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42 Somali students awarded scholarships to study in China as part of China investing in Africa

42 Somali students awarded scholarships to study in China

The Chinese government has awarded scholarships to 42 Somali students as part of the ongoing investment China is making in African education.

The students are expected to travel to China soon, to begin their studies at various Universities.


A farewell ceremony was conducted for the students in the capital, Mogadishu.

Most of the students are high school graduates who were hoping to further their studies to obtain bachelor degrees.

Masters and PhD scholarships have also been awarded to deserving candidates.

High-profile dignitaries, including Somalia’s education minister and China’s ambassador to Somalia, attended the send-off.

The Somali education minister, Abdirahman Dahir Osman, hailed China’s strong relationship with his country despite the various challenges.

“China has a historic relationship with Somalia. Our relationship goes back to thousands of years, and it was constant and regular with in the different situations,” he said.

Somalia has been dogged by conflict for more than a decade, greatly affecting education.

This chance will empower the students with academic and technical skills, which they hope will be of use in ongoing rebuilding of their nation.

Nigerian minister warns Buhari not to seek second term


Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs Alhassan Aisha Alhassan has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to keep his promise of ruling for only one term, saying she would resign if he sought another mandate in 2019.

The comments by the minister could heighten uncertainty over whether Buhari plans to contest the next election.

The 74-year-old took power in 2015, but has been absent for the better part of 2017 due to an unspecified illness. He has been away on medical for more than five months combined, to seek medical treatment in London.

The president’s health concerns have elicited various reactions from Nigerians, some even calling upon him to resign while he was still in London.

“In 2014/2015 he said he was going to run for only one time to clean up the mess that the (previous) PDP government did in Nigeria. And I took him for his word that he is not contesting in 2019,” Reuters quotes Minister of Women Affairs Alhassan to say.

The Reuters report says that the minister vowed to support former vice president Atiku Abubakar in the event that Buhari sought re-election.

There has not been any reaction from the president’s office to the minister’s comments

Upon returning to Nigeria after spending more than 100 days in the UK, President Buhari called for unity in the West African nation.

In a televised speech, the president called upon all Nigerians to come together.

“Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable,” he said. “We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble.”

Today In History: September 8, 1986, The Oprah Winfrey Show is broadcast nationally for the first time

Oprah Winfrey

Today In History:

September 8, 1986, The Oprah Winfrey Show is broadcast nationally for the first time. A huge success, her daytime television talk show turns Winfrey into one of the most powerful, wealthy people in show business and, arguably, the most influential woman in America.

Today is International Literacy Day, under the theme ‘Literacy in a Digital World’

International Literacy Day

Today, 8th of September, 2017 is International Literacy Day, under the theme ‘Literacy in a Digital World’.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO TO ERADICATE ILLITERACY? Share with us and let us know where you are writing from.

The day is meant to remind governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates. 

Did you know that 38% of African adults are illiterate; two-thirds of these are women, According to UNESCO.

Africa is the only continent where more than half of the parents are not able to help their children with homework due to illiteracy.

University students invent helmet that helps the blind

University students invent helmet that helps the blind

Students at Kunming University of Science and Technology in southwest China’s Yunnan Province have invented a "smart helmet" that helps blind people navigate the world around them.

Called Eye See, the helmet can read for the visual impaired and sense the environment, guiding the user when walking around.

The helmet scans the room for information, and, using computer analysis, helps the user find important locations like the exit and a chair.
University students invent helmet that helps the blind

University students invent helmet that helps the blind

University students invent helmet that helps the blind


BREAKING: M8.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Mexico

BREAKING: M8.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Mexico

An 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck south of Mexico on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The agency said hazardous widespread tsunami waves are possible.
Media reports have noted that the tremor shook Mexico City and people were fleeing buildings.

No casualties have been reported so far.
The quake’s epicenter was 123 km (76 miles) southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, at a depth of 33 km (21 miles).
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to CGTN for updates.

Venus Williams ousted from U.S open

Stephens beats Williams to reach U.S. Open final.
Venue Williams ousted from U.S open


A new grand slam champion will be crowned at the U.S. Open after Sloane Stephens beat fellow American Venus Williams 6-1 0-6 7-5 in a rollercoaster of a semi-final on Thursday.

Venue Williams ousted from U.S open

Stephens, who returned to competition at Wimbledon after nearly a year off because of a foot injury, recovered from a second-set meltdown to end ninth seed Williams's hopes of reaching a third major final this year.

She will meet either CoCo Vandeweghe or Madison Keys, who face each other later on Thursday, in an all American final.

"I have no words to describe what I'm feeling what it took to get here. The journey I took. I have no words," said Stephens, who underwent foot surgery last February.

Venue Williams ousted from U.S open

"If someone told me I'd make two semis and a grand slam final this year I would have passed out, which is what I feel like doing now.

"I don't know how I got here. Hard work, that's it."

The 24-year-old Stephens, 13 years younger than Williams, paid tribute to the seven-time grand slam champion.

"I'm honestly just honored to play at the same time as her. One of the greatest to ever play our game. She's one of the greatest competitors and I'm honored to share the court with her and glad to play at the same time as her.

"For American tennis there's no question marks. The proof is in the pudding. American tennis, here we are."

Despite her lack of match play this year, Stephens began confidently and broke for 3-1 when Williams netted a routine forehand and then went on to win the last three games of the set as the 37-year-old strangely appeared to struggle with serve.

Venue Williams ousted from U.S open
Venus Williams
Williams was in danger again on her first service game in the second set but she managed to hold and broke in the next game thanks to a Stephens double fault.

She then held to love to stamp her domination on the second set and moved 4-0 up with a lovely service return followed by a routine volley as Stephens showed she was clearly struggling and lost the set to love when she hit yet another unforced error.

The 24-year-old, however, got back on track in the decider, taking a 1-0 lead on Williams serve when she netted an easy volley.
Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens

She saved two break points in the following game but Williams leveled for 2-2 when Stephens's forehand sailed wide.

But at the end of a seven-minute game, Williams netted a routine volley again to give her opponent a break for 4-3.

Williams broke straight back with a service return winner and she saved a break point to hold for 5-4.

But as Williams struggled with her volley, Stephens broke for love in the 11th game and followed up on serve to close it out as Williams netted a backhand.

"It was definitely a contrast of play," Williams said of the roller-coaster match.

"You know, I continued to play aggressive and continued to play the kind of match that it takes to win. Just made too many errors there at the end."

Buhari was not aware rail line would pass through his village in Daura – Amaechi


The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari was not aware that rail line was going to pass through his hometown in Daura, Katsina State. 

 He added that the President has directed that Kebbi, Zamfara and Sokoto be linked by rail.

 He said: “The President summoned myself and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, that we should go ahead with infrastructural development and he specifically told me that I must connect the 36 states capital by rail.

It is a huge assignment. Huge in the sense that it is very expensive to connect. By the directive of the President, We are currently designing a railway that would connect Gusau, Sokoto and Kebbi.

Transporting people from Benin Republic to Apapa seaport is not easy and to connect them from Benin Republic to Madakali; a border town in Kebbi, you need to pass through Daura and Jibia local government area.

 The President did not know that there is going to be rail that would pass through Daura. When I saw it on social media that the President has approved a rail project to his village and that Jonathan never did, I was surprised because that was not true.

 In fact, the railway to Yenagoa would have gone to Port Harcourt without passing through Otuoke but President Jonathan took it first to Otuoke, linked it to Yenagoa before connecting it to Port Harcourt.

I must also ask, what is wrong with that because Otuoke or Daura is also part of Nigeria, I don’t see anything wrong with that.”

Thieves Return Car They Stole , Wash It With Their Clothes After Going Mad

Thiefs Return Car They Stole

Men Return Car They Stole , Wash It With Their Clothes After Going “Mad ”

This is very serious. Two young men who allegedly stole a vehicle  at night – got more they bargained for as they returned it the next day but not the same way they look.

In a trending video footage posted online, the young thieves removed their clothes totally in front of shocked passersby and used them to wash the car.

One of the thieves was spotted with a long snake round his neck as seen in the pictures as he danced and wriggled his body in a reptile like manner.

The other one used his cloth to wash the car from a dirty stagnant water on the road…

While all this was happening, the large crowd mocked and laughed at the thieves as they made a fool of themselves publicly.
They were later taken away by security operatives after the eyeful ‘entertainment’.

Lagos to commence shutdown of illegal education centres

Lagos to commence shutdown of illegal education centres

The Lagos State Government, through the Agency for Mass Education, will commence shutdown of all unregistered Tutorial and Continuing Education Centres (CECs) in Lagos State effective from Monday, 11th September 2017.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh said the closure is necessitated by the refusal of some operators of Tutorial and Continuing Education Centres to comply with the State’s directive to register their Centres and pay up their annual dues after several notices from the State.

Bank-Olemoh said the government suspended an earlier clampdown on such Tutorial and Continuing Education Centres after a closed door meeting with critical stakeholders in the sector on Monday, September 26, 2016.

According to him, the stakeholders agreed to cooperate with the State in its pursuit of standardizing the educational sector in line with international best practices, while pledging their commitment to improving the quality of Education in the State by maintaining high-level standards and professionalism.

He revealed that failure of the tutorial and continuing education centres to comply with government’s directive after several follow up engagements has led to the resolve to commence the clamp down exercise, through the Agency for Mass Education, in line with Edict No 2, Section 4.3 of 1991 that mandates the Agency to control the activities of all Tutorial and Continuing Education Centres in the State.

Bank-Olemoh stated that “Lagos residents enrol in these tutorial centres and as government; we must ensure that quality service is delivered to our people. We must set standards and enforce it.”

The statement, however, urged operators of Tutorial and Continuing Education Centres across the State to get registered with the Agency for Mass Education and comply with all laid down regulations, including payment of stipulated fees, to avoid being shut down.

Trump urged leaders of the US Congress to make a big push on tax reform



President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged leaders of the US Congress to make a big push on tax reform with tax cuts on individuals and companies and tax breaks for businesses to bring back profits from overseas.

Young girls participate in ancient Kumari Puja in Kathmandu, Nepal

Kumari Puja


Some 108 girls aged below 10 took part in the ancient Kumari Puja, a part of the Indra Jatra festival, which is dedicated to the King of Gods in Hindu mythology on Monday at Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Nepal. 

Nepalese during the Indra Jatra Festival celebrate the befalling of Indra into human world.

In Nepalese culture, Kumari refers to a living goddess. On the occasion of Kumari Puja, a Kumari would be taken to the temple of Taleju Bhawani to receive blessings and power.

The 108 young girls, similarly dressed up and painted on their forehead with red and yellow, were believed to be possessing the divine nature as well. They would be blessed with protection from diseases and evil forces if they worship Taleju on the occasion of Kumari Puja.

The living goddess, who is believed to be a reincarnation of the Hindu goddess Durga or Taleju, is worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. The tradition of the worshipping ceremony has lasted centuries.
Kumari Puja

Kumari Puja

Kumari Puja

Putin: New sanctions on DPRK useless and ineffective

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that further sanctions on the DPRK will not change its behavior and using them as a way of influencing the country has been "exhausted".

Putin, who called sanctions “useless and ineffective”, made the remarks at a press conference in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen after the BRICS Summit.

During the press conference, Putin also said that Russia will discuss the DPRK issue with leaders from South Korea and Japan at the Vladivostok Forum in Russia.

Today in history: 5th September 1997 Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age 87

Mother Teresa died

5th. September 1997

Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age 87. 

She was Roman Catholic nun who won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her work among the poorest of the world's poor.

Statues of wartime sex slaves installed in Seoul buses

Statues of wartime sex slaves installed in Seoul buses, Entertainment News
Statues of wartime sex slaves installed in Seoul buses, Entertainment News
Statues of wartime sex slaves installed in Seoul buses, Entertainment News
Statues of wartime sex slaves installed in Seoul buses, Entertainment News
 Five buses in South Korea’s capital Seoul installed statues depicting wartime sex slaves on Sunday.

The buses that take these still and silent “passengers” will operate from August 14 to September 30, passing by the Japanese embassy in Seoul.

It is meant to mark the Fifth International Memorial Day for Comfort Women on Monday, in an attempt to commemorate the women who were forced into sexual slavery during the Second World War by the Japanese invaders and to remind people of that very history.

An estimated 400,000 women and girls, and among that over 200,000 Chinese, were forced into sexual slavery during the Second World War, according to the Research Center for Chinese Comfort Women.

Amosun Commiserates With Aregbesola Over Mother's Death

Amosun Commiserates With Aregbesola Over Mother's Death

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunke Amosun has commiserated with his Osun State counterpart, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, over the death of his mother, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola.

Amosun, in a statement said the governor's late mother, popularly called Iya olobi, was a devout Muslim, who dedicated her life to the relentless teaching and zealous practise of the core values of Islam.

"Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola's death is a big loss, not only to her immediate and extended family members, but also the Islamic community. 

With her wise counsel, strictly according to Islamic injunctions, she was able to mould those at home and within her community to live righteous lives.

"I therefore urge the family to be consoled by the fact that she fulfilled her purpose in life through the raising of God-fearing children. Her exceptional humanitarian services also stand as an external testimonial, which her community will forever cherish.

"No doubt, she was a formidable pillar for her son and my brother, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, in his journey through life, particularly during his political struggles. 

We all appreciate her sacrifices.
"May Allah Subhanahu Wa Taalah grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and also the departed, Aljanah Fridaos", Amosun added.

Lawson James Blog shared gorgeous images of realomosexy

Lawson James Blog shared gorgeous images of realomosexy
Lawson James Blog shared gorgeous images of realomosexy
We've been itching to share these gorgeous images of realomosexy with you. Thanks to our amazing team for nailing this shoot. Styling: @moashystyling | MUA: @bare2beauty | Hair: @goodhairltd , Hair Stylist: @ferdinandshair.
Lawson James Blog shared gorgeous images of realomosexy
Lawson James Blog shared gorgeous images of realomosexy

Lawson James Blog shared gorgeous images of realomosexy
Lawson James Blog shared gorgeous images of realomosexy

Lawson James Blog shared gorgeous images of realomosexy
Lawson James Blog shared gorgeous images of realomosexy

Hundreds of wildebeest crossing the Mara river as they try to get to safety

hundreds of wildebeest crossing the Mara river as they try to get to safety

LIVE: Witness hundreds of wildebeest crossing the Mara river as they try to get to safety.

Join Lawson James Blog as we safari through the wild world of the Maasai Mara, to document the greatest migration on the planet.

Over 1.5 million wildebeest have made the annual journey from Tanzania, and in the process, hundreds of thousands of zebra and gazelle have hitched a ride for greener pastures.

But lying in the Mara, danger awaits, in the form of lions, cheetahs and crocodiles.

The wildebeest will risk it all to get to here.
We're LIVE from the riverbank, to hopefully capture one of nature's most intriguing scenes - the crossing of the Mara River.

Former Ghanaan Footballer Sam Johnson has confessed using black magic ‘juju’ to enhance his playing career


Former Ghana international Sam Johnson has confessed using black magic ‘juju’ to enhance his playing career.

Johnson, 44, capped 45 by Ghana, enjoyed an illustrious career at Belgian giants Anderlecht as well as Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahçe.

But the former Ghana international has made startling revelation about he consulted witch doctors in a bid to improve his game and break the curse of injury.

“There is Juju (black magic) in football and any footballer who says otherwise is a liar. I’ve practiced it before,” he told Happy Fm’s Anopa Bosuo Sports,

“I used it to play football for a longer period but it got to a time I decided to stop because it wasn’t helping like the way I anticipated but I think it did a lot for me also.

“I’m now a born again christian and won’t advise any body to venture into that because football at moment has changed a lot from our time, it has evolved.”

Reports that superstitious stars are paying huge sums of cash to witchdoctors in a bid to find another level in their careers.

The players visit Juju men in West Africa, where they are shown how to conduct bizarre rituals that are also said to break the curse of injury.

Johnson represented six European clubs after leaving Hearts of Oak in 1995.

Does Magic works in Football game?

The gender pay gap hits woman of color the hardest - Serena Williams

Serena Williams. entertainment news celebrity news

July 31 is Black Women's Equal Pay Day, which represents the number of days into 2017 a black woman must work to earn the same pay a white man made in 2016 — that's nearly 8 extra months! Black women are the cornerstone of our communities, they are phenomenal, and they deserve equal pay.

World Breastfeeding Week, 1 – 7 August, 2017

World Breastfeeding Week, 1 – 7 August, 2017

UNICEF and partners in Nigeria today launched World Breastfeeding Week 2017 on the theme 'Sustaining Breastfeeding Together'. The national event in Abuja also included the launch of the National Strategy on Breastfeeding by a representative of the Wife of the President and National Ambassador for Nutrition, Her Excellency, Aisha Buhari.

World Breastfeeding Week, 1 – 7 August, 2017

World Breastfeeding Week, 1 – 7 August, 2017. 
UNICEF joins its partners to highlight the importance of exclusive breastfeeding. The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week: Sustaining Breastfeeding Together.

World Breastfeeding Week, 1 – 7 August, 2017

Giving children the best start in life begins with breastfeeding. Breastmilk works like a baby’s first vaccine, helping to protect infants from potentially deadly diseases and giving them all the nourishment they need to survive and thrive.

World Breastfeeding Week, 1 – 7 August, 2017