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World Pays Last Respect To Kofi Annan In Ghana

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A state funeral holds for the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Ghana.

Dignitaries present to pay their last respects to the great Kofi Annan include; the current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, former Ghanaian presidents, the leaders of Ivory Coast, Liberia, Namibia and Niger, and the Crown Prince of Norway.

Kofi Annan who passed August 18 at age 80 was flown to Accra on Monday and about 6,000 people, converged at the Accra International Conference Centre to pay their last respects to the Nobel laureate.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks of Annan:

“Kofi Annan was both one-of-a-kind and one of us. He was an exceptional global leader.

“He was also someone virtually anyone in the world could see themselves in: those on the far-reaching of poverty or by, conflict and despair who found in him an ally; the junior UN staffers following in his footsteps; the young person to whom he said until his dying breath ‘always remember, you are never too young to lead – and we are never too old to learn.

“Like few in our time, Kofi Annan would bring people together, put them at ease, and unite them towards a common goal for our common humanity. There is an old joke: The art of diplomacy is to say nothing … especially when you are speaking! Kofi Annan could say everything, sometimes without uttering a word.

“It came from the dignity and the moral conviction and the humanity that was so deep in him. He had that gentle voice, that lilt that made people smile and think of music. But his words were tough and wise.

“And sometimes the graver a situation, the lower that voice would get. We would lean in to listen. And the world would lean in. And we were rewarded by his wisdom.”

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Source: https://www.bellanaija.com/2018/09/world-pays-last-respect-kofi-annan-state-funeral-ghana/

A Historian by profession and buzz media personality in practice, Elohor Chanai is an OAP formerly with Speed FM and Raypower FM respectively. She’s a zealous and creative writer who’s out to conquer the media and entertainment industry.

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British PM Theresa May to visit Nigeria This Week

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British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced that she is visiting Africa this week and two cities(Abuja and Lagos) in Nigeria are on her schedule list.

she’ll be the first British Prime Minister to visit Sub-Saharan Africa since 2013 with plans to also visit Kenya and South Africa.

Theresa May would be meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at Abuja on Wednesday, 29th of August, 2018. She is also expected to spend some time in Lagos where she’s expected to visit victims of modern slavery.

May’s visit looks to promote the partnership between Africa and the UK, which would help Africa solve challenges in a continent that is growing at a rapid pace – from the Sahara to South Africa.

She will also use the visit to announce further support to tackle instability across the region. Nigeria has been dealing with the insurgency of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, for nine years.

Recall that, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron paid a special two-day visit to Nigeria in July 2018.

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South African Student Khensani Maseko Commits Suicide After Rape

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A 23-year-old law student of Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, Khensani Maseko, takes her own life.

Khensani Maseko took her own life on Friday afternoon at her family home in Johannesburg, about 600 miles north of her University campus. She left a suicide note which pointed out that she could no more deal with the psychological effect of a sexual assault melted on her by her boyfriend in May.

Khensani who was the campus Miss Varsity and a member of the Rhodes Student Representative Council left a final Instagram post with her date of birth, alongside her death of date with a caption; ‘No one deserves to be raped’.

Students of Rhodes University are, however, calling on the police and South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority to launch an inquest into the student’s death.

Speaking of the tragic lost Nhlakanipho Mahlangu – Rhodes Student Representative Council, said:

“We know the amount of promise she had to offer us all, I mean to offer the entire country. We’re very shaken, it’s a very difficult time for us as the SRC and we wish her family all the strength and support that we can.”

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Nigerian Traders Cry For Help After Incessant Attacks From Ghanaians

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The leaders of Nigerian traders at Ghana’s Suame Magazine in Kumasi, the Ashanti region of Ghana are crying out for help.

This cry follows incessant attacks melted out on the Nigerian traders by Ghanaians. Citi News reports that the attacks began after the Ministry of Trade and Industry ordered all non-Ghanaian traders to leave the markets before the 27th of July, 2018 or face the wrath of the government.

The order was said to have been reversed on grounds of inadequate sensitization. However, members of the Ghana Union Trader Association (GUTA) have continued the attacks, forcefully evicting them from their shops.

An executive member of the Nigerian Retailers Association, Victor Moname in an interview, reveals to Citi News that:

“The [Ashanti] Regional [Police] Commander told us that the Nigeria High Commission had called him over the same issue. He said he had sent a police patrol team to Suame Magazine, Kumasi. But when some of our people open their shops, some boys jumped on them again including some of the GUTA executives.

“Some of their items got broken because when the boys come and ask you to close your shop, and you refuse, they destroy your things. So that was the reason why when they came to tell us to close the shops, we obliged because they are many. They are up to 50, and you can’t identify all of them. They don’t even have shops in Magazine.”

Also adding that its members have closed their shops for fear of attacks, Mr. Victor said:

“The evacuation of foreign retailers, according to the Ministry, was to allow for sensitization and education in the domestic retail trade sector.”

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