in the statement said the arms were detected during a physical examination exercise at the Terminal Three facility by…

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Africa Featured Namibia Southern Africa World 

Namibians demonstrate against gender-based violence

– Advertisement – Hundreds of Namibians on Thursday hit the streets of the country’s capital Windhoek to demonstrate against recent cases of gender-based violence. They have demanded investigations and prosecution of persons who perpetuated the violence. It follows the discovery of the body of a woman in a shallow grave in Walvis Bay, south-west of the country. Hundreds of citizens have taken to the Windhoek streets this morning demanding an end to violence against women and children as well as calls for justice for Shannon Wasserfall whose suspected remains were…

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Africa Featured Madagascar World 

Madagascar launches Covid-19 Capsule Cure

– Advertisement – Madagascar has launched capsules from its much touted “Covid-Organics” herbal cure for the coronavirus. The capsules contain extracts of a local Malagasy plant artemisia which has proven anti-malarial properties. The tablets also have other indigenous herbs such as ravintsara with officials saying it is effective in curing and treating coronavirus infections. The previous herbal remedy called ‘COVID-Organics'(CVO) was developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research. More than a quarter of Madagascar’s 26 million inhabitants have so far taken that drink, with nine million bottles still in…

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Africa Featured Liberia West Africa World 

Liberia’s Weah angry at ‘rude citizens’ asking him for money

– Advertisement – Liberia’s President George Weah has expressed anger at some of his citizens who continue to ask him for favours but refuse to show him respect. According to the Liberian leader, he receives on daily basis numerous text messages from many citizens especially young people. But the tone of the messages according to him is distasteful and full of insults from people claiming to be his supporters. In a sermon on Sunday, the FrontPage Africa newspaper quoted the President as saying that “1000 persons who text me, 999…

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