Author: Editorial Staff

AFRICA must produce more food instead of relying on imports and aid, Senegalese President Macky Sall told leaders gathered in the West African nation’s capital for a summit on Wednesday. The continent is facing its worst food crisis ever, with more than one in five Africans – a record 278 million people – facing hunger, according to United Nations estimates. Heavy debt burdens following the Covid-19 pandemic, rising prices and the war in Ukraine have added to long-term causes of food insecurity such as climate change and conflict, experts say. ‘Africa needs to learn to feed itself and contribute to…

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CAIRO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spending the winter season in a warm place has always been popular, whether you’re a digital nomad or a pensioner. But, the rising cost of living over the past year could cause many to reconsider whether, or how, they travel. While Egypt has long been on travelers’ radar, thanks to its low-cost of living, it has now become a popular long-stay winter destination. In fact, a one month stay in a luxurious three or four-star-hotel can cost less than living in the Western European countries for the same amount of time. Research collated by the Egyptian Government from a…

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AFTER US Treasury Secretary (finance minister) Janet Yellen called China a ‘barrier’ to debt reform in Africa this week, Chinese officials in Zambia had a pointed response – get your own house in order. The Chinese Embassy in Zambia said on its website Tuesday ‘the biggest contribution that the US can make to the debt issues outside the country is to act on responsible monetary policies, cope with its own debt problem, and stop sabotaging other sovereign countries’ active efforts to solve their debt issues.’ Republicans in the House of Representatives are using a risky, unusual threat to refuse to…

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NIGER’S northern town of Arlit has been left wallowing in 20 million tonnes of radioactive waste after a uranium mine run by French company Orano (formerly Areva) closed down. People living in the area are exposed to levels of radiation above the limits recommended by health experts. Niger is the world’s fifth-largest uranium producer. In 2021, it provided the European Union with nearly 25 percent of its uranium supplies, which helped produce electricity for millions of households. The French nuclear company – formerly, Areva and now Orano –  started mining the country’s uranium reserves in the 1970s. Forty-seven years later, in March 2021, the Cominak mines…

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TEMS has become the first Nigerian musician to be nominated for an Oscar award, for her role in creating Rihanna’s song Lift Me Up from the Wakanda Forever soundtrack. It’s the latest accolade for the singer-songwriter – who has been shortlisted for a Golden Globe and Grammy in recent months. This time around it’s her writing that’s up for an award – along with Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson and Rihanna. Lift Me Up, which was recorded in five countries, served as the lead single for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack and was a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who played…

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HUNDREDS of people attended a memorial service in Lusaka on Tuesday for a Zambian student who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine as Tanzania confirmed the death of another student who was also recruited in a Russian jail. Family members broke down as they filed past the coffin of Lemekani Nyirenda at Lusaka Baptist Church, where the 23-year-old was a regular worshipper before moving to Russia to study nuclear engineering. Nyirenda was recruited by Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group last year while serving a nine-and-a-half year jail term for a drug offense and sent to fight in Ukraine. His death in…

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UGANDA has commissioned the first of its four planned oil drilling rigs and starts drilling the first production well this Tuesday – a key milestone for the country, as Kampala races to meet its target of first crude oil output in 2025. The discovery of commercial reserves of petroleum under Uganda’s Lake Albert was confirmed nearly two decades ago, but production has been repeatedly delayed due to lack of infrastructure. Taking to the Twitter on Tuesday, the government-run Petroleum Authority of Uganda said: ‘Today we mark another milestone and move a step closer to first oil with the launch of the  drilling of development and production wells for the Kingfisher…

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THE judiciary in Malawi has launched an investigation after a magistrate in the town of Balaka allegedly ordered a man accused of rape to have his penis fondled in court to find out if he could get an erection. It is alleged the accused claimed he had erectile dysfunction as a defence. According to court papers, the accused, Yusuf Willy, 22, from Kalimba village was arrested and charged with raping a 17-year-old girl on June 9, 2021, South African news portal IOL reported. In his defence, Willy said he was unable to have an erection and magistrate Philip Chibwana indicated…

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THE Bank of Ghana, wrestling with runaway inflation, is expected to deliver another hefty interest rate hike at its meeting later this month, with the country’s currency and public finances still under pressure, a Reuters poll of economists showed. The median forecast from a survey of eight analysts taken January 18-23 points to the Bank of Ghana raising rates 175 basis points to 28.75 percent, with only two expecting the bank to hold at 27.00 percent and the rest opting for a hike in a 100-400 basis point range. ‘In Ghana, despite the central bank delivering 1,350 basis points of…

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NIGERIA opened a billion-dollar Chinese-built deep seaport in Lagos on Monday, which is expected to ease congestion at the country’s ports and help it become an African hub for transshipment, handling cargoes in transit for other destinations. President Muhammadu Buhari has made building infrastructure a key pillar of his government’s economic policy, and hopes that this will help his ruling party win votes during next month’s presidential election. The new Lekki Deep Sea Port is 75 percent owned by the China Harbour Engineering Company and Tolaram group, with the balance shared between the Lagos state government and the Nigerian Ports…

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