Have You Watched Flavour’s Duet with the Blind Superfan? Here’s the Hit That Has Taken the World by Storm

Nigerian Afro High Life Musician, Flavour N’abania, has recorded a duet with Semah G. Weifur, a Liberian blind superfan. The singer first posted a footage of the filming of the song titled “Most High” on Instagram.

Flavour bumped into the boy in March where the latter was performing one of the Nigerian singer’s songs before a crowd in Liberia. The two have been working closely after which they released the sentimental song.

Video: “I am the Long Awaited Jesus Christ,” Nigerian Man Proclaims on a Live TV Interview

By Onderi M. Dennis

A one Mr. Omowole Isaac Omogoroye has declared himself “the long awaited Son of God” in Lagos and proclaimed that he is Nigeria’s president-in-waiting.

Speaking on Sahara TV, the former president of the University of Lagos Students’ Union said he would rename Nigeria as “The New Jerusalem” once he assumes office.

The self-proclaimed “messiah” said that he was appearing to the whole world as “the one and only son of God expected back to life” and he will soon occupy Aso Villa, which is the office and residence of the Nigerian President.

“I come in the new name of God as documented in the only living book, the bible, in Revelations chapter 3 verse 17, Revelations chapter 2:5, 2:7, and 2: 1,” he said.

“No man born of a woman will come from the sky down. It was only a parable in the Bible. I’m here to decode that parable in Revelations,” he went on. Watch the full video.

Nairobi and Darfur Worst Hit by Cholera Outbreak

By Onderi M. Dennis

The great cholera epidemic is raging across Sub-Saharan Africa, with Nairobi and Darfur the worst hit. So far, close to 1000 infections and 12 deaths have been reported in Kenya while Kabkabiya Hospital, North Darfur, alone has recorded 43 infections in its isolation centre.

Both national and county government health officials in Nairobi and 12 other counties have been strategizing on how to bring the outbreak under control, but 12 new cases were reported earlier today, six at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and the others at a newly opened centre at Mukuru Kwa Reuben slums. Four people have died of the infection since May in Nairobi alone.

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A butchery in Nairobi, Kenya. The government has ordered all food handlers to acquire new certification from the City Public Health Department within 21 days.

 

Meanwhile, in North Darfur, infections are decreasing in El Gedaref, but a volunteer activist told Radio Dabanga that most of the new cases are being reported from El Jeer District, camp El Matar, and the Korkrama region. Sseveral victims are also yet to be discharged from the isolation centres of El Gallabat West and Galael Nahal.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health indefinitely closed down the Jacaranda Hotel and San Valencia Restaurant after their staffs tested positive for cholera. It also emerged that two ministers, Henry Rotich and Adan Mohamed, among several other victims hospitalised after developing cholera-like symptoms had attended separate events where the two establishments had offered catering services.

Led by Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, the ministry said that the businesses will remain shut until they comply with specific food safety requirements. The CS also indicated that more may be targeted and ordered all food handlers in Nairobi to acquire new certification from the City Public Health Department within 21 days.

An educational centre, which is said to have been hit hard by the outbreak, was also closed down in Mukuru kwa Rueben slums.

Video: Watch Ivorian Band Magic System Holding Mid-Flight Concert Aboard Air Cote d’Ivoire’s Airbus A320

By Onderi M. Dennis

Ivorian music group Magic System made history by holding a mid-flight concert on Thursday during the launch of Ivory Coast’s flagship airline’s new aircraft.

The quartet (Salif Asalfo Traoré, Narcisse Goude Sadoua, Étienne Tino Boué Bi, and Adama Manadja Fanny) performed in front of a bunch of dancing fans, including President Alassane Ouattara, aboard the Airbus A320 in an event organised by Air Cote d’Ivoire shortly after receiving the airplane.

The passengers sang along and cheered as the band performed some of their popular hits, including Premier Gaou and Cherie Coco. The concert was part of the inaugural flight of the new aircraft from Toulouse to Abidjan via Ouagadougou.

This is Why Tanzanian Women Should Jubilate Following President Magufuli’s Declaration

By Aunt Liz
There is a popular African proverb that “He who swallows a complete coconut have absolute trust in his anus”, and I have been wondering if it originated from Tanzania. You see, Tanzanians knew who John Pombe Magufuli was even before they elected him, and they went on to elect him. So, why are people still chiding him for declaring that teenage mothers cannot continue their education? To begin with, the no-nonsense man’s words were not taken out of context. No. As a matter of fact, he has never minced his words – not even during his campaigns – and his party, CCM, has confirmed that he is just remaining true to his word. Inasmuch as I am a woman, I am taking up the cudgels for the man because his declaration is a manifestation of his appreciation of Tanzanian girls’ worth.

Simple reasoning, is there any sane woman who would like her daughter to be impregnated before completing her secondary education? No. Unless I’m wrong thinking that the criticisms are coming from the guys whom we refer to as “deadbeat fathers” in my country, all women whose daughters are yet to complete high school education should gather at the pinnacles of PSPF Twin Towers and make merry. In my view, Magufuli’s presidency has become the first in Africa to realize that girls have an equal chance to progress in the field of academia (rather than parent) as the boys.

Up until now, I have never subscribed to the argument that some pregnancies are accidental safe the rare rape cases. Honestly, which 21st century parent does not have sex talk with his or her daughter or son? It is good news to learn that some of our teens now use birth control when engaging in sex, because this means they know the risks associated with their actions. In other words, by engaging in unprotected sex, they have decided (either consciously or unconsciously) to get pregnant. By getting pregnant, they have chosen parenting over schooling and thus they should dedicate all their time tending their babies at home.

Another thing that the critics seem to be forgetting is that the law is very clear on underage sex, which is a form of indecent assault. If I were a Tanzanian mother, I would be lauding the president because he shut the escape route that “deadbeat fathers” would have used to keep on taking advantage of minors. He promised to come down hard on whoever lures a minor to go to bed with him. Truly, “if the throat can grant passage to a knife, the anus should wonder how to expel it.” The men who impregnate the girls deserve long jail terms during which they would harness their energies in doing something constructive while learning from their mistakes.

To all teen mothers, it is not doom and gloom for you after the verdict from the high office. Neither is this a death sentence for those with brains big enough to accommodate all that is there to be learnt in the country’s curricula. The desire to provide access to education for teen mothers is expressly mentioned in CCM’s manifesto, but the party has already stated that this agenda will be advanced through the Complementary Basic Education for Tanzania (Cobet). Even so, you owe it to yourself to abstain or engage in safe sex until you complete secondary education lest you anger your president.

African Countries Top the Latest U.S. List of Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

By Mr. Sentinel
The United States has revealed that 13 African countries are among the 23 worst offenders for human trafficking.

In its 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report that was released on Tuesday, Uncle Sam clustered countries in three tiers with the worst being Tier 3 nations whose governments are yet to meet the minimum standards contained in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and have shown no significant attempt to do so.

Going by the list, Burundi, Central African Republic, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, South Sudan, and Sudan are all grouped together with China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia as the worst human trafficking offenders in the world.

The countries listed in Tier 2 as making significant efforts to comply with the standards but are yet to fully meet the minimum include Angola, Botswana, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, and Uganda.

Two African women, Cameroonian Vanaja Jasphine and Amina Oufroukhi from Morocco, were honored alongside six other heroes the U.S. Department of State said have dedicated their lives to the fight against human trafficking.

“As we honour these heroes, we remember that everyone – everyone – has a role to play. Governments, NGOs, the private sector, survivors, and, most of all, the American people all must continue to work together to make human trafficking end in the 21st century,” said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the release of the report.

Jasphine, who is the coordinator of the Kumbo Diocesan Commission for Justice and Peace in the Northwest Region of Cameroon, facilitated reintegration assistance to survivors and offered legal assistance to victims after initiating numerous trafficking-related court proceedings. As for Oufroukhi, who is a judge with the Moroccan Ministry of Justice’s Directorate of Criminal Affairs and Pardons, she was at the forefront in establishing special protection units in Moroccan courts for women and juveniles before drafting new legal procedures that would see these protections extended to all trafficking victims.

Officials in South Africa Concede That Inmates Were Entertained by Strippers

By Onderi M. Dennis

In some countries, inmates enjoy such privileges as occasional conjugal visits, but in South Africa, prisoners are treated to exotic dancers. Many thought that the explicit photos doing the rounds on social media a few days ago were fake, but The Department of Correctional Services has now confirmed that some strippers were let into Johannesburg Medium B Prison to entertain inmates.

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One of the lucky inmates who had a chance to be rocked by a sexy stripper.

Through the spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo, the department acknowledged that it was aware of the incident and that the images were taken during the annual June Youth Month celebrations, which are held in memory of the students killed in the 1976 anti-apartheid Soweto revolt. James Smalberger, the acting national commissioner of the department, described the incident as a major breach and violation of prison protocols and promised an immediate probe into the same. He reckoned that the department approved the celebrations, “but the form of entertainment as depicted on social media was not approved and not in line with Correctional Services policies and procedures.”
Popularly known as Sun City, Johannesburg Medium B Prison houses some of South Africa’s most dangerous criminals, and some members of the public defended the inmates arguing that such a privilege ought to be officially sanctioned now.

 

The Skin-Whitening Craze Has Shifted into Overdrive in Kenya’s Wretched Slums in Sync with Child Prostitution

By Onderi M. Dennis

Going by the rising cases of skin whitening treatments across Africa, one would conclusively fault People magazine for declaring Lupita Nyong’o, Academy award-winning actress, the most beautiful person in the world. For various reasons, black people are increasingly yielding to white supremacy as more men and women set about a “beauty-seeking mission” that has now demonized the dark skin. Led by socialites and various celebrities from the continent’s entertainment industry, the crest of the skin-whitening wave currently seems to be hovering over Nairobi’s informal settlements.

 

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Contrasting looks of some of Africa’s big names who have undergone skin whitening procedures with that of Lupita Nyong’o, who was named PEOPLE‘s most beautiful person in the world.

 

Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, is ever abuzz with activity, and a covert participant observation by Ambia Africa reveals that even minors are involved in live sex shows under the cover of darkness. Child prostitution, which is increasingly eroding the slum dwellers’ dignity, has taken the form of organized crime whereby girls as young as 15 are lured into exclusive dens around Karen by a notorious prostitution ring that pays them as little as KES 200. It is shocking that the trend is not a mere coincidence with the rising cases of skin-whitening in the slum. One can be forgiven to conclude that many of the female Millenials in the area are by-products of mixed-race affairs, but it appears this is the breed leading the chase for male clients.

Mueni, a self-confessed sex worker, and some of her friends currently ply their trade in downtown Nairobi.

“The yellow-skinned lasses have intensified the competition here,” she says.

Amina, one of her cronies, also concedes that it is her apprehension about bleaching her skin (rather than her age) that compelled her to consider shifting bases.

After one week of prying into their private lives, Ambia Africa established that several young girls are advised to lighten their skin if they want to remain “competitive” because it turns out that the modern Kenyan man prefers light-skinned women. Five of the girls we spoke to (only on condition of anonymity) have now turned to dangerous skin bleaching products because they idolize local celebrities, especially Vera Sidika, who is rumored to have spent at least $170 000 on skin whitening procedures hitherto.

“I look up to her,” one of the girls confessed, “and she’s a living proof that light skin is the hot cake in town…I will not stop until I look like her.”

A Trap for the Unwary

In Nairobi’s River Road, only someone interested or concerned can hear the hisses coming from the beauty shops and booths. This is where the backstreet beauty trade is booming; girls and women flock the shops either to buy creams or receive injections. Harleen, one of the sellers of skin whitening products, reluctantly reveals that a greater percentage of her clients are less than 25 years old.

Each of the five girls we spoke to counted at least seven of her friends who are in the race to become what they maintain is “prettier than the current look”. In this line, the word Mkorogo, which is a Kiswahili equivalent of “concoction”, is rapidly becoming a popular vocabulary among these girls. This method entails mixing various skin-bleaching creams, which experts warn can have toxic effect on the skin.

Lal Kumar, a Nairobi-based dermatologist, reckons that such methods increase risks of cancer and adrenal gland complications.

“In fact, most (if not all) over-the-counter skin-lightening creams contain a substance called hydroquinone and traces of corticosteroids,” he says. “These substances can be potentially harmful to the human skin.”

According to Harleen, an injection costs KES 5 000, which is more expensive than the creams, but she reckons it guarantee an even tone, but one has to go for a couple of them before the results begin to show.

“It just works like magic, but it is for someone who wants fast results,” she says.

However, according to Dr Pranav Pancholi of Avane Clinic, even such shots are just as dangerous as the creams.

“The products are packaged and marketed to look attractive, but anything could be inside. Injecting products containing AHAs is abnormal. It can kill body tissue and cause serious infection,” he told Al Jazeera.

Many of the products that are sold to River Road clients are sourced from unregulated materials from China, the DRC Congo, and India among other countries. Market Surveillance Officers from Kenya Bureau of Standards recently raided beauty shops and booths along River Road and nabbed cosmetics and beauty products that were found to contain substances whose sale is highly regulated, such as hydroquinone, steroids, mercury and hydrogen peroxide. According to the Quality Assurance Department, “these substances can only be sold in registered pharmacies and chemists on recommendations of a medical doctor for a given period of time.”

KEBS requires all creams, lotions, gels, and soaps among other skin care preparations containing hydroquinone, steroids, and hormonal substances to be registered by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board for medical use years after their use in cosmetics was prohibited through gazette notices 4310 of 14th August 1998 and 7169 of November 2000. Some of the products approved by the board include Diprosone ointment, Mediven cream, Betnovate cream and ointment, Nerisone cream, Dermovate cream and ointment, and Hydrocortisone cream and ointment.

 

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Mediven Cream, one of the products registered with and approved by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board for medical use

 

The bleaching trend remains popular in Africa, especially in countries like Nigeria, where at least 75% of women use skin-lightening products, followed by Togo with 59%, South Africa with 35%, and Mali with 25%, according to a survey conducted by The Independent. Some of the household names that have undergone skin-whitening procedures include Nollywood sensational Ini Edo, Kenya’s famed socialite Verah Sidika, Nigerian-Cameroonian pop star Dencia, Cameroon’s former model Irène Major, Ghana’s former model Nasara Kittoe, her compatriot Mariam Abdul Rauf, and South Africa’s songstress Mshoza among others.

Although the relationship between the rising cases of child prostitution and skin-whitening cannot be clearly established, the craze seems to be sweeping through Nairobi’s informal settlement, and it is not sparing even minors. However, the one thing that is certain is that women and girls are convinced that the modern Kenyan man is easily attracted to fairer skin.

Kenya’s Female Voters Prefer Uhuru Kenyatta to Raila Odinga as NASA Still Trails Jubilee in Latest Poll

By Aunt Liz

If opinion polls are anything to go by, then President Uhuru Kenyatta would once again beat Raila Odinga if Kenya held its elections today.

A new survey conducted by The Star newspaper showed that Jubilee Party’s Uhuru Kenyatta would garner 48 percent of the total votes cast while NASA’s flag-bearer would trail him at 39 percent. What is interesting is that the president has commanded more popularity among women whereby 50 percent of all the female respondents said they would reelect him while only 34 percent would vote for Raila.

According to the newspaper, the poll was conducted in 28 counties, all of which were sampled from the former eight provinces. Exactly 3,430 respondents over 18 years old were interviewed through Computer Aided Telephone Interview between May 3-14, and the newspaper’s research department reckons that the poll carries a 1.7 percent margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level.

Almost of the 33 percent of the respondents who think that the IEBC will conduct a free and fair election are supporters of Uhuru, while only 15 percent of Raila’s supporters think so

A similar survey conducted by the newspaper last month put the president ahead at 49 percent and the opposition chief at 40 percent. The drop in the two presidential candidates’ votes might have resulted from the number of undecided voters, which increased by two percentage points from 10 percent to 12 percent between May and the date of the latest poll with the General Election only 41 days away.

Interestingly, almost of the 33 percent of the respondents who think that the IEBC will conduct a free and fair election are supporters of Uhuru, while only 15 percent of Raila’s supporters think so.

Some 59 percent of those interviewed would vote for the president based on his development record, while 15 percent expressed their confidence that Raila’s development agenda would salvage the country. In fact, Raila would beat Uhuru based on job creation, ensuring national cohesion and integration, and addressing the country’s insecurity at 10.5 per cent, 3.3 per cent and 2.1 percent, respectively.

The poll came just a day after the president unveiled an eight-key pillar manifesto to support his reelection bid, but NASA is expected to unveil its manifesto today, which is expected to contain the development agenda the opposition chief’s camp has in store for the country.