- 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
- 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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