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Over 7,000 Nigerian refugees flee to Niger

– Advertisement – Some 7,600 Nigerian refugees have reportedly fled to Niger since January this year. The United Nations which made the revelation said the violence in north-western Nigeria has caused its citizens to flee into neighbouring Niger, where violence is also on the rise. The UN refugee agency UNHCR attributed the development to the fear of armed groups and communal clashes in Nigeria. “Most of the refugees are women and children, displaced following recent attacks in Nigeria’s Sokoto state,” spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov said. The UNHCR said people fleeing are in urgent need of…

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Over 7,000 Nigerian refugees flee to Niger

– Advertisement – Some 7,600 Nigerian refugees have reportedly fled to Niger since January this year. The United Nations which made the revelation said the violence in north-western Nigeria has caused its citizens to flee into neighbouring Niger, where violence is also on the rise. The UN refugee agency UNHCR attributed the development to the fear of armed groups and communal clashes in Nigeria. “Most of the refugees are women and children, displaced following recent attacks in Nigeria’s Sokoto state,” spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov said. The UNHCR said people fleeing are in urgent need of…

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All 279 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls released

– Advertisement – The 279 schoolgirls kidnapped from a boarding school in the north-western Nigerian state of Zamfara have been released. They were taken to the governor’s office in the state capital Gusau for debriefing, according to officials. Initially there were reports of over 300 girls being abducted but that figure was said to be inaccurate. The bandits abducted of the schoolgirls at Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe last week. The governor of Nigeria’s Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle has twitter that he has met the girls. – Advertisement – He…

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Global celebrities sign letter to back LGBTQ+ rights in Ghana

– Advertisement – Global celebrities including Actor Idris Elba and fashion icon Naomi Campbell have signed an open letter showing support for the LBTQ+ community in Ghana. 67 of such celebrities and influential figures with Ghanaian origin signed the letter in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community amid recent uproar over gay rights activities. In the letter published in the media, the celebrities said “In recent weeks we have watched with profound concern as you have had to question the safety of your vital work at the LGBT+ Rights Ghana Centre…

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Covid-19: Ivory Coast, Ghana begin roll out of Covax vaccines

– Advertisement – Ivory Coast and Ghana have started rolling out their secured Covid-19 vaccine under the UN-backed Covax programme. The Covax program is the global vaccine-sharing initiative helping poorer countries control the pandemic. On Monday healthcare workers in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan started receiving the Covid vaccination. They would be followed by teachers and members of the security forces, according to the government. The country last month secured over half a million doses of the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine. – Advertisement – Ivorian Health Minister Eugene Aka Aouélé told…

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Ghana’s President is first leader to take the Covax vaccine

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the first global leader to take the coronavirus vaccine from Covax. The Covax program is the global vaccine-sharing initiative helping poorer countries control the pandemic. After taking his jab, Akufo-Addo said, “It is important that I set the example to show you that the vaccine is safe by being the first person to receive it so that everyone in Ghana can feel comfortable about taking the vaccine. It is important that everyone is vaccinated.” Ghana🇬🇭 kicks off #COVID19 vaccination campaign with vaccines from…

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Ghana is working to develop and manufacture vaccines

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has said that he has set up a team of scientists to produce a plan towards developing and manufacturing vaccines. Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in late 2019, no single African country has worked towards developing a vaccine. Many of the vaccines produced have been done in Europe, Asia and America. African countries have had to struggle to secure adequate number of doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for their citizens. Ghana’s President, Akufo-Addo in a nationwide TV broadcast said he supports the manufacturing of…

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Okonjo-Iweala officially begins work as WTO Director-General

Former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Monday took over officially as the new director-general of the World Trade Organization. Ngozi was last month elected the first woman and also first African to lead the institution. Her appointment was made shortly after WTO held a special general council meeting after receiving the backing of the US government. Okonjo-Iweala is now succeeding Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, who unexpectedly left the WTO at the end of August 2020, a year early than expected. Welcome to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala @NOIweala on her first day…

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Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea: How to deal with the problem

– Advertisement – When it comes to maritime security, the west coast of Africa has been the subject of attention of the international community for a few years now. Nowhere in the world is the risk of pirate attacks as high as in the Gulf of Guinea. That is particularly problematic as the region is of big strategic importance in terms of transporting energy products. Despite the International Maritime Organization (IMO) raising concerns about the severity of the problem, coastal states have not been successful at eradicating piracy. West African…

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Government, media, and religious homophobia in Ghana

– Advertisement – On February 17, during the vetting of Adwoa Safo, the nominee for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mahama Ayariga the MP for Bawku Central asked whether lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are human. The question, accompanied by laughter in the background, made a mockery of queer lives and denied the humanity of a group of Ghanaians. As shown in the video, in response, the minister-designate referred to vague colonial code against “unnatural carnal knowledge” and sided with parliament in refuting the humanity of…

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