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The MTV Africa Music Awards(MAMA) is here!

The MTV Africa Music Awards(MAMA) is here!

AFRICA, Entertainment, ETHIOPIA, Ghana, Guinea, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, Ivory Coast, KENYA, Lesotho, LIBYA, Nairobi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, TANZANIA, UGANDA, West Africa
MTV Africa and MTV Base announced the return of the continental flagship award show in 2021. The Iconic MTV Base celebration, MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA), which showcases the ultimate in African culture, music, and creativity, will be held in a re-imagined virtual format in partnership with Uganda, The Pearl of Africa on February 20th 2021. The MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 will be broadcast on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130). The repeat show will also be aired on BET Africa, BET International and MTV channels across multiple continents as a one-hour MAMA-themed MTV World Stage feature. The ultimate celebration of local African and international talent and achievement, MAMA 2021, in partnership with Uganda, The Pearl of Africa, recognizes and rewards mu...
Siemens Gamesa seals its first wind farm project in Ethiopia, expanding its leadership in Africa

Siemens Gamesa seals its first wind farm project in Ethiopia, expanding its leadership in Africa

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY
The 100 MW wind farm will help power over 400,000 Ethiopian householdsADAMA, Ethiopia, January 4, 2021/ -- The company will deliver 29 SG 3.4-132 wind turbines to state-owned utility Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) for the Assela project; the 100 MW wind farm will help power over 400,000 Ethiopian households; the wind farm is set to be commissioned by Spring 2023, and will save more than 260,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.Siemens Gamesa (www.SiemensGamesa.com) has signed its first wind power project in Ethiopia with state-owned electricity company Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), strengthening its leadership in Africa as the country begins to expand its green energy capacity to meet ambitious renewable targets.The 100 MW Assela wind farm will be located between the towns of Ad...
Operations to Restore Law and Order in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region: How Did We Get Here? – By: H.E. PM Abiy Ahmed Ali

Operations to Restore Law and Order in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region: How Did We Get Here? – By: H.E. PM Abiy Ahmed Ali

AFRICA, ETHIOPIA
When I took office as Prime Minister of Ethiopia in April 2018, I had only one driving mission for my premiership – to put my country and people on a path to lasting peace and prosperity. I vowed to myself, my family and my people, in private and in public, that I would never resort to force as a way of resolving internal political differences. I believe that no problem is worthy of any bloodshed, that all problems can be resolved amicably if we have the courage of our convictions to sit around a table, in good faith, in search of mutually acceptable solutions. I further declared that the only enemy I would mobilize my people and resources to wage war against was poverty. However, my vision and determination came under severe strain right from the start of my premiership. It did not tak...
President Uhuru Kenyatta in Djibouti for Igad Summit-Pictorial

President Uhuru Kenyatta in Djibouti for Igad Summit-Pictorial

AFRICA, Business, Diplomats, Djibouti, ETHIOPIA, KENYA, WORLD
President Uhuru Kenyatta attends the 38th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Djibouti. The meeting was called to discuss ongoing regional peace and security initiatives. President Uhuru Kenyatta attends the 38th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Djibouti. The meeting was called to discuss ongoing regional peace and security initiatives. President Uhuru Kenyatta attends the 38th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Djibouti. The meeting was called to discuss ongoing regional peace and securi...
Ethiopia Offers $250,000 For Help In Finding Dissident Tigray Leaders

Ethiopia Offers $250,000 For Help In Finding Dissident Tigray Leaders

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, Business, ETHIOPIA
Ethiopia on Friday offered a reward in exchange for information that could help locate leaders of the Tigray region’s ruling party, who have been the target of a major military offensive. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, announced the military campaign against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) on November 4, saying it came in response to TPLF-orchestrated attacks on federal army camps. Abiy declared victory after federal forces took the regional capital Mekele in late November, but the UN says clashes persist in the region and TPLF leaders remain on the run. The military will pay 10 million Ethiopian birr (roughly $250,000 / 205,000 euros) to “any person who knows the exact location of the TPLF junta leadership”, the Ethiopian Broadcasting...
ETHIOPIA: Army says 1,000 captured senior military officers freed

ETHIOPIA: Army says 1,000 captured senior military officers freed

AFRICA, ETHIOPIA
Ethiopia said on Thursday that its joint forces have freed more than 1,000 senior military officers and soldiers who had been held hostage for weeks by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Major-General Mohammed Tessema, Director-General of the National Defence Force Indoctrination, said among those freed was Brigadier-General Adamneh Mengste, deputy commander of the Northern Command force, which had been stationed in Mekele, the capital of the restive Tigray region. The military official said the released members of the Northern Command Force were kidnapped by TPLF on the evening of November 4 after they were invited to a dinner party by the former regional governing party turned insurgent group. He said the senior officers were freed without any harm after a joint milita...
MTV Africa Music Awards’ 2021 nomination list

MTV Africa Music Awards’ 2021 nomination list

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, EAST AFRICA, Entertainment, ETHIOPIA, INTERNATIONAL, Ivory Coast, KENYA, UGANDA
The highly anticipated #MTVMAMA’s nomination list was finally released on Wednesday night in a 45-minutes broadcast on DSTV’s MTV Base Africa Channel. Partly, the attention was on who will make a cut to represent the host country, Uganda, and luckily we had six acts who scooped the nominations in the prestigious awards. The 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) will be held in Kampala, Uganda on 20th February 2020 in a virtual setup that will be broadcast live on MTV Base (DStv channel 322). Talented African musicians feature on the list of nominees including Burna Boy, Busiswa, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Innoss’B, Kabza De Small, John Blaq, Master KG, Suspect 95, Sheebah, Soraia Ramos, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade and WizKid – who were each nominated for two awards. São Tomé and Príncipe’s...
President Kenyatta, Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed inaugurate Moyale border post

President Kenyatta, Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed inaugurate Moyale border post

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
  MOYALE, MARSABIT COUNTY, 9th Dec, 2020 Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting Ethiopia's  Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed today inaugurated the Moyale One-Stop Border Post (OSBP). Also inaugurated is the 500-kilometer Hawassa-Hagere Mariam-Moyale Road which is part of the Trans African Highway and a key segment of Mombasa-Nairobi-Addis Ababa transport corridor. Speaking to residents of Moyale town on the Ethiopian side of the border, President Kenyatta encouraged traders from both countries to utilise the new infrastructure especially the OSBP to boost cross-border trade. The President said his administration attaches great importance to its partnership with the Ethiopian Government in the roll out of joint infrastructure projects saying such initiatives are ...
Kenya and Ethiopia pledge enhanced ties as Moyale Border Post is commissioned

Kenya and Ethiopia pledge enhanced ties as Moyale Border Post is commissioned

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, KENYA
President Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have pledged to enhance bilateral relations between Kenya and Ethiopia as part of ongoing efforts to tap into the region’s unexploited potential. Speaking during the commissioning of the Moyale One Stop Border Post, President Kenyatta said the two nations have already elevated their relationship adding that the two countries share similar aspirations to maintain a free and open trade and investment environment. “I am convinced there is still tremendous potential to grow our trade volumes and recognises the importance of strategic partnerships and the development of joint infrastructure projects which will further cement the close ties between Kenya and Ethiopia” Observed president Kenyatta. The president saying that the la...
GHANA ELECTIONS 2020: Madina Constituency seat eludes NPP as Xavier Sosu wins

GHANA ELECTIONS 2020: Madina Constituency seat eludes NPP as Xavier Sosu wins

AFRICA, ETHIOPIA
The NDC parliamentary candidate for Madina Constituency, Francis Xavier Sosu has won against NPP’s Abu-Bakar Saddique Boniface. He won by 61, 274 votes while the incumbent NPP MP managed to pull some 46, 525 votes. Lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu prior to the elections launched a website dubbed ‘madinajobcenter.com’ to solve the unemployment problems in the constituency. Nonetheless, Madina has consistently been considered as a swing constituency following its voting pattern since 2004. The National Democratic Congress took charge of the seat from 2004 till 2012, then the NPP took over in 2016.
ETHIOPIA: Residents of Major Towns in Tigray State Urged to Work Alongside Interim Administration

ETHIOPIA: Residents of Major Towns in Tigray State Urged to Work Alongside Interim Administration

AFRICA, ETHIOPIA
Inhabitants of Zalanbessa, Weqro, Adigrat and Edaga-Hamus towns in Tigray Region were urged to work together with the interim administration to bring lasting peace in the major towns of the state. During the discussions held in the towns, the residents were urged to work alongside the interim administration for lasting peace and stability. According to Habtai Gebremariam, committee member of the interim administration, the residents demanded that government institutions provide services. They in particular mentioned the need for immediate resumption of services of health facilities, electricity, and telecom, he added. Furthermore, they called on the interim administration to establish its structure in cities and other areas to ensure peace and enable the inhabitants to resume w...
ETHIOPIA: Public Schools Reopen Partially in Addis Ababa

ETHIOPIA: Public Schools Reopen Partially in Addis Ababa

AFRICA, ETHIOPIA
Public schools in the city of Addis Ababa have begun partial classes on Monday after closure for more than 8 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Deputy Mayor of the City, Adanech Abeibei announced the official resumption of classes from grade 5 to 8 appearing at one of the public schools in the capital. The deputy mayor said during the occasion that schools have been reopened with stringent measures to prevent the spread COVID-19. The current increased awareness of the public on how to prevent the spread of the pandemic and improved local capability to manufacture medical supplies vital to tackling the virus enabled the country to reopen schools, she added. According to the deputy mayor, the city administration has constructed 2,300 additional class rooms and 11...
ETHIOPIA: Tigray Interim Administration Pledges to Bring Lasting Peace, Sustain Dev’t in Region

ETHIOPIA: Tigray Interim Administration Pledges to Bring Lasting Peace, Sustain Dev’t in Region

AFRICA, ETHIOPIA
The Interim Administration of Tigray Region has pledged to bring peace and stability all over the state and sustain development activities. Chief Executive Officer of Tigray Region Interim Administration, Mulu Nega held discussion with elders, religious leaders, youth and women in the regional capital Mekelle about the current state of affairs in the region. During the discussion, they focused on reconstruction and lasting peace and security in the region. He assured them that the interim administration will work with the people to ensure peace and stability throughout the region and continue with development endeavors in the region. The CEO stated that the interim administration will work to meet the needs of the people for services and other basic needs by establishing tempor...
ETHIOPIA: Federal Police Issue Arrest Warrants for 10 Ex-Addis Ababa Police Members

ETHIOPIA: Federal Police Issue Arrest Warrants for 10 Ex-Addis Ababa Police Members

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, ETHIOPIA
The Federal Police Commission issued arrest warrants on Monday for 10 former Addis Ababa police commission commanders and officers. The commission said the 10 commanders and officers were involved in a treason and human rights abuse taking mission from TPLF clique. According to the commission, they participated directly and indirectly in plans to stir up violence and in activities that put at risk the constitutional order. The warrant arrest was issued for the following police commanders and officers: 1. Commander Solomon Abrha Bisrat 2. Commander Hailemariam Berhane Gebremariam 3. Deputy Inspector Kibrom Gebru Gebreegziabher 4. Deputy Inspector Aregawi Gebrehiwot Asfaw 5. Assistant Inspector Geza’e Gebrehiwot Gebresilassie 6. Assistant Inspector Tesfa Kiros Gidey 7. As...
Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed set to meet Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kenya visit

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed set to meet Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kenya visit

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, ETHIOPIA, KENYA
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is scheduled to visit Kenya for two days from Wednesday, his first foreign trip since he announced the completion of military operations in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. While in Kenya, Abiy will join President Uhuru Kenyatta for an official opening of the Moyale One Stop Border Post that is meant to facilitate travel between their two countries. The two leaders will also visit Lamu in the coastal region of Kenya, where they will inspect the ongoing construction of the new Lamu Port, an anchor project of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor. Kenya and Ethiopia enjoy warm relations, and the country’s leadership have met many times in the past. An Ethio-Kenya Special Status Agreement has enabled the two East African ...
African Artists and Youth Uniting in African Union (AU) Pledge for Peace

African Artists and Youth Uniting in African Union (AU) Pledge for Peace

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, TECHNOLOGY
We have come together from different backgrounds and different nations to create a positive, global awakening, responding to the AU's call for pledges for peace ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, December 7, 2020/ -- A pledge to end all forms of violence and set in motion a grassroots civil society campaign to promote peace was launched today by a coalition of community activists, artists, victims of war, academics, business leaders and African youth. Emmanuel Jal, a spokesperson for the coalition and a prominent peace campaigner, said: "We are losing the battle to end hostilities. Ours is a call to action. We have come together from different backgrounds and different nations to create a positive, global awakening, responding to the AU's call for pledges for peac...
Ethiopia enters the third phase of Tigray offensive, attacking the capital Mekelle

Ethiopia enters the third phase of Tigray offensive, attacking the capital Mekelle

AFRICA, ETHIOPIA
The Ethiopian Prime minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, has directed the Ethiopian National Defense forces to conclude what he calls “the third and final phase of enforcing the rule of law” as the 72 hours window that he gave to the Tigrayans soldiers, popularly known as the Tigray People Liberation Front(TPLF), had elapsed. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed with Ethiopian army.(Photo credit: Courtesy image/Africanews) The “third and final phase of enforcing the rule of law” is a coded term for military offensives on the regional capital of the Tigray people, Mekelle. According to the Prime Minister Abiy, thousands of Tigrayan fighters have surrendered in the last three days; however, he still wants the offensives on the capital to advance. The Prime Minister said the military would try no...