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ECOWAS Earmarks $46,000 For Proposed Single Currency

ECOWAS Earmarks $46,000 For Proposed Single Currency

 The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission will commit $46,000 to launch a competition to determine a suitable name and logo for the proposed single currency for the region. The quest is open to all citizens of ECOWAS member state regardless of their residence as well as legal persons established in an ECOWAS […]

This Dehumanizing System Of Marrying Young Girls Off To Become ‘slaves of gods’

This Dehumanizing System Of Marrying Young Girls Off To Become ‘slaves of gods’

What is Trokosi? Trokosi is a traditional system where virgin girls, some as young as six years old, are sent into Troxovi shrines (shrines for gods) as slaves to make amends for wrongs committed by a member of the virgin girl’s family. Until the Trokosi system came to the attention of the general public in […]

How Befriending African Leaders Backfired on French Billionaire

How Befriending African Leaders Backfired on French Billionaire

When Vincent Bollore arrived in Cameroon two years ago to meet with Paul Biya, Africa’s second-longest serving head of state, the presidential guard escorted him from his private jet to the state house. The billionaire French businessman emerged after an hour, beaming, to tell reporters about investments he was making in the country, including in railways, […]

Cameroon Denies It Forcibly Sent Back Nigerian Refugees

Cameroon Denies It Forcibly Sent Back Nigerian Refugees

Cameroon is denying a report by the U.N. refugee agency that it has forcibly repatriated close to 400 Nigerian refugees and asylum-seekers since January, but it says people running to areas prone to regular attacks by Boko Haram had to be moved to safer localities. Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of Cameroon’s far northern region that shares […]

Obasanjo Presses For Female Participation In Politics

Obasanjo Presses For Female Participation In Politics

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has charged the over 500 women delegates from within the country and the Diaspora at the 2018 WIMBIZ 14th Annual Lecture, to participate fully in Nigerian politics. Dr Obasanjo gave this charge while delivering a lecture titled: Women, Politics and Nation-Building at Eko Hotel and Suites. In his lecture, Chief […]

Ivory Coast Weighs Cocoa Tax Cuts to Lift Farmer Pay

Ivory Coast Weighs Cocoa Tax Cuts to Lift Farmer Pay

Ivory Coast is considering cutting taxes on buying and and exporting of cocoa to allow for an increase in the minimum price paid to farmers in the upcoming season, according to a person familiar with the matter. The world’s biggest producer of cocoa is unlikely to raise the minimum price that it allows merchants to […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Ten Reasons Why We Need A West African Jollof Rice Institute

LOUD WHISPERS: Ten Reasons Why We Need A West African Jollof Rice Institute

The ‘Jollof Rice’ debate has been raging for quite some time now. This simple dish made with rice, tomatoes and spices, which can be found in several West African countries and the African Diaspora, has become the subject of hilarious rows. The controversy took an unexpected international turn last week when the  CNN anchor Richard […]

Liberian Nurses Learn To Spot Danger Signs In Babies As Healthcare Gets Shot In Arm

Liberian Nurses Learn To Spot Danger Signs In Babies As Healthcare Gets Shot In Arm

The Well Baby clinic in Buchanan is busy. But that’s not unusual. The clinic, a two-hour drive from Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, sees between 700 and 1,000 mothers and children each week. Nurse Cellian Fahncole sits in a consulting room off the main waiting room. She is examining a baby girl and asking the mother a […]

Sierra Leone: Govt Urged to Ban FGM After Death of Teenage Girl

Sierra Leone: Govt Urged to Ban FGM After Death of Teenage Girl

 Sierra Leone has the one of the highest rates of FGM in the world, with nine in 10 women and adolescent girls cut, says U.N. The death of a teenage girl in Sierra Leone during a female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure performed by a women-run secret society should spur the West African nation to ban […]

BBC Hausa Launches Women’s Writing Award

BBC Hausa Launches Women’s Writing Award

BBC Hausa yesterday  launched its first ever short story writing award for female writers. The contest is open to all women writing in Hausa irrespective of their nationality or experience. BBC Africa   Entries for the award must be original works between 1000 to 1500 words. A panel of judges will select one winner and […]

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