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Nigeria: APC Postpones Screening of Presidential Aspirants Indefinitely

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[Premium Times] The party screening of the presidential aspirants ought to have been held on May 23.

Kenya: Kajiado Residents Staring At Starvation After Failed Rains

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[Capital FM] Kajiado -- Kajiado Governor, Joseph ole Lenku, has appealed to the National Government to step in and provide relief food and water, to cushion residents from the effects of the on-going drought.

Nigeria: 21-Year-Old Progress Chukwuyem Wins Nigerian Idol Season 7

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[Premium Times] The Delta-state born singer, songwriter, performer and music minister beat his strongest rival, Zadok, to the top prize.

Senegal: African Union President Says He Will Visit Moscow and Kyiv in Coming Weeks

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[Tunis Afrique Presse] Dakar/Senegal -- Senegalese President Macky Sall said he would visit Moscow and Kyiv in the coming weeks in his capacity as chairman of the African Union, which he said wanted to see de-escalation in Ukraine and peace through dialogue between the two sides.

Nigeria: Growing Inflation Eroding Purchasing Power of Nigerians - Report

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[This Day] Most Nigerians are no longer be able to afford major expenditure on discretionary or non-essential goods and services as inflation has continued to take its toll on their purchasing power, a new report by Fitch Solutions has shown.

DRC: One year after Mount Nyiragongo’s eruption, internally displaced decry neglect

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"The authorities do not want to help us, we are suffering here, if they can help us with houses. In these shelters when it rains, we feel very bad. May the authorities come to our aid and particularly give us plots of land to build on." Kavira Suzane, displaced

Rwanda: Moise Mugisha Wins Race to Remember Tour

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[New Times] Moise Mugisha, who rides for South African cycling team ProTouch was crowned champion of the 2022 Race to Remember in the men's elite category, after finishing top of the race on Sunday.

Rwanda: Govt Rolls Out 43-Megawatt Power Plant

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[New Times] The Government of Rwanda has embarked on the Nyabarongo II hydropower plant public project which will be established on River Nyabarongo in a bid to boost the country's efforts to ensure universal access to electricity by 2024.

Malawi: Shortage of Foreign Exchange Currency Forces Airlines to Suspend Some Services

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[VOA] Blanyre, Malawi -- Malawi is facing acute shortages of foreign exchange currency, forcing two international airlines to suspend some of their services in the country. The situation has negatively affected the operations of many more local and international cross-border businesses.

Somalia: New President Faces Familiar Political, Security Challenges

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[VOA] Mogadishu, Somalia -- Somalia's new president is starting his four-year term facing familiar top issues such as the country's political divide and rising attacks by al-Qaida-linked insurgent group al-Shabab.

Africa: Desertification Summit Ends With Promises to Restore a Billion Hectares of Land

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[RFI] The COP15 summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, which was focused on desertification and its impacts, closed with commitments by 196 countries to restore one billion hectares of degraded land between now and 2030. They also agreed to enhance drought preparedness, response and resilience.

Nigeria: Inside Multi-Billion Naira Property That Landed Suspended AGF in EFCC Net

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[Daily Trust] Almost a week after operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) nabbed the embattled Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, for allegedly diverting N80bn from the country's coffer, tongues are still wagging, with many Nigerians expressing shock over the startling revelation of the anti-graft body.

Nigeria: Calling 112 - Is Nigeria Ready for an Emergency Response?

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[Daily Trust] In November 2021, a 21-story luxury apartment under construction in Ikoyi, a highbrow area in Lagos State, collapsed. The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASEMBUS) and good Samaritans were on hand to help clear the rubble and rescue those trapped in the building. Further buildings collapsed in Lagos in 2022 and again the emergency services were called upon.

Nigeria: Finance Minister Appoints Nwabuoku to Oversee Accountant-General's Office

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[Premium Times] Mr Nwabuoku will supervise the office following the suspension of Idris Abubakar, the Accountant-General of the Federation who was arrested last week on alleged charges of corruption.

Africa: Germany Will Work to Restart Ukrainian Grain Exports to Africa - Chancellor

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[DW] Starting a three-day tour of Africa, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke of the impact of Ukraine's war on the continent. He said Berlin would help restore grain exports from Europe to avoid a worsening food crisis.

Uganda: Museveni's First Son Muhoozi - Clear Signals of a Succession Plan

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[The Conversation Africa] On 8 March 2022, Ugandan politics was sent into a spin by 49 words tweeted by President Yoweri Museveni's only son, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

Angola: Ruling Party Faces United Opposition in Upcoming Poll. But It's Pushing Back

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[The Conversation Africa] The election of Angolan President João Lourenço in 2017 raised hopes of a shift from the authoritarian and corrupt era of his predecessor. This was thanks to the new, more open and approachable style of governance he instituted in his first months in office. This included opening up the public media as well as symbolic gestures such as ending the practice of blocking off road traffic for the president's motorcade to pass.

Nigeria: How Auto Accident Ignited Riot That Claimed Five Lives, Wares Worth Millions of Naira in Abuja Market

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[Premium Times] Video clips posted on social media captured smoke billowing from the market, a grim epitaph to the hours of lawlessness at the Dei-Dei Timber Market in Abuja

South Africa: Covid Is No Gamble - Physics-Inspired Simulations Predict Waves in Four Countries

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[The Conversation Africa] As a physicist, I am trained to look for patterns in data. For example, the motion of the tiniest particles may seem random, but it contains patterns and symmetries.

Nigeria: Nigerian Churches Hold Remembrance for Student Killed Over Alleged Blasphemy

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[VOA] Abuja, Nigeria -- Nigerian Christians on Sunday held a national remembrance for a student who was killed in northern Sokoto state this month over allegations of blasphemy. The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, said Sunday's protest for Deborah Yakubu was a reminder of the many threats to religious freedom in the country. Timothy Obiezu reports from Abuja.

Africa: "Covid-19 Is Not Over", Tedros Warns World Health Assembly

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[UN News] The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told global health Ministers on Sunday that although reported COVID-19 cases and deaths have declined significantly, it is not time to lower the guard.

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