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Importation of Indian gari, the Nigerian paradox

Reports of imported gari packaged as “Ïndian gari” displayed and sold to the public in a Lagos supermarket, came as a rude shock and complete surprise to millions of Nigerians. Previously, it was unimaginable that Nigeria could ever get to the point of importing gari, a popular West African staple food made from cassava tubers.

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Guinea: By the light of the arrivals gate

Feb7

For more than a decade, night-time arrivals at Gbessia International Airport in Conakry, Guinea, were greeted by dozens and sometimes hundreds of secondary school students studying in the parking lot. A foreign visitor’s bemusement would quickly evaporate, however, as they noticed that beyond the bright lights of the partially French-owned and operated airport, block after block of the city of two million people was completely dark.

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Gambia: Adama Barrow is back!

Jan27

After weeks of a political impasse, The Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow returned home yesterday. Barrow landed at the airport in the capital Banjul. Dressed in flowing white robes called the “Haftan,” Barrow shook hands with elders and senior members of his coalition government on the tarmac.

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28th AU Summit: ECOWAS raised the bar, but will others follow?

The decision by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to deploy a military force into Gambia to force President Yahya Jammeh to step down has been widely hailed by democrats. According to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), the African Union should bolster the means and willpower of regions to use their militaries to enforce democracy.

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African inequality rising

Witness Nigeria. The African goliath has in recent years climbed steadily through the ranks of the UN’s Human Development Index, a global index of key development indicators such as income, literacy and life-expectancy. But Nigeria’s success in the HDI disguises a widening gulf between the haves and the have-nots.

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Africa should spur herbal medicine safety, value women

Accra (Ghana) – Africa needs to develop standards to assure safety and benefit of its herbal medicines, says Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, president of Mauritius. According to the World Health Organisation, 80 per cent of the world’s population depend on medicinal plants for their primary healthcare.

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