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What Happens When We Protest – #MeToo in Northern Nigeria

Last November, I went to the police headquarters in Niger state to seek approval for a protest. The rally for which I hoped to get formal permission and security was against sexual and gender-based violence. It had been convened by social development worker Fakhrriyyah Hashim and coordinated by writer Hassana Maina who, a few months […]

EKITI 1st Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi & Her Style

Ekiti 1st lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi is a good example of a woman who has been able to combine Brains with Beauty. She is an intellectual who has had a brilliant academic career both in Nigeria and abroad. And up till now, she is still in hot demand all over the world. Truth be told […]

Feminism, Radical Feminism and Gender Equality

  This article is a response to an article published in The New Times, April 25, 2019. It seeks to make clarifications to some of the issues made in the previous piece. As Rwandan feminists, we appreciate the momentum of increased awareness, consciousness and openness by Rwandan society to discuss feminism. We see the previous […]

Boeing Says It Has Corrected Simulator Software of 737 MAX Jets

A row of three green 737 MAX jetliners sit parked on the tarmac at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Washington, U.S. May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Eric Johnson

Boeing Co has made corrections to simulator software that mimics the flying experience of its 737 MAX jets, which were involved in two fatal crashes, and the company has provided additional information to device operators, a spokesman said on Friday. The spokesman, Gordon Johndroe, said the changes will ensure that the simulator experience is representative […]

Brexit Talks Collapse as May’s Premiership Crumbles

Britain's Prime Minster Theresa May looks on during a EU election campaign event in Bristol, Britain May 17, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Britain’s tumultuous divorce from the European Union was again in disarray on Friday after the opposition Labour Party declared last-ditch talks dead due to Prime Minister Theresa May’s crumbling government. Nearly three years after the United Kingdom voted 52% to 48% in a referendum to leave the EU, it remains unclear how, when or even […]

Algeria Election May Be Postponed, Protests Continue

Police members stand guard as students carry national flags during an anti-government protest in Algiers, Algeria May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo

  Algeria’s imminent presidential election looks likely to be postponed, a source said on Friday, as protesters returned to the streets for the 13th successive Friday to demand the removal of the nation’s ruling elite. After two decades in power, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit last month under pressure from protesters and the army, but demonstrations […]

Christians Seek Refuge After Deadly Burkina Attacks

A catholic man receives communion at the cathedral of Our Lady of Kaya in the city of Kaya, Burkina Faso May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Anne Mimault

Concerned about a rise in violence against Christians in Burkina Faso, Pastor Jacques Ouedraogo changed the time of his Sunday service as a precaution. He believes this is what saved his life. Later, his church was one of two targeted by gunmen on May 12 in the town of Dablo in a series of deadly […]

U.S. may scale back Huawei trade restrictions to help existing customers

The U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday it may soon scale back restrictions on Huawei Technologies after this week’s blacklisting would have made it nearly impossible for the Chinese company to service its existing customers. The Commerce Department, which had effectively halted Huawei’s ability to buy American-made parts and components, is considering issuing a temporary […]

Why Zimbabwe Faces Worst Power Cuts In Three Years

Student Rutendo Madziva reads by candlelight during an electrical power cut in Marondera, Zimbabwe, May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst power cuts in three years, lasting up to 10 hours daily in some areas and threatening mining output in one of the world’s biggest platinum and gold producers. The sector, which generated most of Zimbabwe’s $4.8 billion of export earnings last year, is crucial to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s pledge to […]

China Institutes Tough Rules for Avocado Farmers

A logistical nightmare and the high costs of meeting tough conditions required for the export of Kenyan avocados to China are threatening to choke the lucrative deal inked last month. The stringent conditions, which include requiring a farmer to peel and freeze the fruit before export, could lock out thousands of small-scale farmers who are […]

WeWork Picks South Africa For First African Foray

People stand outside a WeWork co-working space in New York City, New York U.S., January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

U.S. shared workspace provider WeWork plans to launch in South African later this year, it said on Thursday, a move that would mark the first African expansion for the $47 billion New York-based company. The firm, backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp, will team up with Redefine Properties, one of South Africa’s biggest real estate […]

The Race for Nigeria’s Presidency in 2019

Election campaign billboards depicting Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari with his Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and Nigeria's main opposition party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar with his running mate, Peter Obi, are pictured in Abuja, Nigeria February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Nigerians will on Feb. 16 choose between two septuagenarians to lead Africa’s largest democracy: President Muhammadu Buhari and former vice president Atiku Abubakar. The pair have run for president nine times between them. There are more than 60 other candidates, though their chances of winning are slim as the wealth and patronage networks of the […]

New Year, New Health Resolutions

There’s something inspiring about the start of a new year. It represents a fresh beginning, and the perfect occasion to renew yourself with motivation and the promise to eat better, exercise more and spend less time sitting around watching TV. But there is a right way to set healthy resolutions, and a wrong way. Think […]