Saturday, 30 April 2016

How one woman de-stigmatised HIV by Alvine Kapitako

How one woman de-stigmatised HIV
For nine-months, 27-year-old Lydia Kamati was knowingly in a relationship with an HIV-positive man. She knew about his HIV-positive status long before they formally started courting.
“I knew him before we even got into the relationship. I knew his HIV-status. However, when he asked me to be his partner he also disclosed his status to me,” said Kamati.

Photos: Mrs Aisha Buhari's Free Health Screening in Oyo State.

Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari flagged off the Future Assured Initiative, Free Health Screening for Women, at Loyola College, Ibadan, Oyo State on April 28. More pics after cut

People with albinism in Malawi face 'total extinction' - UN

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Image captionThe UN expert on albinism says people with the condition are seen as a form of  income.
A United Nations human rights expert has described Malawians living with albinism as "an endangered group facing a risk of systemic extinction over time if nothing is done".
"Persons with albinism, and parents of children with albinism, constantly live in fear of attack," said Ikponwosa Ero, the UN independent expert on the rights of persons with albinism, at the end of her visit to Malawi.

Video: Live Streaming of EEF 2016 LGA Manifesto in Orlando, Soweto

The Economic Freedom Fighters are set to launch their 2016 Local Elections manifesto in Orlando, Soweto on 30 April. Watch a live stream of the launch here.

Photos: EFF #fillsupthestadium at historic 1976 site

Soweto's 40‚000-seater Orlando Stadium is officially full‚ as the Economic Freedom Fighters rally to launch their manifesto for the August local government elections.

The EFF spared no effort to prove to all that they can fill up a stadium and event is symbolic as it takes place a few metres from where students in 1976 defied the apartheid government. It is in this township that youths redefined the struggle against apartheid.
Malema was expelled as president of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL)‚ after which he founded the EFF in August 2013. More pics after cut....

Monday, 25 April 2016

Photo: 'Congo rumba king' Papa Wemba dies

 Papa Wemba on stage during his final performance

Papa Wemba, known around the world as the "king of Congolese rumba", has died after collapsing on stage during a concert.
The musician fell ill on Saturday while performing at a music festival in Abidjan in Ivory Coast. He was 66.
The cause of his death is not known yet.
Baudouin Banza Mukalay, culture minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, confirmed his death, calling it a "great loss for the country and all of Africa".

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Photos: Xenophobic attacks erupt in Zambia

People use a pole to batter a shop doorway during clashes with police in Lusaka April 19, 2016
At least 62 Rwandan-owned shops have been looted in the the riots which have spread to nine poor neighbourhoods, police added.Many Zambians describe it as the worst xenophobic violence in the country.The riots started in two areas on Monday following rumours that Rwandans were behind ritual killings in Lusaka.

Why Zuma’s ‘African way’ is at odds with the African Union’s vision By Joleen Steyn Kotze

Corruptionstate capture, and scandal lie at the core of demands for President Jacob Zuma to go. The dominant narrative is that he has acted in only his self-interest with little regard for the country.
Yet Zuma survived another impeachment motion in parliament with full support from the governing African National Congress, the party he leads.
In the midst of the mounting pressure, Zuma has urged that African problems be dealt with “in an African way”. He told supporters:

Zambia: Xenophobia attacks on foreigners spread

People use a pole to batter a shop doorway during clashes with police in Lusaka April 19, 2016.
Image by: REUTERS

Hundreds of people hurled stones at police and looted dozens of foreign-owned shops in different townships in Lusaka on Tuesday, police said, the second day of violence prompted by rumours of immigrants carrying out ritual murders.

At least six people have been murdered in the capital in the past four weeks and police said some body parts including ears, hearts and genitals had been removed. Video after cut...

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

War-torn Darfur votes on unification

 The western region has been mired in conflict since 2003 when ethnic minority insurgents rebelled against Bashir's Arab-dominated government.

President Omar al-Bashir - wanted for war crimes over the conflict - has insisted voting go ahead on whether to unite Darfur's five states into a single region or maintain the status quo.
A united Darfur with greater autonomy has long been a demand of ethnic minority insurgents battling the Sudanese government since 2003, but they have boycotted the referendum, saying it is unfair.

Niger's Issoufou tightens grip after polls with loyalist cabinet

Niger's incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou votes at a polling station during the country's presidential and legislative elections in Niamey

In line with traditional practice, the government resigned earlier this month following his re-election in March polls boycotted by the opposition, but Issoufou immediately reappointed Prime Minister Brigi Raffini.
Having served in several different posts in previous cabinets, Mohamed Bazoum, head of the president's Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism, was named minister of the interior, according to a list of ministers announced on state television.

Photos: President Buhari at the China-Nigeria Business Forum In Beijing

President Buhari speaking at the opening ceremony of the China-Nigeria Business Forum in Beijing. More pics after cut...

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

#BringBackOurGirls: Will Be Three Years By April 14, 2016. Where are our Girls?

Photos: Nigerian Photographer, Fati Abubakar, Fights Extremism, One Picture at a Time


In a city known for violence, Fati Abubakar walks the streets of Maiduguri armed with a camera. Her mission: to rebuild the reputation of the Borno State capital, widely known as the birthplace of the brutal Boko Haram insurgency.
Since last September, the volunteer aid worker has taken pictures of people, interviewed them and posted the results on social media. She calls her project “Bits of Borno.”
“It’s everyday life in Borno State, something you don’t usually see,” Abubakar told VOA in an interview in Nigeria’s capital Abuja.

Botswana Leads World in HIV Diagnosis, Treatment

FILE - A mother carries a child on her back as she visits an exhibition on HIV/AIDS in Gaborone, Botswana. The country has reached a viral suppression rate of 96 percent among its infected citizens.

The tiny southern African nation of Botswana is leading the way in treatment and containment of the virus that causes AIDS. It is exceeding goals for addressing the HIV crisis, well ahead of a deadline set by the United Nations.
Botswana, with HIV infection rates of up to 25 percent of the adult population, has moved ahead of other countries — both Western nations and the economically disadvantaged — in tackling the AIDS epidemic.

Gun Battles Kill 17 in Congo Capital

FILE - Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso speaks during a news conference.
 Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso

At least 17 people have been killed in a gun battle between former militiamen and security forces in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo.
A government spokesman said three police officers, two civilians and 12 attackers were killed Monday.
The shooting came weeks after President Denis Sassou Nguesso won a disputed re-election bid for his third term.
Police say former members of an anti-Nguesso militia called "The Ninjas" raided local police, military and government offices and set them on fire.

Photos: South African Hip Hop Amu 'Amunishn' Tshwane Wedding Ceremony.

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The rapper married Chrisula Zarkalis over the weekend.
The luxurious wedding was held in Nelspruit, in Mpumalanga Province. We at FOB are saying HML. More pics after cut...

Photos of the Day: Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and Patience Jonathan (Mama Peace) ; In Politics No Permanent Friend or Foe.

  At the burial ceremony of the mother of Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi last Friday. Former President Obasanjo and the wife of Former President GEJ, Patience Jonathan were seen hugging, patting and sharing pleasantries. While their supporters engage in a social media war. Only interest is permanent in politics. More pics after cut...

Friday, 1 April 2016

President Mugabe wants to kick out foreign businesses that won’t give control to black Zimbabweans by Tinashe Mushakavanhu

 Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe speaks at the Forum on Africa earlier this month.

This is no April fool’s joke.

Robert Mugabe’s government is pressing ahead with a controversial law to force foreign owned businesses to give up majority control to black Zimbabweans. It has set an April 1 deadline for all foreign-owned companies to comply or close shop. Household names like Standard Chartered, British American Tobacco, Anglo American Platinum and Nestlé, who have operated in the country for decades, could be affected.
Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, minister responsible for youth, indigenization and economic empowerment issued the directive last week. He warned failure to comply will result in licenses being revoked and there is no room for negotiation. ‘I’m not here to discuss whether indigenization is good. It’s the law of the land, a fact,’ he said.

Laylizzy says Hello on ETV Sunrise


 Laylizzy says hello Africa and performed the highly anticipated
#HelloLaylizzy ft. AKA at ETV Sunrise. The track is now available for
pre-order on iTunes and set to be released on Friday, the 1st of April
iTunes pre-order link:
The track is available to all South African MTN subscribers as a caller tune. Simply dial *123*84# to get it.

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