Kenya: The Delta of shattered dreams

Kenya’s Tana Delta region

On a hot day in early January 2014, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta donned a dust coat and boarded a Massey Ferguson tractor in the coastal delta locale of Galana-Kulalu which borders Kilifi and Tana River counties, 250km north of Mombasa. With the press in tow and smiling guests President Kenyatta drove the tractor ploughing the land. This tilling act signified breaking the ground of his coalition government’s most ambitious agribusiness model the Kshs 250bn ($2.37bn) 1.2million acre Galana-Kulalu Food Security Irrigation scheme. Much of the 1.2 million acre land is in Kenya’s Tana River Delta which is majorly fed by Kenya’s main river the Tana River.

Watermelon seeds – A vital source for essential nutrients

watermelon

Certain fruits and vegetables fulfil your fluid requirements. Some fruits & vegetable have high water content. One of such fruits is watermelon. Your body cannot function properly without enough water, which comprises 60 percent of your body weight. Water helps transport oxygen, fat and glucose to your working muscles, regulate your body temperature, digest food and eliminate waste products. Besides water, certain fruits and vegetables also fulfil your fluid requirements in addition to providing healthy nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein. High Water Content Fruits.

Governance at the heart of Africa’s transformation

Vera Songwe Executive Secretary of ECA

Africa will need to adopt robust and homegrown governance initiatives so as to structurally develop. This has been the clarion call in the on on-going African Economic Conference currently underway in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Now in its 12th year the conference which promotes knowledge management as a driver of policy dialogue, formulation and implementation in Africa was officially opened by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Kenya: Rare primates and Delta’s pride

Tana River primates

Sometime back in 1976, then Kenya’s founding Father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta gazetted the Tana River Primate National Reserve (TRPNR) as a special protected area for two endangered primates and their riverine forest. What however the government officers did not tell Kenyatta is that he had gazetted several Pokomo villages. Right at the centre of the reserve Pokomo villages were thriving. They still reside in these villages to this day.

Kenya: Tana Delta and the World Bank’s monkey business

The Tana River Primate National Reserve

To this day the riverine farming community of the Pokomo residing along the Kenya’s main river the Tana is still traumatized whenever the World Bank is mentioned. It is the same story for the Wardei and Orma pastoralists’ communities, who neighbour the Pokomo.

Nigeria: Mercy Girl’s High School hold inaugural old girls’ meeting, solicit support to give the college a facelift

Some of the old girls', management and students of Mercy Girls' High School in a group photograph

Management and Staff of Girls’ High School Ehime now Mercy Girl’s High School Umezeala-Owerri in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area, Imo State, Southeast Nigeria have decried the deplorable state of infrastructure in the institution. They are therefore in dire need of support from its Old Girls’ Association, sons and daughters of Ehime with the country and in the diaspora. This is contained in a communiqué issued at the inaugural meeting of the old girls’ association of the institution at the college on the recently. The Principal of the school, the Reverend Father Chidubem Paul Nwangwu who described the state of infrastructure in the school as being in a pitiable situation, noted that this has resulted to decline in the number of students in the institution.

Azania to perform at Sierra Leone National Storytelling Festival

Singer, songwriter, actress &philanthropist Azania

After a stint in Europe, Sierra Leonean singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist Azania returns home to headline Sierra Leone National Storytelling Festival. The two day festival from Friday, December 29 – Saturday, December 30 showcasing storytelling competition between Freetown secondary schools students, drumming, comedy and a talent exhibition is expected to draw thousands of Sierra Leoneans, tourists and storytelling enthusiasts to the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown. “I’m very honored and excited to perform in the National Storytelling Festival,” Azania said in a statement via social media.

LIBERIA: WASH Media report makes impact

Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation, Hun-Bu Tulay

Constructed in the 50s and 60s, an off-site piped sewerage system covering an area of approximately 27 square kilometers in central Monrovia, Sinkor, Old Road and Bushrod Island (New Kru Town, Logan Town, Clara Town) was constructed to meet the sewage need of Monrovia.Less than 20% of the Greater Monrovia urban area for a protracted period has been used as the only medium to transport feces and waste water to its final destination to the Fiamah Sewage Treatment Plant in Sinkor.

LIBERIA: 25 Schools in Margibi get modern latrines from Living Water Int’l

One of the newly dedicated latrine facilities in Margibi, built by Living Water International

Some twenty-five schools in Margibi County have benefited from modern toilet facilities constructed by Living Water International. The facilities were turned over to the schools Monday at a program marking the official celebration of World Toilet Day in that part of Liberia which was observed under the Theme “Waste Water”. Speaking in Weala, Margibi County during the indoor program which followed the official dedication of the facilities, the Country Director of Living Water International, Austin Nyaplue indicated that his organization with support from international partners saw the need to provide Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities at those institutions.

Nigerian yam exporters debunk rejection reports

Yam tubers

The exporters of yam to the UK and the United States of America have disputed the reports, initially aired by the Africa Independent Television (AIT) purporting that the yams exported after the official launch of the programme on June 29, 2017 were rejected at their export destinations. Based on the misleading reports in various media platform, the symbolic event, done at the Lilypond Container Terminal in Lagos, southwest Nigeria by the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, meant to boost the morale of Nigerian exporters and make a bold statement to the global marketplace, has drawn widespread criticism based on the misleading reports.