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ZAMBIA: Green Buffalos and Black Rhinos set for derby in Women’s CAF champion League


Green Buffalos Women team pose for a squad photo before match start. [Image: courtesy]
Zambia—The Zambian women team, Green Buffalos have an army side’s derby awaiting them in the group round of next month’s inaugural COSAFA Zone CAF Women’s Champions League qualifier tournament.

Green Buffalos will face fellow military side Black Rhino Queens FC of Zimbabwe in Group B of the COSAFA Zone CAF Women’s Champions League qualifiers following the tournament draws conducted on Thursday in South Africa.

Though the two clubs’ men’s counterparts have never had a tournament in continental competition the Black Rhino Queens have prospects of replicating their males’ clubs’ unbeaten record against opposition Green Buffalos.

Black Rhinos thwarted Power Dynamos 2-0 away in Kitwe and drew 1-1 at home in Harare in a second-round tie of the 1985 edition of the CAF Champions Cup.

But Zambian clubs have reigned over their Zimbabwean opponents in continental action with the erstwhile eliminating their Zambezi River neighbors six times and the latter prevailing three times.

Buffalos and Rhino Queens will have no minute to wait for their derby showdown and clash in a Group B opener on August 27.

The Lusaka based club wounds up its group B game against Tura Magic of Namibia on August 31.

Group B has three teams and seven competition that will start on 6th August and end on September 4th.

Group A consists of Mamelodi Sundown Ladies of South Africa, Lesotho Defense Force, Botswana representatives Double Action Ladies and Eswatini side Manzini Wanderers. As the top of each group aims to advance to the semifinals.



UGANDA: Will cranes reconsider Micho?

Milutin Sredojevic battles for his position back in Uganda Cranes. [Image: courtesy]
Uganda–Since the erstwhile Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic and the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent on July 17, there has been a debate in the corridors of Fufa at Mengo Uganda.

Apparently, a section of the 13-man Fufa executive, that are supposed to pick the next Uganda Cranes Coach have been swept off their feet by hope of having Micho in charge for a second stint.

Apart from Micho’s name getting into the hat of the Cranes job, there is another list of four coaches.

Among them is a British national, Chris McGinn, George Finifi from Nigeria, Police FC’s Abdallah Mubiru and a Frenchman whose credentials are being examined, a sure certainty of the fight Micho has in his hands.

However, because Micho concluded his four year-year contract as Crane’s coach in 2017, after he had propelled the team to its first Africa Cup of Nations appearance in 39 years, tilts the balance in his support.

Further on that, Micho has many allies in Fufa who admired his work and thorough approach to detail.

It is against the aspect of detail, that Micho maybe considered ideal coach for Uganda Cranes. Micho’s knowledge about Ugandan football, its culture, players ability and bringing the best out of them, is likely second to make him exceptional.

In addition, Micho may fit well to Fufa’s budget and will not take all the time setting in  and introducing himself to players. Therefore, getting the team to qualify for 2022 world cup qualifiers would not be a hard nut to crack for micho.

Though according to gatherings from an insider in Fufa, he believes Uganda no longer needs Micho but hiring a new coach with fresh ideas would be better.

“While I like Micho for his knowledge of Uganda football, I think by returning him now, we are simply playing safe. We are going back to the past, because we really do not know where we want to go and how to get there.” The insider spoke.

GHANA: KiDi satisfied with the 2021 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards outcome

KiDi expresses satisfaction in the recently concluded Vodafone awards where he lost. [Image: Courtesy]
Ghana—Dennis Nana Dwamena, better known as KiDi, a Ghanaian high-life and afrobeats singer-songwriter and producer signed under Lynx Entertainment was hoping to win artiste of the year at the 2021 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).

“I was hoping to win, this world if you are expecting to win something you may end up in disappointment so I was only hoping, all you have to do is to pray and hope for the best.

“Sometimes it comes your way but other times things might go down South. I hold the view that you need not all your goodies in one basket.” He spoke.

According to him he was disappointed with the outcome but whoever won that category has equally worked and deserved the award.

“Oh yeah of course am human if you anticipate to win and you don’t get it of course you are not a robot you will be pained but at the end of the day you will realize whoever won it also worked hard and equally deserves it.

“It is not a game of numbers only as many would have thought. No. There is more than meets the eye in these competitions, maybe discipline in the music industry, maybe how often your projects are out and so many more so we must as normal feel the pinch of losing but again appreciate those who manage to bag home the awards.

“We have young artists who were present in the event am sure they must have learnt a lot concerning music awards not in Ghana but internationally too, so that when there moment is ready, they win and celebrate, they lose and appreciate.” Spoke KiDi.

Diana Hamilton a gospel musician won the artiste of the year at the 2021 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).

Other competitors were Adina, Sarkodie, Medikal and Kuami Eugine.

KENYA: Ringtone shows up in Court in an ambulance

Ringtone in Kibera Law Courts. [Image: courtesy]
NAIROBI-Kenya—Alex Apoko professionally called Ringtone, is a Kenyan gospel artist who left many perplexed on Thursday after arriving at the Kibera Law courts in an ambulance, while seemingly in agony.

The musician was in court to attend to a case in which he accused a Kenyan controversial blogger Robert Alai of Assault and malicious damage of property.

He was dressed in a hospital gown, with parts of his face and arm heavily bandaged. The court appearance comes a day after the singer claimed to have been assaulted by Alai and the public is aware.

“I am still in pain, I have been experiencing severe headaches, my jaw hurts, my arms hurt, and I’m constantly dizzy.” He spoke to a Nairobi showbiz magazine.

Since that incident which was captured on video, Ringtone released several videos on social media in which he repeatedly says he is hurting and in need of treatment, while vowing that Alai will pay for his actions.

“There is no way I could have faked the blood dripping in my face. The injuries I sustained while Alai was hitting me are real, and the Kes500 worth of damages made to my property also very real.”

Apart from promising Ringtone a battle royale in the corridors of justice, Alai who is an aspiring politician has remained uncharactically quiet.

Alai and Ringtone had what appears to be a public altercation sometime last week when they were filmed exchanging improper words, as the controversial blogger walked towards him with a club in his hand.

Ringtone alleged he was hit severally with that club on the head while the window of his car was also smashed.

He further claims to have spend more than half a million Kenyan shilling to treat himself and cater for the damages on his Range Rover car.

NIGERIA: Ighiwiyisi discloses the origin and meaning of her name

Jacob Ighiwiyisi performs to an audience in Lagos. [Image: courtesy]
Nigeria—Ighiwiyisi Jacob a great Nigerian speaker, lawyer by training, writer and entrepreneur has shouldered the responsibility of being the daughter of the legendary artist Erhabor Emok, the cofounder of the gallery at the Landmark.

Ihghiwiyisi Jacobs makes a debut on the Lagos visual scene with her solo creative design art work. She is many things to many people, but interestingly nobody could have thought of her as an artist some years ago.

As an emerging visual artist, she is the creative directive of Hermosa Boda a spatial design service that has been functional since 2015.

After graduating from Lagos Law School, she started off her voyage as a visual artist surrounded by the art of her father, Erhabor Emokpae, the visual flair of her mother Ikpakppa Emokpae and her brother Isaac Emokpae, herself a well-established artist and with much trust in self.

She says her name Ighiwiyosi carries a lot more history and meaning tied to her late father. The name was given to her by her father at about a period when he travelled away from Nigeria.

“Ighiwiyisi means I will not be lost in a strange land.” She explains as she discloses why she chose the name as the suitable title for her show.

According to Jacobs, the show is a trail journey and offers a better image for why his father is considered the pioneer of modern arts in Nigeria.

“There are moments of my life captured on canvas. The idea is to find specific things that are common to humanity. Everyone understands grief, heartbreak, promises and prophecies,” she continued.

Ighiwiyis’s father passed on a year after her birth. Fast-forward to August 8, 2018 which became her eureka moment, she recalled how she begun to make drawings that ordinarily would have paid an artist to make.



KENYA: The alternating political tides in One Kenya Alliance

One Kenya Alliance principals, from left Musalia Mudavadi, Gideon Moi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula. [Image: courtesy]
Kenya—In a count of thirteen months ahead, Kenya will be conducting its next general election. An event that has seen the country thrown into an electioneering mood.

As new political Parties are created other ancient parties combine efforts in alliances and coalitions. The One Kenya Alliance formed by Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi has been hit by fresh political turbulence that threatens its take-off as Gedeon Moi’s Kanu claims it’s not ready to seal a deal with the alliance.

Also emerging that that Musalia’s firm grip on being the 2022 flagbearer of the alliance is complicating efforts to cobble together the team.

Nick Salat, Kanu’s secretary general declared on Thursday that the party will not be signing any deal with Oka principals anytime soon, exposing the intrigues roiling the fledging outfit.

According to Salat, the resolution that endorsed Kanu’s partnership with Jubilee Party, as passed by the National Delegates Convention in 2017, is binding until next year.

“Right now, we don’t want to be coerced or forced into making a decision that would require resolution a national Delegates Convention,” Salat said.

“The resolution stated clearly that we shall be with Jubilee up to the end of its term, that is next year. As far as Kanu is concerned, we don’t have any issue with our partner Jubilee to warrant us leaving it.”

Kanu has been dancing same tune with, ANC, Ford Kenya and Wiper in One Kenya Alliance. But with its recent move, it has lifted the lid on the behind-the-scenes intrigues likely to cripple the push for a 2022 third force.

The erstwhile Nasa Alliance is also on its knees, as ODM’s Raila Odinga announced their exit from it. The exit allows ODM to formalize its coalition deal with president Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee, where Kanu is also sheltering.


Ghana’s ballooning public debt, a threat to its economy

Ken Offori Attah addresses the Ghanaian parliament. [Image: courtesy]
Ghana—Harruna Iddrisu a Ghanaian lawyer and politician, representing Tamale South constituency in the seventh Ghanaian parliament, also a minority leader has suggested government claims of managing a resilient economy under pinned by high discipline and competence is façade soon to be put to light.

He foresees that only debt forgiveness or relief will offer sigh to the Ghanaian crumbling economy from the depth government has pushed it into.

Ghana’s finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta was in Parliament Thursday, July 29, to present the Midyear fiscal policy review of the budget Statement and economic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the 2021 Financial Year, when he said Government, per its discipline, will keep to its appropriations and will not subject its citizens to new taxes or demand to spend more.

“Mr. Speaker we are managing finances of the country with discipline and competence. The fiscal operations for the period January to June 2021 indicate that the overall budget deficit was GHc 22.32 billion, equivalent to 5.1% of GDP.

“The corresponding primary balance for the period was a deficit of GHc 7.3 billion, equivalent to 1.7 percent of GDP, against a target deficit of GHc4,797 or 1.1% of GDP.

“We will continue to pursue our fiscal consolidation agenda to ensure that we are main within the appropriation given by this house< he spoke to the house.”

Adding, “Mr. Speaker I stand before this August house today, to assure the nation that our transformation agenda is still on course. However, with Covid 19 still with us it is important to stress that this recovery is only the beginning, a beginning that requires a collective sense of responsibility and action as citizens to guide, to protect and participate in the recovery efforts. Mr. Speaker, this mid-year fiscal policy review that I am presenting does not come with supplementary budget and our revised fiscal frame work for 2021 is kept within the fiscal target of 9.5 percent of GDP.”

NIGERIA: Court restrains government from Investigating NLC warning strike

Nigeria Labor Congress don declares a warning strike. [Image: courtesy]
Nigeria—The National Industrial Court in Nigeria has ordered an injunction stopping the Kaduna State government or any of its representatives from investigating the warning strike and industrial actions staged by the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) between May 16 and May 19, 2021 in the state.

It’s an order of Interim mandatory injunction given by Justice Obaseki Osaghae of the NIC, following a motion ex-parte sought by the NLC to halt the judiciary of Inquiry set up by the government from investigating the industrial actions.

According to the court the action was taken after reading the application and affidavit in support of the motion ex-parte sworn to by Comrade Benson Upah for the NLC, and after listening to Femi Falana’s submissions.

While granting the order, Osaghae said. “An order of interim injunction restraining the third defendant (Kaduna State Judicial Commission of Inquiry) as constituted by the first defendant (Kaduna State Government) or by whosever else the Judicial Commission might hereafter be variously presided over, or otherwise constituted from inquiring into, deliberate upon, investigate, or form further inquiry into deliberating upon, investigating, procuring evidence.

“Whether by compelling the attendance before it (by issuance of witness summons or warrants of arrest, or however otherwise), members of the first claimant/applicant or other members or render assistance to the third defendants in its inquiries deliberations determinations, investigations.

“In relation to the activities of the first claimants of May 19, 2021 or any other related activity of the first claimant arising there from or connected thereto, until the determination of the applicant’s motion of the interlocutory injunction.”

The NIC also granted an order of interim injunction restraining the third defendant from giving effect to or acting pursuant to the powers contained in the terms of reference of the third defendant dated July 6, 2021, as set up by the first defendant under the commissions of inquiry law (Cap 34) laws of Kaduna state of Nigeria.



Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta launches the Nairobi International Financial Centre in London.

United Kingdom backs Nairobi as an International Financial Centre. [Image: Courtesy]
Kenya—At the beginning of a three-day tour to the UK to co-chair the Global Education Summit with UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta and Foreign  Secretary Dominic Raab have announced strengthened links between the City of London and Nairobi City, welcoming new investment opportunities.

The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta to Mansion House in London  where an announcement of £132 million new UK investment in Kenya was done.

Also, he inaugurated the Nairobi International Financial Centre, and its official collaboration with the City of  London.

On his arrival in UK to co-host the Global Education Summit with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Kenyatta witnessed the signing of a new memorandum of understanding between the UK City and Nairobi International Financial Centre Authority, establishing a formal partnership including closer collaboration with the London Stock Exchange.

Dominic Raab said; “This £132 million package of new UK-Kenya deals from the UK government and British firms will support investment in the region, including building new green affordable homes, connecting households to energy, and boosting manufacturing.

“This package investments will create new jobs and unlock new opportunities for UK and Kenyan businesses by strengthening the relationship between Nairobi and London.”

The first firm to set up in Nairobi’s new International Financial Centre will be British insurer Prudential while Kenyan mining company Mayflower Gold announced intentions to be the second, in investing its shares on both the London and Nairobi Stock Exchanges in a deal worth £14 million.

“Africa is an important part in our long-term growth strategy and I am delighted that UK and Kenya are collaborating on financial services, where there are many opportunities for innovation. Prudential is proud to be working with both countries in this agenda

“We believe that deepening the financial sector across the continent is key to building and driving economic resilience, development and growth in a region of great promise and opportunity.” Prudential PLC Chair Shriti Vadera Spoke.

NIGERIA: Another win for BBNaija in the multi-choice Nigerian talent show

Martin Mabutho, Chief Customer Officer at Multi-choice. [Image: courtesy]
Nigeria—On Sunday, July 11,2021, the sixth season of a multi-choice Nigerian talent show dubbed “Nigerian Idol” was yet another successful project in the competitions.

Social media activities hit around seven figures every 24 hours, viewers hit just under hundred 100 million and votes crossed to 159 million. Multi-choice also the creator of Africa’s biggest television show, Big Brother Naija.

In 2020, Big Brother Naija extended its run as what David Adeleke professionally called Davido described in his newsletter, communique as Africa’s Super Bowl for three months.

They are unprecedented numbers, that no other African or even European show comes close to these numbers. The BBNaija has 10 times the numbers of any football broadcast.

For example, the English Premier League is the biggest Sporting activity in Africa and attracts daily viewership

Giving it a place in the African ad, brand partnerships and endorsement ecosystem and causes a scramble to be one of the world’s biggest reality shows as an advertiser, a partner or a sponsor and those slots come with heavy billing.

The new season of BBNaija commenced on Saturday, July 24, 2021 with new housemates. Boom plays, which was one of this year’s sponsors, had a 24-hour four-figure jolt in app downloads.

According to Martin Mabutho, the Chief Customer officer Multi-choice Nigeria, BBNaija never stops and the preparations for new season kicks off immediately after one season ends.

“You know, post-BBNaija/Nigerian Idol events are still part of the season even though the show has ended. The show never ends. When post-show media rounds and the appearances are being done, we are strategizing for new season,.

“We start brainstorming changes, necessary switches, corrections we also engage sponsors, brainstorm themes and the creative pivot,” Mabutho said.

In marketing project BBNaija would be describe as a cash cow, affirmation was put up after Nigerian Idol Season Six was completed.