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Nigeria: Comedian Makun, and wife Mabel welcome second baby after 13 years

Comedian Makun, and his  wife Mabel have welcomed a second baby girl after 13 years in marriage [Image: @ayomakun/Instagram]
Nigeria—Celebrated actor and comedian, Ayo Makun, professionally called ‘AY’ has kicked off the year in high spirits after welcoming another child with his wife, Mabel.

For more than a decade of anticipating their second child, the comedian turned actor and producer, announced the news of her birth via Instagram on Tuesday.

AY’s new baby, named Ayomide, came into the family 13 years after they had their first child, Michelle.

“Our prayers in the last 13 years have been answered. Ayomide, thank you for making @realmabelmakun and I, Mummy and Daddy again. Thank you for making Michelle a big sister,” he wrote in his post while thanking everyone who kept his family in their prayers.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. God’s time is always the best,” he added.

The excited father announced the good news on his Instagram page on Tuesday.

The two, who tied the knot in November 2008 have a 13-year-old daughter, Michelle, as their first child.


Misuse of paracetamol can increase risk of kidney, liver, blood cancers—Health expert

A health expert has warned on abusing paracetamol saying it could lead to cancerous diseases [image: courtesy]
Africa—A community health worker has forewarned that aimlessly using paracetamol could lead to serious kidney and liver damage.

The revelation was brought to light by a pharmaceutical scientist, Tony Oyawole, on Wednesday by a verified source.

According to him, people engaging in the indiscriminate use of paracetamol are also at increased risk of blood cancer.

Oyawole, urged Nigerians to stop self-prescription of the pain killer, noting that using it indiscriminately can cause serious health complications.

Noting that while paracetamol is a simple drug, it is also a very dangerous drug when not used according to prescription.

“Paracetamol as simple as it is is also very dangerous if not taken according to the prescription.”

“The overdosage of paracetamol can affect the liver and kidney. So, if it affects the liver and kidney and somebody who is already having an issue with liver and kidney is being subjected to overdosage of the drug, it could be lethal because those organs can be compromised.”

“That is why it is advised that it should be taken strictly the way it was prescribed.”
Oyawole stated further that taking paracetamol indiscriminately could also make the abuser of the drug to be more susceptible to blood cancers.”

“When you say a chronic paracetamol user, you mean people who take paracetamol at any little pain for maybe what he perhaps needs a little rest for.”

“It can become a habit to such extent that the person takes it daily or routinely. This is not advisable. Ideally, paracetamol is supposed to be taken three times or
at most not more than four times a day according to the prescription.”

“But when you have a situation where you are taking paracetamol five or six times a day, it is engaging the liver and subjecting the kidney to untold hardship,” he spoke.



Zimbabwe: Professor Ncube ranked among the top five best African Finance ministers

Professor Ncube has been ranked among the top five best African Finance ministers by a France publication [Image: @mthulincube/Twitter]
Zimbabwe’s Finance and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube, is delighted after being voted and ranked in the top 5 Ministers of Finance in Africa in 2021 by a French publication, Financial Afrik.

Professor Ncube noted “I am very pleased to have been voted and ranked in the top 5 Ministers of Finance in Africa in 2021 by the French publication “Financial Afrik”. This is based on a popular vote and qualitative analysis of candidates and considered by a jury.

“The list of the top 5 Finance Ministers ranked in FINANCIAL AFRIK include those of Mauritania, Benin, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and DRC. These ministers were judged to have implemented transformative economic policies with results.”

While the French publication said, “Former Chief Economist of the African Development Bank, Mthuli Ncube won the battle against inflation and the continued depreciation of the Zimbabwean currency. His next goal is to move his country up to the level of middle-income economies by 2030. In 2022, Harare targets a deficit of 1.5% of GDP. Inflation is expected to remain at 94.6% in 2021 and 32.6% in 2922.”

Sarcastically, this happens as former Finance Minister, Tendai Biti who is a vice president in the opposition MDC Alliance claims that Ncube is one of the worst ministers the country has ever produced.

According to Biti the economic stalemate in the Southern African country, the ballooning debt, and the suffering of the masses as a result of the austerity measures (that were introduced by Ncube to kickstart the economy) as evidence against the Ncube.

Professor Ncube was appointed Finance Minister in 2018 and has since then introduced a cocktail of measures to address a number of issues.

More ministers in the top five are Zainab Ahmed (Nigeria); Nicolas Kazadi (DRC), Ousmane Mamoudou KANE (Mauritania), Romuald Wadagni, (Bénin).


West Africa: Teen girl raped by aid worker, stabs herself to death


Teen girl raped by aid worker, stabs herself to death. [Image: Courtesy]
West Africa—An aid worker has been arrested for allegedly raping an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Huzaif Adam, a 35-year old, who works for an international Non-Governmental Organization, allegedly committed the offense on Tuesday around 303 Housing Estate.

Sources reveal Adam lured the victim, who was in the company of other girls and was scouting for menial jobs around the University of Maiduguri.

The suspect frequently invited her into his apartment to supposedly do chores, and this time overpowered and raped her.

One of the girls said “Immediately she got in he turned on the power generating set and then after a while, we started hearing her screams.”

“We were worried so we went and knocked very hard on the door but he wouldn’t open and when he eventually opened we asked what the matter was but he rebuffed us saying all was well and that she was busy with her chores.”

“We insisted that we want to see her but he declined to say she was busy. Then we saw her crying and cursing him for what he did to her; she said she’d rather die than go home and bring shame to her family.”

Unfortunately, the victim committed suicide by stabbing herself with a knife; one of her friends confirmed the development to newsmen.

The teenage girl, displaced by the conflict lived with her parents in the Kaleri area in Maiduguri.

Comrade Lucy Yunana, the Executive Director of Women in the New Nigeria and Youth Empowerment Initiative, a local NGO, also confirmed this on Wednesday.

The unfortunate incident was reported to Yunana who visited the Gwange Police Station where the suspect was taken upon arrest.

“When the matter was reported to my office we immediately contacted the police and as I speak to you the matter has been transferred to the state CID,” he said.

“We thank the Police Commissioner for his swift action; I personally interviewed the perpetrator, his action is unbecoming of an NGO worker.”

Libya activates Visa systems for foreign NGOs


Libya activates Visa systems for foreign NGOs. [Image:Courtesy]
TRIPOLI, Libya— The cabinet minister for foreign affairs, General Ali Shalak, has announced the launch of the entry visa system for Non-Governmental Organisations in Libya.

It is a revelation that transpired during a meeting held on Wednesday, in the presence of Deputy Head of the Passport Department Major General Al Zarroug Al-Saghir”, Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister Al Taher Baour, and representatives of a number of competent security agencies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the Cabinet Secretary-General, the activation of this system came after a proposal from the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Office of the Prime Minister, in order to find a way through which visas are granted to foreign organizations in cooperation with the security authorities, to refer the visa applications to the Passport and Nationality Authority for the issuance of the entry passports.

The CS insisted that the activation of this system will be followed by the activation of a number of electronic systems, which are in the process of being implemented, to provide services to the citizens.


Textile pollution posing environmental trouble in Ghana

Textile pollution has been noted as a main environmental challenge to Ghanaians [image: courtesy]
Ghana— A Case study in Ghana has revealed that imported second-hand clothes are polluting ecosystems and causing significant public health problems.

Most African countries predominantly rely on these clothes that are cheaper that locally made clothes. To some economies, re-selling Second-Hand clothes has become one of the major economic activity that contribute greatly to countries’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

According to reports, every day, 160 tons of clothes arrive in the Ghana: clothes that have been donated to charities in Europe or the United States and are sent to Africa by recycling companies.

Not all imported used clothes are however in a condition to resell, the unsalable are discarded to garbage dumps in the Capital Accra, forming an immense textile mountain on the edge of the Atlantic.

In accordance with global reports, the textile industry causes a massive amount of pollution, contributing up to 10 per cent of world greenhouse gas (WHG) emissions.

The industry also generates a huge amount of waste, with clothing either being dumped in landfills or shipped to lower-income countries to be sold, causing environmental, economic and social damage.

There are challenges to building a circular textile economy, including the high cost of recycled fibres and the current linear system of apparel production which makes it difficult to separate different fibres for commercial recycling.

However, recycling technology is improving rapidly and costs are going down. With a large labour force and the availability of second-hand clothing usually sorted from a single source, there is a compelling opportunity for transformation through scaled recycling.

Wasted textiles can become a useful raw material for environmentally aware retailers, rather than ending up in landfills and adding to the climate crisis.

Tunisia: Demonstrator succumbs to wounds sustained in ‘violent protest’

Tunisian demonstrator has succumbed to wounds after falling prey to the country’s security forces last [image: courtesy]
Tunisia—A man in Tunisia, died on Wednesday due to wounds inflicted on him last week during a violent crackdown on protesters by security forces, picketers demonstrating against President Kais Saieds’s iron fist.

This was announced through a Facebook post accompanied by images, by citizens against the coup saying that Rhida Bouziane, 57, was critically wounded on 14 January and as a result “excessive violence inflicted on the demonstrator”, he has passed on.

The deceased was critically wounded on 14 January and has died as a result of the injuries.

The former leader of the Ennahda movement, Samir Dilou, the largest party in the now-suspended Tunisian parliament, also confirmed Bouziane’s death in a post on his social media platforms saying that the deceased “left behind two daughters and a son”, and was subjected to extreme beating.

However, a forensics report is yet to be released to determine the exact cause of death, but the public prosecutor has launched an investigation into the incident.

The deceased was one of the thousands of demonstrators who marched on Friday in commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the Tunisian revolution, calling for the restoration of democracy following Saied’s power grab last July.

The picketers and demonstrators were met with teargas, water cannons, sound bombs, batons, and a heavy police presence in the vicinity of Avenue Habib Bourguiba, which effectively blocked them from reaching the area that has been the focal point of demonstrations since the 2011 revolution.

An incident that saw no less than 35 people arrested on charges of violating the coronavirus-linked curfew and the ban on all indoor or outdoor gatherings, which were announced on 11 January – ostensibly to stop a new Covid-19 wave.

Senegal: The Teranga Lions held but still reach AFCON last 16

Despite a tough struggle to the top, the Teranga Lions have managed to reach round of 16 [Image: courtesy]
Senegal—Notwithstanding the re-emergence of stars Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Idrissa Gueye, Senegal had a nil-nil draw against Malawi in Bafoussam on Tuesday.

However. Senegalese still topped Group B at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon)

Minnows Malawi came third and will wait until Thursday to see if they will be among the best four third-placed teams for second-round qualification.

Despite stepping in AFCON as one of the favorites, Senegal has won only once and scored only once — from a Sadio Mane penalty — in three games.

Senegal, which was a runner-up to Algeria at the last Cup of Nations in 2019, needed 97 minutes to beat Zimbabwe and were held by Guinea and Malawi, who are 109 places lower in the world ratings.

When Gomezgani Chirwa had his shirt pulled by Bouna Sarr, Malawi believed they should have been awarded a penalty in the second half but the referee disagreed after looking at the VAR monitor.

As the Teranga Lions sought a late goal, they introduced midfielder Pape Gueye off the bench in place of ineffective Boulaye Dia.

Boulaya was barred by Fifa last week over a disputed transfer from Watford to Marseille, took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and won.

Goalkeeper Mendy and defender Koulibaly missed the first two matches and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Gueye the second due to Covid-19.


Guinea: Alpha Conde flown out country for health checkup

Guinea’s former president Alpha Conde flown out of the country for a health check-up [Image:alphaconde]
Guinea—Alpha Conde, the erstwhile Guinean President has left the country for medical treatment in the United Arab Emirates after spending more than four months in the custody of the military junta that ousted him.

The ruling junta decided last month that the ex-president would be allowed to travel for medical reasons, but could not remain abroad for more than a month.

Until now, zero details were given on his diagnosis, though witnesses at the airport in Conakry, the capital, confirmed that the 83-year-old former president’s plane was en route to Abu Dhabi.

According to reports, he boarded a plane at 2 p.m. local time. A top government official confirmed his departure.

However, there was no immediate confirmation from the junta-led transitional government, though officials had announced earlier this month that Conde wasn’t in good health and would be traveling abroad soon for care.

The coup in September was condemned by Guinea’s neighbors and international partners, resulting in Guinea being suspended from both the African Union and the 15-nation Economic of West African States (ECOWAS).

Alpha Conde came to power in 2010 during the country’s first democratic elections since independence from France in 1958.

At the time, there were hopes that his presidency would turn the page after decades of dictatorship and corrupt rule in Guinea, home to mineral riches including the world’s largest bauxite reserves.

Covid-19: Netherlands re-highlights South Africa as very high-risk zone

The Netherlands has re-written South Africa as a very high-risk zone [image: courtesy]
Reports from the Netherlands have confirmed that the country has re-highlighted  South Africa as a Very High Risk Area without a Variant of Concern.

Fully vaccinated travelers from South Africa are now eligible for exemption from the EU Entry Ban.

Travelers will still need to produce a negative test result and quarantine.

According to SchengenVisaInfo.com. Travelers are still required to present a negative Coronavirus test upon arrival in the Dutch Republic and follow quarantine requirements.

The Netherlands also insisted that travelers over the age of 12 must produce a negative PCR test, no older than 48 hours before departure, or a negative antigen test, no older than 24 hours before departure.

Stressing that all travelers over the age of 12 are required to self-quarantine for ten days and must complete and sign a quarantine declaration.

However, The quarantine will not be required for passengers in transit, but a quarantine declaration must be completed.

From the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 3,568,900 cases of Coronavirus, while 21,155 people have died as a result.

According to WHO figures Over 226,130 people have contracted the Coronavirus in the last seven days, and 76 have died from it.

As a step to prevent another increase in the number of infections, the Netherlands has tightened entry requirements for arrivals from other countries.