Prince Harry and Meghan’s stars too powerful to stay within the royals-Debbie Frank, astrologer who predicted their exit

London, Jan. 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s decision to step back from official duties came as a shock to many, there was one royal watcher who predicted the upheaval. Frequently referred to as “the royal astrologer”, Debbie Frank worked closely with Harry’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales after the pair first met in February 1989. The two were close, … Continue reading “Prince Harry and Meghan’s stars too powerful to stay within the royals-Debbie Frank, astrologer who predicted their exit”

In Spain, Lai Mohammed Woos International Investors To Nigeria’s Creative Industry

London, Jan. 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)– The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged international investors to take advantage of the burgeoning opportunities in the nation’s Creative Industry to invest and watch their money grow in leap and bounds The Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (first from left), with … Continue reading “In Spain, Lai Mohammed Woos International Investors To Nigeria’s Creative Industry”

American Actress Ilfenesh Hadera visits Ethiopia, father’s homeland

London, Jan. 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Ilfenesh Hadera, an American actress, whose father is Ethiopian, is visiting Ethiopia to inspect a health project her family had a hand in. Ilfenesh Hadera, (TV Overide)Ilfenesh Hadera, known for her role in the film based on the Baywatch TV series, arrived in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, on Thursday. … Continue reading “American Actress Ilfenesh Hadera visits Ethiopia, father’s homeland”

Nigeria: Police interrogates ‘Oko Oloyun’s escorts, arrests staff over alleged fraud

London, Jan. 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The two police escorts attached to the popular Yoruba herbal manufacturer, Alhaji Fatai Yusuff, killed by some unknown gunmen on Thursday have been arrested for questioning They are being held at the homicide section of State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID Iyaganku, Ibadan according a statement by the Oyo command of the … Continue reading “Nigeria: Police interrogates ‘Oko Oloyun’s escorts, arrests staff over alleged fraud”

More people across UK show symptoms of deadly China infection, coronavirus

London, Jan. 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-More than a dozen people in the UK have been tested for coronavirus, as the health secretary warned there is an “increased likelihood” of cases occurring. Already fourteen people who show symptoms of the killer virus have been tested for the virus, with five confirmed negative and nine still awaiting results, … Continue reading “More people across UK show symptoms of deadly China infection, coronavirus”

Burkina Faso to arm civilians volunteers in fight against extremists

London, Jan. 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Burkina Faso parliament has approved legislation allowing the military to use civilian volunteers in the fight against Islamic extremism, a decision that underscores how outnumbered soldiers are amid rising attacks across the West African country. READ ALSO: APPREHENSION AS LIBYA’S HAFTAR FORCES TARGET PASSENGER PLANES The plan to put weapons in … Continue reading “Burkina Faso to arm civilians volunteers in fight against extremists”

Morocco offers 20 MW turbine to Guinea as part of moves to improve bi-lateral relations

London, Jan. 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-In Guinea, the electricity supply of the locality of Kankan will soon be improved with the addition of 20 MW of additional capacity, announced Cheick Taliby Sylla, the Minister of Energy.  Morocco offers a 20 MW turbine to Guinea as part of moves to improve bi-lateral relations (MWN)The additional contribution will … Continue reading “Morocco offers 20 MW turbine to Guinea as part of moves to improve bi-lateral relations”

Nigeria: Popular Lagos alternative medicine practitioner, Oko Oloyun killed by unknown gunmen

London, Jan. 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Popular alternative medicine practitioner, Alhaji Fatai Yusuf, also known as Oko Oloyun, was on Thursday shot dead by unknown gunmen on the Eruwa-Igboora Road in the Ibarapa Central area of Oyo State. Alhaji Yusuf was said to be on his way from an outing around 4.30pm, when the gunmen shot at … Continue reading “Nigeria: Popular Lagos alternative medicine practitioner, Oko Oloyun killed by unknown gunmen”

Ex Nigerian international, Victor Moses joins Inter Milan to resurrect career

London, Jan. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Victor Moses has been reunited with manager Antonio Conte after signing a loan deal with Inter Milan until the end of the season. The anticipated move was confirmed on Thursday afternoon by the high-flying Italian side. The 29-year-old has joined on loan for the rest of the campaign with a view to making the … Continue reading “Ex Nigerian international, Victor Moses joins Inter Milan to resurrect career”

Forgotten ex Nigerian international, Victor Moses joins Inter Milan on loan

London, Jan. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Victor Moses has been reunited with manager Antonio Conte after signing a loan deal with Inter Milan until the end of the season. The anticipated move from Chelsea was confirmed on Thursday afternoon by the high-flying Italian side. The 29-year-old has joined on loan for the rest of the campaign with a view to … Continue reading “Forgotten ex Nigerian international, Victor Moses joins Inter Milan on loan”

Angola to seek international arrest warrant for Isabel dos Santos

London, Jan. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Angola could issue an international arrest warrant for billionaire Isabel dos Santos if she fails to cooperate with a fraud investigation in which she has been named as a suspect, its chief prosecutor was quoted as saying. Isabel Dos Santos, daughter of Angola’s former President and Africa’s richest woman, sits for … Continue reading “Angola to seek international arrest warrant for Isabel dos Santos”

Apprehension as Libya’s Haftar forces threaten to target passenger planes

London, Jan. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The forces of the Libyan military strongman Gen Khalifa Haftar say they will target any civilian or military plane using the airport that serves the capital, Tripoli. Forces loyal to Gen Haftar are suspected to have launched an attack at Mitiga airport (Getty Images)Ahmed Al-Mismari, spokesman for Haftar forces, said on … Continue reading “Apprehension as Libya’s Haftar forces threaten to target passenger planes”

Archbishop of Canterbury visit Kenyan school where he first met God

London, Jan. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the principal leader of the Church of England, has visited his old school in Kiburu, central Kenya. Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (Episcopalcafe)During his visit, the archbishop said it was the Kenyan school where he first learnt about salvation and God. READ ALSO: NIGERIAN CUSTOMS … Continue reading “Archbishop of Canterbury visit Kenyan school where he first met God”

Archbishop of Canterbury visit Kenyan school where he first learnt about God

London, Jan. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the principal leader of the Church of England, has visited his old school in Kiburu, central Kenya. Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (Episcopalcafe)During his visit, the archbishop said it was the Kenyan school where he first learnt about salvation and God. He lived in Kiburu … Continue reading “Archbishop of Canterbury visit Kenyan school where he first learnt about God”

Nigeria: Customs boss, Ali orders officers to declare assets annually to check corrupt practices

London, Jan. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Hameed Ali, has directed officers of the service to henceforth declare their assets every year. Ali issued the directive when members of the Board of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), led by its Chairman, Mohammed Isah, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on … Continue reading “Nigeria: Customs boss, Ali orders officers to declare assets annually to check corrupt practices”

Birth Tourism: Donald Trump to impose visa restrictions on pregnant women going to US to give birth

London, Jan. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Pregnant women coming to United States just to give birth are to be ban under a new visa restriction by the Trump administration The new visa restrictions aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children can have a coveted U.S. passport. … Continue reading “Birth Tourism: Donald Trump to impose visa restrictions on pregnant women going to US to give birth”

Tanzania deregisters nine universities over poor academic standard

London, Jan. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) on Tuesday announced deregistration of nine universities for failing to take corrective measures aimed at improving the standard of education in their campuses.“The deregistered universities have failed to take remedial measures given to them in 2018 to improve the standards of education they offered,” said … Continue reading “Tanzania deregisters nine universities over poor academic standard”

Zambia, Zimbabwe plan joint industrialisation programme

London, Jan. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe with support from the COMESA Secretariat are planning a joint industrialisation programme which will build on the experiences and lessons learned from the existing joint ventures. The two countries are already cooperating in a number of sectors for structural and economic transformation since the federation … Continue reading “Zambia, Zimbabwe plan joint industrialisation programme”

South African army approves hijab for Muslim officers in uniform

London, Jan. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The South African army on Wednesday approves hijab for Muslim officers after dropping criminal charges against an officer who had been indicted for wearing a Muslim headscarf under her military beret READ ALSO: NIGERIAN ELECTORAL BODY, INEC ESTABLISHES DISABILITY UNITS NATIONWIDE Chaplain-general Monwabisi Jamangile and Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) president Sheikh … Continue reading “South African army approves hijab for Muslim officers in uniform”

Nigeria to inaugurate National Traffic Radio to enlighten road users, reduce accident

London, Jan. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government says it will inaugurate the National traffic radio 107.1 FM, to educate and enlighten the public on traffic rules and regulations in order to reduce road crashes. The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi said this during the visit of the Secretary to the Government … Continue reading “Nigeria to inaugurate National Traffic Radio to enlighten road users, reduce accident”

South Sudan to inject 100MW of electricity into national grid by March

London, Jan. 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-South Sudan’s Ministry of Energy and Dams says a total of 100MW of electricity will be injected into its national grid by March, a move since by analysts as a celebration of the success of its private partnership model in power generation The city grid became operational in 2019 and will … Continue reading “South Sudan to inject 100MW of electricity into national grid by March”

Nigerian electoral body, INEC establishes disability units nationwide

London, Jan. 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s national electral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has established disability desks at its offices nationwide to ensure inclusiveness in the electoral process. INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State, Sam Olumekun, made this known in Lagos on Tuesday during a one-day Strategy Meeting on Capturing Persons with Disabilities … Continue reading “Nigerian electoral body, INEC establishes disability units nationwide”

Nigeria, UK sign N153.4bn worth of business deals

London, Jan. 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government and its UK counterpart have signed business deals worth over ₦153.4billion during the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit held in London. President Muhammadu Buhari, who led a delegation from Nigeria, held meetings with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. READ ALSO: UGANDA BEGINS TEST … Continue reading “Nigeria, UK sign N153.4bn worth of business deals”

MTN, IOM train 2000 Sudan returnee migrants in mobile money business

London, Jan. 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Returnee migrants in Sudan have turned to mobile money business popularly known as MoMo to re-establish their livelihoods in the country.  This is courtesy of Africa’s largest mobile operator in partnership partnered with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) MTN, IOM train 2000 Sudan returnee migrants in mobile money businessAn IOM … Continue reading “MTN, IOM train 2000 Sudan returnee migrants in mobile money business”

Nokia, Angola Cables begin direct optical connection between US and Africa

London, Jan. 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nokia -Nokia has announced a strong partnership with Angola Cables to lay the first direct optical connection between the USA and Africa. The route provides direct, low-latency trans-Atlantic routing and greatly simplifies the turn-up of services to better serve rapidly growing data consumption markets in Africa. Subsea fiber-optic cables form the … Continue reading “Nokia, Angola Cables begin direct optical connection between US and Africa”

Uganda begins test run for 5G network

London, Jan. 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications and MTN Uganda have jointly launched the first 5G network in East Africa The launch was conducted at an event themed “Experience the Future Together”at the Nyonyi Garden, Kampala, Uganda. 5G network wireless systems and internet of things with young man hand using … Continue reading “Uganda begins test run for 5G network”

Nigeria: Rejoice in the Lord, no more war-Olubadan tells subjects

London, Jan. 21, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Olubadan of Ibadanland in the western axis of Nigeria, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji has said the three year old crisis that rocked Ibadan Chieftaincy System has gone with the wind, so the people should rejoice in the Lord. The first class monarch made the remarks  at the installation … Continue reading “Nigeria: Rejoice in the Lord, no more war-Olubadan tells subjects”

Nigerian cricket team: The historic journey to first world cup appearance

London, Jan. 21, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Debutants Nigeria are set to face England at the Under-19 cricket World Cup in first historic first appearance in a major international event But as Janine Anthony of the BBC reports from Lagos, cricket is still very much a minority sport in the West African country. The players knelt down, praised … Continue reading “Nigerian cricket team: The historic journey to first world cup appearance”

Nigerian cricket team: The historic journey to first appearance in world cup

London, Jan. 21, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Debutants Nigeria are set to face England at the Under-19 cricket World Cup in first historic first appearance in a major international event But as Janine Anthony of the BBC reports from Lagos, cricket is still very much a minority sport in the West African country. The players knelt down, praised … Continue reading “Nigerian cricket team: The historic journey to first appearance in world cup”

Ghana to introduce mental health levy to address short fall in funding for mental health rogrammes

London, Jan. 21, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Authorities in the West African state of Ghana are  pondering the introduction of Mental health Levy special tax to fund different programmes and policy of the government on mental health The Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority Dr. Akwasi Osei told 3news.com that the proposed Mental Health Levy is … Continue reading “Ghana to introduce mental health levy to address short fall in funding for mental health rogrammes”

Prince Harry to focus more on Africa after royal split

London, Jan. 21, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Prince Harry met visiting African leaders in London on Monday in a clear sign that he intends to continue pursuing his favourite charitable causes on the continent after he leaves the royal fold. Harry attended the UK-Africa Investment Summit, hosted by the UK Government, where he met with leaders from Malawi, … Continue reading “Prince Harry to focus more on Africa after royal split”

Africa is the continent of the future- Blair

London, Jan. 21, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Africa is the coming continent. Its population is predicted to double to 2 billion people over the next three decades. That growth will mean enormous opportunities for business and investment, but will also create huge challenges around sustainability and the environment. An Africa focus is therefore essential, particularly for a post-Brexit Britain. Former … Continue reading “Africa is the continent of the future- Blair”

EU budgets $998 million for humanitarian aid in Africa, others

London, Jan. 21, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The European Union, EU, has set up a 900 million euro ($998 million) budget to help countries hit by humanitarian crises, with Africa getting the largest share of the money. The EU Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, said Monday that people in more than 80 countries will benefit from the money … Continue reading “EU budgets $998 million for humanitarian aid in Africa, others”

Several terrorists killed in gun battle between Boko Haram factions in Nigeria

London, Jan. 21, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Intense gun battle between two rival jihadist groups in northeast Nigeria has left several fighters dead, two sources with close knowledge of the incident told AFP on Monday. Fighters in pickup trucks from a Boko Haram faction loyal to Abubakar Shekau stormed a camp belonging to rival IS-aligned Islamic State West … Continue reading “Several terrorists killed in gun battle between Boko Haram factions in Nigeria”

UK woos Africans with ‘people before passports’ immigration system in bid for post Brexit trade agreements

London, Jan. 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The UK’s post-Brexit immigration system will put “people before passports”, Boris Johnson has said in bid to win more African trade agreements post Brexit Addressing more than two dozen African presidents and prime ministers in an opening speech to the UK-Africa investment summit in London on Monday, the prime minister said … Continue reading “UK woos Africans with ‘people before passports’ immigration system in bid for post Brexit trade agreements”

UK promises ‘people before passports’ immigration system in bid for African trade agreement

London, Jan. 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The UK’s post-Brexit immigration system will put “people before passports”, Boris Johnson has said. Speaking at the UK-Africa Investment Summit, the PM said immigration would become “fairer… treating people the same wherever they come from”. Freedom of movement between the UK and EU is expected to end after the Brexit transition … Continue reading “UK promises ‘people before passports’ immigration system in bid for African trade agreement”

After decades of discrimination, Israel’s Chief Rabbinate recognises Ethiopian Jews as Jewish

London, Jan. 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)- After many decades of open and systemic discrimination, Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Council has officially recognised the the Ethiopian Beta Israel community as Jews The decision by the Chief Rabbinate Council was taken without fanfare in November, the Kan public broadcaster reported Sunday. It came over 45 years after then-chief rabbi … Continue reading “After decades of discrimination, Israel’s Chief Rabbinate recognises Ethiopian Jews as Jewish”

Tanzanians abandon work to beat govt deadline to block unregistered sim cards

London, Jan. 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-From today, Monday, January 20, 2020 Tanzania government is expected to switch off about 10 million unregistered sim cards in bid to crack down on rising crimes Officials say the move is aimed at cracking down on cybercrime, which jumped by 82% in Tanzania in 2017. Tanzanians waiting for sim cards … Continue reading “Tanzanians abandon work to beat govt deadline to block unregistered sim cards”

Deadline day as Tanzania blocks all unregistered Sim cards

London, Jan. 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Long queues have formed in several centres across Tanzania as people try to beat Monday’s deadline to register their Sim cards. The measure is part of the government’s order for all users of mobile phones to register them under a new biometric system. Officials say only 20 million Sim cards have … Continue reading “Deadline day as Tanzania blocks all unregistered Sim cards”

South African events centre refuses to host wedding ceremony for lesbian couple

London, Jan. 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The decision of an events centre in South African to host a wedding reception for a lesbian couple is generating heated media debate in the country Now a religious lobby group in the country has backed the owners of the popular wedding venue on the ground of religion READ ALSO: UK … Continue reading “South African events centre refuses to host wedding ceremony for lesbian couple”

UK signs 11 trade agreements with African countries

London, Jan 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The UK government says it has signed 11 trade agreements with African countries, just over a week before it officially leaves the European Union. Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets 16 African leaders at an investment summit Monday (20 January) that will see Britain cast out a net for trading partners in … Continue reading “UK signs 11 trade agreements with African countries”

France, Turkey, Russia others agree to arms embargo, stop external meddling in Libya’s war

London, Jan. 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)- At a Berlin summit, World leaders committed on Sunday to ending all foreign meddling in Libya’s war and to uphold a weapons embargo, as a part of a broader plan to end the spiraling conflict World leaders agree to strengthen arms embargo in Libya’s war (News 24 Fr)German chancellor Angela … Continue reading “France, Turkey, Russia others agree to arms embargo, stop external meddling in Libya’s war”

Nigeria: One child, two others dead, 7 houses razed in Lagos pipeline explosion

London, Jan. 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Three people including a child were confirmed dead in late Sunday night pipeline explosion at Ile-Epo area of Abule Egba, in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria The three were burnt to death, while 11 trucks and seven houses razed in the inferno. READ ALSO: PRINCE HARRY BREAKS SILENCE IN EMOTIONAL SPEECH Lagos pipeline … Continue reading “Nigeria: One child, two others dead, 7 houses razed in Lagos pipeline explosion”

Nigeria: 3 dead, 7 houses razed in Lagos pipeline explosion

London, Jan. 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The pipeline explosion at Ile-Epo area of Abule Egba, in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria has left three persons burnt to death, 11 trucks and seven houses razed in the inferno. A massive explosion shattered the peace of the area around 7:45pm on Sunday with thick smokes and balls of fire bellowing the … Continue reading “Nigeria: 3 dead, 7 houses razed in Lagos pipeline explosion”

Prince Harry breaks silence in emotional speech, says “Meghan is the love, happiness i had hoped for all my life”

London, Jan 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Prince Harry spoke for the first time Sunday night after he and his wife made the shock announcement they were stepping back from royal duties READ ALSO: 59 GHANAIAN PRISONERS SECURE UNIVERSITY ADMISSION He spoke at a charity dinner at Ivy Chelsea Garden in west London, in aid of his organisation, … Continue reading “Prince Harry breaks silence in emotional speech, says “Meghan is the love, happiness i had hoped for all my life””

59 Ghanaian prisoners secure university admission

London, Jan. 19, 2020 (AltAfrica)-59 prisoners in Ghana have been enrolled and matriculated by the University of Cape Coast for various degree programmes to encourage education in the country’s prisons The University opened a prison campus inside the Nsawam prisons to help inmates qualified for diploma courses to also enroll and 59 of these persons … Continue reading “59 Ghanaian prisoners secure university admission”

Nigeria: Lagos launches Marine Rescue Units for safety of water commuters

London, Jan. 19, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA has set up a Marine Rescue Units to combat incident of boat mishap and other water related disasters. The emergency agency restated it’s commitment to ensure safety of the people, particularly commuters on the roads and waterways. One of the Marine Rescue boats on display … Continue reading “Nigeria: Lagos launches Marine Rescue Units for safety of water commuters”

Nigerian partners Dundee University, Scotland on Nanotechnology

London, Jan. 19, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian government and the University of Dundee, Scotland are to develop a technical committee to focus on the study of Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Forensics and Information Communication Technology for mutual benefits. READ ALSO: ANTHONY JOSHUA PRESENTS HEAVYWEIGHT BELTS TO BUHARI IN UK Nigerian partners Dundee University, Scotland on NanotechnologyNigeria’s Minister of Science … Continue reading “Nigerian partners Dundee University, Scotland on Nanotechnology”

Anthony Joshua presents heavyweight belts to Buhari in UK

London, Jan. 18, 2020 (AltAfrica)-World boxing heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has officially presented his four title belts to President Muhammadu Buhari, which he regained after beating Mexican-American, Andy Ruiz Jnr in a rematch in Saudi Arabia in December. Anthony Joshua presents heavyweight belts to Buhari in UK (PM News)The British-Nigerian celebrated his recent victory with … Continue reading “Anthony Joshua presents heavyweight belts to Buhari in UK”

Harry and Meghan give up royal titles

London, Jan. 18, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer use their HRH titles and will not receive public funds for royal duties, Buckingham Palace has announced. The couple will also no longer formally represent The Queen. Harry and Meghan give up royal duties, titlesThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex intend to repay £2.4m … Continue reading “Harry and Meghan give up royal titles”