A look at the Mandé people who founded Africa’s great empires with speakers in 9 countries

The Mandé is a family of ethnic groups in Western Africa, who speak any of the many related Mande languages of the region. The Mandé languages are spoken in several countries in Africa by the Maninka, Mandinka, Soninke, Bambara, Dioula, Bozo, Mende, Susu, and Vai. There are millions of speakers, chiefly in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast. They are credited with independent development of agriculture about 3000–4000 BC; and forging some of the earliest and most complex civilizations of Western Africa…

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WHO warns of COVID case rise across sub-Saharan Africa

The World Health Organization has issued a clear warning about the acceleration of coronavirus cases on the African continent, noting that many countries are seeing a rise in positive COVID cases that exceeds the percentage that has commanded so much attention in South Africa. “It’s not accelerating any faster than many other countries in eastern or southern Africa, all over Africa, in fact,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director for WHO’s Health Emergency Program, during Monday’s regular press briefing. When asked about South Africa’s stage of the pandemic, he noted…

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Nigeria:Chidoka does 49k steps run for Front-line Health Workers on his 49th Birthday

By Augustine Ibedu In Commemoration of his 49th birthday, on July 18, 2020, the former Minister for Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, has done 49,000 slow run across the city. Chidoka who celebrated his birthday yesterday, embarked on the feat to create awareness for frontline health workers in the fight against COVID-19. He wrote on his Facebook page: “I’m off to the road to attempt 49k steps for 49 years on my birthday. Dedicated to our health professionals. Love them all.” The run, which started at about past midnight, July 18,…

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‘Why didn’t she invest in Nigeria?’ – Twitter roasts Nigerian woman who just bought a club in Europe

Three years after it was announced that the wife of Ghanaian football star Michael Essien has bought a club in Europe, a Nigerian businesswoman has followed suit. Nneka Ede has bought the Portuguese football club, Lusitano Ginásio Clube, Futebol, SAD after a negotiation deal which was completed in June 2020. A statement from the club said: “After months of negotiations with different entities, an agreement has been reached with Mrs Nneka Ede, a sports enthusiast and entrepreneur from Nigeria, a country filled with people as passionate and fiery about football…

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Jobberman and Mastercard Foundation team up to create employment for 3 million Nigerians

A partnership announced between Jobberman and Mastercard Foundation aims to train 5 million job seekers and place 3 million in dignified employment over the next five years. Jobberman and Mastercard Foundation also plan to train 200,000 job seekers and place 120,000 in dignified employment by the end of this year. The partnership will impact young people living in the North, of which 70 percent will be young women. The most recent data from the National Bureau of Statistics puts the combined unemployment and underemployment rates in Nigeria at 43.3 percent…

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Malawi: Authorities Dismantle Wildlife Trafficking Syndicate

The Lin-Zhang syndicate, believed to be one of Southern Africa’s most prolific wildlife trafficking gangs, is in the process of being dismantled by authorities in Malawi. Having been found guilty of at least one wildlife trafficking offence of a listed or protected species, nine members the Lin-Zhang syndicate were expected to be sentenced on Friday, 17 July, but the sentencing has been adjourned to Monday, 20 July. According to documents seen by Nyasa Times, the court did not pass the sentence as it was discovered that the 9th accused person…

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COMMENT: South Africa’s poverty and income statistics fall victim to Covid-19

Let’s talk about counting people and things – about surveys. “What?” I hear you ask. “Don’t we have more important things to worry about right now?” With South Africa in Covid-19 lockdown for nearly four months and counting, and case numbers and deaths rising, what is so pressing about doing a survey right now? We’re not allowed to visit our family and friends – and let’s not even talk about those bans. But give me a few minutes. This matters, I promise. A recent article in the Business Day made…

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Equity Bank’s Group Managing Director & CEO Dr. James Mwangi, talks philanthropy during Covid-19 at Africa.com Webinar

Dr. James Mwangi, Managing Director and CEO of Equity Group Holdings and Executive Chairman of the Equity Group Foundation will be featured in a fireside chat with Harvard Business School Professor Caroline Elkins on July 22, 2020 at 5pm EAT, as part Africa.com’s webinar series Crisis Management for African Business Leaders. The webinar series draws the largest-ever gathering of African business leaders each week, with thousands of C-Suite participants from 123 countries around the world that includes 46 countries on the African continent, and 77 countries in the rest of…

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