Inside Africa: Nigerian army ‘rescues nearly 300’ from Sambisa Forest

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The Nigerian military says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from an area where the Islamist militant group Boko Haram is active.

However, it said the girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014 were not among them.

The military said the girls and women were freed during major operations ending in the seizure of four Boko Haram camps in the Sambisa Forest.

It is not yet clear where they come from, a military spokesman said.

Weapons were also seized at the camps taken in the latest operation, the military said.

In recent months Nigerian security forces have taken back most of the territory previously under the control of Boko Haram, the BBC’s Tomi Oladipo reports from Lagos.

Source: BBC Africa

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Inside Africa: African countries fail to make top 25 investment destinations

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None of the African and Middle Eastern countries made it to the Top 25 foreign direct investment (FDI) destinations this year, according to this year’s FDI Confidence Index released earlier this week.

This clearly shows that this region’s economic growth which is often talked about does not seem to attract international investors. Why is that?
“Investors are shifting their capital into markets that are seen to be more stable and safe – like the EU and the US,” Paul Laudicina, the founder of FDI Confidence Index and chairperson of AT Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council, said. He noted that emerging markets looked more challenging than the developed markets.

African economic growth was actually pushed by resource investments. However, with the current lower commodity prices, investments in oil, gas and mining in emerging markets have become less attractive, Laudicina said. African countries that were part of the survey included Angola, Algeria, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Sudan.

South Africa was ranked 13th last year but was not in the Top 25 this year. Incessant labour action in the country and the recent xenophobic attacks that started in Durban and later spread to Johannesburg have been seen as being problematic by global investors, according to the survey.

Written by: Mzwandile Jacks
Source: http://www.ventures-africa.com/archives/62313

New Funny Face single, “Go Down Low” ft Joe Deevans (Audio)

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Ghanaian comedian and actor Funny Face born Benson Oduro Boateng and Joe Deevans have released a new song titled “Go Down Low”.

Funny Face, affectionately called “Swaagon Papa” began this new song by explaining that this is the 10th song and hoping to make sense.

“Go Down Low” as the title suggests is a danceable tune with a perfect rhythm.

Listen to “Go Down Low” below.

Photos: Amazing and Beautiful Hairstyles for Ladies

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Ladies love to rock in different amazing hairstyles for specific purposes or for different occasions.

Some ladies would love to maintain one hair style for the whole week or month while others also love varieties; hence changing it with different styles.

See pictures below and opt for the hairstyle you will rock:

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Ghanaian entertainers condemn xenophobic attacks in South Africa

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Sarkodie, Afia Schwarzenegger, John Dumelo, Wanlov Kubolor among others have expressed their sentiments against the ongoing xenophobic attacks in Durban, South Africa.

The violence which broke out in Durban and surrounding townships has spread to other parts of the country, including the economic capital Johannesburg.

A Ghanaian by name Emmanuel Kwesi Quaison, is believed to have also been killed in Durban on thursday by local gangs who are accusing foreigners of taking their jobs.

Meanwhile in Ghana, notable personalities have added their voices to condemn the attacks via social media.

Comedian and Actor David Oscar who was in South Africa a few months ago, took to facebook to express his disgust and opposition towards the recent killings.

“I’m having to jump on this band wagon because of the sheer savagery being unleashed on our brothers and sisters. I’ve cried this morning after seeing some of the images …..”, The Actor revealed in his facebook post. He further wrote, “Let’s have a black Friday demonstration TODAY against the gruesome killings of foreigners in SA. no shopping at shoprite, pick n pay, spar, steers, debonairs, hungry Lion, Mr Price, Woolworths, or any shop that is a south african invstment. S.A must be put in their place.”

Another comedienne and radio presenter who has lived in South Africa, Afia Schwarzenegger posted a picture on Instagram with the caption: “I was in Tembisa watching Chelsea vrs Man u finals during the 1st Xenophobic attack 2008….it’s just by his grace that am alive today putting smiles on your face. Now the South African’s are killing foreigners again and as usual South African government will not cough a virus of it. The man u see in this picture is Kwesi, a very hard working Ghanaian in Durban who was burnt alive because he works too much. If South African government collects our money for visa but can’t ensure any safety of foreigners, if South Africans will kill Ghanaians because we work too much, if south Africans won’t allow any foreigner to establish any business in their country….then it’s about time we also boycott all south African companies in Ghana e.g. Mtn, Rhapsody, Shoprite, Game, Edgar, Woolworth, Identity etc Let’s stand firmly with our brothers and sisters in South Africa by saying NO to All south African companies, Say no to any South African company in Ghana. …..say no to xenophobia, Good morning”.

Actor John Dumelo also took to his Instagram page with a picture of a victim and added the caption: “The xenophobic attacks against Ghanaians, Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa must stop! This is the height of injustice. We are all Africans; we are all one people, with one positive goal. What’s the point in killing and attacking fellow Africans?” He said “the fact that a man can take the life of another, without any justification and with arrogance impunity is depressing. We constantly lament the evils of terrorism and orchestrated religious attacks, but to what do we owe this? What did we (other Africans) ever do you South Africa?”

Controversial musician Wanlov da Kubolor tweeted: “#DiversionOfAggression in South Africa…mad at your oppressors so u take it out on who u deem least entitled & most expendable #Mandela4kup”.

Actress Beverly Afaglo also suggested with a post on instagram: “Let’s have a black Friday demonstration TODAY against the gruesome killings of foreigners in S.A. no shopping at Shoprite, pick n pay, spar, steers, debonairs, hungry Lion, Mr Price, Woolworths, or any shop that is a south African investment. S.A must be put in their place. Send this to all your contacts. Black Friday for South Africa products, Media like BBC must be invited, Boycott all South African shops in a bid to make the RSA take a stiffer action against Xenophobic attacks. PEP, Shoprite, Game stores, JET, EDGAR’S …. Circulate this message and take action. Someone’s mother, father, brother, sister could be saved. Help save a life”.

The police in South Africa has beefed up security to stop the widespread of attacks and protect foreign nationals in the country. Countries like Zimbabwe have evacuated some of its nationals from South Africa.

Written by Dorcas Aba Annan

Inside Africa: South Africa’s Durban city rallies against xenophobia

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Up to 5,000 people have taken part in a rally against xenophobia in South Africa’s coastal city of Durban following attacks on foreigners.

President Jacob Zuma has condemned the recent attacks, in which at least five people have died, as “shocking and unacceptable”.

The Zulu king has been accused of fuelling the violence. He denies this.

Many jobless South Africans accuse foreigners of taking jobs in a country where the unemployment rate is 24%.

“No amount of frustration or anger can justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops,” President Zuma told parliament on Thursday. He also urged for calm to be restored in affected areas.

Source: BBC

Inside Africa: Ghanaian killed in xenophobic attacks in South Africa

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A Ghanaian, Emmanuel Kwesi Quaison has reportedly been killed in the latest xenophobic attacks in Durban, South Africa.

Quaison, according to Starr FM sources in the coastal city of Durban, was killed on Thursday by local gangs accusing foreigners of taking their jobs.

The violence, which broke out in Durban and surrounding townships, has spread to other parts of the country, including the economic capital Johannesburg.

Dozens of foreigners were reported to have sought refuge in a police station outside Johannesburg overnight and foreign-owned shops were said to have been attacked in the city’s Jeppestown area.

Eight people have so far been confirmed dead in the new wave of attacks and foreign-owned shops looted in recent weeks.

At least 62 people died in xenophobic attacks that swept South Africa in 2008.

On Wednesday, Malawi said it would evacuate its nationals from South Africa while Mozambique has set up border camps to cope with the exodus of its citizens.

Ghana is, however, yet to evacuate its citizens who are trapped in the attacks in South Africa.

Meanwhile, thousands of people are marching in South Africa’s coastal city of Durban in a major rally against xenophobia following attacks on foreigners.

Organisers said about 10,000 people are expected to attend the rally.

Source: Starr FM

Photo of the Day: Joselyn Dumas spotted at VGMA 2015 rocking it in her outfit

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Beautiful Ghanaian actress and TV presenter Joselyn Dumas who was the MC for the 2015 edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) held at the Accra International Conference Center on April, 11, 2015 was rocking it perfectly in all her outfit.

She was looking beautiful, sexy, elegant and awesome in all her three dresses she wore at the event

See her amazing photos below:

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Breaking News: Soul Singer Percy Sledge known for “When A Man Loves A Woman” Dies Aged 73

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The soul singer Percy Sledge, famous for the hit When A Man Loves A Woman, has died aged 73, according to reports.

The news was confirmed by Sledge’s management agency which said he passed away in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“He was a wonderful guy in a terrible business,” said Steve Green with Artists International Management, Inc said.

“He was truly a standout.”

When A Man Loves A Woman reached number one in the US when it was released in 1966. It went on to become an international hit, reaching number four in the UK that same year.

In 1987 it was used in a Levi’s advert in England and again hit the charts, rising to number two.

The song found new life again in 1991 when Michael Bolton covered it.

Sledge was a hospital orderly in Sheffield, Alabama, in the 1960s and would sing in states in the Southeast at weekends.

He failed to match the success of his first song but his concerts became popular all over the world.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Source: Sky News
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