Six African players were on the winning side on Wednesday night as Turkish giants Galatasaray beat Akhisarspor 3-1 to win the Turkish Cup.
Akhisar’s Ghanaian striker Elvis Manu opened the scoring in the 56th minute of the match held in front of a 25,000 capacity crowd at the Yeni Sivas 4 Eylul Stadium in Sivas.
Galatasaray’s goals came from Sinan Gumus in the 80th minute, midfielder Sofiane Feghouli in the 88th minute and striker Mbaye Diagne in the 90th minute.
Galatasaray is the most successful club in Turkish Cup history with 18 titles. They have six African players on their books. Christian Luyindama (DRC), Badou N’Diaye (Senegal), Younes Belhanda (Morocco), Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria), Henry Onyekuru (Nigeria) and Mbaye Diagne (Senegal) who were all in the starting line up in last night’s match.
Galatasaray are also top of the Turkish league with two matches to go. They face second placed Istanbul Basaksehir who have Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor in their ranks on Sunday in a potential title decider.
‘54 Silhouettes’ play gets into United Solo Festival
It showed at the British Council of Nigeria’s Lagos Theatre Festival earlier this year
Playwright, screenwriter, and theatre director Africa Ukoh’s award-winning play ‘54 Silhouettes’ has made its way to New York City as part of the United Solo Festival, the annual international festival highlighting solo theatre performances through a “variety of one-person shows.” It makes history as the First Nigerian Play to show at this Festival.
54 Silhouettes—which was adapted into a one-man play after originally featuring five actors—has been on the circuit since 2011 and has racked up several accolades since it first premiered. It showed at the British Council of Nigeria’s Lagos Theatre Festival earlier this year and in Rio de Janeiro at the International Theatre Institute’s Network of Emerging Artists and Professionals Festival in 2018.
Tunisian MP accused of indecency sworn in despite protests
“Stalkers shouldn’t make laws,” they chanted outside the inaugural session of the new parliament
Tunisian women protested outside parliament Wednesday against the swearing-in of a newly elected lawmaker who was caught in a video that purported to show him masturbating outside a school.
The protesters fear that Zouheir Makhlouf, who walked free after being investigated for alleged sexual harassment and public indecency, will enjoy immunity from prosecution over any future allegations levelled against him by women.
“Stalkers shouldn’t make laws,” they chanted outside the inaugural session of the new parliament.
A video showing the moustachioed politician sitting in a car with his trousers dropped to his knees was shot last month by a pupil who shared it online alongside accusations of harassment.\
Makhlouf, who was elected for the Qalb Tounes party of controversial media magnate Nabil Karoui, denies inappropriate conduct and has said he was urinating due to a medical condition.
But the video went viral sparking Tunisia’s own #MeToo movement, with sex abuse victims breaking taboos under the hashtag #EnaZeda.
It was inspired by the huge global movement that bloomed in 2017 in the wake of sexual assault allegations by multiple women against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
“Immunity is for your parliamentary duties, not your sexual desires,” read one placard waved by the demonstrators.
Article 68 of the Tunisian constitution provides that no sitting MP can be “arrested or tried for their opinions… or for actions taken in connection with their parliamentary duties,” a formulation that in theory excludes allegations of sexual impropriety.
But “the interpretation of the law in Tunisia means that a lawmaker acquires an immunity that covers all of his or her actions, including those committed before they took office,” said jurist Nour Jihene, who joined the protest outside parliament.
The protesters called for stricter implementation of a July 2017 law that outlaws sexual harassment in public places with a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a 3,000 dinar fine.
Two UN personnel killed in Benghazi by car bomb
Two members of the UN mission were killed and at least eight others wounded including a child, by a car bomb.
A car bombing in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi killed two United Nations staff on Saturday, a security official said.
“Two members of the UN mission were killed and at least eight others wounded including a child, by a car bomb” in a shopping area of the Al-Hawari district, the official said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which happened as a UN convoy was passing through the area.
Benghazi, Libya’s second city and the cradle of the 2011 uprising that overthrew dictator Muammar Gaddafi, was hit by years of violence targeting diplomatic offices and security forces after his fall.
An attack on the US consulate on September 11, 2012, killed US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
In 2017, military strongman Khalifa Haftar drove hardline Islamists and jihadists out of Benghazi after a three-year battle.
Haftar, who backs an eastern-based administration that opposes the Tripoli-based unity government, went on to seize Derna, the last city in eastern Libya outside his control.
But bombings and kidnappings have continued.
A May 2018 attack left seven people dead and last month, a car bombing at the funeral of an ex-army commander killed at least four people and wounded more than 30 others.
A Libyan lawmaker is also feared to have been abducted by an armed group in the eastern city, the UN and lawmakers said in July.
Haftar controls most of eastern Libya, and early this year he ordered his self-styled Libyan National Army to purge the south of what he called “terrorist groups and criminals”.
On the heels of that campaign, his LNA launched in April an offensive to take the Libyan capital from the UN-recognised Government of National Accord.
The LNA on Saturday announced a truce around Tripoli for the three-day Muslim festival of Eid Al-Adha, after the unity government conditionally accepted a ceasefire called for by the UN.