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Nigeria:Another Nigerian Gets Top UN Appointment

[Premium Times] The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has confirmed the appointment of Bola Adesola of Nigeria to the Board of the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone:Rebuilding in a Sierra Leone Village, Three Years On

[RFI] In the small village of Rogbasha in Bombali district, Sierra Leone, life has almost returned to normal, three-and-half years after the end of the Ebola outbreak. Villagers sit around the big tree just off the main road that cuts their village in two, discussing the issues with the crops they usually plant: cassava and rice and groundnuts. Things are better since Ebola, but the people still face a number of challenges. (AllAfrica)

Cameroon:UNHCR Alarmed By Continuing Forced Returns of Nigerians By Cameroon

[UNHCR] UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today expressing its alarm at continuing forced returns to Nigeria of refugees and asylum-seekers from Cameroon's Far North Region. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Many Feared Killed As Armed Men Attack Zamfara Communities

[Premium Times] Armed bandits on Friday attacked Kabaro and two other villages in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone:De Beers Gem Traders Launch APP to Source Clean Diamonds

[Deutsche Welle] De Beers has taken another step towards ridding the trade of its "blood diamond" tag with a mobile tracking app for miners in Sierra Leone. While Gemfair may be useful, more needs to be done to ensure safety. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Nigeria to Secure $300 Million Loan to Finance National Malaria Strategy

[Premium Times] As part of efforts to eliminate malaria in Nigeria, the Federal Government will be securing $300 million in new financing from the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and African Development Bank. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:International Criminal Court President Visits Nigeria, Silent On Biafra

[This Day] The President of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Chile Eboe-Osuji, who concluded his official visit to Nigeria last week, has called for the federal government's support to fight against impunity "for the gravest crimes but was silent on the petitions of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Nigerian Govt Begins Ogoni Clean-Up in August

[Premium Times] The federal government is to begin the remediation phase of oil impacted sites in Ogoniland in August, Marvin Dekil, the Coordinator of the Hydrocarbon Pollution and Remediation Project (HYPREP), has said. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Osinbajo, Governors Expected As Deeper Life Church Opens New Headquarters

[Guardian] Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on April 24, 2018 attend the inauguration of the new headquarters building of Deeper Life Bible Church.The new complex is located at the Church's old auditorium in Gbagada, Lagos. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Lagos Signs MoU to Collate Data of PWDs

[Guardian] In consolidation of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode's all-inclusive policy, the Lagos State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Sociology, Lagos State University (LASU) to collate data of Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) in the state. (AllAfrica)

Burkina Faso:How Citizens Took to the Streets to Remove a Dictator, Then Stayed There

[African Arguments] Years after Burkinabé citizens overthrew a repressive regime, street protests continue apace over a wide range of issues. (AllAfrica)

Mali:Negotiations With Jihadists? A Radical Idea Gains Currency in Mali

[IRIN] Bamako -In Mali, which has been wracked by violence and prone to increasingly frequent and deadly jihadist attacks, the once unthinkable is now open to discussion: is it time to negotiate with the extremists? (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:PDP Accuses INEC, APC of Plot to Rig 2019 Elections

[Guardian] Abuja -The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned what it called the fresh plot by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to secretly create 30,000 illegal polling units in areas in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari, describing the alleged plot as wicked, horrible and totally unacceptable. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Who Wins Big Brother Naija... Tobi, Miracle, Cee C, Nina or Alex?

[Guardian] As the Big Brother Naija 2018 reality show tagged 'Double Wahala' comes to an end tomorrow, and the social media agog with campaigns and posters of the lasting five housemates who made it to the final week inundating fans of the show, the question begging answer is, who among the five remaining contestants will walk away with grand prize of N20million cash and an SUV valued at N25million, thus bringing the total package to N45million. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Honours for Hugh Masekela At LIJF On International Jazz Day

[Guardian] Plans are in full gear for the hosting of the 10th anniversary of Nigeria's premier Jazz Festival, The Lagos International Jazz Festival (LIJF) scheduled to hold on Monday, April 30, which is globally recognised as International Jazz Day. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Mo Ibrahim - Nigeria, Others Lose $2bn Annually Through Brain Drain in Health Sector

[This Day] The latest report by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has disclosed that Nigeria and other countries in Africa loses about $2 billion annually through brain drain in the health sector (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Don't Send Nigerian Refugees Back to Boko Haram Violence - UN

[Vanguard] The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the Cameroonian authority not to send Nigerian refugees back to the Boko Haram violence they fled from. (AllAfrica)

Cameroon:Do Not Send Refugees Back to the Violence They Fled From, UN Agency Urges Cameroon

[UN News] Despite warnings, Nigerian refugees and asylum-seekers who fled Boko Haram violence continue to be returned from Cameroon, the United Nations refugee agency has said, underscoring the need to accord international protection to those in need. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:20 Percent Debt to GDP Not Toxic to Our Economy - Adeosun

[This Day] The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has said that at 20 per cent Debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Nigeria's foreign debt level does not pose any risk to its financial stability and economy. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:How Saraki's National Assembly Spent N6.6billion Adeosun's Largesse On Exotic Cars

[Premium Times] Nigeria's National Assembly has paid out a total N6.6billion for purchase of exotic cars for its members, PREMIUM TIMES and UDEME can authoritatively report today. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Health Workers Strike - We Are Unmoved By Govt's 'No Work No Pay' Threat - Johesu

[Premium Times] The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) have called a bluff of the federal government's threat to invoke the 'no work no pay rule' rule should the unions persist in continuing with their strike. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Standard Chartered Bank MD, Bola Adesola, Appointed As Vice-Chair of UN Global Compact

[This Day] The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres has appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria, Ms. Bola Adesola to serve as Vice-Chair of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Govt Blames Past Govts for the State of the Nation - Nigerians React

[Vanguard] Even if it's the case, they should fix it --Leonard Chukwuma, Businessman (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Don't Send Nigerian Refugees Back to Boko Haram Violence, UN Urges Cameroon

[Premium Times] The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the Cameroonian authority not to send Nigerian refugees back to the Boko Haram violence they fled from. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:2019 - Buhari's Second Term Bid Divides Nigerian Entertainers

[Vanguard] When President Muhammadu Buhari declared his intention to contest in the 2019 presidential election, many Nigerians frowned at his decision because they expected him to honourably step aside, and encourage the younger generation to take over the reins of Nigeria's leadership. But there are also many who say that the man has done well and could continue. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:N45M BBNaija Prize - Who Wins Tomorrow?

[Vanguard] After 12 weeks of intense competition and intrigues, the stage is set again to crown the winner of Nigeria's biggest reality TV show, Big Brother Naija,BBNaija, as the show ends tomorrow, in South Africa. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Police Confirm 15 Killed in Zamfara Attack

[Premium Times] Kenneth Ebrimson, the police commissioner in Zamfara State, has confirmed the death of 15 villagers in the attack on Zamfara communities on Thursday and Friday (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Nigeria's Brent Crude Hits $73.79 Per Barrel

[This Day] An improvement in Nigeria's oil earnings is on course as prices held firm on Friday near three-year highs reached earlier this week as ongoing Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)-led supply cuts, as well as strong demand, gradually draw down excess supplies. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Chimamanda Adichie Named Harvard Class Day Speaker

[Premium Times] Acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been selected by the Harvard College Class of 2018 to address the graduating seniors as part of the annual Class Day celebration on May 23, the day before Harvard's 367th Commencement. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Young Film Makers Out to Groom New Nollywood Faces

[Vanguard] The biggest Nollywood producers will soon start banking on new faces, as a crop of youngsters better known as 14 Partners Alliance have hatched plans to groom new talents that will take over the big screen from the likes of Genevieve Naji and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone:Final Round of Voting in Presidential Runoff

[Deutsche Welle] The election campaign has been marred by deadly attacks, pointed rhetoric and at least one legal challenge. The election is expected to hinge on the diamond-rich Kono region in the east. (AllAfrica)