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Why the world’s youngest country is the most embarrassing state in Africa

South Sudan is the world’s youngest country since it gained its independence seven years ago from neighbouring Sudan on July 9, 2011, after a 2005 agreement to end the longest-running civil war that started since 1962. The independence of the black South Sudanese indigenes indeed ended the civil war with the Arab Sudanese overlords, but […]

Egypt’s population hits 96.3 million

Egypt’s population reached 96.3 million in early 2018, the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) said. The agency released a report on Wednesday, indicating that the North African country’s population had increased by 1.5 million since the last census was conducted in September 2017. The report – released on World Population Day – […]

Zimbabwe faces accusations of leaking voters’ personal data

A scandal over leaked data has hit Zimbabwe’s election after the ruling party sent personalized, unsolicited campaign messages to potential voters’ mobile phones. The opposition says thousands of supporters reported receiving the messages. “ZANU-PF has been caught with its hands in the cookie jar. There is no legal way for any political party to access […]

About 20 injured in Pretoria plane crash

A charter jet crashed in the South African capital, Pretoria, on Tuesday, leaving about 20 people injured, emergency medical sources said. The crash happened in Pretoria’s the ER24 emergency response provider said. “Initial reports show that approximately 20 people had sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical,” the company said in an online statement. ER24 […]

Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan appoints son-in-law as finance minister

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan ushered in the new, executive presidential system he had long campaigned for by putting his son-in-law in charge of the economy and promising greater overhaul of a country he has dominated for 15 years. Hours after he was sworn in with sweeping new powers at a ceremony in the capital of Ankara, […]

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he’ll resign if anybody can prove God exists

The Philippine president, who recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God exists. President Rodrigo Duterte, who has had a thorny relationship with the church, questioned anew in a speech late Friday, some of the […]

The Richest Nigerian before Alhaji Aliko Dangote was Chief Dr. Harry Akande

The Richest Nigerian before Alhaji Aliko Dangote was Chief Dr. Harry Akande (Construction). A list of looters and the richest Nigerians was released in 2001, and he was even richer than the looters. A 2001 The Punch front page report stated that he had a monthly income of $533m.

Nigerians celebrate first-ever local airline with an all-female crew

Photo: Air Peace/Twitter A Nigerian airline has for the first time launched an all-female crew flight for its local routes in the country. Air Peace commenced the all-female crew flights on the Lagos-Abuja, Abuja-Owerri, Owerri-Abuja and Abuja-Lagos routes with on Thursday, July 5 2018. The maiden flight took off from the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, […]

Kenya to use Google’s balloons for rural internet

Kenya will use Alphabet Inc’s system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access in hopes of connecting more of its rural population to the web, its ICTminister said. Known as Project Loon, the technology was developed by Alphabet’s X, the company’s innovation lab. It was used by U.S. telecom operators to provide connectivity to more […]

Swaziland or eSwatini? King Mswati’s new name is challenged in court

A human rights activist in Swaziland is challenging King Mswati III’s decision to change the tiny southern African nation’s name to the Kingdom of eSwatini. Africa’s last absolute monarch announced the new name in April at celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence from Britain. However, activist Thulani Maseko argued in a High […]