Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Gambian troops in foiled coup bid: Military

  President Yahya Jammeh

Gunfire erupted in Gambia's capital Banjul overnight and soldiers blocked the bridge leading to the centre of the seaside city amid media reports of an a

A diplomat said unknown gunmen had attacked State House during the night but shooting died down later. Local media and diplomats said Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh was in France when the violence broke out.
Jammeh, who himself came to power in a coup 20 years ago, has stifled dissent in the tiny West African nation and faced increased criticism from abroad over his human rights record.

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Folorunsho Alakija, Nigerian billionaire unseats Oprah as the richest black woman


Nigerian oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija is now the richest black woman in the world with an estimated fortune of $7.3 billion which is more than double Oprah Winfrey's worth of $2.9 billion according to Forbes.

Starting her career as a secretary in a bank in the mid 1970s, Alakija, 62, then studied fashion in London and returned to Nigeria to start a label, Supreme Stitches. But her biggest break came in oil.
In 1993, her company, Famfa Oil, was awarded an oil prospecting license, which later became OML 127, one of the country’s most prolific oil blocks, by then-president Ibrahim Babangida.