AU chief issues call for restraint in volatile Mali

The head of the African Union Commission has called on Malian activists to remain peaceful, as the country enters another week of protests calling for an end to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s administration. The appeal from AU Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat follows demonstrations on Friday, when thousands of people in the streets of Bamako were dispersed by authorities using tear gas. “Mahamat is deeply concerned by the serious crisis that has plagued Mali since the popular demonstrations of June 5, 2020,” the AU said in a statement on Monday, referring…

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Rejected for being gay, Alain LeRoy Rocke became the Father of the Harlem Renaissance

Alain LeRoy Locke was a longtime Howard University professor, art critic, writer and philosopher. He is the first Black Rhodes Scholar and considered the “Father of the Harlem Renaissance”. Once known as America’s “Black Mecca,” Harlem is as much a household name as the Harlem Renaissance. However, Locke gave expression to the movement he called “the New Negro” which we now know as the Harlem Renaissance. During the early 20th century, Locke was a leading black intellectual who supported the Harlem Renaissance. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September…

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Pharmaceutical council outlines priority

Moses Emorinken, Abuja The Chairman of the newly inaugurated governing council of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Prof. Ahmed Tijjani Mora, has said repositioning the PCN to effectively address the challenges in pharmacy education, training and practice, is the council’s priority. He said it is worrisome that many young pharmacists after induction and administration of oath of pharmacy do not find a place for internship and continue to struggle and go round for months on end. ADVERTISEMENT While speaking with newsmen in Abuja, Mora stressed the new governing council…

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Nigeria: China to Cancel Debt of Some Countries

To cushion the impact of COVID-19 on China-Africa cooperation, the Chinese government has announced the cancellation of debt of relevant African countries in the form of interest-free government loans that are within the framework of Forum On China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), due to mature by end of 2020. According to China Consul General, Chu Maoming, who disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos, Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has, in his keynote speech entitled ‘Defeating COVID-19 with Solidarity and Cooperation’, delivered at an extraordinary summit, in Beijing, June 17, 2020, announced that…

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‘Unfair Game’. Lord Michael Ashcroft’s Expose of South Africa’s captive-bred lion industry.

The shameful practice of South Africa’s cruel and exploitative captive-bred lion hunting industry is something that regularly makes headlines, with newly revealed insight into how rife and devastating it really is. Blood Lions the documentary first brought the travesty of this practice to the fore in 2015, but somehow despite this expose and every subsequent and ongoing effort by conservationists and action groups, the South African government has ignored the pleas to put an end to the practice. One would be forgiven for wondering whether decision-makers are somehow ‘benefitting’ from…

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Social Entrepreneur Marcus Bullock Uses Tech As A Vessel To Combat Recidivism

According to a report released by the Prison Policy Initiative, there are nearly 2.3 million individuals who are behind bars in the U.S. As mass incarceration continues to ravage the Black community, there are over 400,000 African American inmates in federal and state prisons. Experiences stemming from the flawed criminal justice system are not monolithic. Behind these statistics lie an array of narratives about pain and perseverance, including social entrepreneur Marcus Bullock’s story. After spending nearly a decade in prison, he has turned one of the darkest times in his…

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