AFRICA 101

This space is dedicated predominantly to developments and trends in the various spheres of the African continent which are constantly evolving.

Edo State, Nigeria mourns death of Two Her Outstanding Sons - Edokpayi and Aikhomu

Governor of Edo State, Nigeria, Godwin Obaseki, in a statement, has mourned the death of the former Chief of Defence Logistics at the Nigerian Army Defence Headquarters, Major General John Ighodaro Edokpayi, who died at the age of 78.

The governor, in the statement, said the late Major General was a hardworking military officer and would be fondly remembered for his loyalty, commitment, and dedication to the unity of the country.

Obaseki noted: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of former Chief of Defence, Logistics at the Nigerian Army Defence Headquarters, Major General John Ighodaro Edokpayi. 

“A contemporary of the former Nigerian Senate President, David Mark, the late Major General Edokpayi rose through the ranks, attaining the peak office of the Chief of Defence.

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A Former Ambassador's Wake Up Call To Africa And The Rest Of The World

A dynamic new book – Africa 101: The Wake Up Call – presents the past of the oldest history of man with a view of the future by one of the leading advocates for an African renaissance, Her Excellency Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the former Ambassador of the African Union to the United States, and the Americas.

It is a book that dissects Africa’s past and her 600-year relationship with the rest of the world; the travesty that was the Berlin Conference of 1884, designed to strip Africa of herself, and from where the greed of the Europeans took over.

The book was finished and ready to go press, when the international calamity of the George Floyd murder gripped our nation and the author stopped the press to capture the unfolding saga of Floyd’s death in the book. To the best of my knowledge, Africa 101 is the only one that records Mr. Floyd’s last words; and anyone who was not moved by what they read, did not read or truthfully understand the book and the Ambassador’s message.

As she says in her dedication:

“I dedicate this book to all Africans, people of African descent, friends of Africa worldwide and all who have good intentions in support of the continent’s advancement and development. I also dedicate this book to our African Ancestors, those who died on the continent as well as those who died as enslaved people across the Atlantic. They paid the ultimate prize and it is their shoulders we stand on today. In addition, I also dedicate this book to all black men and women who were murdered by racist white men, from Emmett Till to George Floyd.”

After reading the 600-plus pages, all persons of African descent should all be ready to ask everyone including themselves:

“What have we ever done to you that you treat us the way you do?”

Africa 101; The Wake-Up Call is available at BestSellersGuild.com.
Kindle Edition at Amazon.

Excerpt from Africa 101:

The final words of George Floyd... the last 8 minutes and 46 seconds

“Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe it’s my face, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, I can’t breathe, Please your knee, I can’t breathe, I will, I can’t move, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa Mamaaaaa, Mamaaaa, I can’t, my knee, my neck, I’m through, I’m through, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, I’m claustrophobic, my stomach hurt, my neck hurt, everything hurt, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, need some water or something, please, please, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, I can’t breathe officer, they gonna kill me, they gonna kill me man, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, I cannot breathe, I cannot breathe, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, they gonna kill me, they gonna kill me, I can’t breathe, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, I can’t breathe, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, please, please, please, please, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, please, I can’t breathe, please, please, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa!!!

Transcribed by: Susan Rosario

Africa and France: An unfulfilled dream of independence?

France’s former African colonies are celebrating 60 years of independence. But France’s influence remains all-pervasive and critics say it is time that Africans cut the umbilical cord and put an end to Françafrique.

“Sixty years on, francophone countries in Africa still do not have true independence and freedom from France,” says Nathalie Yamb, an adviser to Ivory Coast’s Freedom and Democracy Party (LIDER). Even the content of school textbooks is often still determined by France, she added.

But more importantly, the political system in many of the countries was introduced by France. “Shortly before independence, France decided to abolish the parliamentary system in some countries like Ivory Coast and introduce a presidential regime in which all territories and powers are in the hands of the head of state; Yamb told DW. The reason being that in this way,” only one person with all the power needs to be manipulated,”she said. Françafrique, as the French influence in the former colonies is called, remains a fact, particularly galling to the young, whose resentment of the former colonial power is growing. Beginning in the 1980s, many French presidential candidates have been announcing plans to put an end to Françafrique. 

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Angolan court sentences ex-leader's son to Five years for fraud

Angola’s top court on Friday sentenced the son of ex-president Jose Eduardo dos Santos to five years in prison for diverting oil revenues, making him the highest-profile figure in the former regime to face jail for graft.

Jose Filomeno dos Santos, 42, was summoned before the Supreme Court in December over allegations he tried to embezzle up to $1.5 billion (1.3 billion euros) from Angola’s sovereign wealth fund, which he oversaw from 2013 to 2018.

Nicknamed “Zenu,” dos Santos was charged with stealing $500 million from the fund and transferring it to a Swiss bank account.

“For the crime of fraud… and for the crime of peddling influence… the legal cumulus condemns him to a single sentence of five years in prison,” Supreme Court judge Joao da Cruz Pitra said.

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South Sudan government embezzled $36m

High-ranking politicians and bureaucrats in South Sudan have siphoned off at least $36m in public funds, sometimes with the connivance of international corporations and banks, a United Nations commission has said.

The report by the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan came six days after
President Salva Kiir fired the country’s finance minister, the head of the tax-gathering National Revenue Authority as well as the director of the state-owned oil company [AFP].

Wednesday’s report by the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan came six days after President Salva Kiir fired the country’s finance minister, the head of the tax-gathering National Revenue Authority, as well as the director of the state-owned oil company.

“Our Commission has uncovered brazen embezzlement by senior politicians and government officials, together with a number of entities linked to the government” the panel’s chairperson, Yasmin Sooka, said.

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