Category archives for: African News

Nigerian Philanthropist Tony Elumelu Donates $500,000 To Sierra Leone

by Mfonobong Nsehe Nigerian banker and philan- thropist Tony Elumelu has donated $500,000 to Sierra Leone to help alleviate the suffering of people affected by flood and mudslide in the country. Elumelu made the donation to Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday during a visit to the West African country. Along with former […]

Road to Europe gets harder for Europe-bound migrants

by Giovanni Grezzi From the increasingly fraught trek through the Sahara to violence in Libya, asylum seekers rescued this week in the Mediterranean say the obstacles to reaching Europe are getting bigger. Jouma and Abdulhameed told AFP how they fled civil war and a humanitarian crisis that has ravaged South Sudan. Their fellow boat companions […]

$750 Million in Mining Revenues Fails to Reach Treasury in DRC

A toxic combination of corruption and mismanagement in Democratic Republic of Congo’s revenues agencies and state mining companies is leaching a fifth of all mining revenues away from the state budget, Global Witness reveals today. Its report ‘Regime Cash Machine’ shows that at least $750 million went missing over three years – money that should […]

Deepening food crisis pushes Nigeria’s northeast closer to famine: aid agency

Famine could soon strike tens of thousands of people in northeast Nigeria as food stocks run low, prices soar and aid supplies dwindle due to the Boko Haram insurgency, a leading humanitarian agency said on Monday. The hunger crisis is set to worsen by late August as the lean season before harvest takes its toll, […]

Development of African Railroads Is for Enhancement of Pan-African Trade, Writes China’s

China’s investments in the African railroads are designed to enhance the weak pan-African trade, says Global Times. “According to the African Export Import Bank, intra-African trade was only about 19% of the continent’s $930 billion traded last year. The rest was shipped out of the continent despite availability of mar- kets across Africa. This is […]

Chagos legal status sent to international court by UN

A dispute between the UK and Mauritius over disputed island territory in the Indian Ocean is to be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The UN General Assembly voted by 94 countries to 15 that The Hague should examine the legal status of the Chagos Islands. The former British colony used to be […]

Ghana risks MCC funds over human trafficking – US

By: Delali Adogla-Bessa The United States of America has again highlighted Ghana’s failings in the fight against human trafficking, and the potential effect on aid received from the country as part of the Millennium Chal- lenge Compact (MCC). Speaking at a two-day workshop on trafficking, the US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, revealed that Ghana […]

Kenya Inaugurates Flagship Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway

Reporting on the inauguration of the 472.3-km Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), {International Railway Journal} said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta had flagged off the first freight and passenger train on May 31. Kenya’s SGR is one of the flagship projects of the national development blueprint known as Vision 2030. The longterm development policy aims to […]

UN urges Libyan government to shut ‘inhumane’ refugee centres

by  Patrick Wintour, Diplomatic editor The UN refugee agency has called on the Libyan government in Tripoli to close its refugee detention centres, describing conditions as inhumane and shocking.The call comes as the Libya Quartet meets in Brussels on Tuesday May 23 to discuss how to slow the flow of refugees across the Mediterranean from […]

Ethiopia’s Tedros wins WHO race, first African to get top job

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus won the race to be the next head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, becoming the first African to lead the Geneva-based United Nations agency. The former health minister and foreign minister, who vowed to make universal health care his priority, won over […]