Powerful Quotes From Nelson Mandela’s ‘Make Poverty History’ Speech

2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. This provides a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his life and times and to promote his legacy. In 2018 the Nelson Mandela Foundation will seek to create appropriate platforms for such engagement.

Back in 2005, Nelson Mandela gave is famous speech at the Make Poverty History Rally in London’s Trafalgar Square, and called on world leaders to make poverty history. In his speech, he made awesome powerful points that still give people hope.

A look at Nelson Mandela’s Make Poverty History Speech.

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Yoweri Museveni 'loves Trump for frankness' with Africa

Yoweri Museveni says he ‘loves’ US president for alleged ‘shithole’ comment as ‘Africans need to solve their problems’.

    Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni has said he loves US President Donald Trump for being “frank” with Africans, after Trump allegedly called African countries “shitholes”.

    Trump made the comment at an immigration meeting earlier this month, according to senators present at the White House meeting. The US president denied making the comment, saying he used “tough language”.

    “America has got one of the best presidents ever,” Museveni said on Tuesday while addressing members of the regional East African Legislative Assembly in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

    “I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly. Africans need to solve their problems. They need to be strong. In the world, you cannot survive if you are weak and it is the fault of Africans if they are weak,” Museveni said.

    Museveni’s comments came hours after the US ambassador to the East African country described Trump’s controversial remark as “obviously quite disturbing and upsetting”.

    During his State of the Nation address on January 1, Museveni, who came to power in Uganda more than three decades ago, called Trump an honest man.

    The African Union condemned on January 12 the US leader’s comments “in the strongest terms” and demanded a retraction “as well as an apology, not only to the Africans, but to all people of African descent around the globe”.

    Meanwhile, in Haiti, a country Trump also disparaged in the meeting, thousands took to the streets on Monday to protest the US leader’s comments.

    In June 2017, Trump allegedly said during a meeting that all people from Haiti “have AIDS”, that recent Nigerian immigrants would never “go back to their huts” in Africa, and that Afghanistan is a “terrorist haven”, according to the New York Times.


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    Yoweri Museveni: A five times-elected dictator?

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    WATCH: Ohstar Moni Ft Cabum – Balling Single

    OhStar Moni ends 2018 with his much awaited single “Balling” which features one of Ghana’s mic burners, Cabum.

    This Hip Hop song talks about the fun both boys and girls are having, especially in this festive season.

    Cabum as we all know never disappoint especially on a banging beat, he blesses “Balling” with his deep lyrics.

    OhStar promised to entertain music lovers this year and his final package to the world is indeed thrilling.

    Production credit for “Balling” goes to Tombeatz, with visuals directed by Palayblay.

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    Election Related Uncertainty Poses Risk To GDP Growth Forecast For Some African Economies

    Most African countries have a positive economic outlook, apart from those with upcoming elections, according to ICAEW’s (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) latest report. In Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2018, launched today, the accountancy body provides GDP growth forecasts for various regions including East Africa which is set to grow by 6.3%, Western and Central Africa by 2.5%, Franc Zone at 4.6% and South Africa by 1.2%.

    According to the report; East Africa continues to report the highest GDP growth on the continent even though the region’s economic growth is expected to ease slightly, from 6.8% in 2017 to 6.3%. Ethiopia reported the highest forecast at 7.8%, while the lowest forecast for the region was at -3.8%, by war-torn South Sudan.

    However, lower growth ranking for some countries in the region demonstrate how large an effect political instability can have on economic prospects. For example Kenya’s growth rebounded to 5.4% this year after it dropped to 4.9% in 2017. The drop was attributed to political uncertainty during last year’s elections.

    Michael Armstrong, Regional Director, ICAEW Middle East, Africa and South Asia said: “Political instability tends to peak around election time for some African nations. This scenario tends to dampen the GDP growth of some countries, since economic growth shares a complex relationship with both elections and accompanying political instability.”

    In West and Central Africa average growth is forecast at 2.5%. Ghana’s forecast is expected to expand by a decent 5.2%, highlighting a stable economy. However, this is not so for Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria whose growth is forecast at 1.8%. The weak performance can partly be attributed to the upcoming elections in February next year.

    There is little uncertainty about who will win elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in December, but political tensions are set to rise nonetheless, and are the main obstacle to the GDP growth forecast of 4.1% this year.

    The elections narrative is still replicated in Southern Africa, being the slowest region with GDP forecast set to expand only by 1.2%. Election rhetoric regarding land and property rights in South Africa ahead of polls in 2019 has frightened investors.

    As a result, President Cyril Ramaphosa is finding it difficult to convince them otherwise. The country is expected to post GDP growth of just 0.7%.

    In North Africa, Libya and Algeria are set to hold polls in the near future, in December 2018 and April 2019, respectively. Nevertheless, Libya’s election will almost certainly not go ahead as the legal framework for it is not yet in place. Incidentally, the two countries are the region’s fastest and slowest growing economies this year, at 14.7% and 2.3% respectively.Egypt which held elections in March to overwhelmingly return President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to power, is expected to grow by 5.3% this year. The certainty of Mr Sisi’s grip on power appears to be helping the country’s economic rebound.

    The Franc Zone is expected to see GDP growth of around 4.6% this year. Cameroon is expected to post a GDP growth rate of 4.0% this year – up from 3.2% in 2017. This is despite the unpopular re-election of President Paul Biya and the violence that accompanied his re-election.

    Elections and accompanying political instability evidently have a complex relationship with economic growth.

    The full Economic Insight: Africa report can be found here:

    https://www.icaew.com/technical/economy/economic-insight/economic-insight-africa

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    Ladob A Seychellois Based Dish

    Original article published at TasteAtlas.

    Ladob is a Seychellois dish based on plantains, breadfruit, and cassava. It can be prepared in sweet or savory versions. The dessert version is prepared by boiling plantains or cassava in coconut milk, along with nutmeg, vanilla, and sugar as flavorings.

    When properly made, the dessert has a tender and creamy texture. The savory version uses salted fish boiled in coconut milk with plaintains, cassava, nutmeg, and salt. Ladob is very popular throughout the island, and it is served either hot or cold.

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    Suicide bombing in Borno market causes multiple deaths

    The attack took place on the outskirts of a displacement camp in Nigeria’s north-eastern state of Borno.

      At least 10 people have been killed and dozens others wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a market in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, officials said.

      The incident took place on Wednesday in Muna Garage, a camp for displaced people on the outskirts the state capital of Maiduguri.

      “Preliminary reports indicate that four female suicide bombers were responsible for the blast,” Abdulkadir Ibrahim, spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said in a statement.

      “The Emergency Response Team [from NEMA] has responded to 65 injured people who were given first aid and transported to hospitals while 10 others lost their lives,” added Ibrahim.

      News Agency of Nigeria, however, reported that the attack had been carried out by two male suicide bombers, giving a toll of 12 dead and 48 wounded.

      Daminian Chukwu, police commissioner, said one attacker detonated an explosive device at the crowded market outside of Muna Garage.

      “One other suicide bomber out of panic detonated his own explosive and blew himself alone into pieces,” added Chukwu.

      The bodies of the victims were taken to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

      Wednesday’s attack marked the first suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri in 2018.

      While no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Boko Haram group – which launched an armed campaign in the northeast almost a decade ago – has targeted Muna Garage in the past few years.

      “People should be vigilant because Boko Haram insurgents have not surrendered,” said Chukwu.

      The state government has imposed a curfew on the capital between 8pm and 6am (19:00 GMT and 07:00 GMT).

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      Dakar rally 2018: Toughest race in motor sport ends

      The Dakar rally covers more than 9,000km through three countries and some of the most challenging terrain in the world.

        The toughest race in world motorsport has ended in the Argentinian city of Cordoba.

        The veteran Spanish driver, Carlos Sainz, won the Dakar rally beating his greatest rival, the seven-time champion, Stephane Peter-Hansel, who lost the lead after hitting a tree.

        Austrian, Matthias Walkner, clinched the bike race while Russian, Eduard Nikolaev, won the truck category.

        Al Jazeera’s Daniel Schweimler reports from Cordoba, Argentina.

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        AU seeks to improve air travel in Africa

        Delegates meeting in Ethiopia are hoping the idea of a unified airspace across the entire continent will finally take flight.

          Air travel in Africa is notoriously difficult – it can be expensive, unsafe and often you are forced to fly the long way around. But the African Union (AU) wants to change that.

          Delegates meeting in Ethiopia are hoping the idea of a unified airspace across the entire continent will finally take flight.

          Al Jazeera’s Tania Page reports from Johannesburg.

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          Tanzania leader rules out extending presidential terms

          President Magufuli will not seek to extend presidential terms from five years to seven, his party says.

            Tanzanian President John Magufuli will not seek to extend presidential terms in the East African country, his party said.

            Some members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) have been calling on Magufuli, 58, to extend presidential terms from the constitutionally mandated five years to seven years.

            “President Magufuli has appealed to Tanzanians to ignore such calls because the issue of presidential term extension has never been discussed by top organs of the ruling party,” CCM said in a statement on Saturday.

            Magufuli does not plan to make the change “at any time during his presidency”, the statement added.

            Tanzania, one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most stable democracies, has held five relatively peaceful multi-party elections since 1995, all won by the ruling party.

            Magufuli was elected in October 2015 for his first term and has not indicated whether he will seek re-election in 2020. If he does and wins, he would be ineligible to contest the vote in 2025.

            For months, the opposition has alleged a shadow campaign to change the constitution and extend Magufuli’s term. 

            Nicknamed “the Bulldozer” for his strict leadership style, Magufuli has won praise for his tough anti-corruption fight.

            Opponents, however, accuse him of cracking down on dissent and limiting democratic space. He has denied the allegations.

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            Johannesburg: Train collision leaves hundreds injured

            About 200 people injured after collision of two passenger trains in Johannesburg suburb, emergency services say.

              About 200 people have been injured when two passenger trains collided in a suburb of South Africa’s main city Johannesburg, emergency services network ER24 said.

              “The exact details surrounding this incident are not yet known but local authorities are on the scene and will be launching an investigation into the matter,” ER24 said in a statement on Tuesday.

              No fatalities were reported in the accident.

              Police have launched a manslaughter investigation following a similar train crash last Thursday that killed at least 18 people and injured 254 others in one of the country’s worst ever rail disasters.

              The passenger train, travelling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, crashed into a truck at a level crossing near Kroonstad in central Free State province and caught fire.

              South Africa has the continent’s largest railway network, but it has been plagued by mismanagement and underinvestment that has seen train use dwindle despite it being the cheapest form of public transportation.

              In a report, the government’s Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) said that, in the 2016/17 financial year, 495 people lost their lives on the country’s railways and 2,079 were injured. The death toll was up 5 percent from the previous year.

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