Presenting a roundup of the biggest news across Africa this past week, catch last week’s biggest news edition 12, in case you missed it.
In this week’s edition #13;
1. First Somali-American makes the US Congress.
- History was made in the recently concluded United States Of America’s midterm election when the first ever Somali American was elected to Congress.
- Omar was born in on October 4, 1981, in Mogadishu and was raised in Baydhabo, Somalia. She was the youngest of seven siblings.
- In 2016, she was elected a Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, making her the first Somali American legislator elected to office in the United States.
- Ms Omar fled war-torn Somalia as a child and spent four years in a refugee camp.
- Ilhan Omar was a refugee at Dadaab refugees camp in Kenya. For more of the story read here.
- 2. More pay for Nigerian workers
- After long discussions among the Workers Union, the government of Nigeria and the private sector, the Citizens of the West African country can now enjoy increased minimum wage from $49 to $81.
- President Buhari, who is running for re-election in February, told the press that the plan would be put to the legislature to vote on within the shortest possible time.
- Organised Labour, yesterday, fixed Tuesday, October 30, for a nationwide mass protest as part of activities to sensitise workers and other Nigerians ahead of the start of an indefinite strike on November 6, over perceived government’s insincerity on a new national minimum wage. Here is more of the story.
3. Cameroon – Free at last!
- Tens of pupils kidnapped by separatists in Cameroon have finally been freed. This is according to some churches and school authorities in the country.
- It not yet clear the reason for the abduction and the terms of the release. The abductors asked for a lot of money which the church could not raise.
- Some boys were apparently forced to talk in front of a camera to say some of their details including parents’ names.
- It is also not very clear if the church was able to pay the ransom or not. The abduction really left the children traumatised.
4. Africa’s longest serving president sworn in
- President Paul Biya won the highly contested Cameroonian election held on 7th October 2018. This was amidst the much-publicized kidnapping of 79 students.
- Biya started his political career as an official in post-independence 1960s Cameroon. Biya rose to prominence under President Ahmadou Ahidjo. After becoming Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of National Education in January 1964 and Secretary-General of the Ministry of National Education around early July 1965.
- He was later named Director of the Civil Cabinet of the President in December 1967 and Secretary-General of the Presidency (while remaining Director of the Civil Cabinet) in January 1968.
5. Royalty in Nigeria.
- Prince Charles arrived in the West African country for an Official visit. The visit is expected to last for three days.
- The visit that will centre largely on developments in the Muslim-dominated northern part of the African nation, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, said.
- Among the activities to be carried out by the prince is launch an office of the Department for International Development (DFID) in Kano, the economic nerve centre of the north.
- Prince Charles will limit his visit to northern Nigeria, this is aimed at showing Britain’s commitment to development in that part of the country.
“One of the things that interest us – and that we try to get into as much as we can – are activities in the northern part of Nigeria. Said Gozney, British High Commissioner to Nigeria.
6. First ever female president for Ethiopia.
- The parliament of Ethiopia has approved the appointment of the first ever Lady president in the country and currently the only female serving the Head of State in the entire continent.
- Ms Sahle-Work Zewde was elected on 25th October 2018.
- Sahle-Work was only the second woman to be appointed an ambassador in Ethiopia’s history (Ambassador Yodit Emiru was the first woman to hold an ambassadorship).
- A veteran in the Ethiopian foreign service, Sahle-Work served as Ambassador to Senegal, with accreditation to Mali, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and Guinea, from 1989 to 1993. From 1993 to 2002, she was Ambassador to Djibouti and Permanent Representative to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
7. South African version of “money heist”
- There was of a beehive of activity in the South African country’s parliament after them just realizing how Corrupt the country has become over the few decades it was around.
- Corruption in South Africa includes the private use of public resources, bribery, and improper favouritism. The 2017 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index assigned South Africa an index of 43 out of 100, ranking South Africa 71 out of 180 countries.
- This ranking represents a downward direction change with a drop of two points down from 45 (2016 CPI). Countries with scores below 50 are believed to have serious corruption problems
8. The brilliant minds behind the Wonder Of The World, Egyptian Pyramids discovered.
- A research team from The University of Liverpool with the help of other researchers made a discovery on how the mystery pyramids were made.
- The Egyptian pyramids are one of the seven wonders of the world.
- The ancient Egyptians who built the pyramids may have been able to move the massive piled stone blocks across the desert by wetting the sand in front of a contraption built to pull the heavy objects, according to studies.
Here is the full story…
9. Doctors in fear of their lives despite them being in their line of duty.
- Doctors in the war tone Central Africa’s country, Congo are in fear of their lives from the constant attack from the armed fighters.
- A doctor stationed in Beni, in the north-eastern province of North Kivu. Said the area is an epicentre of the current Ebola outbreak.
- In the area, any aid worker, especially the locals, can be in imminent danger. Active shooting is common.
- A few weeks ago, a vehicle of humanitarian staff moving an Ebola patient’s dead body to be buried was attacked and passengers were injured.
For this and more of the story click here.
10. Over 175 dead and thousands others infected in Nigeria.
- Over 10,000 people have been infected with the killer disease, Cholera and over 175 others feared dead after the bacterial disease that causes severe diarrhoea attacked the Northeastern part of Nigeria.
- WHO recommends enhanced surveillance for the detection of new cases and improvement of record keeping and data management at healthcare facility level.
- WHO recommends the urgent establishment of cholera treatment centres in the most affected areas, ensuring that adequate logistics are in place and that medical supplies are in stock.
Find the full story Here.
11. Another infrastructural milestone in the southern part of Africa.
- The longest suspended bridge was officially opened for use in Maputo Mozambique. The Maputo–Katembe bridge which is Three Kilometers(1.86411miles) long runs connects Maputo Bay in southern Mozambique and will help connect the Mozambican capital of Maputo.
- The project began as a vision of former Mozambican President Samora Machel.
- In 1989, plans for an improved transportation network, which included the proposal of a bridge, as part of Maputo’s urbanisation policy, were endorsed by the World Bank.
12. Running for peace between two nations.
- The Eritrean–Ethiopian War, one of the conflicts in the Horn of Africa, took place between Ethiopia and Eritrea from May 1998 to June 2000, with the final peace agreement only agreed to in 2018, twenty years after the initial confrontation.
- Two Eastern African Countries that had been at war for years eventually had a peace event which was a 10-Kilometer marathon.The citizens of the countries, Ethiopia and Eritrea merged together at Addis Ababa for the memorial peace event.
13. 200 corpses found in a grave in Ethiopia
- Around 200 bodies were earthed in a town new the border of Somali and Ethiopia. The bodies are suspected to be of civilians.
- The bodies were uncovered in a mass grave of 200 people in the troubled area between the country’s Oromia and Somali regions.
- The police were carrying out a court-ordered investigation for evidence of alleged abuses by forces loyal to the former president of the Somali
- The bodies appeared to be related to a series of ethnic clashes carried out by an unofficial militia known as the Liyu that were loyal to the former Somali region leader.
14. Zimbabwe Airlines up for sale.
- The low performing airline in the market was put up for sale later last month. This was due to debts by the carrier.
- Air Zimbabwe is among many actions is among dozens of state-owned firms, known locally as parastatals, that are set to be partially or fully privatised in the next nine months as the government seeks to cut its fiscal deficit seen at 11% of GDP this year.
- The air carrier company is set to be privatized at a price ranging from 300 million US Dollars.
15. Congo hit hard by ebola
- Hundreds have died and many more infected by Ebola in the Central African country.
- According to WHO, a large number of internally displaced persons and the influx of Congolese refugees in neighbouring countries pose a risk factor for transmission of the virus at a national and regional level.
- The risk of introduction of the virus via an infected traveller to the EU/EEA is considered very low at this stage.
- The Ebola outbreak was reported in Kivu. Here is the Full story
16. Former Mobile Corporation Giant vie for presidency in Congo.
- Fayulu was chosen by the opposition party to go head to head with the re-known president Kabila.
- Martin Madidi Fayulu was born 21 November 1956. He is a businessman and also a lawmaker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is the leader of the Engagement for Citizenship and Development party. On 11 November 2018, he was chosen by seven opposition leaders to be their joint presidential candidate in the 2018 Democratic Republic of the Congo general election.
- Fayulu, who spent almost two decades at Exxon Mobil
- For more insight on the story, see Here.
17. Nigeria’s 9mobile now under Teleology
- After hard times new board of directors took over Telecoms firm, Teleology Nigeria Limited and on Monday they announced the constitution of new bosses for Nigerian telecommunication company, 9mobile.
- It has been about eight months when it made the initial $50 million non-refundable deposit to acquire 9mobile, Teleology holdings have been given final approval of no objection by the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to own the telecommunications company.
- The company also immediately, constituted a new board of directors to manage the affairs of the company bidding the interim board which held forth while the bid process and payment negotiations lasted, farewell. See Here.
18.We are not responsible for his kidnapping.
- These were the words echoed by the Zimbabwean Government after claims of them being responsible for the kidnapping of the MDC leader. Nelson Chemisa’s ordeal took place on Sunday.
- Chimisa said so because he apparently has been followed even while having prayers in Domboshava. Intelligence officers block their way. Even when he was not with his entourage they follow and block them.
- Chamisa said he was planning to meet South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and other SADC leaders to apprise them of the deteriorating political and economic environment in Zimbabwe.
- He said Mnangagwa’s government had failed to address the economic problems facing the country. Chamisa has been mobilising his supporters to stage demonstrations against Mnangagwa, claiming that the Zanu-PF leader rigged the July 30 elections.
19. Google Celebrates Christy Essien-Igbokwe’s 58th
- The Tech Giant’s Google Doodle was of the late Nigerian singer, Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe, on her 58th. Google celebrates the “Nigeria’s Lady of Songs.” birthday by Doodling her.
- Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe from around 11 November 1960 to 30 June 2011 was a Nigerian musician and actress. In her lifetime, she was sometimes called Nigeria’s Lady of Songs and was known for her song “Seun Rere“.
- She was the first female president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN). She was also the chairwoman and managing director of Soul Train entertainment limited.
20. Who is heading to the election polls in Africa
- Nigeria heads to the polls soon in 2019; calls were made for citizens to get their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) cards, however common complaint remains who will they vote for? Issues have come up with difficulties reported to acquire the voter’s card. Some branded voter’s card appeared online on Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce website.
- Madagascar is scheduled to hold first round of presidential election in November, 2018, and second round in December 2018, according to the Prime Minister.
- Algerians will head to the polls in April 2019 to elect a new president and is not without controversy.
- DR Congo heads to the polls in December 2018, submission of applications for presidency opens in DR Congo. Jean-Pierre Bemba, who had charges of war crimes recently dropped was rumoured to be a potential contender. However, the recommendation from the current ruling party is to declare Jean-Pierre Bemba ineligible as he was still convicted of witness tampering at the International Courts in Hague.
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