How to renew your Nigerian passport in Spain

11 Nov

This is the reality of getting your Nigerian passport renewed in Spain. The Nigerian embassy is in Madrid and it is the only point where your passport could be renewed even if you live in other parts of the country including Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao and others. Continue reading

Drop Facebook and be happy: Danish study

10 Nov

When some people shoot human beings to protect animals

9 Nov

Olusegun Ogundeji – Today at the premiere of Unfair Game: The Politics Of Poaching, a 37-minute documentary shot partly in Swaziland, US, and Zambia, I see how some Africans punctured their societal development drive with greed.f_unfair Continue reading

Paul Lehmann is Australia’s next High Commissioner to Nigeria

9 Nov

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Paul Lehmann as Australia‘s next High Commissioner to Nigeria.  Mr Lehmann will also have non-resident accreditation to Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Niger and The Gambia.

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14% of users in Nigeria faced Internet cyberthreats, 46% encountered malware in local networks – Kaspersky

9 Nov

In its Q3 IT Threat Evolution report, Kaspersky Lab has published the details of the key security incidents of the quarter. Using statistics from the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), which obtains information from millions of Kaspersky Lab product users in 213 countries, the report sheds light on the increase in mobile threats, the attempted theft of money from online bank accounts and targeted cyberattacks in the evolving threat landscape. Continue reading

As African Standby Force become operational in two months

9 Nov

What is the African Standby Force (ASF)?

It is a multi-disciplinary, continental peacekeeping force comprised of military, police and civilian components, which are on standby in their regions of origin and available to the African Union for deployment in times of crisis.
The ASF has been in development since May 2003, when the AU adopted the Policy Framework for the Establishment of the African Standby Force and the Military Staff Committee.

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WHO statement on the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone as delivered by the WHO Representative in Sierra Leone, Dr Anders Nordström

7 Nov
Today, 7 November 2015, the World Health Organization declares the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Since Sierra Leone recorded the first Ebola case on 24 May 2014, a total number of 8,704 people were infected and 3,589 have died. From those who tragically lost their lives, 221 of them were healthcare workers. We remember them all today.

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With bitcoin use on the rise, African countries eye regulations

25 Sep

The increasing use of bitcoins in Africa has prompted a growing chorus of government officials, legal experts and e-commerce entrepreneurs to call for the virtual currency to be regulated. In Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, outlets like leather goods site Minku are now accepting bitcoins. South African bitcoin exchange BitX , which also operates in Nigeria, recently partnered with mobile payment and smartcard company Zazoo to enable bitcoin use via the virtual prepaid MasterCard app, VCpay. Continue reading


25 Sep

One week after the forced evictions began suddenly at Ijora Badia East on 18 September 2015, scores of women and children sleep under makeshift shelters at the demolition site. The heavy rains that fell throughout the Eid-el-Kabir (Sallah) holiday highlighted the misery of homelessness. Continue reading

Sierra Leone’s NASSIT on Expansion Drive to The Gambia / Senegal Border

5 Sep

Ralph Ese’Donnu Sawyerr – Officials of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), accompanied by some members of the Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union, are in the border town between The Gambia and Senegal, Basse, to push NASSIT’s operational expansion drive and to sensitize Sierra Leoneans living out of the country on its activities.  Continue reading

MainOne’s MDX-i taps Azure to offer cloud services in West Africa

5 Sep

 IDG News Service – MDX-i, a subsidiary of MainOne, West Africa’s largest data center, is leaning on  Microsoft’s Azure to launch a service to help meet the computing infrastructure needs of companies deploying private, public or hybrid clouds from its Tier III Data Center in Lagos. Continue reading

ECOWAS partners ISS Africa to implement maritime strategy

3 Sep

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has officially acknowledged the key role the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) plays as a partner in implementing its Integrated Maritime Strategy (EIMS). The ISS wrote the EIMS for ECOWAS, which was adopted on 29 March 2014. The two organisations prepared a draft priority plan of action for implementing the EIMS, which ECOWAS experts validated at a meeting from 27 – 28 July in Abuja, Nigeria this year.  Continue reading

African Caucus President wants combat of illicit financial flows in Africa

1 Sep

The President of the African Group and Minister of Finance of Angola, Armando Manuel, has reiterated the need to combat the illicit flow of funds across the continent, saying such could be used for developmental purposes.   Continue reading

Invitation: Atlanta, GA World Bank Sierra Leone Diaspora Investment and Trade Study Results

1 Sep

On September 5th, 2015 the World Bank Sierra Leone Diaspora Investment and Trade Study will kick off its global survey results tour in London.  The tour will also extend to Washington DC (September 10th), Toronto (September 12th) and Atlanta (September 19th).  Continue reading

African Union organises first meeting of Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and ICT (STC-CCICT)

31 Aug

Organized by the Directorate of Information and Communication and the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission, the STC-CCICT holds between 31st August and 4th September 2015. Continue reading

War, Politics and Justice in West Africa by Lansana Gberie (SLWS 2015): An appreciation

31 Aug

By Peter Penfold – Before trying to resolve a conflict, one must first try to understand it. One must investigate its origins, study the context and background in which the conflict is taking place, and get into the mind-set of the individuals involved. If one adopts this approach, one soon realises that no two conflicts are the same and therefore there is no one blue-print for resolving every conflict. This may all sound blindingly obvious but sadly and all-too-often, attempts are made to resolve conflicts without following these simple rules, especially by outsiders who are not directly involved. Continue reading

ITU launches Big Data Project in Sierra Leone

28 Aug

Olusegun Ogundeji – As part of the Regional Ministerial Consultative Meeting on Ebola: Leveraging Information and Communication Technology to Save Lives, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has launched its Big Data Project in Sierra Leone. Continue reading

Radio station burned down in Burkina Faso

27 Aug

In the run-up to elections scheduled in October, an arson attack has been reported on the independent Radio Manegmoogo in Burkina Faso on Monday. Continue reading

Sierra Leone begins 42-day countdown

26 Aug

Sierra Leone has began its countdown to be declared by the World Health Organization as free of Ebola virus transmission as President Ernest Koroma described the release of the last patient treated for the disease at a treatment centre as “the beginning of the end of Ebola.” Continue reading

Business booms for African sites dedicated to used goods

18 Aug

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