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Tanzania’s presidency finally moves to new capital city

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has announced that he has moved the government base to the country’s new capital city, Dodoma. On Saturday the President said the eventual movement to Dodoma from the largest city of Dar es Salaam has taken place. Tanzania’s founding president Julius Nyerere hatched the idea of the movement of the presidency to Dodoma in 1973. It has taken decades for this dream of moving the capital from Dar es Salaam to a more central location to better serve the needs of the people to be fulfilled.…

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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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Nigeria: Man falls and dies while waiting to board flight

A Nigerian passenger on Saturday slumped and died while waiting to board a flight in Lagos airport. Named only as Jude, he died undergoing boarding procedures at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. News Agency of Nigeria reported that the 44-year-old passenger was about boarding an Air France flight when he suddenly slumped. A senior police officer in Lagos, DSP Joseph Alabi who confirmed the development said Jude fell and died after receiving news that his wife had died. Alabi said the incident happened around 5:30 p.m local time…

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The top 10 universities in Africa

Africa has for centuries had a culture of education, higher learning and research even before formal academic institutional systems. The continent also boasts of highly skilled and talented academics and many of them were trained in African institutions. More educational institutions continue to be set up, both public and private. We present to you our top 10 African universities per recent rankings of Universities globally. University of Cape Town The University of Cape Town is the leading university in Africa. It is South Africa’s oldest university. Globally it is ranked…

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Meet the woman who has visited every country in the world

A Ugandan-born woman, Jessica Nabongo has reportedly visited every country in the world. She becomes officially the first black woman to do so. Jessica Nabongo, a UN employee now a travel blogger, decided in 2016 to visit all 193 countries in the world. According to a CNN reporting she achieved the target on October 6 arriving in Seychelles, the last country on her list. She also made it to two other countries the UN calls “non-observer status” territories, taking her total to 195. “Welcome to the Seychelles!! Country 195 of…

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‘Oldest African tortoise’ dies aged 344

A 344-year-old tortoise in Nigeria has been reported dead in a traditional palace. The tortoise popularly called ‘Alagba’ was confirmed dead by an official of the Ogbomoso palace where it used to be kept. Nigerian officials say the tortoise was the oldest in Africa. It died on Thursday after a brief illness. The animal was a major source of tourist attraction for the Nigerian community of Ogbomoso. Toyin Ajamu, the Private Secretary to Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi, Soun of Ogbomoso told journalists on Thursday that the tortoise “lived in the palace…

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SA Airways crew held in Hong Kong over drug offences

Two South African Airways (SAA) flight attendants have been detained in Hong Kong on suspicion of drug trafficking. They are accused of carrying cocaine worth $1.9m to the Asian country. The two flight attendants have been in detention since their reported arrest last month. Hong Kong officials say the substance was found with them, but investigations are ongoing into the case. The airline has said that the case is being investigated, but insisted it was “intolerant of any criminality by any one of its employees”. SAA spokesperson Tlali is quoted…

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American museum returns stolen ancient Egyptian coffin

Authorities in the United States of America on Wednesday returned a stolen ancient coffin to Egypt. This is happening two years after the coffin was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The 2,100-year-old coffin of a priest called Nedjemankh got featured in an exhibit housing artefacts from Egypt. The Museum bought the stolen antique from a global art trafficking network, which used fraudulent documents. Officials said the gold coffin was looted and smuggled out of Egypt in 2011. The stolen coffin dates back to the…

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The collapse of Thomas Cook and its impact on Africa

The collapse of Thomas Cook, one of Britain’s oldest companies has impacted negatively on Africa’s tourism industry. In many African countries the company operates, managers of tourism sectors have spoken of the sharp impact. Thomas Cook runs hotels, resorts and airlines for 19 million people a year in 16 countries. About 45 hotels deal exclusively with Thomas cook in Tunisia. In Tunisia for Instance, Thomas Cook owes Tunisian hotels 60 million euros for stays in July and August. Tunisia’s Tourism Minister Rene Trabelsi was reported by Reuters as saying that…

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PHOTOS: Prince Harry and Meghan in South Africa for royal tour

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan are in South Africa for a royal tour. This is the first time the royal couple are embarking on an official overseas tour with four-month-old son, Archie. On Monday the couple visited a women and children’s centre in Nyanga township. Meghan told those gathered at the centre that “I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.” She was also concerned about violence against women and girls. Meghan joined dancers…

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