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UN Picks World Day to Celebrate Swahili Language

The United Nations has declared 7 July each year as the world’s official day to celebrate the Swahili language. The announcement was made on Tuesday at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) headquarters in France. It is the first African language to be recognised by the UN and have its own day of …

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Women in Ghana’s Football Fraternity Ignored

A lab technician by trade and a football referee by passion: Audrey Atampugbire has always loved being out on the pitch. Female referees remain an uncommon sight in Ghana, but Audrey is working hard to dispel the idea that football is a domain of men — and other girls are already following in her footsteps. SOURCE: DEUTSCHE …

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What Happened when Protesters Blocked Lekki Toll?

Nigeria’s federal government has rejected a report by a judicial panel that concluded the October 2020 shooting of protesters at Lekki toll gate could be described as a massacre by the military that officials tried to cover up. Information Minister Lai Mohammed Tuesday said the panel’s report, which was leaked and widely shared on social …

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Growing Egypt’s Fintech

Egypt’s leading fintech ecosystem, has announced the successful rollout of Neuron, the proprietary core banking software it developed and launched earlier this year. Having begun life as a ride-hailing app for two- and three-wheeler vehicles back in 2018, MNT-Halan has morphed into a super app of sorts, and in the process become Egypt’s largest and …

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A Study of Ivory Coast’s Response to Gender-based Violence

In research carried out in Abidjan and Bouaké in 2014 and 2015, researchers interviewed 21 female survivors of sexual violence and the parents of minors who had been raped. One objective of the research was to understand why some cases were reported to the police and gendarmes while others were not. In the country’s 2011 …

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Ramaphosa and Kenyatta Discuss the Future of Africa

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa have called for increased cooperation to bring peace to conflict-ridden regions in Africa. This was at the start of Kenyatta’s two-day state visit to South Africa. In a meeting in Pretoria, the two leaders discussed the “grave situation in Ethiopia” and agreed that there is …

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Was Paris Blindsided by Cairo?

France’s armed forces minister called for an investigation after a report that secret French intelligence intended to track jihadist militants had been misused by Egypt to target smugglers on the Libyan border and kill civilians. Investigative website Disclose, which has previously reported on other confidential dealings between Paris and Cairo, published dozens of classified documents …

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Tough Times for Somalia

Somalia has declared a state of humanitarian emergency as drought ravages 80 percent of the country, leaving more than two million people short of food and water. Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, who declared the emergency, appealed for an urgent response. The situation is very dire and there is a need for an immediate …

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Ethiopian Runner Joins the Army

The two-time Olympic gold medallist Haile Gebrselassie has announced he is enlisting in the Ethiopian military to fight an insurgency that threatens the capital, Addis Ababa. Gebrselassie, who set 27 long-distance running records, told Reuters he was joining up on Wednesday. The Olympic silver medallist runner Feyisa Lilesa would also enlist, local media reported. International …

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