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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 […]

“Time To Restart Your Lives”, UN Tells Ivorian War Refugees In West Africa

“Time To Restart Your Lives”, UN Tells Ivorian War Refugees In West Africa

The fate of 40,000 Ivorian refugees living in limbo across West Africa, who fled civil war five years ago, should be resolved this year, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. While some 250,000 former refugees have returned to Ivory Coast since the five-month conflict ended in 2011, many of those who remain in […]

Liberia’s President Affirms Support for VP’s Candidacy

Liberia’s President Affirms Support for VP’s Candidacy

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reaffirmed her commitment to the presidential ambitions of Vice President Boakai, adding that she will do all she can to ensure that he is elected come 2017. President Sirleaf told the 425 delegates, who have hailed from every part of the country, at the Unity Party’s national convention in Gbarnga, […]

Give Nigeria a Chance, Buhari Tells Niger Delta Militants

Give Nigeria a Chance, Buhari Tells Niger Delta Militants

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday told Niger Delta Militants to give Nigeria a chance, reiterating in clear terms that the unity of Nigeria was non-negotiable. He also told those who had looted the country’s treasury to return the stolen money in their possession if they wanted to have peace. President Buhari made these comments when the […]

Are Liberian Girls More Likely to Be Wives Than Literate?

Are Liberian Girls More Likely to Be Wives Than Literate?

Pulitzer Prize winning American author Tina Rosenberg has claimed that a Liberian woman is more likely to be married by 18 than to know how to read. The claim is not supported by recent data. “This is education in Liberia,” Pulitzer Prize winning American author Tina Rosenberg wrote in The New York Times recently. “A […]

I’m Strong, Very Energetic – Buhari

I’m Strong, Very Energetic – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is resuming work stronger and more energetic. The president stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents on Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after a vacation in London. President Buhari, jokingly, challenged one of the correspondents, who asked him of his state of health, […]

African Cities Are Swelling, And In West Africa The Result is Interesting – Appetite For Rice is Growing

African Cities Are Swelling, And In West Africa The Result is Interesting – Appetite For Rice is Growing

RICE is fast becoming West Africa’s preferred food. After four decades of importing the staple, the region now aims to grow enough rice to meet domestic demand. Rice harvests in West Africa will probably reach an all-time high of 14.9 million metric tons this year, up from 14.6 million tons last year, when Senegal and […]

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