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Nigeria: The United States and Nigeria's Struggling Democracy

[AfricaPlus] Richard Joseph -On March 6-8, 2017, a Forum Series on Democracy and Insecurity in Africa took place in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. The featured speakers were Professor Wale Adebanwi, Ambassador John Campbell, and Professor Attahiru Jega. [1] At the time of these forums, uncertainty was growing in Nigeria. President Mohammadu Buhari had been away in London on medical leave for several weeks and the nature of his illness remained undisclosed. [2] The plunge in global oil prices had further depressed the economy, and a m (AllAfrica)


Chad: Court Upholds Habre's Sentence

[Al Jazeera] An appeals court in Senegal upheld the life sentence of Hissene Habre, former Chad president, on war crimes charges. (AllAfrica)


Burundi: My Life Is in Danger, Says Opposition Leader

[East African] Burundi's main opposition leader and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Agathon Rwasa has claimed his life is in danger following attacks of several of his supporters by unknown people. (AllAfrica)


Africa: Ghana Drops VAT On Domestic Flights As 10 Investors Seek License

[This Day] The Ghana Ministry of Aviation has received proposals from 10 foreign and local investors to operate in the country's domestic airline industry. (AllAfrica)


Africa: Media Freedom in Africa 'Not Great'

[Deutsche Welle] Media watchdogs are voicing concern about curbs on press freedom. DW looks at the media in Africa where restrictions range from subtle forms of censorship to imprisonment for journalists just doing their jobs. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Dam Levels Decline in Most Provinces

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -The national storage of 211 dams has decreased slightly by 0.3% to 72.9% compared to 73.2 last week, according to the Department of Water and Sanitation weekly dam report. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: There's No Boko Haram Resurgence, Nigerian Military Assures

[Premium Times] Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, briefing Newsmen during a Monthly News Conference on Defence and Security in Abuja on Friday (28/4/17). 02329/28/4/2017/Johnson Udeani/ICE/NAN (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Another Lawmaker Attacked By Irate Mob, House Ransacked

[Premium Times] About one week after protesters attacked lawmakers and other public officials at a political event in Katsina, another lawmaker has been attacked. (AllAfrica)


Africa: The Fate of Africa's Lake Tanganyika Lies in the Balance

[The Conversation Africa] Standing on the steep rocky shores of Lake Tanganyika at sunset, looking out at fishermen heading out for their nightly lamp-boat fishing trips, it's easy to imagine this immense 32,900km2 body of water as serene and unchanging. (AllAfrica)


Africa: Why Brutalising Food Vendors Hits Africa's Growing Cities Where It Hurts

[The Conversation Africa] In January this year, the Harare City Council in Zimbabwe accused informal food vendors of spreading typhoid. The council then attempted to confiscate, and destroy, all perishable food items that were being hawked in the central business district. Many vendors fought back, resulting in deadly clashes over a series of days in the opposition run capital city. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: National Minimum Wage Could Hurt Small Firms and Rural Workers

[The Conversation Africa] Stellenbosch University -South Africa will formally adopt a national minimum wage of R20.00 per hour on Worker's Day next year. There are questions as to whether this is enough to be termed a victory for the country's working poor? If historical trends continue, our research shows that this might be beneficial for some workers. Others, especially those in small firms and rural areas, may not be so fortunate. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: More Than an Oppressor's Language - Reclaiming the History of Afrikaans

[The Conversation Africa] University of Pretoria -The language of Afrikaans remains a contested issue in South Africa. The controversy over the medium of instruction at traditionally Afrikaans universities such as Stellenbosch has brought this to the fore again. Should it be in Afrikaans, English, a combination, or a hybrid which will include other South African languages? (AllAfrica)


South Africa: State Capture - 'Coup Plotter' Faces Psych Observation

[Daily Maverick] Elvis Ramosebudi, the "coup plotter" who allegedly planned to assassinate high-profile South Africans, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Friday. The state maintains it has a case, but the details only got more bizarre. By GREG NICOLSON. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Lagos Rescues 237 Abandoned Babies in One Year

[Guardian] The Lagos State government said it rescued 237 abandoned babies from across the metropolis in the last one year. The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, disclosed this yesterday while briefing journalists in Alausa. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Zuma and Guptas Top Alleged Assassination Plot List

[News24Wire] A highly-placed source has confirmed to News24 that President Jacob Zuma and members of the Gupta family are among a list of senior government officials that were the targets of an alleged assassination plot by Elvis Ramosebudi. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: NAF Fighter Jets Destroys Insurgents Artillery in Sambisa

[Vanguard] Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets on Friday successfully destroyed an artillery piece being sneaked into Sambisa forest by insurgents. (AllAfrica)


Liberia: Liberia to Send Blood Samples Abroad in Latest Disease Outbreak

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Liberia does not have the capacity to diagnose the latest disease outbreak which has already killed at least 11 persons in Sinoe County. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Ndileka Mandela - Zuma Should Listen and Step Down

[Al Jazeera] Ndileka Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, has supported the South African opposition's call for President Jacob Zuma to step down. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Nigeria - At Least 30,000 People Forced Out From Slum Housing

[Al Jazeera] At least 30,000 people have been forcefully evicted from their slum housing in Nigeria. (AllAfrica)


Ghana: Kumasi Hive Wants to Create Maker Start-Ups That Will Generate New Manufacturing Jobs - " Ghana's Got to Start to Add Value"

[Innovation in Africa] One of Ghana's active maker spaces is the recently created Kumasi Hive in country's second city. Russell Southwood spoke to co-founder Anna Lowe about its start-ups, the problem of finding angel investors and her desire to create new manufacturing jobs. (AllAfrica)


Africa: Orange Sees Relationship With Start-Ups As Part of Africa's Broader Digital Transformation

[Balancing Act] London -Orange is one of a handful of mobile operators on the continent that has taken its relationship with Africa's emerging start-up ecosystem seriously. It has launched its own incubators, supported pitch competitions and begun to open up its APIs. It sees these relationships as part of a broader digital transformation of Africa. (AllAfrica)


Togo: Yobo Studios Pioneers Short-Format Series Content for Broadcast and Online

[Balancing Act] London -If you're a regular visitor to Discop Africa (the largest TV trade show in Africa), you may have noticed her. Or maybe you know 'Zem', her mini-TV series that was a hit in Africa and with the african diaspora. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: 19 Ships Discharging Petroleum Products, Other Commodities in Lagos

[Daily Trust] Nineteen ships are discharging petroleum products and other commodities at Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said on Friday. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: No Nuclear Energy Option - for Now At Least

[The Conversation Africa] A South African court has ruled that critical aspects of the country's nuclear procurement process are illegal and unconstitutional. The outcome is a significant setback for a network of entities that had been aggressively promoting a 9.6 GW nuclear expansion programme in the face of popular opposition. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Court Ruling On Zuma's Nuclear Deal Is a Marker of South Africa's Political Health

[The Conversation Africa] The South African government's plan to bulldoze through a nuclear energy deal has been dealt what might be a fatal blow by the Cape Town High court which has declared the plan invalid. It found that the government had not followed due process in making the decision to pursue a nuclear power option, as well as in other critical areas. (AllAfrica)


Mozambique: Government Forces Pulling Out From Rural Gorongosa

[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi told reporters on Thursday that the government's defence and security forces are pulling out of positions they occupied in the central district of Gorongosa during the recent low level insurrection by the Renamo rebels. (AllAfrica)


Uganda: U.S. Hunt for Kony Over, Justice for Victims Remains

[RFI] Six years after the US sent troops to Central Africa to help hunt down notorious warlord Joseph Kony, the US Africa command (AFRICOM) announced this week that its mission was over. Critics warn the Lord Resistance Amry (LRA) still poses a risk and that the withdrawal could create a security vaccum in the region. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Mushin Fracas - 15 Gangsters Get 2-Year Jail Term

[Daily Trust] Lagos -Fifteen out of the 68 suspected gangsters arrested over the bloody war that occurred at Akala-Idi Oro areas of Mushin, Lagos were yesterday handed a two-year jail term by a Lagos Mobile Court. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Defence Headquarters Says No 'Resurgence of Insurgency' in North-East

[Daily Trust] The Defence Headquarters has reassured Nigerians that there is no "resurgence of insurgency" in the North East, particularly in Borno in spite of pockets of attacks and suicide bombings in the state. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Heroes Honoured at National Orders Ceremony

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -"I feel elated. My hard work has been recognised by people in our country," legendary photographer Peter Magubane said on Friday. (AllAfrica)


Tanzania's President Magufuli sacks 10,000 over fake certificates

Tanzanian President John Magufuli sacks 10,000 civil servants found to have false qualifications. (BBC News)