A Week In Color 22

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Nigeria

West Africa

Busola Dakolo and her husband harrassed at their place of residence by armed men in uniform.

3 weeks prior, Busola Dakolo; a known photographer, came out in an interview to speak her truth as a sexual assault survivor.

He said, ‘be happy a man of God did this to you, disvirgined you’. At this point he was already a pastor in Ilorin, his wife had given birth to their first child Shindara and I was in the choir.”

  • 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.

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  • 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”.

CAN has later denied showing solidarity to Biodun Fatoyinbo

Some Nigerians sound off;

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The U.S

North America

NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo involved with the death of 43-year-old father of 6; Eric Garner 5 years ago goes scot-free.

On monday; July 15 the Justice Department decided not to file federal civil rights charges against Daniel Pantaleo.

  • 4 months after the death of Eric Garner from a fatal chokehold with Daniel Pantaleo involved, a Staten Island grand jury chose not indict the officer on any criminal charges.
  • The decision to not press federal civil rights charges came in a day before the 5th anniversay of Garner’s death.

5 years later, still no justice.

The decision came in one day before the expiration of the statute of limitations.

The Justice Department’s decision to not prosecute Pantaleo was made by Attorney General William Barr, who decided to follow the recommendation of the Eastern District of New York.

This should not have ended with the death of a person, but that’s a very different question than what’s presented to a prosecutor when deciding under the Justice manual whether a person should be indicted,” a senior official said.

Eric Garner’s last echoing dying words were “I can’t breathe“.

Garner’s mother; Gwen Carr spoke with federal prosecutors in Brooklyn saying the Justice Department “has failed us“.

We wonder if it ever was meant to work for Black people.

5 years of no justice but constant turmoil & reliving of pain for the Garner family & the Black community.

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It’s no secret that it’s way easier to locate liqour stores in lower income neighbourhoods than grocery stores in the US but here’s one savior making a difference.

Kia Patterson is changing the narrative one store at a time with her store in Compton, California & her work ethic is exemplary in itself.

  • Patterson worked in grocery stores for 17 years before owning a Grocery Outlet in 2017.
  • When Patterson took over the store there were 9 employee. After, she had a staff of 25 people.

Patterson does not get high-strung on power & isn’t afraid to work alongside her employees.

I’m not one of those owners that dictates things. I mop the floor, I do car runs,” she said. “I’m very hands on with my team, and there’s nothing that I would ask them to do that I wouldn’t do myself.

Patterson’s Grocery Outlet is also heavily involved in the community, hosting events for the people in it.

What’s better than ownership for people who actually care about the communities they make a profit off of?

You tell us.

STOP. KILLING. BLACK. TRANS. PEOPLE.

We would not be free, till we are all equally free. This the includes queer Black folk in our community. The divide & the spread of hate only futher perpetuates our continued downfall.

Rest in power to Denali.

Meanwhile, the US has may skillful ways they boldy say; who cares about the negroes again?

  • Blackout was purposefully carried out in Canarise a largely Black neighbourhood to prevent an outage in the richer; whiter neighbourhoods in NewYork.

Ethiopia

East Africa

More than 17 Ethiopian activitist were killed on Thursday; July 18th, in a confrontation before security forces & Ethiopians seeking a new autonomous region for their Sidama ethnic group.

The Sidama, the largest ethnic group in the southern region, have been calling for their own semi-autonomous state [Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]

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.

Kenya

East Africa

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

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The Mau Mau Uprising (1952-1960)

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A quick summary of the Mau Mau uprising. Some articles call it a rebellion. How does one rebel on their own land? 
When the colonizers got their grubby eyes on modern day Kenya, they implemented the colonizer 101 plan. Stole “occupied” up to 7 million acres of land, brought in British colonizers to hold space, & made the people of the land wear ID badges around their neck to display their various ethnic group. This was a means of control as identification cards are usually used to regulate oppression to the oppressed.

The British implemented Hut taxes. Whenever Kenyans built huts on their land, they paid the price worth of 2 months labour. Kenyans were only allowed to plant crops for sustainability on their own land, not anything that could be commodified; so no crops that could compete with the British intruders. The British also appointed chiefs loyal to their cause, keeping them happy through bribery while the chiefs in return helped maintain colonial control. Due to the inherent greediness of the colonizers, they occupied more land than they could actually oversee or manage, it wasn’t unusual for Kikuyu people; who made up 20% of Kenyan’s population, to “squat” in areas unmanaged by the stingy settlers granted, they share their profits with the British if the Kikuyu used such areas for farming.


Many Kenyans fought in “World” War 11, they came back to Kenya hoping for better treatment from the colonizers after their sacrifice, how wrong they were. Jomo Kenyetta of the Kenya African Union (KAU) was one of the people pressing the British government in vain for the political rights of the Kenyan people & land reform. Naturally, the British were slow to action & blinded by their greed. In 1952, a much more radical group called the Kenya Land & Freedom Army (KLFA) emerged just as militant as the British. They were also known as the Mau Mau. 
It consisted mainly of Kikuyu fighters including some Embu & Meru recruits, with some units of Kamba & Maasai people. They wanted the British out! Rightfully so. Attacking political opponents & destroying the invaders livestock. The Mau Mau took oaths binding themselves to the cause. In October 1952, the British declared a state of emergency bring in army reinforcements to fight against the Mau Mau supporters, arresting Kenyetta & 180 other alleged Mau Mau leaders. They portrayed the uprising as “a barbaric tribal response to the pressures of modernization”. The colonizers recruited & press-ganged some Kenyans to fight for the Kikuyu  Home Guard , which used oppressive violence as a means of population control. The British rewarded the guards when they pillaged the properties of the Mau Mau, creating a divide & rule dynamic. The Kikuyu that “had” were pro-British & the “have-nots” were for the revolution. The colonizers strategically resettled Kikuyu in villages.

The primary zones of Mau Mau military strength were the Aberdares & the forest around mount Kenya, the British reacted with aerial warfare, dropping nearly 6 million bombs between 18 November 1953 until July 28th, 1955. They detained up to 100,000 Kikuyu without trial, where they were tortured & brutalized for periods between 3 & 7 years. The uprising was said to be at a steady decline on October 21, 1956, after the capture of field marshal Dedan Kimathi the leader of the KLFA. By November 10, 1959 the state of emergency ended in Kenya, The death toll for the Mau Mau activist killed by the British forces in Kenya since 1952 was said to be at 10,173.

In 1961, Jomo Kenyetta was released & African nationalist leaders agreed to take a role in Kenya’s government.
Kenyan got her independence on December 12, 1963; 7 years after the notorious uprising that many believe was the catalyst for decolonization. In 2013 the British government issued an apology for the brutal tactics they used to suppress the uprising & agreed to pay about  £20 million pounds in compensation to the surviving victims they abused.  

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (1938 – Present)

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I REALIZED THE OPPRESSER ALWAYS, THE FIRST THING THEY DO, IS TAKE AWAY THE LANGUAGE OF THE OPPRESSED.

Ngũgĩ was born on January 5th, 1938, in Kamiriithu near Limuru in Kiambu district, Kenya. He is of Kikuyu descent. Ngũgĩ grew to witness the Mau Mau Uprising A.K.A The Kenya Emergency. An 8-year-long war, beginning in 1952, between the Kenya Land Freedom Army (KLFA) & the white european colonizers. The KLFA mostly consisted of the Kikuyu people, Meru people & the Embu people, as well as many others. Ngũgĩ ‘s half-brother Mwangi was an active member of the KLFA. Ngũgĩ’s mother was tortured in the Kikuyu Home Guard, sanctioned by the colonial government. It was named after the British Home Guard, formed by the colonizers in response to the revolutionary push during the Kenya Emergency. 30% of the Kikuyu Home Guard members were press-ganged into joining & it was purposefully intended to be divisive as it had the appearance of a Kikuyu led initiative. He was baptized James Ngugi & attended Alliance High School, later enrolling as a student in Makerere University College, Kampala, Uganda. 
In May 1964, Ngũgĩ debuted his first novel; Weep Not, Child. It was the 1st novel in English to be published by a writer from East Africa. It followed the life of a Kikuyu family & their story in the struggle for Kenyan independence during the state of emergency & the Mau  Mau uprising. Later in the year, Ngũgĩ scored a scholarship to the University of Leeds, so he travelled to England to bag an MA. There, Ngũgĩ wrote his second novel; The River Between, currently on Kenya’s national secondary school syllabus. Ngũgĩ never completed his thesis at Leeds. It was on Caribbean literature. In 1967, Ngũgĩ published A Grain of Wheat. It marked a change of his ideology  & teaching, with Ngũgĩ renouncing Christianity & embracing Fanonist Marxism. He began to write in his native tongue; Gikuyu, & Swahili. In this same year, he began to teach at The University of Nairobi as a professor of English literature, where he initiated the conversation to change the name of the English literature department to just literature. Aimed to reflect studying other literature in other languages. Ngaahika Ndeenda (I Will Marry When I Want) co-written with Ngũgĩ wa Mirii in Kikuyu in 1977,  was the play that earned Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o the title of political prisoner. The play provoked the then Kenyan Vice-President Daniel arap Moi, who immediately ordered Thiong’o’s arrest, subsequently leading to Ngũgĩ spending roughly a year in the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. There he had an epiphany. The 1st thing the oppressor does is tear the people away from their spoken language, from then Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o decided to stop writing his plays & other works in English all together. He wrote his 1st modern novel; Devil on the Cross, in Gikuyu, on prison-issued toilet paper. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o was released in December 1978. Unfortunately, his teaching job as a professor at the Nairobi University wasn’t waiting for him. Thiong’o & his family were forced into exile soon after. Due to his writing about the injustices of the dictatorial government at the time. He returned to Kenya with his family on August 8 2004 as part of a month-long East African tour. On August 11, robbers broke into his high-security apartment assaulting Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o & sexually assaulting his wife; Njeeri. They also stole various valuable items. 
The attack was rumored to be politically motivated. 
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o & his family fled back to the US after the unfortunate incident. Some other notable works of his is a co-written play; The Black Hermit & his prison diary; Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature. 
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o sought to liberate the theatrical process  from what he deemed “the general bourgeois education system”. He encouraged spontaneity & audience participation during performances. He sought to avoid the “process of alienation [that] produces a gallery of active stars & an undifferentiated mass of grateful admirers”.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o inspires. 

A Week In Color 19

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What’s going on in the world’s youngest nation?

40 diplomats have been fired for not showing up to work.

For some?

In years.

On Thursday; May 16th, 40 overseas diplomats were abruptly relieved of their postings after multiple futile attempts at convincing them to return to work in Juba.

The foreign ministry in Juba, the capital & South Sudan’s largest city, said they tried in vain “to engage with these diplomats who went Absent Without Appointed Leave (AWOL) over the past few months and years” some diplomats included were posted in the United States & United Kingdom.

  • None of the emissaries responded or returned home after completing their postings.
  • They were fired in a curt memo issused by the foreign ministry.

Mawien Makol, a spokeperson for the Foreign Ministry addressed AFP on Thursday; May 16th. Stating the whereabouts of the fleeing diplomats remain unclear.

  • The disappearing emissaries full government names were printed in a table titled “Dismissed/Terminated Diplomat“.
  • The emissaries listed have been removed from the payroll & formally discharged of their duties effective immediately.
  • They have also been ordered to return their diplomatic passport including those of their family members to the nearest South Sudan mission.

Meanwhile, the implementation of South Sudan’s shaky peace agreement has reached yet another prolonged delay.

President Silva Kiir intially asked for a 12-month extention to implement the peace agreement he signed seemly willing.

A whole year??!

However, it was officially delayed for a half-year. 6 months. Naturally, this has been demoralizing, sucking out the optisiming of mediators who are ready to quell the 5-year-long conflict that has claimed the lives of up to 400,000 South Sudanese. Displacing millions & leaving alot of the population ravenous.

One would think the sense of urgency would be apparent to the Main characters.

But nah.

  • The initial agreement stipulated in a peace treaty agreement signed last September to set in place a transitional power-sharing government.
  • The delay now means main opposition leader; Riek Machar would be returning to Juba in November, serving as President Salva Kiir’s deputy.
  • The international community commended both parties for their ability to reach a consensus over the delay, however they warn against futher extending it. Progress must  be made in 6 months & another delay is out of the question.

South Sudanese aren’t too keen on this though. They’re worried the longer the wait, the less likely the fragile deal would actually be implemented.

I am not comfortable with the extension,” said William Magok, who is eager to leave his UN-protected displaced persons camp in Juba, where he has been living since 2013. “Now I am afraid to leave because if I go, maybe something bad will happen… I do not trust the government.

Angelina Teny the wife of Riek Machar insisted it would be a “recipe for disaster” if Dr. Riek Machar returned to the capital; Juba without adequate provisions already made for his safety.

  • The nonsuccess of a previous peace deal in August 2015 is largely attributed to the inadequate security arrangements.
  • Dr. Riek Machar arrived at the capital in April 2016, with over 1,000 heavily armed bodyguards as part of a power-sharing deal, unfortunately chaos ensued only 3 months later, leaving Machar fleeing the country on foot.
  • Recently, Machar has been hiding out in Khartoum; Sudan’s capital.
  • According to the 2018 peace agreement; oppostion & government forces alike where supposed to be reined in & trained to be unified into a national army.
  • Barely any progress has been made on this front.

“Kiir’s army ignored provisions to demilitarise cities,” the International Crisis Group report stated.

There was no advance toward cantonment: Machar did not send his soldiers to camp.

  • In January, according to a letter sent from community leaders to the governor, 1,200 men in Twic State were forciblly enlisted into the government army.
  • All sides are now being accused of increasing recruitement.
  • South Sudan is yet to settle the issue of internal boundaries. Intially starting with 10 states at independence in 2011. However,after signing the failed 2015 peace treaty, Kiir increased the number to 28. South Sudan now has 32 states.
  • South Sudan critics say this strategy is placed purposefully to gerrymander boundaries along ethnic lines. Neither side can seem to agree on exactly how many states should exist.

One thing South Sudanese can agree on is without more engagement outside mediation between Riek Machar & President Silva Kirr “we are likely to be in much the same spot six months from now,” said Alan Boswell, senior analyst with the International Crisis Group.

For its part, the government has pledged $100 million towards the deal’s initial implementation & will also attempt to fund “the whole peace process”, said Information Minister, Michael Makuei.


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Suppression of the media 101.

On April 30th the country’s “communications regulator”; Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) ordered that 13 media establishments suspend 39 producers, editors & head of news.

Many of Uganda’s media groups are disputing this decision. Critics believe it to be a symptom of Ugandan’s oppressive government, reprimanding journalist for covering popular music star turned politican Kyagulanyi Ssentamu A.K.A Bobi Wine. Futher servicing President-Dictator Yoweri Museveni’s 33-year-old regime.

It doesn’t help that the directive was signed on the same day the media house covered the unlawful arrrest of Bobi Wine.

On that day, Honorable Kyagulanyi was arrested, charged and taken to Luzira prison and media houses got those problems because of covering that,” said Charles James Ssenkubuge, one of the journalists suspended by the order.

The UCC ordered a 30-day-long suspension of the journalist as it investigates them for any breach of broadcasting standards.

Charles Ssenkubuge was the head of progammes at Salt Media in Kampala up on till May 1st.

  • Intially suspended for a week. However after a meeting between broadcasting executives & UCC he was recalled as a general manger.

The ordered directive also includes that the media organisations submit all news & live-streamed content aired the day before.

On Thursday, May 16th, a high court in Kampala; the capital heard the arguments of Uganda Journalists Association & two private lawyers seeking to stop the suspension or reassign the targeted journalists.

Uganda’s constitution includes the right to freedom of expression “shall include freedom of the press and other media”. However, the media laws of the land have been said to favour the control of media platforms.

Many Ugandans have noticed the result of commications regulator weilding all that power.

The president of the Uganda Law Society confirmed that the regulator has a lot of powers and that, perhaps, these powers need to be adjusted or reduced. It is a fact that the law gives us a lot of powers,” Ibrahim Bbossa a spokerperson for the UCC told Al Jazeera on Wednesday; May 15th.

Bbossa argued it a necessary evil authorities needed to regulate the industry effectively.

“Regulating” the media but freedom of speech being in the consitution??

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Tensions continue to rise in the  political atmosphere of Uganda as the country prepares itself  for the upcoming 2021 national elections, where Kyagulanyi Ssentamu; Bobo Wine & President- Dictator Yoweri Museveni would run against each other.

The National Association of Broadcasters also sought a meeting with the UCC a week after the directive was passed. Daniel Kalinaki; an executive who attended the meeting wrote in his weekly column “despite a lengthy and, at one point rather heated debate, the meeting only achieved semantics: the journalists would not be suspended, but would only be asked to ‘step aside’ to allow investigations to continue”

Some known activitist like Mweisge still think the media groups & journalists aren’t being assertive enough in resisting restricitions.

The media owners are complicit in this state of affairs. They didn’t challenge the authority of UCC in suggesting suspensions for their staff. Instead, they sought to find some sort of common ground. As soon as you start such negotiations, you are on a slippery road to hell,” he said. 

President- Dictator Yoweri Museveni has finally addressed the closure of the border by neighbouring country; Rwanda in late February.

Dismissing it as minor ‘hiccup’ that the people would find an alternative way around.

Even if the border is closed, trade will go on, only that it will be through smuggling. You can’t stop trade through border administration. People resort to smuggling. Others have resorted to export a lot of things to South Sudan, DR Congo, Kenya and Tanzania,” he said, while addressing high ranking military offficials from 11 countries at Masindi State Lodge in western Uganda.

  • In late February, Kigali; the capital of Rwanda, unexpectedly blocked vehicles from Uganda seeking entery to Rwanda through Katuna.
  • The cited reason was said to be due to construction works.

A Week In Color 18

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Gifty Twum Ampofo the Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has announced that the government would continue to relentlessly strive on its efforts to provide free skill, techincal and vocational training to the cooperative youth.

  • In a speech addressing master craftsmen, apprentices, workers & skilled experts, Mrs Twum Ampofo who is also the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North says;
    Let us strive to build ourselves and add value to our skills using the Ghana TVET Voucher Project as the springboard”.
  • According to Mrs Twum Amopofo global labour market trends are indicating a high demand for skilled trade workers. She stressed the importance of the Ghanaian youth positioning themselves in an favorable stance for the global labour market by making good use of Ghana TVET Voucher Project.
  • The Ghana TVET Voucher Project was launched to teach & upgrade the skills of the artisans, local master craftmen & those in the grey economy to be on par with the international standards to enable them benefit from the global labour market.
  • The Ghana TVET Project is under the Ghanaian-German Financial Development Cooperation. It was co-financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMW) through KfW Development Bank & the Government of Ghana.
  • Since it’s intiation in 2017 September the TVET project is said to have trained over 5,000 people in trade areas such as Beauty and Cosmetic (Cosmetology), Consumer Electronics, Automotive Repair, Building Construction (Welding) & Garment/tailoring/dressmaking.
  • Plumbing, Furniture making, Electric Installation, Block Laying & Tiling, & Catering & Hospitality were also recently added to the project.
  • TVET is estimated to be at a value of 127,162,255.00 GHS ~25M USD.
  • TVET was piloted in 4 regions; Greater Accra, Ashanti, Northern & Volta Regions. Due to its immediate success it was further expanded to cover up 3 other regions including Central, Western & Eastern Regions.
  • TVET is a 5-year development project & it aims to about 16,000 master craftsmen & apprentices during its duration. 
  • Mrs. Twum Amopofo futher commented that the government would review the project after the 5-year time limit & then make the decison to strengthen it inorder to benefit more people. 

The Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy was another iniative launched in September 2017. This resource promises to ensure free secondary education with emphasis on TVET training for all children in Ghana

  • This was a huge platform President Nana Akufo-Addo ran on in the 2016 Presidential elections.
  • Although the Free SHS policy says it offers absolute free secondary education to Ghanaian citizens, parents are still instructed to pay some fees to the Parent Teacher’s Association with many other hidden fees. What’s new?

The entire board of the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company (GMC) had been charged by the Auditor General for the unlawful & colossal increase in the monthly fees & sitting allowances of the chair & members between; 2016 – 2017.

  • The audit showed in the 1st minutes of a meeting held by the Board of Directors on Thursday 21st September, the directors by-passed seeking the approval of members at a general meeting, increasing their monthly fee & sitting allowances for the chair & members between 2016 & 2017. 

The monthly fee was increased from 650 GHS -126.48usd- for Chairman and 580 GHS -112.86usd- for members to 3,000 GHS -583.77usd- for Chairman and 2,000 GHS -389.18usd- for members. The sitting allowance was also, increased from 600 GHS -116.75usd- for Chairman and 500 GHS -97.30usd- for members to 1000 GHS -194.59usd- ,” the audit report said.

  • Frances Essiam the CEO of the company was also charged with for increasing the salary of the staff on a whim, without following the due process.

“The Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of the Company, arbitrarily increased the salary and wages of the workers by 30% to 50%. She again increased the number of staff from 36 to 59 without approval from the governing board, or reference to any approved salary structure and scheme of service. This resulted in an increase of the Wage bill astronomically, from  44,531.81 GHS -8665.44usd- in June 2017 to 112,404.78 GHS -21872.85usd-

as December 2017”.

According to Starr News; monthly fees have seen some 400% incremently increase since the new board took over

  • Due to a stalement between the board & the CEO the dissolution of the board was brought about last year. 
  • Officials of the company declined to comment when contacted by Starr News.

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In a country where to attain the real truth the youth has to ask the questions & seek the answers themselves, down below is a thread of a young Nigerian reviewing the Nigerian budget; credible sources included.

The future is woman; & we are banding to together. One search of the hashtag #AbujaPoliceRaidOnWomen would get you up to speed on one example of how the world hates women. It would also make you realize you never thought you had to obviously say out loud that “Sex for bail is rape”.

Unfortunately this was the faith of some sex workers in Abuja. We would love to archive this as an usual occurrence. Sadly, we cannot be naive to the fact that sex workers experience one of the highest rate of sexual assault. Yes, their line of work makes them more likely to be in harms way, however because of their line of work society generally tends to think they are worth less; deserving of less or no protection.

This is simply; wrong.

  • Between April 24th- 26th members of a Joint Task Force led by law enforcement carried out illegal raids in several parts of Abuja. Particularly focusing on nightclubs in Aminu Kano cresent, Gwarimpa & Katampe extensions.
  • Mostly women were targeted; with the police rounding anyone they presumed were sex workers.

It gets even more despicable.

  • The Nigerian police were alleged to solicit sex from the presumed sexworkers incarcerated. Offering this as a means of bail to those who could not afford to pay. …so rape?

  • This, -& rightfully so- spun an outrage to the Nigerian public when word got out.

Nigerian women immediately took matters into their own hands organizing a moment that started on line, to the streets of Nigeria.

The hashtag #SayHerNameNigeria became so big Nigerian women protested for 2 weeks.

Even after the attempt of the Nigerian government to prevent the peaceful prostest by refusing to offer protection for the demonstrators.

One hiccup never stopped the show & the women did not back down . Taking to the streets of Nigeria with or without the approval of the commissioner of police.

Not long after, their impact was felt & the protests became somewhat of a global movement. African women stood in solidarity & did women in the diapora.

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According to Sahara Reporters the Federal Captial Development Authority was ordered to demolish Caramelo Club. The infamous club located in Abuja where most of the raids took place.

Your voice matters, so use it.

Now this maybe a small win, in the grand scheme of thing, but it was definitely an eye-opener for the governement & the Nigerian people.

Your protests work. & it is hard to silence a lot of people. The word would eventually get out.

Meanwhile, would Africa’s largest city ever secure a proper drainage system?


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Diaspora link-up! This time on less than favorable circumstances.

Prank gone wrong!!!

Popular Ghanaian internet comedian/host Kelvin Asiedu “Mr. Cocoyam” was arrested on May 5th; Sunday after going too far with a foolish prank.

Asiedu; 25, walked into the Culinary Institute of America on Sunday while an event; Marist College’s Harmony on the Hudson, was being held with a backpack.

  • Kelvin Asiedu walked to the front of the venue. Sat down, remained seated, then he got up & left the bag on the seat, left his row & stood in the aisle starting at the stage.
  • Asiedu told officers that his “actions were intended to cause alarm,”.
  • He was arrested, & two other people were detained although they weren’t charged.
  • The backpack was later only found to contain paper.
  • Kelvin Asiedu has been released on bail with his court date set for May 30th.

Meanwhile, negros in Washington, D.C are protecting their space & protesting the infringement on their self expression.

Under the hashtags #DontMuteDC #Moechella you can do your own futher research.

D.C  was been experiencing the wave of gentrification, & like most gentrifiers do; complaints to law enforcement by the newcomers about the culture of the environment they moved into.

D.C previously had such a high negro population it was once dubbed “The Chocolate City”, although the capital’s negro population isn’t what it used to be, the culture still remainsn very present & intact. D.C is known for some stores blasting go-go music to the streets as music is also part of the heart on D.C.

Well the gentrifiers were having none of that; reporting the “loud” music to law officials, insisiting it be shut down.

So D.C locals decided to welcome the newcomers on to the block; protest-style.

One today’s episode on “If you needed more proof that racism against negros in the U.S was a thing

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Guinea-Bissau held their legislative election on March 10 & all seemed to be well in the land.

This is was the 1st election in the country with the capital; Bissau since then President Jose Mario Vaz came to power in 2015.

  • That year Jose Mario Vaz dissolved the government of Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira whose party had won majority of the votes in the 2014 elections.
  • Since then Guinea-Bissau had be experiencing a level of unpredictability in governement with 7 different heads of government popping up.

Things seemed to be looking up for the West African country located on the Atlantic coast.

David McLachlan-Karr the Deputy Special Representative of the secretary-general in Guinea-Bissau said the March 10 election was “a very positive result for the people”. “A new chapter” for Guinea -Bissau.

However, it seems the inverse has been the reaction.

Guinea-Bissau has been entangled in a political crisis since the legislative elections.

  • This is due to a power struggle in the legislature; between the ruling party & its oppostion.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari; the Chairperson of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) sent a group of representatives lead by Geoffrey Onyeama who is the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister Guinea-Bissau in hopes to curb the political unrest.

  • The ECOWAS Chairperson directed that the issues be solved by the sub regional body.
  • Geoffrey Oyeama is also the Chairman, ECOWAS Council of Ministers & he led the ECOWAS peace delegation. He seemed quite optimistic.

We are very happy with the way it went, and commitments that were made and we believe that if those commitments are respected and kept, this problem will be over in a matter of a week or two.”

In a video broadcasted to the public on May 1; Wednesday, Onyeama expressed that all the parties involved in Guinea -Bissau’s legislative crisis have pledged their commitment to peace.

  • The representatives met with President of Guinea Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz; the Prime Minister Aristides Gomez; President of the National Assembly, Mr Cipriano Cassama & various parliamentary groups in the Guinea-Bissau’s National Assembly.

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In this week’s edition of policing black bodies:

Kenyan two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya, recently lost her appeal to an IAAF (International Association of Athletcs Federations) regulation for female classification, making May 4, the last 800m race Semenya is eligible to run in, unless she decides to take hormone suppressing drugs. 

Caster Semenya, as well as any other female athlete with higher testosterone levels than average, will be foreced to take hormone suppressants or be barred from competing at the Olympics & other major international competitions. The Kenyan team has since dropped Maximila Imali(2017 world athletics competitor) & Evangeline Makena due to this regulation. 

The new IAAF regulation, which went into effect May 8, 2019, states:

(a) she must be recognised at law either as female or as intersex (or equivalent);

(b) she must reduce her blood testosterone level to below five (5) nmol/L for a continuous period of at least six months (e.g., by use of hormonal contraceptives); and

(c) thereafter she must maintain her blood testosterone level below five (5) nmol/L continuously (ie: whether she is in competition or out of competition) for so long as she wishes to remain eligible.

In a world where athletes like Lance Armstong, Alexandr Zubkov, & Tyson Gay –to name a few– have been stripped of Olympic medals for the use of performance enhancing drugs. The most powerful sports regulatng organization is now requring that women alter their naturally occuring hormone leves to be allowed to compete is quite odd to say the least. This brings questions like “what exactly makes a woman” into the mix.

We think Olympic silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba’s answer is all that is needed: 

How isn’t this bully?

How isn’t this eugenics?

#StopThePolicingofBlackBodies

Athletes participate in sports to support themselves & their families. #Blacklivesmatters


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On this month’s episode of African leaders having way too much power & literally changing the constition to remain so;

Togo’s parliament has approved a constitutional change allowing President Faure Gnassingbe to potentially remain in seat until 2030.

  • Long-standing President-Dictator Faure Gnassingbe has been on office since 2005.
  • President-Dictator Faure Gnassingbe took over from his father who seized power in 1967 by way of a coup. What’s new?

The change caps the presidential mandate to 2 5-year terms.

Here’s the catch

It doesn’t not apply retropectively, President-Dictator Faure Gnassingbe would be able to run in the 2020 & 2030 elections despite already ruling for 3 terms prior.

The change also includes life immunity for ex-presidents, who under the new constitution cannot be prosecuted for any illegal activity they may have carried out as sitting president.

  • The law was passed overnight with 90 out of 91 members of parliament voting for it.

As a form of protest against the 63 year reign of the Gnassingbe family the oppostion refused to participate in the December 2018 Legislative elections, boycotting it. The turnout for Togolese people are the voting polls were extremely low.

This, however also ensured the opposition had no seats in parliament thereby no real power to effect the laws.


On today’s epsiode on the West continues to purposefully spread mis-information;

A Week In Color 18

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Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter


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Is the revolution here?
One search of the hashtag #SudanUprising & you will get real-time updates of the revolution currently happening in Africa’s 3rd largest country.
As covered in previous Week‘s In Color; Sudan has been experiencing –on-going– nationwide protests since December 19.

  • The protests were sparked by the government’s decision to triple the price of bread & fuel.
  • Things quickly snowballed into an anti-government protest, with Sudanese people asking for the end of President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir’s 3 decade rule.
  • Sudan (located in Northeastern Africa) is no stranger to mass group demonstrations, having experiencing 2 prior revolutions in 1964 & 1985, this way.
  • President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir took power of the country in 1989 thanks to a coup orchestrated by the National Islamic Front & it’s leader Hassan al-Turabi.

President-Dictator al-Bashir initially attempted various methods at quelling the protest:
Dissolving the federal & state governments; relieving previous governors of their position while strategically appointing military officers & high-ranking police as governors of state.
He also declared as State of Emergency on February 25; banning public gatherings & demonstrations. President al-Bashir insisted the nation-wide protests were not reflective of the general public’s concerns & blamed Sudan’s economic situation on international sanctions.
On Thursday, April 11; General Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf announced the removal of the 75-year-old longtime ruler via broadcast on state TV.

  • General Ibn Auf stated that al-Bashir had been arrested & taken to a “safe” location, then declared that a military council would run Sudan for 2 years. A military-led transitional government into democracy.
  • General Auf also announced the suspension of the constitution & introduced a month-long 10:00pm (20:00GMT) curfew.
  • General Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf serves as Sudan’s defence minister.

Here’s the issue,
Sudanese people didn’t want this.
General Ibn Auf was one of the military officers appointed by the disgraced ex-ruler al-Bashir only 7 weeks ago! As his deputy; vice president!
Protestors rejected this military-led transition especially because General Ibn Auf –who was sworn in as Sudan’s new ruling council– was a part of the old regime & ruling party; National Congress.

  • General Ibn Auf held a senior position in Sudan’s military for a long duration of time; serving as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.
  • General Ibn Auf served as head of military intelligence & security during the bloody conflict which began in 2003 within the country’s western region of Darfur. The population consisting mostly of non-arab negroes.
  • According to the United Nations an estimated 300,000 Sudanese people lost their lives in the conflict, an additional 3 million displaced. In 2009 the International Criminal Court charged al-Bashir for alleged war crimes & crimes against humanity in Darfur.
  • General Ibn Auf was sanctioned by the US for managing & aiding militias accused of carrying out genocide during the conflict with the US Treasury Department blocking his assets in 2007, along with 2 other Sudanese officials for their part in “fomenting violence and human rights abuses in Darfur
  • General Ibn Auf retired from the army in 2010, only to be brought back in 2015 as defense minister by al-Bashir.

Protester’s denounced the military’s moves as a “regime coup”.
Representatives of the anti-government Girifna resistance called General Ibn Auf’s announcement a “slap in the face“.
We and all the opposition parties refuse to hand over power to the military. We want a totally civil leadership,” said Salah Sanhori, a member of the Baath Party.
The people of Sudan rejected suppression & disobeyed the imposed curfew.

General Ibn Auf’s heavy ties with the National Congress –the old regime– made Sudanese people fear the arrest of al-Bashir was nothing but a political facelift. Not the real change of power a civilian-led transitional government with the support of the military could be.

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General Ibn Auf knew he couldn’t quell the large demonstrations, as previously reportedrecently dismissed– President-Dictator al-Bashir had already tried various methods at that.
On the evening of April 12; Friday, with only about a day sworn in as leader; General Ibn Auf stepped down as the head of the country’s ruling military council. He named Lieutenant General Abdelfattah al-Burhan as his successor.
This set a wave of celebration in Sudan’s capital; Khartoum.
Thousands of protestors chanting “It fell again, it fell again,” piggybacking off the initial chant “Tasgut bas” which translates to “Just fall” what the demonstrators in the Sudanese diaspora cried out for the removal of al-Bashir.

Lieutenant General Abdelfattah al-Burhan previously held the post of general inspector of the armed forces. He was one of the first military officials to meet with the protestors in the streets; in hopes of fostering a dialogue between the people & state.

  • Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo; also known as Hemeti, the commander of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces was appointed as Lieutenant al-Burhan’s deputy. Hemeti too had urged the military council to start a conversation with the protestors.
  • For al-Burhan’s first televised address to the nation, he reiterated the military council’s initial position, stating the council would rule Sudan for up to 2 years until elections.
  • Al-Burhan said discussions would include “all the people of Sudan, including political parties and civil society groups”. He lifted the nighttime curfew intended for the duration of a month, vowing to “uproot the regime” of al-Bashir & its symbols, promising justice for the innocent protestors killed.
  • A recorded death toll of 16 people was taken between the 11th-12th of April, with 20 others wounded by stray bullets at protest sit-ins.

However, Sudanese people were not content; demanding the military follow their carefully outlined Declaration of Freedom and Change, signed by various political & professional groups for the direction of a civilian transitional government.
Hassan Zain, a protester, welcomed talks between the two groups but said he felt Burhan’s speech was “no different” to that by Ibn Auf.
Al-Burhan said all the right things,” said Dallia Abdelmoneim, a protester in Khartoum. “After 30 years, it’s impossible to just hand over to a civilian government. This coalition between the two seems the safest and best option for us all. They’ll both keep each other in check.

April 14th; on Sunday ,the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA); an umbrella group at the forefront of the protests, said they’d stay in the streets demonstrating until there is a civilian-led transitional government.
Included in the 9-point list of demands on the Declaration of Freedom and Change was:

  • Dismissal of all top judges & prosecutors, a freeze on all the assets top officials in al-Bashir’s regime & a reform of the dreaded National Intelligence & Security Service(NISS).
  • Also the arrest of Major General Salah Abdallah “Gosh”; who had overseen a sweeping crackdown led by NISS agents against protesters taking part in 4 months of mass demonstrations that led up to the toppling of the old ruler (al-Bashir) & Mohamed Atta. Gosh resigned & Atta was fired from his position; an attempt by the military on taking a conciliatory stance.

Reforming NISS, while significant, “was not the main issue standing between the two sides – the main issue was how will the military council operate under the transitional government,” said Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan.
There were concerns from the political parties that the military council will oversee the government and that’s something they do not want. They want an independent government in which the military council serves only as a protector.
“We still need the power to be transferred to the civilians and [for] the dissolution of the ruling party and the militias of the ruling party [to take place], said demonstrator Mohammed Atia.
Finally, early Sunday, the military council met with some political parties in Khartoum & urged them to agree on an “independent figure” to lead Sudan as prime minister.

Today; April 15th the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) is urging Sudanese people to “protect your revolution”, after reports that army forces loyal to the military council had an unsuccessful attempt at trying to remove roadblocks put in place around the sit-in protests outside the army headquarters in Khartoum.
The African Union (AU) has threatened to automatically suspend Sudan’s membership if the military doesn’t hand over power to a civilian government in 15 days.
A military-led transition would be completely contrary to the aspirations of the people of Sudan,” the AU’s Peace & Security Council says.
Isma’ il KushKush a Sudanese journalist & analyst says Islam plays a huge role in Sudan’s struggle for a permanent constitution. This is due to the Sudanese identity; understanding what that is.
Are they Arab, African or possibly a different identity? This would also help guide domestic & foreign policies; whether Sudan wants a central government or federal one.
The protests which began in December were spearheaded by the youth, consisting of teachers & professional practitioners. However, the important role of the Sudanese women could not be ignored.

  • Inflation rates are said to be 75% in Sudan & NGO’s state the government reportedly embezzled up to $9bn in oil reserves.

The revolution is currently being televised.


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Protect Ilhan Omar at all costs!
This is an example of what happens when a politician is actually honest & would rather steer away from “playing politics”.
Minnesota’s representative has been ruffling feathers since being sworn in & we love it!
As reported Omar is a Somali immigrant & a 181-year-old headwear ban was lifted to for Ilhan to don her hijab as she was sworn in office as Minnesota’s representative.
Over the past 2 months Ilhan has been called anything from antisemitic so someone actively committing treason.
The most recent backlash started when footage of Omar giving a speech against Islamophobia at a Council on American-Islamic relations resurfaced.
Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and frankly, I’m tired of it and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it, Omar said addressing the audience gathered in Los Angeles.
CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something,” she said, gesturing as if to separate herself from “some people,” “and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.
Conservatives took Omar’s explanation of 9/11 “some people did something” to mean the Minnesota representative trivialized the attack.
Then proceeded to throw a slew of propaganda shrouded in Islamophobia at her.

This has called for a response from activists & supporters of transparency from the US government; who all decided to speak up & voice their opinions on how this type of rhetoric was endangering Ilhan Omar’s life.

We can tell you one thing though, it seems like it will take a lot more than that to scare Ilhan Omar away from voicing her opinions.

Meanwhile,
you said it!

Not us

America –& the rest of the world really– is still going through the mourning process of the untimely demise of rapper/activist Nipsey Hussle.

https://twitter.com/AjExclusively/status/1116864275430068224

Rest in power black man!

If you ever wanted to know how gentrification & it’s effects are violent, take a look down below.

What did black people ever do to warrant all this resentment & unwarranted hate from non-blacks; Book 1000834977937 volume 76836862383

https://twitter.com/Dany_xoo/status/1115774573243437057

We absolutely love when the diaspora link up!
There is power in numbers & we are better together; united.
Nigerian superstar artist Burna Boy performed at Coachella music festival.

https://twitter.com/AfricaFactsZone/status/1117691866789699585

Young South African entrepreneur; Bright Hlongwane delivered a speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York, donning his traditional garb, head held high, looking awfully smart!


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Does the Nigerian police care about the lives of its citizens?
There seems to be high correlation between the constantly plummeting Nigerian economy & the increasingly unruly behavior of the departments intended to enforce law & order in the country.
Stories of police brutality are recalled everyday, with Nigerians venting out their frustrations on social media. Hashtags like #ENDSARS were part of the youths response to the unjust treatment by Nigerian law enforcement.
What’s sad?
This is the best chance at holding the Nigerian government accountable.
Inspector Dania Ojo is the most recent perpetrator of unwarranted violence & abuse of power.
shooting 2 individuals; a 20-year-old girl & a young man, returning from a night at the club.

  • The 20-year-old lady died on the spot, while the young man was hospitalized in dire condition.

Inspector Dania Ojo did not work alone. Other rogue officers from the Trinity Police Station, Ajegungle were arrested too. This included Sergent Adeyeye Adeoye, Sergent Kashim Tijani, Sergent Lucky Akigbe & Sergent Paul Adeoye.

Nigerian music legend; Daddy Showkey sounds off on the brutalization of Nigerians in the hands of law enforcers & the lack of respect or value for human life in Nigeria.

More on police brutality & unruly Nigerian law enforcers:

On a lighter & brighter note;

Senator of Kano Rabi’u Musa popularly known as Rabiu Kwanwaso has set up a foreign post-graduate scholarship program.
Below is the Senator screening candidates who meet requirements.

Meanwhile, it’s hard to ignore the effects of pollution, we’re at a point where we have to surgically remove its consequences from the animals we share a habitat with.

On today’s episode of; why are men so violent?

& hey!
If you ever find yourself in the much-anticipated Lagos traffic don’t be afraid to grab a meal on-the-go!

Can’t even hate!

We love solutions around a culture.


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On April 11th; Dominic Oyugi was murdered in cold blood by Police Constable Joseph Mauti.
A sad Thursday night indeed for the people of Mokwerero, Kisii county.
Police Constable Joseph Mauti was said to have been frustrated after his 2-week long effort to seduce a barmaid failed. img_6294

…so harassment?
Constable Mauti’s intention when he excused himself from a night shift at Itumbe police station armed with his rifle was to shoot the barmaid.
However, Dominic Oyugi; a hero, used his body as a human shield, protecting the barmaid.
Furious, Constable Mauti fired 2 shots into Oyugi’s stomach.
Dominic Oyugi died instantly.

Men are violent.

Evans Omayio; the deceased cousin said the word of the unfortunate incident got to the family at 11:pm.
“We are really saddened as a family, losing a young man
Alixinah Gesare; the deceased mother wants Constable Mauti arraigned & justice served.
Martin Kibet; Kisii county’s police commander said Constable Mauti requested permission to go eat supper before committing the crime at the local pub.
We have received the report and the suspect is in custody awaiting completion of investigations after which he will be arraigned in court,” said the police commander.
Judge Mumbi Ngugi reduces Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal’s bail terms.
As reported in last week’s In Color; Governor Moses Lenolkulal was arrested on April 2nd to face charges including abuse of office & conspiracy to commit an economic crime.

  • Governor Moses Lenolkulal’s bail reduced to Sh. 10M cash bail or Ksh. 30m bond.


How are the negroes in the U.K fairing?


A Week In Color 17

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Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter

 


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Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal faces charges  including abuse of office & conspiracy to commit an economic crime.

Governor Moses Lenolkulal has been accused by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) of trading with the County Government through Oryx Service Station for the supply of fuel since 27th March 2013 to date; engaging in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law & in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public & State Officers.

  • The Samburu Governor released a press statement ensuring his complete cooperation ,& promising to take full responsibility of his actions after the EACC opened investigations alleging him & his staff members opened proxy companies to award themselves tenders & huge payouts on February 20.

As a government, we are fully open to investigations to ensure that this matter is dealt with,” he said.

Governor Moses Lenolkulal was arrested on Tuesday morning; April 2nd by the EACC.

  • The governor is said to have failed to disclose his interest in Oryx Service Station.

Noordin Haji the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) & who gave the approval for the governor’s arrest Monday night, said in a statement the following Tuesday morning

“It is clear that the governor engaged in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law and in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public state officers,”

  • Oryx Service Station received a total of Sh84million ~834243.72USD from the Samburu County Government.
  • According to Haji the money was shared between the governor & his proxy Hesbon Ndathi.

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Chicago elects first black woman major! Lori Lightfoot.

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On Tuesday; April 2nd Lori Lightfoot made history as the 1st openly LGBTQ & black woman Mayor of Chicago.

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56-year-old Lightfoot’s victory was by a landslide! The nation’s third-largest city celebrated this as a win for diversity & progress.

  • Lori Lightfoot has never before held an elected office.
  • Lori Lightfoot is a lawyer & former federal prosecutor.
  • Lori Lightfoot has promised to cut back on Charter schools in Chicago & shake up the police department.

However, some Chicago activists feel although representation matters, Lightfoot simply was opportunistic. Toting her sexuality while having a far from progressive record as a corporate lawyer & federal prosecutor.

Black queer Chicagoans, especially those who are low-income, don’t merely predict oppressed people will suffer under the Lightfoot administration but know it,” wrote Benji Hart, a Chicago-based writer and educator in the Advocate.

#StopLightFoot is a campaign that further explains this saying while Lightfoot has run “extensively on her lesbian identity, her stances on policing and rent control fall into a legacy of decades-old anti-gay and anti-trans political suppression. Lightfoot’s plan to expand police presence in the city … and transform 38 closed public schools into mini-cop academies should concern every LGBTQ person in Chicago.”

Sigh!

Yet another case of the criminal justice system failing young negro men in the US! Quite frankly we are tired of covering stories like these, because it’s heartbreaking. But how else to we effect change?

Read the story of Albert N. Wilson down below. & sign the petition if you feel moved to do so.

Rest in power to Nipsey Hussle.

Rivals gangs came together calling a peace treaty & unifying as a way to pay respect to the deceased activist & rapper who was heavily involved within his community.

Congress member Karen Bass is also doing her part in making sure his rich legacy is never forgotten.

Rest in Power to yet another black man lost in the hands of police brutality; activist & Atlanta-native Oscar Cain.

 

Meanwhile, if you’re in the area, make sure you check out Eko Kitchen for some authentic Nigerian food!

Open for bussiness on May 3rd!

Located at 167 11th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103. Just remember #WhoToldYou


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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel apologies on behalf of his country for kidnapping mixed race babies, separating them from their mothers in the 1940s & 50s

  • During Belgium’s colonial rule in Africa, children born to Belgian immigrants & -now known as- Congolese natives, were forcefully taken from their African homes. Mixed race children were outlawed & Belgium had colonies in -what is now known as- Rwanda, Burundi & DR Congo.
  • The men often denied fathering the children. 
  • About 20,000 children were stolen from their mothers & indoctrinated into schools or orphanages run by the Catholic church.
  • Some mixed race kids after being extracted from their parents & brought into Belgium were also denied nationality. 

Huh?!

Why steal children from their mothers, taking them from their familiar homeland, only to drop them in a foreign country where they would be denied of all their rights?

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We guess a simple “sorry” should suffice for robbing people of their sense identity. Right? 

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Some people do. 


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Mozambique is struggling to find its bearings after cyclone Idai hit.

As reported in Color 16 Idai wreaked havoc in the Southern Hemisphere as a whole, tearing through Zimbabwe, Mozambique & Malawi. 

Port city was hit by the most by the storm. Biera, is dotted with ripped off rooftops, lacerated cables & makeshift molds of sand & rumble.

More than 3 weeks after Cyclone Idai hit the South Hemisphere, Biera remains the hub for the coordination of aid efforts.

Thousands of people who lost their homes have found shelter in Biera’s makeshift camps. More that 2000 people have been infected with cholera in areas that were particularly engulfed with water.

Humanitarian efforts have been focused on containing this, health officials launched a mass vaccination campaign in areas hit the most by flooding & humanitarian groups are distributing hygiene kits to prevent the spread of the bacterial disease.

Biera already had infrastructural challenges prior to Idai but the storm rendered things drastically worse. Contributing to preexisting problems & destroying an estimated 90% of the city. 

  • Some business have been forced to temporarily shut down operations while they sort out repairs to their damaged properties. 

We had bookings for weddings, parties and some religious events. We’ve not been able to host any of the programmes because, as you can see, we have to rebuild some parts of the compound,” Anifo told an Al Jazeera reporter.

Many Mozambicans feel abandoned by the government

“Nothing works here and the government doesn’t care,” said a man who simply identified himself as Miguel.

“If not for the humanitarian organisations that quickly came to our rescue, more people would have died. The government has not shown any serious concern because we don’t support President Filipe Nyusi,” Miguel told an Al Jazeera reporter.

Rural communities have said to have lost an estimated 700,000 hectares of crops in wake of Idai

“I am happy that I am alive,” said Esther Zalimba, who is from Buzi, a storm-hit village southwest of Beira & found shelter in the city’s Ifapa camp.

“I will sleep whenever I find. My entire village was flooded and even if I go back now, I won’t be able to get a place to sleep.” 


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Nigerians are protesting police brutality are asking for the dissolution or proper reform of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

SARS is a branch of the Nigeria Police Force under the Force Criminal Investigation & Intelligence Department (FCIID).

Ideally, the squad should deal with crimes associated with armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping, cattle rustling & any form of gun violence. However, one search of the hashtag #ENDSARS makes it hard to distinguish  who the true criminals are.

SARS is known for its constant brutalization of Nigerian citizens. Arraigning people for anything from looking suspicious to wearing your hair in locks.

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Unfortunately Kolade Johnson was their most recent victim; the young man’s live was taken.

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Who are they protecting if they are killing innocent people?

However, abuse of power, unfortunately is nothing out of the ordinary in the average Nigerian experience.

Meanwhile perpetrators like these manage to find a way to roam around scot free !

So much so that Nothern Nigerian women coined their own hashtag to express their encounters with sexual assualt called #ArewaMeToo.

Listen to this passionate nothern lady give her opinion on the Zamfara state governor. Nigerians are fed up.

On a brighter note! Let’s give it up one time for all this beautiful negro excellence!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie graces the cover of Marie Claire Brazil.

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& on a lighter note:


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Today; April 7th, marks the 25th anniversary of the unfortunate genocide in Rwanda.

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President Paul Kagame laid a wreath on at a memorial site located in the capital; Kigali, where over 250,000 Rwandans were buried. Songs were sung & poems recited, the start to a solemn commemoration of the 800,000 people killed with knives, clubs & other weapons during three months of genocide in 1994.

The 100 days of killing began on 6 April 1994. Over a few short months over 10% of Rwanda’s population was killed primarily on the basis of their ethnicity. 70% of the minority Tutsi population was wiped out, & some Hutu’s were killed protecting their Tutsi neighbours, albeit a significantly lower percentage. 

The United Nations estimates that between 250,000 & 500,000 Tutsi women were raped

Speaking after the ceremony President Paul Kagame pledged to his people that history would never repeat itself.

“That is our firm commitment. Our bodies and minds bear amputations and scars but none of us is alone. Together we have woven the tattered threads of our unity into a new tapestry.”

July 1994, was when the killing stopped. Thanks to a Tutsi-led rebel movement led by Kagame called the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). Which invaded Rwanda from Uganda & seized control of the country. Kagame then became Vice-President of Rwanda, subsequently becoming President & has been leader of the country ever since.

Alice Mukarurinda, 49, whose child was killed by Hutu extremists, said she had forgiven those responsible for the mass murder.

“The anger can never give you peace. Some Hutus were killed too while protecting Tutsi friends. It was a bad leadership of the past to blame. Those who killed my families have apologised to me and I have forgiven them. The future is important to us.

Jackie Mukamana, from Bugesera, said: “Today we live a better life and the children of Hutus and Tutsi attend the same schools and opportunities are offered equally. I can’t seek revenge because when you kill the person who murdered your relatives, you’ll become like that murderer.”

French President Emmanuel Macron appointed a panel of experts to “investigate” France’s actions during the genocide in Rwanda

Rwanda & France have had a strained relationship since the genocide in 1994. 


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A sense of normalcy seems to slowly be restoring in the Johannesburg Alexandra Township after Wednesday’s large-scale protests against the government. 

On April 3rd the streets of Alexandra were flooded with chaos as discouraged & disgruntled South Africans barricaded roads with burning tyres & rocks, protesting poverty, rising unemployment & poor government services. 

  • Tensions continue to increase between South Africans & other African immigrants. 
  • Many South Africans are so discouraged by the government they’ve lost their faith in the electoral process & are opting to not participate. 

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Macky Sall commenced this 2nd term as President of Senegal on Tuesday; April 4th. As reported in Color 14 the incumbent President had won 58.27% of the populations votes securing his position for a re-election. 

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Nigerian President Buhari &  President Macky Sall

Donning a navy blue suit for his inauguration speech; President Macky Sall, 57, swore “before God and before the nation” to serve the people.

He was particularly optimistic the “new economic perspectives” opening up in Senegal; referring to the country’s plans to enter the hydrocarbons sector in 2021-22 via two ambitious oil and gas developments. 

We do wonder however, is this the smartest plan considering the general global shift towards renewable energy? Or is the idea for Senegal to as much profit from it while it’s plausible?

President Macky Sall also made some promises to the youth, saying he would look to aid the unemployed youth & create training policies to promote “the entrepreneurial spirit and new technologies”. 

  • He added he would commit “public policies favouring women and girls,” ensure “decent housing” for all & “safeguard the environment“. He didn’t expatiate on this though. 
  • He promised “a constructive dialogue open to all political, economic and social forces” referring to the opposition. Insisting he would rule “for all Senegalese“.

As reported in Color 13; 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 2012 Presidential elections due to some charges of corruption brought up against them.

Both leaders have maintained their innocence insisting the charges are bogus & politically motivated. 


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The Ethiopian government has released its preliminary reports for last month’s fatal crash that claimed the lives of 157 passengers & crew.

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Dagmawit Moges; the Ethiopian Transport Minister said the major objective of the report was to ensure safety in the aviation sector.

The report said the pilots did everything they could, recommended by Boeing. The pilots struggled to control the plane’s automatic anti-stalling system; which is meant to push the nose of the aircraft downwards if it detects a stall or loss of air speed. 

  • This issue reportedly may have caused the accident. 

The crew was said to have reacted appropriately, carrying out the prescribed drill by Boeing. However, after performing the drill they find one of the control systems they had for pulling the aircraft’s nose back up simply; wasn’t working.

The Ethiopian Airlines flight went down 6 minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa.

  • There have been 2 fatal crashes in 5 months involving this particular model; Boeing 737 max. 
  • Families of the victims in the accidents want justice; a US court trial as Boeing is an American company. 
  • All Boeing 737 max have been grounded pending review into the flightware system. 

Investigators in Ethiopia say a full report on what exactly happened could take up to a year. 


downloadUganda 

On Friday morning, the Ugandan police besieged the catholic church where main opposition leader & 4-time Presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye was set to hold his consultation meeting

Some Ugandans say young MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine is the new man with the Peoples ear. Kampala MP; Nabilah Naggayi Sempala says Bobi wine has God’s favor & is currently top of the opposition political space.

“Favor is an elusive variable and God bestows it on anyone that he chooses. It’s not a debate but a fact and God rarely asks for man’s opinion if ever” she said. 

  • Dr. Besigye is yet to public announce if his intentions are to run for the 5th time against the “President” incumbent. He probably would.

While addressing top leaders from opposition political parties –Democratic Party, Social Democratic Party & People’s Democratic Party–  during the signing of a Memorandum of understanding in preparation for the upcoming 2021 elections, Bobi wine expressed his disappointment in Dr. Besigye for telling people President Museveni can’t be defeated through elections.

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Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine)

 

For a leader to say that a vote can never oust Museveni without offering another option, it is disappointing. We continue to call upon Ugandans like we have always said, what we politicians can not solve, the people of Uganda can solve, they should go ahead and register as voters and be many  Wine said. 


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African countries as a whole; using Zimbabwe as an example, decolonize your mind!

The Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reported the country’s Judiciary Service Commission placed an order for 64 horse-hair wigs from Stanley Ley Legal Outfitters in London, at a cost of £1,850 ($2,428) per wig. Totaling; £118,400 ($155,000).

Lawyers & activists have openly expressed their anger with the purchase; arguing it to be an obvious mismanagement of funds, while also failing to improve access to legal services for the average Zimbabwean. 

Hopewell Chin’ono, a leading Zimbabwean journalist & documentary filmmaker said the former colonial powers are “having a laugh” at Zimbabwe, stating:

“You can take Zimbabwe out of the empire, but you can’t take the empire out of Zimbabwe.”

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Stanley Ginsburg, the owner of Stanley Ley, gave a statement to CNN reporters confirming his company did indeed supply wigs to Zimbabwe but the actual number ordered was “no way near the number” quoted by the Zimbabwe Independent. 

Hmm.