The perpetrator of the assault, to members of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) church dismay, was head pastor; Biodun Fatoyinbo.
Busola Dakolo is the wife to popular musician Timi Dakolo.
Leading up to the table-shaking interview, Timi Dakolo published a series of post on his social media, instagram, accusing the head pastor; Biodun Fatoyinbo of being a serial molester that particularly preys on young women seeking salvation from the church.
On Saturday, 3 armed policemen barged into the Dakolo’s Lagos residence demanding the couple come to Abuja against their will.
The van had the plate number; BR932KSF.
There were rumors that armed officials allegedly attempted to coerce the couple into rescinding the statements made in their riveting interview.
Busola Dakolo is a case study for why survivors may feel unsafe to, if ever speak up against their abusers. Head pastors from other Nigerian mega churches seemed to be in solidarity with the infamous COZA head pastor. Some, subtly alluding to ‘Jezebel’ attacks from morally corrupt women through the sermons they preached at the peak of the scandal. Meanwhile, others, like reverend Israel Akanji of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) outrightly came out to vehemently defend their “man of God”.
Some Nigerians sound off;
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Shubale Buta, head of the town’s Malga district confirmed the deaths of 13 civilians killed in Wotera Rassa; a town near Hawassa city. Saying the soldiers were travelling to contain the violence in a nearby town on July 18th.
“When they saw people gathered near the roads, they thought they were there to create a problem and that is how the killings happened,” he told Reuters via telephone.
A Malga resident said late on Friday he saw 14 bodies after a shooting.
The Sidama is the largest ethnic group in the Southern region.
As weird as it may sound, it is their constitutional right to be able to request autonomy as it is in fact in Ethiopia’s constitution.
The constitution requires the government to organize a referendum for any ethnic group that wishes to form a new entity within a year of their intial request.
Ethiopia is already divided into 9 semi-autonomous regions.
The Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM) -at the forefront of the calls for the new state- have accepted the government’s request to wait pending a direct vote of all members of electorate before the end of the year.
Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country.
On Friday; 19th July, Kenya revealed Africa’s largest wind power plant.
The 80,290,000,000.00 Kenyan Shilling –$775m– wind farm containing 365 turbines is located in nothern Kenya; on the shores of Lake Turkana.
It is aimed at lowering Kenya’s fossil fuel dependency & cost of electricity.
It is designed to boost the country’s electricity supply by 13%.
70% of Kenya’s electricity comes from renewable sources- more than 3 times the global average- making Kenya a global leader in renewable energy.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the country’s plans to move to 100% green energy by 2020 while Nigeria continues to daydream of broken promises & vision 2020. #GodWhen
Yes, it is as bad as is sounds like & no you won’t be able skate your way through it If you’re planning to travel to the US. Time after time again, America goes against its own marketing of being a country that values freedom.
A civil rights group; the American Civil Liberties Union made a statement saying there is; “no evidence that such social media monitoring is effective or fair“. They believe it will cause self-censorship online.
We are guessing the American President is more sensitive than he lets on.
The new State Department regulations say people will have to submit social media names.
Visa applicants would have to provide 5 years’ worth of email addresses & phone numbers.
This includes people coming into the country to work or study. Only certain diplomatic & official visa applicants will be exempt from these new strict measures.
The State Department reportedly made a statement saying; “We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect US citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States,“
Previously, only applicants who had been to parts of the world controlled by terrorists groups were required to provide this extra information.
It also seeks to promote public health by improving access to service & help address human trafficking.
Does President Donald Trump care about the people who voted him in?
Trump’s 2017 tax law already wiped out all but $100 off the average American household benefit. & this last $100 in tax-cut gains is in danger to some additional tariffs the President has announced or is considering.
The President has made threats to impose levies on all imports from Mexico & China.
These tariffs would most affect middle-earning households who could allegedly pay up to $4000 more for a number of goods; from produce to smart phones.
President Trump also proposed additional tariffs in May on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. According to “Tariffs Hurt the Heartland; a coalition of business groups, this would increase the cost for an average family of 4 in the US to about $2,294 annually. The president has made good on his threats to Mexico starting with a 5% tax which began Monday; June 10. He has promised this would continue to increase to 25% in October unless Mexico curbs illegal migration to President Trump’s satisfaction.
Research done by the Tax Foundation says that only the top 5% of earners would continue to see a net tax cut of more that 1%.
The tariff would also depress wages by about 0.5%. Subsequently leading to a loss of nearly 610,000 full-time jobs. Hello unemployment line!
The American president’s decision seems to be bringing about turmoil in his political party, but what’s new?
The tax cuts “vaulted America back into the most competitive economy,” said Representative Kevin Brady, the Texas Republican who led the passage of the tax cut legislation in the House. “Higher tariffs and the uncertainty that comes with trade disputes hurt the economy,” he said.
Mitch McConnell; the Senate Majority Leader, encouraged the administration to delay imposing the tariffs on Mexico until Republicans in Congress could plead their case to the American president.
Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat said “This is a man-made disaster, because Donald Trump is not focused in any way on advancing a well-thought-out doctrine“. “He seems to be carrying out at times personal vendettas, at other times political objectives and sometimes an effort to distract from the news of the day” Jeffries said.
It’s June. So you know what that means??!!
It’s Pride month!
WhoToldYou is all about all negroes living their best possible lives while being safe. We love all the negroes regardless. If you have a problem with the LGBTQ based on the grounds of “religion”? We suggest you shove your hate up somewhere, educate yourself & explore why you weaponize your beliefs as a tool to spread hate.
Happy Pride! & thank you for being brave enough to live in your truth. You make the world a better place.
Now some Black girl magic in case you ever forgot Black women are the most valid beings on this earth.
Let’s start with some humor…before we dive into the precarious situations.
Nigerians react to the new requirements implemented by the United States to now obtain a visa.
The Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari is yet to address the Nigerian people since his suspicious-to say the least-re-election. However, he is making sure his impact is being felt…dictator-style.
Everyone knows the first order of a budding dictator is to stifle the media. How else would they commit various atrocities with little to no world attention on their actions? Just ask the internet shutdowns across the continent, most recently Sudan.
On Tuesday; June 6th the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), under the orders of the President, made the decision to indefinitely suspend the broadcasting & media licence of Daar Communications PLC.
Daar Communications is home to legendary Nigerian broadcasting station; Africa Independent Television (A.I.T) & Raypower.
Kakaaki a political show which airs on A.I.T seems to be the main point of contention.
The NBC claims Daar Communications is in violation of the NBC Act Cap N11. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria & the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
The NBC claims AIT has been pushing out hate speeches & divisive rhetoric. Examples they listed were comments made in a segement of the political show; Kakaaki Social. “Nigeria is cursed, we declare independent state of Niger Delta” “Nigeria irritates me” .
One deep look into the state of the Nigerian economy can give incite to why there might be some truth to at least the latter statement. But, that’s our opinion. Ignore it.
NBC says it has held multiple meetings with Daar Communications & letters of caution expressing the commission’s concern for the company’s violation.
NBC claims Daar Communications responded with a smear campaign because they posted said letters on the company’s social media.
We would have just assumed they were doing their job…telling the news. But, again, please,
Below is the alleged video that broke the dictatorial camel’s back.
The NBC claims Daar Communications is partisan & biased.
Daar Communications has been suspended until further notice.
Speaking of dictators; present & past, General Sani Abacha seems to be the evil gift to Nigeria that keeps on giving.
General Sani Abacha was a Nigerian army officer & de facto president between 1993 until his death in 1998.
He laundered money through the US into the Channel Islands & now that money is being recovered.
The money is currently being held by the government until authorities in Jersey, Nigeria & the US can come to an agreement on how it should be distributed.
Any money Jersey does keep would be alloted into the Criminal Confiscation Fund to be used to pay for a variety of projects. The fund has been used in the past at La Moye Prison to build a new police station & more developments.
More money held by Doraville is expected to be confiscated & paid into the Civil Asset Recovery Fund in the future.
Some Nigerians sound off on it.
Below is a young man’s detailed experience in the Northeast region of Nigeria.
It is no secret that the insurgent terrorist group; Boko Haram has been active in Northeastern Nigeria, Chad, Niger & Northern Cameroon.
Nigerians in other states are particularly apathetic to the situation. Shrouded by the illusion of a false sense of security perhaps.
A quick skim through this young man’s thread (above) will give another perspective.
A man in Abuja, FCT laments about the incompetence of the Nigerian police after his car was burglarized in less that 12 minutes while he made an ATM stop.
“Nigeria irritates me” word to A.I.T
As frustrating as the country is, despite the odds stacked up against them, the Nigerian people remain the center for excellency.
On Monday; June 3, paramilitaries in Khartoum threw dozens of bodies into the Nile in an attempt to hide the number of casualties they inflicted during a pro-democracy protest at the capital.
According to doctors & activists, more than 100 people have been killed in the crackdown against demonstrators by Rapid Support Forces (RSF) across Sudan.
It was suggested that a military-led transitional government would lead the country to democracy.
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) has been the leading opposition to military rule & one of the forefronts in the demonstrations.
The Sudan Doctors’ Committee; the medical arm of the SPA, said security forces retrieved more than 40 bodies from the Nile.
This contradicts previous estimates on Monday’s attack in the central Khartoum, which puts the death toll at 20 people.
Eye-witnesses beg to differ. According to the Guardian, images passed by opposition organizations showed multiple corpses with concrete blocks tied to their feet after residents & activists retrieved nine bodies from the Nile on Wednesday.
The RSF led by Mohamed Hassan Dagalo, popularly known as Hemedti, is made up of militia who have already been accused of systematic human rights abuses during the war in Darfur. Hemedti is also the deputy head of the Transitional Military Council (TMC).
On Wednesday; the week of the attack, Hassan Dagolo said in a televised address that Sudan would not be allowed to slip into chaos. “We must impose the authority of the state through law.”
Details of rapes by the RSF are also coming to light.
Weam Shawga, a women’s rights activist, said she was threatened with rape when the RSF attacked the sit-in.
Lt Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the leader of the TMC said on Tuesday; June 4th, elections were projected to be held within 9 months. However, his attempt to reach protest organisers to resume talks were dismissed.
A spokesman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, Mohammed Yousef al-Mustafa said the proposal couldn’t be taken seriously.
President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir actually stepped down from power??!
Technically…Yes, but really; No.
As previously documented: In Color 9 & 11 violent protests have been on-going in Africa’s 3rd largest country.
These demonstrations were sparked by a sharp spike in prices of bread & fuel within Sudan. Sudanese citizens have demonstrated with bursts of city-wide protests before. However, this time they remain relentless.
& it could be working!
President Omar al-Bashir pulled a number of dictator tactics in hopes quell the uproar & prolong his 30 year grip as Sudan’s leader.
When intimidating protestors proved to no avail. President al-Bashir has turned to placation. Inviting journalist to his presidential palace, where he promised the release of the wrongfully arrested journalists & protestors. He blamed sanctions & the West for Sudan’s current state of economy.
This is the most documented protest in Sudan. The country has a total of 9m internet users, with 90%of the population having access to mobile phones. President-Dictator al-Bashir also banned local newspapers from covering the protests.
Government officials have a recorded death toll of31 people since the demonstrations. The Human Rights Watch death toll report is 51 people.
Sudan has been experiencing constant instability in government since the independence of South Sudan in 2011 & a huge lack of foreign currency.
The shortages in basic goods further fueled inflation the country, depleting the purchasing power & living standards of the average Sudanese; from local agricultural labourers to the middle-class professionals.
In 2018 the Zimbabwean government decided to legalize the production of cannabis.
Vangelis Haritatos, the Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate & Rural Resettlement, says the government was stormed with applications for the production of mbanje or dagga (cannabis). Over 200 local & foreign investors inquired about venturing into cannabis production in Zimbabwe.
Minister Haritatos said the government working on making sure the chosen investors are licenced & in line with; Statutory Instrument 62 of 2018 (Dangerous Drugs Production of Cannabis for Medicinal and Scientific use Regulations).
The Cabinet approved 37investors to be issued with licenses. These would last for 12 months(1yr), pending renewal.
Deputy Minster Haritatos says the global mbanje or dagga business is worth $24B per annum. He acknowledged the growing pains with pushing out cannabis production. He says his ministry would be working extremely closely with the Ministry of Health & Child Care in production of medicinal cannabis, in partnership with investors.
“Let’s give investors a chance. There is a lot of excitement which will bring a lot of investment and help people produce oils for cancer and other medicinal purposes,” he said.
The results were announced on Tuesday; February 24th, & President Macky Sall unsurprisingly was re-elected!
According to Demba Kandji; chairman of the electoral body, President Macky Sall won 58.27%of the general populations votes. Due to this, there’s no need for a recount.
Election observers did not record any major irregularities on Sunday; when Senegalese people casted their votes, determining the following 5 years.
Although, protests did break out in Dakar, Senegal. University students vehemently protested the election results. Tired of the corruption in the government.
As covered last week, there were rumblings of foul play, when 2 main candidates Khalifa Sall-not related to the incumbent president-, & Karim Wade were blocked from participating in the election contest in 2012.
President Macky Sall had campaigned on the promise of change. Since then, a constitutional referendum was agreed upon; shortening the presidential term from 7 years to 5.
President Macky Sall still proceeded to remain in-seat for 7 years (2 years after) following this law change.
Despite the consistent growth in the Senegalese economy, unemployment –especially within Senegalese youth– is very high. Many venture into the mediterranean in hopes of greener pastures.
57 year-old President Mally Sall promises even more growth in the economy. Senegal recently discovered large crude oil reserves valued at $50B.
Senegal still remains a beacon of light when it comes to democracy in West Africa.
Protect this woman at all cost, and remember if it happened there, it has happened in other places too and there are people who have bent to the iron hands of the force instead of stand courageous like Mrs Mary.pic.twitter.com/B9PG1DgkKS
Canceled votes in Southern Kaduna -Jaba LGA 7 PUs cancelled -Jema'a LGA 3 PUs cancelled -Kargarko LGA 19 PUs in 6 wards cancelled -Sanga LGA 26 PUs cancelled -Kachia LGA 44 PUs from 10 wards cancelled (over voting/security)
She’s mostly know as a strong voice in the anti-gun protest; March for Our Lives held in Washington, DC.
Wadler is just 12 years-old.
She expresses her activism focuses on blackwomen. Commending her peers for their voices in the fight for better gun laws & gun control, however she makes it clear that children in Chicago have been speaking way louder for a longer time.
The children are the future.
Speaking of things that happen to everyone not white in the United States
A law had to be implemented to allow black people wear their hair how it naturally grows from their scalp.
New York City just passed a law that protects natural hairstyles, allowing people the right to their natural styles like afros, braids, locs, bantu knots, fades e.t.c. at work, school or in public spaces.
It is a know fact that black people still get harassed for wearing their hair the natural way it grows from their scalp in the US. Racism or prejudice is disgusting !
The “opposition” candidates focused mainly on the poverty & unemployment forcing in the economy; which forces Senegal’s youngest & brightest to seek greener pastures outside Senegal.
2 of Senegal’s main opposition leaders; Khalifa Sall –not in any way related to the current president-, & Karim Wade, were blocked from participating in the election contest in 2012, due to some charges brought against them.
Both have maintained their innocence; insisting the charges were bogus & politically motivated.
Ousmane Sonko; 44, Senegal’s youngest candidate, ran his platform on curbing France’s influence on Senegal. Proposing if elected, Senegal would used their own domestic currency as a legal tender. Replacing the CFA Franc; which is used by 14 other West African countries if elected.
Preliminary results are to be announced on Tuesday; February 24th. With the final tally on Friday; February 28th. President Macky Sall is expected to win.
Kenya is at the forefront in Africa for human rights; specifically LGBTQ & love.
The ruling was for a petition to nullify the remnants of colonial-era laws in Kenya that criminalizes same-sex sex.
Specifically 2 sections in the penal code.
One that states; anyone who has “carnal knowledge… against the order of nature” can be imprisoned for 14 years. & the other that provides for a five-year jail term for “indecent practices between males”.
Chacha Mwita; one of the judges on the 3-judge bench gave what some might deem a weak response for the reason behind the push back.
“The files are above my height… we are still working,” he also added that one of this collegue where on leave, adding to the delay.
Mwita announced the push back.
Although, even though the laws do exist, members of the LGBTQ rarely actually get convicted. Imani Kimiri from the National & Lesbian Human Rights Council (NGLHRC) legal team told APC news agency that her office dealt with 15 prosecutions in 2018 & couldn’teven remember the last convictions.
She did slam the process as;”just a frustrating endeavour”
Yet, another issue with the law still in Kenya’s constitution is; members of Kenyan’s LGBTQ seldom report crimes of abuse like sexual assault, blackmail & eviction due to their sexual orientation because it would technically be “confessing to a crime”.
Under Kenya’s 2010 constitution all persons would be equal before the law, the petitioners argue these 2 outdated &archaic sections in the penal code contradict this. We agree.
The petitioners believe albeit delayed the ruling would be in their favour.
Kenya has already made strides on the road to equality, when juxtaposed with its counterparts -other African countries– festered with homophobia.
So we remain optimistic too.
In March the High court banned forced anal testing of men suspected of being gay.
One could wonder; why was this even a law in place?
Or we can decide to just focus on the fact that it is no longer one!
Presidential & legislative elections finally took place this past Saturday in Nigeria.
As reported in last week’s In Color 12;Nigeria pushed back her presidential & legislative elections by a week. Nigerians suspected foul play by the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC). INEC stated issues with logistics as the reason for the election postponement. Many couldn’t understand the actual plausibility of such an issue for an election known to already scheduled to take place; 4 years prior.
The abrupt night-before date switch up didn’t help quell the people’s insecurities with putting trust in the Nigerian government.
The election was a bitter & violent one. A showdown between 76 year-old, current president Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress & the former vice president, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party; 72 year-old Atiku Abubakar.
Tribalism was also an unfortunate a deadly tool used to fuel these elections, with reports of states inhabited by mostly Yoruba people; a main ethnic group attacking the Igbos another ethnic group to intimidate them from exercising their right to vote. Then in turn skewing the election results.
Many polling units were delayed & although Nigerians arrived at scheduled time, they had to wait even longer to cast their votes in the ballot. Some Nigerian’s, tired of the wait, found unorthodox always to make sure their vote counted.
Some Nigerian Youth Corpers appointed serve their country –& mediate the elections– were also put in harm’s way. The Nigerian government barely provided any security or housing arrangements for of its youngest & brightest.
Meanwhile, considering the tone of current President Buhari;
In this video, Buhari, for the umpteenth time, refused to even admit d possibility that he might be defeated. He said he'd win the election & congratulate himself. I've said this bozo won't hand over even if he loses. He'd rather go down with the whole nation than go down alone pic.twitter.com/BXUqFXMVc4
BREAKING: An elementary school in Ashburn, VA played a runaway slave ‘game’ in gym class for black history month. NAACP says black 3rd-5th graders at Madison’s Trust Elementary were instructed to be slaves. “It’s awful.”-Loudoun NAACP. Tonight at 11 @nbcwashington@LCPSOfficialpic.twitter.com/8I0tZ1XkJf
13,000 United Nation troops deployed in CAR & still “ineffective” assistance from them with protecting civilians from armed groups in the town of Batangafo in October & November, according to new reports from medical aid organisation.
Doctors Without Borders A.K.A MSF was the medical charity who declared the death of at least15 people with 29others injured after the attack on Batangafo.
Batangafo is 400km north of the country’s capital; Bangui.
It is reported that the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) in CAR failed at its primary responsibility to the mineral rich country.
“MINUSCA was responsible for protecting civilians. However, they were unable to do this,” Omar Ahmed Abenza, the MSF head of the mission in the country, said.
“Most of the victims of the violence are ordinary people. Civilians in Batangafo have been left with no effective protection,” Abenza added.
CAR has been in near constantconflict, since 2013 because of this the UN imposed an arms embargo on them.
Since a meeting last month, the UN Security Council agreed to possibly ease the embargo. This would allow supplies for government forces fighting the militias who –fornow– have control of a lot of territory in CAR. Counterproductive embargo to say less?
A quarter of the country’s population; 4.5 million has been displaced due to the violence with thousands of lives lost.
Is saving the planet & influencing other African countries to follow suit through leading by example.
In 2016 Kigali; the capital, began the “car-free day”, a monthly event powered by willing citizens. However, in 2017, after an attendance from President Paul Kagame-& under his recommendations- it bloomed to a bi-weekly event.
Collective exercises are encouraged on Car-Free day.
Car-Free day actively reduces the spread of non-communicable diseases as stated by Ruzindana. It serves an easy platform for Rwanda’s Biometrical Centre to reach a large group of Rwandese people at once & also effectively educate them on healthier life alternative, following up on people with preexisting medical conditions.
The day runs for 27 hours. Starting from 7am to 10am the following day. On Car-Free day Kigali shuts off its roads; from Centenary House in town to Amahoro stadium. All testings & group exercises take place at the Rwanda Revenue Authorities headquarters.
Although the day is still centered around just the capital; Kigali, the Rwandese government has expressed their plans to expand with the initiative,outside of the city.
The Car-Free initiative has been so successful even it’s being adopted by a couple other African countries like Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe & Ethiopia; who held their 2nd Car-Free day event in major cities.
Angry elderly woman against the president of #Haiti:
"No schools. No hospitals. This government stole everything from the people. Now the president wants to sell the country to the international community. Over my dead body. He must go. We're in the streets until the end." pic.twitter.com/sqfnIj0YdD
The “Lock Down” protests is the latest uprising against President Moïse’s government. It is due to the people’s discontent with the corrupt government & anxieties over the state of the economy. Also, high inflation rates, leading to higher prices & people struggling to afford bare necessities. On Thursday; February 14th, the U.S Embassy in Port-au-Prince released a security alert expressing the Department of State had ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S personnel & their family members.
However, considering all the commotion, President Jovenel Moïse didn’t seem too perturbed by any of this. On the same day; February 14th, he finally saw it fit to address the dissatisfied –to say the least– people of Haiti for the 1st time in 7 days of uproar & protest. His tone was far from placating.
“I will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers,” he said. The demonstrators are asking for transparency inparticular pertaining to the whereabouts of funds from the PetroCaribe agreement.
The PetroCaribe agreement is an alliance between Caribbean countries & Venezuela.
According to the World Bank; this agreement’s preferential terms for energy purchases were meant to help free up funds to aid development in Haiti, a country hammered by natural disasters.
The demonstrators gathered under the slogan: “Kot kob PetroKaribe a?“, direct meaning “where is the Petrocaribe money“.
Some presume the Haitian President’s confidence stems from his support of the U.S on the issue in Venezuela. This would guarantee U.S support from opposition groups. John Bolton, U.S National Security Advisor tweets below;
I met with Haitian Foreign Minister @BocchitEdmond yesterday to express the United States’ enduring support for and friendship with Haiti. We urge all of Haiti’s political actors to respect and protect their democracy, engage in dialogue, and put an end to the political violence.
President Moïse may also be trying to strong-arm his people. On saturday; February 16th, Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant announced that government officials may lose their perks due to the continued protests. Futhermore, civilians accused the wealthy & elite of conspiring with the U.S Embassy in administering a collective punishment for the protests, by feigning a “Humanitarian crisis” through withholding the sale of essential goods to the people.
Streets are accusing wealthy elite & business owners of colluding with US Embassy to create a "humanitarian crisis" by withholding essential goods from sale as a form of collective punishment against widespread protests in #Haiti. pic.twitter.com/2eaPhpXCft
Video of 7 US citizens and a Haitian being held at main police station in downtown PAP, #Haiti. They were detained after a cache of automatic weapons, communications equipment and several license plates were found in their vehicles. Why they were stopped is unknown. pic.twitter.com/YvCxaULWIo
8 people have been recused from the initial 24 feared dead from 2 water flooded idle shafts in a mining town just 145km south-west of the capital, Harare this past Thursday. District administrator Fortunate Muzulu was quoted saying the “chances of rescuing any survivors are very slim“. “The illegal miners entered the shafts at night to evade the owners,” Muzulu said. The mine shaft was flooded by water from a dam with bursted walls due to heavy rain fall. Dozens of miners still remain missing or feared dead. On saturday, recuse workers retrieved 24 more bodies out from the shafts. The government released a statement on Friday saying about 60 to 70 artisanal miners were stuck in the flooded shafts.
They are at it again. Recent headlines on bigger news platforms have been crediting wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas as the 1st person to capture a black leopard on camera, in Africa, in 100 years.This is in fact a lie. Letoluai Ambose a young Samburu warrior & research assistant with Sandiego Zoo Global, previously captured images of the black leopard as far back as January 2018. “Will Burrard captured quality images but the media should not state that he found the leopard. He was only here for three days,” Letoluai mused. A curious case of Mungo Park syndrome? It’s a good thing 24-year-old Letoluai doesn’t sweat the small stuff; he didn’t seem as keen as Will Burrard was to get all the recognition. “Were it not for that elder, the local rangers, the landowner and the involvement of scientists from Sandiego Zoo Global, we would not have made this discovery. Everyone had a role and no one person can claim credit,” said Letoluai.
Nigeria postpones her elections a night before it was scheduled to take place. As mentioned in Color 11 Nigeria was set to carry out elections on Saturday; February 16th. Some Nigerians already expressed their concerns with the current adminstration & their lack of capability to honestly conduct a free & fair election.
Nigerians are outraged with some demanding the resignation of Mahmoud Yakubu; the INEC chairman. Many feel taken advantage of, fearing this postponement would lead to a lower turnout for the next scheduled date then in turn favoring the President’s party; APC.
Let us be clear:
1. The @inecnigeria chairman must not be made to resign or otherwise forced out.
2. We will not accept staggered elections. All elections will hold in one day as always.
INEC, with its ₦189 billion budget and four years to prepare, managed to behave no differently from a Nigerian tailor who collects ₦15,000 for your wedding outfit but switches off his phone on the day he is supposed to deliver. It is the exact same behaviour.
You think the postponement was ordinary? You sit down in your living room gulping down cheep beer and shouting “this incompetence must not be tolerated” but know absolutely nothing about how your country is being ran! When you had the CBN deliberately muddling the delivery of
They could have a point. Considering Okezie Victor Ikpeazu; the current Governor of Abia State’s aid was seen with already filled in Presidential election results sheets. Here’s the underlining issue; the Presidential elections were postponed. It is yet to take place.
Africa’s most populous country ~200M people, is to hold presidential elections on the 16th of this month (February).
There are over 70 candidates participating in the race.
However, the main contenders are; candidate 76 –Nigeria’s current President-Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress (APC), & Candidate 72; Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
If you listen to the Nigerian youth- so one would think, the country’s future-, it’s clear that even they’re fed up of the current administration’s piss poor management of the country.
So yesterday at @SMWLagos the governorship aspirant of APC @jidesanwoolu walked up to me and asked if I attended his session and I said and he asks why and I go because I am NOT interested in you or anything you have to say.. Then this followed pic.twitter.com/g6kdkQJZJs
You know how to remove trucks for Access Bank marathon. You know how to remove trucks for presidential visit. But for some reason you don't know how to remove trucks for your citizens. For over 3 years trucks parked here daily. But when convenient for you they disappear. pic.twitter.com/PDs6kaHVOL
Court Admits Evidence Showing How Shekarau, Two Others Shared N950m From Diezani | Sahara Reporters They are alleged to have taken possession of the said sum, which was “part of an unlawful act of Diezani Alison-Madueke”… READ MORE: https://t.co/SjG0f4QP6Vpic.twitter.com/mAf3AUKBai
Many informed & involved citizens are questioning the Nigerian government’s tactics of soliciting votes from super poor masses. A predicament the incompetent government has a hand in, in the first place.
The boys were caught because of their audacity to actually record their heinous act on camera. This was later used as evidence against them.
Many feared the boys would leverage their privilege finagling themselves out of the corrupt Nigerian legal system. Different stories circulated including some alleging the Nigerian police tampered with evidence.
Popular Nigerian blogger “Lindaikeji” initially covered the story. However, due to some unknown & moneymysterious reason had it taken off of her website. This was extremely usual as the blogger barely ever rescinds stories, making Nigerians come up with some of their own plausible stories.
Linda Ikeji That people beg and cry for her to remove a story that caused trouble for them and she refuses to. The same Linda Ikeji took down a story of two smelling rapists. You people that still have faith in that woman are trying. https://t.co/xiqRS9VsW0
A recent statement released by the Department of State Security (DSS) alleges that the boys are still in police custody, but some Nigerian women decided to add some icing on the cake, leaving horrible reviews on his dad’s hotel.
In a conference in Kampala Mr. Kiwanda explained his thought process, saying a beauty pageant “Miss Curvy Uganda” has been launched on the hunt for sexy curvaceous women. The lucky?Finalists are to be announced in June.
“We have naturally endowed nice looking women that are amazing to look at. Why don’t we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?”
Primrose Nyonyozi Murungi –entreprenuer & activist– launched an online petition to stop the campaign.
“Women in Uganda have been attacked while on the streets. What happens now that the government is confirming a stereotype that women are sexual objects and can be touched regardless and more so made a product of tourism,” she said.
Ugandans have also taken to social media in order to protest the arrest of Kenyan Journalist; Kassim Mohammed & Vivian Mohammed; his wife.
CFA franc was introduced to Senegal by France in 1945.
Many believe it to be a legacy of colonizers & colonization.
14 West African countries currently use CFA franc was their legal tender.
Happy Black History Month!!!
Black history month is an annual observance every February in the United States. It is aimed at remembering the fierce & relentless negro heros who made strides in civil-so really, human-rights, as well as the documented history of the African diaspora.
Thank you, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson! He was one of the first scholars to study African-American history.
In 1926 he proposed the second week of February be “Negro History Week”. Also known as the father of black history, Dr. Woodson’s “Negro History Week” became a precursor to Black History Month as we know it.
Black History Month is also celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada & the Republic of Ireland.
Speaking of Black Excellence during black history month,
let’s all commend Candice Payne!
Candice Payne paid for hotel rooms for 100 homeless people in Chicago. After listening to her local news & hearing the weather forecast in her area; below freezing point! Candice knew she had to do something!
Candice Payne, the woman who bought hotel rooms for over 100 homeless people so they don’t freeze to death in Chicago says
“No one wanted them, it wasn’t good for business”
She didn’t give up on them. Now she is on a mission to house the homeless.
Ralph Northam denies being any of the two in the picture but he did admit to wearing “blackface” once.
Governor Ralph Northam is quoted saying;
“Right now, Virginia needs someone that can heal. There’s no better person to do that than a doctor.”
Can someone ask him, what happens when your doctor is a racist?
Although to Governor Northam’s credit, he did start an important conversation. One of exposing college yearbooks in America.
To add a little extra perspective to this picture: Future Hall of Famer James Worthy was a freshman at UNC in 1979. Michael Jordan was there 2 years later. This is what they were experiencing in college. https://t.co/SCdR5xQTdq
“Most of the protesters are young and there are factors that drove them to take to the streets, including inflation, which led to higher prices – and the limited job opportunities that don’t match the number of graduates,“
He also reassured them all journalist arrested due to the protests would be released immediately.
The estimated number of journalists imprisoned according to activists is recorded at 16.
Last month; a week in color 9 we spoke on the murder of Ghanian investigate journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale.
Hussein- Suale was shot 3 times; twice in the chest & once on the neck. It was a targeted attack. Under the Tiger Eye team, Ahmed Hussein-Suale brought about the dissolution the Ghana Football Association. & a lifetime ban from FIFA was also given to Kwesi Nyantakyi –the association’s former head– including some referees, due to the various corrupt practices uncovered.
6 of the suspects arrested on Thursday have been released on bail.
Director general of police public affairs; David Eklu says there seems to be a lack of “strong evidence for now“, stating most of the arrests were “preliminary arrests based on reasonable suspicion“.
Justice for Ahmed Hussein-Suale. Journalism is not a crime.
Tropical Cyclone Desmond formed in the Mozambique Channel this past Sunday. Drifting slowing northeast & towards the coast, the storm hit the coast about 40km to the south of Chinde & 200km to the north of Beira; Mozambique’s largest city.
Beira was hit the worst with rain. About 277 millimetres worth! recorded on Tuesday.
Prayers out to the people of Mozambique. Specifically residents of Biera & anyone caught up in the unfortunate natural disaster.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa returned to Harare on Monday; January 21st.
As reported by last week’s In Color; violent protests broke out in Zimbabwe when the President announced a steep increase in fuel costs –making it the world’s most expensive petrol– before zooming off on a foreign tour.
In light of the outbreak of chaos, President Mnangagwa cut his trip short. Flying back into Harare Monday night to handle the crisis.
In a press statement given to church goers by David Bahati; the Finance minister. Mr. Bahati expressed that the Ugandan President aims to curb the “negative” impact betting has on the youth. He addressed the church goers in Kabale town, located in Western Uganda saying;
“From now onwards, no new companies are going to be licensed. Those which are already registered, no renewal of licenses when they expire,“
Jim Mugunga; Uganda’s Ministry of Finance spokesperson, said he wasn’t aware of the new development. However, he does wholeheartedly support it, since the notice was given by the minister.
“I don’t know but since it was said by a minister, quote him. That’s good news,”
During his heartwarming acceptance speech in front of a crowd of cheering supporters President Tshisekedi promises a DRC with no;
“division, hate or tribalism”
“We want to build a strong Congo in its cultural diversity. We will promote its development in peace and security. A Congo for each and everyone, where everybody has his or her own place,“- President Felix Tshisekedi.
As stated in a week In Color No. 8 protest broke out in the DRC when the votes were counted with various opposition leaders disputing the election results.
After postponing the elections 3 different times, this is the first power transfer in 59 years since the country attained its independence.
According to Al Jazeera Reporters, the newly sworn in President was momentarily interrupted in his passion-filled inauguration address to the people when he “collapsed on the podium”. He was able to resumed to his speech shortly after.
The ceremony took place in the country’s capital of Kinshasa.
Tshisekedi was accused of striking hidden deals with the outgoing President-Dictator; Joseph Kabila. Both camps have vehemently denied these claims.
Some foreign nationals attended the inauguration,showing support for the non-violent transfer of power.
Among those in attending included the Kenya’s & Tanzania’s Vice-Presidents ;William Ruto & Samia Suluhu, respectively.
China, Japan, France & the US also sent their ambassadors.
“The opposition has run out of recourse to challenge the election results and the threat of widespread post-election violence is gradually subsiding,” said Robert Besseling of EXX Africa, a business risk consultancy.”
We are just excited to finally see a rightful transfer of power in a country that has long since been considered a “democracy“.
The public is excited to since how the President would handle the complex economic issues & ethnic group dynamics that plague the country while creating unity.
In a statement released by Abdoul Aziz Thioye; the director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO), more than 50 mass graves were unearthed including individual graves.
According to UN reports, 890 people were killed during a 3 day intercommunal clash in the town Yumbi. The DRC’s western province of Mai-Ndombe. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Michelle Bachelet, says a “credible sources” point the duration of the clashes between December 16 & 18.
General Fall Sikabwe, the army chief in western DRC, told the AFP news agency that an investigation had already commenced to get to the bottom of it.
The plot thickens on the countdown to election day continues.
On Friday, January 25th the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari swore in Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
As reported in last week’s In Color 8 Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen –the initial Chief Justice of Nigeria at the time– was set for trial. Brought up on 6-count charges due to an alleged fraudulent declaration of assets.
The former decorated Chief Justice was M.I.A on his trial date on January 14th. Consequently leading to 5of his bank accounts frozen by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen has now been suspended from his position in office. Effectively replaced by the “recommendation” of the Code of Conduct Tribunal for the trial.
It is important to note that it is extremelyunusual for the President to be able to tamper or appoint anyone to the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria. Albeit “legal” it sets a horrible tone for the already fragile & feigned democracy.
Below is a condensed thread of all the other unfair controversial “laws” of the land.
Unconstitutional action! You, Mr President @MBuhari are a grave danger to our fragile Democracy. What happened to the Constitutional provision 292 on Discipline of Judges? Nigerians will not allow you the license to imperil our Democracy. WE shall #Fight4Naija. It is OUR DUTY. https://t.co/VKJ4oL9rlD
The list of Judges to be sworn in as the Election Petition Tribunal Judges are appointed by the Chief Judge of each State and sent to the Court of Appeal President, CJN merely performs the ritual of swearing them in, see Lagos Chief Judge with the selected Lagos Judges pic.twitter.com/xqNxfxBVeM
President Buhari also signed another executive order on Friday, inside the council chamber of State House, Abuja.
The Executive Order 007 2019, would finally allow private companies the access to build Federal roads.
Meanwhile your weekly update on our favorite Senator, representing Kogi west senatorial district; Dino Melaye.
We’ve been covering Senator Dino Melaye shenanigans for the past few week’s In Color.
Justice Halilu granted bail to the Senator, in Maitama High Court on January 18th, 2019, on conditions that Senator Melaye be not allowed to leave the country without attaining travel permission.
On Tuesday, January the 22nd Dino Melaye plead not guilty to the 9-count charge brought up against him by the Nigerian police. Despite some irrefutable evidence putting him at the scene of one of the crimes.
Dino Melaye – 6 , The Nigerian Judiciary System – 0
Oby Ezekwesili; Nigerian’s strongest female Presidential contender has stepped out of Nigeria’s February 2019 Presidential race.
Using the hashtag#Fight4Naija she released an eloquent press statement expressing her passion for her beloved country & her intent to continue to strive for a better Nigeria while stepping down as a Presidential candidate.