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Coronavirus: African Union member states report COVID-19 cases as of March 20, 2021, 9 a.m. ET

Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (March 19, 2021)African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (4,158,923), deaths (109,444) and recoveries (3,667,946) by region: Central (114,426 cases; 1,911 deaths; 100,654 recoveries): Burundi (2563; 3; 1.155), Cameroon (38.988; 588; 34.887), RCA (5.075; 64; 4.938), Chad (4.380; 157; 3.864), Congo (9.564; 134; 7.898), DRC (27.356 ; 726; 24,361), Equatorial Guinea (6,666; 100; 6,121), Gabon (17,711; 106; 15,495), Sao Tome and Principe (2,123; 33; 1,935) Is (455,106; 8,275; 342,619): Comoros (3,665; 146; 3,471), Djibouti (6,501; 63; 6,040), Eritrea (3,118; 7; 2,865), Ethiopia (183,863; 2,618; 145,687), Kenya (118,889; 1954; 89,388), Madagascar (22,113; 340); 20,851), Mauritius (803; 10; 590), Rwanda (20,681; 287; 19,143), Seychelles (3,616; 16; 3,055), Somalia (9,925; 414; 4,420), South Sudan ( 9,809; 106; 8,215), Sudan (30,989; 1,959; 23,583), Tanzania ** (509; 21; 178), Uganda (40,625; 334; 15,133) North (1,222,852; 34,766; 1,073,689): Algeria (124,970; 3,053; 80,515), Egypt (194,127; 11,512; 149,256), Libya (150,341; 2,487; 137,073), Mauritania (17,570; 446; 16,863), Morocco (491 019; […]

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Senegalese FA protests French travel ban for players

Senegal’s football federation has called on its French-based players to be released for upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, calling the league’s ban on internationals travelling outside the European Union “discriminatory”. The French football league (LFP) announced this week that its clubs will bar non-European players for playing for their country later this month to...

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ZLECAf: 11 countries validate their agreement

ZLECAf: 11 countries validate their agreementBy Temitope Ponle Eleven African countries have validated the strategies for implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Ms. Vera Songwe, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ECA, said this in her opening statement at the 39th session of the Committee of Experts on Wednesday. The expert meeting was also on the sidelines of the 53rd session of the committee. Songwe listed countries like Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Niger, Cameroon, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The executive secretary further said that the countries which were in the drafting phase of the agreement were Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo, Kenya, Namibia and Malawi. She added that the early stage countries were Nigeria, Tunisia, Guinea-Bissau, Benin, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Tanzania, Botswana, Mozambique and Eswatini. She said data was not available for other countries. […]

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Universal Music Group and Africa’s Leading Boomplay Streaming Service Extend License to 47 Countries Across the Continent

Universal Music Group and Africa’s Leading Boomplay Streaming Service Extend License to 47 Countries Across the ContinentA new license agreement will significantly increase the availability of UMG’s African and international repertoire to music lovers across Africa; New markets include South Africa, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Senegal; with the UMG catalog now widely available in French-speaking territories for the first time. Boomplay (www.Boomplay.com), Africa’s premier music streaming and download service and Universal Music Group (UMG), the global leader in music entertainment, today announced a historic new license agreement that will extend the license of the global UMG group. catalog of music from 7 to 47 countries across the African continent, as part of an extended relationship that will benefit African musicians and talent and expand the listening experience of Boomplay users across Africa. In 2018, UMG became the first major global music company to license the service, which has continued to increase its reach and influence across Africa in recent years. Boomplay’s catalog currently has over […]

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Announcement of the winners of the 8th edition of the Sankalp Africa Summit Awards

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (March 15, 2021)Sankalp Forum (www.SankalpForum.com), an initiative of Intellecap hosted its 8e Sankalp Africa Summit Edition, in a virtual format, from the 2nd to 4e March 2021, one of Africa’s largest inclusive networking platforms, focused on entrepreneurship and impact investing ecosystem Highlights of the summit included the award of the top three most innovative young entrepreneurs in Africa and the sharing of industry knowledge on rebuilding a resilient and universally accessible health system capable of detecting, evaluating and to report quickly; rebuild robust local institutions in Africa to achieve levels of global competitiveness after Covid-19, and eliminate social and economic injustices to improve fairness among humans. Each year, the Summit recognizes and rewards high impact companies in the Africa region that are eager to address key development challenges. The finalists have the opportunity to present their companies to a jury made up of eminent business leaders and investors. This year’s finalists were […]

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The energy industry will be the cornerstone of the road to recovery in Africa (by NJ Ayuk)

Coronavirus – Somalia: Historic moment for Somalia with the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX centerBy NJ Ayuk African energy producers and governments are facing an unprecedented economic crisis due to the coronavirus, unemployment, recession, energy poverty and energy transition issues. The African Energy Chamber’s Road to Recovery: How the African Energy Industry Can Reshape itself for a Post-COVID Comeback offers a common sense strategy for the public and private sector by leading industry experts. He calls on all of us to take bold action in creating jobs and opportunities that put people back to work, build infrastructure, capitalize on AFCTA and diversify our economies. We understand that we have an obligation, as an energy sector, to build and support African economies that attract investment and position our continent, its people and its investors for prosperity. It is a plan for today that gives hope for the future. Sign up for the virtual book launch here: https://bit.ly/38FfWlo After spending a week in Mozambique, I came […]

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Pulse to expand into Uganda and Ivory Coast

UNSMIL Statement on House of Representatives Approval of New Unified Interim GovernmentPulse (www.Pulse.africa), leader in innovative media in Africa, is poised to reach more markets with its mission to inform and engage young audiences – and to provide marketing and production services media with its young innovative team. The company is now recruiting general managers to Uganda and Ivory Coast open dedicated offices in Kampala and Abidjan to start market operations later in the year. Pulse has established a strong footprint in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal, creating the largest combined digital media audience on the continent, with a cumulative audience of over 100 million monthly users. Pulse aims to expand its widely followed information platforms and social channels with local versions in Uganda and Ivory Coast to resonate with the young, digital-savvy population. As a provider of digital marketing and video production, Pulse will also support its international partners and local businesses in implementing innovative media and marketing campaigns in […]

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NBA and Basketball Africa League launch initiatives for gender equality in Africa

NBA and Basketball Africa League launch initiatives for gender equality in AfricaIn commemoration of International Women’s Day, the National Basketball Association (NBA) (NBA.com) and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) (TheBAL.com) today announced the launch of several initiatives to promote the gender equality and economic inclusion in Africa. The initiatives build on the collective efforts of the NBA family to advance equality and social justice in the United States, including the establishment of the NBA Foundation (http://on.nba.com/2PBgNgg) and from the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition (http: //on.nba.com/3boPEFW) last year. In Africa, NBA and BAL efforts will focus on raising awareness of gender-based violence, supporting girls’ education and increasing women’s participation in basketball at all levels. The leagues will each use their individual platforms and resources to promote gender equality among fans and key stakeholders, and will collaborate with corporate and community partners on new capacity building programs and initiatives that help minimize the gender gap in the operations of the two leagues. […]

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Senegal Opposition Group Calls Fresh Protest For Saturday

  A Senegalese opposition group called for a peaceful protest in the capital Dakar on Saturday to push for the release of what it termed as political prisoners in the West African state. The Movement for Defence of Democracy, the opposition group, also called for a day of national mourning on Friday to honour protesters … Continue reading Senegal Opposition Group Calls Fresh Protest For Saturday Read Full Story

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Canada World Youth and Africa Skills Hub partner to launch Women’s Entrepreneurship and Livelihoods Initiative (WELI)

Canada World Youth and Africa Skills Hub partner to launch Women’s Entrepreneurship and Livelihoods Initiative (WELI)The Africa Skills Hub (www.AfricaSkillsHub.com), a youth employment organization and business incubator in Ghana, will partner with Canada World Youth – Canada World Youth (JCM-JCM) with the support of ‘Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to implement Women’s Entrepreneurship and Livelihoods Initiative (WELI) (www.AfricaSkillsHub.com/weli). The project addresses the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic through an innovative, youth-centered and gender-sensitive economic empowerment approach. “COVID 19 has threatened the survival of many women’s businesses, there is still a lot of hope to build back better. There is a recovery ahead, and while Covid may have disrupted so much, it has also provided huge alternative opportunities to branch out and do gender responsive programming in a new way ” said Daniel Antwi, executive director of Africa Skills Hub. Africa Skills Hub officially launched various activities in Ghana and Senegal. In Ghana, the project is taking place in two (2) peri-urban councils in the district […]

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Brazil Supreme Court Judge Overturns Ex-Leader Lula’s Convictions

A Brazilian Supreme Court judge on Monday overturned the graft convictions against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, clearing the way for the left-wing leader to run in the 2022 presidential election.   Justice Edson Fachin overturned all four convictions against the still-popular ex-president (2003-2010) stemming from a probe into a massive corruption scheme … Continue reading Brazil Supreme Court Judge Overturns Ex-Leader Lula’s Convictions Read Full Story

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Senegal Opposition Leader Charged With Rape, Freed From Detention

  A Senegalese judge charged opposition leader Ousmane Sonko with rape and freed him from detention pending an investigation on Monday, after his arrest last week sparked the West African state’s worst unrest in years.  Five people including a schoolboy were killed in nationwide clashes that followed the arrest of Sonko, a government critic who … Continue reading Senegal Opposition Leader Charged With Rape, Freed From Detention Read Full Story

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Senegalese Opposition Leader Ousmane Sonko In Court As Protests Continue

  Detained Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko will appear in court Monday, with his supporters urged to “massively descend onto the streets” for a new round of protests against his arrest. Five people, including a schoolboy, have been killed in days of clashes sparked by the arrest, the worst violence in years in a country … Continue reading Senegalese Opposition Leader Ousmane Sonko In Court As Protests Continue Read Full Story

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Pressure mounts on Senegal’s president after deadly protests

Senegalese President, Macky Sall, faced mounting pressure on Sunday to speak out after a wave of deadly violence rocked the country. Five people including a schoolboy have been killed in days of clashes that erupted after the arrest of an opposition leader, the worst violence in years in a country usually seen as a beacon
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Coronavirus: African Union member states report COVID-19 cases as of March 7, 2021, 9 a.m.ET

African Union Member States reporting Ebola virus disease update (March 6, 2021)African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (3,955,148), deaths (105,490) and recoveries (3,533,574) by region: Central (106,319 cases; 1,815 deaths; 93,354 cures): Burundi (2,299; 3; 1,155), Cameroon (35,714; 551; 32,594), CAR (5,021; 63; 4,920), Chad (4,111; 140; 3,579), Congo (9,179; 131 ; 7,898), DRC (26,468; 712; 22,432), Equatorial Guinea (6,329; 96; 5,737), Gabon (15,254; 88; 13,495), Sao Tome and Principe (1,944; 31; 1,544) East (417,462; 7,748; 323,952): Comoros (3,596; 146; 3,410), Djibouti (6,134; 63; 5,931), Eritrea (2,944; 7; 2,436), Ethiopia (165,029; 2,420; 137,785), Kenya (108,362; 1,874; 87,550), Madagascar (20,155; 300); 19,543), Mauritius (625; 10; 588), Rwanda (19,509; 267; 17,810), Seychelles (2,950; 15; 2,610), Somalia (8,041; 294; 3,932), South Sudan ( 8,677; 102; 4,317), Sudan (30,479; 1,895; 22,797), Tanzania ** (509; 21; 178), Uganda (40,452; 334; 15065) North (1,177,769; 33,494; 1,037,905): Algeria (114,012; 3,012; 78,886), Egypt (185,922; 10,954; 143,575), Libya (137,482; 2,236; 124,712), Mauritania (17,309; 442; 16,656), Morocco (485,974; 8,676; […]

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Coronavirus: African Union member states report COVID-19 cases as of March 7, 2021, 9 a.m.ET

African Union Member States reporting Ebola virus disease update (March 6, 2021)African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (3,955,148), deaths (105,490) and recoveries (3,533,574) by region: Central (106,319 cases; 1,815 deaths; 93,354 cures): Burundi (2,299; 3; 1,155), Cameroon (35,714; 551; 32,594), CAR (5,021; 63; 4,920), Chad (4,111; 140; 3,579), Congo (9,179; 131 ; 7,898), DRC (26,468; 712; 22,432), Equatorial Guinea (6,329; 96; 5,737), Gabon (15,254; 88; 13,495), Sao Tome and Principe (1,944; 31; 1,544) East (417,462; 7,748; 323,952): Comoros (3,596; 146; 3,410), Djibouti (6,134; 63; 5,931), Eritrea (2,944; 7; 2,436), Ethiopia (165,029; 2,420; 137,785), Kenya (108,362; 1,874; 87,550), Madagascar (20,155; 300); 19,543), Mauritius (625; 10; 588), Rwanda (19,509; 267; 17,810), Seychelles (2,950; 15; 2,610), Somalia (8,041; 294; 3,932), South Sudan ( 8,677; 102; 4,317), Sudan (30,479; 1,895; 22,797), Tanzania ** (509; 21; 178), Uganda (40,452; 334; 15065) North (1,177,769; 33,494; 1,037,905): Algeria (114,012; 3,012; 78,886), Egypt (185,922; 10,954; 143,575), Libya (137,482; 2,236; 124,712), Mauritania (17,309; 442; 16,656), Morocco (485,974; 8,676; […]

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Schoolboy among five dead in Senegal unrest

A schoolboy was killed during violent protests in Senegal at the weekend, officials said, bringing the death toll from days of violence in the country to five. Clashes first erupted between opposition supporters and security forces on Wednesday after the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, and escalated into the worst unrest seen in Senegal
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Five Killed Following Boy’s Death In Senegal

  A schoolboy was killed during a protest in southern Senegal at the weekend, officials said as several days of unrest in the West African state take the toll to five dead. A security official told AFP people were demonstrating Saturday in the southern town of Diaobe against Wednesday’s arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, … Continue reading Five Killed Following Boy’s Death In Senegal Read Full Story

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‘We Are Not Looters’: Senegalese Protesters Target French Retailer

    Looters hit a French retailer in Senegal’s capital Dakar Saturday, after days of clashes between opposition supporters and the police, underscoring frustrations over foreign economic influence in the poor country. The clashes broke out on Wednesday after police arrested opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, a fierce critic of governing elites and of perceived foreign … Continue reading ‘We Are Not Looters’: Senegalese Protesters Target French Retailer Read Full Story

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#FreeSenegal: What is Happening in Senegal?

Senegalese staged a widespread demonstration against Macky Sall‘s administration, which kidnapped opposition leader Ousman Sonko on his way to a court hearing two days ago. Sonko, a 46-year-old leader of the opposition Pastef party and a former presidential nominee who finished third in the 2019 elections, is a former presidential candidate. However, his political career […]

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