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Nigeria: After Raking N5.2 Billion in O2 Arena, Wizkid Dominates Spotify's Wrapped

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[This Day] The past week has been a historic one for Nigeria's Afrobeats superstar, Wizkid. His three-day 'Made in Lagos' concert held at the London O2 Arena saw the famed star driving fans to a frenzy in the sold-out venue. It is reported that the singer raked in a record N5.2 billion in gross earnings. Online ticket sales for the various tiers and locations at the arena ranged from $108 to $270. The arena has a 20,000 crowd capacity.

Nigeria: Low Turnout of Voters as Ekiti Conducts LG Polls

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[This Day] Ado Ekiti -- The local government elections conducted in Ekiti State yesterday were greeted with low turnout of voters just as the polls were largely adjudged violent-free across the 2,195 polling units in the state by the electorate.

Nigeria: White Paper on Lagos #EndSARS Panel Report is Illegal - Falana

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[This Day] Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has said the White Paper on the report submitted by the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Police Brutality is illegal.

Nigeria: Covid-19 - As Govt, UAE End 9-Month Travel Row

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[Daily Trust] After about 10 months of diplomatic row, the highly lucrative Nigeria-Dubai air route has been restored, paving the way for the resumption of direct flights between the two countries.

Nigeria: Breaking - Panic as Militants Attack Borno Estate, Airport Road Houses

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[Leadership] Multiple bomb explosions early Saturday rocked Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, PRNigeria gathered from credible local sources.

South Africa: Who Decides That Omicron Is a 'South African' Variant?

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[DW] Blaming South Africa for the new COVID-19 variant is wrong. A global crisis needs a global response, says DW's Sertan Sanderson. Instead of finger-pointing and isolation, there should be more solidarity.

Zimbabwe: Human Rights Watch Mourns Loss of Dewa Mavhinga

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[HRW] Johannesburg -- Human Rights Watch is heartbroken to report the sudden death of Dewa Mavhinga, Southern Africa director at Human Rights Watch and beloved colleague to many activists across the human rights movement. Mavhinga was known not just for his passion, commitment, and leadership on human rights but above all for his great heart, his kindness, and solidarity with others.

Why France faces so much anger in West Africa

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Despite engaging better with the African continent recently, the ex-colonial power faces a backlash.

South Africa: The rape survivor who convicts rapists

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Rape survivor Sgt Catherine Tladi has secured several convictions for rape in South Africa's courts.

Suspected jihadists kill at least 30 people in central Mali

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Suspected jihadists in Mali killed at least 30 civilians in an attack on a passenger vehicle in the volatile central town of Mopti, local officials said Saturday.

Gambia: Polls Open in First Vote Since Dictatorship

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[DW] Current leader Adama Barrow is seeking a second term against five challengers after ousting dictator Yahya Jammeh in 2016. Marbles are used to vote for candidates in a first-past-the-post system.

Twenty drown after bus plunges in Kenyan river

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The group was travelling to a wedding in the country's eastern region, local reports say.

Africa: As Omicron Spreads, Calls Mount to Waive Covid Vaccine Patents

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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Developing countries want the right to make their own COVID-19 vaccines, but opponents say there are better ways to boost supplies

Mixed reactions as Gambians vote in presidential election

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Gambians begin to vote in the capital Banjul in the first presidential election in the tiny West African nation since former dictator Yahya Jammeh fled into exile. "Your vote is your voice" says one voter after casting her ballot.

What Lies Behind Uprisings in Eswatini: The Unfinished Business Of Democratic Reform

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The Kingdom of Eswatini, the small, landlocked southern African country that shares borders with South Africa and Mozambique, has been in political turmoil

Crowds enjoy Taiwan's 'Christmasland' as the island keeps Covid under control

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Crowds of people wearing facial masks packed New Taipei City Hall Square to watch the opening of "Christmasland", Taiwan's largest outdoor festive decoration.

Lantern Festival brings Chinese traditions to southwestern France

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After three successful editions in Gaillac, the Lantern Festival opens in Blagnac in southwestern France. The event expects to welcome up to 600,000 visitors and is one of the largest of its kind outside of China.

Total solar eclipse seen from Union Glacier, Antarctica

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A total solar eclipse could be seen from Antarctica on Saturday with NASA live streaming the event, showing a striking image of the sky darkening. Those living in southern parts of Africa, Australia and South America could also witness a partial solar eclipse.

Libya: Court Reinstates Gadhafi's Son as Election Candidate

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[DW] Seif al-Islam al-Gadhafi has said he wants to restore Libya's "lost unity." The son of late strongman leader Moammar Gadhafi had previously been barred from presidential elections slated for December.

Frida Kahlo's world comes to life in an immersive exhibition

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This Madrid exhibition brings Frida Kahlo's masterpieces and diaries to life. With 2,500 animated photograms projected on a 12,152 sq feet surface which also includes the floor, this cinematic experience aims to highlight the Mexican artist's personal strength.

Scientist who helped identify omicron slams travel bans

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The Botswana scientist who may well have discovered the omicron variant of the coronavirus says he has been on a rollercoaster of emotions, with the pride of accomplishment followed by dismay over the travel bans immediately slapped on southern African countries.

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