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In case you missed it, here are the stories across Africa that made the headlines on Monday, September 7th, 2020, all in one minute.

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Angola to Receive More COVID-19 Funds from China

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China has pledged to up its assistance to Angola in the fight against the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), President Xi Jinping said at the weekend.

Xi disclosed that the Asian giant plans to send an anti-epidemic medical expert group to the country.

Xi, in a telephone conversation with Angolan President Joao Lourenco, said China is willing to give priority to sharing with African countries after its vaccine research and development is successful and put into use.

Xi said that in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Chinese and Angolan governments have taken resolute and decisive measures, and have effectively contained the epidemic based on the principle of putting people first and putting life first.

He added that the two sides have supported and helped each other, and the expatriates of the two countries in each other’s countries have been well taken care of.

Meanwhile, Angolan authorities have decided to reopen schools next month after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to media reports.

According to Education Minister Luísa Grilo, classes will resume in phases and on alternating days with grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 expected to resume on October 5.

Classes for the grades 7 and 8 will resume on Oct. 19.

The class sessions are expected to be divided into two and will go for two-and-half hours and three-and-half hours for primary schools and secondary schools respectively, according to the website.

Adao de Almeida, the head of the presidential palace, announced that the government will continue observing certain COVID-19 guidelines until October 9 when schools will resume, according to the website.

He noted that more COVID-19 restrictions will be imposed from September and everyone in public places will be required to have temperature checks, wear face masks, and observe social distancing.

Angola has since March, confirmed 3,033 COVID-19 cases, 124 deaths and 1,215 recoveries.

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Nigeria Records 116 New COVID-19 Cases

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Nigeria’s health agency on Saturday announced the West African country’s COVID-19 cases has reached 58,198 following new 116 infections.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control – NCDC – also revealed that 49,722 patients were discharged from various isolation centres across the federation.

In its official twitter website, the health agency also announced 136 new cases of the infections with three deaths in the country for Saturday.

The agency said that the new infection were reported from 13 states with 116 patients discharged.

Lagos state recorded the highest number of cases with 41 new infections, while Ogun, Rivers Abia, and Oyo recorded 27, 19, 10 and 6 cases respectively.

Other states with new infections were Plateau-6, Bauchi-5, Ondo-5, Ekiti-4, Kaduna-4, Edo-3, Ebonyi-2, Bayelsa-1, Delta-1, Osun-1 and Yobe-1.

The NCDC said that the fatality figure of the country stood at 1,106 from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NCDC had conducted about 502,545 tests since the first confirmed case was announced in the country:

The health agency has activated a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) at Level 3 and continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

Meanwhile, the NCDC has called for institutions in the country to take responsibility in ensuring that individuals adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures.

“To wear a mask might be uncomfortable but better a mask than a ventilator. It is important to wear your face mask when you go out. Wear a mask properly; covering your nose and mouth, gaps secured with straps and stay safe for everyone.

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Controversial Kumawood actress, Tracey Boakye claims she reduced unemployment

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Tracey Boakye says she should be rewarded greatly for reducing the problem of unemployment in the country.


It’s a new episode of Tracey Boakye’s Instagram rants – and this time, she is focusing on her critics (and haters) on social media.
A few weeks ago, the Kumawood actress and side chick of ‘Papa No’ was heavily trolled on social media for attending a donation exercise with a dress which doesn’t fit her status. Due to her braggadocios attitude on social media, she was branded uncivilized and someone with low fashion sense during the donation.


But she finally has an answer for all of them. According to her, she should be rewarded for reducing unemployment and giving jobs to social media critics. She revealed this in a video she posted on her Instagram on Wednesday that she is aware of all the people criticizing her ‘poor’ fashion sense but they should pay her for giving them jobs.

“I need to be rewarded for the jobs I’ve given to social media critics,” she said in the video. “I need to receive pay because I have people on social media who monitor my nails, hair and skin.”
She continued: “In fact, I’ve helped these people with jobs. I’ve reduced unemployment. My only worry is that they may get high blood pressure. But if they don’t get BP, then I applaud them.”


“Social media critics should also reward me because not everyone is capable of catching people’s attention. I’ve bought them pressure, and I’ve given them jobs,” Tracey Boakye added.


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Recently, the term “Papa No” started trending on social media after Ghanaian actress and producer, Tracy Boakye used that to describe the supposed sugar daddy she is fighting over with Mzbel. In one of her videos, the actress was heard mentioning the name of the Former President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, describing him as “Papa No”, saying that she respects him a lot, adding that she has no issues with the New Democratic Congress(NDC).


Already, Ghanaians had tagged John Mahama with the trended catchphrase so for Tracy Boakye to mention his name along with the term proved that whatever was speculated by the Ghanaian populace was true. However, her statement generated a lot of mixed feelings from netizens as some looked so surprised that the former president got involved with the two ladies.
The actress recently revealed in an exclusive interview with NY DJ on Y102.5FM that she left the United Kingdom for Ghana because she wanted to be famous.

The actress who has over the past years made a name for herself as a producer, actress and entrepreneur revealed she always wanted to be famous hence leaving her parents in the UK at age 16 for Ghana.

Narrating her journey into the movie industry Tracey said;
“I wanted to do movies. I wanted to be an actress. I kept telling my mum but she thought I was joking. They eventually got mad at me knowing I was stubbornly following my passion.


I wasn’t thinking about the Ghana Movie Industry. I was thinking about me wanting to be famous… I had the passion for acting as well so why keep it in me. I decided to come to Ghana and showcase that talent I had”, she said.
Tracey Boakye has now become a subject of ridicule since starting a fight with Mzbel over someone’s husband. Though the beef has ended, some social media critics constantly troll her for making money off someone’s husband.



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