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mandela1South Africans prepared for celebrations and charity work as a way to commemorate the birthday of former president Nelson Mandela, who turns 95 on Thursday in a hospital where he has been for weeks for a lung infection.

"It is obviously more significant now because of his medical condition," said Noor Nieftagodien, an associate professor from the University of Witwatersrand. "Previously, his birthday embodied our democracy, but it's profoundly more important now."

Nigerian UniverityThe Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Jos state Chapter, said Nigerian students pay about $3billion as tuition fees to study in African Universities every year.

The ASUU Chairperson, Dr. David Jangkam flung by his Secretary, Dr. Noel Wannang and other members of the executive disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the ASUU secretariat in Jos, on Tuesday over the ongoing ASUU strike, and the conduct of the Post UMTE Screening by
the Administration of University of Jos,

According to him, “Nigerian Scholars are migrating to other African countries in their numbers, paying about 3 billion dollars annually as tuition fees and other charges in other African Universities.

ChimamandaNigerian author , Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will be awarded the Heartland Prize for fiction in celebration of her most recent novel “Americanah.” A 2008 MacArthur Foundation “genius award” recipient, Adichie writes about issues of identity, displacement and dislocation. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications such as The New Yorker and the Financial Times.

Thomas Dyja will be honored with the Heartland Prize for non-fiction for “The Third Coast,” a cultural history of his hometown of Chicago. Originally from Chicago’s Northwest Side, Dyja comes at the American experience from a unique angle, looking at mid-century Chicago when so much of what is considered truly American – McDonald’s, Playboy, Great Books – was born. He elucidates this profound impact on America and also speaks to the waning of post-war creativity in Chicago.

Hassan al-bashirCivil rights activists and human rights lawyers Monday demanded that Nigeria arrest Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir and deliver him to the International Criminal Court to stand trial for crimes in Darfur.

President Goodluck Jonathan was urged "to support the demand by the international community for justice for the victims of genocide and war crimes," by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project.

Human rights lawyers are going to court to argue for an order to force the arrest, said Chino Obiagwu of Nigeria's Legal Defense and Assistance Project.

Human Rights Watch was contacting diplomats to add to the pressure. They are urging Nigeria's international partners "to signal that Nigeria should show leadership and not host ICC fugitive Bashir," said Elise Keppler of the New York-based organization's International Justice ProgrNigeria is a member of the International Criminal Court and "has international legal obligations to ensure that this country does not become a safe haven for alleged perpetrators of crimes under international law like al-Bashir," said Adetokunbo Mumuni, executive director of the rights and accountability project.

Monday, 15 July 2013 10:40

Mass graves found in Nigeria raids

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mass-graveMaiduguri - Military officials say they have uncovered mass graves of decomposing bodies, networks of underground tunnels and caches of buried arms in raids that killed dozens of Islamic extremists in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri.

Sunday's statement about last week's raids contradicts previous military assurances that it had forced militants out of major cities and towns in a two-month-old security crackdown in three north-eastern states covering one-sixth of Nigeria.

Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said security forces also rescued many women and girls kidnapped by the extremists in an attack in Maiduguri's Bulabulinganaram neighborhood.

Thursday, 11 July 2013 18:14

SA's First female VP for UN Post

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Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaNEW YORK, 10 July 2013 / PRNewswire Africa / - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a former deputy president of South Africa and women's advocate, as the new head of the United Nations body tasked with promoting women's rights and their full participation in global affairs.

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka replaces Michelle Bachelet, a former president of Chile who served as the first Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Ms. Bachelet stepped down a few months ago.

Thursday, 11 July 2013 18:04

Whites welcome in EFF - Malema

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MalemaWhite South Africans are welcome to join the Economic Freedom Fighters if they agreed with the movement, Julius Malema said at the launch his political platform in Braamfontein.

"Fellow white South Africans, if you agree with us you are more than welcome to join us in the redistribution of land and wealth in South Africa," he said. "This land is too big. There is nobody who will be driven to the sea. We will share, black and white. But failure to share means you will be forced to share.

"We all belong here, but we all have to show proof that we belong here. Black people have nothing to show. Therefore we must give them something to show so they can say proudly: this is our land, this is our country," the Mail and Guardian reported Malema as saying.

goodluck in_chinaBEIJING - (AP) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Chinese President Xi Jinping presided Wednesday over the signing of accords between their governments to facilitate $1.1 billion in low-interest loans for much-needed infrastructure in Nigeria.

China, which is increasingly looking to Africa for oil and other natural resources, is offering Nigeria loans to help fund airport terminals in four cities, roads, a light-rail line for its capital, a hydropower plant and oil and gas infrastructure.
Xi said both countries had been brought together by a common task of pursuing national development. "As a proverb of Nigeria reads, 'A man cannot sit down alone to plan for prosperity,'" he said.

thabo Mbeki_recieving_new_smart_IDOfficials from the Department of Home Affairs have captured Former President Thabo Mbeki’s details in preparation for issuing his new smart ID card.

Home Affairs is on a drive to launch the new smart ID cards with the aim of introducing a paperless environment. Within the next three months, the department will introduce the phased roll out of the smart ID card.

President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Mothlante, Former President Mbeki, FW de Klerk, Winnie Madikizela- Mandela, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Andrew Mlangeni are among the leaders that will receive their new cards on Madiba’s birthday on 18 July 2013.

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