Presenting a roundup of the biggest news across Africa this past week, catch last week’s biggest news edition 2, in case you missed it. And happy Africa Day!
In this week’s edition #3;
1. The news is awash with the rise and Rise of Egyptian Footballer, Mo Salah, playing for international English team, Liverpool as he is compared to Football greats like Messi and Ronaldo. Despite his injury over the weekend, there’s confidence he will recover in time for the World Cup.
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2. Arguably one of Africa’s biggest controversial independent blogger and media mogul, Linda Ikeji, broke the internet earlier in the week with news of her pregnancy. At least she waited for the royal wedding to be over. The reactions from her fans were certainly entertaining.
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3. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) linked to the Panama Papers in 2016, announced the formation of West Africa Leaks with 13 journalists in 11 countries. Certainly, one to watch as Africa looks beyond aid.
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4. Another story that broke the internet this week with over 20,000 tweets as Rwanda was announced as the official UK Football Club Arsenal shirt sponsor for three years beginning 2018/19 season.
Official club message:
“The Rwanda Development Board, through their subsidiary, the Rwanda Convention Bureau, has become our first official sleeve partner as part of the country’s drive to become a leading global tourist destination, using ‘Visit Rwanda’ messaging.
The three-year deal will also see ‘Visit Rwanda’ become our official Tourism Partner. The ‘Visit Rwanda’ logo will feature on the left sleeve of all our teams next season. The new kit for season 2018/19 was unveiled on May 22.”
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5. Google has announced the launch of the first Africa Google ‘Impact Challenge’, with $2mil (USD) each, total $6mil, worth of grants to be awarded to non-profits and social innovators across three countries (Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa).
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6. Ethiopian Airlines is on a mission to take over African skies with its 100th aircraft order placed for June delivery, as well as launching flights to new routes.
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7. Amnesty international alleged Nigerian military committed war crimes abusing Boko Haram survivors in exchange for food and shelter.
9. Rwanda and US in potential used clothing trade war if Rwanda does not concede it position on the tariffs by the end of this month it faces losing duty-free access for its garment exports.
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11. Good news on the startup ecosystem in Africa getting more attention on the world stage. French President, Emmanuel Macron, announced France will inject ~$76mil (USD) into African startups at the VivaTech event currently ongoing in Paris.
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