Russia says missing crew of pirated ship believed to be in Nigeria

Russia says missing crew of pirated ship believed to be in Nigeria

Russia’s foreign ministry says it is closely following developments since pirates attacked a ship off the coast of West Africa last week and is assisting with negotiations over the safety of eight crew members held hostage. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, speaking at a press conference from Pyatigorsk while attending…

Nigerian, Sudanese leaders receive U.S. religious freedom award

Two African leaders were among those to receive the new International Religious Freedom Awards from the United States Department of State, at a ceremony hosted by department secretary Mike Pompeo, above, on Wednesday. Mohamed Yosaif Abdalrahan of Sudan, a human rights lawyer at the Sudanese Human Rights Initiative (SHRI), has…

Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah wins Caine Prize

Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story “Skinned.” Arimah’s £10,000 prize was awarded by Kenyan author and poet Dr. Peter Kimani, the chairman of the judging panel, in London on Monday night. “The winner of this year’s Caine Prize…

China congratulates Africans on AfCFTA launch

China on Monday congratulated African nations following the weekend launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Niamey, Niger, during an African Union summit that saw Niger and Benin join the near-complete list of African nations signed to the trade deal. The achievement was welcomed by China’s ministry…

Benin joins Nigeria, agrees to sign AfCFTA agreement

The West African nation of Benin will sign its agreement to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), a move announced Friday that follows Nigeria’s big decision in favor of the common market earlier this week. That leaves just “one more signatory state before all 55 African Union members are…

Five African nations among world’s fastest-growing populations

Population trends continue to put a number of African nations at the top of countries seeing the biggest increases by 2050, according to “The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights” report released Monday by the United Nations. Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Egypt all are among the…

Nigeria welcomes tobacco control measures

Nigeria will enact strict tobacco control provisions that have been tabled for four years, according to its ministry of health, which publicly announced provisions on Friday in conjunction with World No Tobacco Day and the World Health Organization. The country’s national assembly ratified the 2015 National Tobacco Control Act provisions…