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Togolese President, Faure Gnassigbe.

Africa

Opposition parties in Togo have called on supporters to observe a sit-at-home protest on Monday amid growing political tensions.

Opposition coalition wants constitutional reforms and introduction of presidential term limits of a maximum of 10 years.

AFIG Funds CEO, Papa Ndiaye, Receives 2018 Private Equity Africa’s Outstanding Leadership Award

Africa

Papa has been a leader in the Private Equity landscape for three decades

Private Equity Africa (PEA) awarded Papa Ndiaye, CEO of AFIG Funds (http://www.AFIGfunds.com), the 2018 Outstanding Leadership Award at a ceremony held in London Tuesday night. PEA is the pre-eminent magazine on Private Equity in Africa. It is in recognition of PE professionals who have helped shape the industry.

African Innovators’ Closing Call to Action from Africa Innovation Summit 2018: “Africans Must Throw Out the Boxes that Have Caged Them.”

Africa

AIS 2018 focused on innovative and disruptive solutions to the major challenges facing African countries, which include energy access, water, food insecurity, health systems, and governance

The Africa Innovation Summit (AIS) closed on Friday with a resonating call to action addressed to innovators, government leaders, private sector, civil society and academia: “Let us throw out the boxes that have caged us”. The overwhelming view of the Summit was that in order to nurture, empower and propel African innovators and their solutions forward, a multi-sectorial and multi-stakeholder approach must be taken to ensure policies, investments and enabling ecosystems are put in place to support African innovation without apology or hesitation.

File image - Burundi's Pierre Nkurunziza

Africa

Describing himself as "Guide" of the ruling CNDD-FDD party and referring to himself in the third person, the 54-year-old president said he would not seek re-election at the end of his current, controversial third term.

In a surprise move, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said Thursday he would step down in 2020, despite widespread belief that he backed a new constitution extending term limits in a bid to cling to power.

ICC overturns murder, rape, pillage convictions of DR Congo ex-VP Bemba

Africa

Bemba was the most senior suspect convicted by the global court and his 18-year sentence was the highest handed down in the court's history.

International Criminal Court appeals judges have overturned the convictions of former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba for atrocities committed by his forces in Central African Republic.

© Egyptian presidency / AFP | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi giving a speech during his swearing in ceremony on June 2, 2018, for a second four-year term in office, at the parliament meeting hall in Cairo.

Africa

Sisi took the presidential oath before a packed parliament after winning 97 percent of valid votes in March's presidential election.

 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed to tackle jihadists and revive the economy as he was sworn in Saturday for a second four-year term after a wave of arrests.

Mali president Keita confirms re-election bid

Africa

The 73-year-old leader had been widely expected to seek a second five-year term in the troubled Sahel nation.

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will run for re-election in July, his office said on its Twitter account Monday.

Burundi approves constitutional reform extending presidential term limit

Africa

Last week's referendum in Burundi asked voters to say "yes" or "no" to amendments extending the presidential term from five to seven years and allowing Nkurunziza to seek two more terms beginning in 2020.

Burundians overwhelmingly voted for constitutional reforms bolstering President Pierre Nkurunziza's powers and giving him the option to stay in office until 2034, official results showed Monday.

Ecobank named Africa’s Best & Most Innovative Retail Bank

Africa

The ever improving feature set of the truly revolutionary Ecobank Mobile App, which has now been downloaded by more than 5 million people, took the prize for Innovation in Banking

Ecobank has won two major awards at the African Banker’s prestigious ceremony held at the Paradise Hotel in Busan, South Korea. The bank was named Best Retail Bank in Africa after impressing judges with the strides it has made to leverage digital financial services and an enhanced service model, to be the retail bank of choice.

Mr Gassama met French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday

Africa

The president later tweeted: "With Mr Gassama who saved the life of a child after scaling four floors with his bare hands. I told him that in recognition of this act of heroism he would be regularized as soon as possible and that the Paris fire brigade were ready to welcome him."

A Malian migrant, hailed as a hero after mounting a daring rescue to save a small boy dangling from a balcony in Paris, is to be made a French citizen.

Woman’s journey into past offers grim reminder of the persistence of ‘Trokosi System’ in parts of West Africa

Africa

Brigitte Perenyi, narrates how her childhood was stolen from her, as she was sent away from Togo, to a shrine in Ghana as a ‘trokosi’ slave.

Brigitte Sossou Perenyi, a former wife of the gods, or shrine slave under the trokosi system, recently retraced her grim past to Ghana and Togo, where at the very young age of 12, she was forced into servitude.

President Pierre Nkurunziza

Africa

An armed group has killed 26 people in northwest Burundi, the security minister said Saturday, days ahead of a constitutional referendum that could see President Pierre Nkurunziza rule until 2034.

File image - Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza on July 1st, 2015. AFP photo

Africa

Six-month suspension comes weeks before vote that could see presidential terms extended from five years to seven.

Authorities in Burundi have banned the BBC and Voice of America (VOA), as well as two local broadcasters, just weeks before a crucial constitutional referendum on presidential term limits.

Dozens killed in northeast Nigeria suicide blasts. File image

Africa

Suicide bombers killed dozens of people at a mosque and a market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, in a twin attack bearing the hallmarks of Islamist insurgents Boko Haram.

Chad parliament approves new constitution

Africa

Deby's opponents say that the constitution, which eliminates the post of prime minister and creates a fully presidential system, is aimed at installing a de facto monarchy in Chad,...

Chad's parliament on Monday overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that expands President Idriss Deby's powers and could allow him to stay in office until 2033, in a vote boycotted by most opposition lawmakers.

Swaziland King Mswati III (R) seen greeting Indian President Ram Nath Kovind (L) during a recent visit to India.

Africa

The move has been mooted for several years, with lawmakers considering the issue in 2015. Mswati III has used the new name in previous official speeches.

The king of Swaziland, one of the world's few absolute monarchs, announced on Thursday that his country had changed its name to "Kingdom of eSwatini" to mark 50 years since independence from British rule.

Africa’s donkeys slaughtered for Chinese ‘miracle elixir’

Africa

But China’s appetite for Ejiao is putting Africa’s donkey populations at risk. Satisfying market demand would require up to ten million of them per year, but there are only 44 million donkeys on the planet.

Every year, China slaughters millions of donkeys to make Ejiao, a traditional medicine hailed as a ‘miracle elixir’ which is used to treat various ailments. As China’s donkey population plummets, Chinese firms are now forced to turn to African donkeys – at the risk of wiping them out. Our correspondents in China and Kenya – Elodie Cousin, Bastien Renouil, Antoine Vedeilhe and Charlie Wang – went to investigate.

A Liberian rebel (L) loyal to Charles Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) sends a mortar to the area of rival ULIMO faction loyal to Roosevelt Johnson in Monrovia, May 9, 1996. © Christophe Simon, AFP

Africa

While applying for asylum in December 1998, and then for permanent legal residency later on, Jabbateh was not truthful about his membership in the group known as the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (ULIMO), and later ULIMO-K, rebel groups that battled for control of Liberia, prosecutors said.

A former Liberian warlord known as “Jungle Jabbah” was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday for gaining US asylum by lying about his role in the civil war in his homeland and atrocities he committed, US prosecutors said on Thursday.

© Rijasolo, AFP | Vanilla harvests in the north-east of Madagascar

Africa

"We are constantly on the alert," says Dominique Rakotoson, producer and manager of an export company in Madagascar, who was robbed in 2017. "Many of us sleep in the middle of the plantations to monitor our crops. Last week, a man tried to steal plants in our area… he was stoned to death.”

Vanilla is one of the world’s most popular seasonings and an important ingredient in products ranging from perfume to ice-cream; but it is no longer the staple it was around the world. Madagascar, the world's main producer, is facing a crisis.

Jacob Zuma becomes a father again. File image

Africa

According to the report, the former head of state is believed to have visited the baby under strict security on Thursday night.

A 24 year-old woman has given birth in a Durban hospital to a child believed to be fathered by Jacob Zuma, News24 reported on Friday.

$1 billion in transactions processed on Ecobank Mobile App in Africa

Africa

With over 4 million users, the Ecobank Mobile App is available to all, enabling users to open an Ecobank Xpress™ Account instantly on their mobile device

The groundbreaking Ecobank Mobile App, a single, unified financial services application across 33 African countries, has processed 9 million transactions worth over $1 billion since launch less than 18 months ago.

© Stefan Huenis / AFP | Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari (C) proposes a toast in Lagos, on March 29, 2018.

Africa

The 75-year-old spent much of last year in Britain being treated for an undisclosed ailment, triggering accusations by opposition groups and other critics that he was unfit for office and that his administration was beset by inertia.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will seek another term in elections in February 2019, his office said on Monday, ending months of speculation about his plans after bouts of ill health.

Liberian President, George M. Weah (L) and Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo during the press conference at the Jubilee House.

Africa

“I am young, I agree, but you are my big brother, and I know that you will help Liberia to succeed,” he appealed.

The President of Republic of Liberia, George M. Weah, has extended a passionate appeal to the Government of President Akufo-Addo and people of Ghana to help Liberia to progress and succeed.

Main opposition candidate sworn in as Sierra Leone president

Africa

Any registered voter has seven days to petition to the Supreme Court against the results. This was Bio’s second bid for the presidency. He lost in 2012.

Sierra Leone’s election commission declared main opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio as the West African nation’s new president Wednesday, giving the opposition party its first presidency in 10 years.

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AshGold 1-0 Karela FC

WAFA 2-0 Aduana Stars

Medeama 1-0 Kotoko

Inter Allies 2-0 Liberty Profs

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GN Bank DOL WK 01 Fixtures and Scores

NEA Salamina 2-2 Tamale City FC

Gold Stars 2-0 BYFA

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Nania FC 1-3 Vision FC

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