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Ugandan MPs earn higher salaries than those in EU states

Politicians live like kings among poverty-stricken constituents GODREY OLUKYA Ian Clarke wondered in one of his columns in a Ugandan newspaper how the country could afford to pay higher salaries to MPs than those in Ireland from where he hails. He said that apart from earning very high salaries, Uganda’s parliament is also unnecessarily big. […]

Michael Jackson memorabilia will pay for Covid shots in Equatorial Guinea

NIMI PRINCEWILL Nearly $27 million seized from the Vice President of Equatorial Guinea Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue will be spent on Covid-19 vaccines for the country, the US Department of Justice said in a statement Monday September 20, 2021. Assets confiscated include luxury vehicles and a pair of $275,000 jewel-encrusted gloves belonging to Michael Jackson. […]

UK travel curbs hurt vaccine drive: Africa CDC

* For most of the world, and all of Africa, Britain will not recognise locally-administered vaccines – even if the jabs came from Britain The African Union’s health watchdog on Thursday September 23 warned that Britain’s pandemic travel restrictions could make people across the continent more reluctant to get vaccinated. Under the restrictions, Britain only […]

Adorable viral video shows monkey trying to wear a face mask

A monkey has been filmed trying its best to comply with coronavirus safety protocols – by wearing a face mask BROOKE ROLFE Coronavirus safety protocols haven’t just become second nature to most people, they seem to be rubbing off on the local wildlife too. It was a classic case of “monkey see, monkey do” in […]

Sahel jihadists: West Africa faces up to policing its terror triangle

PAUL MELLY With Chad’s withdrawal of troops and the imminent reduction in French troop strength from the vast Sahel region of West Africa – where jihadist groups continue to stage attack after attack, targeting civilians and soldiers without discrimination – new anti-terror tactics are afoot. Defense ministers from the G5 Sahel countries – Burkina Faso, […]

Ranking the Top 10 best African countries to do business in 2021

VICTOR OLUWOLE Africa has the reputation of a continent with fertile soils and vast natural resources. Beyond rich resources, Africa is also home to some of the top-ranked countries according to the World Bank’s ease of doing business index. Mauritius, for example, has a rating of 81.5 and is ranked 13 on the global rankings. […]

‘High On the Hog’ Chefs Bring Bold New Flavors to Benin’s Cuisine

TIFFANY ONYEJIAKA, MALAKA GHARIB When Sedjro Ahouansou was a kid growing up in the West African country of Benin, he loved eating a traditional dish called piron, a starchy accompaniment made of cassava flour that’s served with meat and savory foods. Now a chef, Ahouansou serves the dish at his restaurant Chill N Grill in […]

Nigeria’s Kano state moves to ban mannequin heads on Islamic grounds

NDUKA ORJINMO The Islamic police force in Kano, a Muslim-majority state in Nigeria, has raised eyebrows after it ordered shops to only use headless mannequins to advertise clothing. “Islam frowns on idolatry,” Haruna Ibn-Sina, the commander of the Sharia police known as the hisbah, told the BBC. “With the head on it looks like a […]

African languages to get more bespoke scientific terms

Many words common to science have never been written in African languages. Now, researchers from across Africa are changing that. SARAH WILD There’s no original isiZulu word for dinosaur. Germs are called amagciwane, but there are no separate words for viruses or bacteria. A quark is ikhwakhi (pronounced kwa-ki); there is no term for red […]

Why it’s not nearly enough that Germany is returning Nigeria’s looted Benin bronzes

Jürgen Zimmerer After years of pressure, Germany recently announced that an agreement had been reached to return hundreds of priceless artefacts and artworks that had been looted from Nigeria in colonial times and were on display in German museums. Commonly called the Benin Bronzes, these beautiful and technically remarkable artworks have come to symbolize the […]