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  • Zambia: Sata's Son Slap Father's Spokesperson
    [Zambia Reports]There was a dramatic scene at State House on Wednesday monring when Lusaka Mayor Mulenga Sata slapped his father's spokesperson George Chellah for unspecified reasons while warning him to watch his back.
  • Zimbabwe: Govt to Auction Diamonds Locally
    [The Herald]ZIMBABWE will start auctioning its diamonds locally in November as Government moves to plug leakages and maximise revenue collection. This was said by Minister of Mines and Mining Development Walter Chidhakwa, in response to questions on why Government continued to auction diamonds in hostile nations following an ex-parte ruling in a Belgium court last week in favour of Amari Platinum Holdings Limited to attach diamonds worth US$45 million.
  • Lesotho: Prime Minister Refuses to Re-Open Parliament
    [VOA]Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane will not re-open parliament as demanded by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), until a renegade army general is arrested and made to face justice, according to Thabo Thakalekoala, spokesperson for the prime minister.

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Strategic Research and Analysis

  • WASSCE Big Failure: Practicalize WASSCE with Sustainable Curriculum WASSCE Big Failure: Practicalize WASSCE with Sustainable Curriculum
    A big dismal failure was recorded on results released for the May/June 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The examination conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) became a testament that something was absolutely amiss with educational system in Nigeria and West Africa sub-region.  While a total of 1, 705, 976 prospective candidates registered, it was only 1, 692, 435 candidates that successfully sat...
  •  3 Nigerian Born British Members of Parliament 3 Nigerian Born British Members of Parliament
    Chuka Umunna: Umunna is a British MP of Nigerian heritage. He was born 17 October 1978 in London to Nigerian father of the Igbo ethnic group and Irish mother.   In 2010 Umunna was elected parliamentarian, representing Streatham constituency on the platform of the Labour Party. Umunna who is popularly known as “UK Obama,” schooled at Hitherfield Primary School in Streatham, South London, and Christ Church Primary School in Brixton Hill....
  • PhotosNews : Obama Toasts African Leaders at White House Dinner PhotosNews : Obama Toasts African Leaders at White House Dinner
    “President Barack Obama hosted African leaders at the White House Tuesday night, in a dinner tied to this week’s Africa Summit in Washington. Earlier Tuesday, U.S. and African leaders unveiled $14 billion in commercial deals, part of a campaign to improve on a trade relationship in which the two parties still do little business together. “Never before have we hosted a dinner at the White House like this, with so many presidents,” said Mr....
  • US-Africa summit:  China and US Vying for Africa’s Resources US-Africa summit: China and US Vying for Africa’s Resources
    As African leaders gathered in Washington DC on the invitation by President Obama for US-Africa summit, the focus of the summit was centered on trade not aid. But the elephant in the room or in the minds of the summit participants is China. It is there for everybody to see that China’s business and commercial tempo in Africa is rising and rising. China is now the largest trading partner to Africa. Five years ago China surpassed the United States...
  • PhotoNews:  Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Houston, Texas PhotoNews: Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Houston, Texas
    “Former President Olusegun Obasanjo held an interactive discussion session with Nigerians at a dinner held in his honor in Houston Texas. The former president opened the session by informing the guests that they could ask anything and that nothing was off the table. The questions covered a wide range of topics and President Obasanjo responed openly in his usual light hearted manner supporting all his answers with facts, figures and dates.” –...
  •  Graph News:  Nigeria Debt to GDP Compared to US, UK, Swiss, EU Graph News: Nigeria Debt to GDP Compared to US, UK, Swiss, EU
    The Nigeria current recorded Debt to GDP ratio stood at  11 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product in 2013.  “Government Debt To GDP in Nigeria averaged 35.96 Percent from 2000 until 2013, reaching an all time high of 88 Percent in 2001 and a record low of 11 Percent in 2013. Government Debt To GDP in Nigeria is reported by the Central Bank of Nigeria.”  Nigeria enjoyed one of the lowest debt to gdp ratio in the world.  The country’s...
  • Swiss traders, NNPC and Corruption in the Oil Industry Swiss traders, NNPC and Corruption in the Oil Industry
    Swiss traders’ shenanigans on the buying of Nigeria and Africa’s crude oil without transparency and accountability
    In Nigeria, Swiss companies bought oil worth $37 billion over the three years, an amount equal to more than 18 percent of the national government’s revenues. Payments of this scale that affect the development prospects of poor countries require public oversight, which has been largely missing in most of the scenarios...
  •  Nigeria: Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) Needs Adaptive Reconciliation  Nigeria: Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) Needs Adaptive Reconciliation
    The much debated and contentious Petroleum Industry Bill 2012 (PIB) is a quantum leap in the remaking of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, if and when it becomes the law of the land.  Some Nigerians deemed the bill controversial because many of them have not read the bill but rather depend on the opposition of the bill to propagate their incoherence and distortions.  One thing for sure, the government of Nigeria must be applauded for initiating...
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