Africa 

South Sudan’s transition from conflict to recovery ‘inching forward’ – UN envoy 

“Because of the collective efforts of so many…South Sudan is in a better state”, the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, said in his last briefing, after serving as Special Representative for four years.  However, he stated that “it is inching forward – frustratingly slowly – with still so much to do”.  Despite recently marking the one-year anniversary of the transitional government, progress is lagging – including in reconstituting a Transitional National Legislature, constitution-making, transitional justice, and economic reform, according to Mr. Shearer, who also…

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Africa 

‘Historic moment’ as COVID-19 vaccines touchdown in Sudan and Rwanda

In a boost for equitable distribution in Africa, 800,000 doses of the AstraZeneca shots touched down in Khartoum, making Sudan the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to receive the vaccine, according to a press release from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  This delivery follows the arrival on 26 February, of 4.5 metric tons of syringes and safety boxes – funded by GAVI, the vaccine alliance, and delivered by UNICEF.  Meanwhile, Rwanda also received 240,000 doses from the same manufacturer and anticipates 102,000 more shots from…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

City 105.1 FM to syndicate Turntable top 50 as part of partnership

On November 19th, 2020, TurnTable Charts launched the record-breaking TurnTable Top 50 which combines freemium streaming services, Radio, and Television airplay to create an accurate representation of music consumption in Nigeria. The first installment of the TurnTable Top 50 saw “Ginger” by Wizkid featuring Burna Boy become the first number-one song on the chart. ALSO READ: Pulse chats with Ayomide Oriowo of Turntable Charts [Inside By Pulse] #left5::before{ content: “AD”; font-size: .6em; text-align: center; display: block; color: #bfbbbb7d; } Since its launch, TurnTable Top 50 has become the biggest and…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

Jena Nahnsen to Serve as Aspire2STEAM Advisor

Jena Nahnsen to Serve as Aspire2STEAM Advisor – Music Industry Today – EIN Presswire Trusted News Since 1995 A service for music industry professionals · Thursday, March 4, 2021 · 536,284,384 Articles · 3+ Million Readers News Monitoring and Press Release Distribution Tools News Topics Newsletters Press Releases Events & Conferences RSS Feeds Other Services Questions? Sourced From Nigerian Music

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Africa 

Ghana and the United Kingdom sign post-Brexit trade deal

Ghana and the United Kingdom signed a trade agreement worth $1.6 billion on Wednesday, in one of the latest bilateral deals since Britain exited the European Union. The agreement will allow duty-free and quota-free access for Ghana to the UK market and preferential tariff reductions for UK exporters to the Ghanaian market, according to a statement on the UK government website dated in February. It means Ghanian products such as bananas, tinned tuna and cocoa can be traded to Britain without tariffs. Before the UK left the EU, Britain set…

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Africa 

Mississippi Bluesman keeps the aging music alive

Bentonia is the perfect place to sing the blues. It’s home to its own unique style of the musical genre. And the Blue Front Cafe is at the heart of that tradition. On a dusty road in rural Mississippi, it was the first African American-owned business in Bentonia when it opened in 1948. Now it’s the country’s oldest surviving juke joint, a cafe and music venue. And it’s owned by bluesman Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, son of Carey and Mary, the cafe’s original owners. “Ninety percent of my time all my…

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Human Rights 

Environmental racism in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’, must end, say UN human rights experts

Originally dubbed “Plantation Country”, Cancer Alley, which is located in the southern state of Louisiana along the lower Mississippi River where enslaved Africans were forced to labour, serves as an industrial hub, with nearly 150 oil refineries, plastics plants and chemical facilities.    The ever-widening corridor of petrochemical plants has not only polluted the surrounding water and air, but also subjected the mostly African American residents in St. James Parish to cancer, respiratory diseases and other health problems.  “This form of environmental racism poses serious and disproportionate threats to the enjoyment…

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Two Nigeria Boys Tensioning Social Media With Their Flamboyant Lifestyle Are Caught During Robbery Operation [Photos+Video]

Two men were caught engaging in a robbery operation and it turns out they are young men who have been sharing videos of themselves living large to social media. One video of the men shared online shows them lounging in a hotel room while smoking and listening to music. Not long after the video was shared, the men were allegedly caught terrorising a neighbourhood. “All that glitters is not gold” Nigerians pointed out after the men were caught robbing with guns and paraded. Video of them being paraded was shared…

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Pacific 

INTERVIEW: The women activists aiming to make history in Vanuatuan politics

Anthea Arukola, a political advisor to the Vanuatu Government, plans to become the country’s first member of parliament since 2008. Georgiilla Worwor, a law student and community activist, wants to go even further, and convince voters to elect her as Vanuatu’s first-ever Prime Minister. As part of an audio series recorded in Vanuatu, focusing on some of the women pioneers fighting for gender equality across society, the UN Office for Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), brought Ms. Arukola and Ms. Worwor together, to share their dreams and aspirations for women…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

(Opinion): Is reggae music dying or dead?

Related Articles Reggae is one special kind of music that changed the world. It’s Apostles come in different forms, acts and styles…. Some are highly “spiritual”. Some are very philosophical. Some are very mystical. Some are realists. Some are social crusaders. Some are humanists. Some are activists….Some are nationalists. Some are freedom fighters. Some are preachers. Some are teachers. We can go on and on. The list of who the Disciples of Reggae are is inexhaustible. From Bob Nesta Marley to Ewart Beckford (aka U Roy) Burning Spear, Steel Pulse,…

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