Nigeria’s Population Now a Whopping 201 Million!

Nigeria’s Population Now a Whopping 201 Million!

By Solomon Fowowe The United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) said in its 2019 State of the World Population report that Nigeria has a population of 201 million. Nigeria has had an average population growth of 2.6% between 2010 and 2019. Africa’s most populous country grew by about 5 million people from 2018 when UNFPA gave […]

World Bank Holds First Regional Summit for the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative

World Bank Holds First Regional Summit for the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative

April 17, 2019 Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire Readout of World Bank’s First Regional Summit for the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump provides keynote remarks during the first ever West Africa Regional Summit of the World Bank Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), meeting with and hearing from local government officials, business leaders, and […]

Can President Weah Succeed in Liberia

Can President Weah Succeed in Liberia

By Wilmot Nah Adekoya Ph.D. We must start from the simple premise that the future of Africa is up to Africans a statement well-articulated by President Obama during his historic visit to Africa in Ghana. While this statement resonates with most Africans around the world, it should set precedent to move the new breed of […]

‘Abacha loot’: Switzerland to return $320m to Nigeria

‘Abacha loot’: Switzerland to return $320m to Nigeria

The Swiss government has announced that it will return $320m (£240m) of the money allegedly stolen by Nigeria’s late military ruler Sani Abacha. The money was frozen in 2014 by a Swiss court after a legal procedure against his son, Abba Abacha. Originally deposited in Luxembourg, it is a fraction of the billions of dollars […]

The Gambia ‘missing millions’ after Jammeh flies into exile

The Gambia ‘missing millions’ after Jammeh flies into exile

More than $11m (£8.8m) is missing from The Gambia’s state coffers following the departure of long-time leader Yahya Jammeh, an adviser to President Adama Barrow has alleged. Mai Ahmad Fatty said financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss. Luxury cars and other items were reportedly loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane as […]

Babies used in suicide bombings, officials warn

Babies used in suicide bombings, officials warn

Female suicide bombers in Nigeria are now carrying babies to avoid detection in their attacks, authorities warn. An attack in the town of Madagali on 13 January saw two women detonate their devices, killing themselves, two babies, and four others. They had passed a vigilante checkpoint, mistaken for civilians because they were carrying infants. Female […]

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara names ex-PM as Vice-President

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara names ex-PM as Vice-President

Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara named former prime minister Daniel Kablan Duncan as vice-president, a new post created under a constitution approved by referendum late last year. Duncan, 73, an economist, has served in posts at the West African central bank and as finance minister and is among Ouattara’s closest long-time collaborators. He resigned as […]

Senegal frees men convicted of corruption

Senegal frees men convicted of corruption

Three men jailed for corruption with the flamoboyant son of Senegal’s former President Abdoulaye Wade have been released, reports BBC Afrique. Last year, a court sentenced them to five years in prison for being complicit in Karim Wade’s illicit enrichment. Bibo Bourgi and Alioune Samba Diasse were freed on humanitarian grounds while Papa Mamadou Pouye was given a conditional release, Justice minister Sidiki Kaba said.   Their release has fuelled speculation in […]

President Obama Taps Treasury Adviser Adewale Adeyemo for International Economics Post

President Obama Taps Treasury Adviser Adewale Adeyemo for International Economics Post

Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, 34, joined the White House’s National Economic Council as deputy director this fall from the Treasury, where he served most recently as the deputy chief of staff to Secretary Jacob Lew.    TREASURY DEPARTMENT President Barack Obama has tapped Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, who served in top roles at the Treasury Department, to succeed Caroline Atkinson as his deputy national security adviser for […]

Guinean ex-leader Konate smuggled $64,000 into the US

Guinean ex-leader Konate smuggled $64,000 into the US

Sekouba Konate, a former Guinean president and serving African Union general, has pleaded guilty to smuggling money into the US. The 51-year-old tried to sneak in more than $64,000 (£42,600) after arriving on a flight from Ethiopia in 2013. He faces up to five years in jail when he is sentenced next February, said the […]

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