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Schools football progress tops Benin agenda

Schools football progress tops Benin agenda

AFRICA, Benin, EAST AFRICA, FIFA, Football, FUFA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, West Africa, WORLD
Benin and FIFA continue to work together on FIFA’s Football for Schools initiative, which promotes safe and healthy lifestyles for young peopleCOTONOU, Benin, February 26, 2021/ -- FIFA (www.FIFA.com) President Gianni Infantino has met with the President of the Republic of Benin, Patrice Talon, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports, Oswald Homeky, and the President of the Beninese Football Association (FEBEFOOT President), Mathurin de Chacus, to discuss the ongoing development of football in the country, together with the challenges that face African football going forward.The meetings, held in Cotonou, took place exactly five years after Gianni Infantino won the elections for the FIFA Presidency in 2016.“The football passion here in Benin is incredible and the love for our game is ...
My End of Mandate Reflections – AU Youth Envoy

My End of Mandate Reflections – AU Youth Envoy

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, West Africa, WORLD
It has been an honor to serve Africa’s youth as the first African Union Special Envoy on Youth for the past two years and to engage thousands of youth from around the continent and the diaspora, visit countless cities and communities to learn from brave and passionate young people, listen to their stories of agency and hope and explore how the AU can better support their crucial work. These are young people that I shared a cup of tea with at the many youth engagements, we cried together at the struggles we went through, we laughed and danced together, we shaped the Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) into what it has become today, by “Shaking Things Up”.   In the two years of our term, my team and I have demonstrated that young people are up to the challenge. Looking back to the ...
World’s GDP, GDP YoY, GDP QoQ, Interest rates, inflation rates, jobless rates, Gov. Budgets, Debt/GDP, Current Account and Population.

World’s GDP, GDP YoY, GDP QoQ, Interest rates, inflation rates, jobless rates, Gov. Budgets, Debt/GDP, Current Account and Population.

Afaghanstan, AFRICA, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Banking World, Business, Cameroon, Central African Republic, China, Denmark, Djibouti, DUBAI, EAST AFRICA, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, ETHIOPIA, EUROPEAN UNION, Florida, Ghana, Guinea, Housing Finance Bank, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, KENYA, Lesotho, LIBYA, London, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Sweden, TANZANIA, UAE, UGANDA, UK, United Bank For Africa, USA, West Africa, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
CountryGDPGDP YoYGDP QoQInterest rateInflation rateJobless rateGov. BudgetDebt/GDPCurrent AccountPopulationUnited States21428-2.50%4.00%0.25%1.40%6.70%-4.60%106.90%-2.30329.13China143436.50%2.60%3.85%0.20%5.20%-2.80%52.60%1.001400.05Euro Area13336-4.30%12.50%0.00%-0.30%8.30%-0.60%77.60%2.30341.90Japan5082-5.80%5.30%-0.10%-1.20%2.90%-3.80%236.60%3.60126.01Germany3846-3.90%0.10%0.00%1.00%4.60%-4.80%59.80%7.1083.20India2875-7.50%21.90%4.00%4.59%6.50%-4.59%69.62%-0.901312.24United Kingdom2827-8.60%16.00%0.10%0.60%5.00%-1.80%80.70%-3.8066.65France2716-5.00%-1.30%0.00%0.00%9.00%-3.00%98.10%-0.7066.98Italy2001-5.00%15.90%0.00%-0.20%8.90%-1.60%134.80%3.0060.36Brazil1840-3.90%7.70%2.00%4.52%14.10%-5.90%75.79%-2.70210.15Canada1736-5.20%8.90%0.25%0.70%8.80%-1.50%88.60%-2.1037.78Russia1700-3.40%1.50%...
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...
Sahel Group of Five: African Development Bank approves program to expand solar energy generation under Desert-to-Power scheme

Sahel Group of Five: African Development Bank approves program to expand solar energy generation under Desert-to-Power scheme

AFRICA, Banking World, Business, EAST AFRICA, Housing Finance Bank, INTERNATIONAL, Ivory Coast, Standard Chartered Bank, UGANDA, Uganda Banker's association, West Africa
Sahel Group of Five: African Development Bank approves program to expand solar energy generation under Desert-to-Power scheme The Desert to Power initiative intends to turn the Sahel region into a renewable powerhouse, harnessing its solar potential to create the world’s largest solar zone ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, December 22, 2020/ -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/) approved on Wednesday a Desert-to-Power (D2P) technical support program that will advance the rollout of solar generation in G5 Sahel countries, where 60 million people lack access to electricity. The technical assistance, in the form of a $5 million grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), has three main components: (i) technical studies for the i...
The African Development Bank Appoints Mr. Simon Mizrahi, Acting Director, Communication and External Relations (PCER)

The African Development Bank Appoints Mr. Simon Mizrahi, Acting Director, Communication and External Relations (PCER)

AFRICA, Banking World, EAST AFRICA, Housing Finance Bank, Ivory Coast, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA, Uganda Banker's association, United Bank For Africa, West Africa, WORLD, World Bank
Simon is a British national who joined the Bank on the 10th of May 2009, as Head of Results Management Division ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, December 17, 2020/ -- The African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Simon MIZRAHI as Acting Director, Communication and External Relations Department (PCER), effective 16 December 2020. The African Development Bank Appoints Mr. Simon Mizrahi, Acting Director, Communication and External Relations (PCER) Simon is a British national who joined the Bank on the 10th of May 2009, as Head of Results Management Division. Before joining the African Development Bank, he worked for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), based in France, as Senior Policy Adviser, A...
Africa must risk capital for its youth, Adesina urges

Africa must risk capital for its youth, Adesina urges

AFRICA, Banking World, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY, Uganda Banker's association, United Bank For Africa, West Africa, WORLD
Adesina engaged in discussion which covered three areas: the current state of affairs with respect to COVID-19 and climate change, stimulus policies and recovery, and the role of the private sector in terms of recovery ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, December 17, 2020 Africa must leverage investment to unleash the potential and ingenuity of its youth, its most important asset, African development Bank (www.AfDB.org) President Akinwumi Adesina said at a Conference of Montreal fireside chat event. The three-day virtual event was organized by the international economic forum of the Americas, under the theme, a sustainable recovery for people and planet. During the fireside chat, Adesina engaged in discussion with Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations...
African Development Bank’s Akinwumi Adesina, three others win Academy of Public Health’s 2020 top Distinguished Fellowship Award

African Development Bank’s Akinwumi Adesina, three others win Academy of Public Health’s 2020 top Distinguished Fellowship Award

AFRICA, Banking World, EAST AFRICA, West Africa, World Bank
  The Distinguished Fellowship Award is the highest fellowship rank in the “Roll of Fellows “of the Academy, leading the Roll of Fellows for their exceptional leadership and service to humanity ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, December 14, 2020/ -- The Academy of Public Health, the flagship body of the West African Institute of Public Health, has named African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) President Akinwumi Adesina and three other eminent persons as winners of its 2020 Distinguished Fellowship Award. Adesina, World Health Organisation(WHO)’s Tedros Ghebreyesus, Leith Greenslade of JustActions and Winnie Byanyima of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, were nominated by young public health professionals across Africa for their demonstrated leadership in working t...
Excitement As Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) Unveils Rugby Programmes At National Institute of Sports (NIS)

Excitement As Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) Unveils Rugby Programmes At National Institute of Sports (NIS)

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Sports, UGANDA, West Africa
This piece of development was revealed by the President of the NRFF Kelechukwu Mbagwu during a virtual meeting with members of the NRFF Board LAGOS, Nigeria, December 14, 2020/ -- The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF)  has released courses and guidelines for prospective enthusiasts who intend to deepen their knowledge of the sport at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) ahead of the 2021/2022 session. This piece of development was revealed by the President of the NRFF Kelechukwu Mbagwu during a virtual meeting with members of the NRFF Board. The announcement of this latest development confirmed the underground efforts made by the Board  to expand rugby from the fields to the lecture rooms where more knowledge can be acquired by Coaches and Administrators. ...
Tony Elumelu joins President of the Republic of Estonia at the ‘EU Africa the Post Crisis Journey’

Tony Elumelu joins President of the Republic of Estonia at the ‘EU Africa the Post Crisis Journey’

AFRICA, Banking World, Business, EAST AFRICA, Estonia, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UGANDA, United Bank For Africa, West Africa
– December 10, 2020 Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony Elumelu, recently joined the President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaijulaid, during an opening discussion at the online cross-continental hackathon, themed‘’EU Africa the Post Crisis Journey’. The conference sought to find innovative solutions to socio-economic problems that have been further escalated by the outburst of the COVID-19 pandemic and was organised by Estonia and the African Union, with the support of Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland and the European Investment Bank.  During the conference, Tony Elumelu spoke on the importance of bridging the digital divide made prominent by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The challenge in most developing countries is the issue of infrastructure: the digital ...
Omah Lay, A Nigerian Singer  arrested in  Uganda.

Omah Lay, A Nigerian Singer arrested in Uganda.

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA, West Africa
"Nigerian Artist Omah lay has been arrested by Katwe police, the manager of the venue one Dungu Ivan and the Events manager Prim Kasana are also in custody." In a different post, Owoyesigyire confirmed that Tems and her manager, Muyiwa Awomiyi, were also arrested. Police Report is below: Nine people have been arrested in connection to the unauthorised concert that was held last night in Ddungu Resort, Munyonyo, Kampala Capital City. Those arrested include Nigerian artiste Stanley Omah Didia alias Omah Lay, artiste Temilade Openyi alias Tems,  Muyiwa Awomiyi (Temilade's manager), Benjamin Kabura (organiser), Ivan Ddungu, the manager of the place where the concert was held, and Prim Kasana, the event manager, who contracted Omah Lay to sing. Others are police officers L/AI...
Tony Elumelu Foundation will be partnering with the European Union

Tony Elumelu Foundation will be partnering with the European Union

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, London, Tony Elumelu Foundation, UGANDA, UK, West Africa
  Tony Elumelu Foundation will be partnering with the European Union to identify, train, mentor and fund 2,500 young African women entrepreneurs in 2021. Tony Elumelu Founation Founder and Chairman. Through this partnership, we will disburse €20 million in financial and technical support for women-owned businesses, across all 54 African countries, in addition to providing increased access to market linkages, supply chains and venture capital investments. Tony Elumelu Founation Founder and Chairman. This announcement further extends our mission of empowering African entrepreneurs while fostering gender inclusion. Learn more here.
MTN Uganda CSR targets Youth and women

MTN Uganda CSR targets Youth and women

Business, MTN, South Africa, UGANDA, West Africa, WORLD
Kampala,Uganda:   Since 2007, MTN Uganda has actively engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility activities across the country. Today, ENID EDROMA, the MTN Uganda Corporate Services General Manager sheds light on the company’s priority CSR areas and why the company concentrates on those particular areas. Briefly tell us about MTN Uganda’s CSR Over the years, our goal has been to improve quality of life, through caring partnerships in the communities where MTN operates across the country. As a business, we understand that we depend on communities to thrive and as such, it is the responsibility of the company to in turn support these communities where necessary by complementing national efforts in the areas where there is great need for service delivery. How does MTN execute i...
Lux Afrique Group opens Africa’s first luxury e-commerce bou-tique, Lux Afrique Boutique

Lux Afrique Group opens Africa’s first luxury e-commerce bou-tique, Lux Afrique Boutique

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, South Africa, UGANDA, West Africa
  Delivering to all 54 countries in Africa, within a standard delivery time of 3 to 5 days LONDON, United Kingdom, November 24, 2020/ -- The Lux Afrique Group (www.LuxAfrique.com), in keeping with its pioneering spirit, will open the virtual doors to Africa’s very first online luxury multi-brand e-commerce store, the Lux Afrique Boutique (www.LuxAfrique.boutique), on 25 November 2020. This exclusive online shopping destination will offer clients from the African continent and around the world, the most luxurious brands in fashion, jewellery, watches, home, technology and food. Says Alexander Amosu, Founder of Lux Afrique “Pretty much every part of the world has a luxury e-commerce platform servicing the high net worth population across Asia, the Middle East and Europe, ...
Ghana, African Development Bank Group sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 2021 Annual Meetings

Ghana, African Development Bank Group sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 2021 Annual Meetings

AFRICA, Ghana, INTERNATIONAL, West Africa, WORLD
The 56th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank and the 47th Annual Meeting of the African Development Fund are scheduled to take place from 24 to 28 May 2021 ACCRA, Ghana, November 16, 2020/ -- “We promise to champion African excellence and deliver a befitting event. We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that this is a seminal event.” – Kenneth Ofori-Atta I would like to assure you of the Bank’s full commitment and availability to accompany the Government of Ghana on this journey - Vincent O. Nmehielle Ghana, the host country of the African Development Bank Group’s 2021 Annual Meetings (AfDB.org), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the institution on Friday, marking an important milestone in preparations for the event. The 56th Annual Meetings...
Merck Foundation to announce journalists in Africa and Latin America for best media coverage of coronavirus, as winners of “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards

Merck Foundation to announce journalists in Africa and Latin America for best media coverage of coronavirus, as winners of “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards

AFRICA, EDUCATION, Nigeria, UGANDA, West Africa, World Health Organization
  Merck Foundation to advance Media capacity in Africa to improve their standard of reporting and advocating for Health, Social and Economic issues in their countries   Merck Foundation to announce journalists in Africa and Latin America for best media coverage of coronavirus, as winners of “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Award ABUJA, Nigeria, November 13, 2020/ -- During a video conference, Dr. Rasha Kelej conducted the Merck Foundation (http://www.Merck-Foundation.com) Award Ceremony to celebrate the Winners of Africa and Latin America “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards and welcome them to Merck Foundation Alumni;  81 Winners from 28 African Countries and 16 Winners from 4 Latin American Countries were felicitated by Merck Foundation CEO ...