Africa

Babangida Campaign Chief Accuses Goodluck Jonathan’s Supporters of Threats

A Nigerian media tycoon has said he stands by his allegation that supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan have threatened to kidnap his eldest son. Raymond Dokpesi, who is Director General of the presidential campaign for former Nigerian military leader Ibrahim Babangida, told VOA he received several phone calls also threatening to attack his business if he did not step down from his post

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African women scientists Honored

Five African women scientists were honored Thursday at the African Union’s 11th anniversary celebration. A.U. chairman Jean Ping told the crowd he wanted to do more to encourage women to participate in fields that have been dominated by men

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Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan Says He will Run for President

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has told leaders in the ruling People's Democratic Party he will seek the party's nomination in the upcoming presidential election. Nigerian media report Mr. Jonathan declared his intention Tuesday night at a closed-door meeting of state governors. Mr. Jonathan told the governors he plans to make a public announcement on September 18

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Nigeria and China Building Huge Free Trade Zone in Lagos

China and Nigeria are building one of Africa's largest free trade zones in the commercial capital, Lagos. Chinese companies will use the facility to manufacture goods for export throughout Africa. On the tip of the Lekki Peninsula in Lagos, Nigeria and China are building a 16,000 hectare free trade zone to develop local manufacturing and reduce Nigeria's dependence on imported consumer goods

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South Africa to deport Zimbabwe refugees

The South African government has decided to end special dispensation for undocumented Zimbabwean refugees and will deport those who do not have permission to stay by the end of the year. At least one group representing Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa described the decision by President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet this week as "tantamount to a death sentence"

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Kenya’s PM – Bashir invitation Ill-Advised

Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga said it was ill-advised that Sudan’s embattled President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir was invited to participate in the promulgation of Kenya’s constitution last Friday. In an exclusive interview with VOA, Prime Minister Odinga said that the Sudanese leader should be held accountable for the crimes committed under his rule

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Nigeria Granted Highest Air Safety Rating by US

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Monday that Nigeria had met international air safety standards. Harold Demuren, director of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, said the “category one status” means Nigeria can use its own aircraft and crews to fly direct to the United States

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SA Health Minister Accuses Strikers of Murder

As South Africa's public servants' strike entered its third day, the government's has put the security services on high alert to deal with strikers accused of violence. Many critically ill patients from Johannesburg's main public hospitals have been transferred to privately-owned hospitals

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South Africa needs a fearless ANC – Malema

The outspoken youth leader of South Africa's ruling ANC is calling for the party to install younger, more radical leaders. Speaking Saturday, Julius Malema said South Africa needs a "fearless ANC," one that, in his words, will tell the queen in London that South Africa's economy will change

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