Nigeria: Catholic Bishop Faults Deployment of Soldiers to Lekki Toll


[This Day] Ado Ekiti -- The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev Felix Ajakaye, has blamed the Nigerian Army for deploying men of Operation Crocodile Smile Vl to coincide with a nationwide protest tagged 'EndSARS', saying this was largely responsible for the killings of peaceful protesters in Lekki area of Lagos.

Nigeria: USAID Provides U.S.$136.5 Million to Fight HIV/Aids


[This Day] Abuja -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced additional development assistance of $136.5 million, which is about N52 billion to support Nigeria under a bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement (DOAG) with the United States signed in 2015.

Ethiopia River Nile dam: PM condemns 'aggressions' after Trump comment

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Its PM condemns "aggressions" after Donald Trump says Egypt might destroy a controversial Nile dam.

Nigeria: Five Dead, First Bank Branch Set Ablaze in Calabar


[Vanguard] Five persons were reported dead with three children declared missing in Calabar on Friday night following the outbreak of looting and violence in the city by hoodlums who invaded public and private warehouses to loot.

Kenya: Police Officer Wife's Arrested After Husband's Mysterious Death


[Nation] Police in Nyahururu town are investigating the death of a police officer whose lifeless body was found inside his house in Nyahururu town, Laikipia County.

Nigeria: Angry Youth Invade Ex-House of Reps Deputy Speaker's Office


[Premium Times] There is violence in Osun State as angry youth on Saturday morning attacked the Iwo Local Government Secretariat.

Pomp and caution as El Gouna Film Festival opens in Egypt


Defying the coronavirus pandemic, the fourth edition of the El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) kicked off Friday in the Red Sea resort of el-Gouna. Many Egyptian and foreign actors were present for the opening night.  The week-long festival will screen 65 films, including 11 world premieres, and feature multiple workshops and panels. Organizers overcame numerous challenges to organize the event.  "I had fears at the beginning, and my opinion was to postpone it. But the opinion of (others) organizing it was the more right opinion. It was better to do it for the continuity of the festival and also to defy this disease. Life has to go on and it is not possible for this disease to stop everything in life including art, which has a very important message that needs to be delivered," said Naguib Sawiris, GFF founder. To encourage social distancing, attendance was cut by 50% for both indoor and outdoor festival venues.  Intishal al Timimi, GFF director, said organizing this year's festival was challenging, and revealed that some 20 attendees were prevented from flying because they tested positive for the virus. "Yes, there are fears, but there is also a huge desire for a lot of people to come to the festival and be part of the experience," said Timimi.  As one of the leading events in the Middle East, the GFF aims to showcase a wide variety of films while fostering better communication between cultures through films. Organizers are hopeful that the 2020 festival will see the same success as the previous ones.  The film industry worldwide is expected to experience a slump in activity because of the pandemic. 

Nigeria: Diaspora Group Seeks Global Intervention On Lekki Shooting


[Vanguard] A Diaspora group, Yoruba One Voice, YOV, on Friday, condemned the recent killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki area of Lagos State, describing the act as genocide.

Nigeria: Lagos Wakes Up to #EndSARS Banners


[Vanguard] On Saturday morning, Lagos woke up to peaceful #EndSARS protesters placing banners with poignant messages directed at the Police in Oworonshoki area of Lagos.

Nigeria: Police Foil Attempt to Raid FCT Warehouse


[Vanguard] Men of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Command of the Nigeria Police Force has foiled an attempt by some youths to break into a warehouse at the Arts and Culture building in Area 10, Garki.

Nigeria: Cleric Olukoya Condemns Attack On Protester


[Vanguard] General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), Pastor Daniel Olukoya on Wednesday, has expressed sadness over the shooting of protesting youths by Nigerian security forces.

Zimbabwe: MP Mamombe Mentally Ill - Court


[New Zimbabwe] MDC Alliance Harare West MP Joanna Mamombe who is facing charges of publishing falsehoods and faking an abduction is suffering from mental anxiety, a Harare court heard on Friday.

Nigeria: MPs, Ex-Governors, Ministers, Pay Tribute to Late Senator Okoh


[Vanguard] The Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Ben Ayade and his predecessor, Sen. Liyel Imoke, at the weekend, led senators, members of the House of Representatives and Ministers in paying glowing tributes to the late Senator Rose Okoh in Abuja.

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Won't Give Up Power After Losing Elections - Mudzuri


[New Zimbabwe] TOP MDC-T official and former Harare mayor Elias Mudzuri Friday said President Emmerson Mnangagwa was fronting a Zanu PF military government that would not relinquish power through elections if it lost.

Zimbabwe: VP Chiwenga Loses Party Grip, Close Allies Sink


[Zimbabwe Independent] Beleaguered Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga made spirited but futile efforts to save his allies from the Zanu PF political guillotine during Wednesday's tense politburo meeting in which a titanic battle among senior party officials exploded into the open.

The 10 Best HHP Songs Ranked


On the second anniversary of HHP's passing, we rank 10 of the South African hip-hop legend's best songs.

Zimbabwe: Sharp Divisions Between Mnangagwa, Chiwenga Over Zanu-PF DCCs


[New Zimbabwe] Sharp divisions have emerged in the Zanu PF presidium, pitting President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy, Constantino Chiwenga, over the remaining District Coordinating Committees (DCC) elections.

Angola: Covid-19 - Angola May Return to State of Emergency


[ANGOP] Luanda -- Angola is on the verge of returning to the State of Emergency, said Friday the Minister of State and head of the Civil Affairs Office to the President of the Republic.

Kenya: Unstoppable Olunga Scores but Reysol Drop Points Again


[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Michael Olunga is enjoying the form of his life, literally.

Zimbabwe: Central Bank Debt Accumulation Above U.S.$2 Billion


[Zimbabwe Independent] The US$2,23 billion debt accumulated by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) in the 12 months since July 2019 could be grossly understated, as fresh details emerged this week indicating the central bank could be violating borrowing rights to sustain the foreign currency auction system.

Zimbabwe: Watchdog Decries High Level Graft


[Zimbabwe Independent] HIGH level corruption has established permanent roots in Zimbabwe, defying government attempts to stop it through comprehensive legal frameworks governing public procurement processes, according to Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ).

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