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19:02

Bayern Munich Welcomes Sadio Mane




German giants Bayern Munich welcomed their latest signee Sadio Mane in grand style that shocked the football world.


Following the official confirmation and announcement of Senegalese star Sadio Mane, German club Bayern Munich has welcomed the talented forward in an unexpected way that has left major football fans shocked.



Following the official confirmation of the signing of Senegalese captain Mane on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Bayern Munich as well as the Bundesliga welcomed the player in grand style but Bayern Munich left fans shocked when they lit up their stadium; ‘The Allianz Arena’ with the name of the star player.


This had prompted an online debate as to if Mane’s former club had valued and had respected the star player well enough as his victory at the African Cup Of Nations in February 2022 was not even celebrated at Anfield at all. Notjustok 

18:57

War: Russia has improved - US officials says




The US officials have said that Russian forces have learnt their lessons from mistakes they made during the earlier stages of their invasion of Ukraine.



The officials noted that Russia has improved in the areas of better coordinating air and ground attacks, logistics and supply lines.

Two US officials with direct knowledge of US intelligence assessments told CNN.



They said that US does not expect new weapons systems recently supplied to Ukrainian forces, including the HIMARS multiple rocket launch system, to immediately change the situation on the battlefield in part because those systems are so far being sent with both a limited range and a limited number of rockets to ensure they are not fired into Russian territory



Additionally, Russian forces have been able to destroy some of the new Western-supplied weapons, including M777 howitzers, in targeted attacks.



The US assessments, which increasingly envision a long and punishing battle in eastern Ukraine, come as the months-long war there has reached a pivotal moment in recent days.

Ukraine’s military has been burning through Soviet-era ammunition that fits older systems, and Western governments are facing a tough decision on whether they want to continue increasing their assistance to the country.

The US assessments paint a dismal image of the future of the war, with high personnel and equipment losses on both sides. US officials believe that Russian forces plan to maintain intense attacks in the east, characterized by heavy artillery and missile strikes, with the intention of wearing down Ukrainian forces and NATO resolve over time.



Russia’s advancements were brought into plain view in recent days after Ukraine’s defense of Lysychansk – the last city in the Luhansk region it still holds – became a lot more tenuous.



In the last couple of days, Russians have advanced into several villages south of Lysychansk, though not without sustaining losses from Ukrainian artillery fire. Dailypost 

18:53

Ukraine war felt as far as drought-hit Somaliland



This vast arid land may seem a world away from the war in Ukraine, but communities here are reeling from the impact of Russia's invasion.



Ninety percent of Somaliland's grain comes from Russia and Ukraine.

The state has not had a delivery in three months and there's a risk of people losing one of their most important sources of food - bread.



Adding to this problem is unrelenting heat. The area is seeing its worst drought in 40 years.

UNICEF has told UK broadcaster Sky News there's a risk of many children dying.

In the village of Gideis where two-thirds of the inhabitants have left due to the conditions, mother Ianne, attempts to comfort her malnourished 7-week-old-Decca.



"The drought we are facing you can see is widespread and biting, from east to west. Of all the droughts I've gone through, this one is the worst," said Ismail Mahmood, who lives in Gideis.



Tarek Abulgalil Hayel Saif is General Manager of the republic's main flour mill, the National Flour Mill Company.


He warns of the knock-on effects of the lack of grain.

"Everybody will lose his job also our Somalia population, how will they get food?" he says. "As a company we are affected by this war (in Ukraine). That's it."



The cost is not just felt by villagers and their families, animals such as camels, which play an important part in the livelihoods of the areas, are suffering too.



Sky News traveled to Geyodadheer, where half of its people have been left unable to support themselves after the deaths of livestock.

Two of the three wells have also run dry.

Despite camels being sharply adapted to their own environments, even they are not able to withstand extreme heatwaves

The entire horn of Africa could also be affected and aid agencies have warned that soon a famine will be declared if more funding is not raised.



AP/Africanews 

18:47

Pogba Reportedly Agrees to Join Juventus



France midfielder, Paul Pogba has reportedly joined Juventus on a free transfer after the expiration of his contract at Manchester United.


Transfer News expert, Fabrizio Romano confirmed the news on his official Twitter account on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022. According to the tweet, Pogba who is currently in Guinea is expected to arrive in Italy in the next two weeks.


Pogba joined Manchester United from Juventus in 2016 for a record transfer fee of €100 million, the highest to be paid for any player as at that time. The 29-year-old did not reach the expectations of Manchester United supporters despite winning some trophies for the Red Devils.


Juventus supporters will hope Pogba can replicate the form he gave them six years ago as they look to win the Serie A title next season. Notjustok 

18:41

Ekweremadu Arrest: Enough of social media trial - Ohanaeze youths




The youth wing of apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has called for caution over the case involving former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.



DAILY POST had reported that Ekweremadu and the wife were arraigned before a UK court on Thursday over alleged organ trafficking. The court denied them bail and adjourned the matter to July 7.



In a statement made available to DAILY POST, signed by the President-General of OYC, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, he said Ekweremadu’s letter to the UK Embassy prior to the trip was an evidence that the Senator had no ill motive.




Okwu lamented that, “instead of waiting for the law to run its course, Ekweremadu has already been tried and convicted on social media.



“While we will not support any form of illegality, we make bold to say that Senator Ekweremadu has never been associated with any form of criminality, let alone one as much as organ trafficking.



“It is on this note that we ask for restraint from everyone commenting on this matter. From what we have gathered, there was a consent from the donor, who contrary to earlier reports is not a minor but a boy of over 20 years.”

“On the strength of these, we remain solidly behind Senator Ike Ekweremadu until the legal process is exhausted and it is proved otherwise,” he added. Dailypost 

18:34

Popular singer Ayra Starr rubbishes troll who called her an award-winning prost!tute



Popular singer and songwriter, Ayra Starr has replied an online troll who said she’s good at being a prostiiittute.


The fast rising star had uploaded a stunning image of herself donning a crop top and a skimpy skirt that did little to cover her derriere.


The picture has stirred reactions from her fans who commented on the dress.




troll decided to take it far and refered to the singer as best in being a night worker.

Best in being ashawwo”, he wrote.


The singer didn’t waste time to reply the online troll saying that she and the trolls mom are doing same thing.


She replied:

“Just like your mom, twins”


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20:18

Meta launches Digital Training for NGOs across Anglophone West Africa

L-R: Oluseyi Oyebisi, Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs; Adaora Ikenze, Head of Public Policy for Anglophone West Africa, Meta; Chidi Koldsweat, Founder/CEO, Donors for Africa Foundation; Adenike Adeyemi, CEO, FATE Foundation; Simbo Olatoregun, Policy Programs Manager for Africa, Meta during the launch of Meta Non-profit Training and Geda Digital program for NGOs across Anglophone West Africa which held in Lagos on Tuesday, 14 June 2022.



Meta has officially launched the Meta Non-profit training program, a digital capacity building program for 1,500 non-profit personnel across Anglophone West Africa. 


At the event which took place in Lagos recently, Meta also announced its support for Geda Digital training, a six month Social Innovators Bootcamp Program for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). These trainings are aimed at supporting the non-profit and social impact sector across Anglophone West Africa. 


“We know the value of digital skills and Meta is committed to helping non-profits and social enterprises across Nigeria acquire these skills by providing them with information that will increase their overall digital awareness” Adaora Ikenze, Head of Public Policy for Anglophone West Africa said while giving opening address during the launch event. “We recognise the needs of these NGOs and we are excited to partner with NGOs who leverage our family of apps for impact. We are delighted to provide the required support in upskilling them to scale and strengthen the work they do within their communities”.


While giving the keynote address, Maryam Uwais, Special Advisor to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investments, said, “We commend the initiatives of Meta towards developing people working in the non-profit sector. This investment is deeply appreciated by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Meta has continuously been a partner to the government, we must continue with this partnership to make Nigeria a better place”.


During a fireside chat at the event, Adeyemi Adenike, Chief Executive Officer, FATE Foundation stressed the need for NGOs to identify cost effective methods of reaching their target audience and sharing their impact stories, especially by leveraging Meta family of apps during the chat. Buttressing this, Chidi Koldsweat, Founder/CEO, Donors for Africa Foundation, stated that the collaboration with Meta on the Geda Digital Training will be helpful in providing visibility for NGOs.


To further underscore Meta’s longstanding approach to connecting with more allies and supporting NGOs that are using Meta’s family of Apps for good, Meta held a series of engagements with the social impact sector in 2021, including listening sessions and training for non-profit organisations. Meta also held pilot sessions of its Meta Non-Profit program with partners in Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa.


Applications for the Geda Digital Bootcamp and Meta Non-profit training are now open. NGOs and non-profits organisations can indicate interest for Meta Nonprofit training here (https://nnngo.org/meta-nonprofit-training-program/) and for Geda Digital Bootcamp here (http://dfageda.org/2022-applications/ ).


20:10

MARY NOEL BERJE: THE WOMAN WITH CAPACITY 




She has been involved in philanthropic activities right from when she was actively with the Nigerian Television Authority NTA Minna.


Out of her desire to cater for more less privileged and vulnerable women and children in the society she founded the AYEWOSAI Foundation; an NGO that has been providing financial, moral, social and educational support to thousands of women, youths and children irrespective of their religious and cultural backgrounds.


Her philanthropic lifestyle has earned her several awards by Youth Associations, Social, cultural and religious groups as well as International NGOs


Mary Noel Berje is the immediate past Chairperson of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, Niger State Chapter which during her administration, the Association reworded tremendous support. 



Mary Noel Berje through her leadership was able to galvanise governmental and non-governmental support for the Association to be able to carryout laudable projects. One of which was the construction of a standard Secretariat for the Association. This was said to be first of its in the entire country.


Her leadership also organised and hosted the best NAWOJ Triennial National Delegate Conference in Minna.


Mary Noel Berje has been an advocate of women emancipation, youths empowerment as well as good governance.


Serving humanity has been her passion even in her present position, She has not relented hence we believe, if given a higher position, she will deploy all her wealth of experience to provide the needed leadership and good governance in Niger State.

20:54

Monkeypox: Avoid repeat of Covid "inequities" in Africa, WHO regional director urges





Africa wants to be adequately prepared for a monkeypox outbreak as cases have been confirmed in eight countries across the continent. In an online press conference Thursday, Dr Matshidiso Moeti the WHO Regional Director for Africa reiterated, her desire for the continent to avoid experiencing the inequalities noted in the Covid-19 response.



"As WHO in Africa, we are already ramping up support to countries to urgently increase testing capacity for monkeypox, and we are in the process of procuring thousands of tests for the continent, Matshidiso Moeti  explained. As far as the vaccine is concerned, one of the newer and safer smallpox vaccines has been approved for the prevention of monkeypox. Although we are certainly not recommanding mass vaccination at this stage, we must ensure that we are ready, should the need arise."



A World health organization committee will assess next Thursday, the 23rd of June, whether monkeypox outbreak represents a public emergency of "international concern."

Since May, 1,900 cases have been confirmed worldwide. Reported cases thus far have no established travel links to an endemic area.



What is monkeypox?


Monkeypox is  virus transmitted to humans from animals with symptoms very similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe. The disease is caused by the monkeypox virus which belongs to the Poxviridae family. There are two clades of monkeypox virus: the West African clade and the Congo Basin (Central African) clade. 



Monkeypox virus is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding. The incubation period of monkeypox is usually from 6 to 13 days but can range from 5 to 21 days.



WHO/Africannews 

20:47

IPOB reveals names of alleged kidnappers in South East



The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has released names of alleged kidnappers in the South East.

This was contained in a statement signed by IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful.

The secessionist group dissociated itself from the criminals, saying it had never been part of or behind the ongoing insecurity and criminalities in the region.

Powerful also made it clear that the group is working towards exposing those behind the ongoing criminalities in Anambra, Enugu, and Imo states.

“In Abia State particularly, a certain Nkechi Kalu and her gang of about eight kidnap members operating between Abia State and Igweocha, Rivers State are not IPOB members, they and their activities should not be associated with ‘IPOB family’ membership.

“In Enugu State, a certain group of criminal elements turned themselves into enemies of the people, the names of their gang leaders are as follows; Chocho and Mazi Ejiofor; [they] are not IPOB members and anybody associating with them is a confirmed criminal,” the statement read in part.

He added that “the above-named persons who were formerly IPOB members were expelled as a result of indiscipline and insubordination which is not tolerated by IPOB leadership.”

20:45

UN: Sahel violence could drive more refugees to Europe



The head of the U.N. refugee agency says "Europe should be much more worried" that more people from Africa's Sahel region could seek to move north to escape violence, climate crises and the impact of growing food shortages.



Filippo Grandi, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, called for more efforts to build peace in the world as conflicts and crises like those in Ukraine, Venezuela, Myanmar, Syria and beyond have driven over 100 million people to leave their homes — both within their own countries and abroad.



UNHCR, the U.N.'s refugee agency, on Thursday, issued its latest "Global Trends" report, which found over 89 million people had been displaced by conflict, climate change, violence and human rights abuses by 2021.

The figure has since swelled after at least 12 million people fled their homes in Ukraine following Russia's Feb. 24 invasion.



This year, the world is also facing growing food insecurity — Ukraine is a key European bread basket and the war has greatly hurt grain exports



The African Union, whose continent relies on imports of wheat and other food from Ukraine, has appealed for help to access grain that is blocked in Ukrainian silos and unable to leave Ukrainian ports amid a Russian naval blockade in the Black Sea.



UNHCR said 2021 marked the 15th straight year of the annual increase in the number of people displaced within their own countries – to more than 53 million.



Among the reasons: Rising violence in places like Myanmar, the war in Ethiopia's Tigray region and extremist insurgencies in the Sahel, particularly in Burkina Faso and Mali.

Grandi said the Sahel has already faced years of droughts and floods; inequality in wealth, education and access to healthcare; and poor governance. Growing food insecurity and conflict have added to the pressures. (Africannews)

20:41

Nigeria passenger traffic to grow at seven per cent in 10 years





Analysts have projected that Nigeria’s passenger traffic will exceed that of the global aviation sector with about a seven per cent growth rate in the next 10 years, while the global industry remains at 5.3 per cent.



The Director, Commercial and Business Development of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Sadiku Rafindadi, while speaking at the National Aviation Conference Investment Forum yesterday, in Abuja, noted that the aviation industry is pivotal to the socio-economic growth of Nigeria.



He disclosed that in 2020, the domestic and international passenger traffic stood at 9.3million as against 15.8million in 2021, representing a difference of 41 per cent.

Citing a recent aviation sector study by International Air Transportation Association (lATA) in June 2020, Rafindadi said the organisation showcased the significant contributions of aviation to the national economy by providing 241,000 jobs, directly and indirectly, supported through the sector’s supply chain to the tune of $1.7 billion to the national economy.



The Director lamented that the Nigerian aviation market is huge, yet untapped, but FAAN intends to harness available opportunities with the 21 airports in its control.

He added that the sector is strategically positioned to take advantage of expected growth in the African market due to its proximity to Europe, Middle East and the rest of Africa as most of West & Central Africa is within a 4-hour flying time from Nigeria with no clear dominating airline present.

He stated that FAAN is changing its business model for a self-sustaining framework through increased private sector participation, thereby, reducing the financial burden on the government.



Rafindadi said FAAN is maximizing the contribution to the socio-economic development of Nigeria through increased tourism, trade and inflow of FDI; focusing on the growth of agro-allied and improved economic processing zones at the designated airports.



The Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu in his remarks mentioned that the 12,000 hectares for the development of Abuja airport recently provided the FCTA offers an opportunity for investors to invest in the Nigerian aviation industry.



He maintained that the Nigerian aviation industry offers several opportunities for investments and as a regulator, they are working to unbundle the regulations so as to make it easier for people to invest in all areas, especially in general aviation. Theguardianng 

20:26

First group of Maasai families leave Ngorongoro Game Reserve



The first group of Maasai families have already left the Ngorongoro Game Reserve in northern Tanzania as part of a voluntary relocation programme launched by the government.


The authorities believe the growing Maasai population has become a threat to wildlife in the Ngorongoro region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where they have lived for over a century.


The relocation programme is being described by human rights activists as "evictions".

According to figures released by the Arusha regional authorities 296 families have signed up to move to the Handeni region, 600km to the south.


Since 1959, the Maasai population living in Ngorongoro has grown from 8,000 to more than 100,000.


The cattle herds have also grown from about 260,000 heads in 2017 to more than a million today. 


The Maasai are an indigenous nomadic and pastoralist tribe occupying large parts of northern, central and southern Kenya and across the border in northern Tanzania. Africannews 

20:14

Arsenal prepare record £86m offer for Osimhen



Arsenal are willing to pay £86m to sign Victor Osimhen from Serie A club, Napoli this summer

Osimhen is in high demands this summer with Manchester United and Newcastle United also interested.


According to Gazzetta.it, the Gunners are willing to meet Napoli’s asking price for the Nigerian.


The North London club see Osimhen as the ideal replacement for Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette, who has just joined Olympic Lyon on a free transfer.


The striker has scored 24 goals in 51 league appearances for Napoli since arriving from Ligue 1, Lille two years ago.


Napoli, who paid £60m to sign Osimhen from Lille are willing to allow him leave for the right price. Dailypost 

21:16

Master KG’s ‘Jerusalema’ Receives A Noteworthy RIAA Certification



South Africa’s Master KG has received a noteworthy certification from the RIAA for his hit song ‘Jerusalema,’ which features Nomcebo Zikode.


South African act Master KG has received a commendable certification from the RIAA in the US after his hit song ‘Jerusalema’ sold over 500,000 units in the United States.


‘Jerusalema,’ which features Nomcebo Zikode and Burna Boy on its remix, was certified gold in the US. Master KG also took to his social media platform to celebrate this feat as well.


‘Jerusalema,’ which was released on the 29th of November 2019, became a viral hit during the


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