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  • Western Sahara: Saharawi Political Prisoner Dies in Jail
    [SPS]El Aaiun -The Saharawi political prisoner, Abdelbagi Aliyen Antahah, on Monday died of torture inside the Moroccan Black Prison, said the Saharawi ministry of occupied territories, diaspora and rural areas.
  • Africa: Olikoye - a Short Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    [allAfrica]How softly the rain fell that Monday morning when my water broke. Because I was used to the raging downpours of Lagos, this quiet patter calmed me, filled me with peace. My husband Omoregie was at work and so our neighbor took me to the hospital, my dress slightly damp, my heart full of expectation. My firstborn child. The nurse on duty was Sister Chioma, a woman with an unsmiling face who liked to crack sharp-tongued jokes. During my last check up, when I complained about the backache brought on by my pre
  • Africa: Uber Eyes Use of Mobile Money Service in Africa
    [CIO]After launching its service in seven African cities and hitting a few hitches, especially in Kenya, Uber is exploring the use of mobile money services.

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  •  President Jonathan Vs Gen. Buhari:  May the best man for 21st century Nigeria  win President Jonathan Vs Gen. Buhari: May the best man for 21st century Nigeria win
    First and foremost, what do I mean by 21st century Nigeria?   The word 21st century is now ubiquitous and superfluous in any political and economic dialogue but its significance have not diminished nor become pliable.   21st century has been called the century of possibilities and at one point it has been called the African century.  The 21st century is anticipated to be a century that Africa will put her house in order and take her place under...
  • Ben Affleck on goodwill and sustainable livelihood in Congo Ben Affleck on goodwill and sustainable livelihood in Congo
    Affleck needs no introduction especially among those who are conversant with Hollywood. Affleck is a Hollywood movie star, who has distinguished himself with his goodwill and philanthropic endeavors.     He is the founder of the foundation, Eastern Congo Initiative, which is dedicated to a vision of “an eastern Congo vibrant with abundant opportunities for economic and social development, where a robust civil society can flourish. ECI believes...
  • Uzo Aduba, star of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ – “My mother is a survivor of the Igbo genocide.” Uzo Aduba, star of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ – “My mother is a survivor of the Igbo genocide.”
    I am the daughter of Nigerian immigrants. My mother is a survivor of both polio and of the Igbo genocide during her country’s civil war in the late 1960s. Each Igbo name has a story behind it, so upon my birth, my mother carefully chose my name to be Uzoamaka, which means “the road is good.”   My mother is a fighter. After she battled polio and learned to walk again, the doctors told her she would be a cripple her entire life. Instead of...
  •  Nigeria’s naira officially devalues; Interest rate raised as oil price plummets Nigeria’s naira officially devalues; Interest rate raised as oil price plummets
    Analysis
    As crude oil price continues to nosedive and with limited war chest to shield naira, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has officially devalued naira by 8 percent and raised interest rates by 100 basis points.   Godwin Emefiele, the CBN governor and the delegated chair of Nigeria’s Reserve apex bank announced the development in Abuja after the emergence meeting with the members of the Monetary Policy Committee. With this devaluation...
  •  Bob Geldof’s Band Aid: Thank You but Africa‘s Image is Sagging Bob Geldof’s Band Aid: Thank You but Africa‘s Image is Sagging
    Enough is enough. Another ‘We are the World for Africa’ or ‘Live Aid’ jamboree courtesy of the singer turned humanitarian activist, Bob Geldof to commemorate thirty years of Ethiopian famine.   Thirty years ago, before Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South, before Nigeria became the largest economy in Africa, even before the current economic miracle in Ethiopia there was a disaster on a biblical proportion that took place...
  • Naira’s Dithering: Nollywood and Agriculture can aid ebbing Nigerian Currency Naira’s Dithering: Nollywood and Agriculture can aid ebbing Nigerian Currency
    Naira the fickle currency of Nigeria is quite sensitive to the depressing oil price in the international market.  Nigeria receives 75-80 percent of her foreign exchange from the export of crude oil. So once there are any negative changes or disruptions in the price of oil, it does adversely affect Naira and thereby reduces the quantity of foreign exchange accumulated by Nigeria.   The nosedive of oil price has the propensity to weaken naira and...
  •  Mrs Ojukwu, Nigerians in Diasporas react to Peter Obi’s Defection Mrs Ojukwu, Nigerians in Diasporas react to Peter Obi’s Defection
    Nigerians have been talking since the former governor of Anambra State decamped from APGA to the ruling national party PDP.  Obi’s defecting to PDP was anticipated, for Obi has not hidden his inner workings and interactions with the members of PDP.  While Obi was the governor of Anambra, his close relationship with President Jonathan, the PDP leader was there for everybody to see.  President Jonathan visited Anambra State numerous times and Obi...
  • Peter Obi’s Strategic defection from APGA to PDP:  The Anatomy of the Political kinesis Peter Obi’s Strategic defection from APGA to PDP: The Anatomy of the Political kinesis
    First and foremost, former Governor Obi has the right and privilege as a citizen of Federal Republic of Nigeria to switch to another party and associate with any organization or entity provided that he is not violating the constitutional law of the land.   There is no doubt that Obi is a strategist, realist and pragmatist. He knows when to stay put, when to go along and when to let go. In the lyrics of the song – “Gambler” by Kenny Rogers:...
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