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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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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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Nigeria’s coach Rohr calls up Iheanacho, Ebuehi, goalkeeper Okoye for Ukraine

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has called up 23 players for the Super Eagles’ international friendly with Ukraine scheduled for Dnipro Arena on Tuesday, 10th September with Tyronne Ebuehi, who missed the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals where Nigeria won bronze due to injury, recalled.  Oluwasemilogo Ajayi and Kelechi Iheanacho, cut from the roster just before the AFCON, have been told to fly to Ukraine. England-based duo Alex Iwobi and Iheanacho have been listed in midfield roles. Germany-based goalkeeper…

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Africa: When a dog is about to die, it no longer perceives the smell of poop.

There is an adage amongst the Igbo ethnic group of the South East of Nigeria, which says:  Onwu na egbu nwa nkita anaghi ekwe ya nuu isi nsi. Translated: When a dog is about to die, it no longer perceives the smell of shit. Explained further literally, often when caution is disregarded, one is exposed to irrational actions, unguarded statements which could lead to untold danger, destruction or ultimate end. This proverb throws light on one of the causes of human miseries…

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Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case: ICC Trial Chamber I files the written reasons of the acquittal

On 15 January 2019, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), by majority, Judge Herrera Carbuccia dissenting, issued an oral decision acquitting Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 and 2011. Today, 16 July 2019, Trial Chamber I issued its full reasons for the decision. The Majority, composed of Judge Tarfusser and Judge Henderson provided a detailed analysis of the…

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Sports in Africa: Monkey de work baboon de chop

The recent arrest of Aimable Habimana, the vice-president of the Burundian football association, FFB following the missing of players bonus, vividly reminds one of a typical saying in Africa. Have you heard of the African expression  “monkey de work baboon de chop,” which means “while the monkey is working, the baboon is eating?” Well, if the saying is foreign to you, you probably are indeed not conversant with African social, political and economic realities – and the sports domain…

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AFCON: Nigeria beat South Africa to proceed to semi-finals

Samuel Chwukwueze played so well, scored the first Nigerian goal and was voted the Total Man-of-the-Match as Nigeria beat South Africa 2-1 to qualify for the semi finals of the 2019 African Nations Cup. He said, “Scoring against South Africa is quite a good one.” Villarreal star Chukwueze put the Super Eagles ahead in the first half before Bongani Zunga equalised for South Africa in the 71st minute. The referee had to check of VAR before confirming the South…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s statement at opening of the confirmation of Charges hearing in the case against Al Hassan

ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, with her Prosecution team during opening statement at the Confirmation of Charges hearing of the case against Al Hassan Monsieur le Président, Monsieur le Juge, Madame la Juge, Tombouctou a vécu la longueur du temps et le temps de l’histoire. Pendant quasiment un an, d’avril 2012 à janvier 2013, Tombouctou a enduré l’occupation violente des groupes armés Ansar Dine et Al Qaeda au Maghreb Islamique. Tombouctou, la perle du désert, la ville aux 333 Saints,…

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African Nations Cup: Seedorf tips Super Eagles for final

Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf has shrugged off the country’s loss to Nigeria and tipped the Super Eagles to go all the way and play in the final match of the 2019 African Nations Cup. Nigeria won the game 3-2 but it was the Cameroonian team that was in the driving seat at the interval and had a chance to increase the tally in the early minutes of the second half. But the entire match scenario changed midway in the…

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Confirmation of charges hearing in Al Hassan case to open on 8 July 2019: Practical Information

The confirmation hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud is scheduled to open on 8 July 2019 at 14:00 (The Hague local time) before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Pre-Trial Chamber I is composed of Judge Péter Kovács, Presiding Judge, Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou. The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is for the judges to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish…

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AFCON 2019: Nigeria camp rumble as players protest

Super Eagles players boycotted Tuesday’s pre-match conference and were also looking to boycott Tuesday evening’s training. The row could add distraction to Nigeria’s preparation for Wednesday’s match against Guinea.  The protest is over allowances. Only coach Gernot Rohr attended the statutory Tuesday’s pre-match media conference organised by the confederation of African Football. When journalists queried the players absence Rohr said: “The players had to stay back for an important meeting.” Ahmed Musa was billed to attend with Rohr but…

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African Traditional Wedding Attire

The marriage between a man and a woman is a special celebration of the natural continuity of life in every part of Africa. African weddings are unique and joyful; a huge family affair, and an undertaking everyone participates in. It also brings families together as well as enables people to reconnect with friends. Having said that, African wedding attires are magnificent outfits that make a wedding ceremony standout. The outfits are made of fabrics that are usually unique to…

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