Dangote cement approaches SA’s PPC about takeover


Dangote Cement Plc has approached PPC Ltd. about a takeover deal, signaling the start of a possible bidding war for South Africa’s biggest cement maker after an earlier offer led by Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. Dangote has told PPC’s board that it’s interested in buying “the entire share capital,” the Lagos-based company said late Wednesday in a statement to ...

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New report accuses EU countries of unlawful fishing in African waters

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The advocacy group, Oceana says it has found EU flagged countries doing illegal fishing in the waters of some African countries. In a report it published today, September 12, 2017, Oceana says it found that four European countries authorized illegal fishing in the waters of The Gambia and Equatorial Guinea between April 2012 and August 2015. “Using data from Global ...

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ISTR 2017 ends with a call on Africans to cultivate philanthropic culture to solve its own problems


ISTR 2017 ends with a call on Africans to cultivate philanthropic culture to solve its own problems As international aids and foreign donations for Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) shrink, threatening its sustainability, the need for Africans to take control of their own affairs by mobilizing the needed resources for its development is eminent now more than ever. For the past ...

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ISTR Conference 2017: participants explore ways to maximize philanthropy in Africa

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Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s), and researchers are exploring ways to maximize the philanthropy sector in Africa while calling on Africans to take charge to mobilize the needed resources for it’s own development needs. At the 4th ISTRA Africa Regional Network Conference which commenced on June 21, 2017 and will end today, June 22, 2017, in Accra, researchers and participants are ...

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IMF approves $224.8 mln in extra credit for Ivory Coast

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The International Monetary Fund’s Executive Board approved $224.8 million in additional credit for Ivory Coast under an existing lending framework, it said in a statement on Monday. “The Board … approved an augmentation of access under the two arrangements by about US$224.8 million or 25 percent of the country’s quota,” the statement said. Ivory Coast has emerged from a 2011 ...

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WHO announces model essential medicines lists for 2017


World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a model essential medicines lists (EML) in a new advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances. It said in a release to the Ghana News Agency that other additions include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia. The updated list adds 30 ...

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Ghanaian tech executive Bozoma Saint John leaves Apple for Uber

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Star executive, Bozoma Saint John, is leaving her position at Apple to take on a leadership role at Uber Technologies. The tech maven has been named the Chief Brand Officer of Uber Technologies. “I’m excited to start this journey,” she told OkayAfrica in an exclusive conversation. “Uber is a global company and I plan to bring my full global citizenship ...

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is ‘recuperating fast’


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is “recuperating fast” from his illness, his wife Aisha Buhari has said. She made the comments after a trip to London, where her husband is being treated for an unspecified illness. Mr Buhari, 74, left for London nearly a month ago – his second trip to the UK for treatment this year. His absence has led ...

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US husband splits from wife who raped him as boy

A husband has filed for legal separation from his wife and former teacher, who had served a jail term for having sex with him when he was 12. Vili Fualaau, now 33, submitted papers to a court in Washington state, US, to end his 12-year marriage to Mary Kay Fualaau (formerly Letourneau), aged 55. Mrs Fualaau was a married 34-year-old ...

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Somalia’s al-Shabab stones man to death for adultery


Somali militants have stoned a man to death after an Islamic court convicted him of adultery. Dayow Mohamed Hassan, 44, was buried neck-deep and pelted to death with stones by al-Shabab fighters. He was convicted of being in an adulterous relationship with a woman and impregnating her, despite having two wives, an official said. Al-Shabab occasionally passes such sentences for ...

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