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Five African music stars to look out for

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Global interest in African music has never been higher but who are the stars of the future?

Indian Ocean Dipole: What is it and why is it linked to floods and bushfires?

BBC News Africa  

A climate system in the Indian Ocean, known as the dipole, is behind extreme weather events in East Africa and Australia.

Yinka Ilori: My Nigerian narrative of art and design in London

BBC News Africa  

Yinka Ilori is a London-based artist whose technicolour work is inspired by his Nigerian heritage.

From #FeesMustFall to #BlueforSudan: OkayAfrica's Guide to a Decade of African Hashtag Activism

OkayAfrica  

The 2010s saw protest movements across the continent embrace social media in their quest to make change.

In Conversation: Pelé's Daughter is Making a Documentary About Women's Soccer Around the World

OkayAfrica  

In this exclusive interview, Kely Nascimento-DeLuca shares the story behind filming Warriors of a Beautiful Game in Tanzania, Brazil and other countries.

Zambia: Standing Up for Human Rights in Zambia

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[Council on Foreign Relations] New York -Last week, when U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote expressed his dismay about a Zambian court ruling sentencing two men to fifteen years in prison for the crime of conducting a same-sex relationship, Zambian President Edgar Lungu was quick to take offense.

Nigeria: Menendez Condemns Harassment and Re-arrest of NJ Journalist in Nigeria

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[United States Senate] Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Omoyele Sowore, a prominent Nigerian-American journalist and activist, was arbitrarily re-arrested yesterday by Nigerian authorities.

Rwanda far from respecting human rights - 'grounded' Ngabire jabs

Africanews  

Victoire Ingabire, a leading opposition leader in Rwanda has slammed the country’s lack of respect for human rights after she failed to get permission to leave the country to attend an award event in the Spanish capital, Madrid. She told the BBC that, being a pardoned convict, she put in a request to the Ministry of Justice to travel but got no response. She was released over a year ago along with over 2,400 others as part of a presidential pardon. “Rwanda is far from respecting the human rights, like freedom of expression and of political affiliation. For this, the opposition pays the price. “We have people who were killed, those who are abducted and those imprisoned for their rights. Being not there to collect the prize is a proof of what I am saying,” she said. The icon of struggle for peace democracy VictoireUmuhoza wasn’t allowed by the #RPF #Rwanda-n regime led by PaulKagame to attend the award ceremony of the 2019. International Human Rights Prize that she won in #Madrid.InstCervantes apdhe un jumuiya _AfricanUnion #Rwanda pic.twitter.com/okhlBGr7a1— Denise Zaneza (dzaneza) December 5, 2019 Her now disbanded party, FDU-Inkingi was awarded the International Human Rights Award 2019 by Apdhe, a Spanish human rights association. She eventually addressed the event via video live stream. Her children represented her during the Thursday night event. She has to seek permission to travel out of Rwanda after she was pardoned among 2,400 other convicts by President Paul Kagame in September 2018.

Nigerian Activist, Omoyele Sowore, Re-Arrested Just Hours After Being Released on Bail

OkayAfrica  

Sowore, the organizer of Nigeria's #RevolutionNow protests, was detained by armed officers, once again, in court on Friday.

Nigeria: Correctional Service Personnel Suspended Over Electrocution of Inmates

allAfrica  

[Daily Trust] The Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB) has approved the suspension of 7 senior officers and 1 junior personnel of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) over the electrocution of 5 inmates of the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Lagos.

Namibia: Geingob Says Corruption Has Tainted Namibia

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[Namibia Economist] The President, HE Dr Hage Geingob said the actions of a few corrupt officials has tainted the name of the country, and now serves as a wake-up call for the government to redouble efforts to combat the practises.

Namibia: U.S. Commends Namibia for Successful Elections

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[Namibia Economist] The United States congratulated Namibia and its citizens on a successful and peaceful election, further strengthening Namibia's vibrant democracy.

Nigeria: Nigeria's Feud With INGOs Is a Gift to Boko Haram. It Must End.

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[Council on Foreign Relations] On October 30, the Nigerian military temporarily lifted its suspensions of Action Against Hunger and Mercy Corps, two international non-government organizations (INGOs) working in northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram is active.

Africa Top10 Business News

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Abidjan has Become the 16th African City to Host Uber After 12 months of talks with regulators,the ride-hailing service has officially launched in the Ivorian capital. This marks the company’s first foray into Francophone Africa where it is hosting a series of training sessions to bring local drivers on board. Uber’s launch in Abidjan follows …

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Opens U.S.$20 Million Beverages Plant

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[The Herald] President Mnangagwa has officially opened the second phase of the Varun Beverages manufacturing plant this afternoon.

Zimbabwe: Finance Minister Ncube Explains Donor Support Figures Mismatch

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[263Chat] Finance and Economic Development Minister, Mthuli Ncube has for the first time explained understated Chinese bilateral support figures in the 2020 National Budget statement presented over three weeks ago, citing differences in public finance accounting systems, 263Chat Business can report.

Abu Dhabi Youth Hub opens, UAE Youth Minister talks new challenges and initiatives

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Against the UAE capital’s skyline of towering, angular buildings, the newly opened Abu Dhabi Youth Hub [LINK: https://hub.youth.gov.ae/en] stands out. It’s a low-rise, undulating architectural space, designed to be a place where mentors, students and employees between 15 and 35 years of age, can meet, work and exchange ideas. The centre houses a library, a music room and theatre, plus ergonomic meeting rooms to hothouse homegrown business concepts and foster innovation in the UAE’s youth. There’s also a workspace concept called ‘The Incubator’, where aspiring entrepreneurs can brainstorm with established heads of industry, building their startups in the early stages. [IME S02E43 MAIN ARTICLE – SECONDARY IMAGE 1] Caption: The Abu Dhabi Youth Hub ARAB YOUTH SURVEY This year, the Arab Youth Survey [LINK: https://www.arabyouthsurvey.com/] discovered what more than 3,000 Arabs in 15 countries and territories had to say about their future. On the education front, three in four young Arabs are unhappy with the quality of education in their country and more than half want to pursue higher education in the West. In terms of employment, a majority of those surveyed said it was the government’s responsibility to provide jobs, healthcare and housing to citizens. [IME S02E43 MAIN ARTICLE – SECONDARY IMAGE 2] Caption: Young people gather in the UAE As for where the majority of young Arabs would like to live in the Middle East and North Africa, the UAE held on to its number one ranking for the eighth year running. To find out more, Inspire Middle East’s Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham met with the UAE’s Minister of Youth [LINK: https://uaecabinet.ae/en/details/cabinet-members/her-excellency-shamma-bint-suhail-faris-al-mazrui], who became the youngest ministers in the world when she assumed the position in 2016. Her Excellency Shamma Bint Sohail Al Mazrui, is a graduate of Oxford University and is the UAE’s first Rhodes Scholar. Prior to joining the government in her ministerial role, she worked for one of Abu Dhabi’s Sovereign Wealth Funds. Q&A WITH SHAMMA BINT SOHAIL AL MAZRUI, UAE YOUTH MINISTER [IME S02E43 MAIN ARTICLE – SECONDARY IMAGE 3] Caption: Her Excellency Shamma Bint Sohail Al Mazrui speaks to Inspire Middle East Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham: Tell me a little bit about where we sit? Shamma Bint Sohail Al Mazrui: You are in the Abu Dhabi Youth Hub, which is the first Abu Dhabi youth center, and it’s focused on maximizing the potential and passion of young people. It’s all about harnessing talent, by creating different spaces that can empower, whether you’re an entrepreneur or whether you’re an artist. Rebecca: You came to your current role aged 22. What was the biggest challenge in assuming such a position at that age? Shamma Al Mazrui: I think the challenge was to figure out what kind of disruption we could do to the youth sector that’s already been in place for ages. What can we do for young people? One, we have the youth bulge – with more than 60 percent of the population around the MENA region under the age of 35 – and in the UAE it’s 50 percent. And I think the main challenge is that in roughly 50 years our country was built by our natural resource and oil – now, the next 50 years, are going to be built by our natural resource which is our human capital – our Emirati youth. Rebecca: Looking at the 2019 Arab Youth Survey, were you surprised by any of the findings? Shamma Al Mazrui: I think it didn’t surprise me much, because I can sense from the findings that young people want to hear more from their governments. And having a Minister of Youth, or a team of young people leading the youth sector, is crucial to understanding radical empathy, and being in the shoes of the youth, and understand their needs, their challenges. Rebecca: Within that survey, more than 80 percent of respondents said they expected the government to provide a job for them and also housing – even potentially pay off debts. Are these realistic expectations in today’s economic climate? Shamma Al Mazrui: I think when you look at expectations, those are very important. Or when you look at the future, the future is about jobs. Youth have a restless quest for purpose. I think the expectation, from our perspective, is to make sure that government officials provide young people with a seamless holistic transition in their experience. Are we, as young people, getting the skills we need to enter the labor market? Or is there a gap? If there is a gap, then we need to work together to fix it. [IME S02E43 MAIN ARTICLE – SECONDARY IMAGE 4] Caption: Her Excellency Shamma Bint Sohail Al Mazrui speaks to Inspire Middle East Rebecca: Looking at the UAE, the youth – their empowerment and the fostering of talent here – if we compare that to the wider region, specifically the Levant, how do the challenges compare? Shamma Al Mazrui: I think one of the main challenges, or differences if I may say, is that maybe some areas of the world don’t see youth the same way that the UAE sees youth. The UAE sees young people as assets, as potential. When you sometimes look around different areas, hopelessness results when youth are not employed. Or apathy results when they’re not seen as assets. Rebecca: A challenge for the UAE government in recent years has been to encourage more youth to go into the private sector. What initiatives or strategies can you put in place to ensure that happens? Shamma Al Mazrui: So, what’s very interesting is that there are so many different ministries and authorities working on the idea of encouraging Emiratis in the private sector. We just launched the Launch Pad, which is a new initiative by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The idea is that any youth – just like rockets need a place to launch – we’re creating launch pad spots around the nation; in Dubai Mall, City Walk, Yas Mall – where any young person can go on the website [LINK: launchpad.youth.gov.ae] and can sign up and he’ll get a free space for 6 months to open his business. So, you are removing the cost of rent from young people and you’re helping them focus on what their product is, and which market. And they are in direct contact with their customers, so they’ll get to see if their product is meaningful or can be successful. SEEN ON SOCIAL MEDIA: UAE YOUTH HUB ACTIVITIES Volunteer Asma showed people building upon their experience with Lego at workshops by Sharjah Youth Center. EMBED: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0p5-HRhNSm/?igshid=js7daycogue And Shaikha attended a three-day tech workshop at the Dubai Youth Hub held by an Emirati Youth organisation. EMBED: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1oikSLB7DE/?igshid=442p1cmqgbzc

Nigeria: Detained Journalist Jalingo Won't 'Bow to Force'

allAfrica  

[Premium Times] Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, who is charged with treason after criticising the state governor, has vowed not to "bow to force".

Kenya: Why Kenyatta Is 'Turning Into an Angry, Irritable President'

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[Nation] With a shaky political base and time running out on his presidency, President Uhuru Kenyatta is not sitting pretty.

Nigeria: Ekiti University Dismisses Lecturer Over Sex Harassment Video

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[Premium Times] The Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, has sacked a lecturer, Olola Olaleye Aduwo, recently caught in a viral video being molested for sexually harassing a female student.

Nigeria: State Security Service Threatened to Kill Me in Detention - Sowore

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[Premium Times] The publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, on Friday accused the State Security Service of trying to kill him after his release on Thursday night.

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