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Nigerians, Egyptians, Rwandans, Others Win Jack Ma’s Maiden $1m Africa’s Business Heroes Awards


A Nigerian and Founder/CEO, LifeBank, Temie Giwa-Tubosun; an Egyptian and Founder/CEO, Nawah-Scientific, Omar Sakr; a Rwandan and Founder, Water Access, Christelle Kwizera; and others Saturday emerged top winners of the first annual Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI), otherwise tagged Africa’s Business Heroes grand finale awarding $1 million in prize money to 10 entrepreneurs from across Africa.

The breakdown of the top three finalists indicated that Giwa-Tubosun won the star prize of $250,000; followed by Sakr with second place, winning $150,000; and Kwizera winning $100,000 as the third place prize.

The remaining finalists, who each received $65,000 include: CEO, Mumm, Waleed Abd El Rahman (Egypt); Co-founder, Thrive Agric, Ayodeji Arikawe (Nigeria); Founder/CEO, J-Palm, Mahmud Johnson (Liberia); Co-founder/CEO, UZURI K&Y, Kevine Kagirimpundu (Rwanda); Founder, Black Swan, Tosan J. Mogbeyiteren (Nigeria); Co-founder, DrugStoc, Chibuzo Opara, (Nigeria); and Co-founder/CEO, Afrikrea, Moulaye Taboure (Cote D’Ivoire).

The ANPI is a flagship initiative of the Jack Ma…

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#ForAGreaterLagos…Lagos Blue Line Rail Will Commence Operations in 2021


The Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led Lagos State Government has assured that Lagos Blue Line Rail would convey its first set of passengers in 2021, saying the government is working round the clock to ensure the completion and successful utilisation of the project.

The state Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, stated this while featuring on ‘Lagos Today,’ a programme aired by Lagos State Television.

Oladeinde added that the present administration was committed to the completion date deadline, saying the government was very passionate about the actualisation of an effective intra-state rail system.

The commissioner explained that the inter-state rail line currently being constructed by the Federal Government would serve as the Red Line Rail spanning from Alagbado to Marina.

“The rail and other modes of transportation are very key in the Strategic Transport Master Plan which will feature a sustainable and innovative integrated Multi-modal System that will ultimately ease the traffic flow within…

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INEC Officials Beaten Up In Kogi, Abandoned Polling Unit


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fficeals of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, have reportedly abandoned the poll in the kogi state polling unit 001 Asuta Warr, Kabba/ Buu LG after they Were beaten up by thugs

TheCable gathered that voting ended before 11am but some persons in the community disrupted the exercise, forcing the electoral officials to leave their duty post.

When newsmen got there at 2pm, counting of votes had not commenced.

At polling unit 006, Asuta ward, still in Kabba/Bunu, voting has ended but INEC ad hoc staff complained about violence.

“They rioted three times and even tore the ballot paper,” a presiding officer told TheCable

There are reports of destruction of ballot papers across polling units in Kabba/Bunu and Ijumu local government areas in Kogi.

At units 001 and 006, Asuta ward, Kabba/Bunu, votes were being counted with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leading when some youth started pouring water and drinks on the ballot papers.

Journalists and INEC ad hoc staff were threatened and chased away.

The election has been marred by widespread violence, especially in Kogi.

Check out Campaign Signs By Aisha Buhari-


As the governorship election in Kogi state remains a few hours from now, the campaign is in top gear to save Governor Yahaya Bello’s candidacy.

However, the 4+4 encrypted sign made by Aisha Buhari During her campaign visit to the state has got social media talking.

Check out her finger sign.

PDP Mocks El-Rufai, Bello and APC for Begging Kogi People By Kneeling at Campaign Ground


Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday said the public apology and kneeling by the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Kogi State Campaign Council and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, confirmed that even the APC agreed that Governor Yahaya Bello did not merit a second term.

The party alleged that “the genuflection by El-Rufai is also a direct confirmation that the failed Governor Bello cannot lay claim to any genuine vote at the November 16 governorship election.”

PDP noted that Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu, also knelt before the Kogi people to beg for Bello which further showed that “it is public knowledge that the governor (Bello) misused the opportunity given to him to lead the state.”

“Unfortunately, the apology is coming too late in the day and cannot be accepted by the people of Kogi State, whose lives, Yahaya Bello had turned into a living hell in the…

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Angolan Mother Confirms 12-year-old Son as Offspring of Human-Chimpanzee Love Affair


The genetic makeup of a 12-year-old Angolan boy is now disputed by experts after his deceased mother allegedly told him on the deathbed that he is the offspring of a human-chimpanzee love affair, the Gazeta Nacional has reported.

The story made national headlines and has unleashed an outpour of generosity towards Augusto Dembo, 12, who now lives with his uncle and aunt in the capital city of Luanda.

Although the young boy has become an instant celebrity, many experts dispute the claim that he is the product of the sexual intercourse between a human and a chimpanzee.

“Sexual relationships between humans and chimpanzees are fairly common in the region but this is the first time a pregnancy is officially reported,” said Dr. António Mendes of the Hospital Municipal do Luena.

Angola President João Lourenço has already nicknamed the boy the “Angolan Miracle Child” as well as praising the young man…

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Hope Rising…MSD’s Ebola Vaccine Gets WHO Prequalification Status


Merck known as MSD Thursday said its ERVEBO (Ebola Zaire Vaccine – rVSVΔ-ZEBOV-GP live) has been awarded prequalification status by the World Health Organization (WHO).

ERVEBO is the first vaccine to be prequalified by the WHO for the prevention of Ebola Virus Disease.

WHO prequalification followed the European Commission’s grant of a conditional marketing authorisation to ERVEBO on November 11.

ERVEBO is currently under Priority Review with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a target action date of March 14, 2020.

WHO prequalification means that ERVEBO has met the WHO’s standards of quality, efficacy and tolerability, which, in conjunction with other criteria, offers guidance to the United Nations (UN) and other global health entities in making relevant vaccine decisions.

Importantly, prequalification status allowed a vaccine to be procured and purchased by the UN, now allowing ERVEBO to be considered as a vaccine to be included in a global…

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