Zimbabwe: Mugabe day insignificant

ZDC's vice-president Beston Mbewe and Thomas Sibanda(black cap)

A new opposition party has expressed dismay at the ‘Mugabe holiday’ to be celebrated next week saying it is not worthy celebrating. The Robert Mugabe National Youth Day will be celebrated on Wednesday 21 February a few months after the former president Robert Mugabe was pressured to resign through the intervention of the military under ‘Operation Restore Legacy’. Speaking to this publication, Zimbabwe Democratic Change(ZDC) vice president Beston Mbewe said their party will not be hoodwinked into believing that the day is about celebrating the youths when in fact it is about hero-worshipping the former ‘dictator’.

Female Circumcision Awareness Week and Madam Yoko Festival: Interview with Dr. Fuambai Sia Ahmadu

Bondo & Sande Society Women Celebrate Female Circumcision Week in Freetown, Sierra Leone

On Monday, February 5th to 10th 2018, Sierra Leone Women are Free to Choose (SLWAFC), a community based organization in Freetown and The National Sowie Council inaugurated its first Female Circumcision Awareness Week. This weeklong, first in history event - coincides with the 15th International Day of Zero Tolerance on Tuesday, February 6, a UN sponsored day of awareness for the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Female Genital Cutting (FGC) that proponents say is discrimination and absolute violation of the human rights of women and girls - will bring together the masses of affected women who will speak boldly about the World Health Organization’s FGM/FGC categorizations, exaggerated claims of harm as well as one-sided media representations of FGM in Sierra Leone and globally.

Liberia: Evangelical Congressional Church of Liberia ends 49th Annual Conference

Some Members of the E.C Church of Liberia with the two international guests and their Bishop

The Evangelical Congressional Church of Liberia has ended a week long annual conference in Tumanburg, Bomi County. The gathering brought together member churches and international guests from the United States of America, including Rev. Randy Sizemore, Director of Global Ministries – E.C. Church-USA/of the World, Rev Rick Seigi of the Bethlehem E.C. Church in the US and some pastors from Ghana. Issues pertaining to the upliftment of the church in Liberia were discussed over the one week period with decisions reached by delegates.

LIBERIA: LDS develops 5-year strategic plan

Participants at the Lutheran Development Service Strategic Planning workshop

The Lutheran Development Service (LDS) in Liberia has concluded a workshop on its next five-year strategic plan of action. The 5-year strategic plan workshop was aimed at reviewing its past activities, challenges and successes. The strategic planning workshop looked at partnership and networking, enhanced improvement and growth.

Paulcy Iwuala, a young man who is passionate about the welfare of the less privileged speaks to Shout-Africa on his activities so far and his future plans.

PAULCY-IWUALA with a homeless family in Mbaise, in Imo State, Southeast Nigeria that he built a two bedroom apartment for to ameliorate their sufferings

Paulcy Iwuala a humanitarian, an indigene of Ehime Mbano in Imo State, southeast Nigeria in this interview with our correspondent Chinyere Ogbonna speaks on his Non-Profit Organisation, Genius Eyes International Foundation For The Hopeless. The primary focus of the NGO is to give hope to the downtrodden in the society who have suffered neglect and have nobody to cater for their basic needs such as health care. Through this foundation Mr. Iwuala has saved many lives and still doing a lot. Mr. Iwuala also spoke on governance in Imo State, his home state and the country at large. He emphasised the need for the youths to wake up from their slumber and begin to take a stand on issues that affect them.

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.