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LOUD WHISPERS: Check Your Privilege

LOUD WHISPERS: Check Your Privilege

I used to be on the board of an organisation based in the United States which had board members from around the world. We once had a session at one of our board meetings about privilege, and as part of the preparation for the session, we were asked to do some online exercises on the […]

World Book and Copyright Day: The Book, The Missing Girls And The Change Agenda

World Book and Copyright Day: The Book, The Missing Girls And The Change Agenda

Today, April 23rd, is designated World Book and Copyright Day by the United Nations. On this day, two years ago, Port Harcourt, Nigeria became UNESCO World Book Capital City (WBCC). The WBCC title is a ‘symbolic nomination to a city in recognition of its efforts in promoting books and reading’. The city holds this title […]

Kenyatta Secures U.S.$1,6 Billion Investment Deals at UK-Africa Summit

Kenyatta Secures U.S.$1,6 Billion Investment Deals at UK-Africa Summit

President Uhuru Kenyatta has secured major investment deals worth over Sh170.8 billion in the ongoing UK-Africa Investment Summit in London. On Monday, the country also set history after its first-ever green bond, called the “Simba Bond”, was listed on the London Stock Exchange. The bond is the brainchild of Acorn Holdings Ltd, a residential real […]

Indonesian Gymnast Dropped After Told ‘She’s No Longer A Virgin’

Indonesian Gymnast Dropped After Told ‘She’s No Longer A Virgin’

An Indonesian female gymnast training for a major sport event has been sent home on grounds she was no longer a virgin, her family said on Friday, a claim rejected by officials who insisted it was over disciplinary issues. Shalfa Avrila Sania, 17, had been due to leave for the biennial Southeast Asian Games in […]

Canada’s Indigenous Women Using Businesses To End Violence

Canada’s Indigenous Women Using Businesses To End Violence

When Jenn Harper dreamed of a young native Canadian girl in lip gloss she knew she had found a way to help her community. The dream in 2015 prompted her to set up Cheekbone Beauty from her kitchen, a cosmetics brand with products named after successful North American indigenous women that give 10% of profits […]

Churches and Military Cited Among School Land Grabbers In Kenya

Churches and Military Cited Among School Land Grabbers In Kenya

Interesting and strange cases were bound to arise when a team began going round the country investigating the registration status of land occupied by public schools. LONG-DRAWN-OUT From rows over boundaries of the nursery, primary and secondary school sections of a school in Embu to another in the city whose field has been encroached on […]

Scores Feared Dead As Vandalised NNPC Pipeline Explodes In Lagos

Scores Feared Dead As Vandalised NNPC Pipeline Explodes In Lagos

Several people were feared dead yesterday when a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) exploded in the Ekoro area of Abule-Egba, Lagos State. Following the incident, the residents of Ekoro in Abule-Egba/Ile-Epo area of the state were thrown into pandemonium as multiple fire-explosions from the vandalised petrol pipeline rocked the area. THISDAY […]

Pope Names First Woman To Senior Vatican Diplomatic Post

Pope Names First Woman To Senior Vatican Diplomatic Post

Pope Francis on Wednesday named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Secretariat of State, the male-dominated Vatican’s diplomatic and administrative nerve centre. Italian laywoman Francesca Di Giovanni, 66, will assume a newly-created post in a division known as the Section for Relations with States where she takes the rank of under-secretary, […]

Bangladesh Eyes Deal With Malaysia To Protect Migrant Workers From Abuse

Bangladesh Eyes Deal With Malaysia To Protect Migrant Workers From Abuse

Cutting recruitment fees for Bangladeshi migrants who move to Malaysia for work under a new deal could curb human trafficking, according to officials, yet activists said Bangladesh’s migration system must be revamped in order to protect workers. Malaysia last week said it was considering a zero-cost recruitment agreement with Bangladesh – having banned its migrant […]

FG Rescues 23-Year-Old Nigerian Lady Trafficked To Lebanon

FG Rescues 23-Year-Old Nigerian Lady Trafficked To Lebanon

A Nigerian woman trafficked to Lebanon, Omolola Ajayi, has been rescued and now in the custody of the Nigerian Embassy in Beirut. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, in a WhatsApp message yesterday, said Ms Ajayi would return to Nigeria soon. “Update on the viral video of a trafficked Nigerian girl in Lebanon. She is now […]

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