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US Elections: Two Liberians, Who Fled Civil War, Win House Of Reps Seats

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Two Liberians whose families escaped civil war in the 1990s and sought refuge in the US have been elected to office in the states of Colorado and Rhode Island respectively.

Naquetta Ricks won a seat in Colorado’s House of Representatives, while high school principal Nathan Biah won a state seat in Rhode Island.

Ms Ricks, on her website campaign, said “As a young girl, I fled a Civil War in my native country, Liberia, and resettled in Aurora. Since then, I have had the opportunity to live what now seems like an impossible American Dream. After graduating from Aurora Central, I earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Metro and CU respectively. I am the proud mother of a 24-year-old daughter and I’ve worked hard to provide for her and operate a successful small mortgage brokerage business. I’ve dedicated my life to working to improve my community, by helping build economic knowledge, capacity and attainability for immigrant and low income communities. I serve on various community boards, and find joy in helping people reach their goal of home ownership as a mortgage broker.”

Mr Biah spent his childhood in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, when the civil war broke out. He walked to the border with neighbouring Ivory Coast before reuniting with his family in Rhode Island.

According to his campaign website, Biah’s journey to America started in Monrovia, Liberia where his plans to attend college were disrupted by the Liberian Civil War.

“He walked 90 miles from Monrovia to Bong Mines to escape the violence, eventually landing in a refugee camp in the Ivory Coast. Biah eventually reunited with family in Rhode Island.”

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Africa’s Independence Incomplete Without Total Control Of Natural Resources – Zimbabwean President

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The President of Zimbabwe, Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa believes Africa’s freedom and political independence remain incomplete, until the continent has total control of its rich natural resources.

Mr. Mnangagwa bared his mind on Thursday at the ground-breaking for the construction of the Museum of African Liberation in the capital Harare, a project that seeks to document and preserve Africa’s liberation war history.

“The epoch we are now at as Africa is the story of full ownership and utilisation of our endowments to modernise, industrialise, and ultimately improve the lives of our people,” he said.

“Through this continental project, let us put to rest the one-sided euro-centric narratives which have been perpetuated in the public space for too long.

“We are marching together bonded by the ideals of Pan-Africanism, Ubuntu, and African renaissance, through the documentation, protection, preservation, and promotion of our rich liberation history,” Mnangagwa said.

The project is being spearheaded by the Institute of African Knowledge, a Pan-African Research organisation, in conjunction with the Zimbabwean government.

The Museum has since received a major boost after China, Russia, and UNESCO pledged their support for the historic project.

China pledged seed money towards the project and has since invited Zimbabwe to visit China to get Chinese experience on how projects of such magnitude are done.

Several African countries have declared their support for the liberation museum project.

“The construction of this Museum is not to trap us in our past, but meant to ensure that we use our history to learn from the past and chart a better future for the next generations,” Mnangagwa said.

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Money Laundering: Niger Republic Extradites Fleeing Ex-Pension Boss, Maina, to Nigeria

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The Nigerian government has secured the extradition of a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, who jumped bail and fled to neighbouring Niger Republic.

Maina, a former director in the ministry of interior, is being prosecuted on 12 counts of money laundering to the tune of N2bn by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was temporarily freed on bail after perfecting a bail condition, with Senator Ali Ndume standing as his surety.

After he jumped bail, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja issued an arrest warrant against him and also ordered the arrest of his surety.

According to local reports, Maina was arrested in Niamey, the Nigerien capital, on Monday by security agents from the Nigerian Police, the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) National Central Bureau, Abuja, and Niger.

Maina has been brought to Abuja, the Nigerian capital, and is currently been held in a police facility.

He will be interrogated before being handing over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) for remand in Kuje Custodial facility.

The Commissioner of Police, Interpol NCB, Garba Umar, reportedly confirmed Maina’s extradition.

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Adolf Hitler Elected Councillor In Namibia

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A politician named after Germany’s Adolf Hitler has been elected councillor in a Namibian regional election. However, unlike the man he was named after, Adolf Hitler Uunona says he has no plan for world domination.

The politician, who normally goes by the name Adolf Uunona, got 85% of the votes in last week’s election in Ompundja, a small town in the far north of the country.

In the candidates’ list, Hitler was reduced to the initial: ‘H’.

Uunona won 1,196 votes in the recent election compared to 213 for his opponent, giving him a seat on the regional council

Namibia is a former German colony and there are still reminders of that time in some placenames.

“My father named me after this man. He probably didn’t understand what Adolf Hitler stood for,” Mr Uunona said in a recent interview.

“It was a very normal name for me as a child. It was not until I was growing up that I realised that this man wanted to subjugate the whole world. I have nothing to do with any of these things.”

The German occupation of Namibia, which ended after World War One, has bitter memories for the people there.

Between 1904 and 1908 its colonial forces killed more than 80% of Namibia’s Nama and Herero populations, in what historians now call “the forgotten genocide”.

Adolf Hitler was a German politician and leader of the Nazi Party.

During his dictatorship from 1933 to 1945, he initiated World War II in Europe by invading Poland on 1 September 1939. He was closely involved in military operations throughout the war and was central to the perpetration of the Holocaust.

Mr Uunona’s SWAPO party has ruled Namibia since independence from apartheid South Africa in 1990. Namibia was once known as German South West Africa and was a German colony from 1884.

A small German-speaking community still lives in the country today, and around 120,000 Germans visit Namibia every year.

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