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Niger Delta: LEDAP Files Suit Challenging Powers Of Godswill Akpabio   

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The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has filed a suit at the Federal High Court, challenging the powers of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, to constitute an interim management committee to run the affairs of the Niger Delta Development Commission. The announcement of an interim management team had sparked outrage in …

          

NDDC has collapsed  –Governor Wike    

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Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC) has collapsed,  losing its capacity to deliver development to the Niger Delta. Speaking during a Courtesy Visit by the interim management committee of NDDC to the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday,  Governor Wike said that the NDDC has …

          

Report: Buhari fire 35 aides in Osinbajo’s office   

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked 35 aides working in the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, according to Daily Nigerian. TheCable also confirmed the development from senior presidency sources. Buhari, who is in the UK, approved the sack of the aides on Tuesday. “Osinbajo is hoping that President Buhari will rescind the decision,” a senior presidency …

          

11/6/2019: WORLD: HUNDREDS FREED FROM ABUSIVE ISLAMIC FACILITY   

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Nigerian police have freed 259 people from an Islamic rehabilitation centre in the southwestern city of Ibadan, police said on Tuesday, taking the number rescued from abusive institutions since September to nearly 1,500. Images from local TV station...

          

MÄRKTE USA/Zweifel an Ende des Handelsstreits bremsen Wall Street   

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NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Zurückhaltung prägt den Handelsauftakt an der Wall Street zur Wochenmitte. Kurz nach der Startglocke tritt der Dow-Jones-Index bei 27.476 Punkten mehr oder weniger auf der Stelle. Der S&P-500 verliert 0,1 Prozent und der Nasdaq-Composite büßt 0,3 Prozent ein. Hatte Anfang der Woche noch die Hoffnung...

          

Nigeria: Film Disqualified for Having Too Much English Dialogue   

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[allAfrica] Cape Town -Nigerians have woken up to find that Lionheart, the 2018 film which was directed by Nollywood actress and director Genevieve Nnaji, has been disqualified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from the 2020 Oscar race.

          

The Old Man & the Gun, 2018 - ★★½   

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Letztendlich in seiner Ehrfurcht vor Redford zu gefällig und glatt, um mich bei Laune zu halten. Fans des Hauptdarstellers sollten aber auf ihre Kosten kommen. Ich zähle mich nicht dazu und hätte stattdessen gerne mehr von Elisabeth Moss und Danny Glover sowie weniger von Moppgesicht Casey Affleck gesehen. Immerhin: Sissy Spacek.


          

30 stagiaires démarrent leur formation    

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Le 16è Cours préparatoire à l'obtention du diplôme d'Etat-Major (16ème CEM), pour le compte de l'année 2019-2020 a été lancé mercredi 6 novembre 2019. La cérémonie officielle a été présidée par le Contre-Amiral, Chef d'Etat-Major Général des Forces armées béninoises, à l'Ecole nationale supérieure des armées (ENSA) de Porto-Novo. Il s'agit de 30 stagiaires de différentes nationalités dont 23 Béninois et 7 des pays frères et amis notamment 2 de la République du Congo, 2 de la République du Niger, 2 de la République du (...)

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iOS 13.3: Apple will Multitasking-Problem beheben   

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Seit der Veröffentlichung von iOS 13.2 klagen viele Nutzer über Probleme beim Multitasking, App’s würden im Hintergrund innerhalb kürzester Zeit geschlossen und vorher gemachte Eingaben seien verschwunden. Offenbar ist dieses Verhalten mit einem stärkeren Stromsparmechanismus zu begründen, nicht aktive Programme werden innerhalb weniger Sekunden im Hintergrundmodus automatisch beendet. Da durch diese Maßnahme auch viele Anwendungen […]

Der Beitrag iOS 13.3: Apple will Multitasking-Problem beheben erschien zuerst auf Xgadget.de.


          

Academy Disqualifies Nigeria’s Oscar Entry ‘Lionheart’   

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The Academy has disqualified Nigeria’s “Lionheart” from the Oscar race in the Best International Feature Film category, dropping the number of films competing for the award to 92 from what had been a record 93 entries. This year’s field is now tied with 2017’s as the largest in the category’s history. Since “Lionheart” was made […]

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Full Video: Burna Boy Brings Out M.anifest For Historic ‘Another Story’ Performance At SSE Arena   

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Nigerian star and the African Giant, Burna Boy made history over the weekend. The musician made history as he became the first Afrobeats artist to sell out the  12,500  capacity SSE Arena, Wembley during the African Giant tour which made a stop in the city. Not only did he make history as the first Afrobeats […]

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Livestream: MTN Stands In Worship 2019   

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The MTN Stands In Worship 2019 is currently underway. The Gospel event headlined by Nigerian  gospel singer, Prospa Ochimana, known for his hit song “Ekwueme’ is happening at the  Fantasy Dome, Trade Fair La Accra. Also performing are  seasoned Ghanaian performing artistes such as Selina Boateng, Cwesi Oteng, Ceccy Twum, Joe Mettle, Elder Mireku, Akesse […]

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Mali: WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 44: 28 October - 3 November 2019 Data as reported by: 17:00; 3 November 2019   

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Source: World Health Organization
Country: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 68 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Measles in Lesotho

  • Hepatitis E in Namibia

  • Humanitarian crisis in Mali

  • Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

For each of these events, a brief description, followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.

A table is provided at the end of the bulletin with information on all new and ongoing public health events currently being monitored in the region, as well as recent events that have largely been controlled and thus closed.

Major issues and challenges include:

  • The hepatitis E outbreak first identified in Namibia in December 2017 continues, despite response efforts made to date to halt ongoing transmission of the virus. The major drivers of the outbreak remain the same, limited access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor personal and food safety practices. Novel initiatives are therefore needed to address the outbreak such as finalising the review of the relevance and feasibility of a vaccination intervention. There is also a need to sustain conventional control activities, particularly in the informal settlements, and strengthen surveillance and coordination mechanisms in all the affected areas.

  • The humanitarian situation in Mali remains complex and volatile. The number of IDPs has continued to rise as a result of the deteriorating security context and the impact of floods experienced earlier in the year. As well as supporting the immediate needs of the population, the resilience of the health system to epidemics and public health emergencies needs to be reinforced.
    Furthermore, local and international authorities and partners must continue to advocate for peace in the region in order to relieve the suffering of this vulnerable population.


          

World: A WHO Report of the Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) Strategy Annual Partners’ Meeting 2018, Dakar, Senegal 11–13 September 2018   

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Source: World Health Organization
Country: Angola, Brazil, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Senegal, World

Executive summary

The comprehensive global strategy to Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) was developed by WHO, UNICEF, Gavi the vaccine alliance, and more than fifty partners to build a global coalition that will tackle the increased risk of yellow fever (YF) epidemics in a coordinated manner by 2026.

The annual EYE Strategy Partners Meeting was held on the 11–13 September in Dakar, Senegal, and hosted by UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO). More than 70 participants, including partners, country representatives, vaccine manufacturers, donors, and experts came together to discuss the EYE Strategy achievements to date, and the main challenges that are anticipated going forward.

The main objectives of the meeting were:

• To review and discuss the EYE Strategy future plans and the way forward,

• To strengthen partners’, particularly country partners’, engagement,

• To discuss key issues relating to the Strategy’s implementation.

The meeting opened with a summary of the Strategy’s progress to date and situational updates from the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). This was followed by presentations on emerging research issues in YF control and updates from by the Strategy’s working groups, including the new Immunization Operational Guidance working group. The EYE Secretariat also presented its work on the development of the EYE Country Guidance Toolkit, a resource for country-level partners with targeted and relevant advice on scaled-up approaches to rolling out YF control activities from epidemic investigation to immunization. The second day comprised of presentations from individual countries, and overview of vaccine supply and demand, and presentations from vaccine manufacturers. The third and final day included expert panel discussions and the presentation of proposed work plans by the working groups. The meeting ended with a summary and outline of the Strategy’s next steps, followed by a guided tour of the Pasteur Institute in Dakar—the YF reference laboratory for the African Region.

The Strategy is currently on track to meet its objectives, and a number of achievements were highlighted. The EYE Governance Framework is operational with increasing interactions and engagement from representatives in the Programme Management Group, Leadership Group, and working groups. The new Immunization Operational Guidance Working Group was also established and the role of the Supply and Demand Working Group was expanded to improve coordination between vaccine supply and demand. Delegates also noted the significant progress that has been made towards the target of establishing three regional YF reference laboratories in the African Region. There has also been an increase in global vaccine supplies as a result of combined efforts by partners and strong engagement from vaccine manufacturers. The need to improve readiness in urban areas to protect populations was also highlighted, particularly as outbreaks in recent years have been unpredictable and the factors driving YF risk have changed. It was also noted that although the coverage gap between YF and other vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles is closing, challenges remain in terms of improving the performance of routine immunization for YF. Finally, improved information on YF risk and vaccine coverage is needed to inform campaign prioritization, identify populations most at risk and improve the visibility of vaccine needs.

Delegates provided their valuable input on how to move EYE forward in terms of governance, planning and implementation. Important technical priorities were identified, including effective prioritization of resources at a global level through assessment of YF risk, strengthening implementation of immunization (particularly routine immunization), and enhancing surveillance and laboratory capacity. All partners agreed on the key role of country commitment and ownership in unlocking the potential of the Strategy by implementing mass preventive immunization campaigns and scaling up routine immunization with the support of the EYE Programme Management Group (PMG) comprising representatives from WHO, Gavi and UNICEF. Other achievements in terms of the Strategy’s governance include the establishment of the new Immunization Operational Guidance Working Group and the expansion of the Supply and Demand Working Group’s role.

The meeting provided a forum for open discussion not only on the Strategy’s successes to date and examples of best practice, but also challenges and constraints. The EYE partners and working groups closed the meeting with agreement on their work plans going forward and reaffirmed their commitment to achieving the Strategy’s objectives. Delegates identified action points to move forward with the Strategy’s implementation in the coming years.


          

Phyno live in Ochanja Market   

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A Nigerian indigenous rapper Phyno was live at ochanja market onitsha anambra state today being 4th November 2019, to sympathize with the victims of 16th October fire out break which took a lot of lives and properties.

          

Many Fire – All You Need   

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A legendary singer from eastern part of Nigeria who goes by the name Many Fire, is here to bless our ears, speakers with this amazing tune which he titled “All You Need”. Many Fire has promised a lot more hit tracks this year. In the main time listen up to “All You Need”. Production credit […]

          

Meek Bobby Ft Ebutex Noni X 2Geda – Ofeke   

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Fast rising Nigerian act who goes by the name Meek Bobby is here again with another lovely tune titled “Ofeke” Featuring Ebutex Noni X 2Geda. Production credit goes to Dannybeat and Cancus. Download below and enjoy.   DOWNLOAD HERE    

          

Flashy X Poshcole : Cover Me   

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Fast rising Nigeria act who goes by the name Flashy, is here again with another banger Featuring south east legendary singer Poshcole to deliver this lovely tune titled “Cover Me”. Production credit goes Chify Jay. Download below and enjoy.   DOWNLOAD HERE      

          

Nigeria: Nigeria Will Soon Be Exporting Rice - Dangote   

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[This Day] The Dangote Group has pledged to change Nigeria's narrative as a rice importing nation, to major exporter of the staple food.

          

Nigeria: Four Million Nigerians Face Acute Food Insecurity - FAO   

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[Premium Times] The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has said that about 4.02 million people in Nigeria are currently faced with acute food insecurity.

          

Nigeria: Labour Unions to Begin Minimum Wage Negotiations   

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[Premium Times] The labour unions in Nigeria will formally write state governments on Wednesday and ask them to begin negotiation on the consequential adjustments arising from the new minimum wage.

          

Nigeria: Nigeria - What Labour, What Heroes, What Past   

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[Daily Trust] The labour of our heroes past, shall never be in vain! So goes the line in our national anthem. Ask a voting age adult from 18 to 50 years old today. What labour? What heroes? What past. You would get the popular reply on TV Schools debates - NO IDEA. Folks have no heroes! They look across the landscape and see failure and nothing else. To begin with, they are educated in half baked fashion. They have acquired certificates, and have no employment. They have acquired education but have no skills. They do no

          

Nigeria: 'Customs Crippling Investments in Dry Ports'   

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[Daily Trust] The order by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) that all dry ports bound cargoes must be unsealed, examined and duties paid before being escorted by special officer to their various dry ports (inland container deports) is ill advised and will cripple investments in the struggling dry port sector, an operator has said.

          

Nigeria: ICT Outstrips Oil and Gas in Nigeria's Economy - but Error in Minister's Comparison   

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[Africa Check] Nigeria's information and communication technology (ICT) sector contributed more to gross domestic product than the oil and gas sector, Dr Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, claimed at a recent university convocation.

          

Nigeria: Dangote Sugar in Merger Talks With Savannah Sugar   

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[Premium Times] Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc has announced plans to merge with Savannah Sugar Company Limited.

          

Nigeria: Poverty Reduction, Job Creation - Obaseki Scores His Administration High   

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[Vanguard] Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has scored his administration high in the areas of poverty alleviation and job creation after three years in office.

          

Nigeria: Crisis Imminent, Labour Insists States Can't Pay Below Govt's Consequential Adjustment   

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[This Day] Abuja -Crisis appears in the horizon as the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC) yesterday ruled out allowing any state to pay less than the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage agreed between the federal government and the organised labour.

          

Nigeria: Govt to Institutionalise National Council On Mining, Mineral Resources   

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[This Day] Abuja -The federal government on Monday in Abuja, disclosed plan to institutionalise the National Council of Mining and Mineral Resources Development (NCMMRD).

          

Nigeria: First Phase of Port Harcourt Refinery Repairs Completed - NNPC   

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[Premium Times] The first phase of the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt Refinery has been completed, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has said.

          

Nigeria: Telcos Kick As Govt Orders NCC to Reduce Data Cost   

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[Daily Trust] Telecom operators in Nigeria said yesterday that the directive by the Federal Government that cost of data should be reviewed downward in five days is "unrealistic and insensitive" considering the high operating cost in the country.

          

Nigeria: Lawyers, Teachers Barricade Cross River Govt House Over Payroll Delisting   

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[This Day] Calabar -Movement of vehicles to and from the Government House in Calabar, Cross River State was temporarily disrupted yesterday morning when protesting lawyers and science teachers barricaded the main entrance of the seat of power to register their protest with the state Governor, Prof Ben Ayade.

          

Wirtschaftsminister: Altmaier fordert grundlegende Reform des politischen Systems   

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Die Thüringen-Wahl sei eine tiefgreifende Zäsur, sagt der Wirtschaftsminister. Er fordert eine Verkleinerung des Bundestags und weniger Minister.

          

Nigerian Chicken Curry   

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There are curry variants all over the world, often in seemingly unlikely places, like Japan.  (Here is a good example of a Japanese curry:  Japanese Retro Beef Curry )  A week ago, the Wall St. Journal published a recipe for a Nigerian curry in their “Slow Food Fast” series, which means that it is suitable Read More ...

          

Zamalek beat South Africa U-23 in friendly   

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Zamalek have beaten South Africa’s U-23 side in a 67-minute friendly ahead of the start of the U-23 AFCON on Friday November 8. South Africa were drawn in Group B alongside defending champions Nigeria as well as Zambia and Ivory Coast. READ: South Africa reveal U-23 AFCON squad In preparation for the tournament, the Bafana […]

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Champions League: Nigerian striker in trouble with Barcelona following draw with Slavia   

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, is in hot water with Barcelona, over a tweet she sent out on Tuesday night. Oshoala, who plays for the women’s side, wrote “what a damn performance”, after the men’s team drew 0-0 with Slavia Prague at the Camp Nou. According to AS, she quickly deleted the tweet, due to […]

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Africa: Zimbabwe Wins Miss Pan African Beauty Pageant   

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[The Herald] Zimbabwean model Pauline Marere has won the Miss Pan African queen pageant held over the weekend in Bayelsa, Nigeria.

          

‘A Trafficked Child Today Is A Terrorist Tomorrow’: Meet the Woman Working to End Human Trafficking in Africa   

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Earlier this year, in the northern city of Kaduna in Nigeria, more than 300 young students were discovered chained in a small room. They had been physically and sexually abused at an extremist Islamic school, which ostensibly recruited them to build their ‘resilience’, but it was later discovered that the children were being radicalized there […]

          

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Crowdfunding: An Alternative to Funding Women Entrepreneurs   

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Traditionally, Small businesses in Nigeria find it particularly difficult to fund their operations from formal sources. The situation becomes more challenging when women are involved because of cultural bias. Credit is rarely made available to women as many perceive a business run by women a big risk. Several government credit intervention programmes in the past were initiated but the problem of financing remained unsolved. Similar businesses in more developed economies are turning to innovative financing known as crowdfunding. The need to explore such a financing mechanism in Nigeria is the aim of this study. We employed a cross-sectional and retrospective mixed-methods approach, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative data. Findings from this study show that gender was not significant for understanding crowdfunding as a means of raising money from the public over the internet. This finding is very revealing as it shows that cultural barrier faced by women in accessing credit from traditional lenders will be solved by crowdfunding.


          

Ric Hassani – Do Like Say ft. DBYZ   

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Talented Nigerian singer, Ric Hassani shares a brand new collaborative single titled “Do Like Say” featuring DBYZ. Produced by Deyasso. Enjoy below. DOWNLOAD

          

Top Nigeria’s Badminton players begin a quest for Olympic qualifier in Egypt   

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Nigeria and the best African players Dorcas Adesokan, Anuoluwapo Opeyori, and Godwin Olofua will begin their search for the Olympic qualification at the 2019 international tournament in Egypt. The tournament will take place on Thursday, but the trio will join now, the action on Friday at the main tables during the round of 16. The […]

          

Timi Dakolo Unveils ‘Merry Christmas Darling’ Album Cover Art & Release Date   

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For those who have been patiently waiting for a new album from Timi Dakolo, we bear good news for you. Finally the Nigerian singer and songwriter has put a date for the release of his forthcoming album. Earlier, Jaguda shared news that Timi Dakolo has joined Virgin EMI, an international record label and subsidiary of […]

          

Pherowshuz – Hauwa ft. Magnito   

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Versatile Nigerian rapper and record producer, Pherowshuz has released a brand new cut titled “Hauwa”. The rapper features one of Nigeria’s finest comic rapper, Magnito. ‘Hauwa‘ was produced by GZik. Listen up. STREAM/DOWNLOAD ON iTunes

          

America Rapper Set to Visit Nigeria for the First Time   

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American rapper Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, known professionally as Cardi, would be visiting Africa and also Nigeria for the first time. The self-proclaimed Queen of the Bronx is expected to make her first visit to West Africa at the Livespot X Festival. Cardi B would be arriving in Lagos as her first stop before proceeding to […]

          

Nog even 'radioweer', daarna zonniger   

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Honderd jaar geleden was het perfect weer om binnen bij de radio te zitten. Nu is het nog even grijs, daarna wint de zon terrein.

          

Umweltbewusstsein von unten – oder “Das muss die Politik bringen”?   

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Angesichts der drohenden Klimakatastrophe fordert der Ökonom und ehemalige Generalsekretär des “Club of Rome”, Graeme Maxton, drastische Maßnahmen, mehr Verbote und weniger Wachstum. Die Verantwortung und die Lösung der Klimakrise liege weniger bei den Individuen, die die Gesellschaft bilden, sondern bei Politik und Wirtschaft. Das wird schon – zumindest teilweise – richtig sein, doch wenn […] Related posts:
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TB Joshua Supporters Vow War on ‘FAKE NEWS’   

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A group of supporters of prominent Nigerian cleric TB Joshua have released a statement decrying the amount of ‘fake news’ pedalled about the Nigerian cleric on social media.  “The decision of the Federal Government of… More

          

The SCOAN not Merely a Growing Tourist Destination   

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It is true that in recent years Prophet TB Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, (SCOAN), Lagos Nigeria has attracted to his ministry Christian pilgrimage and tourist from around the world.… More

          

Exclusive: Inside the Synagogue, Church of All Nations — one of Nigeria’s biggest tourist attractions   

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Nigeria is home to a couple of megachurches that have evolved into self-contained cities, providing services like electricity, water, accommodation and good roads to members and visitors. One of such religious organisations is The Synagogue… More

          

Prophet TB Joshua of SCOAN is Evangelising the World   

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The man of God in the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Lagos Nigeria needs no much introduction. He is a leading teacher of people, a prophet that is changing our perception the right way… More

          

Nigeria’s First-Ever Oscar Submission ‘Lionheart’ Gets Disqualified, But There Still May Be Hope   

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The Oscars are on one! Nigeria's first-ever Oscar submission was disqualified for an English script, even though the country's official language is English.

However, there still may be hope. More inside...

Lionheart is Nigeria’s first-ever Oscar submission. The film was looking to compete in the Best International Feature Film category. However, the powers that be pumped the breaks on that.

Get this, it was disqualified because the film is largely in English with only an 11-minute section in the Igbo language. Apparently, the film violated the rule in the International category to have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track." Per the rules, films in the category must be produced outside the United States. In April, the Academy changed the name of the foreign film award to international feature film.

Here's the controversy: English is the official language of Nigeria. So, technically, a Nigerian film couldn't have much of its own official language in its movie in order to qualify for this category.  And folks find this problematic.

Lionheart director and actor Genevieve Nnaji, pictured atop, hopped on Twitter to address her film’s disqualification, responding to fab directress Ava DuVernay calling out the Oscars for the unfair treatment.

The "When They See Us" directress hopped on Twitter to blast the Academy Awards for the BS:

 

 

"To @TheAcademy, You disqualified Nigeria’s first-ever submission for Best International Feature because its in English. But English is the official language of Nigeria. Are you barring this country from ever competing for an Oscar in its official language?," Ava tweeted.

Genevieve Nnaji then addressed the issue:

 

 

"1/1 1/2 Thank you so much @ava. I am the director of Lionheart. This movie represents the way we speak as Nigerians. This includes English which acts as a bridge between the 500+ languages spoken in our country; thereby making us #OneNigeria. @TheAcademy," she tweeted.

 

 

"2/2 It’s no different to how French connects communities in former French colonies. We did not choose who colonized us. As ever, this film and many like it, is proudly Nigerian. @TheAcademy," she tweeted.

Lionheart - Nigeria's first Netflix original film - is about a Nigerian woman named Adaeze, portrayed by Genevieve Nnaji, trying to keep her family's transportation business together. By the way, Lionheart was 1 of 29 films out of 93 originally submitted this year that were directed by women. Woot!

The good news is just because Lionheart is ineligible for the international film category does not prevent it from being considered for other Oscar categories, including Best Picture.  However, it's unclear if they meet the requirements to submit in other categories.

According to the Academy Awards website, all Oscars Submission Forms (General Entry) and accompanying full screen credits must be submitted to the Academy by Friday, November 15, 2019.

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NFF president Amaju Pinnick, 4 others discharged and acquitted on alleged $8.4m corruption charges   

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Chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation, including its President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, have been discharged and acquitted on all counts of alleged corruption charges in a case brought by the defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel, SPIP. The panel, headed by Okon Obono-Obla who is now on the run to avoid prosecution by the Independent Corrupt […]

          

FG orders NCC to reduce data cost   

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have been directed by the Federal Government to work out modalities to reduce the price of data. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami who gave the directive during a courtesy visit by the management NCC led by its Board Chairman Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, said it came […]

          

Academy Criticized For Disqualifying Nigerian Film Entry For Its English Dialogue   

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Academy Criticized For Disqualifying Nigerian Film Entry For Its English Dialogue

The organization behind the Oscars requires that films in its International Feature category have scripts that are mostly not in English.


          

Reformed Witness Hour Messages for November 2019   

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First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for November 2019 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

This month we are blessed to have once again Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of Pittsburgh PRC (PA). He is continuing a special series on "Women in the Bible," beginning this month with Miriam. Also included is a special Thanksgiving Day message. Be sure to tune in for these important messages. The schedule for this month is laid out below and also attached in pdf form.

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November 3 - Miriam'sLamentable Fall, Numbers 12

November 10 - The Faith of Rahab, Hebrews 11:31

November 17 - Thanks Be to God, 2 Corinthians 9:15

November 24 - Jael: Blessed Above Women, Judges 5:24-27

You are encouraged to listen to these important messages and to let others know about them too. Help spread the word about the Reformed Witness Hour, now in its 78th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

Visit our website for the latest podcast and for other news and information!

And don't forget our Spanish programs on YouTube!

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Use the attached flyer (pdf) to spread the news of these important gospel messages!

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Two sisters enter combat in Tochi Onyebuchi’s “War Girls,” a futuristic replay of the Nigerian conflict. Cue the flying robot warriors.

          

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La jeunesse malienne pour « la reconstruction » du pays   

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Sur une population de plus de 18 millions d'habitants, plus des deux tiers ont moins de 24 ans. L’implication des jeunes est donc primordiale. Cependant, cette jeune population doit faire face à plusieurs difficultés.

Depuis 2012, le Mali est confronté à de fortes instabilités politiques et sécuritaires gangrenées par le terrorisme. Elles sèment la mort et obligent des centaines de milliers de personnes à se déplacer. Malgré la signature d’un accord pour la paix et la réconciliation en 2015, les acteurs locaux les plus concernés ne se sont pas suffisamment impliqués.

L’espoir d’une paix durable, est un sujet de préoccupation parmi les jeunes. “Les jeunes […] dans le Sahel, qui représentent la majorité de la population, sont visés par les campagnes de recrutement des mouvements radicaux. Près de 41 millions des jeunes de moins de 25 ans du Burkina Faso, du Tchad, du Mali, de Mauritanie et du Niger risquent de se radicaliser ou de devenir migrants”, a indiqué Mme Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, représentante du Secrétaire général sur la Stratégie intégrée des Nations Unies.

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Par conséquent, en considérant le contexte démographique du pays, les autorités ne peuvent que redoubler d’attention à l’égard des inquiétudes et revendications de ces jeunes qui, demain, décideront de l’avenir du pays. La reconstruction du pays se fera avec nous : la jeunesse malienne ! 

Tidiane / Le Petit Sahélien

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A policy landscape of sexual orientation, gender identity and the internet   

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A policy landscape of sexual orientation, gender identity and the internet

Introduction

Two groundbreaking advances in international human rights have been made in the last half decade, with recognition by intergovernmental bodies that human rights law applies equally to all persons regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI), and that human rights law is equally applicable online as offline. However, these achievements have not been without significant advocacy efforts by civil society. While internet rights are being increasingly integrated and addressed across the international human rights system, developments on SOGI have been laboured, politicised and isolated, with no state consensus. This report considers the trends, shifts and convergences in international policy making, using a geopolitical analysis.

A brief history

Sexual orientation and gender identity

Activists have been advocating for international recognition of SOGI-related rights as far back as the Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995,1 with concerted efforts to develop state awareness and recognition of the issues since a failed resolution on human rights and sexual orientation in 2003. 2 Brazil’s introduction, and later withdrawal, of a draft text was a catalyst for a number of civil society groups and activists working on sexuality and gender issues to communicate and coordinate more consistently to develop strategies to engage the UN human rights system on these issues. 3 This collective organising led to states delivering a series of joint statements at the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council (HRC) between 2005 and 2011; 4 increasing support for SOGI rights from a handful of countries to nearly half of the UN member states; and finally the adoption by the HRC of the first ever UN resolution on “human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity” in June 2011, 5 and the second in September 2014. 6

Internet rights

Although civil society has been involved in internet policy and governance spaces since the internet was created, the internet has only recently featured in international human rights policy development arenas. The impact of the internet on human rights was first recognised at the international level by an HRC resolution on freedom of expression in 2009. 7 Since then, the UN has adopted a number of resolutions developing international policy on this theme. In particular, the HRC adopted a resolution on “The promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet” 8 in June 2012 with 85 state co-sponsors, which affirmed that the same human rights apply online as offline. The following year in November 2013, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age, 9 which was followed up by the HRC in March 2015 with a procedural resolution of the same title, creating a UN expert mechanism on the right to privacy. 10 Since the 2009 resolution on freedom of expression, a number of thematic UN resolutions have addressed internet rights. 11

Comparing intersectional recognition

While internet rights concerns have effectively been mainstreamed into initiatives dealing with other human rights issues, sexual orientation and gender identity remain isolated from relevant state-negotiated human rights documents. 12

Internet rights have been recognised by consensus in a number of intergovernmental policy documents, such as resolutions on freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of association and assembly, and the safety of journalists. 13 The use of the internet and other forms of technology in propagating harassment and violence against women has been acknowledged by the Commission on the Status of Women 14 – the primary UN political body tasked with women’s rights issues – and by the General Assembly in a resolution on protecting women human rights defenders. 15

Conversely, there is a huge struggle to include any language that might be associated with SOGI in any government-negotiated documents at the international level, with such language overwhelmingly negotiated out of draft texts or put to a vote. For example, even the word “gender” has become controversial because some governments insist that gender can only denote biological sex, refusing to accept the concept of gender as a social construct or to recognise identities beyond the male-female binary. 16

As a result, where SOGI language has been included in negotiated documents, it has been so virtually in isolation from intersecting fields, such as violence or discrimination against women or the protection of human rights defenders. The only UN human rights resolution to date referencing SOGI, apart from the HRC SOGI resolution itself, is the biennial General Assembly resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. While the strong opposition to recognising SOGI-related rights means the discussion is reduced to violence and discrimination (the areas that have a possibility of gaining consensus), the reference in the “killings” resolution is nonetheless hotly contested each time, with attempts to vote the language out of the resolution during the final adoption process.17

Despite the fact that a broad number of thematic and country-specific UN human rights experts regularly report a vast array of infringements of the rights of LGBTI persons,18 in social and economic rights as well as civil and political rights, the political bodies have so far failed to take the intersectional approach that has been an attribute of developments on internet rights.

Politics of sexual orientation and gender identity rights

International intergovernmental debate on SOGI is a delicate matter, and unfortunately plays out in ways that are politically divisive and strategically counterproductive. Although there is a slow but steady increase in support for these issues from states from all regions, they are still perceived as primarily Western priorities despite the fact that the first UN SOGI resolution was tabled by South Africa and Brazil, and the second by Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay.

This is partly because Western states have styled themselves as international leaders on SOGI, critiquing discriminatory laws and practices outside of their regional group, and is compounded by certain Western states using aid conditionality to apply pressure on ex-colonies to repeal colonial-era criminal provisions on same-sex relations. 19

These practices have created a “West versus the rest” dynamic which contributes to the geopolitical polarisation on gender and sexuality-related rights that is reflected at the international level, and alienates potential support from those states that are open to discussing SOGI-related rights, but are opposed to Western hegemony on the international stage.

The politicisation of SOGI plays out in intergovernmental human rights policy development spaces such as the HRC in divisive and regressive ways. Firstly we have seen a division of state positions, generally along lines of regional and political blocs. 20 Traditionally this has been Western and most Latin American states supporting SOGI issues, opposed by Russia, the Vatican, most of the African Group and members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). States within these groups that have dared to support SOGI issues have faced harsh censure from their peers. 21

Secondly, concepts such as cultural relativity, traditional values and protection of the family have been introduced and manipulated in these spaces, primarily by the religious right wing – the OIC, the Vatican, Russia, and conservative groups such as the UN Family Rights Caucus.22 Since 2009 the HRC has adopted various documents undermining the universality of rights, including three resolutions on “traditional values” and two on “protection of the family”. 23 In general, the support and opposition for these initiatives has been in line with positions against and for SOGI-related language respectively.

The politicisation of sexuality rights in international forums means that foreign policy is often at odds with national-level standards and developments, particularly on rights relating to gender identity. For example, some Western states, such as Belgium, France, Norway and Switzerland, present themselves as champions of LGBT rights in international debates while requiring transgender people to undergo sterilisation in order to legally change their gender, 24 a policy that the European Court of Human Rights has ruled to be a violation of the rights to privacy and family life. 25 Conversely, some states that have culturally established and documented forms of gender diversity 26 – and in the case of Pakistan leading case law recognising the rights of hijras27 – claim that such diversity is contrary to their cultural, moral or religious values when it comes to international debate. 28 This is a terrible contradiction of domestic reality and foreign policy.

State positions on SOGI in the international bodies have almost become a symbolic representation of one side versus another in the greater struggle for a new world order that replaces Western hegemony. Sadly, this positioning is to the detriment of human rights, including through the development of international legal norms and standards that exclude LGBTIQ persons.

Politics of internet rights

In comparison to the tumultuous international debates on SOGI, internet rights policy has been developing relatively smoothly, with consensus resolutions and references in the UN General Assembly, the HRC and the Commission on the Status of Women. This is not to suggest that states unanimously respect or support internet-related rights, but that opposition is more nuanced and complex than the open hostility that some governments express on SOGI.

While there does indeed appear to be international consensus on the issue of access to technology, a customary division of state positions on other issues such as freedom of expression remains unchanged in how states see their validity online or offline. During the HRC plenary panel on freedom of expression on the internet in 2012, China called on the international community to promote internet access in developing countries while also stating that freedom of expression could undermine social stability and national security.29 Cuba has both expressed concern about issues of access to information and communications technology (ICT) and lamented the United States (US) monopoly of the internet. 30

Furthermore, the geopolitical divide over internet rights is not as clear-cut as it is on SOGI issues. When Edward Snowden leaked classified information from the US National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013, the US was in the unusual position of being criticised by many of its peers in the West.31

Indeed, states from all regions have relished the opportunity to criticise the US in the wake of the Snowden revelations. Although not explicitly critical of US policy, pre-existing anti-US sentiment meant that the resolutions on the right to privacy in the digital age quickly garnered support amongst states such as North Korea, 32 Russia, Cuba and China. 33 Consequently, it could be argued that a politicisation of internet rights issues has been to the benefit of consensus-building on international human rights policy development on these issues.

SOGI versus internet rights policy

As SOGI language is a notorious key to destroying consensus in government negotiations, states have used sexual orientation references as a bargaining chip to block or undermine developments that they oppose.

For example, sexual orientation language was used by Western states to bargain against references to the “defamation of religions” in international discussions on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, both during the Durban Review Conference in 2009 and in follow-up meetings and negotiations. 34

This highly questionable tactic arose in discussions on internet rights in negotiations on a resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age at the UN General Assembly in 2013, when a key ally of the US proposed including a reference to sexual orientation. Some of the Five Eyes 35 countries readily supported the proposed language, while other states that were supportive of the resolution theme objected, knowing they would not be able to join consensus on a text that contained sexual orientation language. This was understood to be a strategy to break consensus on an issue that those states implicated in the revelations of deep breaches of privacy rights could not otherwise break without admitting that they did not support the key message of the resolution.

As the Five Eyes countries were openly attempting to water down the text of the privacy resolution, 36 it seemed likely that sexual orientation language was actually being introduced in order to polarise state positions on the text as a whole, and potentially lead to a vote. In effect, the US and its allies pitted sexual orientation against the right to privacy in a failed attempt to undermine international condemnation of and action on the infringement of rights that is mass surveillance.

Moving towards an intersectional approach

Although SOGI and internet rights have developed independently from one another at the international level, the slow increase in state support for SOGI-related rights in international human rights bodies, and the increasing attention being given to internet rights in a number of different thematic resolutions, means that the UN could constructively address their intersection in the near future.

The prevailing geopolitical divide is likely to continue to obstruct the inclusion of SOGI in UN resolutions. However, with internet rights being addressed in a number of negotiated thematic texts, it is not unreasonable to suggest that relevant issues could be included in a future substantive resolution on SOGI.

Furthermore, the HRC resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age mandated the appointment of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. The Special Procedures mechanisms 37 have been key allies in raising violations of the rights of LGBTIQ persons across a broad section of thematic and country-specific mandates. A recent report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression to the HRC highlighted how encryption and anonymity in digital communications enable persons persecuted because of sexual orientation or gender identity to exercise the right to freedom of opinion and expression, as well as providing, for some, the only way to securely explore basic aspects of identity such as one’s gender or sexuality. 38

The new Special Procedures mandate has been tasked to look at the right to privacy, “including in connection with” (i.e. but not limited to) the challenges arising from new technologies. Many SOGI rights issues clearly fall under the mandate focus on privacy. It will remain to be seen whether the Rapporteur chooses to address human rights concerns relating to LGBTIQ persons in the execution of the mandate.

Conclusion

With a number of consensus resolutions and documents addressing internet rights, and the creation of an expert mandate on the right to privacy, it is safe to conclude that these issues are now firmly on the UN agenda, and will continue to be mainstreamed into the work of the HRC. Meanwhile, SOGI rights remain segregated with no regular or institutionalised attention to ongoing violations. It will likely remain extremely difficult to get states to consider the human rights of LGBTIQ persons on their substantial merit as long as SOGI continues to be politicised and manipulated by both supportive states and the opposition. The new expert mechanism on the right to privacy could see these two issues being addressed concurrently and with an intersectional analysis for the first time. It remains to be seen whether intergovernmental debate will mature beyond political strife to welcome such an analysis.

References

1 See, for example, Ditsie, P. B. (1995). Statement delivered by Palesa Beverley Ditsie of South Africa, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, 13 September. www.un.org/esa/gopher-data/conf/fwcw/conf/ngo/13123944.txt and Wilson, A. (1996). Lesbian Visibility and Sexual Rights at Beijing. Signs, 22(1). fds.duke.edu/db/attachment/409

2 In 2003 Brazil unexpectedly introduced a draft text on sexual orientation to the former UN Commission on Human Rights. The resolution faced strong opposition, which led to it being deferred by a year and later withdrawn from consideration.

3 ARC International. (2004). International Dialogue on Gender, Sexuality & Human Rights: Final report. Geneva: ARC International. arc-international.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/International-Dialogue-Report-Geneva-2004.doc

4 ARC International. (2011). LGBT Rights at the UN: A brief overview. Geneva: ARC International. arc-international.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/LGBT-Rights-at-the-UN.pdf

5 A/HRC/RES/17/19. (2011). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/17/19

6 A/HRC/RES/27/32. (2014). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/27/32

7 A/HRC/RES/12/16. (2009). ap.ohchr.org/documents/sdpage_e.aspx?b=10&se=100&t=11

8 A/HRC/RES/20/8. (2012). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/20/8

9 A/RES/68/167. (2013). www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/167

10 A/HRC/RES/28/16. (2015). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/28/16

11 See, for example, A/HRC/RES/21/16, The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (2012). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/21/16; A/HRC/RES/23/2, The role of freedom of opinion and expression in women’s empowerment. (2013). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/23/2; A/HRC/RES/24/5, The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. (2013). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/24/5; A/RES/68/163, The safety of journalists and the issue of impunity. (2013). www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/163; A/RES/68/181, Promotion of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: protecting women human rights defenders. (2013). www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/181; and A/RES/69/166, The right to privacy in the digital age. (2014). www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/69/166

12 While this paper examines how these issues have progressed in intergovernmental spaces, it is important to note that infringements on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons are consistently raised by UN human rights expert mechanisms, such as the Special Procedures, treaty monitoring bodies, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, across a broad number of thematic and country specific reports. See for example: www.icj.org/sogi-un-database

13 See footnote 10.

14 CSW agreed conclusions on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. (2013). Para. 34(ww). www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/csw57/CSW57_Agreed_Conclusions_%28CSW_report_excerpt%29.pdf

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A/RES/68/181. (2013). www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/181

16 See, for example, Adolphe, J. (2012). 'Gender' Wars at the United Nations. Ave Maria Law Review, 11(1). papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2232495

17 ISHR et al. (2012, 22 November). Governments Condemn Extrajudicial Executions in Seminal UN Vote. International Service for Human Rights. www.ishr.ch/news/governments-condemn-extrajudicial-executions-seminal-un-vote; ISHR. (2012, 20 November). UN General Assembly: Rights groups welcome condemnation of killing of LGBT persons. International Service for Human Rights. www.ishr.ch/news/un-general-assembly-rights-groups-welcome-condemnation-killing-lgbt-persons

18 This report primarily uses the language of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”, which have been acknowledged by the intergovernmental bodies, but also refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer persons using the relevant acronyms LGBT, LGBTI or LGBTIQ, depending on the particular context. For example, while activists and human rights defenders might use the language of Queer rights, this term has not been taken up by the UN, but the UN does recognise and use L,G,B,T and I. Other language yet to be referenced in UN negotiated documents includes “gender expression” and “bodily integrity”.

19 Abolafia Anguita, L. (2012, 9 March). Aid conditionality and respect for LGBT people rights. Sexuality Policy Watch. sxpolitics.org/we-recommend-134/7369

20 UN member states are divided into five regional groups: the African Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eastern European Group, Latin America and the Caribbean Group, and Western European and Others Group. There are also a number of additional political blocs and affiliations of states and sub-regional blocs that form collective positions on issues, such as the Arab Group, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mercosur, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the European Union (EU), etc.

21 For example, South Africa and Mauritius were publicly denigrated by Nigeria, the then coordinator of the African Group, for their leadership on and support for the first UN resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in 2011.

22 www.unfamilyrightscaucus.org/un-initiatives/statements-activities

23 Resolutions on “traditional values”: A/HRC/RES/12/21 (2009); A/HRC/RES/16/3 (2011); A/HRC/RES/21/3 (2012); on “protection of the family”: A/HRC/RES/26/11 (2014); A/HRC/RES/29/22 (2015).

24 Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT), Legal and Social Mapping: www.transrespect-transphobia.org/en_US/mapping.htm

25 European Court of Human Rights. (2015, 10 March). Refusal to authorise transsexual to have access to gender reassignment surgery breached right to respect for private life. (Press release.) hudoc.echr.coe.int/webservices/content/pdf/003-5032376-6183620

26 See, for example, Jain, D., & Rhoten, K. (2013, 28 December). A Comparison of the Legal Rights of Gender Non-Conforming Persons in South Asia. Economic & Political Weekly. www.academia.edu/11810587/A_Comparison_of_the_Legal_Rights_of_Gender_Non-Conforming_Persons_in_South_Asia

27 Khaki v. Rawalpindi, Supreme Court of Pakistan (12 December 2009).

28 See, for example: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). (2011, 17 June). Council establishes mandate on Côte d’Ivoire, adopts protocol to child rights treaty, requests study on discrimination and sexual orientation. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media_archive.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/C125763C00590FD6C12578B2004B0A50?OpenDocument; UNOG. (2012, 7 March). Human Rights Council holds panel discussion on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media_archive.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/C125763C00590FD6C12579BA004DFE81?OpenDocument; UNOG. (2014, 26 September). Human Rights Council adopts resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity and concludes twenty-seventh session. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/24F74BA2FCAB79CDC1257D5F0063A227?OpenDocument; UNOG. (2015, 22 June). Human Rights Council holds general debate on the promotion and protection of all human rights. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/C85AF94F13C23F94C1257E6C0059B456?OpenDocument

29 UNOG. (2012, 29 February). Human Rights Council holds panel discussion on the promotion and protection of freedom of expression on the internet. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media_archive.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/C125763C00590FD6C12579B300535CC6?OpenDocument

30 Ibid.

31 MacAskill, E., & Borger, J. (2013, 30 June). New NSA leaks show how US is bugging its European allies. The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/30/nsa-leaks-us-bugging-european-allies

32 United Nations. (2013, 26 November). Third Committee Approves Text Titled ‘Right to Privacy in the Digital Age’, as It Takes Action on 18 Draft Resolutions. www.un.org/press/en/2013/gashc4094.doc.htm

33 UNOG. (2015, 26 March). Human Rights Council creates mandate of Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/4CA5769DF702C0CCC1257E14005F5F4B?OpenDocument

34 See, for example, ISHR. (2009, 4 November). Stalemate at the Ad Hoc Committee on complementary standards. International Service for Human Rights. www.ishr.ch/news/stalemate-ad-hoc-committee-complementary-standards

35https://God.blue/splash.php?url=LrsQ11CW88ldsx4svTu2hVkdGp0mHN_PLUS_CCqKPdifThUaOCbOzxB_PLUS__PLUS_BQIsR_SLASH_ivRTzvPhyo8fuajTALKCvB_SLASH_rzObqNFGyy3G8trGuccQxX8cb_PLUS_M3tmnFk9kG4coziX0qFxQ

36 MacAskill, E., & Ball, J. (2013, 21 November). UN surveillance resolution goes ahead despite attempts to dilute language. The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/21/un-surveillance-resolution-us-uk-dilute-language

37 The UN Special Procedures are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. Special procedures are either an individual (called "Special Rapporteur" or "Independent Expert") or a working group composed of five members.

38 A/HRC/29/32. (2015). Paras 1 & 12. www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session29/Documents/A.HRC.29.32_AEV.doc

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Hardware- und Nachrichten-Links des 2./3. November 2019   

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Der Launch der GeForce GTX 1660 Super wurde nun ja nicht gerade mit überschäumender Begeisterung entgegengenommen – wofür die Karte selber am wenigsten kann, jene macht es eigentlich nur besser als die bisher von nVidia in diesem Preissegment verfügbaren Lösungen. Zum einen hat die GeForce GTX 1660 Super jedoch das Problem des "Refresh"-Status – und zum anderen sind Mainstream-Beschleuniger hier im 3DCenter augenscheinlich nicht sonderlich begehrt (ganz im Gegensatz zur Leserschaft bei Golem beispielsweise). Die meisten Grafikkarten-Enthusiasten gelüstet es halt nach Neuware in ganz anderen Preissegmenten – und man weist zurecht auf den Umstand hin, das die Performance der GeForce GTX 1660 Super schon vor Jahren mittels anderer Grafikkarten angeboten wurde. Etwas verdrängt wird dabei allerdings der Punkt, das dies dann zu deutlich anderen Preispunkten passierte: Eine GeForce GTX 980 Ti (Perf.Index 750%) trat anno 2015 mal für 649 Dollar an, die GeForce GTX 1070 (Perf.Index 800%) dann anno 2016 für 379 Dollar. Heuer nun schafft die GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Perf.Index 770%) eine ähnliche Performance zu einem Preispunkt von 229 Dollar – samt klar niedriger Verlustleistung obendrauf.

Release FHD Perf.Index Realverbrauch Listenpreis
GeForce GTX Titan X 17. März 2015 780% 240W 999$
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 31. Mai 2015 750% 236W 649$
GeForce GTX 1070 30. Mai 2016 800% 147W 379$
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 22. Februar 2019 790% 117W 279$
GeForce GTX 1660 Super 29. Oktober 2019 770% 126W 229$

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Nigeria midfielder Ayinde signs Eskilstuna United contract extension   

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The Super Falcons international has extended her stay at Tunavallen until June 2022

          

Troost-Ekong extends Udinese contract   

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The 26-year-old Nigeria international has extended his stay with the White and Blacks until 2023

          

Re: Liegt vielleicht auch daran ...   

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EUIPO: Illegale Downloads weniger beliebt

          

Re: Mal schauen wie lange noch   

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Jurisprudence Ohadata J-16-198 - Côte d'Ivoire   

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Arrêt n° 101/2015, Pourvoi n° 019/2012/PC du 1er mars 2012 : Société NIGER GAZ SARL c/ SONIHY-SA.

Arrêt du 23/07/2015, Cour Commune de Justice et d'Arbitrage (CCJA) (Côte d'Ivoire)


          

Cool Your Soup - 9 April 2018   

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According to Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, it's important to master the basics of writing, but there comes a time when you have to strike out on your own and teach yourself. Also, some Spanish idioms involving food: What does it mean to flip the tortilla or to eat turkey at a dance? Plus, a conversation about the difference between compassion and sympathy. Also recursive acronyms, bear-caught, leaverites, jonesing, mon oeil, Jane Austen's pins, high-water pants, and save your breath to cool your soup.

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YIAGA AFRICA Trains Researchers for Citizens-Driven Legislative Agenda Survey   

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In preparation for the development of a Citizens-Driven Legislative Agenda for the four states with the youngest Speakers in Nigeria—Kwara, Oyo, Plateau and Zamfara—YIAGA AFRICA, on Saturday 2nd November, trained researchers residing in these states to administer research surveys in all the local government areas of the states. The researchers are set to deploy to the […]

          

Odgovorio/la: Pozivni brojevi drzava   

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Appeal Court Nullifies Senator Adeyeye’s Election, Declares PDP Winner.   

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The Court of Appeal has sacked spokesman of the Nigerian Senate, Adedayo Adeyeye, as the lawmaker representing Ekiti South senatorial district in the upper chamber of legislature. Adeyeye, a former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Details later Whatsapp

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NNPC Saves Over $3bn from Arbitrations.   

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Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has saved over $3billion from arbitrations, the Corporation’s Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, has disclosed. Mallam Kyari dropped the hint Tuesday in Abuja when he engaged staff of the corporation in a Town Hall meeting that also involved the participation of the corporation’s outstation-staff. The NNPC GMD gave kudos […]

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Aisha Buhari’s Mercy Mission Visits Kano Hospitals.   

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A delegation from the First Lady of Nigeria, Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari was in Kano on a mercy mission to visit patients in various hospitals in the state on Tuesday 5th November, 2019. The delegation visited eleven hospitals and presented gift packs to 6000 patients. The gift packs contained nutritional food products. In a […]

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Offiziell: Microsoft Edge kommt auch für Linux   

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Der neue Microsoft Edge-Browser hat kürzlich ein neues Logo erhalten und einen Release-Termin. Der Chromium-basierte Browser wird am 15. Januar 2020 für Windows und macOS erscheinen. Microsoft liebäugelt seit einiger Zeit damit, den Browser damit vollständig plattformunabhängig zu machen. So gibt es Microsoft Edge bereits seit einigen Monaten für Android und iOS. Einen Release für […]

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"Staatlich gewollter Niedriglohn"   

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Weniger Geld für mehr Leistung: 30 Jahre nach dem Mauerfall ist Arbeit im Osten drastisch unterbezahlt. Die Weichen dafür stellte eine Politik, die schlechte Löhne als Standortvorteil verkaufte. Nun müssen Gewerkschaften um jedes kleine Stück Gerechtigkeit ringen.

          

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Englische Stadt in der nur noch 40 Eingeborene weiße Briten leben   

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Englische Stadt in der nur noch 40 Eingeborene weiße Briten leben Die jüngste Volkszählung (2016) zeigt, dass weniger als 1 Prozent der 4033 Einwohner des englischen Vororts britische Weiße sind. Heute, im Jahr 2019, dürfte es angesichts des Trends die... weiterlesen →

          

How Bridge uses technology to support low-income countries   

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How Bridge uses technology to support low-income countries
The global shortage of learning is truly shocking. Today, most children in the world are not reaching even basic levels…

Former British Prime Minister and now chair of the global Education Commission, Gordon Brown, has called the learning crisis the ‘civil rights struggle of our time’. World leaders are rightly calling on every sector to join the fight — to use all the tools and resources at our disposal to tackle this effectively. To win this struggle would prevent another generation from being deprived of basic abilities and reduce many drivers of instability and conflict.

Globally there is a shortage of about 69 million teachers and the teachers who are working in low or middle income countries are frequently under supported. Often they teach in rural, remote areas; many of the classrooms have poor learning materials and many teachers feel abandoned and can struggle to understand for themselves the content that they are teaching.

These are all very significant challenges, but not insurmountable. There is a global effort underway to tackle this, centred around UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 for 2030. On current trajectories the SDG4 target will be missed, but progress will be made towards it.

A social enterprise called Bridge International Academies, or Bridge, is focused on helping to achieve this UN goal of quality education for all in Africa and Asia. We serve communities living in extreme poverty and have helped to educate three quarters of a million children over the last ten years at nursery and primary level. Bridge is significantly improving learning outcomes by putting teaching best practice straight into the hands of local teachers around the world, using technology and in-person teacher training and coaching. The vast majority of the work Bridge does is with government teachers in government schools, and some of the work is in our own community schools and nurseries.

A Bridge teacher in class at Bridge International Academies.

After government teachers have been through an intensive up-skilling and training scheme, they are ready to use hand-held tablets that give them access to very high quality lesson guides based on their local curriculum. They are trained to use best practice teaching techniques. In addition, we support them with regular in-person coaching inside the classroom every one or two weeks. In this way, both technology and continuous professional development help these teachers to deliver more child-centred lessons that result in higher learning outcomes for children.

Our approach is to treat learning as a science as we implement best practice across all the schools we run or support. We are focused on how children learn, tweaking, adapting and iterating lessons and teacher training in the light of data and evidence, to make sure children learn as much as possible.

A government school classroom in Nigeria supported by Bridge training and technology.

By collecting information at scale on what lessons work best, and how children learn, local academics in-country work to improve lessons for all children. The approach means that not only can a few schools be served in a few areas but that tens of thousands of schools and millions of children can benefit anywhere in the world.

The use of technology to deliver quality education is bearing fruit in children’s lives. The results have been very encouraging. Kenyan pupils who sat their primary school leavers’ exam have surpassed their peers in other schools for the four consecutive years. In Uganda children have outperformed the national average in the two consecutive years they have sat the national exam. Children’s learning gains in Liberia, where we support government schools, showed pupils learning at twice the speed of their immediate peers. In Nigeria, a DFID report showed equity of high attainment at Bridge schools for children from all types of socio-economic backgrounds. Children in Bridge supported government schools are learning far more than previously. In India we are running community schools in the southeast region in partnership with the local government.

Social enterprises doing this sort of work is an idea supported by the majority of the UK public, and it’s also now part of the official UK Aid strategy for education. From the poorest regions of India to the low-income communities of Nairobi and even areas affected by the terrorist group al-Shabaab, well-supported teachers are thriving and making an impact.

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DOWNLOAD: Thutmose Ft Rema – ‘Love In The Morning’ [Audio]   

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Thutmose also known as Umar Ibrahim is a Nigerian-American rapper, singer and song writer that bases in Broklyn Newyork. Thutmose combines with Mavin’s star Rema for Love In The Morning, a song off his Don’t Wake Me EP. DOWNLOAD/STREAM

          

WATCH: Yemi Alade – ‘Vibe’ [Official Video]   

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Award-winning afro pop artiste Yemi Alade, the Nigerian video queen, returns with the official video for “Vibe.” “It is the fifth track on her latest album, Woman of Steel, and, like the rest of the album, it presents a more liberated, more confident, no-holds-barred Alade. Watch Video below;

          

EVENT: Double Celebration As Burna Boy Wins MTv Ema Best African Act Award, Sells Out Sse Wembley Arena, London UK   

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Over 12,500 music lovers were thrilled to the eccentric performance of the African Giant, Burna Boy at the SSE Wembley Arena in London. Hosted by Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth, the African Giant Tour Returns, which was held on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 was a sold-out epoch concert. In a true Burna Boy’s fashion, his entrance on […]

          

Burna Boy wins Best Africa Act At The MTV Europe Music Awards   

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Nigeria’s Oluwa Burna won the best Africa act award at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday. When nominations were announced, Ariana Grande led with 7 nods, the night awards were dominated by women. But incredibly, Ariana Grande won no awards. The big winners of the night were BTS with three awards. Halsey, Taylor Swift […]

          

WATCH: Runtown – International Badman Killa [Official Video]   

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Nigerian artist Runtown is back with a new music video for his single “International Badman Killa.” The song was featured on his surprise EP ’Tradition’ which dropped back in May. The video was directed by Clarence Peters. Watch and Enjoy International Badman Killa below;

          

More than just musical plays : intersections of politics and folklore in Byron Kawadwa's theatre   

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A lot has been written about Byron Kawadwa's work and its contribution towards developing and Ugandanising the Kampala theatre scene and bringing into it a critical element - Kawadwa was a playwright, actor and director, and Director of the National Cultural Centre, whose play, , represented Uganda at the Festival of African culture (FESTAC 1977) in Nigeria. This paper attempts to explain why since independence, Byron Kawadwa is the most significant playwright in Ugandan theatre, and what makes his contribution distinct as both a playwright and director.


          

Progress and Utopia in Bode Sowande's Babylon Trilogy   

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Bode Sowande belongs to a second generation of Nigerian dramatists, which includes others such as Femi Osofisan, Kole Omotoso, Nasiru Akanji, Olu Obafemi, Tess Onwueme and Tunde Fatunde, who advocate a radical aesthetic for the theatre, different from the relatively conservative dramaturgy of the older generation of playwrights such as Wole Soyinka, J. P Clark-Bekederemo, Ola Rotimi and Zulu Sofola.


          

Editorial : in black and white   

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That Femi Osofisan is today one of the greatest dramatists in Africa is beyond doubt. In Nigeria he is not only the most prolific, but he is also the most popular. As many critics have observed, his plays are the most ubiquitous on the production pallets of professional and semiprofessional companies; and even more so, on the production bills of university students all over the country. Many scholars attest not only to his diversity but to his prolificacy. For instance, Chris Dunton (1992: 67) and Muyiwa Awodiya (2006: 50) attest both to his popularity and dizzying productivity. Indeed, there is an obvious evolvement of what can now rightly be described as Osofisan Studies.


          

Performance in his blood : performative rhythms in Femi Osofisan's writings   

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The drama genre has benefited much from autochthonous art forms. One notices that the transition from traditional drama to the modern form of literary expression has left many African playwrights battling with the challenges of rendering indigenous thoughts, ideals and oral traditions in written forms. Drama deals with man's experience which is the raw material for the playwright who is above all else a member of his particular society. He absorbs the culture of his society, takes in the language, observes the environment, discovers its peculiarities and oddities and tries to reproduce them in his writings, especially in a format that connects with the aesthetic and social values of his audience. Femi Osofisan is one African dramatist who has developed a unique theatrical technique that easily addresses both the aesthetic and social yearnings of his embattled contemporary Nigerian society by resorting to the indigenous idioms of his native Yoruba society. This perceptive 'orality in literacy', or the deployment of performative rhythms in practically every of his literary engagement, is evidently the reason he is reputed to be the most popular and the most frequently performed dramatist in Nigeria. This paper identifies and examines Femi Osofisan's performative strategies in three of his plays, and , and one of his critical essays, an inaugural lecture titled . In these instances I demonstrate how he uses these strategies to immerse his audiences in 'total' African theatre experiences.


          

Playing to reconcile : Osofisan's theatre and the Nigerian polity   

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While assessing the social function of literature in the society, Rene Wellek and Austin Warren observe that there is "a considerable difference between theory and practice, between profession of faith and creative ability" (1956: 98). A number of creative writers of African descent have attempted to promote the relevance of African art to its society through an exploration of functional and communal qualities of literature. With cognizance of the fact that African literature is written predominantly in European languages, African writers are faced with the challenge of retaining their African identities even in a foreign tongue. This dilemma, of reconciling a foreign language with an African identity, is one of the biggest challenges to African writing. As the leading playwright of the third generation of Nigerian dramatists, Osofisan has indeed addressed this challenge in unique ways. In addition to this, he has had to reconcile several other conflicting national issues. In this respect, Osofisan's theatre becomes a bridge between theory and practice; between the profession of faith and creative ability. This paper examines Osofisan's theatre as a mediator between the artist and his craft; the Nigerian polity and the citizens; the indigenous culture and contemporary development. It submits that Osofisan's playmaking principles promote reconciliation at these and other levels in the Nigerian polity.


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