Africa 

At least 20 killed in Somalia suicide bomb blast

More than 20 people were killed in Somalia on Friday evening after a suicide car bomb exploded just outside a restaurant near the port in the capital Mogadishu, news agency EFE reported. It said 30 others were injured, The blast occurred at the Luul Yemeni restaurant near the port. “The explosion was very strong and caused significant destruction and caused civilian casualties,” official Mohamed Osma told AFP. No group has claimed responsibility but the country faces recurrent attacks by al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgents. The group has been waging a…

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Africa 

Clashes erupt in Senegal for third day over opposition leader arrest

Clashes in Senegal’s capital Dakar erupted for a third day on Friday with hundreds of demonstrators calling for the release of Senegal opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who has been ordered held in custody at a court hearing. His arrest two days ago sparked the country’s worst violence in years. In Dakar’s working-class district of Medina, hundreds of young people fought running street battles with riot police and smoke rose from burning tyres at makeshift barricades in the capital city. Protestors chanted “Free Sonko” on the main Blaise Diagne avenue, the…

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Human Rights 

Countries failing to properly prosecute killers of human rights defenders, UN expert says

Mary Lawlor, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, was presenting her latest report to the UN Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva.  “It is shocking that between 2015 and 2019, at least 1,323 defenders were killed in 64 countries”, she said. “The pattern of killings is widespread, with human rights defenders having been killed in almost one third of UN Member States since 2015.”  Murders signalled in advance  There are 193 countries in the UN family, and her report, entitled Final warning: death threats and…

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Pacific 

Hopes for UN Security Council action against Myanmar military coup ‘waning’ fast, warns Special Envoy

Christine Schraner Burgener welcomed the fact that the Council was meeting behind closed doors on Friday to discuss the rising death toll on the streets as daily protests continue but told Ambassadors that “your unity is needed more than ever on Myanmar”. Power to veto any Security Council statements or resolutions, rests with the five Permanent Members, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. ‘Real heroes’ The Special Envoy said she had been in close contact with people across various communities since the 1 February military takeover,…

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Africa 

1,600 vaccinated in Guinea Ebola virus outbreak but more jabs needed: WHO

To date, 18 Ebola cases have been reported in the West African nation (14 confirmed and four deaths); only 30,000 Ebola vaccines are available, out of a global stock of half a million. “We are using the ring vaccination,” said Dr Ibrahima Socé Fall, the Assistant Director-General of WHO responsible for emergency response, referring to the strategy that inhibits the spread of a disease by vaccinating only those most likely to be infected. “We are vaccinating the contacts of cases, the contact of contacts, and their contacts. With this strategy…

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3Music Awards organisers name Top 30 Women in

After months of scrutiny and consideration of unquantifiable service to music, the organisers of the 3music Awards have named thirty women who have made a difference in the music industry. The Top 30 most influential women in music project is a feature of the 3Music Awards Women’s Brunch dedicated to recognizing, rewarding, and honoring the standout achievements of female creatives and accessories within the Ghanaian music space. It is also an intricate music gazette and a mirror reflection of the contributions of women in diversified fields of music, whose creativity,…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

Lil5ive – Dreams and Imaginations [Review]

A blend of Afro-pop, Afro-swing and Cloud Rap, Lil5ive is introspective, brutally honest, ambitious and grateful on this six-track EP. Its production is excellent, but so is Lil5ive’s delivery and topical conversations across 18 minutes. At different times, Lil5ive felt like the Afro-pop version of the atypical pessimistic Gen Z cloud rapper, who has an obsession with drugs. He brilliantly articulates his thoughts with expressive songwriting which finds beautiful pockets, but can also be raw. ALSO READ: Kelechi – Going Home [Album Review] Sometimes though, he doesn’t embrace the darkness…

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OP-ED Opinions 

Nationalism And The Rupture Of Nigeria – Re: Lower Niger Bloc By Ndidi Uwechue

From Wikipedia we learn that there are about sixteen different types of nationalism. This article is about good nationalism, the kind that is shaping up in the Lower Niger Bloc. This Lower Niger Bloc is comprised of the South-East and South-South together. The name “Lower Niger” is a temporary one for that Bloc, being used for administrative purposes in the so-far very successful road to self-determination for each ethnic nationality within the Bloc, being spearheaded by the Lower Niger Congress. “Lower Niger” comes from the 1885 ethnolinguistic map of the…

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OP-ED Opinions 

CAN, Gumi And A Government Tactically Supporting Jihadists By Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi

Many have been scammed through religion. potential glorious citizens have become reason for gory human experiences as a result of extreme religious views. Extremism is not limited to religion. But more than any other area of human endeavour, religion, without exception, are prone to fanatics and fanaticism. This is more so because of the spiritual nature of religion which often limits reasoning and leaves adherents at the mercy of chalatans, bigots, marauders, superstitions and fables. This is why Government must not just be seen or heard, but must be felt…

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Africa 

CAF Champions League: Third group matches resume

Another weekend for the maiden CAF Champions League. The first third match of this campaign will begin on Friday featuring Algeria’s Chabab Belouizdad against Al-Hilal FC. The current group B leaders Mamelodi Sundowns will be up against a complex and aggressive TP Mazembe in the third match of their Caf Champions League campaign in Lubumbashi on Saturday. In group A, the Egyptian giants AL Ahly will meet the DR Congo’s AS Vita Club on Saturday at Cairo International Stadium. Al Ahly is currently in position 3 while Vita Club is…

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