Good News from Africa (3-4-19)

  1. Algerians celebrate Bouteflika resignation protestors reject new govt.:

Algerians are in a celebratory mood following Tuesday’s resignation of ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose bid to seek a fifth term in February sparked mass protests. Hundreds took to the streets of the capital after state media announced the 82-year-old’s departure, capping a wave of protests demanding the removal of an aging elite seen by many as out of touch with ordinary people and presiding over an economy riven by cronyism. Bouteflika’s supporters had sought to stop the dissent by telling Algerians not to return to the dark days in the 90s when some 200,000 were killed in civil war, warning even of a scenario like in Syria, embroiled in an eight-year-long conflict.

  • AfCFTA agreement to be implemented following Gambia’s historic ratification:

Gambia’s parliament on Tuesday approved the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), becoming the 22nd nation to do so, and effectively meeting the minimum threshold for the agreement to come into force. The AfCFTA which was enacted last year, seeks to create the largest trade zone in the world, increase intra-African trade by 52% by the year 2022 and remove tariffs on 90% of goods. African Union’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Albert Muchanga led celebrations of the historic achievement, posting on his office Twitter account that ‘the AfCFTA market is ready for launch of its operational phase in July this year’.

  • UN chief meets Tunisian president:

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi at the presidential palace in Tunis, following the Arab League summit. During the meeting, the leaders discussed cooperation between Tunisia and UN organizations and the latest developments of political solution in Libya. “I believe that the Tunisian generosity and solidarity also deserves the same solidarity from the international community so that with all economic difficulties that come from the impact of the Libyan crisis, Tunisia can ensure a deserving future for Tunisians especially its youth, who still encounter huge difficulties to find work,” stated Antanio Guterres, UN Secretary-General.

  • One year later, Ethiopia PM wants a credible election to climax democratic reforms:

One year after taking oath as Ethiopia’s prime minister on April 2, Abiy Ahmed is working towards delivering a free, fair and credible election in 2020, which he hopes will be the climax of the democratic reforms he has championed. Abiy, who took office as the government struggled to contain protests that had had lasted over two years, has steadily implemented a raft of reforms including reaching out to the opposition, in a bid to build trust and stabilize the country. In this article, we highlight the key actions taken by Abiy to open the political space and lay the foundation for political reform that many Ethiopians sought.

  • Cash transfer program helps Nigeria’s Poor:

In 2018, Nigeria overtook India as the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, with an estimated 87 million Nigerians, or around half of the country’s population, thought to be living on less than $1.90 a day. President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has launched a series of initiatives and interest-free loans it says will significantly reduce poverty and improve living standards. One of them is a cash transfer scheme currently working in 27 states where the poorest are given about $13 every month. Critics of the program say it is not working given Nigeria’s extreme inequality levels and inflation. But recipients of the cash handouts say their lives are beginning to change.

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Good News from Africa (2-4-2019)

  1. Highlights of the pope’s visit to Morocco:

Pope Francis highlighted the issue of migration during his historic visit to Morocco, even as he called upon the Catholics in the country to refrain from attempting to converts Muslims to their religion. Francis who is the first pontiff to visit the North African country since John Paul II in 1985, also addressed several issues including the contentious issue of Jerusalem. In this article, we take a look at some of the key messages from the pope’s two-day state visit in the North African nation.

  • Raja Casablanca bask in Super Cup glory.(Football Planet):

On this edition of Football Planet, we talk about how Raja Casablanca ended a 19 year wait to lift the CAF Super Cup in Doha, Qatar. Also, the CAF Champions League as African heavyweights face off in the quarter finals. Plus, Togolese international Emmanuel Adebayor hints at retirement again after another disappointing qualifying campaign. Presenter Johnson Wahany Sambou delves deeper into what his retirement will mean for Togo and Adebayor’s legacy as a footballer.

  • The origin of April Fool’s Day (This is culture):

April Fools’ Day is an annual celebration commemorated on April 1 by playing jokes and spreading hoaxes. The day has over the years found prominence in Africa, where governments, celebrities, corporate executives and media houses have been pranked. But the day has no place in the African civilization. It is an import that is increasingly defining how Africans go about wit and jokes.

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Good News from Africa 1st April 2019

  1. Ethiopia PM’s one-year anniversary on show in photo exhibition:

An official photo exhibition is underway in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa as part of the first year anniversary of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali. The event dubbed, the April to April photo exhibition, was opened by the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Hirut Kassaw, “as part of efforts aimed at capturing a year of reforms,” the office of the Prime Minister said. The exhibition includes more than 250 digital and print photos captures moments captured by various photographers showing public responses and engagements of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other government dignitaries,” the office added.

  • Libya holds municipal elections in first vote for five years:

Libya on Saturday held rare municipal elections in nine communities where turnout in the country’s first voting for five years reached only about 38 percent. The North African state, which has been mired in conflict and chaos since the 2011 toppling of Muammar Gaddafi, has not held any elections since 2014, when a heavily contested national vote ended up splitting the country into rival administrations and parliaments. Only nine out of 69 municipal councils in southern and western Libya voted on Saturday officials said. No violence or sabotage was reported.

  • Egypt president raises minimum wage, now $116 from $70:

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has raised the country’s minimum wage to 2,000 Egyptian pounds ($116) a month from 1,200 pounds, he said at an event on Saturday celebrating women. Sisi said the raise would apply to all Egyptian workers and added that pensions would rise by 15 percent, with pensioners receiving a minimum increase of 150 pounds to take the minimum pension to 900 pounds. This was supposed to come out on June 30. But I said this matter cannot wait,” the president said.

  • Kenya’s $1M Teacher Prize winner meets president Kenyatta:

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday stressed the importance of commitment and integrity when he hosted award winning teacher Peter Mokaya Tabichi. Tabichi was last week named winner of the $1m Teacher Prize in the United Arab Emirates. He was the first African to win the award presented by the Varkey Foundation. The president during the meeting reiterated his praise for Tabichi stating that he was a role model and an inspiration to society for his benevolent strides in advancing education. President Kenyatta committed to donating She 20 million to Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School – where Tabichi teaches – for the expansion of infrastructure,” the presidency confirmed. The donation is expected to help improve facilities geared towards encouraging the students to take science subjects.

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Good News from Africa (30-3-2019)

  1. A touch of Cape Verde paradise magic in Portugal:

Cape Verdean immigrants have transformed one of the poorest and most neglected neighborhoods in Portugal into a little piece of haven reminiscent of their island home nation of Cape Verde off Africa’s west coast. Long considered a no-go area by Lisbon residents, Cova da Moure is a warren of small streets where Cape Verdeans make up two-thirds of the 6,000 residents. They celebrate their home, a tiny archipelago off Africa’s west coast, with music, food and street art – which tourists increasingly want to experience.

  • Morocco: Pope Francis sends message of peace ahead of visit:

Pope Francis on Thursday sent a message of peace ahead of his 2 day visit to Morocco. The head of the Vatican is the first pope to visit the north African nation in 35 years.“ As Christians and Muslims, we believe in God the Creator and Merciful One, who has created men and women and lives on the earth so that they may live together as brothers and sisters, respecting each other’s diversity and helping each other in their need. He has entrusted the earth, our common home to them, to care for it and to preserve it for future generations “, he said.

  • Nigeria’s bribe governor secures re-election in chaotic poll:

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, governor of Kano State in northern Nigeria secured re-election over the weekend in a vote that has largely been criticized for its violent nature. Kano State was one of about a half-dozen others where supplementary polls were held on March 23 after the election body, INEC, declared their initial March 2 polls inconclusive. Elections in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto were declared inconclusive, mostly because the leading candidate’s margin of victory was less than the number of votes cancelled.

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Good News From Africa (29/3/19)

  1. Ghana’s ‘welcomes’ independent presidential aspirant eyeing 2020 polls:

At a time a section of Ghanaians are expressing concerns about the two-horse domination of national politics, an independent candidate has put himself up as a viable third force. Marricke Kofi Gane, a UK-trained certified accountant has thrown his hat into a keenly awaited presidential race scheduled for December 2020.He used social media to announce his bid and has since attracted a certain measure of support from voters who seem enthused at his bold step to challenge the status quo.

  • Ethiopia PM’s ex-chief of staff now ambassador to the U.S:

Fitsum Arega, in the first six months of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s premiership was a very important official given that he served as Chief of Staff. He is all set to take a diplomatic post as Ethiopia’s ambassador to the United States. He shared a photo aboard the national carrier on Thursday evening as he flew out to take his new post.

  • Cyclone Idai: Mozambique to start cholera vaccination campaign:

n Malawi, which was badly hit by flooding and heavy rains in the lead up to Cyclone Idai, the government said arable and livestock farming had been badly affected and that irrigation infrastructure had been damaged. Battling cholera Mozambique will start a cholera vaccination campaign next week in areas ravaged by Cyclone Idai, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, after five confirmed cases were detected. David Wight wick, a senior member of the WHO’s response team in Beira, told reporters that seven clinics had been set up in Mozambique to treat cholera patients and that two more would be ready soon.

  • Celebrating African First Ladies: Ethiopia’s Zinash Tayachew:

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.

  • Cyclone Idai: UN urges more support from Int’l community:

The international community has been urged to increase its financial support to the thousands of victims of Cyclone Idai. The United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, David Beasley’s call comes during a two-day visit to devastated areas of Mozambique on Tuesday and Wednesday. “We need financial support from the international community. These people’s lives have been devastated, they have no livelihoods now, they’ve lost their homes, they’ve lost their farms, they’ve lost their crops, they’ve lost loved ones. And they’re going to need help at least for the next 6 months to 12 months to get their feet back on the ground “, he said.

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Good News From Africa

  1. Pope’s sept.2019 triple M visits: Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius:

Pope Francis will visit the African nations of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius in September, the Vatican said on Wednesday. The Sept. 4-10 trip will take him to the capitals of the three countries, Maputo, Antananarivo and Port Louis, the Vatican spokesman said, without giving further details.

  • Morocco’s Strawberry production (Business Africa):

An international strawberry festival in Morocco celebrates a record high harvest this year in the north African country. The harvest is expected to reach nearly 200,000 tones, up from 180,000 tones in previous years, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

  • Meet the 24 teams that qualified for AFCON 2019:

All looks to be set for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019).Last month, experts declared that the hosts, Egypt ‘will be ready’ when the tournament kicks off in June. Last weekend, the 24 participating teams were confirmed, including three nations; Burundi, Mauritania and Madagascar, participating for the first time. In this article, we profile all the teams that have qualified for the continent’s most prestigious football tournament.

  • Ivorian Artist infuses coffee & cocoa into artworks:

Ivorian Artist Ulrich Abe uses coffee & cocoa power to make paintings. Ivory coast is the world’s top cocoa grower and is one of the largest Robusta producers and for Abe, it was only befitting to pay homage to Africa’s greatest leaders with two of Ivory Coast’s top commodities.

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  1. Ethiopian Airlines hailed as ‘African Champion of the year’

Ethiopian Airlines has been named the ‘African Champion of the Year’ at a prestigious business event in Rwanda. The airline was hailed for implementing an impressive expansion strategy that has enabled it to reach at least 40 countries on the continent. The airline’s CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam who received the award at the 7th edition of the Africa CEO Forum, used the occasion to thank Africans all over the continent who have demonstrated their solidarity with the company, following the tragic March 10 plane crash.

  • South Sudan: Using the game of chess in building peace:

It is a typical weekend at the chess club, one of several in war-torn South Sudan, where a growing enthusiasm for the game saw the nation last year secure its first ever gold medal in an international competition since gaining independence in 2011.Angelo Legge, a civil engineer, also known as Angelo the Great was introduced to club chess during his civil engineering studies in Khartoum during the south’s war for independence from Sudan.

  • Celebrations Kenyan teacher wins world’s best title:

Students from a remote village in Kenya celebrate the victory of their mathematics and science teacher who won the $1 million World Teacher’s Award for the year 2019.Peter Tabichi, 36, teaches at Keriko Mixed Secondary School in Pwani village, in a remote part of Kenya’s Rift Valley, where drought and famine are common.

  • Crans Montana Forum focuses on Women’s leadership:

The 5th edition of the Crans Montana Forum has taken place in Dakhla. The forum focused on energy, security, the digital revolution, public health, and the promotion of youth entrepreneurship and women’s leadership. Watch the Crans Montana forum, this week, on Focus on Euro news and Africa news.

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Good News from Africa

  1. AFCON 2019:South Africa, Zimbabwe, DRC, Tanzania, & Benin quality as campaign wraps up:

South Africa became the 24th and last country to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after a 2-1 win over Libya in Sfax, Tunisia on Sunday. Along with Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Benin, the Bafana Bafana swept up the five remaining spots for the finals in Egypt on the last day of the qualifying campaign. Zimbabwe edged the Republic of Congo 2-0 in Harare to top Group G while DR Congo beat Liberia 1-0 in Kinshasa to secure second spot.

  • Climate Action: Lagos-based ‘We cyclers’ wins African Development Prize:

A Lagos-based waste management start-up, We cyclers, was on Wednesday March 20 awarded the King Baudouin Foundation African Development Prize for 2018/19.The announcement was made in the offices of the start-up on the occasion of the first day of the Silicon Lagoon Mission. The € 200,000 prize will assist the local start-up to further develop their business and increase their impact at national and global levels.

  • Rediscovering Sierra Leone with Vicki Remoe (Inspire Africa):

In its latest edition, ‘Inspire Africa’ displays a different side of Sierra Leone, though the lens of a TV show host who’s making waves in the West African country. This episode also puts the spotlight on some young Nigerians who are revamping the automobile industry and a new generation of filmmakers in Burkina Faso.

  • Gabon: Bongo returns home after rehabilitation in Morocco:

President Ali Bongo Ondimba flew home to Gabon Saturday after several months in Morocco recovering from illness. He flew back into Libreville on Saturday afternoon, accompanied by his wife Sylvia, to be welcomed by Prime Minister Julien Nkoghe Bekale and senior members of the government.

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    1. BE (Computer Science or equivalent) or MCA or BSc or MSc (Computer Science) from a reputed institution
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