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First of a Kind: NASA Hires 29 Year Old Woman Scientist From Niger | Africa at Random

First of a Kind: NASA Hires 29 Year Old Woman Scientist From Niger | Africa at Random

At the age of 29, Fadji Zaouna Maïna, a citizen of Niger republic has been by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in the United States.Maïna is so happy about her new role and about the fact that it helps to fulfill her childhood dream of one day becoming a national symbol.Since joining the space agency on the 27th of August this year, the messages of felicitations, especially from her home country of Niger, have been unrelenting. Even the country’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou called her on the 2nd of September to give her a personal congratulatory message.Maïna is fully...

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Mali's President Arrested By Soldiers In Ongoing Unrest | Africa at Random

Mali's President Arrested By Soldiers In Ongoing Unrest | Africa at Random

The President of , Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has been arrested by mutinying soldiers. A government spokesman confirmed to the some hours ago.The country’s Prime Minister was also arrested despite calling for a “brotherly dialogue” earlier.The upheaval which is an apparent coup attempt started with gunfire at a key military installation close to the capital, Bamako, on Tuesday morning.Young men were also seen setting a government-owned building on fire in the capital.This development comes only hours after some disgruntled junior officers detained commanders and took control of the Kati camp,...

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Watch Somalia's President and Vice Trade Punches in Public! | Africa at Random

Watch Somalia's President and Vice Trade Punches in Public! | Africa at Random

In a rather weird and disgraceful turn of events, ‘s President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and his Vice exchanged blows, slaps and kicks as they wrestled each other to the ground.They two were seated side by side at what seemed like a press briefing or a sort of committee or parliamentary sitting ( is still not sure what the occasion was).They were initially holding hands as if there was something that both of them wanted to have, but then after what seemed like a brief moment of verbal exchanges, they both stood up beat each other blue and black. It took efforts of a handful of men to...

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3 Killed In Ivory Coast During Protest Against Third Term Bid by President Ouattara | Africa at Random

3 Killed In Ivory Coast During Protest Against Third Term Bid by President Ouattara | Africa at Random

At least three people have ended up dead during protests in Ivory Coast on Thursday, according to police . A group of people burned makeshift roadblocks in protests against ’s decision to stand for a third presidential term.The West African nation has seen a number of scattered protests since the current president made it known last week that he would be running for presidency in the October 31st election, with the opposition accusing him of violating the constitutional term limits.Police spokesman Bleu Charlemagne said in a statement on the state TV channel RTI that protesters in the...

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19-Year Old Running for Presidency in Uganda | Africa at Random

19-Year Old Running for Presidency in Uganda | Africa at Random

A 19-year-old man in has taken the bold step to pick up nomination papers in his quest vie for the position of president in the country’s upcoming general elections.Hillary Humphrey Kaweesa says that he sees himself to be a very competent leader and as such is more than qualified to lead the country despite his age.He discloses that he intends to fund-raise for the 20 million Ugandan shillings ($5,400; £4,100) nomination fees which will help seal his nomination bid.Mr Kaweesa is also required to collect at least 100 signatures in every district for his nomination; the country has more than...

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Terrorist Boko Haram Leader Condemns Death Sentence of Nigerian Musician | Africa at Random

Terrorist Boko Haram Leader Condemns Death Sentence of Nigerian Musician | Africa at Random

The leader of the terrorist group , Abubakar Shekau, yesterday released an 11 minute audio recording in which he faulted the death sentencing of a man accused of blasphemy in Kano State.Boko Haram is an Islamist terrorist group that mainly perpetuates its violence in North Eastern Nigeria, and sometimes spills over to neighbouring Chad and Cameroon.for insulting Prophet Muhammad in a song he shared on WhatsApp back in March this year.“We heard about something sad happening in the state where people think they are Muslims, even though they are practicing disbelief,” Shekau stated.“A singer...

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Toshiba Pulls Out of the Laptop Business | Africa at Random

Toshiba Pulls Out of the Laptop Business | Africa at Random

Toshiba has exited the laptop industry without prior notice or warning. This ends its 35 years presence in the laptop manufacturing industry, after it transferred the final part of its minority shares to Sharp.The company sold about 80% of its shares about two years ago to Sharp for a meagre $36 million, subsequent to which Sharp decided to name the laptop division as Dynabook. Sharp then went ahead to trigger its right of purchase on the rest of Toshiba’s minority shares back in June this year, and the transfer process was finalized last week.Toshiba released an official statement on the...

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Nigerian Singer Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy | Africa at Random

Nigerian Singer Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy | Africa at Random

A professional singer in Kano State in Northern has been sentenced to death by hanging for apparently blaspheming against Prophet Mohammad.An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state that Yahaya Sharif-Aminu who is 22 years of age was guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March this year.When made to appear in court, Mr Sharif-Aminu did not deny of the charges.Judge Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani who sat on the case said he could appeal against the verdict.The states in Northern parts of Nigeria are a region of Muslim-majority where they...

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Ivory Coast's President Ouatarra to Run for Third Term | Africa at Random

Ivory Coast's President Ouatarra to Run for Third Term | Africa at Random

President of the Ivory Coast, has that he would be running for a third term in office, despite declaring some months ago that he wasn’t going to.Mr. Outtara formally accepted his party’s nomination on Thursday, thereby officially sealing his bid for a third presidential term in the coming national elections in October. This is in spite of the opposition pointing out that a third term bid is an illegality under the current constitutional regime.Ouattara has ruled since 2011, after he came into power following electioneering violence of 2010/2011 where the then sitting president was ousted in...

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Kenyan Woman Appointed Director of the World Wide Web | Africa at Random

Kenyan Woman Appointed Director of the World Wide Web | Africa at Random

Dr. Catherine Adeya, the globally renowned researcher has been appointed as the Director of Research for the World Wide Web Foundation.Dr. Adeya happens to be one of the youngest people to graduate with a PhD in Information and Development from Edinburgh, Scotland in 1997, at the age of 29. She will be joining the World Wide Web foundation as of its most senior staff.She will be tasked with researching ways to help bridge the digital divide. Another task she will be confronted with would be how to make the web safe for use for everyone everywhere on the planet.Dr. Catherine Adeya speaking...

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Female-Led Africa Foresight Group Raises $700k in Capital | Africa at Random

Female-Led Africa Foresight Group Raises $700k in Capital | Africa at Random

Female-led African venture, the Africa Foresight Group has just a $700k in investor funding to expand its business. The money was raised from top institutional and high net worth individual support.that aims to create the largest network of freelance management consultants on the African continent, announced a couple of days ago that it had secured over USD 700,000 in a seed round, led by and GFH Holdings.Consonance Investment Managers specializes in early stage and growth investment for African startups. It applies systematic investment approach to drive prosperity across the...

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Nigeria's TradeDepot Secures $10 Million Funding | Africa at Random

Nigeria's TradeDepot Secures $10 Million Funding | Africa at Random

, a B2B e-commerce platform based in Nigeria has been able to $10 Million in capital from its latest funding round.The equity funding round was a Series B led by , ,  (We-Fi) and .This funds is in addition to the $3 million the company raised in 2018 which was also led by Partech. The company intends to use the new capital to continue its activity of integrating the fragmented retail supply chain in Nigeria. TradeDepot also plans to expand into other African cities and and launch a suite of financial products and credit facilities, to support its retailers.The company launched in 2016 and...

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Zambia's Education Minister Fired as His Nude Video Goes Viral | Africa at Random

Zambia's Education Minister Fired as His Nude Video Goes Viral | Africa at Random

Zambia’s Minister of , David Mabumba, has been by the country’s President Edgar Lungu after he was sighted in a leaked nude video that went viral on social media.It appears that the minister was involved in a sexting escapade with a certain woman who did not appear in the video.Local media indicates that the incident took place during the time when COVID-19 inspired lockdown was in full swing.“I have relieved Minister of General Education Hon David Mabumba of his duty with immediate effect. I have thanked him for the services he rendered to Government and wished him well in his future...

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Ghana Eases Restrictions Despite Increasing COVID Cases | Africa at Random

Ghana Eases Restrictions Despite Increasing COVID Cases | Africa at Random

last night announced a further of COVID related restrictions despite the country seeing increasing numbers of cases.The country with a population of 29 million people has crossed the 30,000 mark for COVID cases since the pandemic widely hit the world in February of this year.The country’s President, Nana Akufo Addo, in an address yesterday said that commercial vehicles would now be allowed to operate in full capacity without the need to observe social distancing rules. He also added that places of worship (such as Churches, Mosques, Temples etc) would be allowed to admit more people during...

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Muslim Reformist Leads Campaign to Arrest Buhari | Africa at Random

Muslim Reformist Leads Campaign to Arrest Buhari | Africa at Random

A Muslim influencer and reformist Imam is steering a against the President of Nigeria, . The social media campaign which is hash tagged #ArrestBuhari is centred on urging social media users to lend their voice to help see to the arrest of the Nigerian President. The Australia-based Muslim cleric is largely running this campaign via Twitter.A number of social media users have taken this campaign up as it is currently a trending topic and hash tag. These people tend to side with the Australian Imam in the notion that the Nigerian President is putting the lives of the citizens in danger.The...

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Pro Lesbian Nollywood Film Released | Africa at Random

Pro Lesbian Nollywood Film Released | Africa at Random

A pro lesbian film and directed by Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim has is in the works and about to be released. The story is centred around the love interest between two queer women.Uyaiedu said she created the movie to address the subject of LGBTQ head-on as it is more or less a taboo topic in Nigeria.The title of the movie is “Ife” which translates to mean “love” in the Yoruba language, a dialect widely spoken in South Western Nigerian.Uyaiedu said she made the movie as an opposition to the stereotypical way queer people were perceived in the Nigerian society as this also got transferred into movies...

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Acting NDDC MD Faints at Senate Hearing | Africa at Random

Acting NDDC MD Faints at Senate Hearing | Africa at Random

The acting Managing Director (MD) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) during a hearing at the Nigerian Senate this morning.Mr. Daniel Pondei, the acting MD for the was being grilled by the senators for alleged misappropriation of funds of the organisation. 45 minutes into the grilling session, Mr. Pondei suddenly collapsed.He had to be rushed out of the conference Room 231 where the hearing was taking place in order to receive medical attention.Senator Godswill Akpabio, the current minister for Niger Delta affairs was left behind to carry on answering questions by the senators...

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Ugandan Startup, Eversend raises $1 million in Funding | Africa at Random

Ugandan Startup, Eversend raises $1 million in Funding | Africa at Random

, a Neobank for Africans which is led by Ugandan entrepreneur, Stone Atwine, closed an equity crowdfunding campaign just last week. The crowdfunding campaign happened on Seedrs and it went on to raise just over $1 million.Eversend had actually planned to raise $613,000 in return for 7.67% equity, but in the end, they raised a total of $1.015 million. This is a particularly remarkable feat considering this current corona virus period where startup capital is not easy to come by.The newly realized funds from this round will be used for product development, accelerate user acquisition efforts,...

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Patoranking Offers University Scholarships to 10 African Students | Africa at Random

Patoranking Offers University Scholarships to 10 African Students | Africa at Random

dance hall sensation, , has given out scholarships to 10 University students across the continent.Patoranking who goes by the government name of Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie announced 10 students as winners for the 2020 full scholarship for students who will be attending the .The 10 were selected from hundreds of applications from all parts of the African continent.The musician announced back in 2019 that he would be instituting a scholarship scheme for promising students seeking university education, to study at the Rwanda and campuses of the ALU.The lucky students who won the scholarship are,...

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South Africa's Elon Musk is Top 5 Richest in The World | Africa at Random

South Africa's Elon Musk is Top 5 Richest in The World | Africa at Random

‘s Elon Musk just joined the league of the money big boys as the likes of Warren Buffet and Steve Ballmer into the top 5 most wealthy people on earth.As of Monday, Elon Musk’s net worth had topped $74 Billion, making him the fifth richest person in the world.This means that Elon becomes the first South African ever to be in the top 5 list of richest persons in the world.He was born in Pretoria, South Africa on June 28, 1971 and has held the citizenship of the country from birth to date. He also holds Canadian and US citizenship.Musk who is currently 49 years old is the CEO of SpaceX and...

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Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot Dies At 23 | Africa at Random

Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot Dies At 23 | Africa at Random

Sad of the death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in , has been spreading. Reports indicate that she was barely 23 years by the time of her demise.Unconfirmed reports are that Arotile’s death was as a result of head injuries which she sustained from a road traffic accident at Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Kaduna.Her death comes barely a year after she was winged as a combat helicopter pilot in the Air Force following the completion of her course in South Africa.The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle...

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How Pregnant COVID Patient and Baby Were Saved | Africa at Random

How Pregnant COVID Patient and Baby Were Saved | Africa at Random

Ordinarily, one being a COVID patient is already a thing of gargantuan ramification, and then being a pregnant one at that further complicates the balance of things.This was the situation with a pregnant woman in , a mining community in the Western Region of Ghana.The lady got diagnosed with the corona virus only a few days before she was due to go into labour, and it took the heroic efforts of medical personnel at the Apinto Government Hospital in Tarkwa to see to it that she delivered safely and was eventually discharged with her baby, free of the COVID-19 virus.spoke with Dr. Joseph...

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Ivory Coast's Vice President Resigns | Africa at Random

Ivory Coast's Vice President Resigns | Africa at Random

It is that the Vice President of the West African Nation of , Daniel Kablan Duncan, gotten his application for resignation finally accepted by the President, Mr. Alassane Ouattara, after months of first tendering in his application for resignation.This is coming barely a week after the Amadou Gon Coulibaly.The Presidency said that Duncan had handed his resignation to the president on personal grounds on the 27th of February. This is according to a statement on Monday read by chief of staff Patrick Achi.“After several conversations, the latest of which took place on July 7, the president...

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