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The world on April 30th celebrated the International Jazz Day. WADR’s Elisabeth-Laure Njipwo met the President of the General Conference of UNESCO, katalin Bogyay
Binkolo in the Safroko Limba Chiefdom in Northern Sierra Leone once noted for rights violations against women and the girl child over the years has made a remarkable break from the practice.
Among harmful practices the township won a reputation for were ‘initiating’ (performing female genital mutilation) girls as young as five years and carrying out forced marriages of minor girls.
Muslim religious leaders in Senegal have for the first time won 5 out of 150 seats in the country’s new National Assembly during last Sunday’s legislative elections.
President Goodluck Jonathan’s promise to push a legislation to control child birth has generated heated debate in Nigeria, which has a population of nearly 160 million and life expectancy of 47-56 years.
An executive of the Africa Travel Association (ATA), Ogo Sow has taken Africa’s media to task for dwelling too much on politics and downplaying promotion of the tourism sector, which could bring in billions of US dollars in revenues to the continent.
In an apparent attempt to defuse the feud in the Catholic diocese in northern Sierra Leone, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed an Administrator to run the Diocese of Makeni.
Ghana’s Vice President John Mahama is calling for calm, after pre-elections communal violence, which has reportedly left up to 8 people dead in parts of the country.
--as parliamentary polls campaign opens
After a hotly contested presidential election in March, Senegal is on the road to parliamentary election, which also promises to be a hotly fought political race.
Transnational violent networks have drastically increased in Africa over the years, with the fruits now being clearly seen in the likes of Ansar Dine in northern Mali and Boko Haram in Nigeria.
The movie industry in Sierra Leone has now begun to make headway, both locally and internationally, promoters and producers say.
“Beauty Curse” is the title of a new movie which is said to have hit Freetown by storm. It’s on the life of a former Sierra Leonean beauty queen, who shockingly died shortly after winning the crown.