Foutanga B. Sissoko, the man who scammed a Dubai bank of $242m – and has never faced justice

When Foutanga Babani Sissoko’s story was retold by the BBC in 2018, many felt it was almost too good to be true; that a man, who speaks virtually no English, and was from a small Malian village could end up pulling off one of Dubai’s greatest heists in the late 1990s. Alleged to have used black magic, he got the Dubai Islamic Bank to give him over $200 million dollars, and to date, the once fabulously wealthy man has never spent a day in jail for the bank heist. For…

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COVID-19: Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) donates 150-bed Isolation Center, multi-million Naira Medical Equipment to Lagos State

The Governor commended the Coalition’s efforts in mobilising resources quickly to support emergency responses. The Private Sector led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has donated a 150-bed fully equipped  isolation facility with medical equipment worth millions of naira to the Lagos State Government, to provide support in the fight against the virus within the state. Speaking at the commissioning of the Yaba Isolation center, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu noted that the isolation center would further strengthen the state’s healthcare system in dealing with the challenges of the Pandemic as the…

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Transformative Faith–The Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism

Black Lives Matter (Wikimedia Commons) In July 2015, a group of Black Unitarian Universalists met at the Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland, Ohio and formed a new organization: The Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective (Black Lives UU or BLUU). While this group, which included Leslie Mac and Lena Gardner, both activists in the Movement for Black Lives, did not set out for Cleveland to create a new organization or faith community, that is exactly what they did. Drawing from the seven Principles of the broader Unitarian…

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Kenya: Faulty Billing System Costing City Water Firm Millions

Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company continues to lose millions of shillings due to a faulty water billing system despite promises for an upgrade. The utility firm lost a whopping Sh13.6 million in only a year in the financial year ending June 30, 2018 due to the faulty system. According to a report by Nairobi County Assembly Public Investments Committee (PIC), Nairobi Water lost the millions in the period between July, 2017 and June, 2018 through the company’s customer management system ‘Oracle Database Programme’ also known as ‘sequence’. The committee…

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Africa: Africa Must Go Beyond Ending Conflict, and Tackle Its Root Causes

Hanna Tetteh is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union. As head of the UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU), Ms. Tetteh spoke with Africa Renewal’s Kingsley Ighobor on, among other issues, the current state of the UN-AU partnership and how women and young people can help resolve conflict. These are excerpts from the interview: How is the partnership between the United Nations and Africa Union going? There are currently three partnerships between the UN and the AU: There’s the Partnership on…

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