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Nigerian musician Divine Ikubor, better known by his stage name Rema, has set a new chart-topping track ‘Calm Down’ featuring Selena Gomez. The record-setting single has already garnered nearly 35,000 plays on iTunes alone.
Niger’s military junta has established an army partnership with neighboring nations.
Niger is an essential security partner of France and the United States in West Africa’s Sahel region, serving as a source of oil and uranium extraction and one of the poorest nations on Earth – yet receiving aid for 25 million citizens living there. Furthermore, Niger is an essential platform from which Islamist militants in its region can be combatted.
Niger’s military junta has rejected diplomatic efforts to restore democracy and is now facing possible military intervention by West African bloc ECOWAS. Niger has warned any attempt by ECOWAS members to intervene will result in swift retaliation by their army against all members except those friendly with Niger.
The junta has also distanced itself from former allies like France. Recently, France 24 and RFI, two state-funded international news channels funded by France that broadcast international news programs like France 24, were suspended, prompting disapproval from France’s foreign ministry. Furthermore, Junta leaders have sought cooperation with Russian-linked Wagner mercenaries operating across several African nations, including Mali, where allegations of human rights abuses committed by this mercenary group have surfaced.
Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin has made his first video appearance since his failed rebellion in Russia.
Two months after initiating his mutiny against Russia’s military leadership, Yevgeny Prigozhin appeared in a video on Russian social media. This message did not reference his plane crash; it promised that Wagner would continue its tasks in Africa.
Prigozhin made his first video appearance since his aborted rebellion in June. In an earlier post, he justified it by explaining it was meant to protect his unit while also showing Moscow’s failures in Ukraine, with units Russia sent into Ukraine being put in their place by his forces.
In his new video, Wagner was dressed in black and presented a flag to Wagner fighters at their base in Molkino near Krasnodar. He also encouraged more people to join their forces, promising their duties would be fulfilled effectively.
Olga Skabeeva, a Russian television talk show host, claimed that Western countries are reacting hysterically to news of Prigozhin’s apparent death; other Russian channels, however, focused more heavily on portraying Putin as calm and in control of the situation by showing footage from his participation via virtual link at the BRICS summit in South Africa.
Nigeria will take part in the upcoming Africa Paralympic Games
Nigeria’s Para athletes continue to outshine those without disabilities at international competitions, yet many face limited training facilities and funding shortages.
Nigeria’s Para Volley Federation has begun recruiting players to participate in this year’s Africa Para Games, scheduled in Accra this September. According to President Kayode Ladele, their governing body hopes that Nigerians can be proud to show up and prepare for Africa and the World Para Volley World Cups later in 2016.
The Paralympic Games are an international event that draws in athletes with disabilities from across the globe to compete before millions of spectators and billions of television viewers worldwide. Beyond just sports competition, these global events foster social inclusion by inspiring individuals, changing attitudes, and encouraging participation by people with disabilities in society – with the broadcast initiative at AT2030 being funded by UK Aid as part of the Para Sport Against Stigma project led by GDI Hub’s AT2030 program’s Para Sport Against Stigma project.
Mali football federation is in dire straits.
Mali’s football federation, FEMAFOOT, is in crisis following allegations against five executives for embezzlement involving nearly 17 billion CFA francs (EUR26 million). This scandal predates Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s presidency of Mali, and all those implicated belong to the Rassemblement pour le Mali party.
Experts predict that French troop withdrawals will have devastating repercussions for Mali. Al-Qaida-affiliated Tuareg rebels that had taken up residence in northern Mali could resurge under French troops’ protection and reinstate their insurgency, their goal being Islamic law implementation and creating an independent state.
Adama Traore from Wolves is under pressure as the scandal threatens his desire to play for Spain instead of Mali. Luis Enrique’s side has friendlies scheduled against Portugal and Switzerland while having Nations League fixtures against Ukraine and Switzerland. According to the RFEF, Mali is trying to manipulate Traore despite being included in Spain’s preliminary squad.
Action Aid Nigeria has announced the appointment of Mr Andrew Mamedu as its new Country Director.
Jummai Umar-Ajijola announced during a press conference held by Action Aid Nigeria Chair Jummai Umar-Ajijola to introduce their new Country Director, Andrew Mamedu. According to her, Mamedu is an experienced leader with 23 years of experience in project management, resource mobilization, and strategic advocacy in the development sector. Mamedu expressed excitement at taking on the challenge of poverty eradication in Nigeria while noting his tenure will be marked by open dialogue, collaboration, and an unrelenting pursuit for social justice – much like his predecessor Comrade Ene Obi and other previous Country Directors had done previously in their roles with Action Aid Nigeria and Action Aid’s vision of an equitable world free from poverty.