900,000 households, 4.5m people in Africa to access clean energy through AFDB new financing programme

London, July 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Clean energy-About 900,000 households projected to house close to 4.5 million people in sub-Saharan Africa people will directly gain access to solar power by 2025 courtesy of a new multinational financing program for Distributed Energy Service Companies (DESCOs) by the African Development Bank, AFDB In a statement, AfDB said the DESCOs’ … Continue reading “900,000 households, 4.5m people in Africa to access clean energy through AFDB new financing programme”

Three herdsmen arrested for allegedly killing farmer in Ogun

London, July 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Three herdsmen suspected to be the killers of a 40-year-old farmer, Rafiu Sowemimo in Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State have been arrested by police. The suspects allegedly stabbed the farmer to death on Sunday at Adao Village in Alabata in the LG. PUNCH Metro had reported the killing of the … Continue reading “Three herdsmen arrested for allegedly killing farmer in Ogun”

Meet British black actress, Lashana Lynch who makes history as first black woman to play ‘007’

London, July 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Lashana Lynch is the trending biggest story in show business. The controversy over who becomes next James Bond is over. 007 is reportedly going to be played by a British black woman, Lashana Lynch. Lashana Lynch, from Hammersmith in London, is set to take on the iconic role according to reports and, if true, would … Continue reading “Meet British black actress, Lashana Lynch who makes history as first black woman to play ‘007’”

Nigeria: Police arrest suspected killers of pa Fasoranti’s daughter, Funke Olakunrin

London, July 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian police have arrested some suspects allegedly involved in the killing Friday of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti. Channels TV attributed the breakthrough to police spokesman in Ondo State Mr Femi Joseph. According to the report, the suspects were arrested when a team of … Continue reading “Nigeria: Police arrest suspected killers of pa Fasoranti’s daughter, Funke Olakunrin”

Nigerian Uni, completes own power project, to assist neighbouring communities

London, July 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-One of Nigeria’s leading universities, the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has announced that it would be self sufficient in power generation when the institution completes its power generating plant Vice Chancellor of the institution, in South West Nigeria, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede who made the announcement on Monday at the biennial … Continue reading “Nigerian Uni, completes own power project, to assist neighbouring communities”

Mozambique approves law to combat child marriage

London, July 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique on Monday, approved a law to prevent early marriage by girls Edson Macuacua, Head of the Commission of Human Rights, Constitutional Affairs and Legality, who lauded the parliament for the legislation, told the parliamentarians that with the law, there would be a reduction in … Continue reading “Mozambique approves law to combat child marriage”

Nigeria: Fulani Monarch Condoles with Fasoranti, Afenifere Leader over Daughter’s Death

 London, July 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Sarkin Fulani of Lagos and Chairman, Association of Fulani Chiefs, South-West Nigeria, Alhaji Mohammed Bambado has condoled with the leader of the Pan-Yoruba Socio-Cultural and Political Organization, Afenifere , Pa Ruben Fasoranti over the killing last Friday of his daughter, Mrs Funke Olakurin by unknown assailants. The deceased was returning to her base … Continue reading “Nigeria: Fulani Monarch Condoles with Fasoranti, Afenifere Leader over Daughter’s Death”

Obasanjo warns of ‘Rwanda-type genocide’ in Nigeria in new letter to Buhari

London, July 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo says the security situation in the country could lead to “spontaneous or planned reprisal attacks against Fulanis, which may inadvertently or advertently mushroom into Rwanda-type genocide”. In an open letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Obasanjo warned that “Nigeria is tipping towards a dangerous cliff … Continue reading “Obasanjo warns of ‘Rwanda-type genocide’ in Nigeria in new letter to Buhari”

Ghana commissions $1.5m off-grid solar project to power orthopaedic hospital

London, July 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)-As part of its commitment to deliver premium orthopaedic healthcare in Ghana and beyond, the Foundation of Complex Orthopaedic Spine (FOCOS) has commissioned a large off-grid solar powered project. The 700KWP Hybrid Solar System with LMWH Battery Storage has been touted by experts as the largest in Africa. The project, which is the first … Continue reading “Ghana commissions $1.5m off-grid solar project to power orthopaedic hospital”

California tech school launches Web Development Training in Africa

London, July 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)- Eight Nigerian fintech startups have partnered to bring tech training programme Lambda School to Africa, offering young people free software development training and the chance to secure jobs. The California-based Lambda School is a nine-month immersive full stack web development training programme that provides students with the tools and training … Continue reading “California tech school launches Web Development Training in Africa”

African Union, UN announce joint award to honour outstanding African women

London, July 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The African Union (AU) on Saturday announced a joint AU-UN initiative to recognize outstanding African women for advancing women empowerment as well as peace and security agenda across Africa. An award, which is part of a AU-UN initiative on women, peace and security initiative in Africa, is expected to be launched … Continue reading “African Union, UN announce joint award to honour outstanding African women”

Nigeria: Sanwo-Olu recycles five ex cabinet members in new exco

London, July 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Five former cabinet members in the administration of Akinwunmi Ambode were among a list of 25 cabinet nominees transmitted to the Lagos State House of Assembly for approval on Sunday by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu The list comprised the names of 17 male and eight female nominees. The former cabinet … Continue reading “Nigeria: Sanwo-Olu recycles five ex cabinet members in new exco”

Foundation alleges illegal online monitoring, surveillance in Africa

London, July 15, 2019(AltAfrica)-The African ICT Foundation has called on state and non-state actors to end the Illegal surveillance, control, and interception of online user communications describing it fundamentally detrimental to the security of internet users in the continent According to the Foundation, every individual has the right to enjoy secure connections to and over … Continue reading “Foundation alleges illegal online monitoring, surveillance in Africa”

AFCON 2019: Its Senegal Vs Algeria in finals as Super Eagles fail to meet the grade

London, July 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)– Riyad Mahrez scored a stunning free-kick with virtually the last kick of the game as Algeria beat Nigeria to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final. With the victory, Algeria will now face Senegal, who earlier beat Tunisia thanks to an extra-time own goal, in the final on Friday The … Continue reading “AFCON 2019: Its Senegal Vs Algeria in finals as Super Eagles fail to meet the grade”

Nigeria: Ekiti returns schools to missions in September

London, July 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has said his administration will begin  the return of schools to missions in September as part of  the effort to  improve the quality of education in the state. Fayemi said this  in Ado Ekiti on Friday while hosting the Prelate of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, Dr … Continue reading “Nigeria: Ekiti returns schools to missions in September”

Kenyan police arrest two Nigerians, Kenyan woman over alleged mobile money fraud

London, July 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations are holding three suspects including two Nigerian nationals and a Kenyan citizen over  suspected involvement in mobile money fraud. The three were arrested on Friday night in Juja, Kiambu County following a tip off from members of the public who raised suspicion about the … Continue reading “Kenyan police arrest two Nigerians, Kenyan woman over alleged mobile money fraud”

Zimbabwe Minister says his London attackers exercising democratic right

London, July 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Minister Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Sibusiso Moyo has implored Zimbabweans to respect each other as well as differing opinions as everyone should enjoy the same constitutional right. Zimbabwe’s Minister Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Sibusiso Moyo (Zimbabwe Mail)Dr Moyo who was talking in a wide-ranging interview with Peter Okwoche … Continue reading “Zimbabwe Minister says his London attackers exercising democratic right”

Kenyan man in chain for 25yrs over mental disorder

London, July 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A man in Kiambu has been in chains for over 25 years, his brother has revealed. 33-year-old Peter Ngugi from Wangige village in Kabete Sub-county is said to have been chained after he developed a mental disorder. His elder brother George Ndungu revealed that the family had ran out of options … Continue reading “Kenyan man in chain for 25yrs over mental disorder”

Nigeria: IGP deploys special anti-kidnapping squad to the South over Funke Olakunrin’s death

London, July 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian Police boss, Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed  Abubakar Adamu, has ordered the overhaul of security architecture on the highways straddling the Southern part of the country. In addition, the Force Headquarters is replicating the special security arrangement powered by “Operation Puff Adder”currently ongoing in Kaduna- Abuja expressway in key … Continue reading “Nigeria: IGP deploys special anti-kidnapping squad to the South over Funke Olakunrin’s death”

Motorist rams gunman robbing woman driver in Johannesburg traffic

London, July 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A brave motorist in South Africa has saved the life of woman who was been robbed in a Johannesburg traffic. Melissa McGinn says she encountered an “angel” in Johannesburg peak-hour traffic, who saved her from a robber – by driving into him. “You, sir, were a hero (on Wednesday morning). You … Continue reading “Motorist rams gunman robbing woman driver in Johannesburg traffic”

“Why are you boxing for Britain and not Nigeria” Kid demands answer from Anthony Joshua in Lagos

London, July 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, got more than he bargained for on Saturday in Nigeria during a visit Makoko in Lagos where he was confronted by a Nigerian kid In a Video posted on You Tube, a Nigerian teenage girl asked the heavyweight boxer who felt completely at home to explain why … Continue reading ““Why are you boxing for Britain and not Nigeria” Kid demands answer from Anthony Joshua in Lagos”

Scientists move one step closer to HIV cure after Mice is cured of HIV

London, July 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-After years of trials, researchers say they have finally been able to completely removed HIV from the DNA of mice, an achievement the scientists say could be an early step toward an elusive cure for the ravaging virus in humans. The breakthrough, detailed [July 2] in a study credited to more than 30 … Continue reading “Scientists move one step closer to HIV cure after Mice is cured of HIV”

Eritrean man jailed since 2016 in Italy for trafficking was a victim of mistaken identity-Court

London, July 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-An Italian court has ruled that an Eritrean man, Medhane Tesfamariam Berhe, who was thought to be a human trafficking kingpin is a victim of mistaken identity, but he now faces deportation. Medhane had been imprisoned in Italy since 2016, when he was extradited from Sudan. For more than three years, … Continue reading “Eritrean man jailed since 2016 in Italy for trafficking was a victim of mistaken identity-Court”

Zimbabwe foreign affairs minister ‘attacked’ in London

London, July 13, 2019 (AltAfrica) -Zimbabwe’s foreign affairs minister, Sibusiso Moyo, was attacked outside the Royal Institute of International Affairs, commonly known as Chatham House, in London on Friday. Moyo is in England leading a Zimbabwean delegation on a four-day re-engagement programme to strengthen bilateral relations and to woo investment for Zimbabwe. His visit comes … Continue reading “Zimbabwe foreign affairs minister ‘attacked’ in London”

Serena’s search for 24th Grand Slam continues after another Wimbledon loss

London, July 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Simona Halep torpedoed Serena Williams’s latest bid to capture a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam on Saturday when she stormed to a sensational victory in a 56-minute Wimbledon final. The 27-year-old Romanian captured her second career major with a 6-2, 6-2 victory adding a maiden Wimbledon the first for her country in … Continue reading “Serena’s search for 24th Grand Slam continues after another Wimbledon loss”

New Zealand begins cash for guns programme

London, July 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Dozens of Christchurch gun owners on Saturday handed over their weapons in exchange for money, in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand after the government outlawed many types of semi-automatics. Police said they paid more than 430,000 New Zealand dollars ($288,000) to 169 gun owners … Continue reading “New Zealand begins cash for guns programme”

Police, Civil Service, Parliament top list of most corrupt institutions in Africa-Survey

London, July 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Africans have identified the Police, Civil Servants and the Parliament as the most corrupt institutions according to the 10th edition of  Global Corruption Barometer – Africa In a survey of over 47,000 citizens from 35 African countries respondents gave personal experiences with and perceptions of corruption. More than half of all citizens think … Continue reading “Police, Civil Service, Parliament top list of most corrupt institutions in Africa-Survey”

Two journalists, 8 others dead in fresh Somalia suicide attack

London, July 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-At least 10 people including two journalists have been killed in a terrorist attack on a hotel in the port city of Kismayo in Somalia, according to a local official. A suicide car bomb detonated outside the Asasey Hotel on Friday, where community elders and lawmakers had been discussing an upcoming election, and was followed by … Continue reading “Two journalists, 8 others dead in fresh Somalia suicide attack”

Kenya introduces curriculum on bomb detection as part of national strategy against terrorism

Adesina Idris London, July 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A common and popular African proverb says when the beat changes, the dancing steps must follow suit. That aptly explains the current situation in Kenya. The Country has suffered its share of terrorism just like every other part of the world. Now Kenya is being proactive, taken every step … Continue reading “Kenya introduces curriculum on bomb detection as part of national strategy against terrorism”

Serial pedophile gets 615 years jail for abusing five girls

London July 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A serial pedophile is to spend the rest of his life behind bars after ben sentenced 615 years in prison for sexually abusing five young girls for years. Raven Smith, 35, was sentenced on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to numerous counts of rape, sodomy, and sexual abuse in Houston County, … Continue reading “Serial pedophile gets 615 years jail for abusing five girls”

Nigeria High Commission launches Nigerian Business Club in London

London, July 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigeria High Commission in United Kingdom is to officially inaugurate the “Nigerian investment Club next Friday July 19, 2019 in london A release by the Commission in London said “The new National, Zonal and state Nigerian Business Investment Clubs are new platforms and initiative of the Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment … Continue reading “Nigeria High Commission launches Nigerian Business Club in London”

Google admits contractors listen, record bedroom talks

London, July 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Third-party contractors working for Google are recording and secretly listening to your bedroom conversations via Google Assistant on smartphones, home speakers and security cameras, a new report has claimed, stressing that such recordings raise serious questions about privacy of users. According to Belgian broadcaster VRT NWS, users’ conversations with Google Home speakers are being recorded and audio … Continue reading “Google admits contractors listen, record bedroom talks”

AFCON 2019: Dollar rain for Eagles as Dangote, Otedola offer $75,000 per goal,

Taiwo Adelu London, July 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Two Nigerian business moguls, Billionaire Aliko Dangote and oil Baron Femi Otedola want the Nigerian team at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) in Egypt to see their next games to the final as do-or-die affairs with a promise of $75,000 (about N27 million) per goal scored in … Continue reading “AFCON 2019: Dollar rain for Eagles as Dangote, Otedola offer $75,000 per goal,”

UN to establish ‘Electronic System’ to monitor disbursement of humanitarian aid

London, July 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-In apparent response to calls that the destination of humanitarian aid be more effectively monitored, the UN will act to establish stricter controls in concerned areas by introducing “new electronic surveillance” system to track the movements of Aids According to reports, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, wants to make it part of … Continue reading “UN to establish ‘Electronic System’ to monitor disbursement of humanitarian aid”

Nigeria orders Army, Police, hospitals others to patronise local textile

London, July 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all uniform services and hospitals to henceforth patronise Nigerian Cotton, Textile and Garment (CTG) industries as part of measure to grow the economy. The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this at a meeting with the Service Chiefs and stakeholders … Continue reading “Nigeria orders Army, Police, hospitals others to patronise local textile”

Nigeria cancels all contract for foreign production of e-passport

London, July 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government has cancelled the printing of e-passports by all companies including foreign contracts Henceforth, the responsibility for the production of Nigerian e-passport will be solely undertaking by the Nigerian Printing and Minting Company. president Buhari displays his copy of Nigerian e-passportThe Presidency, in a statement released by the Special Adviser … Continue reading “Nigeria cancels all contract for foreign production of e-passport”

IFC invests €2.5 million in Mali to boost Shea butter production

London, July 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)–IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced an investment of up to €2.5 million in Mali Shi to help build the only active modern shea butter processing plant in the country. The plant will increase incomes and market access for about 120,000 shea kernel producers in Mali, over 95 percent … Continue reading “IFC invests €2.5 million in Mali to boost Shea butter production”

U.N. secretary arrives Mozambique to assess post-cyclone progress

London, July 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived in Mozambique on Thursday for a two-day working visit. During his visit to the southeast African country, the 70-year-old will assess the damage caused by the two tropical cyclones earlier this year. Mozambique was hit by Cyclone Idai in March, killing over 600 … Continue reading “U.N. secretary arrives Mozambique to assess post-cyclone progress”

Japan invests $.5m in Moroccan prison reform

London, July 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Moroccan Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR) and the embassy of Japan in Morocco have signed agreement on a project for the reintegration of young Moroccan detainees and the fight against violence on Wednesday, July 10. The agreement between Morocco and Japan on the reintegration program signed on Wednesday also includes the signing … Continue reading “Japan invests $.5m in Moroccan prison reform”

U.K. politicians harass, bully staff, new report finds

London, July 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The U.K. Parliament has a widespread culture of sexual harassment and bullying by lawmakers that has made staff ill and led them to quit their jobs, according to an independent report. The working culture at the Palace of Westminster includes an “unacceptable” level of sexual “banter” and unwelcome discussion of intimate … Continue reading “U.K. politicians harass, bully staff, new report finds”

South Africa grants Ghana visa-free status, denies Nigeria

London, July 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Ghana is the latest country to be granted a visa-free status by the South African government. South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has added Ghana to a list of seven countries whose nationals will be permitted to enter South Africa visa-free. Nigeria was not included despite the large volume of trade … Continue reading “South Africa grants Ghana visa-free status, denies Nigeria”

“We have reached a tipping point”, Nigeria warns South Africa over death of nationals

London, July 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has demanded a thorough investigation in the alleged murder of Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwu, the Deputy Director-General of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria in South Africa saying “It’s one death too many” The Chairman of NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in an interview said “We must know what happened. If it … Continue reading ““We have reached a tipping point”, Nigeria warns South Africa over death of nationals”

Nigeria: ALGON Lauds Fayemi’s Magnanimity over Recall of Suspended Council Chiefs

London, July 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The National President of the All Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Mr Kolade Alabi has commended the Ekiti State Government for reinstating eight Local Government Chairmen and their Councillors elected on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). Alabi specifically thanked Governor Kayode Fayemi for ensuring that the rule of … Continue reading “Nigeria: ALGON Lauds Fayemi’s Magnanimity over Recall of Suspended Council Chiefs”

Nigeria: Disregard Trending Rumour of Impending Hike in Pump Price of Petrol-NNPC

London, July 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has advised motorists and other petroleum products consumers to disregard trending rumour of a planned hike in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, saying the statement of the corporation’s Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, at the National Assembly yesterday … Continue reading “Nigeria: Disregard Trending Rumour of Impending Hike in Pump Price of Petrol-NNPC”

Nigeria: Fayemi inaugurates committees on gender violence, child rights

London, July 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has inaugurated the Gender-Based Violence Management Committee and the State Child’s Right Implementation Committee, with a renewed vow to rid the State of gender violence. The Governor said the news of child’s right violation and women abuse that currently dominates the social media and other … Continue reading “Nigeria: Fayemi inaugurates committees on gender violence, child rights”

eSwatini (Swaziland) bans ‘witchcraft and magic’ competition

London, July 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A witchcraft competition pitting witch-doctors against each other in a battle of skills scheduled for this weekend in eSwatini – formerly known as Swaziland – has been banned, according to a government statement. Organisers had planned to hold the competition in Manzini, the second city of eSwatini, a land-locked country in … Continue reading “eSwatini (Swaziland) bans ‘witchcraft and magic’ competition”

Ivanka Trump Women’s Initiative programme announces $27M in grants to Rwanda, 21 other countries

London, July 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A White House initiative spearheaded by Ivanka Trump to empower women around the developing world economically, announced its initial achievements, including $27 million in grants for projects in 22 countries. The project also reported its first substantial success: backing a change in Ivory Coast family law to make it more equitable … Continue reading “Ivanka Trump Women’s Initiative programme announces $27M in grants to Rwanda, 21 other countries”

Nigerian Community Unites against Crime, Social Vices

London, July 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Christian and Muslim Communities in Igbaye, Odo-Otin Local Government, Osun State, south-West Nigeria have formed a coalition against petty crimes and social vices like drug abuse, cultism and hooliganism associated with youthful exuberance in the town The coalition is led by community and religious leaders in collaboration with the security agencies. … Continue reading “Nigerian Community Unites against Crime, Social Vices”

Nigeria Football Federation inaugurates foundation to care for ex national team players

By Taiwo Adelu London, July 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-After many years of neglect and suffering, help has finally arrived for ex Nigerian footballers. They are the yesterday’s heroes who after serving their father’s land meritoriously winning medals and laurels, became a victim of global economic recession But now, things are about to change in their lives. … Continue reading “Nigeria Football Federation inaugurates foundation to care for ex national team players”

Nigerian Entrepreneur, Tony Elumelu takes gender advocacy to Ivanka Trump in the White House

London, July 11, 2019-(altAfrica)-A Nigerian entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tony Elumelu, who is also the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation has taken his advocacy about women and youth empowerment to the white House in Washington where he met the daughter of American president Ivanka Trump Tony Elumelu with Ivanka Trump in White House, Washington The … Continue reading “Nigerian Entrepreneur, Tony Elumelu takes gender advocacy to Ivanka Trump in the White House”