10,000 Nigerian girls forced into prostitution in Burkina Faso-Ambassador

London, Sep 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Ramatu Ahmed says no fewer than 10,000 Nigerian girls are forced into prostitution in Burkina Faso. Ahmed disclosed this in an Interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN)  in Ouagadougou on Monday She said the  victims of sex-trade were mainly underage girls kept in … Continue reading “10,000 Nigerian girls forced into prostitution in Burkina Faso-Ambassador”

London Police begins body scanners trial in desperate move to combat Knives, guns violence

London, Sep 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Body scanners designed to detect guns, knives and explosive devices concealed under clothing will be deployed by police for the first time in London on Monday A Home Office-funded trial is taking place at Stratford station in east London as the latest strand in a crackdown on the capital’s violence epidemic. British … Continue reading “London Police begins body scanners trial in desperate move to combat Knives, guns violence”

Xenophobia: South Africa dispatches peace envoy to Nigeria

London, Sep 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has dispatched a peace envoy to Nigeria over the xenophobic attack on foreigners, including Nigerians in his country The envoy will stress his president’s commitment to “Pan African unity and solidarity” and highlight measures the country is taking to restore peace between both countries. READ … Continue reading “Xenophobia: South Africa dispatches peace envoy to Nigeria”

Nigerian Afro-pop star,Tiwa Savage walks runway for Naomi Campbell

London, Sep 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Afro-pop star, Tiwa Savage strutted the runway for supermodel, Naomi Campbell’s 2019 Fashion for Relief show. Fashion for Relief is a charitable organization founded in 2005 that has raised funds for various environmental and humanitarian causes. It holds events in association with the London-based non-profit organization CARE TIWA Savage on Naomi … Continue reading “Nigerian Afro-pop star,Tiwa Savage walks runway for Naomi Campbell”

Red carpet for award winning Nigerian teens in London

By Olabisi Adesina London, Sep 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-September 3rd, 2019 was a day of honour and celebration for five Nigerian teen, students of  CEDEC International Secondary School, Apapa, Lagos State, Nigeria in far away London They were recognised for their educational brilliance and awarded as one of the finalists of the British International Education Association (BIEA) 2019 International … Continue reading “Red carpet for award winning Nigerian teens in London”

Nigeria: 25 years after Algiers plane crash, ex Iwuanyanwu Nationale players to honour departed colleagues, founder

London, Sep 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-It was a tragedy that shook the nation. ON September 18, 1994, players of Iwuanyanwu Nationale, now Heartland FC, were involved in a plane crash in Tamanrasset-Aguemar Airport (TMR/DAAT), Algeria, on their way back home after an African Champions Club Cup competition (now African Champions League) match against Esperance of Tunisia … Continue reading “Nigeria: 25 years after Algiers plane crash, ex Iwuanyanwu Nationale players to honour departed colleagues, founder”

Nigeria: Mapoly gets N10m endowment fund from foremost philanthropist, Olatunde Abudu

London, Sep 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)– The return of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Mapoly, Abeokuta, Ogun State, South West Nigeria to  status quo ante by law has received a boost of ten million naira endowment fund from Chief Olatunde Ayinla Abudu, OFR Chief Olatunde Ayinla Abudu, a foremost Industrialist and a Fellow of the Institution made the … Continue reading “Nigeria: Mapoly gets N10m endowment fund from foremost philanthropist, Olatunde Abudu”

Power Africa, partners launch leadership training for African women in energy sector

London, Sep 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)–Power Africa in partnership with the Regional Centre for African Leadership (CRL-Yali Dakar), in partnership with Power Africa, is offering four weeks of intensive training for women working in the energy sector in Africa. The free training aims to provide young African women in the energy sector, with knowledge and leadership … Continue reading “Power Africa, partners launch leadership training for African women in energy sector”

Sensational Kenya athlete, Geoffrey Kamworor breaks half marathon world record

London, Sep 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Kenyan athlete, Geoffrey Kamworor on Sunday broke the world record in the half marathon winning the fifth edition of the Copenhagen Half Marathon in an official time of 58:01. Kamworor, a three-time champion, broke the record time of 58.18 held by compatriot Abraham Kiptum, who triumphed at the Valencia Half Marathon … Continue reading “Sensational Kenya athlete, Geoffrey Kamworor breaks half marathon world record”

In a rare feat, Al Qaeda issues apology to Mali after bus attack

London, Sep 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Do extremists have any conscience at all? It seems the Islamists in Mali do care a lot about their “brothers and sisters”, and little for “occupiers.” Militant groups are renowned for having no conscience at all, but in a rare feat, an al Qaeda affiliate has issued an apology to Malian after a … Continue reading “In a rare feat, Al Qaeda issues apology to Mali after bus attack”

To end insurgency, ECOWAS leaders must block sources for funding for terrorists-Buhari

London, Sep 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said the best and shorter route to winning the war against terrorism in ECOWAS region, is to block access to the ease with which Boko Haram terrorists raise funds and acquire sophisticated weapons to carry out attacks President Buhari noted that the best way to … Continue reading “To end insurgency, ECOWAS leaders must block sources for funding for terrorists-Buhari”

Nigeria: ALGON wants strategic role in security administration at local level

By Taiwo AdeluLondon, Sep 15, 2019 (AltAfrica) – The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) wants a strategic role in the design and implementation of security plans across the country The association is worried that as the closest arm of government to the grassroots, it has never been considered and included in the implementation … Continue reading “Nigeria: ALGON wants strategic role in security administration at local level”

The British-Nigerian, Ken Olisa who’s Queen’s right-hand man, ‘most influential black Briton’

London, Sep 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)-He’s Sir Ken Olisa OBE, current Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, described as a right hand person of Her Majesty the Queen of England But one unique thing about this quiet “most influential black Briton in 2015” is that he has a Nigerian blood. He is a British Nigerian fathered by a … Continue reading “The British-Nigerian, Ken Olisa who’s Queen’s right-hand man, ‘most influential black Briton’”

DR Congo detains former health minister in Ebola probe

London, Sep 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A former minister in Democratic Republic of Congo has been arrested over alleged mismanagement of funds for the country’s response to the Ebola epidemic. Police on Saturday said that Oly Ilunga oversaw Democratic Republic of Congo’s handling of the outbreak, the second deadliest in history, for nearly a year. DR Congo … Continue reading “DR Congo detains former health minister in Ebola probe”

South African president, Ramaphosa tenders long over due apology over xenophobic attacks

London, Sep 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has tendered the long overdue apology over the senseless attack on foreigners by South Africans Speaking at the state funeral for the late former leader of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe in Harare, Ramaphosa said South Africans were not xenophobic and apologized to Zimbabweans and Africans for the … Continue reading “South African president, Ramaphosa tenders long over due apology over xenophobic attacks”

Another explosive attack kills three in southern Somalia

London, Sep 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-At least three people including a local government official were killed on Saturday in a roadside blast along the road linking Bal’ad and Jowhar towns in Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region. The spokesman of HirShabelle state Da’ud Haji Irro told journalists an improvised explosive device (IED) suspected to have been planted on … Continue reading “Another explosive attack kills three in southern Somalia”

India arrests two Nigerians among Afghan heroin cartel

London, Sep 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has seized Afghan Heroin worth more than Rs 30 crore(about $4.2million) and arrested six persons, including two Nigerians who were part of an international drug smuggling syndicate, Asian News International(ANI) reported. The NCB in a press release on Friday did not identify the arrested Nigerians. the … Continue reading “India arrests two Nigerians among Afghan heroin cartel”

Joy amidst pain: Pregnant Nigerian migrant gives birth after airlift from rescue ship

London, Sep 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A pregnant Nigerian woman who was airlifted off a ship carrying migrants rescued off Libya has given birth to a baby boy, says the humanitarian group, Doctors Without Borders. Last Wednesday, the Armed Forces of Malta lifted the 9-month-old pregnant woman requiring medical attention and her husband from an Ocean Viking … Continue reading “Joy amidst pain: Pregnant Nigerian migrant gives birth after airlift from rescue ship”

Growing Number Of Black African-American Women Leaving Churches, Mosques For African Religion

London, Sep 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Things are fast changing. Most unfortunately, in a reverse gear. At a time when religious evangelism is on the rise in Africa, more and more Africans-Americans and others with African ancestry, are embracing African spirituality, a faith system practised by African ancestors. The High Priestess in middle with other devotees of … Continue reading “Growing Number Of Black African-American Women Leaving Churches, Mosques For African Religion”

Kenya bans child adoption by foreign nationals

London, Sep 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Kenyan government has banned with immediate effect adoption of Kenyan children by foreign nationals as the government moves to tame rogue adopters. A special Cabinet meeting at State House on Thursday also directed the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection to formulate a new policy document to regulate the adoption of … Continue reading “Kenya bans child adoption by foreign nationals”

133 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon reunite with families

London, Sep 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-133 Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon have returned home and reunited with their families in Adamawa state, according to Adamawa state government According to the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN), the refugees, mostly women, and children had fled Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States to Cameroon when  Boko-Haram insurgents attacked their towns … Continue reading “133 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon reunite with families”

The Nigerian, Uzoma Asagwara who breaks 150-year-old record in Canada parliament

London, Sep 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s Uzoma Asagwara has become one of the three blacks to have ever been elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the 150-year history of the province in Canada. Uzoma Asagwara won the Union Station seat for the NDP, Jamie Moses took the St. Vital seat for the party and Audrey Gordon … Continue reading “The Nigerian, Uzoma Asagwara who breaks 150-year-old record in Canada parliament”

Nigerian Pastor, Apostle Suleman offers free tickets to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa

London, Sep 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A popular Nigerian pastor, who is the President, Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman has offered free tickets to evacuate 20 Nigerians from South Africa in the wake of Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians. Apostle Suleman said he just heard that 900 Nigerians wanted to return home from South Africa, saying … Continue reading “Nigerian Pastor, Apostle Suleman offers free tickets to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa”

Nigerian Army top-short, Maj. General Shalangwa elected president African Military Law Forum

London, Sep 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)- Major-General Yusuf Ibrahim Shalangwa, Director of Nigerian Army Legal Services, has been elected new President of the African Military Law Forum (AMLF) in San Remo, Italy. Col. Sagir Musa, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, made this known in a statement. Maj General Shalangwa is a member of the Nigerian Bar … Continue reading “Nigerian Army top-short, Maj. General Shalangwa elected president African Military Law Forum”

Britain agrees over £9.7 billion post-Brexit trade deal with six southern African countries

London, Sep 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)– Britain has agreed a deal with six southern African countries including South Africa, the region’s most developed economy, that will ensure continuity of trade conditions after Brexit, the British High Commission in South Africa said on Wednesday. Political turmoil in the United Kingdom has generated uncertainty over how, when and … Continue reading “Britain agrees over £9.7 billion post-Brexit trade deal with six southern African countries”

Mugabe to be buried in home village, not ‘Heroes’ shrine

London, Sep 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-ZIMBABWEAN ex-president Robert Mugabe will be buried next week in his village, his family said on Thursday, delivering an apparent snub to government plans to bury him at a national monument. Mugabe died in Singapore last week aged 95, leaving Zimbabweans divided over the legacy of a leader once lauded as … Continue reading “Mugabe to be buried in home village, not ‘Heroes’ shrine”

Namibia launches first Africa’s online primary school program

Constantia Private School, situated in Windhoek, Namibia, to launch the first fully online primary school program in 2020London, Sep 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Namibia will launch the country’s first fully online primary school program in 2020, announced by the Constantia Private School in a press statement on Thursday. Constantia Private School, situated in Windhoek, is a registered … Continue reading “Namibia launches first Africa’s online primary school program”

11 African leaders to attend Mugabe funeral as scores of mourners injured during lying-in-state

London, Sep 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday said 11 heads of State had so far confirmed attendance at former President Robert Mugabe’s funeral parade slated for the National Sports Stadium on Saturday. Mourners stampede after the arrival of the coffin carrying former President Robert Mugabe at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare, Thursday, … Continue reading “11 African leaders to attend Mugabe funeral as scores of mourners injured during lying-in-state”

South African athlete, Semenya finally gets her gold medal from 2011 world championships

London, Sep 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Caster Semenya is finally getting her gold medal from the 2011 world championships after Russian runner Maria Savinova was stripped of the title for doping. But Semenya won’t attend a medal reallocation ceremony at the upcoming world championships in Doha, Qatar, South Africa’s track federation said on Thursday. Semenya was barred … Continue reading “South African athlete, Semenya finally gets her gold medal from 2011 world championships”

WHO, EU join forces against spread of vaccine misinformation

London, Sep 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosting the world’s first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide. Acccording to the President of the European Commission,Jean-Claude Juncker, … Continue reading “WHO, EU join forces against spread of vaccine misinformation”

Train derails in Congo, kills 50, injures 23

London, Sep 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)– At least 50 people were killed and scores injured when a train derailed in Congo’s southeastern province of Tanganyika in the early hours of Thursday, Minister of Humanitarian Action and National Solidarity Steve Mbikayi says “at least 50 people have been killed after a train derailed overnight in Congo’s southeast … Continue reading “Train derails in Congo, kills 50, injures 23”

Nigeria: Atiku’s turbulent journey from polls to presidential tribunal loss

London, Sep 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The presidential election petition tribunal has given its verdict in the petition brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar challenging the February 23 election won by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Buhari was declared winner with 15,191,847 votes while Mr Abubakar came second with 11,262,978 votes. Mr Buhari also won the … Continue reading “Nigeria: Atiku’s turbulent journey from polls to presidential tribunal loss”

Nigeria not in a hurry to reopen borders with neighbours-Custom Boss

London, Sep 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Hameed Ali, the Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), says Nigeria’s borders will remain closed until the country and its neighbours agree on existing ECOWAS protocol on movement. Mr Ali stated this on Wednesday at Maigatari/Niger border, Maigatari Local Government Area of Jigawa while fielding questions from journalists. Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General, … Continue reading “Nigeria not in a hurry to reopen borders with neighbours-Custom Boss”

17 year old Nigerian emerges 2nd in 2019 Commonwealth Essay Competition

London, Sep 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A 17-year-old Nigerian student, Nnemdi Ozoemena, has emerged the runner-up in the senior category of the 2019 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition. Mr Blackson Bayewumi, Country Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society in Nigeria and Chairman Nigeria Conversation, said this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday. Bayewumi said that the Federal … Continue reading “17 year old Nigerian emerges 2nd in 2019 Commonwealth Essay Competition”

Rwanda inaugurates $16m Adventist School of Medicine

London, Sep 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Rwanda has inaugurated the state-of-the-art Adventist School of Medicine of East-Central Africa (ASOME) built at a cost of $16m. President Paul Kagame who inaugurated the project said the facility aims to promote the country’s education and health. “The achievement we are celebrating today is in tune with Rwanda’s goals. Educations, particularly … Continue reading “Rwanda inaugurates $16m Adventist School of Medicine”

How we plan to support returnees from South Africa-Abike Dabiri

London, Sep 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has given an assurance that the government would support Nigerians who are being evacuated back to the country from South Africa in the wake of xenophobic attacks. Abike Dabiri-Erewa Chairman/CEO of Nigerians In Diaspora Commission says there is adequate support … Continue reading “How we plan to support returnees from South Africa-Abike Dabiri”

187 Nigerians from South Africa arrive Nigeria, gets cash, N6,000 pre-loaded MTN sim

London, Sep 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The first batch of 187 Nigerians in South Africa returned to Nigeria after the xenophobic attacks Wednesday night. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the returnees were aided by the Federal Government with the assistance of a Nigerian carrier, Air Peace The evacuees, who departed OR Tambo International Airport, … Continue reading “187 Nigerians from South Africa arrive Nigeria, gets cash, N6,000 pre-loaded MTN sim”

Angola plans ambitious 600MW of solar power by 2022

London, Sep 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Angola plans an ambitious 600MW of solar energy by 2022 according minister of energy and water João Baptista Borges. He made announcement on Tuesday in Luanda The official said so while delivering his opening speech at the lecture on Renewable Energy sponsored by US Embassy in Angola. He said that the … Continue reading “Angola plans ambitious 600MW of solar power by 2022”

UK to allow foreign students stay two more years after graduation post-Brexit

London, Sep 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Britain’s government on Wednesday announced new post-Brexit immigration plans that will allow international students to work in the country for two years after graduating. Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said the change was aimed at attracting the “brightest and the best from around the world” and a sign of “the UK’s ambition … Continue reading “UK to allow foreign students stay two more years after graduation post-Brexit”

Robert Mugabe’s body arrives home for final journey

London, Sep 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-he body of Robert Mugabe has arrived back in Zimbabwe after a private flight from Singapore, where he died last week aged 95. Mr Mugabe was Zimbabwe’s first leader after the country became independent in 1980. He held on to power for almost four decades before being ousted in a coup … Continue reading “Robert Mugabe’s body arrives home for final journey”

Two arrested in football transfer fraud inquiry involving London, Belgium

London, Sep 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Two people have been arrested in connection with an inquiry in Belgium into alleged fraud involving the transfer of football players. They were detained in raids in Belgium, London and Monaco on Tuesday and Wednesday, Belgian prosecutors say. They gave no details, but those arrested are said to be a Monaco-based … Continue reading “Two arrested in football transfer fraud inquiry involving London, Belgium”

INTERPOL deploys team to Guinea Bissau over largest cocaine seizure

London, Sep 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-An INTERPOL team deployed to Guinea Bissau has been assisting national authorities investigate one of the country’s largest ever drug seizures. Police have made 10 arrests following the seizure of some 1.8 tonnes of cocaine transported by sea to the country’s northwest. The suspects originate from Colombia, Guinea Bissau and Mali. … Continue reading “INTERPOL deploys team to Guinea Bissau over largest cocaine seizure”

Election Tribunal: Buhari floors Atiku in first victory

London, Sep 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed parts of the PDP petition alleging that the ruling APC used security officers to manipulate the 2019 election. The court’s decision followed an application by INEC seeking the nulification of various parts of the petition by the PDP. Election Tribunal: Buhari floors Atiku in … Continue reading “Election Tribunal: Buhari floors Atiku in first victory”

Ukraine force ‘new look’ Eagles to 2-2 draw in international friendly

London, Sep 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A relatively newbreed Super Eagles team came close to bringing down Ukrainian counterparts at the Dnipro Arena on Tuesday before suffering loss of concentration that saw Ukraine tie the game 2-2 with two goals in 45 seconds. Debutant Joseph Ayodele-Aribo put the seal on a frenetic beginning at the 31,000 –capacity … Continue reading “Ukraine force ‘new look’ Eagles to 2-2 draw in international friendly”

Nigeria: Ekiti govt, FGM practitioners sign agreement to renounce practice in return for empowerment

London, Sep 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Scores of practitioners of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Ikole Local Government area of Ekiti State on Monday surrendered their instruments to the Wife of the Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, with a promise not to return to the practice considered as dangerous to the lives of women. Practitioners of Female Genital … Continue reading “Nigeria: Ekiti govt, FGM practitioners sign agreement to renounce practice in return for empowerment”

Nigeria: Ekiti gets $500m World Bank projects

London, Sep 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)–Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday announced that the World Bank would soon embark on some legacy projects across the state worth about 500 million dollars. The Governor stated this in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, while presenting cheques worth N180 million to 19 benefiting communities under the state’s … Continue reading “Nigeria: Ekiti gets $500m World Bank projects”

British woman marries a tree to stop dual carriageway being built through park

London, Sep 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A British woman, an environmentalist has taken the drastic measure of marrying a tree in her local park in the hope it will stop developers cutting it down. Kate Cunningham, 34, will now be known as Kate Rose ‘Elder’ after also changing her name by deed poll to the species of … Continue reading “British woman marries a tree to stop dual carriageway being built through park”

Global investments in renewable energy led by solar, top $2.5 trillion

London, Sep 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Global investment in new renewable energy capacity over this decade, 2010 to 2019 is on course to hit $2.6 trillion, with more gigawatts of solar power capacity installed than any other generation technology, according to new figures According to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2019 report, released ahead of the UN … Continue reading “Global investments in renewable energy led by solar, top $2.5 trillion”

Kenya to connect 280,000 additional households to national grid

London, Sep 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Kenya Power and Lightning Company (KPLC) is to connect additional 280,475 households and businesses to the national grid of the east African country The operation lasting three years will cut across 32 counties across the country. Kenya to connect 280,000 additional households to national grid READ ALSO:ALL VICTIMS OF ETHIOPIAN … Continue reading “Kenya to connect 280,000 additional households to national grid”

All victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash finally identified

London, Sep 10, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) investigation report has been released. According to the report, released by a investigation team led by the Federal Police Commission, remains of all people killed in the air crash were identified. All victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash finally identified (Daily … Continue reading “All victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash finally identified”