Africa is taking the lead in a road race nobody wants to win. Our roads are statistically the most dangerous in the world.
Globally, about 18.2 people per 100,000 die as a result of road traffic accidents (RTA). With the weak enforcement of road safety regulations in some African countries, it may come as no surprise that Africa is ahead of other regions with 26.6 road traffic deaths per 100,000 people.
WHO’s report suggests that countries with fewer cars have more road traffic deaths than countries with more cars. RTAs in many African countries support this report with statistics.
According to the report, these countries account for about 1% of world vehicles and 27.5 road traffic deaths per 100,000 population, as against 8.3 road traffic deaths per 100,000 people in countries that account for 40% of vehicles globally.
These numbers point to individual and institutional problems that must be addressed if Africa must meet Target 3.6 of SDG 3 (50% reduction in the number of road traffic deaths by 2020).
What next? Manage the most pressing risks.
Hello to the Grave? Ignore that phone.
Speeding and drunk-driving are responsible for several road traffic deaths but these are not the most common cause of road traffic accidents. Distracted drivers account for most RTAs. With social media, emails, texts and calls, many drivers find it hard to ignore the beeping messages, ringing phones or wandering thoughts.
In many African countries such as Nigeria and Kenya, it is illegal to use your mobile phone without a handsfree device while driving but laws like this are easily and frequently ignored and there are few officers to honestly enforce them. The onus lies on us to adhere to these rules for personal safety and the safety of other road users.
Don’t arrive ahead of your time. Avoid over-speeding and drunk driving.
Between 5-35% of road traffic accidents are alcohol-related. The campaign against drunk-driving and responsible drinking must be amplified by individuals and corporate bodies that are directly and indirectly involved in the alcoholic beverage and automobile industries. Also, most African highways have speed limits and government officials try to enforce these limits, but road traffic deaths have been increasing annually in Africa.
African leaders must provide health infrastructure and personnel for timely treatment of road traffic accident victims. This health infrastructure gap largely contributes to the number of road traffic deaths in low-income countries.
Almost all road traffic deaths are caused by human error and negligence. Road signs, warnings and speed limits should not be ignored. Obeying simple traffic laws, like using a seatbelt or using a helmet, can save lives on our roads and change the numbers that are painting Africa as a continent with death-trap highways.
Ishan wins big at 2020 Star FM Musical Awards
The young singer sweeps up four awards with his 2019 monster hit, ‘Kure’ featuring Ti Gonzi.
Burgeoning Zimbabwean act Ishan emerged the biggest winner at the Star FM musical awards, scooping five awards at the event that was held on Saturday, February 22.
The singer went home with plaques from the Best African Pop Sing, Best Newcomer, Best Collaboration, Song of the Year and Most Played Song on Star FM categories.
Later that night, Ishan teamed up with rapper, Ti Gonzi to perform their award-winning hit single ‘Kure’ which won four awards at the event.
Ishan is followed by top Zimbabwean gospel singer Janet Manyowa who won two awards in the Best Gospel and Best Female Artiste categories.
Ti Gonzi on his part won the Best Male Artist Award while Takura secured the Best Hip-Hop song award with his 2019 smash, ‘Noise’.
Zimbabwean living icon Alick Macheso was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Check out the full list of winners below.
Best African Pop Song Award
‘Kure’ – Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi
Best Zimdancehall Song Award
‘Vroom’ – Nutty O
Best Hip-Hop Song Award
‘Noise’ – Takura
Best R&B Song Award
‘TV Room’ – Hilzy, Gary Mapanzure
Best House Song Award
‘Bad News’ – DJ Stavo ft. Gemma
Best Song by Zimbabwean in the Diaspora Award
‘Chihera’ – Norman Masamba
Best Gospel Song Award
‘Ndimi’ – Janet Manyowa
Best Newcomer Award
Ishan ft. Ti Gonz – ‘Kure’
Best Female Artist Award
Best Male Artist Award
Best Duo/Group Award
Ngoma Ingoma – ‘Malobolo’
Best Collaboration Award
‘Kure’ – Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi
Best Producer Award
Song of the Year Award
‘Kure’ – ‘Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi
Album of the Year Award
Francesca – King 98
People’s Choice Award
‘Ngaibake’ by Freeman ft. Alick Macheso
Most Played Song on Star FM
‘Kure’ by Ishan ft .Ti Gonzi
Lifetime Achievement Award
2baba announces new album “Warriors”
This coming full-length project is set to solidify 2baba’s status as a living icon.
One of Nigeria’s most celebrated singers 2baba is set to release his new album titled “Warriors” on Friday, February 28. This album would be released as part of his 20 Years A King celebration, which commemorates 2baba’s two decades in the Nigerian music industry.
This coming project would be the long-overdue follow up to his 2014 album, “The Ascension” which was met with mixed reviews upon its release.
2baba made the announcement on his Instagram page, sharing the album cover and the release date. He also revealed that the album scheduled for release next week is already available for pre-order.
“Anticipate!!! This album is for warriors ✊ 28.2.2020. Pre-order link in bio,” he shared.
“Warriors” would contain 13 tracks and include previously released singles like ‘Important’, ‘Oyi’ and the Peruzzi-assisted smash hit, ‘Amaka’. The LP also boasts big-name collaborations like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Olamide, Tiwa Savage and Peruzzi. It also features AJ, Symeca and his daughter HI Idibia.
The album would be released under the 2baba-headed imprint, Hypertek Digital which he established after leaving Kennis Music in 2008.
Formerly known as 2face Idibia, 2baba is one Africa’s most successful artists, winning local, continental and international awards like BET and MTV Europe Music Awards.
Wizkid teases “Made in Lagos” release
The popular Nigerian singer says that the long-awaited album is “finally done.”
One of Nigeria’s biggest music superstars Wizkid has revealed on Thursday, February 20 that his highly anticipated album, “Made In Lagos” is finally ready.
The singer shared this news on his Twitter, revealing that “I been working on my album and my spirit.”
“Finally done! So you know what that means! ,” he continued.
This news comes much to the delight of fans who have been anticipating the album’s release for years now. Last year, Wizkid also teased that the album was ready for release. In fact, the singer played some of the songs suspected to be off the project on Instagram live.
However fans and music lovers were disappointed when the year ended and there was no “Made In Lagos” or any assurance of its release.
Instead of the promised album, all the fans could lay their hands upon were two 2019 singles ‘Ghetto Love’ and ‘Joro’. Later in the year however, Wizkid’s record label, Starboy, released a collection of songs titled “Soundman Vol.1” which featured significant contributions from the much celebrated singer.
“Made In Lagos” is expected to be Wizkid’s fourth solo full-length project, coming after his ambitious body of work, “Sounds From The Other Side” released in 2016. The 12-track album featured an international all-star cast of Drake, Major Lazer, Ty Dolla $ign, Bucie and Trey Songz.
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