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U.S. Universities Offer $7.5m in Scholarships to Nigerian Students

More than 303 Nigerian students from the 17 states of southern Nigeria have received no less than $7.5 million in full or partial scholarships from 225 American universities and colleges to study in the United States for the 2019-2020 academic session. Acting United States Consul General Osman Tat disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday during the 2019 EducationUSA pre-departure orientation ... Read More »

Nine Nigerians killed in airstrike on migrants centre in Libya, Dabiri-Erewa mourns

Nine Nigerians killed in airstrike on migrants centre in Libya, Dabiri-Erewa mourns

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has condoled with the families of nine Nigerians involved in early Wednesday’s airstrike on migrant detention centre in Libya, which killed 44  migrants. In a statement ,she said it was disheartening  that nine Nigerians have been identified as victims in the unfortunate incident In the statement signed by Abdu-Rahman Balogun, the ... Read More »

Essay: Security and Development Challenges in the Sahel, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Essay: Security and Development Challenges in the Sahel, By Jibrin Ibrahim

This week, I was in Niamey, Niger Republic for a scholarly conference on the state of knowledge on security and development challenges confronting the Sahel and the way forward. It was organised by the National Centre for Strategic and Security Studies in Niger. I was the only Anglophone invited from West Africa. This might not be unconnected to the fact ... Read More »

FG writes British Parliamentary Group, denies persecution of Christians

FG writes British Parliamentary Group, denies persecution of Christians

The response by the Nigerian Government is contained in a letter to the British Parliamentary Group, signed by Nigeria’s High Commissioner to UK, George Adetola Oguntade. NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT WRITES BRITISH PARLIAMENTARY GROUP, DENIES PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS By Garba Shehu The Nigerian Government has repudiated claims by a group styling itself as Northern Christian Elders Forum, who falsely alleged that the ... Read More »

ECONOMY, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, COUNTERING EXTREMISM AND TERRORISM IN FOCUS AT OSINBAJO – PENCE WHITE HOUSE MEETING

ECONOMY, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, COUNTERING EXTREMISM AND TERRORISM IN FOCUS AT OSINBAJO – PENCE WHITE HOUSE MEETING

Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, and his American counterpart, Mike Pence, held discussions yesterday in the White House, with both leaders affirming the mutual benefit inherent in a deeper bilateral relationship between both countries. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) said in a release that at a meeting laced with friendly banter, cordial exchange ... Read More »

Chinese Energy companies push to acquire Mining, Oil and Gas Assets in Equatorial Guinea ahead of July 2nd Roadshow

Chinese Energy companies push to acquire Mining, Oil and Gas Assets in Equatorial Guinea ahead of July 2nd Roadshow

The EG Ronda Licensing Round Roadshow 2019 in Beijing will be showcasing the 27 oil & gas blocks on offer under the country’s 2019 oil & gas licensing round Equatorial Guinea Ronda has received great interest from public and private Chinese companies to invest in Equatorial Guinea and explore opportunities in oil & gas and minerals at the upcoming EG ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia’s New U.S. Ambassador Is a Princess With an Impossible Job

Saudi Arabia’s New U.S. Ambassador Is a Princess With an Impossible Job

Saudi Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan has a daunting task as she prepares to take up her role as the kingdom’s ambassador to Washington with relations at their lowest point since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the long-running war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the detention of Saudi female activists have all ... Read More »

Two thirds of Tory members believe UK areas ‘under Sharia law’, as poll reveals scale of Islamophobia in party

Two thirds of Tory members believe UK areas ‘under Sharia law’, as poll reveals scale of Islamophobia in party

Two thirds of Conservative Party members believe that parts of Britain “operate under Sharia law”, a new poll has shown amid a mounting Islamophobia scandal. A YouGov poll found that almost half of Tories believed in the myth of no-go zones where “non-Muslims are not able to enter” and 39 per cent thought Islamist terror attacks “reflected widespread hostility to ... Read More »

Opinion: For Morsi, a fate worse than death, By Dare Babarinsa

Opinion: For Morsi, a fate worse than death, By Dare Babarinsa

Only one ruler of Egypt since the country became a republic in 1953 died a normal death. None has retired in peace. On Monday June 17, deposed President Mohammed Morsi added a sad chapter to the sorry saga of Egypt. While he was kept in a cage in an Egyptian court in Cairo, the ancient capital of this benighted country, ... Read More »

US Department of Defense announces $250million to Ukraine

US Department of Defense announces $250million to Ukraine

Press Release  DOD Announces $250M to Ukraine The Department of Defense announced today (June 18, 2019) plans to provide $250 million to Ukraine in security cooperation funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts to build the capacity of Ukraine’s armed forces. This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine and will bring total U.S. security ... Read More »

Dabiri-Erewa condemns destruction of Vehicles at the Nigerian embassy in London

Dabiri-Erewa condemns destruction of Vehicles at the Nigerian embassy in London

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has described the attitude of a 32-year old Nigerian, Jeffrey Apkovweta Ewohime who destroyed several properties of the Nigerian embassy in London as despicable and condemnable. In a statement by her media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Dabiri-Erewa said that such an attitude was unpatriotic, and an unconscionable act of indiscipline Dabiri-Erewa said ... Read More »

Breaking: Egypt’s deposed president Mohammed Morsi dies in court during trial

Breaking: Egypt’s deposed president Mohammed Morsi dies in court during trial

Egypt’s former president Mohammed Morsi, who was deposed by the army in 2013, has died after fainting in a courtroom, state TV says. Morsi, a former top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood, was at a session over accusations of espionage. He was 67. He was overthrown following mass protests a year after he took office as the ... Read More »

Fake News Alert: US Embassy denies placing ban on Student Visa for Nigerians

Fake News Alert: US Embassy denies placing ban on Student Visa for Nigerians

By Mikail Mumuni The US Embassy has described as ‘fake news’, reports that it has stopped issuing Student Visa to Nigerians . In a brief statement issued on Monday, June 17, 2019, the U S Embassy said “#FakeNews Alert! Be advised, reports of Student Visa ban for Nigerians is false. If you have seen such manufactured item on Facebook and ... Read More »

Despite challenges, Africa’s debt is still under control says African Development Bank

Despite challenges, Africa’s debt is still under control says African Development Bank

PRESS RELEASE In 2018, the Bank earned $214 million in allocable income, 48% of which has been reinvested in the institution to reinforce reserves and its business growth capacity MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, June 13, 2019/ — The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) remains strong with growing operating revenues and allocable income generated since 2010 reaching $2.5 billion, the Bank Group’s Treasurer, ... Read More »

Call for entries: APO Group offers $2,500 , all-expenses paid trip to International Women’s Forum

Call for entries: APO Group offers $2,500 , all-expenses paid trip to International Women’s Forum

A USD 2,500 cash prize, an all-expenses paid trip to a prestigious International Women’s Forum, and online courses from one of the most respected international universities LAUSANNE, Switzerland, June 12, 2019/ — APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading media relations consultancy and press release distribution service in Africa and the Middle East, presents the inaugural APO Group African Women in Media ... Read More »

Apart and divided, Africa is weakened- Akinwumi Adesina

Apart and divided, Africa is weakened- Akinwumi Adesina

  Adesina urged African governments to work toward the elimination of non-tariff barriers MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, June 12, 2019/ — African leaders on Wednesday underscored the urgent need to fast-track the continent’s regional integration process in order to accelerate Africa’s economic transformation. The call was made at the opening ceremony of the Bank’s 2019 Annual Meetings, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, ... Read More »

African leaders share their vision for an integrated continent

African leaders share their vision for an integrated continent

The leaders spoke during a high-level presidential dialogue on day two of the African Development Bank’s 2019 Annual Meetings MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, June 12, 2019/ — Leaders from four African countries on Wednesday shared their vision for an integrated and borderless Africa that would foster economic growth and development. The leaders spoke during a high-level presidential dialogue on day two ... Read More »

Call for more inclusion at this year’s African Banker Awards

Call for more inclusion at this year’s African Banker Awards

The Awards, held annually on the fringes of the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank, have established themselves as the Oscars of African banking PRESS RELEASE: MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, June 12, 2019/ — Winners of the 2019 edition of the African Banker Awards (AfricanBankerAwards.com) were announced at a prestigious Gala Dinner in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The Awards, held annually ... Read More »

China’s loans to other nations are causing ‘hidden’ debt

China’s loans to other nations are causing ‘hidden’ debt

By Weizhen Tan, CNBC KEY POINTS • An opaque build-up of debt, caused by China’s lack of transparency in issuing loans, could pose a risk to the world economy, experts say. • It may also affect investors who are considering bonds issued by those countries, or organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which are helping those countries with ... Read More »

UK weather forecast: Heavy rain and strong winds to batter Britain

UK weather forecast: Heavy rain and strong winds to batter Britain

The UK will be hit with heavy rain, thundery storms and strong winds over the next few days, as the unsettled spring weather continues. Scotland and Northern Ireland are braced for heavy showers later on Wednesday, while both rain and sunny spells are expected in Wales and southwest England. Conditions in southeast England will become overcast and cloudy by Wednesday ... Read More »