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  1. Tokyo 2020 archery venue unveiled:

The archery venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games was officially unveiled on Sunday becoming the first of the Games’ new venues to be completed. Yumenoshima Park Archery Field, located on a former landfill site, was set for completion in May. Other than the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic and Paralympic athletes village, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) is building eight new competition venues for the Games.

  • Xi calls for advancement of china- Djibouti strategic relationship:

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday called for the advancement of China-Djibouti strategic relationship. Xi Jinping made the call when he met with Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh in Beijing. Xi said China is willing to work with Djibouti to continuously promote the bilateral strategic partnership, stressing the joint building of the Belt and Road and the implementation of the outcomes reached at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. “China will continue to provide support for Djibouti’s economic and social development, exchange experience on development, and encourage competitive Chinese enterprises to invest and expand businesses in Djibouti,” he said.

  • Uganda crowns most curvy woman, names her tourism ambassador:

Uganda has crowned its most curvaceous woman at the inaugural Miss Curvy pageant in Kampala The event was criticized by women’s rights campaigners and some religious leaders as immoral and as an attempt to objectify the female body. But Uganda’s tourism ministry defended it, saying the contest would be used to market the country’s tourism potential.

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  1. Exhibition explores Senegalese women & their love for gold jewelry:

Gold is an essential part of Senegalese women’s fashion. It is a symbol of affluence and sophistication. But what inspired this relationship? An exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art explores this bond driven by power and wealth, centuries ago.

  • Jeanine Mabunda, first woman elected to lead DRC’s National Assembly:

Jeanine Mabunda was elected to head the Congolese National Assembly on Wednesday (April 24th) with 374 votes. She was the only candidate after the invalidation of the candidacy of her challenger Henry Thomas Lokondo. She is the first woman elected to the position in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Ex-president Joseph Kabila nominated her for the post.

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  1. Nigerian gateman opts for community bore-hole over house gift:

After serving his expatriate employers for decades, a Nigerian gateman turned down the offer of a house as parting gift. He opted for a bore-hole to be built back in his village. This is the story of Musa Usman, who asked his Indian boss in Lagos to build a bore-hole in his village of Giljimmi, located in the northern Jigawa State. The Daily Trust news portal said Usman continues to live with his family in a thatched house whiles his gesture has saved the community that hitherto suffered acute water shortage. His boss, Managing Director of a Lagos-based pharmaceutical company had offered the gift of a house for Usman’s diligence having served him for twenty-five years. He is quoted as saying he did not regret opting for the communal good over his personal gain.

  • Ethiopia PM visits HQ of e- commerce giant Alibaba on China trip:

Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed continued his engagements in China where he is attending the Belt and Road Forum that started on Thursday. A major highlight of Abiy’s second day was his visit to the headquarters of global e-commerce group, Alibaba, in Hangzhou. He met with the group CEO, Jack Ma, the second meeting between the two in as many months. Abiy and Ma first met during the World Economic Forum, WEF, held in Davos earlier this year. “Jack Ma expressed he has been inspired by the reforms that have been undertaken, confirming that Ethiopia is now a key strategic partner which he will visit this year,” the PM’s office confirmed in a social media post.

  • Celebrating African First Ladies: Rwanda’s Jeanette Kagame:

Often described as mothers to the nations their husbands lead, Africa’s first ladies are often expected to be unifying figures, serving the president of the nation and the voters who entrusted him the mandate to lead. A first lady by definition is the wife of the head of state, and it therefore follows that most African nations led by a male president, has a first lady. As of March 2019, all African countries have male heads of state. The last female head of state who led an African nation was Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose tenure expired in January 2018.Across the continent, several first ladies have been recognized, applauded and sometimes vilified for the roles they play to support the politics of their husbands.

  • Senegal’s Sadio Mane named on English premier league team of the year:

Senegal’s talisman and Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane was on Thursday named on the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Team of the Year 2018-19.The eleven players on the team were voted for by members of the PFA, as the best players in their positions over the past seven months. The PFA is the players’ union. Sadio Mane, who is having the best season of his career in the English Premier League has scored 18 goals and been involved in up to 19 goals. Mane has also been shortlisted for the season’s PFA Player’s Player of the Year. The Senegalese captain is the only African player on this list, and the Team of the Year. The other players on the team of the year include City goalkeeper Ederson, forwards Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, midfielders Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho, and center back Aymeric Laporte.

  • South Africa’s May 8 vote, sixth post- apartheid general elections:

South African voters will go to the polls to elect a president but in an indirect process that involves voting for members of the legislature instead. The party with majority in the parliament deploys one of their own to become president. The elections of May 8 will usher in the fourth president of the country since the end of apartheid in 1994. South Africa’s three elected presidents since 1994 are Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Voters vote for a political party, not individuals. The political party then gets a share of seats in Parliament in direct proportion to the number of votes it got in the election. Each party then decides on members to fill the seats it has won. This is called a proportional representation (PR) voting system. South Africa operates a parliamentary system of government; the National Assembly consists of 400 members.

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  1. World Press Freedom Day 2019: Ethiopia, Ethiopian in thick of affairs:

The 2019 edition of the United Nation’s World Press Freedom Day will take place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. A move that is allied to reform efforts by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration. The main celebration of the UNESCO-led day will take place in Ethiopia between 1st to 3rd of May. Many media rights watchers have said the decision was both a surprise but welcome. Until April 2018, Ethiopia was one of the biggest jailers of journalists. Months after Abiy, according to the press rights group, Reporters without Borders; there was no journalist who was being held in jail with relation to their work.

  • Malawi becomes first nation to vaccinate children against malaria:

Malawi has become the first nation to immunize children against malaria. Launched on Tuesday, the Malaria vaccine pilot Programme will see at least 120,000 children in Malawi under the age of two injected with the RTS,S vaccine, for partial protection to malaria parasite. Malawi’s Ministry of Health, deputy director, Michael Kayange, said the new system of control and prevention will help Malawi hopefully avoid one million of the six million cases of malaria detected each year in the country, and prevent 4,000 deaths. Researchers and health authorities hope that, combined with other means of prevention, there will be a significant reduction in the number of victims.

  • Egyptian store cells clothes by the kilo, easing financial woes:

Brands such as Zara, Adidas, Nike and Marks & Spencer are out of reach for many Egyptians but a store in one of Cairo’s lower income districts is making these products more affordable. Some of the customers say ‘Kilo Stock’ sells clothes by the kilogram, trading garments at relatively inexpensive prices compared to what they would have cost at the brand shop itself. Customer, Heba, was so pleased with her experience, she described the prices and variety as unimaginable.

  • Angola elections; power decentralization could help revamp local communities:

Angola’s local elections are scheduled to take place in 2021 for the first time, an important step towards democracy. Decentralization appears a plausible solution that could respond to some serious local problems, such as in the city of Luanda. In the neighborhood of Morro Bento for instance, there are many needs. Basic sanitation is one of such that bedevils the area. When it rains, here in Rua das Margarines, the children have a gorge to pass before they get to school. It is full of water and reaches the waist,” says a resident. The Administration of the Neighborhood knows the problems and has already signaled them to the government of the province of Luanda. Firmino José, the neighborhood administrator, believes that the creation of municipalities will make the management of public funds more transparent and efficient.

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  1. Return to Juba: South Sudan’s Kiir urges Machar:

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir has called upon the rebel leader Riek Machar to ‘urgently’ return to the country, and implement the peace deal signed last year. Kiir, who was delivering an Easter message, also recounted the ‘piercing experience’ during his recent Vatican visit, when the pope kissed his feet, along with Machar and other political leaders. ‘‘On the occasion of Easter as your leaders, we are working together to bring peace to our country. It is not too late, I am inviting Dr, Riek Machar to urgently return to Juba so that we can work together to expedite the process of forming the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU),’‘ Kiir said.

  • Congo Brazzaville begins exporting Iron Ore:

The grand arrival of the first train ferrying the first iron ore extracts in Congo Brazzaville, mined in Mayoko district, 300 kilometers from the train central station in the economic capital, Pointe-Noire. One year later, and Congo has become one the iron exporting countries. About 23,000 tons of this material was loaded last week into a ship at the Pointe-Noire Port Authority destined for China. The mining company, the Sapro SA group plans to increase exports to 12 million tons per year from 2022.This major trade comes at a time when Congo Brazzaville is dealing with an economic and financial crisis since the fall in oil prices in 2014. The country hopes that these iron exports will empower its plans to diversify its economy from being an oil dependent nation.

  • Preserving Africa’s cultural heritage:

Many people say the charity of African heads of state begins and ends abroad. Several of them have joined the sum of world’s wealthiest families in a fundraiser to rebuild the iconic 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris which was devastated by fire last Monday. But how do these African leaders react to similar projects geared towards preserving the continent’s cultural heritage? UNESCO has made calls for the continent to restore and preserve the 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of the 13th-century ‘New Jerusalem’, situated in the heart of Ethiopia. The historic dug-out churches have been have been spoiled by rain, erosion, repairs and modifications. Yet, UNESCO’s calls seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

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  1. Celebrating African First Ladies: Gabon’s Sylvia Bongo Ondimba:

Often described as mothers to the nations their husbands lead, Africa’s first ladies are often expected to be unifying figures, serving the president of the nation and the voters who entrusted him the mandate to lead. A first lady by definition is the wife of the head of state, and it therefore follows that most African nations led by a male president, has a first lady. As of March 2019, all African countries have male heads of state. The last female head of state who led an African nation was Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose tenure expired in January 2018.Across the continent, several first ladies have been recognized, applauded and sometimes vilified for the roles they play to support the politics of their husbands.

  • Multimedia: Ivanka incredible Ethiopia, wonderful Ivory Coast trips:

A total of four days, two days in each country she visited; the images from Ivanka Trump’s visit to Ethiopia and then Ivory Coast shows she enjoyed her time visiting. The presidential advisor described her packed itinerary in Ethiopia as “incredible” and her engagements in Ivory Coast as “wonderful and productive. ”Our collage below shows a pictorial brief of her time in Addis Ababa signing deals, engaging in high-level diplomacy, paying tribute to victims of the March 10 Ethiopian crash etc.

  • Tunisia, the safest country for journalists in the Maghreb:

Tunisia has been ranked the safest country for journalists in north Africa and the middle east by the 2019 World Press Freedom Index report. “Tunisia is the exception and continues its democratic transition process. It has admittedly made a remarkable improvement of 25 places, but still faces innumerable challenges especially in relation to the legislative framework,” said Souhaieb Khayati, RSF head of North Africa office. Tunisia not only ranked first in its region it moved by 15 slots to rank 72 in the world. Meanwhile Syria (174th) continues to be extremely dangerous for media personnel. “Journalists are under tremendous pressure in every Maghreb countries, with the exception of Tunisia. But in Algeria, Morocco and Libya, journalists are the victims of continuous pressure from the authorities,” said Souhaieb Khayati, RSF head of North Africa office.

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  1. Win for Nigeria workers as Buhari signs law to increase minimum wage:

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed into law a bill increasing the country’s minimum wage to 30,000 naira ($98) from 18,000, Ita Enang, a senior special assistant to the president on the National Assembly said. The cost of living has become a key issues for many in Africa’s most populous nation, where most people live on less than $2 a day. Unions went on strike last year over the minimum wage, initially demanding a rise to 50,000 naira a month. Inflation in Nigeria stood at 11.25 percent in March.

  • Uganda’s top court paves way for Museveni to contest 2021 polls:

Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni was on Thursday given a final green light to contest in the 2021 elections, after the country’s highest court backed constitutional changes that remove the age limit for presidential aspirants. A 4-3 majority decision affirming the validity of 2017 constitutional amendments was widely expected in the East African country where critics say judicial independence has been eroded under President Museveni’s 33-year rule.

  • Nigeria’s modern style ensemble brand:

We head over to Africa’s most populous nation to meet the man behind a contemporary styling brand which is changing the face of fashion for men. Nicole and Giovanni’s unique sets of designs and bright bold colors compliments one’s look for the office, a corporate event or that perfect day out. Segun Amboina joins Business Africa to discuss his successes and challenges facing his business.

  • Women travel far in tourism:

This year, the World Travel Market Africa wants to see more women take up entrepreneurial roles within the travel and tourism sector in Africa. The industry which generated over $400 million worth of business in 2018, is hoping to ‘‘get products right to tap into the growing markets out of Africa’‘. Our Nyasha Mutizwa covered the recently held World Travel Market in Cape Town, South Africa and files this report.

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  1. Mauritania to hold presidential election on June 22:

Mauritanians will go to the polls on June 22 to vote for a successor to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is stepping down after his second and final term in office. If there is no outright winner in the first round of elections, a runoff vote will be held on July 6, under a presidential decree seen by AFP. Candidates have until May 8 to file their bid to be next president of the conservative West African desert state.

  • Algeria’s Bouteflika: Broker of the Ethiopia-Eritrea deal Abiy actualized:

In April 1999, Abdelaziz Bouteflika became Algerian president winning the first post-1992 civil war elections which were prompted by the cancellation of polls the Islamic Salvation Front, FIS, was poised to win. The then 62-year-old Bouteflika clearly had enough work on his hands by way of rebuilding and reconciling the nation. The same year, the rotational presidency of the Organization of African Union, OAU, had reached Algiers’ turn. On July 12, 1999 Bouteflika became OAU president. He was quickly called to task in the wake of what became one of Africa’s deadliest and costliest border wars. The Ethiopia – Eritrea standoff.

  • German giants FC Bayern opens football academy in Ethiopia- First in Africa:

German and European football giants, FC Bayern have announced the opening of a new FC Bayern Football School at a media conference in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The partnership with the national football body, the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) includes an ongoing exchange of experience plus the regular presence of youth coaches from FC Bayern to train local players and coaches in Addis Ababa. Jorge Wacker, FC Bayern executive board member for Internationalization and Strategy, and FCB Brand ambassador Giovane Elber accompanied the official delegation of the Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder, who is currently visiting Ethiopia.