Free press under siege in Nigeria: An Open Letter to President Muhammadu Buhari

Evelyn Okakwu and Dapo Olorunyomi of Premium Times after being released by Nigerian authorities last night

 Following the recent upsurge in arrest and harassment of journalists in Nigeria, some Nigerian activitists and active citizens penned a much needed open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari. The text is presented below unedited. Dear President Muhammadu Buhari, We are writing to express our deep concern over what appears to be an increase in harassment […]

Gambia Crisis: Adama Barrow to be sworn in as President at Dakar embassy

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 Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow says he will be sworn in at the country’s embassy in neighbouring Senegal, as regional forces massed at the border to force incumbent Yahya Jammeh to quit after his election defeat. In messages posted on his social media accounts, Barrow said the inauguration was going to take place as scheduled on […]

Gambia: Botswana says it no longer recognises Jammeh as president


 Botswana has become the first African state to announce that it no longer recognises Yahya Jammeh as The Gambia’s president following his refusal to hand power to Adama Barrow who defeated him in elections on 1 December. In a statement, Botswana’s goverrnment said: Mr Jammeh’s decision not to respect the will of the Gambian people […]

Tanzania Seeks $200 Million World Bank Loan To Clear Debt Of State Power Company


 Tanzania is seeking $200 million loan from the World Bank for debt-ridden state power supplier TANESCO, the country’s energy minister said on Monday. The ministry in a statement said the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) has a debt of $363 million, up from $250 million at the end of 2015. The East African country’s President […]

African Union To Recognize Adama Barrow As Gambian President On January 19

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 Going by the recent position adopted by the African Union (AU), that it will no longer recognise Yahya Jammeh as President of The Gambia, the continental body would in principle turn to Adama Barrow as the country’s leader for official relations. President Yahya Jammeh’s term in office as leader of the tiny West African country […]

China Pledges Additional $40 Billion Investment in Nigeria

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 The Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Wang Yi says his country is investing additional 40 billion dollars in Nigeria. Yi stated this at a bilateral meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama in Abuja. The minister said China had already invested up to the tune of  45 billion dollars in the Nigerian economy and […]

Facts About The High-speed Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway Project


  Here are some things you need to know about the Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway line modernization, according to It’s is the first modern electrified railway line in East Africa. It’s jointly owned the governments of Ethiopia and Djibouti with construction by China Railway Group and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation. The first freight services on the line began in […]

China Claims Ownership Of Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway

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  Built in China, paid for by China, built by Chinese, operated and maintained by Chinese — news media reports often describe the newly refurbished, high-speed Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway as a project in which China is fully vested. But China didn’t finance the entire railway. The Ethiopian section of the line cost $3.4 billion, and China Exim […]