Entertainment Lifestyle 

Fans honour singer Amy Winehouse decade after death

Fans remembered British singer Amy Winehouse on Friday, paying tribute outside her former home in the London borough of Camden on the 10th anniversary of her death. Well-wishers made the pilgrimage to the north London property and created a shrine replete with messages, flowers, balloons and pictures as Winehouse’s songs played in the background. “I’ll never grow tired of listening to her music,” said pensioner Alan Trivette, 66, who was wearing a shirt emblazoned with Winehouse’s face and the words “Queen of Camden”. “She’s the most talented singer-songwriter of her…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

How extravagant funeral of Obi Cubana’s mum that got Nigerians talking

Prior to early 2000s, Oba, a sleepy town in Anambra State, Nigeria, was a quiet settlement. However, it has since the late 2000s experienced a massive influx of settlers due in part to its strategic location. Oba is hugely connected to wealth, but never in its history has it dominated nationwide conversations as it has done in the past week. Tales of the flamboyant display of wealth at the funeral of Obi Cubana’s mother in the laid back town, have dominated the social media and household gossip chatter. Born Obi…

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Europe 

Security Council calls for ‘immediate reversal’ of Turkish and Turkish Cypriots decision on Varosha 

The presidential statement approved by all 15 Security Council members, upheld that “no actions should be carried out in relation to Varosha, that are not in accordance with its resolutions”.  “The Security Council condemns the announcement in Cyprus by Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders on 20 July 2021 on the further reopening of part of the fenced-off area of Varosha”, the statement continued.  Secretary-General @antonioguterres is deeply concerned about the announcements made on 20 July by the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey regarding a further opening of the fenced-off town of Varosha. Full statement: https://t.co/RszcvnTnlH…

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Africa Investments 

Hundreds gather for Third Japan-Africa Business Forum, prelude to TICAD 8

Around 1,600 people from all over Africa and Japan gathered over six days to explore closer business ties at the Third Japan-Africa Business Forum, which this year attracted the highest number of participants since its launch. The conference was organized by the Asia External Representation Office of the African Development Bank, in coordination with the African Diplomatic Corps in Tokyo, the Japan External Trade Organization, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Industrial Development Organization. It took place in a hybrid format between 29…

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OP-ED Opinions 

The Senate And Its Legislative Arrogance, By Bolaji O. Akinyemi

Vigilance must be in motion to ensure that Legislatures delivers on their constitutional mandates and terms of engagement with the electorate. Every Legislatures and Legislative houses must be kept on their toes to ensure they give quality representation to the electorates.  We should no longer be contented with criticisms of their failures and consequently of government on the media alone. Henceforth, Nigerians must be ginger to demand quality representation from their Legislatures and accountability from their Government, this should be our collective responsibility.  In accordance with the provisions of Section…

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OP-ED Opinions 

Malami Shops For Mad Judge That Will Interpret Sowore’s Case, By Bayo Oluwasanmi

The protracted case of Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare has highlighted, yet again, the primitive retaliatory tyrannical justice system of General Muhammadu Buhari’s despotic regime. Sowore tweeted Thursday: “Federal judges retiring and returning Sowore case file in droves, meanwhile AGF Abubakar Malami and DG, SSS, Yusuf Bichi are shopping for pliable judges and putting pressure on one of my sureties so that they can revoke my bail, re-arrest and detain me.” Sowore’s case has developed a life of its own. It’s like the proverbial cat with nine lives. The presiding…

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Africa 

Nigeria jails 10 pirates over ship hijacking

A Nigerian court on Friday jailed 10 pirates for 12 years each over the hijacking of a merchant vessel last year, the navy said, in the second such trial under a new anti-piracy law. The pirates, all of them Nigerian, were convicted of hijacking the Chinese merchant ship FV Hailufeng II in the Gulf of Guinea in 2020. Kidnap attacks against ships for ransom have become common in the Gulf of Guinea, which runs from Senegal to Angola, taking in the southwest coast of Nigeria. The perpetrators are usually Nigerian…

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Africa 

Burundi suspends rare-earth mining in row over riches

Burundi’s government said it had suspended the operations of several international mining companies, complaining it was not getting its fair share of income from the country’s mineral wealth. One of those targeted runs the Gakara project, one of the world’s richest deposits of rare earths, which are key components in many hi-tech products. In a letter to the companies seen by AFP, Mines Minister Ibrahim Uwizeye said the decision was taken earlier this month because of “numerous failures” regarding the country’s mining code. “The state, which owns the soil and…

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Africa West Africa World 

Sierra Leone parliament votes to abolish death penalty

– Advertisement – Lawmakers in Sierra Leone have voted to abolish the death penalty and now awaits an approval from the country’s president. Moving forward, offenders sentenced to death will rather have their punishment replaced with life imprisonment. This has been celebrated by human rights activists who have campaigned for the death penalty to be abolished. Should Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio approve the move by the parliament, the West African nation will become the 23rd African country to have abolished the death penalty. Just last year alone 39…

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Africa World 

2021 Digital Equality Award winners announced

– Advertisement – The Coalition for Digital Equality (CODE), a network connecting local and international stakeholders to address the digital gender divide and drive sustainable economic growth in Africa, has announced winners for the Digital Equality Awards. The Digital Equality Awards aim to recognise the achievements of individuals in Ghana and Uganda who are working to push the boundaries of digital inclusion and transformation in Africa. The awards look to acknowledge individuals who are enabling digital skills, innovation and knowledge to improve the lives of African women, youth, marginalised groups and…

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