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The Africa Illustrious Award is set to honour outstanding Africans in diverse works of life, in an even scheduled to hold early December, 2022. The Award reserved for those who are making an impact in their community was instituted about five years ago, as a meritorious recognition that seeks to balance stories across Africa by beaming its search light on the bright-side of Africa that is often underreported. Some of the award categories include; public...

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Donation will help tackle hunger, disease, poverty and gender inequality In the next four years, Nigeria and other African countries would receive aid of $7 billion from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation said in a statement is committing the money towards tackling hunger, disease, poverty and gender inequality. According to Reuters report, the organisation said Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, will take the lion share. “The European budgets are deeply affected by...

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Much more than material support for the democratic process, Africa—and the developing world—needs the United States to reaffirm its commitment to democratic principles. It is far from surprising that the just concluded Brazilian presidential election attracted more than the usual attention from observers of the democratic process across Latin America. Over the course of his presidency, and particularly in the months leading to the election, President Jair Bolsonaro had made statements seemingly calculated to undermine trust in...

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An absence of political will may prove a far harder problem than complicated logistics Nearly two years after war broke out in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the fighting is intensifying, and the interstate dimension to the conflict is as undeniable as ever. Reports indicate that some one hundred thousand Eritrean troops are assaulting Tigray, apparently in coordination with the Ethiopian military. The region has been under siege since June of 2021, with only piecemeal exceptions during the lull...

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The latest military coup d’état would seem to be the least of Burkina Faso’s problems. Over the weekend, a small group of soldiers led by 34-year-old Captain Ibrahim Traore overthrew the military junta of Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba. Damiba had occupied Burkina Faso’s Kosyam Palace for all of nine months, having assumed power in January following the deposition of democratically elected president Roch Marc Christian Kabore. The Traore coup is the country’s ninth since...

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Blaming external actors for the country’s woes accomplishes little for the Malian people. Among the more notably undiplomatic events at this year’s United Nations General Assembly, the remarks of Mali’s interim Prime Minister Abdoulaye Maiga, an appointee of the military junta that seized power over two years ago, stood out. Predictably, France was attacked for alleged “subversive actions,” and criticized for transferring its military forces from Mali to Niger. The same Malian junta had repeatedly criticized...

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Nigeria needs help from the international community in tackling its debt burden according to Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB). He disclosed this Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum in New York on Thursday. He stated that financing is critical to solving Nigeria’s development challenges. “Financing is critical because the debt to GDP ratio of Africa has increased to 70 percent — several countries are the risk of high debt distress due to...

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The upcoming White House visit presents an opportunity to deepen monitoring and evaluation of bilateral collaboration on defense, intelligence, and law enforcement matters. By Michael Walsh and Phiwokuhle Mnyandu, Guest Contributors Tomorrow, President Biden hosts South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the White House. The leaders will be working to deepen collaboration on a number of bilateral issues, including climate, energy, health, infrastructure, investment, and trade. International criminal networks and transnational security threats are crucial to this...

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The Kenya Supreme Court has upheld the presidential election result that deputy president William Ruto won as the President-elect. Recall that Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) headed by Wafula Chebukati had declared Ruto the winner of the 9 April 2022 election. Official results showed that Ruto gained 50.36 per cent of the votes with 7,152,655 votes, narrowly defeating his rival, Raila Odinga, a former prime minister, who polled 48.85 per cent of the votes cast,...

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Nigeria and Cameroon have agreed to return to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to seek clarification of some ambiguities in a ruling over possession of the Bakassi Peninsula This was disclosed in a ommuniqué issued at the end of the 24th session of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC), the two countries pledged to collaborate closely to promote the development of cross-border infrastructure projects. The communiqué also added that the mixed commission recommended that the...

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