China, Russia align at BRICS session on security

China, Russia align at BRICS session on security

China hosted Wednesday’s meeting on security among BRICS nations, with South Africa, Russia, Brazil and India attending the virtual session led by Yang Jiechi, director of China’s foreign affairs commission. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping expressed mutual solidarity on political issues including China’s proposed Global…

Nigerian leaders condemn church attack in Owo

Nigerian leaders condemn church attack in Owo

Nigerian leaders expressed shock and sorrow Sunday following a deadly attack on a church in Ondo State, east of Lagos. President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack on St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, calling the deaths of dozens of worshippers a heinous killing. He promised a swift response from the…

Nigeria’s energy sector eyes European markets at Spain forum

Nigeria’s energy sector eyes European markets at Spain forum

Nigeria is promoting its oil and gas industry during President Buhari’s state visit to Spain, a move that comes as European nations seek to secure resources to replace the now-banned imports of Russian oil. Buhari and representatives of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have highlighted Nigeria’s energy sector during…

Global monkeypox case counts rise outside of West Africa

Another case of monkeypox is under investigation in the United States, one of 12 nations seeing transmission of a virus strain linked to West Africa. The latest case, reported Sunday in the U.S. state of Florida, is believed to be linked to international travel. The World Health Organization says confirmed…

U.S. imposes sanctions on six linked to Boko Haram

The United States has imposed new sanctions on six people linked to Boko Haram who were working to establish a cell of the Nigerian extremist group in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The six – Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan,…

Google’s undersea cable makes landing in Togo

Google’s Equiano undersea cable project is about to make its landing in Togo, bringing some 37,000 new jobs with it by 2025, according to a statement released by the West African nation on Friday. “As its first landing in Africa, the subsea cable will have a direct impact on internet…

Nigeria added to UK travel ‘red list’ as COVID spreads

Nigeria has been added to the UK “travel ban” list because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and a rise in cases linked to the omicron variant of the coronavirus. The decision prompted a new wave of frustration among Africans, with the Nigerian high commissioner in London, Sarafa Tunji…

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

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…