Africa Nigeria World 

[Video]: Thousands queue to bid farewell to TB Joshua

– – Thousands of mourners from around the world have been queuing to view the body of popular Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, who died last month at the age of 57. The influential preacher has been lying in state at his Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) auditorium in Nigerian state of Lagos. He will be buried on Friday but funeral rites started on Monday with a candlelight procession. TB Joshua was running a megachurch that also owns the popular Emmanuel TV television station based in Lagos. – – The…

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Africa Featured Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambia’s ex-president Kaunda buried despite family’s protest

– – Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda has been buried at a memorial site for former presidents. He was laid to rest on Wednesday at the Embassy Park national site in the capital Lusaka despite a court appeal by his family members against this arrangement. Kenneth Kaunda who was in office from 1964 to 1991 died on June 17 aged 97. The government decreed that Kaunda would be buried at the Embassy Park where the other past presidents have been laid to rest. But some of Kaunda’s children, grandchildren and…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

The gift of queer and trans* Ghanaian activists

– – On June 23rd, 2021, Rightify Ghana called attention to an exchange of letters between Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Alban S. K. Bagbin and a certain Emmanuel Abankwah Kesse, who dubs himself a political activist. Dated May 28, 2021, Kesse’s letter to the Speaker of Parliament seeks to curtail efforts by various activist groups to ensure the release of 21 individuals wrongfully arrested for “unlawful assembly.” Kesse writes, “I think there is a need to amend section [sic] of our laws that makes these LGBTs think what they are…

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Africa Madagascar World 

Madagascar: Families eating mud due to worst drought in 40 years

– – Some families in southern Madagascar are reportedly eating mud as the country experiences its worst drought in four decades. The World Food Programme which made the shocking revelation said the worst drought in southern Madagascar is causing hunger and famine-like condition. Its director, David Beasley, who’s just visited the area, said that without immediate assistance more than half a million people would soon be “knocking on famine’s door”, with another 800,000 marching towards it. He said he was shocked by what he’d seen in southern Madagascar – children who…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

21 LGBT activists arrested in Ghana granted bail by court

– – A high Court in Ghana on Friday granted bail to some 21 activists of Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender society. They have been denied bail multiple times since their arrest on May 20, 2021 at a meeting in Ghana’s Volta region. The UN asked the government of Ghana to release the suspects including 16 females and 5 males, arguing that their detention was a violation of international human rights. The suspects who were said to have been at a conference in the Ho Municipality where the arrest was…

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Africa West Africa World 

Detention of 21 LGBT activists in Ghana sparks protests in U.S

– – There have been protests outside the Ghana Embassy in the United States of America over the continuous detention of some 21 LGBTQ activists in the West African country. If follows the latest decision of a court in Ghana’s Volta Region to deny them bail for the fourth time. The court also ordered that the suspects be put into prison custody until their next appearance. Julia Selman Ayetey, a lawyer for the defendants has told journalists that no justification was given for their continuous detention. Update on #ReleaseThe21 The…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Popular Nigerian preacher TB Joshua is dead

– – Popular Nigerian preacher and founder of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua has died a few days away from celebrating his 58th birthday. He died suddenly on Saturday evening after a church service in Lagos, with his church confirming the news of his death on Sunday morning. Prophet TB Joshua as he is popular called is reported to have fallen ill a few days ago before his sudden death. A source told Saharareporters in Nigeria that TB Joshua “conducted a service yesterday (Saturday) evening.…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe: Mugabe’s family rejects order to exhume his remains

– – The family of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has rejected an order from a traditional court for the exhumation of his remains. A traditional chief   has ordered the exhumation of Robert Mugabe’s remains and their reburial at the national heroes’ shrine in Harare after accusing the late leader’s wife of breaking local custom by interring him at his rural home in 2019. Mugabe, who was removed in a coup that brought Emmerson Mnangagwa to power in November 2017, was buried in the courtyard of his home at his…

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Africa East Africa World 

Africa’s oldest human burial site uncovered in Kenya

– – A team of researchers on Wednesday announced that they have uncovered Africa’s oldest human burial site in Kenya. The site has a child no older than three laid to rest sideways in an earthen grave 78,000 years ago. The child’s legs were carefully tucked up against its tiny chest, signalling the earliest known human burial on the continent. The scientists say the sunken pit was discovered in a cave complex along the coast of Kenya. Ornaments, offerings or ochre-coloured clay carvings were found in the region’s more recent…

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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Betting and porn websites are the most visited by Ghanaians

– – The number of people using the internet continues to grow every year in Ghana. The 2021 digital report of Datareportal revealed that there were 70 million internet users in Ghana as at January 2021. The number of internet users in the country has also increased by 943 thousand (+6.4%) between 2020 and 2021. For many the internet is where they live most parts of their lives, transacting business, linking up with family and friends and accessing information. In Ghana however there is an emerging trend of Ghanaians mostly…

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