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Tunisia lifts ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims

President’s initiative secures Tunisian women’s right to choose spouse despite opposition from mainstream Muslim clerics Tunisia has abolished a decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims as the president seeks to secure equal rights for the country’s female population. “Congratulations to the women of Tunisia for the enshrinement of the …

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Size Matters: Developing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa

industrial complex for the production of galvanized roof sheets, Kampala, Uganda. Photo: Getty Images.

“Policymakers will need to better understand the drivers of, and obstacles to, the growth of African companies if they are to achieve national development goals and create better jobs.”   Africa is overwhelmingly young – and getting younger. The coming ‘youth bulge’ is set to more than double the continent’s …

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Zambia opposes condoms distribution in schools

The Zambian  government said it is opposed to plans by some civil society organisations to  distribute condoms in secondary schools,  as a way of  tackling unwanted pregnancies. This follows reports in some local media that some civil society organisations involved in reproductive health,  plan to start distributing condoms and contraceptives …

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South Africa: Ratings Agency Downgrades Credit Rating to ‘Junk’ Status

The credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded South Africa’s foreign currency sovereign credit ratings to below investment status. The move, widely predicted in the wake of President Jacob Zuma’s firing of finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, is likely to make borrowing more expensive, result …

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Nigeria: The next chapter – Charles Weller

Nigeria: The next chapter

Nigeria presents an interesting tale of seemingly opposites in the African growth agenda. Simultaneously taking pole position as the largest economy in Africa in 2016 and yet suffering from its worst recession in 25 years is indicative of both the ups and downs that the country’s economy has been through. …

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Africa: China’s China?

Addis Ababa China

A night-time drive down Addis Ababa’s main thoroughfare Bole Road and you can’t help noticing the multiplying number of Chinese restaurants, distinctive illuminated Chinese characters on signs bright against the Ethiopian night and signaling Chinese interest in developing markets. A significant Chinese presence in Ethiopia – as across much of …

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CAF: Battle at the top of African football


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has only ever had five presidents in its 60-year history and the last time a new leader was appointed was way back in 1988. Thursday’s election in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, could herald a change, but long-time incumbent, Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou, is not giving …

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Ethiopian Airline commences flight to Kaduna Airport

Kaduna Airport

Kaduna Airport: One hundred and ten passengers, Wednesday, landed and took off from Kaduna International Airport with Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 flight at 11:30am Nigerian Time. Ethiopian Airline Boeing 787 landed in Kaduna International Airport with 50 passengers from Addis Ababa at 11.30am and took off with 60 passengers to …

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Xenophobic Attacks: Senate Rejects Calls To Severe Ties With South Africa

The Senate has rejected a call by some lawmakers urging the Nigerian government to reconsider its diplomatic ties with South Africa over the ongoing xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in the former apartheid country. Senator Rose Oko from Cross River, alongside three others, namely, Tejuoso Olarenwaju, Ibrahim Kurfi and Obinna …

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Nigeria to issue UN passport to ‘stateless’ persons — Lawmaker

Sani Zorro, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), says the Nigerian government plans to issue United Nations passport to people at risk of being stateless. Mr. Zorro made this known during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday, in Abuja, marking the …

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Trump calls presidents of Nigeria, South Africa

President Buhari

President Donald Trump has been increasingly chatting with other world leaders during his first weeks in office. On Monday he turned his attention to Africa. Trump spent Monday morning calling two of the continent’s most prominent leaders, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma, to discuss combating …

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Samson Siasia and Winfried Schafer on Rwanda coach shortlist

Samson Siasia

Samson Siasia and Winfried Schafer are top of an eight-man shortlist for the vacant Rwanda coach post. Schafer led Cameroon to the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations title, while former Nigeria coach Siasia guided his country to Olympic football bronze last year. Belgian Paul Put, who took Burkina Faso to …

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17 Killed in Angola stadium stampede

angola stadium stampede

At least 17 people have been killed in a stampede at a football stadium in the northern Angolan city of Uige, local officials say. Hundreds more were reported to have been injured when supporters stormed the gates after failing to gain entry. Some of those who fell became trapped and …

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Adama Barrow Unseats Gambian President Jammeh In Shocking Victory

Adama Barrow

Adama Barrow Unseats Gambian President Jammeh In Shocking Victory. Adama Barrow was declared winner of the 2016 Gambian presidential election on Friday, bringing an end to Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule of the small West African nation. Mr. Barrow, who enjoyed the support of seven political parties in a united opposition …

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Burundi president’s aide escapes death

The Presidency on Tuesday said unknown gunmen tried to assassinate a key advisor of President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi, wounding him and killing his bodyguard, according to the ruling party sources. The sources, who asked not to be named, said Willy Nyamitwe was attacked on Monday as he was driving home …

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