Google commits $1 billion in new funding to Africa’s digital future

Google commits $1 billion in new funding to Africa’s digital future

Google announced a US$1 billion commitment to the continent’s digital transformation during the company’s first-ever Google for Africa livestream event on Wednesday. The investment, planned across the next five years, will support several initiatives. They include completion of Equiano, an undersea cable meant to improve Internet speeds and drive down…

Runners from Kenya, Nigeria banned from Olympic races

Runners from Kenya, Nigeria banned from Olympic races

Two African athletes are now suspended from further Olympics competition in Tokyo following the results of testing for banned substances. Kenyan runner Mark Otieno tested positive for the steroid methasterone, according to media outlet The Standard, and was pulled from competition in the 100-meter men’s race on Saturday. He has…

Nigeria bans Twitter use after Buhari flagged for violation

Nigeria has suspended the use of Twitter across the country, just days after a tweet posted by President Muhammadu Buhari was removed for what the social media platform said was a violation of its rules. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, announced the decision in a…

Buhari replaces Nigeria’s police chief after Imo prison attack

Nigeria announced the appointment of a new police chief on Tuesday, following a jailbreak in Imo State that allowed more than 1,000 inmates to escape. Usman Alkali Baba will serve as the Acting Inspector-General of Police, moving from his current position as deputy inspector general. He replaces Mohammed Abubakar Adamu,…

Nigeria shuts boarding schools after 317 girls abducted in Zamfara

Boarding schools in Nigeria’s Zamfara and Kano states were closed indefinitely on Friday, in order to protect vulnerable sites following the abduction of 317 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe. “As you know, the state government always takes proactive measures on issues related to security,” said the…

Nigerian named new head of World Trade Organization

It’s official: Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria is now the first African and the first woman to serve as head of the World Trade Organization. The anticipated selection of Okonjo-Iweala, a former foreign minister as well as finance minister, was announced Monday by WTO. She will serve as director general…

UNICEF warns of increased food insecurity in African nations

UNICEF, the United Nations agency for children, warns that some 10.4 million children – all in countries on the African continent with the exception of Yemen – face severe food insecurity and malnutrition in the coming year. The affected nations include Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), northeast Nigeria, the…

Nigerian officials confirm release of 344 abducted students

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed late Thursday that students abducted by Boko Haram last week have been released, calling it a huge relief for the country and the international community. The students were taken from the Government Science Secondary School in the northern town of Kankara in Katsina State. Aminu…

ICC to investigate crimes against humanity in Nigeria

The International Criminal Court based in The Hague announced it will move forward to investigate crimes against humanity and war crimes in Nigeria, where Boko Haram’s activities and other attacks have gone on for years. The announcement was made Friday by ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. “My office has concluded…

U.S. seeks to block Nigerian leader’s bid for WTO chief

The World Trade Organization says it is standing by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the most likely selection for the director general position, but that support comes as the United States seeks to block the accomplished Nigerian from becoming the first African woman to lead the WTO. “The candidate that had…