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The Yuletide season is here and Lagos is starting to get busy with activities and celebrities trooping in

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Rotimi and Stefflon Don herald Yuletide aura in Lagos with visits

True to her position as the entertainment capital of Africa, Lagos has begun it usual yuletide buzz with lots of activities, the kind which points to the fact that Christmas is around the corner.

Lagos was agog on Sunday as Rotimi Akinosho of “Power” television series visited the megacity. The singer, actor and model who is widely known for his roles in the series, “Boss” and “Power” visited Lagos for a series of events which included the grand opening of an unspecified club.

The singer cum actor who was born by Nigerian parents has been doing it big in America where he lives since he shot to the limelight a few years ago. Earlier this year, he announced he bought a new house.

We had an interview with Rotimi where he revealed some insights into his life, his music and role as Andre Coleman in “Power”.

Rotimi’s journey to stardom started when he secured his first acting role in the series “Boss”, where he played the role of a drug dealer perfectly. He followed it up with 3 appearances in “Betrayal”, then the Starz T.V series, “Power”. It has been success upon success ever since.

WATCH: Rotimi performs an acoustic cover of “Love Riddim”.

Just a day before Rotimi’s visit, Britsh singer, Stefflon Don had her debut concert in Lagos.

The concert, tagged “Reggae Afrobeat Jamrock Concert” went down at the Landmark Beachfront, Victoria Island. The ‘Hurtin Me’ singer thrilled fans with her scintillating performance at the concert which featured other Afrobeat artistes. 

Tickets for the concert sold at ₦3000 for Regular; VIP went for ₦7000, cabanas and cabana premium sold for ₦500k and ₦1M respectively. 

We expect more events and concerts this yuletide period in Lagos, even as we bask in the euphoria of Stefflon Don and Rotimi’s visits in the meantime.

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A Nation Making Huge Strides in Rebuilding

Rwanda is making significant progress in moving on from its ugly past

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In April 1994, ethnic tensions between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority boiled over, and what had been decades of mutual distrust ultimately escalated into a full-blown catastrophe. Over 800,000 Tutsi were murdered by Hutu militant groups, with many women raped, and hundreds of thousands of children rendered homeless.

The genocide, which stretched for three months, was met with a slow response from the international community, and many people were forced to flee into neighbouring countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The events of that dark period in Rwandan history illustrated in movies like “Hotel Rwanda” and “Sometimes in April”, left a trail of effects, some of which included post-violence trauma, increased distrust, hate and proliferation of pregnancies as a result of rape.

Twenty-five years have passed, and it has been a long, tortuous road to healing for all Rwandans, but commendable efforts have been made. Reconciliation and rehabilitation centres abound in various parts of the country, and there has been significant investment in technology, making Rwanda one of the few shining lights in a continent plagued by poverty and corruption. It is also worthy of note that there is significant female representation in Rwanda’s legislative houses: for context, Rwanda has one of the world’s highest proportions of women in power as 61% of members of parliament and 50% of the cabinet are female.

One aspect of the reconciliation process that needs elaboration, though, is the social work profession. Established after the genocide, social work has been integral to Rwanda’s healing process, through homegrown solutions or indigenous models of development that address the many layers of social wounds. Social workers in Rwanda have been heavily involved in programmes such as community work, local collective action and the indigenous practice of girinka, which makes for the provision of one cow for every poor family. There are also initiatives, such as the Hope and Homes for Children, which cater to children who may have been abandoned as a result of parental trauma resulting from rape, family isolation, drug abuse, vulnerability and stigma towards children with disabilities.

Rwanda’s success story is one that many African nations can take a cue from. Who is to say that countries like Sierra Leone would not be a lot better off if there were more women in positions of power? What if there had been more concrete efforts to ensure reconciliation between the Igbo and the rest of Nigeria after the civil war? These are the unanswered questions, but it is beautiful watching Rwanda thrive after the horror show of 1994. 

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How young people are changing the African narrative

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How young people are changing the African narrative

For non-Africans who have never visited the continent, the perception of the second largest continent in the world has always been that of a place of impoverishment and raw savagery; a place ravaged by horrible epidemic and war. 

This is largely attributable to an agenda-driven western media which sell these bogus tales about Africa to their global audience viewing the world through their reportage. Sadly, some of our local media are also guilty of this disservice to the mother continent.

As much as Africa, like other continents have its challenges, the positive stories to tell about the continent far outweighs the negativity found therein. 

The good news, however, is that young Africans – the new generation, are striving to change the negative narrative of Africa through their excellence in different fields within and outside the continent.

These young Africans are pushing the frontiers of knowledge in their respective fields of interests, discovering new things and making landmark achievements. Whether in Technology, Fashion, Literature, Music and more, they are forging paths necessary for the sustenance of development in Africa. These crop of individuals are passing the message that Africa has a lot to offer the world through its rich human resources. What better way to be true ambassadors of the continent? 

Let us take a look at some of the young individuals championing the change of an age-long African perception in their different fields.

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Over the years, we have seen some of the most innovative minds in technology come from Africa. Notable figures like Philip Emeagwali who invented the world’s fastest computer and who also won the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize for an application of the CM-2 massively-parallel computer, Jelani Aliyu who designed the Chevrolet Volt,  Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, among very many others make this list.

One young African that is gradually making waves in technology is 35-year-old Jamila Abbas. Abbas is a Kenyan computer scientist and software engineer who is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of MFarm Kenya Limited. MFarm is an android application that Abbas developed to solve the challenge of lack of pricing transparency Kenyan farmers faced.

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Vimbai Chats with Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on SA Tourism

News Central’s Vimbai Mutinhiri chats with Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, South Africa’s Minister of Tourism on the prospects of tourism in the rainbow nation.

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