1. Macron in East Africa:Historic Lalibela trip, deals signed in Addis Ababa Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed received French president Emmanuel Macron at the site of the buried churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia, a threatened World Heritage site that France wants to help preserve.PM Abiy Ahmed received @EmmanuelMacron in his first state visit to Ethiopia. The welcome in Lalibela is the first of its kind since the city’s historic relevance as a site of diplomacy 800 years ago.The two countries have also enjoyed strong diplomatic relations since 1897
2. South African Bank Adsa Joins list of Eyjiopials suitors
South Africa’s Absa bank has become the latest multinational corporation to express interest in exploiting the Ethiopian market, following last year’s decision by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to liberalise the economy.Ethiopia has long prevented foreign ownership in economic sectors including banking, but Abiy has embarked on rapid political, diplomatic and economic reforms since coming to power in April.
3. Scientists edge closer to “cure” for sickle cell
Scientists in the U.S. have unveiled results of a small clinical trial that could mean an effective “cure” for sickle cell anemia, the painful and debilitating disease that inflicts many millions of people across the globe, mostly of African heritage and including some 100,000 African Americans in the U.S.
4. Nigeria states march 23 for six inconclusive gubernatorial elections:
Nigeria’s ruling party took a close lead in elections for powerful state governors on Tuesday, although the final results hang in the balance as six contests were declared inconclusive or suspended.