Edafe Okporo, the gay Nigerian refugee who founded the first full-time asylum shelter in NYC

As Edafe Okporo will probably be the first to admit, the vast difference between Delta State in Nigeria and New York does not lie only in the 5,000 miles that separate the two states, but also in what might get you killed in either. In 2014, as an inductee into Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), a mandatory federal service program for college graduates, Okporo was accosted in “a small community with no electricity” by four men who beat him into a pulp – for being a gay Nigerian man.…

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A Weekend of Unrest as Violence Erupts at Protests Across the Country

Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) At this point, it’s common knowledge that protests against police brutality and systemic racism are ongoing across the country, with no sign that they’ll be slowing down anytime soon. Over the past weekend across multiple states, peaceful protests turned violent, with one resulting in a person’s death. Advertisement Portland In recent weeks, Portland, Ore., has become one of the central focus points of ongoing protests against police brutality, in large part because of President Trump’s decisions to deploy federal agents to the area, a move…

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Tanzania: Tanzania Exiled Chadema Leader Tundu Lissu Returns Ahead of Polls

Song, dance, and thunderous applause rent the air as Tanzania’s main opposition Chadema deputy chairman Tundu Lissu arrived at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam on Monday. Mr Lissu returns from exile to contest in the October elections, nearly three years after he fled to seek medical care following an assassination attempt at his home in Dodoma in September 2017. Some of his supporters, donning party colours and waving Chadema flags could be seen singing, dancing, and chanting party slogans. Others knelt and prayed as the former…

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Irenosen Okojie wins the Caine prize for ‘stunning’ short story Grace Jones

Critically acclaimed author Irenosen Okojie has won the AKO Caine prize for African writing, crediting her win with giving her “extra confidence” as a black, female experimental writer who has felt she was “operating on the fringes”. The Nigerian-British writer won the £10,000 award on Monday afternoon for her short story Grace Jones, following an impersonator of the singer as she mourns the death of her family in a house fire. Judges for the prize called it “a radical story that plays with logic, time and place”, and praised it…

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Africa makes progress on financial governance despite recent setbacks

Nigeria’s war on corruption suffered several body blows this month after Ibrahim Magu, the chief of its Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was suspended on suspicion of malfeasance, including collecting bribes and siphoning funds away from the EFCC. A dozen more staff members within the anti-corruption agency were subsequently withdrawn from duty while the investigation is ongoing, prompting a flurry of criticism that the country seems to be taking one step forward and two steps back with regard to its approach to institutional graft. The Magu controversy is particularly…

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‘Do You Know the Money Belongs to the Company?’: Top Investors Fund White Startups In Africa While Talking Down To, Overlooking African Entrepreneurs

A significant portion of African venture capital deals are funded by North American investors, and by American dollars in particular. However, among the major well-funded startups originating on African soil, most are led by outsiders not native to Africa. In addition, foreign startups are more likely to receive investments from the world’s largest firms than startups founded by Black African… Source source: https://atlantablackstar.com/2020/07/27/do-you-know-the-money-belongs-to-the-company-top-investors-fund-white-startups-in-africa-while-talking-down-to-overlooking-african-entrepreneurs/

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Woman charged with arson for setting jeep on fire, owner says she is not his lover

Social media went agog last week when a woman set a jeep vehicle on fire and nearly died from the resultant blast. Authorities have identified the woman in the video as Sydney Parham from Fraser, Michigan. It was believed initially that the 26-year-old caught her boyfriend cheating and decided to set his Jeep ablaze, but Avery Stevenson whose jeep was destroyed stated although he knows the suspect, she was not his girlfriend and “not sure what the motive could be.” The viral video showed Parham wearing “a black hoodie, grey…

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Group advocates dialogue between Algerian govt’, Hirak movement

The International Crisis Group has urged dialogue between the Algerian government and the anti-regime movement ‘‘Hirak’‘ to avoid what it calls a major economic crisis. The Group cites the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and a fall in oil prices.Algeria is exposed to fluctuations in oil prices due to its dependence on the commodity, which represents over 90 percent of its external revenues. The International Monetary Fund forecasts that the North African nation is expected to experience a 5.2 percent recession in 2020 because if the virus and oil crisis.…

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How African currencies are holding this period

The unpredictability of the coronavirus has led to economic uncertainty across the African continent. The Sub-Saharan region is in danger of falling into a recession for the first time in 25 years. Furthermore, nearly 20 million jobs are at risk, which could cause the African economy to shrink by 0.8% or 1.1%, depending on how projections play out. All of these macroeconomic factors contribute to the value of currencies, which is reflected in the foreign exchange (FX) market. FXCM notes that currency trading is the largest financial market in the world, with more…

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The Latest Nigerian Wedding Trends That Are Sweeping the Nation

A wedding is a true celebration of love and happiness and this is something that is shared with family and friends. The trends and fashions in celebrating your big day change every year though—and particularly in Nigeria where weddings can be extremely glitzy and glamorous affairs. Often, the wedding trends that start in Nigeria spread across the world, as couples take inspiration from the amazing and personal ceremonies that are covered online and in magazines. All the little details can make your big day truly memorable—a party that you will never…

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