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Yekatom and Ngaïssona case: Confirmation of charges hearing to open on 19 September 2019

On 19 September 2019 at 09:30 (The Hague local time), the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona will open before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua (Presiding Judge), Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala. The hearing is scheduled until 27 September 2019. The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is for the judges to determine whether there is sufficient…

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Basketball: We vowed not to miss the Olympics

Nigeria basketball star Al-Farouq Aminu has revealed that a pledge made in 2012 helped ignite D’Tigers to their third straight Olympics ticket. Extrasportsnigeria.com reports that Nigeria on Sunday recorded a decisive 86-73 victory over hosts China, which saw them finish the FIBA Basketball World Cup with a 3-2 record and seal direct entry into the Olympics as the best African team. Al-Farouq Aminu told FIBA.com: “It was a character builder for our team (beating China and picking a ticket)….

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The xenophobic attacks and South Africa -African relationship

It is not the first time many African migrants in South Africa faced the brute anger of their fellow South Africans, who have accused them of stealing their jobs. Anger alone would be a mere understatement. For sure, many a time, South Africans have audaciously committed a heinous crime against African migrants living in South Africa in the name of the xenophobic attack. Not just xenophobic attacks that come to mind. The monstrous brutish butchery of African foreigners in…

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Football: Somalia, Djibouti register landmark wins in decades

Somalia and Djibouti national soccer teams marked a big milestone in the world of football after registering first crucial wins in the first round of Africa’s World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers that took place on Thursday and Wednesday respectively. The first leg of the preliminary rounds involving 28-lowest ranked countries were played between 3rd and 5th with the second leg scheduled for next week. Lowly-ranked Somalia humiliated Zimbabwe 1-0 yesterday recording their first win in qualifiers after 35 years….

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Argentina beat Nigeria in China

D’Tigers lost their second match at the FIBA World Cup by 94-81 to Argentina on Monday. The South Americans relied on experience in the third quarter to overcome the Tigers and record their second victory in Group B in a game played at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Wuhan Sports Centre, China. According to a FIBA.com report, Argentina established a double-digit lead soon after the tip-off but the Nigerians turned up the heat in the second quarter to…

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Registered Vessels of Comoros, Greece and Cambodia: ICC Appeals Chamber rejects the Prosecutor’s appeal

On 2 September 2019, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa presiding, delivered its judgment and rejected the appeal of the Prosecutor against the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I on the “Application for Judicial Review by the Government of the Union of the Comoros”‘ of 15 November 2018. The Appeals Chamber’s judgment was taken by majority, with Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji and Judge Luz del Carmen Ibáñez Carranza issuing partly dissenting…

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The ugly face of tribalism in Africa

There is no other continent which is marred with inter and intra-rift like Africa. We pretend to love one another, but the truth is that in reality, we often hate one another to the inner core. We live a life of denial feigning we are a united continent, but most of the time, our actions speak louder than words. An outsider who happens to grace any Independence Day in any of the African countries may feel inspired by the…

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Registered Vessels of Comoros, Greece and Cambodia: ICC delivers its Judgment on Prosecutor’s appeal

On 2 September 2019 at 10:30 (The Hague local time), the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa presiding, will deliver its judgment on the appeal of the Prosecutor against the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I on the “Application for Judicial Review by the Government of the Union of the Comoros”’ of 15 November 2018. The judgement will be delivered by the Appeals Chamber in open court. Background: On 14 May…

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Proverb of the week: That which eats at you is within you

Proverb: That which eats at you is within you. Swahili: Kikulacho Ki Nguoni Mwako Meaning: Often, our actions are borne out of our mistakes and flaws in our characters. Therefore, we should not always point an accusing finger at others. We should take the blame for the results of the actions we have taken. Take a look at the mess Africa is in. Start with South Sudan. Go to the Central African Republic. Follow me to the Democratic Republic of…

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Cameroon Political Crisis: Ambazonia separatists jailed for life

A military court in Yaoundé, Cameroon has sentenced a leader of Cameroon’s separatist movement, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and nine other separatists to life imprisonment. Sisiku Ayuk Tabe is the leader of the so-called Governing Council of Ambazonia. The court convicted the accused, who had been arrested in Nigeria in January 2018 and deported back to Cameroon, of rebellion and other charges. The lawyers of the convicts had accused the military judge of bias and serious irregularities in the proceedings…

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Anna Talia Oze Graces WAY – Kata Kata Collaboration

One of Uganda’s most famous celebrities Nambooze Annet, alias Anna Talia Oze was one of the many dignities that graced the WAY (We Are Youth) campaign which took place in Masaka, Uganda last week. The aim of the project was to encourage students to recognise the importance of education as well as make them realise they could build a brighter future if they keep in school. To demonstrate its support for quality education for every child, Kata Kata country…

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FIFA bans Samson Siasia for life

FIFA has banned former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia for life. He has been found guilty of receiving bribes to fix matches, Extrasportsnigeria.com report. A FIFA statement released on August 16, 2019 also placed a fine on after he was found guilty in a case the investigation commenced since February. Siasia has coached the Super Eagles was in charge of the U23 Eagles to the Rio Olympics in 2016. The FIFA statement reads: “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics…

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