Presenting a roundup of the biggest news across Africa this past week, catch last week’s biggest news edition 1 in case you missed it.
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In this week’s edition #2;
- In 2013 to 2015, news broke of the intent to create the African Continental Free Trade Area with 55 members of the African Union. Signatures of some countries have been signed in March 2018 in the Rwandan summit. On the 10th of May, Ghana and Kenya became the first two countries to endorse the agreement formally by presenting their proposals to the African Union Commission (AUC).
- Burundi votes on referendum that could potentially extend the Presidential term of Pierre Nkurunziza, to 2034.
- Ebola still said to still be spreading as World Health Organization (WHO) raises the risk level to ‘very high’ due to case discovered of Ebola in urban area of Congo and set to hold emergency meeting to review risk of the disease spreading.
- In last week’s edition of biggest news, we celebrated Rafiki as the first Kenyan movie to be part of Cannes film festival. This past week saw first-time director wow with “post-post-colonial” South Africa ‘The Harvesters’ to Cannes.
- As oil hits $80 USD for the first time since 2014, Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC) is said to be loss making for the past three years. To add to the series of pain being experienced by the Country’s oil sector, Shell suspends export of highly sort after variation from Nembe Creek Trunk Line after outage leading to estimated daily losses of 7billion Naira (~13 million USD)
5. In an apparent attempt to tackle fake news, Kenya (fake news laws), Uganda (gossip tax) and Tanzania (proposed bloggers fees and licence totalling $920) introduces various laws mainly aimed at bloggers and independent news outlets.
6. Ramadan kicks off globally, from depending on your time zones commences between Wednesday, 16th May/17th May and ends on the 14th of June. Ramadan Mubarak to all our African Muslims.
8. Good news for Zimbabwe ~ CDC, UK’s Development Finance Institution with Standard Chartered to lend Zimbabwe’s private sector $100mil USD leading to the opening up of relations since sanctions were put in the Mugabe regime.
9. Lionel Messi and Barcelona fever hit South Africa this week as the Footballer made a flying visit to South Africa for friendly match.
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