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  1. Uganda is safe for tourism, business- president:

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Monday his country is safe for tourism and business after police rescued a kidnapped U.S tourist and her local tour guide on Sunday. Addressing a news conference in Kampala, police spokesperson said the kidnappers absconded but operations will continue. Fred Enanga, Uganda police spokesperson said “there are many armed groups along that area, from the foregoing we have certain leads which could be indicating that there could be a network, even locally within Uganda, based on the information that we do have, that is a lead that has been following… that they could have been working with some elements.”

  • Ghanaian-American, Kofi Kingston, becomes World Wrestling Champ:

Kofi is the Akan name for a Ghanaian boy born on Friday. Kingston is the capital of Jamaica. A combination of the two names is the trade name for the current World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE, champion – Kofi Kingston. Kofi won the title after defeating the defending champion Daniel Bryan. Some reports suggested that by that feat, he became the first African to become a WWE champion, Yahoo Sports however says he is the second. The journey to the top has, however, not been easy for the Ghanaian-American sportsman who has been in the wrestling arena for over a decade – 11 years.

  • Algerians in Paris celebrate Bouteflika’s resignation:

Algerian protesters gathered in Paris on Sunday to celebrate the resignation of ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. They want reformed political structure in their home country.“ The day we heard that (former Algerian president Abdelaziz) Bouteflika had resigned, we spent a sleepless night in Algiers. It was euphoric. I can’t say anything more than that. It was euphoria “, said 59- year old Toufik. For 42-year old analyst in geopolitics, “ first of all, I feel security, stability and a lot of hope. Bouteflika’s resignation helped the Algerian people get back what they have the right to have, meaning the keys to their home “.

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  1. Kwibuka25’: Rwanda marks 25th anniversary of 1994 genocide:

Rwandans gathered on Sunday (April 7) to begin a solemn commemoration of the lives of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus murdered during the Rwandan genocide, a three-month-killing spree that began 25 years ago. The ceremony marks the beginning of a week of events to honor the dead. President Paul Kagame laid a wreath at Gisozi genocide memorial site, where over a quarter a million of people are buried. Kagame and his wife Jeanette were joined by the African Union Commission and European Commission heads, Moussa Faki Mahamat and Jean-Claude Junkers respectively.

  • Russia, Angola sign cooperation deals in Moscow:

The leaders of Russia, Angola agreed to deepen relations and coordinate efforts on international platforms. Vladimir Putin and Joao Lourenco signed six documents regarding the cooperation in diamond mining, gas and oil production, space and agriculture after a three-day visit by the Angolan president. Prior to the meeting, Lourenco said Angola is one of the principal buyers of Russian arms and his country wants to “not only buy but also produce them.”

  • UN appeals for extra $60 million to help Zimbabwe recover from cyclone disaster:

The United Nations asked donors on Friday for an extra $60 million to help Zimbabwe recover from a cyclone that tore through eastern regions last month. The storm flooded swathes of land, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis caused by an earlier drought. It killed at least 268 in the southern African country and hundreds more in neighboring Mozambique and Malawi. “The revised humanitarian flash appeal aims to respond to the rising humanitarian needs of people in Zimbabwe due to a dry spell, challenging economic situation and compounded by the recent Cyclone Idai disaster,” the U.N.’s resident coordinator in Harare, Bishow Parajuli, said.

  • Botswana’s ruling party picks president Masisi to contest October poll:

Botswana’s ruling party on Friday nominated President Mokgweetsi Masisi as its candidate for October’s general elections after his rival quit the race at the 11th hour. It was the first time in the history of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has ruled the country since independence more than half a century ago, that the presidential incumbent faced a challenger. But the former foreign minister, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, withdrew her candidature a few hours before a vote by party members, denouncing the process as a “sham”.

  • Macron appoints commissions to probe France’s role in the Rwandan genocide:

President Emmanuel Macron has appointed researchers to carry out a two-year investigation into the role of the French army in the Rwandan genocide that is still a source of tension between Paris and Kigali 25 years later. The nine-member commission will have access to presidential, diplomatic, military and intelligence archives, the French presidency said on Friday, after Macron met members of an association supporting survivors of the genocide. “The goal is to deliver a report which will be published in two years’ time … and will be accessible to all. It will scientifically evaluate, on the basis of archives, the role that France played in Rwanda from 1990 to 1994,” the presidency said.

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  1. Celebrating African First Ladies: Uganda’s Janet Museveni:

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.

  • Nigerian makes handicrafts from Hyacinth (Business Africa):

A Nigerian female entrepreneur has made clothing and other handicrafts from water hyacinth. Achenyo Idachaba tells our Eric Oteng that her products are eco-friendly and her initiative has begun to change mentalities of Lagos residents about the plant. Since 2011, her firm, Mitimeth has grown to employ more than 300 women who engage in weaving various products including blended cotton fabrics, open shoes, bags, and many other ornamental products.

  • FIFA Ranking Senegal tops Africa, Belgium bosses the world:

Senegal’s national team, the Teranga Lions, are Africa’s top team according to the latest ranking (March 2019) by football world governing body, FIFA. The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released on April 4 ranked Senegal 23rd sandwiched between Iran and the United States. The Lions grossed 1515 points and moved one spot from the last ranking. Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), completed the top five slots for Africa. Along with Ghana, they were the only Confederation of African Football, CAF, teams to make the top 50.

  • Hugh Masekela @80: Google celebrates African Jazz Legend:

Google’s doodle service on Thursday (April 4) posthumously celebrated legendary African musician and song writer, South Africa’s Hugh Masekela. The celebration is in respect of what would have been his 80th birthday. A photo of a brightly dressed Masekela blowing his trumpet appears on the doodle home page. Often tagged as the father of South African jazz, his exploits went beyond music into politics and activism. Some of his most popular tracks were employed during the apartheid struggle.

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  1. Ivanka Trump plans visits to Ivory Coast, Ethiopia to promote women’s campaign:

White House adviser and daughter of the United States president, Ivanka Trump will visit Ivory Coast and Ethiopia over a period of four days this month. Donald Trump’s daughter will be promoting the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (WGDP) that was launched in February. The White House said on Wednesday that Ivanka’s schedule includes a women’s economic empowerment summit in Ivory Coast as well as site visits and meetings with political leaders, executives and female entrepreneurs in both countries. Accompanying her will be Mark Green, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. She will also be joined David Bohigian, acting president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, as well as Kristalina Georgieva, interim president of the World Bank Group, which is hosting the summit.

  • Nigerian Airline orders 10 jets from Brazil’s Embraer:

Nigeria’s largest commercial airline has signed a $2.1 billion deal for the delivery of 10 jets from Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer.  “The order was announced today, during the Embraer’s Africa Airline Business Seminar, in Mauritius. With this order, Air Peace will become the first E-Jets E2 operator in Africa,” the company said in a statement sent to AFP. “The contract includes purchase rights for a further 20 E195-E2. With all purchase rights being exercised, the contract has a value of USD 2.12 billion, based on current list prices,” it said.

  • 20 Year rule ends in Algeria with Bouteflika’s resignation:

It is jubilation on the streets of Algeria and the celebration is over a major demand of a popular movement and protests which has now been achieved. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has resigned. His resignation comes in fact a little short of the expiration of his mandate which should normally have seen him leave on April 28.The 82-year-old leader announced his resignation on Tuesday night via a brief message from the presidency saying he had “notified the president of the constitutional council of his decision to end his mandate”. So, Algerians have something on their hands, the end of 20 year reign in power.

  • Nigerian Entrepreneur recycling paper waste:

We take you to meet with a self-taught Nigerian artist transforming paper waste into attractive eco-friendly items.

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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 (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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  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.


Good News From Africa

  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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