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Seychelles: The priest who became president after sixth attempt

– Advertisement – “We will maintain friendly relations with all nations, and welcome help and assistance from our international allies whomsoever they may be.” Seychelles is a former British colony which became independent in 1976. The defeated ruling United Party seized power in a coup in 1977 and has retained the presidency since then even after multi-party democracy was restored in 1993. There are still divisions within Seychellois society and the new president certainly has a lot of work to do to unite the country. Source: Follow and like…

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Cameroon: President Biya condemns school mass shooting

– Advertisement – Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has in a statement condemned the killing of seven children in a mass shooting at a school in the Anglophone region. Twelve children were also injured in the attack which took place on Saturday. The attack took place in a region where separatist insurgents have been battling government forces since 2017. The attack has been widely condemned and is likely to pile further pressure on the government to do more to end the conflict. President Biya said Saturday’s shooting was a “barbaric and…

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Ghana: Several worshipers feared dead after church building collapses

– Advertisement – Dozens of worshippers are feared dead after an uncompleted church building collapsed at Akyem Batabi in Ghana’s Eastern Region. The incident which occurred on Tuesday afternoon has left members of the church trapped. Several members of the Church of Prosperity founded by Prophet Akoa Isaac have been trapped under the rubble. One dead body has been retrieved with others reportedly in critical condition. A rescue team made up of officials of the National Disaster Management Organization, Ghana National Fire Service, the Police and Ambulance Service have been trying to rescue those trapped. – Advertisement –…

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Sierra Leone: Vickie Remoe is Girl Ambassador for Save the Children

– Advertisement – Save the Children Sierra Leone launches National Girls Week 2020 by introducing Girl Ambassador, Vickie Remoe, Girls advocate, entrepreneur, TV host, and multimedia storyteller. Vickie has made it her life’s work to use her platform to raise awareness on issues affecting girls and women with the goal of igniting social change.  Seeing Sierra Leone as the “next frontier”, Vickie believes that women and girls have a critical role to play in nation-building and feels that the country needs to be ready “to  take on opportunities that the world is…

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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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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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Liberia: Man drowns trying to rescue $20 note in river

Police in Liberia have said that a man drowned after he jumped into a river in the capital, Monrovia, to retrieve a $20 note he had dropped. Tamba Lamine according to eyewitnesses was walking with a friend on a bridge when the bank note fell. He reportedly jumped from the bridge into the river and successfully located the note which he showed to onlookers. Police spokesman Moses Carter told the media though that the street hawker drowned shortly after that. His body is yet to be recovered according to Mr…

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People with mental health conditions still living in chains

– Advertisement – Hundreds of thousands of people with mental health conditions are shackled around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Men, women, and children, some as young as 10, are chained or locked in confined spaces for weeks, months, and even years, in about 60 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. The 56-page report, “Living in Chains: Shackling of People with Psychosocial Disabilities Worldwide,” examines how people with mental health conditions are often shackled by families in their own homes or in overcrowded and…

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UN sponsored sex education program in Zambia faces rejection

– Advertisement – A sex education program being sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Zambia has been rejected by top government officials. UNFPA on its website said the comprehensive sexual education project includes scientifically accurate information about human development, anatomy and reproductive health. It added that the project also covers information about contraception, childbirth and sexually transmitted infections. But Zambia’s minister for religious affairs Godfridah Sumaili is reported by local media as saying the program promotes gender identities, sexual orientation and reproductive health rights alien to Zambia.…

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Nigerian ‘witchcraft conference’ sparks outrage

A conference meant to discuss issues related to witchcraft in a Nigerian University has sparked outrage. The two-day event being organised by the University of Nigeria in Nsukka in the eastern state of Enugu has angered community members largely dominated by Christians. Protests were staged by religious groups mainly Christians and Muslims. It forced the academic conference to change the topic to a more attractive topic of “dimensions of human behaviour”. Witchcraft or what many in Africa refer to as “Juju” is abhorred by Christians and Muslims who consider it…

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