Inside Africa: Buhari is sworn in as Nigeria president

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The winner of Nigeria’s presidential election in March, Muhammadu Buhari, has been sworn in as leader of Africa’s most populous country.

Mr Buhari is the first opposition figure to win a presidential election in Nigeria since independence in 1960.

He has taken over from Goodluck Jonathan, who urged his successor to unite the country in the face of the threat from Boko Haram militants.

Mr Buhari, a former military ruler, says he is a convert to democracy.

He defeated Mr Jonathan – who had been in office since 2010 – by 15.4 million votes to 12.9 million.

Heads of state and senior government officials have come from across the world to witness this truly historic moment for Nigeria.

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Source: BBC Africa

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Did You Know: Designer of Ghana’s National Flag goes home today

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Designer of Ghana’s National Flag, Mrs Theodosia Salome Abena Kumea Okoh , who died on April 19, 2015 at the age of 92, will be buried today.

The funeral service will be held at the forecourt of the State House in Accra and the remains will be interred at the Osu Cemetery.

The thanksgiving service will be held at the Ridge Church on Sunday, after which the family will gather at her residence for the final funeral rites.

Mrs Okoh married Mr Enoch Kwabena Okoh and had three children.

Rest In Peace Mrs Okoh

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Did You Know: Some Signs to Reflect that you have Cancer

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#1 Don’t Panic!

Many of the symptoms on this list are very common everyday pains and maladies that people without cancer experience. But it is important to be in tune to what your body is telling you, and if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, you should talk to a doctor as soon as possible. Early detection is important and it could save your life.

#2 Pain
Okay, so pain can have many causes, people have headaches and back aches all the time without any serious health problems. But persistent headaches can be an early sign of brain cancer and back pain can be a sign of rectal or ovarian cancer. If you start experiencing persistent pain, talk to a doctor.

#3 Fever

A persistent fever may be an early sign of blood cancers like lymphoma or leukemia. If you experience persistent fever, you should see a doctor, even if it’s not cancer, it’s still an alarming sign.

#4 Fatigue

Constant fatigue that does not get better with rest can be a sign of cancer. This is a tricky one because a lot of people feel fatigue for completely different reasons. But if you start suddenly feeling tired all the time you should check with your doctor to make sure it isn’t something serious.

#5 Unexplained Weight Loss

Weight loss is a good thing, right? Well, not always. If you are losing weight because you are dieting or exercising, it’s great. But if you find yourself losing weight with no change in your habits, this is an unexplained weight loss and it can be associated with several cancers including cancers of the pancreas and stomach.

#6 A Nagging Cough
If you notice a cough or hoarseness that just won’t go away, it could be a sign of lung or larynx cancer. It is more likely that you are experiencing seasonal allergies, but you should check with your doctor just in case.

#7 Indigestion or Trouble Eating

If you are having trouble eating, swallowing, or digesting your food, you may have cancer of the esophagus, or stomach. But don’t worry too much about this one, most people who experience indigestion do not have cancer.

#8 Lumps in the Body
If you find lumps in your skin, it could be a sign of cancer. Be especially wary of lumps on the breast, testicle, or near lymph nodes. Don’t freak out if you find lumps on your arms, legs, or other parts of the body though, they might just be harmless sebaceous cysts

#9 Unusual Bleeding
If you start experiencing abnormal bleeding, it could be a symptom of cancer. Coughing up blood can mean lung cancer, blood in the stool can mean colon or rectal cancer, blood in urine can mean bladder cancer, persistant vaginal bleeding can mean cervical cancer, and blood discharge from the nipple can mean breast cancer.

#10 Changes in Bladder Function
If you notice pain when urinating, blood in your urine, or other changes, such as needing to go more or less often, these could be symptoms of bladder or prostate cancer. Always share these changes with your doctor.

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African Union Day 2015: Full Statement of the Chairperson of AU

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STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, HIS EXCELLENCY R. G. MUGABE, CHAIRPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNION, ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMEMORATION OF THE 52ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE AFRICAN UNION : 25 MAY 2015

I wish to welcome you all and express my appreciation and gratitude to all those who have in their various ways made arrangements to commemorate this Africa Day. I know many of us hold commemorative events on the continent, and outside, to mark this very important Day on the African calendar. May you continue to do so in the coming years. I also wish to thank our guests and friends who always spare time to celebrate with us, this priced and momentous occasion for the people of Africa.

As we celebrate the 52nd Anniversary of our organisation, it is indeed a great opportunity for us, the African continent, to pay solemn homage and tribute to the founding fathers of the Organisation of African Unity, now the African Union. On 25 May 1963, these great visionaries took the historic stride and formed an institution that would be the vanguard of the African people’s aspirations for freedom, unity and solidarity. This Day would not have been possible without the sacrifices of the the founding fathers and those of the African heroes and heroines who fought to liberate our continent from the vestiges of colonialism, racism and apartheid. Today, we are free because of the sacrifices they made.

Excellencies and Distinguished Guests,

As we mark this important Day, it is necessary to reflect on this year’s African Union theme, aptly coined as “Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. The choice of the theme is quite deliberate and revealing. The African Union has taken a great leap in gender equality, specifically on women empowerment and development, out of the realisation that, women, the world over, are the cornerstone of stability and social progress. While women have made tremendous achievements, they sadly often remain unsung heroines. Women have left indelible marks in the history of the struggle against slavery, in the struggle for civil rights and in our wars of liberation.

In recognition of the role of women as a driving force for change and development, most Member States have therefore moved to mainstream gender issues into their national laws and development programmes. The instruments and frameworks that have been put in place for the empowerment and elevation of women cover various spheres of social interaction and development, ranging from governance, politics, and access to justice, education, health and ownership of the means of production.

Informing these transformative decisions is the realisation that Women of Africa are a formidable asset in achieving sustainable, social and economic development, as well as the eradication of poverty, hunger and disease. It is for this reason that African leaders chose this Theme in order to acknowledge the central role of women in implementing Agenda 2063 as well as to reinforce gains already made, and chart new frontiers for women, with the African Union playing an enabling role.

The efforts we have exerted are bearing fruit as we have recently seen women occupying important leadership positions. We have had women elected Presidents. Our continental body is being led by a woman, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. These are achievements which other regions still aspire to. While we appreciate these achievements, we must also accept that we need to do much more in the area of woman empowerment and development.

Your Excellencies, It is heartening to note that the African Union has made great strides both politically and economically to create an environment that safeguards the future of Africa. Through the African Peace and Security architecture, the Union continues to work tirelessly, in collaboration with our partners, to foster peace and security across the continent. The establishment of the African Stand by Force, intended to guarantee peace and security on the continent, becomes more urgent and imperative. It is heartening and encouraging that some of our regional standby forces have now reached full operational capability. We urge those who have not yet done so, to redouble their efforts so that the African-Stand-By Force is operationalised without further delay.

In the economic sphere, the African Union remains focused on attaining economic integration of the continent, as defined in the Abuja Treaty of 1991. The Treaty remains relevant, as it recognises the efficacy of economic integration as a necessary strategy for sustainable socio-economic development in Africa.

Your Excellencies,

Africa is richly endowed with vast natural resources which, if harnessed in accordance with our vision, Agenda 2063, will improve the livelihoods of the peoples of Africa, through the rapid eradication of hunger, poverty and disease.

As Africans, we must leverage these abundant and diverse resources for our benefit. Time has come for us to industrialise our economies and move away from the continued exportation of our raw materials at very low prices for beneficiation and value addition in other continents, only to return to Africa as finished goods at very high prices.

Distinguished Guests,

Early this year, Africa adopted its Economic Blue Print, Agenda 2063, which will be implemented in Five Ten-Year Plans. Africa will, next month, adopt the first Ten-Year-Plan under Agenda 2063. The AU Summit to be held in South Africa, is a watershed Summit in the sense that Africa will henceforth proceed in an integrated and planned manner. The regional groups have already started to draw their development plans aligned to Agenda 2063. This is a welcome development.

Your Excellencies,

As a Union, we must build an Africa that is prosperous, an Africa that is economically integrated, and politically guided by the ideals of Pan Africanism, an Africa that subscribes to democracy, respects human rights, and respects the rule of law. We must have a peaceful and secure Africa, an Africa with its own cultural identity, common heritage and shared values, an Africa whose development is based on the creativity of its people, particularly its youth and women.

As we celebrate Africa Day, lets us acknowledge the challenges that face us. We therefore have to devise collective strategies and measures to overcome conflict, insecurity and terrorism. We must work tirelessly to end conflict and insecurity. We therefore welcome the recent peace agreement in Mali and urge other conflict areas to lay down their arms and settle their differences through dialogue and negotiation. This is the only way to make lasting peace which is the essential ingredient to development and prosperity.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Early this year, Africa addressed the issues of the AU’s over-dependence on its international cooperating partners. The AU Summit decided that this was neither desirable nor sustainable. It was therefore decided that new and innovative ways of generating revenue be found so that within five years, the African Union should be able to fund 100% of its operational budget, 75% of programme budget and at least, 25% for its peace keeping operations. These are targets that AU Member States have committed themselves to achieving so as to give themselves greater ownership of their organisation.

Your Excellencies,

While the liberation agenda of OAU/AU has largely been achieved, let us not forget our brothers and sisters in Western Sahara, who are still fighting for their independence and self-determination. Theirs is the last outpost of colonial occupation in Africa which has to be dismantled in fulfilment of the vision of our founding fathers, to fight for a fully independent and sovereign Africa.

In conclusion, let me reiterate that during this year of empowerment of women, benchmarks must be set and measures taken to ensure that we lay an irreversible roadmap towards the full empowerment of women, and with it, the total empowerment of our nations, our regions, and our continent.

Pamberi ne Africa

Long live the African Union

Long live Pan Africanism

I thank you.

Source: http://www.au.int/en/content/africa-day_2015

Photo of the Day: Nana Ama looks hot in her outfit

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Gloria Sarfo, known in Ghanaian entertainment circles as Nana Ama is a beautiful actress, an entrepreneur and voice over artiste.

She is humble, God-fearing and always do her best to make her fans happy.

Beautiful and decent Nana Ama looked stunning, awesome, adorable and hot in her black dress she wore at the Golden Movie Awards Nomination night yesterday.

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Inside Africa: Thousands march in commemoration of National Unity Day in Cameroon

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Thousands of Cameroonians engaged in the three-hour march past in the national capital Yaounde as well as in Douala to commemorate the 43rd National Unity Day.

In Yaounde, the May 20 Boulevard was filled with members of the security service, civil service, students and political parties who marched past dignitaries and state officials led by President Paul Biya.

The ceremony started at exactly 10am after the arrival of the president who was neatly dressed in a suit and sea blue tie and sat next to his wife the first lady Chantal Biya who was in her signature hairdo and wearing a white dress with black designs and a white fascinator.

Senate President Marcel Niat Njifenji and Prime Minister Philemon Yang were also seated next to the president during the march past which started with the Chadian army, who are supporting Cameroon in the fight against Boko Haram.

The security services marched with music from the military band from the National Headquarters while the civilians and school children sang songs of unity.

The three-hour march past ended at 01:30pm before the departure of the dignitaries starting from the president Paul Biya.

The day will end with a gala night at the Seat of Government, the Unity Palace.

The theme for this year’s Unity Day is: Defense forces and the Nations’ vital forces acting in synergy to meet up with security challenges and preserving peace, stability in Cameroon and Central Africa.

Source: Cameroonweb

Photos: Massive turnout at “DumsorMustStop” vigil

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The ‘Dumsor Must Stop’ vigil which started at exactly 4pm on Saturday May 16, 2015 at the University of Ghana overhead Bridge in Accra to highlight the energy crisis in the country popularly known as ‘dumsor’ witnessed massive turnout.

The vigil started with a peaceful procession from the Legon overhead bridge through streets where the celebrities and their fans were holding candles, torchlight, placards, fridge and lanterns to express their concerns and sentiments about the situation.

“Dumsor Must Stop” campaign which started on social media not long ago by Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson, has indeed reached out to more Ghanaians resulting in the massive turnout of the vigil.

The over 1, 000 people present shared their concerns and sentiment on their placards and held other items with messages to the President to put in ways to stop the ongoing power crisis in the country.

Most of the people engaged in the vigil who were seen in their black and red dresses explained that the ‘dumsor’ situation has caused more harm to Ghanaians as most have lost jobs, lost relatives through the use of generator, among others.

Yvonne Nelson, Van Vicker, Prince David Osei, Wanlov Kubolor, Efya, DKB, Barima Sidney, Afia Schwarzenegger, D-Black, who were championing the vigil were all present to make it successful.

Even though the vigil triggered disagreements between the La Traditional Council and the Ga Traditional Council over the postponement of the vigil due to the ban on noise; but the La Chief Priest gave the green light since the venue will not affect the ban.

Greater Accra regional police PRO, Efia Tenge together with over two hundred police officers ensured a tight security for participants as well as the celebrities to ensure safety.

Ghana is currently enduring a serious power rationing that has persisted for the past three years; hence the celebrities were using the vigil to call on the government to find ways to end it.

The peaceful vigil successfully ended at the park near the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange in Accra.

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Inside Africa: Burundi president flies home after coup attempt, airport closed

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President Pierre Nkurunziza is flying home to Burundi hours after an army officer announced a coup while he was attending a regional crisis meeting in neighbouring Tanzania.

“He has left because of the situation prevailing in Burundi,” Tanzanian government spokesman Salva Rweyemamu told AFP, adding that Nkurunziza was heading back to the Burundi capital Bujumbura.

Meanwhile, the Burundian general who launched the coup ordered the closure of Bujumbura airport and land borders.

“I order the closure of the airport and border, and I ask every citizen and law enforcement down to the airport to protect it,” General Godefroid Niyombare said in the radio broadcast.

East African leaders condemned the attempted coup.

“The summit condemns the coup in Burundi, it does not solve problems in Burundi,” Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said at the end of the day-long crisis meeting of the five-nation East African Community (EAC) — made up of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda as well as Burundi.

“We call upon the return to the constitutional order,” Kikwete added, speaking in Tanzania’s coastal city of Dar es Salaam.

“Given the situation in Burundi conditions are not conducive for elections in Burundi, and the summit calls upon the authorities to postpone the elections for a period not beyond the mandate of the current government.”

Over 20 people have been killed and scores wounded since late April, when Burundi’s ruling party nominated President Nkurunziza to stand for a third term on June 26, triggering daily protests.

Violence in Burundi has raised fears of a return to violence in the central African state, which is still recovering from a brutal 13-year civil war that ended in 2006.

Critics say a third term for Nkurunziza runs counter to both the constitution and the Arusha accords that ended the war.

The summit calls for elections “in respect of the constitution, the electoral law and the spirit of the Arusha peace agreement,” Kikwete added.

Over 50,000 Burundians have fled into neighbouring nations since the unrest began.

Source: http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/2015/05/13/burundi-president-flies-home-after-coup-attempt-general-closes-airport

Inside Africa: Malawi ‘cashgate’: Ex-army chief Odillo arrested ‘over corruption’

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Gen Odillo (left) was head of the army until 2014 when he was sacked by President Mutharika

Malawi’s former army chief has been arrested over a multi-million dollar corruption allegation.

Gen Henry Odillo and his former deputy, Lt Col Clement Kafuwa, are accused of arranging a contract to supply military equipment which was never delivered.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has detained them as part of an on going investigation into government corruption known as “cashgate”.

Neither Gen Odillo nor Col Kafuwa have commented on the allegations.

The BBC’s Raphael Tenthani in Blantyre says dozens of civil servants have been charged in the “cashgate” investigations and so far there have been at least five convictions.

The scandal has revealed several cases of money being spent without services being provided.

The two military men may be facing charges of abuse of public office, negligence by a public officer in preserving money and money laundering, a statement from the ACB says.

An investigation has found that the army paid $4.4m (£2.8m) for the equipment that was not supplied.

The “cashgate” issue came to light in September 2013 after the attempted assassination of the finance ministry’s budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

Just days before, a junior civil servant was allegedly found with more than $300,000 in cash in the boot of his car.

More cash was confiscated from some civil servants’ homes and car boots.

Malawi’s donors then withheld $150m pending further investigation into the scandal.

Source: BBC Africa