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Political Metamorphosis Continues in Ethiopia as Woman elected head of Country’s top court

Meaza Ashenafi a prominent Ethiopian human rights lawyer has been unanimously elected as the first woman to head the country’s federal supreme court. Her appointment is one of the many positive political earthquakes taking place in Ethiopia ever since the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, took office in March 2018 and started ushering in a series of reforms in Ethiopia, a typically patriarchal country. Meaza Ashenafi’s appointed followed that of Sahle-Work Zewde, who was elected Ethiopia’s first female President by…

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FIFA issues Ghana’s Nyantakyi life ban

Ex-Ghana Football Association president, Kwesi Nyantakyi has been banned from the sport for life for breaking bribery and corruption rules, FIFA announced on Tuesday. Nyantakyi also broke conflict of interest rules, the world football governing body said. FIFA launched an investigation after Nyantakyi was pictured taking $65,000 from an undercover reporter earlier this year. FIFA also fined Nyantakyi 500,000 Swiss francs (£390,000). Before his fall from power, Nyantakyi was also vice-president of the Confederation of African Football and a…

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Nigeria: Rohr drops Onazi, Mikel still out, Osimhen returns for S’Africa

Mikel Obi has again been left out as Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr calls back former U17 World Cup-winning forward Victor Osimhen after a long time out, with another U17 World Cup winning forward Samuel Chukwueze earning the first call Stand-in Captain Ahmed Musa and 20 others were also invited for next month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between the Super Eagles and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Johannesburg on November 17. The same group will prosecute the…

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Angela Merkel resigns as party leader, steps down as German chancellor in 2021

Germany’s Angela Merkel has resigned her position as the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader with immediate effect and promised to step down as chancellor in 2021, following recent election setbacks. Her decision seems to herald the beginning of the end of her 13-year political journey and dominance of European politics. Angela Merkel has been the leader of her CDU party since 2000, making her one of the longest-serving CDU party leaders. Her decision to step down as the party…

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Gender equality or Revolution as Sahle-Work Zewde elected Ethiopia’s first female president?

Sahle-Work Zewde has been elected Ethiopia’s first female President by the country’s members of parliament, following the unexpected resignation of her predecessor, Mulatu Teshome. An experienced diplomat, Ms. Sahle-Work who, until her appointment, was the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the UN representative at the African Union, has become Africa’s only female head of state. Her election came just a week after the reform-minded Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed created history by appointing 10 women to ministerial positions in…

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 Africa: Leadership and Developmental Priorities

  Experts have argued that Africa has at least 200 billion dollars sustainable development investment potentials. Arguably, developments and poverty eradication in Africa have witnessed some progress in the last 60 years. According to the UNO, poverty has been reduced worldwide from about 40% to fewer than 20% in the last 30 years. While many countries in the world have made significant progress in the areas of health, education, infrastructure, living standard, etc. the majority of African countries with their…

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Africa: Equity and Equality for all?

For a meaningful democracy to flourish anywhere, there must be equity, equality, and fairness. More often than not, the terms equity and equality are used interchangeably, even though they are different but related. While equity, aims at providing individuals with the necessities for a good, healthy and productive life, equality, on the other hand, ensures that equity is achieved under the same conditions for everyone. In that case, you could argue that fairness is the sine qua none to…

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Nigeria: NFF officials granted bail in $9.5m FIFA grant fraud

An FCT High Court in Maitama, Abuja has adjourned hearing in the case of three Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials dragged before the court on allegation of fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to November 27. The court presided by Justice Peter Affen upheld the administrative bail granted to the three NFF officials, Christopher Andekin (Director of Administration and Finance), Reagan Zaka (Cashier) and Fadanari Mamza (Head, Finance and Account Department) who are accused of mishandling…

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Statement of the ICC Chief Prosecutor Regarding the Situation in Palestine

I have been following with concern the planned eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank.  Evacuation by force now appears imminent and with it the prospects for further escalation and violence. It bears recalling, as a general matter, that extensive destruction of property without military necessity and population transfers in an occupied territory constitute war crimes under the Rome Statute. I am similarly alarmed by the continued violence, perpetrated by actors on both sides,…

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Nigerian Presidential Elections: The Emergence of Atiku and the Reason Behind Obasanjo’s Endorsement

For those who are following the African political chase game diligently, to stay politically relevant and rich, what matters the most are shrewdness, selfishness and the survival of the fittest. The Nigerian political territory is no exception to this unwritten rule. Definitely, permanent enemies matter less than permanent interests in the Nigerian political zone. One could be forgiven to ask whether these social realities did in any way, influence the decision of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria…

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South Africa and Resignation of Finance Minister: A South Africa or a slap on Ramaphosa’s Government?

When South African President Cyril Ramaphosa took over power from the corrupt-ridden former President Jacob Zuma, Mr. Ramaphosa promised a new South Africa and vowed to vigorously stamp out corruption amongst South African leaders. In view of this, the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as the country’s finance minister amidst his alleged meetings with the infamous Gupta family has generated discussions, as well as different interpretations in the South African political arena. President Ramaphosa accepted Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation and replaced…

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Sierra Leone Cancels plans for China-funded airport

Definitely, since Julius Maada Bio was sworn in as President of Sierra Leone on 12 May 2018, after defeating the Ernest Bai Koroma government, many political metamorphoses have been taking place in the country. It is no more business as usual. The latest decision by the Julius Bio led the government to cancel a $400m (3300m) contract with China to build a new airport, clearly shows that things are no more the same in Sierra Leone. According to the…

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