Archive | October, 2016

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The rise and rise of Africa’s richest woman

DW/DPA/Guilherme C. da Silva/Pedro B. Ndomba/Sifa News Isabel dos Santos (43) is the oldest daughter of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the President of Angola. She is Africa’s richest woman, with a fortune estimated at US$3.2 billion, according to Forbes. Angola, which is currently Africa’s biggest oil producer, has a poverty rate of about 40%. Born […]

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UN to end peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast

ONUCI, the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast, will be officially disbanded by April next year after 12 years of ‘pacifying’ the country. Their number, which includes elements of international police, is believed to be about 6 000. The UN Security Council made the decision this week, after the realities on the ground […]

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University of Toronto, MasterCard Foundation offer full scholarship opportunities

The University of Toronto in Canada has partnered with the MasterCard Foundation to offer the MasterCard Foundation African Scholars Programme, which provides full scholarship opportunities at this prestigious tertiary institution for economically disadvantaged youth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The opportunity is seen as a ‘golden’ platform for young people who have excellent academic potential and […]

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Ecobank launches Ecobank Mobile App

Ecobank customers across Africa have been saved the pain and anxiety to carry cash after the pan-African bank launched the Ecobank Mobile App, an instant and convenient way of banking via the mobile phone. The launch took place in the Nigeria commercial capital Lagos early this week. The new App enables customers to open a […]

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Media freedom violations on the rise in Burundi

Burundi interior ministry has this week indefinitely suspended the operating permits of five organisations, including the Burundian Union of Journalists (UBJ), and banned an additional five leading civil society groups outright, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday. The same week, US freelance reporter Julia Steers was arrested on duty in the capital […]

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CEOs to be tried at International Criminal Court as environment criminals

Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) whose companies grab foreign land to exploit its natural resources without benefitting local inhabitants will in the future stand trial at the International Criminal Court as environment criminals, the UK-based Independent reported this week. Thousands of poor people in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Nigeria and Brazil have […]

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Cameroon deadly train accident a wake up call for Africa’s ageing infrastructure

The death toll from Cameroon’s recent deadly train accident has risen to 80, with over 600 injured, according to reports. The overcrowded train – 1 300 passengers instead of 600 – left the capital Yaoundé smoothly but never reached its final destination of Douala, derailing off the tracks near the village of Eseka, Central Cameroon, […]

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