Virtual Africa Investors Conference

The ideal platform for investors and corporates to discuss investment opportunities on the continent In line with current world trends, Standard Bank Group has adopted a digital approach to enable African corporate clients and leading policymakers to connect virtually with some of the world’s leading institutional investors.  In partnership with ICBC Standard Bank and Microsoft, Standard Bank is hosting its 10th Africa Investors Conference using a specially enhanced Microsoft Teams platform to host over 2500 meetings over 5 days, doubling the number of meetings hosted in 2019. The virtual platform is…

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Kenyatta says Kenya, elected to UN Security Council, will advocate for reform

Kenya will take a seat on the United Nations Security Council, after edging out Djibouti in second-round voting to determine how African nations will be represented in the 15-member body. Nairobi’s successful bid means it will sit alongside Tunisia and Niger, both elected to the two-year terms of nonpermanent members through 2021. Also taking seats on the Security Council are India, Norway, Ireland and Mexico; in January, they’ll replace outgoing members Belgium, Indonesia, Germany and Dominican Republic, along with South Africa. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed the news, which he…

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Young adults hopeful, but say they’re uncertain on African future

Young adults focused primarily on South Africa are worried about the continent’s future, but remain optimistic about their own opportunities and their own communities. That’ s according to the recently released Pan-African Youth Survey, which asked 4,200 young adults ages 18-24 how they viewed both the African future and its challenges. The participants came from South Africa, as well as Congo-Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The South Africans themselves are less positive, with 50 percent saying they feel negatively about the…

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7 Books Every Black Celebrity, Leader Should Read Before Speaking on Black Issues Again

The Destruction of Black Civilization by Dr. Chancellor Williams If Black people were among the very first builders of civilization and their land the birthplace of civilization, what has happened to them that has left them since then, at the bottom of world society, precisely what happened? Dr. Chanellor Williams offers a response with convincing evidence in The Destruction of Black Civilization. (Third World Press,U.S.) The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey The honorable Marcus Garvey stands without equal in the history of the worldwide mobilization of African peoples. Garvey…

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 19th June 2020

WHO declares Nigeria polio free. World Blood Donor Day: Lagos requires 260,000 units annually – Abayomi. Dexamethasaone not approved for treating COVID-19 patients, says NCDC. Resident doctors begin strike, exempt COVID-19 centres’ personnel. Women’s group asks Buhari to declare state of emergency on rape, gender violence. Lagos overwhelmed, hospitals, isolation centres filled up –Doctors. Katsina, World Bank sign MoU to tackle malnutrition. NCDC opens four new COVID-19 testing laboratories. FG pays N9bn insurance premium for health workers. COVID-19: NHF earmarks $22.4m for North East in 2020. READ ALL STORIES HERE…

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Africa: Africa Shines – How Elon Musk and Dr Thomas Mensah Have Changed the Worldforever

Dr Thomas Mensah described by one of the major American TV Networks CBS Television , as one of the Engineers who revolutionized the Modern Internet platform that supports Social Media worldwide, and Elon Musk who developed the Dragon I , Spacecraft that recently took two Astronauts to the International Space Station, a spectacular feat by Space X his private company in America,have changed the world significantly for ever with their Achievements. Elon Musk like Dr Thomas Mensah was born in Africa specifically Pretoria South Africaand describes himself as African. These…

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An Appeal –Bring the Maroon to the Foreground in Black Intellectual History

Great Dismal Swamp, the historical hide of out of maroons, (Wikimedia Commons) Within the larger narrative of slave resistance, maroons offered a unique experiment. They created and exposed to whites and blacks an alternative to life in bondage, an alternative to free life in a slave society, and an alternative to free life in a free state. Whatever the immediate cause of their marronage, they opted to exile themselves from a despotic, discriminatory society. Their removal to the wilds was not only a denunciation of the social and political order…

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Nigeria: Businessman Obinwanne Okeke Pleads Guilty to U.S.$ 11 Million Fraud

Obinwanne Okeke, the Nigerian businessman owner of Invictus Group who was arrested in the United States last year, has pleaded guilty to $11 million (N4.2 billion) fraud. Mr Okeke, 32, admitted to American prosecutors that he was involved in computer-based fraud between 2015 and 2019. Joshua Stueve, a spokesperson for the United States District Court for Eastern District of Virginia, told PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday evening that Mr Okeke could spend 20 years maximum penalty in an American jail. He would be sentenced on October 22, Mr Stueve said. “A…

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ANALYSIS: Thirsty species? The science behind the eucalyptus tree ban in Kenya’s wetlands

As the world marked Desertification and Drought Day on 17 June 2020, Africa Check revisited a persistent question about the impact of the eucalyptus tree on wetlands. A reader contacted us through WhatsApp asking whether it was true that the tree “drinks water in wetlands and marshy areas like a drunkard drinks alcohol”. The reader had posed the same question in 2019 through Facebook: “This thing about the eucalyptus tree being bad for wetlands and springs … is it fact or myth? What does the science say?” We promised to…

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11 Black Women Joe Biden Should Consider For His Vice Presidential Running Mate

UPDATED: 2:27 a.m. ET, June 19 — Amy Klobuchar has removed herself from the running to be the Democratic nominee for vice president and suggested a woman of color be selected instead. The Minnesota senator made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC Thursday night. Citing the ongoing protests against racism, Klobuchar said “this is a historic moment and America must seize on this moment.” She said she told presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden “this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket.” She added: “If you want…

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