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About Michael
Michael Oduor is a journalist based in Pointe-Noire, Congo. I can pitch stories in English though residing in a French speaking country. I have contacts in Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, DRC, Congo Brazzaville and Rwanda.
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Africa's Covid-19 cases surpass 7.5 million-Africa CDC

23 Aug 2021  |  www.africanews.com
The total number of active Covid-19 cases in Africa has surpassed 7.5 million, with a death toll of 189,307 and 6.6 million recoveries. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported that South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, and Ethiopia have the highest case numbers. Southern Africa is the most affected region, followed by northern and eastern Africa, with central Africa being the least affected.

South Africa's Gauteng records more than 23,000 teen pregnancies in a year

19 Aug 2021  |  africanews.com
Gauteng Health Department in South Africa recorded over 23,000 teenage pregnancies from April 2020 to March 2021, with 934 girls aged between 10 and 14 years. The Democratic Alliance expressed concerns about the social and health implications, including the risk to mother and child, and the perpetuation of poverty and early school dropout. The department lacks data on the fathers, with some statutory rape cases reported. MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi urged for intensified campaigns to prevent teenage pregnancy.

Nigeria records 1,149 COVID-19 cases, highest in over a year

19 Aug 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Nigeria has recorded 1,149 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily count since February 2020, bringing the total to 184,593. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported that Lagos accounted for 393 of these cases. Active cases have risen to 14,619, with 167,738 recoveries and 2,149 deaths. The Delta variant has been detected, raising concerns about a third wave. Nigeria has restricted entry from several countries and used four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for its inoculation program. Experts fear the Delta variant could hinder vaccine distribution if wealthier nations require booster shots.

DRC: Mob attacks Indian businesses over student's death

13 Aug 2021  |  africanews.com
Tensions escalated between the Democratic Republic of Congo and India following the death of Congolese student Joël Malu in the custody of Indian police. In response, a mob in Kinshasa looted and torched Indian businesses and vehicles. The police arrested three protesters and recovered stolen goods. Malu had been detained on drug possession charges and reportedly died of cardiac arrest, which protesters in Bangalore contested, leading to clashes with police and further arrests.

Widow of Nigeria's ex-President Shehu Shagari dies of COVID complications

12 Aug 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Hajiya Hadiza Shehu Shagari, the widow of Nigeria's former President Shehu Shagari, passed away at the age of 80 due to COVID-19 complications at a hospital in Abuja. Her death was confirmed by her family, and she will be buried on the same day. Shehu Shagari was Nigeria's first democratically elected president in 1979, and his regime followed decades of military rule. Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999, with Muhammadu Buhari becoming president in 2015.

Egypt to name roads after its Olympic medalists

12 Aug 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced that roads will be named after all athletes who won medals in the Tokyo Olympics, including Faryal Ashraf, Ahmed Al-Jundi, Saif Issa, Hedaya Malak, Muhammad Ibrahim, and Gianna Farouk. This initiative aims to honor their relentless efforts and achievements in raising the Egyptian flag higher.

Ugandan Olympic heroes reap big, gifted cars, salary stipends etc.

11 Aug 2021  |  africanews.com
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni awarded athletes with luxurious vehicles, houses, and monthly stipends for their successful performance at the Tokyo Olympics. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalists will receive monthly salaries of $1,415, $845, and $280 respectively. Gold medalists will also receive a house for themselves and their parents. Three medalists, Joshua Cheptegei, Peruth Chemutai, and Jacob Kiplimo, were gifted brand new Mitsubishi vehicles. The athletes were celebrated upon their return to Uganda.

Ramaphosa to testify against Jacob Zuma

04 Aug 2021  |  www.africanews.com
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to testify against former President Jacob Zuma in the ongoing state capture case. Ramaphosa will provide evidence in his capacities as both the current and former Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC) and the country. This marks his second appearance before the commission, following his initial testimony in April. Zuma faces multiple charges related to corruption and fraud, including allegations of taking bribes from French defense firm Thales. The unrest in South Africa, which began after Zuma's imprisonment for contempt of court, has led to significant violence and looting, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal.

Why Kenya barred its Deputy President from travelling to Uganda

03 Aug 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto was barred from traveling to Uganda by immigration officials, who insisted he needed clearance from President Uhuru Kenyatta. Ruto, accompanied by three MPs and Turkish businessman Harun Aydin, linked the move to political humiliation by his foes. The incident highlights the souring relationship between Ruto and Kenyatta, with the latter allegedly backing opposition leader Raila Odinga for the upcoming national election. Ruto criticized the decision, framing it as an elitist move against him.

Which are the Africa's strongest currencies?

26 Jul 2021  |  www.africanews.com
The article lists the top 10 strongest African currencies compared to the US dollar, with the Libyan Dinar being the strongest. Despite conflicts and economic struggles, countries like Libya and Tunisia have maintained strong currency positions. The Ghanaian Cedi is the strongest in sub-Saharan Africa, while other countries like Morocco and Botswana have strong currencies due to their economic and political structures. Zambia's currency is influenced by copper prices, Seychelles benefits from luxury tourism and strict monetary policy, and South Africa's Rand is backed by gold production. Eritrea and Egypt have implemented measures to protect and stabilize their currencies.

Nnamdi Kanu trial pushed to October 21 after he fails to appear in court

26 Jul 2021  |  www.africanews.com
The trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the pro-Biafran independence movement, has been postponed to October 21 due to his absence in court. Kanu, who was arrested abroad after four years on the run, faces charges including terrorism and treason. His lawyer cited the authorities' failure to present him in court as the reason for the adjournment. The trial's delay comes amid ongoing unrest in southeastern Nigeria, where calls for secession persist. Another activist, Sunday Igboho, was also recently arrested in Benin, highlighting the broader regional tensions and challenges facing Nigeria.

Who is Evelyn Joshua who is to succeed Nigeria's televangelist TB Joshua?

24 Jun 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Evelyn Joshua, the wife of the late Nigerian pastor TB Joshua, is set to become the head of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) following the church elders' declaration. Married to TB Joshua for 31 years with three children, Evelyn has been involved in the church, providing counseling to followers. TB Joshua, who passed away on June 5, 2021, was a controversial figure with a net worth estimated at $10 million and was known for his 'miracle powers' that attracted large crowds and criticism alike. He will be buried at his church in Ikotun, Lagos state.

Kenya restores direct flights to Somalia

11 Jun 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Kenya lifted a ban on direct flights from Somalia, ending a month-long suspension of air travel between the two countries. The decision follows intercessions and aims to reopen Kenya's airspace to flights from Somalia. Diplomatic relations between Kenya and Somalia have been strained, with Somalia accusing Kenya of interfering in its internal affairs and supporting Jubbaland state governor Ahmed Madobe, a rival of President Farmajo. Additionally, the two nations are engaged in a maritime boundary dispute currently before the International Court of Justice.

Ghana to plant 5 million trees in a single day

11 Jun 2021  |  africanews.com
Ghana aims to plant over 5 million trees to preserve its forest cover and environment, marking Green Ghana Day led by President Nana Akufo. Seedlings were distributed across 16 regions for planting by individuals and organizations. Lands Minister Samuel Abdulai Jinapor highlighted the focus on economic trees and addressed the 80% depletion of forest areas since 1900. The initiative targets mostly degraded land.

Former Ivorian leader Gbagbo to return on commercial jet on June 17

10 Jun 2021  |  africanews.com
Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo is scheduled to return to Abidjan on June 17 via a Brussels Airlines flight, after a decade-long absence following his acquittal of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. His return is seen as a symbol of reconciliation in Côte d'Ivoire. The government, led by President Alassane Ouattara, has authorized his return and is working to ensure a peaceful and orderly welcome, amidst concerns of potential unrest from his supporters. Gbagbo's homecoming is portrayed as the beginning of a new phase for the country's future, emphasizing reconciliation, peace, and reconstruction.

Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga awarded PEN Pinter Prize 2021

10 Jun 2021  |  africanews.com
Tsitsi Dangarembga, a celebrated Zimbabwean novelist, has been awarded the PEN Pinter Prize 2021. She is recognized for her 'unflinching, unswerving' gaze upon Zimbabwe and its society, resonating with a global audience. Dangarembga's notable works include her debut novel 'Nervous Conditions' and the film script 'Neria'. She will deliver a keynote address at the award ceremony hosted by the British Library and English PEN. Dangarembga has also been involved in activism, facing arrest for participating in a silent protest demanding reform in Zimbabwe.

Blast kills at least 61 al-Shabaab fighters in a warehouse

09 Jun 2021  |  www.africanews.com
An explosion at Ala-Futow village in southern Somalia killed more than 61 Al-Shabaab militants, including six foreign nationals and bomb experts. The incident occurred 285 kilometers from Mogadishu, with the Somali National Army conducting a subsequent operation to destroy Al-Shabaab equipment. The group, which emerged from the Islamic Courts Union, has lost many strongholds since 2011 but still controls rural areas and retains an urban presence.

Tanzania's Speaker warns MPs against introducing illegitimate spouses

09 Jun 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Tanzania's Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Ndugai, has issued a stern warning to MPs against introducing illegitimate spouses in the assembly following numerous public complaints. The warning follows an incident involving a female MP from the Arusha region who caused a disturbance at a married man's burial, leading to public criticism and a statement from the ruling party, Chama Cha Maendeleo (CCM), condemning the incident and promising moral action.

Petition launched to disqualify Tanzania's Diamond Platinumz from BET Award

08 Jun 2021  |  africanews.com
A petition with over 20,000 signatures has been initiated by Change Tanzania to disqualify Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz from the BET Awards due to his alleged support for the autocratic regime of the late president John Pombe Magufuli and his close ties with Paul Makonda, a former governor accused of human rights violations. The NGO criticizes Diamond for not speaking out against the atrocities committed during Magufuli's rule and for remaining silent when fellow artists were targeted.

Senegal to start manufacturing Covid-19 vaccines

07 Jun 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Senegal has secured the patent right to manufacture Covid-19 vaccines starting next year, following a deal with Belgian biotech group Univercells. This move places Senegal alongside Egypt, Morocco, and South Africa as African nations producing the vaccines. Univercells will transfer its production line to Senegal in mid-2022, with the aim of hiring locals and distributing the vaccines within the West African region.

CAF postpones 2022 Africa Cup of Nations draw

07 Jun 2021  |  africanews.com
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the 2022 African Cup of Nations Draw, originally scheduled for 25 June 2021, due to logistical challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. A new date will be announced later. The postponement was requested by the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and agreed upon by CAF. The tournament is set to take place in Cameroon, with 31 countries already qualified and one spot remaining to be decided between Benin and Sierra Leone.

Four decades on, still no HIV vaccine as Africa bears the brunt

07 Jun 2021  |  www.africanews.com
June marks 40 years since the first AIDS cases were documented. Despite significant advancements in HIV treatment, a vaccine remains elusive, with Africa bearing the highest burden of the disease. Efforts to develop a vaccine have faced numerous challenges, including the virus's rapid mutation and integration into host DNA. Johnson & Johnson is conducting trials for its HIV vaccine candidate, with results expected soon. Other promising approaches include mRNA vaccines and the development of broadly neutralizing antibodies. The United Nations aims to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 through increased diagnosis and treatment.

Boosting self reliance among refugees through satellite connectivity

28 May 2021  |  Africanews
Refugees in East Africa, particularly from South Sudan and DR Congo, are benefiting from satellite connectivity installed by UNHCR and Avanti Communications. This initiative, which also includes the provision of laptops and tablets, aims to improve refugees' standards of living by enabling access to job advertisements and grant opportunities online. The project promotes self-reliance among refugees and eases pressure on host countries like Uganda, which hosts over 1.4 million refugees. The partnership was first announced at the UN Global Refugee Forum in December 2019, and the completion of installations at six sites fulfills Avanti's pledge to support UNHCR.

DRC: 30 parliamentarians died of Covid-19

28 May 2021  |  africanews.com
Since March 2020, 32 parliamentarians in the Democratic Republic of Congo have died from Covid-19, with the National Assembly's first vice president, Jean-Marc Kabund, confirming the deaths. The country is experiencing a rise in infection rates, with 107 new cases recently reported, predominantly in the capital, Kinshasa, which is the epicenter of the epidemic. Despite the ongoing vaccination campaign, skepticism and hostility towards the vaccine persist among the Congolese, fueled by social media rumors. Consequently, the DRC has redistributed 1.3 million of its 1.7 million AstraZeneca doses received through the UN Covax system to neighboring countries, retaining 384,000 doses and receiving an additional 50,000 from India.

Mali's transition leaders relieved of 'temporary powers' by the junta

25 May 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Mali's military leader Assimi Goita has ousted transitional President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, accusing them of sabotaging the transition to civilian rule. This move follows a government reshuffle that excluded key junta supporters, raising concerns about the country's ability to hold elections as planned in 2022. The international community, including the African Union, United Nations, and ECOWAS, has condemned the detentions and called for the leaders' immediate release. The situation has heightened fears of further instability in Mali, which is already grappling with jihadist violence and social unrest.

Is Africa's real-estate prospects in line with the growing population?

20 May 2021  |  www.africanews.com
By 2050, Africa's population is expected to exceed 2.5 billion, with the middle class growing to 1.1 billion, signaling potential economic growth and a real estate boom. Africanews interviewed Bronwyn Knight, CEO of Grit Real Estate Income Group, a top real estate firm listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. Knight discussed the company's diverse real estate offerings across eight African countries and how they aim to support Africa's growth. Despite the pandemic's impact, Knight sees resilient asset classes and significant growth opportunities in emerging markets. Grit Real Estate Income Group also educates pension funds on alternative investments in real estate as a lead sponsor of the Pension Funds & Alternative Investments Africa conference.

Africa Finance Summit to address post-pandemic recovery

18 May 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Several African leaders, including Presidents Kagame, Buhari, Dennis Sassou N’guesso, Tshisekedi, and Ramaphosa, gathered in Paris for the Africa Finance Summit. The summit, aimed at addressing post-pandemic economic recovery, follows President Emmanuel Macron's announcement of canceling Sudan's $5 billion French debt. The International Monetary Fund has warned of a $290 billion financial gap for Africa up to 2023. The summit seeks to bolster Africa's economic resilience amid ongoing global economic challenges.

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame set to meet former French army officers

17 May 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame is set to meet former French army officers who served in Rwanda during the early 1990s, a period marked by the genocide against the Tutsis. This meeting follows a report by French historian Vincent Duclert, which links France to the genocide but finds no evidence of complicity. The report, commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron, aims to clarify France's role during the genocide. Kagame is currently in France for summits on Sudan and African economic financing.

Chad: AU commission to resume talks as opposition plans for mega march

12 May 2021  |  www.africanews.com
The African Union's committee on Chad will resume its postponed meeting on Friday to discuss measures regarding the Chadian Transitional Military Council (TMC) led by Mahamat Idriss Déby. The opposition group Wakit Tama, which has organized deadly protests calling for the interim government's resignation, plans new demonstrations on May 19. The Chadian interim government, represented by Minister of Communication Abderaman Koulamallah, downplays the protests, asserting the transitional process's legitimacy and the police's legal right to maintain order. Other opposition groups are expected to join the movement to increase pressure on the military junta.

Tanzania's President Suluhu elected head of ruling party

30 Apr 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Samia Suluhu Hassan, Tanzania's president, has been elected as the head of the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) following the death of her predecessor, John Magufuli. Suluhu, the first woman to hold both the presidency and the party leadership, has pledged to defend democracy, fundamental freedoms, and attract foreign investment. She has also committed to a science-based response to the COVID-19 pandemic, contrasting with Magufuli's approach.

Tanzania's President pardons 5,001 prisoners

28 Apr 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu has pardoned 5,001 prisoners as part of the country's Union Day celebrations. A total of 1,516 prisoners were released after having a quarter of their sentences reduced, while 3,485 inmates had their sentences reduced but will continue to serve time. The pardoning is an annual event commemorating the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar on April 26, 1964. The President urged the released prisoners to contribute to nation-building and adhere to national laws.

Kenyan TV station suspended for airing explicit contents

28 Apr 2021  |  www.africanews.com
The Communication Authority of Kenya has suspended Mount Kenya TV for four weeks due to airing explicit content during children's programming. The station acknowledged the violation, attributing it to a content mix-up. The authority fined the station $4,600 and mandated special training for its journalists. The station apologized and committed to reviewing its editorial policy to comply with child protection laws.

Kenya poised for first female Chief Justice

27 Apr 2021  |  www.africanews.com
Martha Koome is set to become Kenya's first female Chief Justice after being selected as the top candidate by Kenya's Judicial Service Commission. Her nomination follows a rigorous process and is pending approval by President Uhuru Kenyatta and vetting by parliament. Koome, known for her defense of women and children's rights, holds a Master of Laws and has been a High Court judge since 2003. The vacancy arose after former Chief Justice David Maraga's tenure ended, a period notable for the nullification of Kenya's 2017 presidential election.

Kenya: Avocado farm loses case on wildlife territory

27 Apr 2021  |  Africanews
Kiliavo Fresh, an avocado firm in Kenya's largest game park, lost its bid to renew its license after the Kenya National Environmental Tribunal suspended it due to concerns of interference with wildlife. The farm, which covers 180 acres near Amboseli National Park, was said to obstruct migration routes for elephants. Despite claims by the owners that their farm does not affect key corridors, environmentalists argue that large-scale agriculture is unsustainable in the arid region, especially with the water-intensive nature of avocado farming posing a threat to the ecosystem.

UNHCR chief: Kenya is not closing Dadaab, Kakuma refugee camps

26 Apr 2021  |  www.africanews.com
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, announced that Kenya will not close the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps but is seeking long-term solutions. Kenya's government aims to develop a future strategy while continuing to provide hospitality. The Kenyan high court had previously suspended the government's plan to shut down the camps, which host hundreds of thousands of refugees from Somalia and South Sudan. The government's demand to the UN refugee agency is perceived as a response to Somalia's maritime border dispute case at the International Court of Justice.

Malaria vaccine trial raises hope of beating the deadly disease

23 Apr 2021  |  www.africanews.com
A candidate malaria vaccine, R21/Matrix-M, developed by Oxford University, has shown an unprecedented 77% efficacy in trials conducted in Africa, raising hopes for a breakthrough in combating the disease. The vaccine, which meets the World Health Organisation's 75% efficacy target, is expected to be approved within two years. The final phase of clinical trials has begun, involving 4,800 children across four African countries. The vaccine can be produced on a large scale and at a lower cost, with a partnership formed with the Serum Institute in India to manufacture at least 200 million doses annually. Another vaccine by GSK, already administered to 650,000 children in Malawi, Ghana, and Kenya, has shown lower efficacy.

Ghana actress who posted nude photo freed on bail

21 Apr 2021  |  africanews.com
Ghanaian actress Rosemond Brown, also known as Akuapem Poloo, was granted bail by an Accra court pending an appeal after being convicted for posting nude photos with her son on social media. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail for publishing obscene materials, domestic violence, and undermining another person's privacy and integrity. The judge stated the verdict should deter similar behavior on social media. The photo, shared in 2020, sparked mixed reactions, including from American singer Cardi B.

The Atlas Lions of Morocco became the very first nation to retain the trophy and they now join DR Congo with 2 final wins in the tournament.

Polls open in Kenya, in what is expected to be a tightly contested presidential election, as incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta faces veteran opposition challenger and ex-prime minister Raila Odinga.


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