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Nigeria is first African nation to roll out digital currency–Liberian Listener

By Emele OnuBloomberg Nigeria’s central bank earlier in February outlawed banks and financial institutions from transacting or operating in cryptocurrencies, saying they posed a threat to the financial system.  The Central Bank of Nigeria joined a growing list of emerging markets betting on digital money to cut transaction costs and boost participation in the formal financial system. “Nigeria has become the first country in Africa, and one of the first in the world to introduce a digital currency to her citizens,” President Muhammadu Buhari said in televised speech at the launch in Abuja,…

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Conversation with Bridget Nzeribe on Her Life Experiences in Liberia and Nigeria

  With our short-lived publication, The Uptown Review magazine in Liberia between 2010 and 2011, I came across Bridget Nzeribe who became our advice columnist on sex, relationship. On her Facebook page she writes about the same subjects from time to time. Over the years we have maintained professional contact as writers. When I found out recently that Bridget has relocated back to Nigeria and is engaged in farming, I was surprised, which prompted a long conversation and now this interview. While in Liberia, Bridget also served as Liberia’s correspondent…

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Mike Brown wants to “Unite the whole continent and bring a level of respect” African Basketball

  After enduring his first three acts as a basketball head coach, beginning in Cleveland before shifting to Los Angeles and then returning to Cleveland, Mike Brown has known success and failure. Still, he was dubious when Act IV materialized in November 2019. This was a few weeks into the 2019-20 NBA season, and Brown was satisfied with being the lead assistant under Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. The head-coaching position for which he was being recruited was intriguing but well beyond the sphere of North America, much less the…

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James Ibori: UK returns $5.8m stolen by ex-governor to Nigeria

  Some $5.8m (£4.2m) recovered by UK agencies that was stolen by a Nigerian former governor and laundered in Britain have now been returned to Nigeria, the Nigerian authorities say. Former Delta State Governor James Ibori was convicted of money laundering in the UK in 2012. Prosecutors say he stole an estimated $165m (£117m) from the oil-rich state. A Bombardier Challenger jet is among the items listed in court documents for a confiscation order against Ibori. Africa Live: Latest updates on this and other stories James Ibori: How a thief…

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Ex-ECOMOG Commander, Lt. General Joshua Dogonyaro, is dead

ByAgency Report NAN—-A former Chief of Defence Staff, Joshua Dogonyaro, is dead. Mr Dogonyaro, a retired lieutenant general, died at the age of 80 on Wednesday. The first son of the deceased, Joseph Dogonyaro, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview in Pankshin, on Thursday. “Daddy has been sick for some time until yesterday when he had a stroke and we rushed him to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) for medical attention. “Unfortunately, early this morning (Thursday), around 3.00 a.m. precisely, he breathed…

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In different tweets on Monday, former leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) kingpin Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Thuli Madosela and musicians AKA and Casper Nyovest, suggested that the South African government and other nations should intervene to stop the arrest and human rights violations. Public Policy 

EFF expresses solidarity with Nigerian protesters, condemns Buhari government

By Jonisayi Maromo Pretoria – The Julius Malema-led Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday saluted the “young lions” of Nigeria for intensifying the fight against police brutality under the banner of #EndSARS. The protests now included “a more cogent revolutionary struggle” against corruption, maladministration and bad governance that has characterised Nigeria over decades, it said. EFF national spokesperson Delisile Ngwenya said in a statement that Nigeria had seen seven military takeovers of governance, including two of its former military rulers turned democratically elected heads of state – former president Olusegun…

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AU Chair Ramaphosa urged to intervene in Nigeria crisis

The IFP has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as African Union chair, to urgently intervene in the ongoing and escalating violence in Nigeria. The IFP wants Ramaphosa to raise the matter at the UN Security Council and to call for an extraordinary meeting with the Economic Community of West African States, regional block, in order to ensure the stability of the West African region is not threatened. This comes amid reports that citizens of Nigeria claim the government has been using military force against innocent civilians. A…

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Nigeria Reggae Legend Majek Fashek dies at 57

    By GBENGA BADA   REGGAE star Majek Fashek joyfully sang “Majek Fashek in the New York” and the gifted musician died in a hospital in the American city on Monday around 5:45 pm. after a health crisis that lasted nine months— September 2019 till June 2020. A singer and multi-instrumentalist, Fashek introduced the world to a softer-edged style of reggae which he touted as ‘kpangolo music’ in 1988 on his debut album ‘Prisoner of Conscience’. His influences included Jimi Hendrix to Bob Marley and Fela Anikulapo Kuti. In…

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“We have to grow up. We cannot blame Europe and America for our problems; we have mismanaged our economy, we have misplaced our priorities, we have not understood the importance of development. We think these roads and bridges are developments and not the human beings. “How much are we spending in an attempt to give ourselves cheap fuel? $3billion or $4billion a year? So-called petroleum subsidy? Imagine putting that money into education or into power or industry. That won’t deal with migration unless we have jobs. Why can’t we have electricity?” Public Policy 

Nigeria spends about $4billion annually on fuel subsidy

Money that could help the poor: EDUCATION, INFRASTRUCTURE AND HEALTH The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has lamented that the richest man in Africa is from Nigeria and ironically, the country “is also the poverty capital of the world”. According to him, Nigeria had no basis for spending $3billion to $4billion annually on fuel subsidy. Speaking at the launch of “From Frying Pan to Fire”, written by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi in Abuja on Thursday, Sanusi claimed Nigeria is now the headquarters of poverty…

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Born in the UK, Arimah grew up in Nigeria and wherever else her father was stationed for work. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 and her debut collection What it Means When A Man Falls From The Sky won the 2017 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and was selected for the New York Times/PBS book club among other honours. She is a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Writing. She lives in Las Vegas. News 

Nigerian Lesley Nneka Arimah wins £10,000 Caine Prize

    Nigerian author Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story ‘Skinned’. The chair of the Caine Prize judging panel, internationally acclaimed Kenyan author and poet Dr Peter Kimani, revealed Lesley as the winner of the £10,000 prize at an award dinner at Senate House, University of London last night (Monday 8th July).  ‘Skinned’, published in American literary journal McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern (Issue 53), envisions a society in which young girls are ceremonially ‘uncovered’ and must marry in order to regain…

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