Author: Nemiah Morton

“A concrete kennel, measuring 2.5m x 3m. Most often, it is unbearable due to the cold and dampness. Water collects on the floor, and the window is tiny. The walls are thick, stifling any airflow, and not even the cobwebs stir. There is no ventilation, leaving one feeling suffocated at night, akin to a fish out of water. An iron bunk, reminiscent of those found on sleeper trains, is bolted to the wall.” This is how Alexei Navalny described the cell in which he spent 308 out of 1125 days in solitary confinement. His imprisonment amounted to both physical and…

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Abidjan, Cairo, London (10/1 – 14) Mohamed Salah should be Egypt’s main weapon in The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) but the fact remains that he seems cursed in this tournament. Egypt will compete in the 34th edition of the biennial African association football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The 2023 AFCON will be held in Ivory Coast from 13 January to 11 February 2024. Twenty-four teams will compete in 6 cities and 6 groups. Based on the rankings and form, some of the teams can be considered the favorites for winning the tournament. Senegal…

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Ahead of the commemoration of the universal health coverage day, coordinating minister of health and social welfare alongside other health agencies are set to unveil the Nigeria health sector renewal investment initiative to push the commitment of the government on achieving basic healthcare for vulnerable populations. This message formed the crux of a policy dialogue with civil society, development partners and health experts on getting to the goal of universal health coverage. Nigeria’s budget for the health sector still remains low causing a strain on the existing infrastructure and leaving the health sector in dire need of improvement The health…

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Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a meeting to review some proposals that would contribute to increasing trade exchange with African countries. At the beginning of the meeting, the Prime Minister referred to the ongoing directives of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to the government, emphasizing the importance of working to strengthen the Egyptian presence in Africa and supporting various cooperation frameworks in the continent in different fields, in a way that contributes to achieving common interests and strengthening relations. During the meeting, Minister of Trade and Industry Ahmed Samir reviewed several indicators of the current Egyptian presence in the African…

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Atlanta (18/12 – 12) The Rabbit is about to be devoured by a snorting, writhing, fire-breathing Dragon, come 10 February 2024 (Lunar Calendar, for lunatics). While the dreadful 2023, known by the philosophical Chinese as the “Year of the Rabbit”, is characterized as “thoughtful, tender, considerate, kind-hearted, and talented in language” for folks born in 1939 / 1951 / 1963 / 1975, Dragons born in 1940 / 1952 / 1964 / 1976 are reputedly “…confident, intelligent and enthusiastic – not afraid of challenges, willing to take risks”. That sounds more like this year of living dangerously, don’t you think? “…aggressive,…

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Morocco has received a $300 million investment from the World Bank (WB) to boost Higher Education and Scientific Research. According to a statement from the World Bank, the bank’s board of directors approved a $300 million “Program-for-Results loan to support the Government of Morocco in implementing its ambitious National Plan to Accelerate the Transformation of the Higher Education, Ecosystem Scientific Research, and Innovation.” The program is set to propel the implementation of a range of innovative and transformative approaches to increase the impact of higher education and scientific research in Morocco, the statement explained. Commenting on approving the investment, Jesko…

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Telkom has introduced a fleet of six electric vehicles (EVs), known as Telkom T-Connect vans, with the aim of enhancing customer service across South Africa. These vehicles are currently in the proof-of-concept phase, but it is expected that more will be rolled out in the future. According to Telkom, these vans will deliver digital services to locations such as events, beachfronts, office parks, and gated communities in Gauteng, Western Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal. MellowVans, a South African company, is responsible for the local manufacturing of the EVs. As per Telkom, the vehicles are operated by individuals who were previously unemployed and…

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Brussels (4/11 – 25) It’s an old story, a broken record: war crimes in the Middle East, encouraged and stoked by outsiders with their own agenda. Israel, offended and humiliated by the 7 October attacks for which they had repeatedly been warned by Egypt. Hamas, encouraged and bankrolled by Israel initially, in its effort to undercut the appeal of Al-Fatah, has turned into Frankenstein’s Monster, breaching a border that was trumpeted as the most invincible in the world, with 24/7 surveillance, sensors to detect tunnels, full camera coverage and on and on – yet several thousand Hamas warriors parachuted in…

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Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, will commission the tallest Christmas tree in Africa on Monday, December in Asaba. The tree stands 123 feet tall. The commissioning is one of the events put together by the organisers of Christmas In Delta, a 45-day Christmas extravaganza that kicked off on Friday, December 1. In a statement released to LEADERSHIP, the yuletide fiesta is aimed at giving Deltans and visitors alike a Christmas like no other. The Executive Assistant (EA) to the Governor on Culture and Tourism, Dr (Mrs.) Josephine Odunze who embarked on an inspection tour of projects, noted that…

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Frankfurt (18/12 – 14) That there are remarkable advantages in being ignored is not generally recognized. Central Asian countries, historically under the thumb of Moscow, all through the 70+ years of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, were more or less cut off from the outside world. There was little trade or other exchange. The USSR was in fact a grab-bag of ethnicities, religions and languages, controlled with an iron fist by Stalin and afterwards with unbroken dominance through subsequent regimes. Under Soviet management, Central Asia had stayed poor and ignored; it had not developed any hydrocarbon resources to lure…

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