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Top Ten Richest Africa Countries

 Many of the world's poorest nations are in Africa. Most economies are unstable, and poverty is widespread.

There are, however, some African countries that have the fastest-growing economies in the world.

The largest components of the African economy are agriculture, trade, and natural resources, and the African economy is expected to reach a GDP of $29 trillion by 2050.

While there are several ways to compare a nation's wealth, one of the best ways to measure is by taking a look at the purchasing gross domestic product – or GDP – of a nation.

This is the value of the goods and services that come from a nation for one year. GDP does not consider the difference in the cost of living and inflation rates between countries as GDP per capita at purchasing power parity (PPP) does.

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1. Nigeria – $514.05-billion

Nigeria has been Africa’s wealthiest and largest economy in terms of GDP since we first marked their leadership in the continent in 2018. The country managed to increase its GDP from $446,543-billion to $514.04-billion even amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nigeria is Africa’s largest crude oil supplier, and also one of the continent’s richest agricultural sectors. A leader in Africa in terms of farm output, Nigeria’s main agricultural exports are cocoa, peanuts, rubber, and palm oil.

Almost 10% of Nigeria’s GDP is generated by its oil and petroleum industry.

2. Egypt – $394.28-billion

Egypt becomes Africa’s second wealthiest state according to GDP in 2021, beating out South Africa from the lauded number two spot.

By sector, gas extractives, tourism, wholesale and retail trade, real estate and construction have been the main drivers of growth for Egypt’s GDP, and together with economic reform programmes and increased levels of employment, the country continues to be a great example of an African powerhouse nation.

3. South Africa – $329.53-billion

South Africa lost its spot as Africa’s second wealthiest country in terms of GDP, now moving to third on the list.

In 2020, South Africa went into a recession after 2 consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth. Its economy was battered by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, and constant power outages from ageing operations at its main power producer, Eskom, has been noted to be a contributor to its shrinking economy which was once the leader on the continent.

4. Algeria – $151.46-billion

Maintaining its place from last year’s list is Algeria. The majority of the North African country’s GDP, more than 70%, is generated through its hydrocarbons industry.

By sector, commercial services, industrial, construction and public works, and agriculture sectors continue to drive non-hydrocarbon growth. However recent hostilities with Morocco and France, including the closing of a lucrative gas pipeline, could affect its economy over the next year.

5. Morocco – $124-billion

Morocco remains unmoved since last year’s list, maintaining the middle ground amongst Africa’s wealthiest countries.

Most of Morocco’s GDP is derived from its robust service sector, followed by its industry and then its agriculture.

6. Kenya – $106.04-billion

Considered one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, Kenya maintains its spot on the list from last year after being battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which cost the country over 700,000 jobs and forced it into its first economic recession since 1992.

Recent investments and focuses have helped Kenya’s economy in recent years and have solidified it as one of Africa’s futurist states, but the country is still heavily dependant on its agriculture sector to keep it afloat.

Its agriculture (approximately 35% of GDP) includes the rearing of coffee, tea and corn, while the rest of the GDP is funnelled in through its industrial sector.

7. Ethiopia – $93.97-billion

Ethiopia takes Angola’s place from last year’s list as the latter fell to the bottom of Africa’s wealthiest countries ranked by GDP.

Lately, the Ethiopian government has opened up its famously hard-fastened economy to international investors through deals in Ethio Telecom and other state-owned entities.

However, the country’s government and its Prime Minister have come under international scrutiny as of late after perceived inaction in the face of alleged war crimes being conducted in the Tigray region of the country.

8. Ghana – $74.26-billion

Ghana is one of Africa’s dark horses in terms of economies and has quietly solidified its efforts in growing its GDP from $67,077-billion to $74.26-billion in 2021, moving up a spot on the list.

Ghana mainly exports resources such as cocoa, crude oil, gold and timber. The country experienced an economic expansion of 6.7% in the 1st quarter of 2019, with non-oil growth at 6%.

Last year, Ghana was put to the test amidst growing concern for its energy sector due to high costs and natural gas supply but has managed to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges positively.

9. Cote d’Iviore – $70.99-billion

For the first time ever, the Ivory Coast is considered one of the ten wealthiest countries in Africa according to GDP, having joined the list at number 9.

The country’s services, industry and agriculture sectors are considered its strongest and make up for most of the country’s steady growth even after facing two civil wars in the last 20 years.

10. Angola – $66.49-billion

Angola drops to 10th place from 7th place in 2020.

Since the end of the Angolan Civil War in 2002, the country has been making strides into political and structural reforms to help stabilise its economy which is mostly built on oil. More than a third of its GDP in 2020, and 90% of its export revenues that same year were derived from crude oil sales.

Believed to be a contender for significant economic growth in Africa, its latest efforts have been disappointing. Its GDP shrunk from $91,527-billion last year to $66.49-billion in 2021.

However recent news indicates that the country may be finally exiting a multi-year recession.

Ten most Populated countries in Africa 2021 world Ranking

 1. Nigeria

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The current population of Nigeria is 213,117,109 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Nigeria 2020 population is estimated at 206,139,589 people at mid year according to UN data.

Nigeria population is equivalent to 2.64% of the total world population.

Nigeria ranks number 7 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Nigeria is 226 per Km2 (586 people per mi2).

The total land area is 910,770 Km2 (351,650 sq. miles)

52.0 % of the population is urban (107,112,526 people in 2020)

The median age in Nigeria is 18.1 years.

2. Ethiopia

Addis Ababa Ethiopia 

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The current population of Ethiopia is 118,852,589 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Ethiopia 2020 population is estimated at 114,963,588 people at mid year according to UN data.

Ethiopia population is equivalent to 1.47% of the total world population.

Ethiopia ranks number 12 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Ethiopia is 115 per Km2 (298 people per mi2).

The total land area is 1,000,000 Km2 (386,102 sq. miles)

21.3 % of the population is urban (24,463,423 people in 2020)

The median age in Ethiopia is 19.5 years.

3. Egypt

Cairo Egypt

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The current population of Egypt is 104,972,431 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Egypt 2020 population is estimated at 102,334,404 people at mid year according to UN data.

Egypt population is equivalent to 1.31% of the total world population.

Egypt ranks number 14 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Egypt is 103 per Km2 (266 people per mi2).

The total land area is 995,450 Km2 (384,345 sq. miles)

43.0 % of the population is urban (44,041,052 people in 2020)

The median age in Egypt is 24.6 years.

4. DR Congo


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The current population of the DR Congo is 93,277,125 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

The DR Congo 2020 population is estimated at 89,561,403 people at mid year according to UN data.

The DR Congo population is equivalent to 1.15% of the total world population.

The DR Congo ranks number 16 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in the DR Congo is 40 per Km2 (102 people per mi2).

The total land area is 2,267,050 Km2 (875,313 sq. miles)

45.6 % of the population is urban (40,848,447 people in 2020)

The median age in the DR Congo is 17.0 years.

5. South Africa

South Africa

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The current population of South Africa is 60,331,524 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

South Africa 2020 population is estimated at 59,308,690 people at mid year according to UN data.

South Africa population is equivalent to 0.76% of the total world population.

South Africa ranks number 25 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in South Africa is 49 per Km2 (127 people per mi2).

The total land area is 1,213,090 Km2 (468,376 sq. miles)

66.7 % of the population is urban (39,550,889 people in 2020)

The median age in South Africa is 27.6 years.

6. Tanzania

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The current population of the United Republic of Tanzania is 62,056,676 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Tanzania 2020 population is estimated at 59,734,218 people at mid year according to UN data.

Tanzania population is equivalent to 0.77% of the total world population.

Tanzania ranks number 24 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Tanzania is 67 per Km2 (175 people per mi2).

The total land area is 885,800 Km2 (342,009 sq. miles)

37.0 % of the population is urban (22,113,353 people in 2020)

The median age in Tanzania is 18.0 years.

7. Kenya

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The current population of Kenya is 55,389,454 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Kenya 2020 population is estimated at 53,771,296 people at mid year according to UN data.

Kenya population is equivalent to 0.69% of the total world population.

Kenya ranks number 27 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Kenya is 94 per Km2 (245 people per mi2).

The total land area is 569,140 Km2 (219,746 sq. miles)

27.8 % of the population is urban (14,975,059 people in 2020)

The median age in Kenya is 20.1 years.

8. Uganda

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The current population of Uganda is 47,711,995 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Uganda 2020 population is estimated at 45,741,007 people at mid year according to UN data.

Uganda population is equivalent to 0.59% of the total world population.

Uganda ranks number 31 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Uganda is 229 per Km2 (593 people per mi2).

The total land area is 199,810 Km2 (77,147 sq. miles)

25.7 % of the population is urban (11,775,012 people in 2020)

The median age in Uganda is 16.7 years.

9. Algeria

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The current population of Algeria is 44,933,415 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Algeria 2020 population is estimated at 43,851,044 people at mid year according to UN data.

Algeria population is equivalent to 0.56% of the total world population.

Algeria ranks number 33 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Algeria is 18 per Km2 (48 people per mi2).

The total land area is 2,381,740 Km2 (919,595 sq. miles)

72.9 % of the population is urban (31,950,910 people in 2020)

The median age in Algeria is 28.5 years.

10. Sudan


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The current population of Sudan is 45,247,726 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Sudan 2020 population is estimated at 43,849,260 people at mid year according to UN data.

Sudan population is equivalent to 0.56% of the total world population.

Sudan ranks number 34 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Sudan is 25 per Km2 (64 people per mi2).

The total land area is 1,765,048 Km2 (681,489 sq. miles)

35.0 % of the population is urban (15,349,424 people in 2020)

The median age in Sudan is 19.7 years.


Binnaparlour Fast food to Host 2021 Red Carpet Night in Ghana

  Binnaparlour Fast Food set to host the 2021 Red Carpet Night in Manhean Accra Ghana

Last Year Christmas 25th December 2020 Manhean town suburb of Accra witnessed the first Binnaparlour Red Carpet Night; it was a night to remember ,with lot of performance from Top Artistes, Dancers, Fashion and Display of  Africa Food; Art and Culture.

The Red Carpet offered a peek of excitement and  Entertainment to our Customers.

Obinna Pascal Amajuoyi, Kelechi Amajuoyi, Prince Nedu

Sugar Vybe,Top Dancers and Prince Nedu

CEO of Binna Group During the 2020 Red Carpet

The 2020 Binnaparlour Red Carpet was successful, following the Government Covid-19 Protocols, it was a night to remember like many people said during the interview.

This Year 2021 Binnaparlour Fast Food is set to host the 2nd Red Carpet Night edition. ''A DISPLAY OF CLASSICAL GLAMOUR''.

Binnaparlour Red Carpet Night will featuring  Music displays, Art, Drama, Fashion,Dancing ,Food Displays and Expression of Passion.

Top Artiste across Accra, Kumasi,Cape coast ,with top Comedian will be live in Binnaparlour Red Carpet night to make the Occasion colorful and memorable.

The Date of the Red Carpet is schedule to be on the 25th December 2021 at Manhean Accra Ghana.

For Sponsorship you can contact the Management of Binnaparlour for further details. +233558113406


Anambra Election: Concerns Mount Over Voter Apathy As Residents Stay Indoors

 CONCERNS over voter apathy heightened on the eve of the Anambra State governorship election as residents stayed indoors despite the cancellation of the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The IPOB had threatened to lockdown Anambra and other parts of the South-East for six days – including the day of the election – if its detained leader Nnamdi Kanu was not released by the Nigerian government.

It was widely believed that the planned six-day sit-at-home was aimed at stopping the Anambra governorship poll in line with the declaration by pro-Biafra separatists that the Nigerian government would not be allowed to conduct elections in territories of the defunct Republic of Biafra.

The sit-at-home order was eventually called off on November 4 – about 48 hours to the election.

While announcing the cancellation of the order, IPOB urged the people of Anambra to turn out enmasse and vote in the election.

But The ICIR observed in Awka, Anambra State capital, and other parts of the state that most residents stayed indoors on November 5.

Only a handful of residents came out of their homes as most of the major streets and roads were empty.

Although commercial vehicles, including buses and tricycles otherwise known as Keke, plied the roads, few passengers were available.

Traffic was light in different parts of the state but vehicles were able to move about freely without any hindrance or molestation.

The ICIR also observed that a handful of shops also opened for business.

The shops operated freely – there were no reports of any attempt by hoodlums to stop anybody from doing business.

Residents who ventured out of their houses to attend to different private or commercial engagements also moved about freely.

But some shops which opened for business closed early due to little or no patronage as most residents remained indoors.

Heavily armed soldiers and policemen continued to patrol major streets and roads in the state.

The prevailing situation heightened concerns that voter apathy would mar the governorship poll.

Further checks by The ICIR revealed that most residents were not aware that the sit-at-home order had been cancelled.

119 Villages Abolish Osu Caste System Practice In Nsukka Enugu State

 The 119 villages in the nine autonomous communities in Nsukka town, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, Wednesday, formalised the eradication of Osu Caste system in their communities.

The decision which was taken by the monarchs, town unions and other traditional institutions in the communities in collaboration with the Initiative for the Eradication of Traditional and Cultural Stigmatization in our Society, IFETACSIOS, was capped up with an interdenominational prayer session cum declarations and ‘Isu Oho’ by the chief priests and ‘Akpuraruas’ from the three quarters which make up Nsukka town.

Speaking during the interdenominational prayer session at the St. John’s Primary School, Ugwuorie, Nsukka, the Catholic bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev. Godffrey Onah, condemned the reprehensive traditional practice.

Quoting Galatians 3:28, the clergy explained that there was no need for discriminatory practices amongst people created by God.

The bishop who was represented by the Cathedral Administrator, Rev Fr. Eugene Odo, also said “this is the first of its kind in Nsukka cultural zone. There cannot be development amidst strife and discrimination. The Osu caste system needs to be eradicted to enable all memebers of the society contribute their quota in moving the communities forward because we cannot make progress when we discriminate against ourselves,” the cleric said.

He also called for other communities within the Nsukka cultural zone to emulate Nsukka town by initiating steps towards ending harmful cultural practices that are anti people.

Speaking to journalists during the event, the President General of Nsukka Town Union, Chief Joseph Onyeke, while commending the nine autonomous communities in Nsukka town for the landmark achievement, said “By history, we cannot forget the efforts of our noble men and women like William Wilberforce, Mary Slessor who, about 200 years ago, volunteered their lives to make sure slave trade was abolished. Even though they achieved great height in securing legal freedom for the enslaved, some deprivations remained in practice till this day.

“In practice, discriminations have continued even in this part of the continent. They include denials of intermarriage, title-taking_Oha and Umuada, placement of Oho and Oduatu together and ascending to the height of ‘Onyeishi Aruah among others. The consequences of the above were restiveness and underdevelopment in all sectors of life.

“In Nsukka town, the crises of 1946-1955 regarding the discrimination practices worsened the matter, and ever since then, the problems were managed and never solved,” he said.

Also in his remarks, the traditional ruler of Ihe Nsukka Autonomous Community, HRH, Igwe George Asadu said , that Osu was a creation of humans and not God.

“The segregation lives here on earth and not in heaven. Even the Bible upholds all humans as equal before God,” he said.

He also said that with the eradication of Osu caste system, there would be hitch free intermarriage and equal economic rights which hitherto were not the case before now.

His counterpart of Owerre Nsukka Autonomous Community, HRH, Igwe Emeka Ugwu, said he was happy over the development, adding that he was the first monarch in Nsukka cultural zone to initiate the move towards the abolishment of the discriminatory practices.

In his contribution, the Visioner and Coordinator of IFETACSIOS, Nwada Stella Ogechukwu, while expressing her joy over the abolishment of the practice said “I take full cognizance of other communities that have abolished the caste system, but I call the Nsukka people the pace setters because you came together in strength, might and love to jettison the evil practice.

“I know the kind of efforts that go into achieving such a milestone. Your actions towards achieving this feat are commendable and worthy of emulation,” she said.

Earlier in his address, the chairman of the committee on Total Eradication of Discrimination between Ohu and Amu in Nsukka Town, Barr Peter Odo, described the development as a new dawn in the communities.

“After elaborate deliberations, it was unanimously agreed that the discriminatory practices between ‘Osu and Amu’ be totally eradicated and eliminated,” he announced.

He said that the committee set up to effect the abolishment came up with three solutions of “appeasement, compensation and reparation, adding that those who felt wronged and those whose forefathers may have also wronged others have fully forgiven one another.

Source: Vangaurd News

Today in History, On March 23, 1998, the President of U.S.A, Bill Clinton arrived in Ghana

 Today in History, On March 23, 1998, the President of U.S.A, Bill Clinton arrived in Ghana. His visit made him the first Sitting US president to ever visit the nation. His visit was part of a 12-day visit to 6 African countries and Ghana was the first African country he visited.

As the first United States president to visit Ghana, President Bill Clinton speaks to the people of Ghana about Africa’s growing appreciation for tolerance and human rights as well as improving U.S. ties with Ghana.


March 23, 1998: Remarks to the People of Ghana

Thank you. President and Mrs. Rawlings, honorable ministers, honorable members of the Council of State, honorable Members of Parliament, honorable members of the Judiciary, nananom [to the chiefs], and the people of Ghana. Mitsea mu. America fuo kyia mo [My greetings to you. Greetings from America]. Now you have shown me what akwaaba [welcome] really means. Thank you, thank you so much.

I am proud to be the first American President ever to visit Ghana and to go on to Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana, and Senegal. It is a journey long overdue. America should have done it before, and I am proud to be on that journey. Thank you for welcoming me.

I want to listen and to learn. I want to build a future partnership between our two people, and I want to introduce the people of the United States, through my trip, to the new face of Africa. From Kampala to Cape Town, from Dakar to Dar-Es-Salaam, Africans are being stirred by new hopes for democracy and peace and prosperity.

Challenges remain, but they must be to all of you a call to action, not a cause for despair. You must draw strength from the past and energy from the promise of a new future. My dream for this trip is that together we might do the things so that, 100 years from now, your grandchildren and mine will look back and say this was the beginning of a new African renaissance.

With a new century coming into view, old patterns are fading away: The cold war is gone; colonialism is gone; apartheid is gone. Remnants of past troubles remain. But surely, there will come a time when everywhere reconciliation will replace recrimination. Now, nations and individuals finally are free to seek a newer world where democracy and peace and prosperity are not slogans but the essence of a new Africa.

Africa has changed so much in just 10 years. Dictatorship has been replaced so many places. Half of the 48 nations in sub-Saharan Africa choose their own governments, leading a new generation willing to learn from the past and imagine a future. Though democracy has not yet gained a permanent foothold even in most successful nations, there is everywhere a growing respect for tolerance, diversity, and elemental human rights. A decade ago, business was stifled. Now, Africans are embracing economic reform. Today from Ghana to Mozambique, from Cote d'Ivoire to Uganda, growing economies are fueling a transformation in Africa.

For all this promise, you and I know Africa is not free from peril: the genocide in Rwanda; civil wars in Sierra Leone, Liberia, both Congos; pariah states that export violence and terror; military dictatorship in Nigeria; and high levels of poverty, malnutrition, disease, illiteracy, and unemployment. To fulfill the vast promise of a new era, Africa must face these challenges. We must build classrooms and companies, increase the food supply and save the environment, and prevent disease before deadly epidemics break out.

The United States is ready to help you. First, my fellow Americans must leave behind the stereotypes that have warped our view and weakened our understanding of Africa. We need to come to know Africa as a place of new beginning and ancient wisdom from which, as my wife, our First Lady, said in her book, we have so much to learn. It is time for Americans to put a new Africa on our map.

Here in Independence Square, Ghana blazed the path of that new Africa. More than four decades ago, Kwame Nkrumah proposed what he called a "motion of destiny" as Ghana stepped forward as a free and independent nation. Today, Ghana again lights the way for Africa. Democracy is spreading. Business is growing. Trade and investment are rising. Ghana has the only African-owned company today on our New York Stock Exchange.

You have worked hard to preserve the peace in Africa and around the world—from Liberia to Lebanon, from Croatia to Cambodia. And you have given the world a statesman and peacemaker in Kofi Annan to lead the United Nations. The world admires your success. The United States admires your success. We see it taking root throughout the new Africa. And we stand ready to support it.

First, we want to work with Africa to nurture democracy, knowing it is never perfect or complete. We have learned in over 200 years that every day democracy must be defended and a more perfect union can always lie ahead. Democracy requires more than the insults and injustice and inequality that so many societies have known and America has known. Democracy requires human rights for everyone, everywhere, for men and women, for children and the elderly, for people of different cultures and tribes and backgrounds. A good society honors its entire family.

Second, democracy must have prosperity. Americans of both political parties want to increase trade and investment in Africa. We have an "African Growth and Opportunity Act" now before Congress. Both parties' leadership are supporting it. By opening markets and building businesses and creating jobs, we can help and strengthen each other. By supporting the education of your people, we can strengthen your future and help each other. For centuries, other nations exploited Africa's gold, Africa's diamonds, Africa's minerals. Now is the time for Africans to cultivate something more precious, the mind and heart of the people of Africa, through education.

Third, we must allow democracy and prosperity to take root without violence. We must work to resolve the war and genocide that still tear at the heart of Africa. We must help Africans to prevent future conflicts.

Here in Ghana, you have shown the world that different peoples can live together in harmony. You have proved that Africans of different countries can unite to help solve disputes in neighboring countries. Peace everywhere in Africa will give more free time and more money to the pressing needs of our children's future. The killing must stop if a new future is to begin.

Fourth and finally, for peace and prosperity and democracy to prevail, you must protect your magnificent natural domain. Africa is mankind's first home. We all came out of Africa. We must preserve the magnificent natural environment that is left. We must manage the water and forest. We must learn to live in harmony with other species. You must learn how to fight drought and famine and global warming. And we must share with you the technology that will enable you to preserve your environment and provide more economic opportunity to your people.

America has good reason to work with Africa: 30 million Americans, more than one in ten, proudly trace their heritage here. The first Peace Corps volunteers from America came to Ghana over 35 years ago; over 57,000 have served in Africa since then. Through blood ties and common endeavors, we know we share the same hopes and dreams to provide for ourselves and our children, to live in peace and worship freely, to build a better life than our parents knew and pass a brighter future on to our children. America needs Africa, America needs Ghana as a partner in the fight for a better future.

So many of our problems do not stop at any nation's border, international crime and terrorism and drug trafficking, the degradation of the environment, the spread of diseases like AIDS and malaria, and so many of our opportunities cannot stop at a nation's border. We need partners to deepen the meaning of democracy in America, in Africa, and throughout the world. We need partners to build prosperity. We need partners to live in peace. We will not build this new partnership overnight, but perseverance creates its own reward.

An Ashanti proverb tells us that by coming and going, a bird builds its nest. We will come and go with you and do all we can as you build the new Africa, a work that must begin here in Africa, not with aid or trade, though they are important, but first with ordinary citizens, especially the young people in this audience today. You must feel the winds of freedom blowing at your back, pushing you onward to a brighter future.

There are roughly 700 days left until the end of this century and the beginning of a new millennium. There are roughly 700 million Africans in sub-Saharan Africa. Every day and every individual is a precious opportunity. We do not have a moment to lose, and we do not have a person to lose.

I ask you, my friends, to let me indulge a moment of our shared history in closing. In 1957 our great civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, came to Accra to help represent our country as Ghana celebrated its independence. He was deeply moved by the birth of your nation.

Six years later, on the day after W.E.B. Du Bois died here in Ghana in 1963, Dr. King spoke to an enormous gathering like this in Washington. He said these simple words: "I have a dream, a dream that all Americans might live free and equal as brothers and sisters." His dream became the dream of our Nation and changed us in ways we could never have imagined. We are hardly finished, but we have traveled a long way on the wings of that dream.

Dr. Du Bois, a towering African-American intellectual, died here as a citizen of Ghana and a friend of Kwame Nkrumah. He once wrote, "The habit of democracy must be to encircle the Earth." Let us together resolve to complete the circle of democracy, to dream the dream that all people on the entire Earth will be free and equal, to begin a new century with that commitment to freedom and justice for all, to redeem the promise inscribed right here on Independence Arch. Let us find a future here in Africa, the cradle of humanity.

Medase. America dase [I thank you. America thanks you]. Thank you, and God bless you.


In the Other News 

The leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), won’t hand over power to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

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President Muhammadu Buhari met behind closed doors with President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic at the State House, Abuja.


President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic at the State House, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Beninese leader, who arrived at the forecourt of the presidential villa at 11.09 a.m., was received by Mr Buhari.

The agenda of the meeting between the two leaders, who immediately went into a closed-door meeting, was unknown to journalists, Igbere TV reports.

NAN, however, gathered that Mr Talon, who last met with the Nigerian leader in June 2019, was in the villa to thank Mr Buhari for ordering the re-opening of Nigerian borders in December 2020.

Mr Buhari had in August 2019 ordered closure of Nigeria’s land borders to check smuggling of rice and other foodstuff as well as small arms and light weapons.

The president and the visiting Beninese leader are also expected to discuss security and bilateral matters as well as other sub-regional issues.

Goodluck Jonathan: We Are In Trouble, Nigeria’s Unity Questionable

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has said the unity of Nigeria is questionable.

Jonathan stated this while speaking during an exclusive command performance by the Port-Harcourt Male Ensemble International tagged ‘Peace for All Nations’ at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja.

He stated that Nigerian youths sometimes engaged in all kinds of confrontation, recalling his conversation with one of his friends.

“And I was discussing with somebody, one of my friends and I said look, in Nigeria, they appear not to even have a national youth body. Because in most cases, the regional youth bodies are stronger than the national youth body.

“Ordinarily, the national youth body is supposed to be stronger than the regional youth body. If you go to my state, Bayelsa state for example, if I am a national member of the Nigerian Youth Council, the IYC, Ijaw Youth Council, feels that they are your boss.

“If you go to the Southwest and to the North, the Arewa Youth Group, they feel they are superior to the national youth body.

“If you go to the Southwest, the same thing. If you go to the Southeast, the same thing. That shows clearly that as a nation, we are in trouble. The unity of the country is questionable,” Jonathan said.

The lovely Nigerian city in Akwa Ibom State "Ikot Ekpene"

 Ikot ekpene is actually a great city to live in Nigeria, it's very affordable and you avoid the high rent in Uyo the capital city while you are 20 mins drive from uyo in a dualized autobahn.

Ikot ekpene is a great place for you adults just starting live, but you must have entrepreneurial drive,  there are no jobs like every where else in Nigeria.

Ikot ekpene has the federal government college, state polytechnic , and the federal poly ukana is a stone throw, it also has the Ritman University ikot ekpene, for those who are school age.

A city park, for picnics and family hangout, a numbers of relaxation spots and Raffia Arts is the major handwork of the people of this area.

Raffia arts made in ikot ekpene is famous worldwide, even the colonialists have been known to dabble in arts from this area, the wooden mask carved in Ikot ekpene is also very famous.

The Oil palm business and rubber business is at it peak here .

Ikot ekpene is a much older city than Uyo, it was the first Experimental Local government in British west Africa, ie this is where the British started the idea of local government administration in west Africa. Ikot ekpene has lots of colonial architecture that will mesmerize you, especially the churches.

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View of Four Point Hotel Ikot Ekpene

St. ANNE CATHOLIC cathedral ikot Ekpene.

An Architectural masterpiece.

A sight worth visiting, if you are interested in old European architecture.

This is just one of several old colonial buildings in ikot Ekpene.

The first African catholic cardinal in Nigeria and West African, cardinal Dominic Ekandem was the bishop of Ikot Ekpene.

Hence lots of catholic relics in this city.

St. ANNE CATHOLIC cathedral ikot Ekpene.

If you are young an just starting life and looking for a place with good roads, good schools, low crime rate, affordable city and a perfect place to raise kids,

Look no further Ikot Ekpene is the place for you. Its 15mins. From Uyo Akwa ibom state capital with well articulated road networks that will mesmerize you.

Its 70mins from Victor attah international airport.

And very close to Aba and umuahia though the road to aba and umuahia are terrible.
Ikot ekpene Stadium 

Writer :Obinna Pascal Amajuoyi
Publisher Binnabook Magazine

APC reveals alleged plots by PDP, Obaseki to rig Edo gov election

 The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki of plots to rig the September 19 election in the state.

The chairman of the APC media campaign council for the Edo election, John Mayaki said in a statement on Monday, that the alleged plot by the PDP and Obaseki was to engage the services of a former senior staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi to rig the election.

Mayaki described Osaze-Uzzi as a first cousin of Obaseki, and claimed that he had been engaged as a private consultant “in a plot to trade-sensitive inside information on results collation process of the electoral body with the PDP in exchange for unnamed benefits.”

POWER FAILURE: Gov Obaseki sends BEDC boss out of his office

He said, “As an upgrade to the server scam that failed the PDP in the 2019 general elections because it ignorantly went with the fraud without insight on the result collation process of INEC, the party of tax-collectors, having lost all hopes of winning the Edo election in a fair contest, are concluding plans on another rigging strategy with the recent secret conscription of one Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi.

”Mr. Osaze-Uzzi, Obaseki’s first cousin, who served for many years at INEC and had to be forced out of commission despite his stalling tactics to stay put until the conclusion of the election which he had planned to manipulate by offering sensitive inside information to his cousin, has now fully joined the Obaseki campaign, though secretly as a private consultant.

”His mandate, and those of others assigned to serve as his aides in the secret location where has been lodged, is to develop strategies and tactics for the party on how to substitute results obtained at the polls with fake, pre-written ballots and a corresponding reflection of the electoral fraud in any electronic transfer, using his experience at the Commission.”

Meanwhile, the Edo State publicity secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikhare has debunked the claim, describing it as laughable.

Source: Ripplesnigeria

Aisha Buhari Flown To Dubai For Medical Treatment


The First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has been flown to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for medical treatment.

Daily Trust learned that the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari travelled out of the country at the Sallah weekend due to persistent neck pain after returning to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, from Lagos.

Last month, Hajiya Buhari paid a condolence visit to Florence Ajimobi, widow of the former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, at the Glover Road, Ikoyi residence of the Ajimobis in Lagos.Ajimobi had died on June 25 due to complications from the infectious coronavirus disease.


The first lady was said to have undergone self-isolation for 14 days after the Lagos trip because of the neck pain that refused to stop for close to one month after the condolence journey.

The frightening scenario shortly after the self-isolation safety protocol was said to have prompted the decision to move her to Dubai for immediate medical attention.

Daily Trust gathered that the first lady, who is now observing bed rest at an undisclosed hospital, is in a stable condition.

On July 31, she observed the Eid El-Kabir prayers at home with her family to adhere to the advisories from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). She also took pictures with members of her family on the day.

When contacted on phone, Barrister Aliyu Abdullahi, Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the First Lady, neither denied nor confirmed the information.Barr. Aliyu said: “I have not been around in the office for two weeks.So, I’m not in a position to know.”

Nigeria's Oscar race entry Lionheart disqualified by Academy

Producer Chinny Onwugbenu, left, actor Nkem Owoh, centre, and filmmaker Genevieve Nnaji, right, from the film Lionheart at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival [Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images]
Producer Chinny Onwugbenu, left, actor Nkem Owoh, centre, and filmmaker Genevieve Nnaji, right, from the film Lionheart at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival 
The organisers of the Oscars have disqualified Nigeria's first-ever entry for consideration in the International Feature Film category because it has too much dialogue in English, according to reports.

The disqualification of Lionheart - directed by and starring Genevieve Nnaji, one of the biggest stars in the Nigerian film industry widely known as Nollywood - was conveyed in an email to voters for the category, The Wrap reported on Monday.

According to the rules by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, "an international film is defined as a feature-length motion picture (defined as over 40 minutes) produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track."

Lionheart has just under 12 minutes of dialogue that is in the Igbo language, while the rest of the 95-minute feature is in English, according to Hollywood Reporter.

The movie was scheduled to be screened to voters for the category, formerly known as best foreign language film, on Wednesday.

'Proudly Nigerian'

Lionheart, in which Nnaji plays Adaeze, a woman who tries to keep her family's transportation business afloat after her father suffers a heart attack, is currently streaming on Netflix.

Nnaji took to Twitter to express her disapproval of the Academy's decision.

Twitter tweets

Source:Aljazeera News


All you Need to know About Benin Empire:Rise,Fall and Legacy in the present day Nigeria

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Benin, one of the principal historic kingdoms of the western African According to  traditional account, the original people and founders of the Benin Empire, the Bini (or Edo people),

At first they lived in small family groups, but gradually these groups developed into a kingdom.
The kingdom was called Igodomigodo. It was ruled by a series of kings, known as Ogisos, which means ‘rulers of the sky’. The city of Ibinu (later called Benin City) was founded in 1180 C.E.

About 36 known Ogiso are accounted for as rulers of the empire; in the 1100s there were struggles for power and the Ogisos lost control of their kingdom. On the death of the last Ogiso, his son and heir apparent Ekaladerhan was banished from Benin as a result of one of the Queens changing the message from the oracle to the Ogiso. Ekaladerhan was a powerful warrior and well loved Prince. On leaving Benin he travelled to the west of the present day Nigeria to the land of the Yorubas. At that time the Yoruba oracle said that their King will come out of the forest and when Ekaladerhan arrived at Ife, he was received as a King.
He changed his name to Imadoduwa meaning "I did not misplace my royalty" and became The Great Oduduwa of The Yoruba Land.

In Benin Kingdom,there was struggle for power and supremacy after the death of the last Ogiso the Edo people feared that their country would fall into chaos, so they asked their neighbour, the King of Ife, for help. The king sent his son Prince Oranmiyan to restore peace to the Edo kingdom. Oranmiyan, the son of Ekaladerhan aka Oduduwa, agreed to go to Benin. He spent some years in Benin;  married and gave birth to a son named Eweka,after many years he came back to Ife And Oranmiyan chose his son Eweka to be the first Oba of Benin. Eweka was the first in a long line of Obas, who reached the peak of their power in the 1500s

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Benin Art

How did Benin become an empire?

Around 1440, Ewuare became the new Oba of Benin.He  rebuilt Benin City and the royal palace.Around 1470, and  named the new state Edo.The Oba had become the paramount power within the region. Oba Ewuare (reigned 1440 until 1473), the first Golden Age Oba, is credited with turning Benin City into a military fortress protected by moats and walls. It was from this bastion that he launched his military campaigns and began the expansion of the kingdom from the Edo-speaking heartlands  and started winning land.  The lands of Idah, Owo, Akure all came under the central authority of the Edo Empire.

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Warriors Benin Kingdom
Oba Ewuare was the first of five great warrior kings. His son Oba Ozolua was believed to have won 200 battles. He was followed by Oba Esigie who expanded his kingdom eastwards to form an empire and won land from the Kingdom of Ife. Ozolua and Esigie both encouraged trade with the Portuguese. They used their wealth from trade to build up a vast army.

The fourth warrior king was Oba Orhogbua. During his reign, the empire reached its largest size. At its maximum extent the empire is claimed by the Edos to have extended from Onitsha in the east, through the forested southwestern region of Nigeria and into the present-day nation of Ghana. The Ga peoples of Ghana trace their ancestry to the ancient Kingdom of Benin.

The state developed an advanced artistic culture especially in its famous artifacts of bronze, iron and ivory. These include bronze wall plaques and life-sized bronze heads of the Obas of Benin.

Oba Ehengbuda was the last of the warrior kings. But he spent most of his reign stopping rebellions led by local chiefs. After his death in 1601, Benin’s empire gradually shrank in size.

Government and People

The empire was ruled by a regent called the Oba. Today, the Oba of Benin is still very respected in Nigeria; he is the most revered traditional ruler in Nigeria though his powers are largely ceremonial and religious. The capital of the Benin Empire was Edo, now known as Benin City in what is now southwestern Nigeria.

The Benin Empire derives its name from the Bini people who dominated the area. The ethnonym may possibly derive from groups in western Nigeria, where the term "ibinu" means "anger" reflecting the warring nature of the Binis or from central and north-central Nigeria, where the term birnin means "gated" or "walled area." The city and its people are more properly called the Edo. Today, this population is found mostly in and around modern day Benin City. It is from Portuguese explorers that we get the name the Benin Empire. However, the Bini name for the land and even the capital city was Edo.

European contact

The first European travelers to reach Benin were Portuguese explorers in about 1485. A strong mercantile relationship developed, with the Portuguese trading tropical products, and increasingly slaves, for European goods and guns. In the early sixteenth century the Oba sent an ambassador to Lisbon, and the king of Portugal sent Christian missionaries to Benin. Some residents of Benin could still speak a pidgin Portuguese in the late nineteenth century.

The first English expedition to Benin was in 1553. Visitors in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries brought back to Europe tales of "the Great Benin," a fabulous city of noble buildings, ruled over by a powerful king. A significant trade soon grew up between England and Benin based on the export of ivory, palm oil, and pepper. Trade consisted of: 20 percent ivory, 30 percent slaves, and 50 percent other things.


The city and empire of Benin declined after 1700, but revived in the nineteenth century with the development of the trade in palm oil, enslaved captives, and textiles. Benin grew increasingly rich during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries on account of the slave trade with Europe; slaves from enemy states of the interior were sold, and carried to the Americas in Dutch and Portuguese ships. The Bight of Benin's shore soon came to be known as the "Slave Coast."


How did the kingdom end?

By the 1860s Benin was no longer a powerful empire and the Obas struggled to rule their people.
Benin was also under threat from Britain. The British wanted to gain control of Benin so they could get rich by selling its palm oil and rubber. The Oba tried to stop all contact with Britain, but the British insisted on their right to trade. Benin resisted signing a protectorate treaty with Great Britain through most of the 1880s and 1890s. 

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In 1897 a group of British officials tried to visit Benin. They were sent away because the Oba was busy with a religious ceremony. As they approached the borders of Benin, a group of warriors ambushed them and several British men were killed. However, after the slaying of eight British representatives in Benin territory, a 'Punitive Expedition' was launched in 1897, in which a British force, under the command of Admiral Sir Harry Rawson, Benin City was burnt to the ground, conquered and burned the city, destroying much of the kingdom treasured art and dispersing nearly all that remained.  and the kingdom of Benin became part of the British Empire.The portrait figures, busts, and groups created in iron, carved ivory, and especially in brass (conventionally called the "Benin Bronzes") made in Benin are now displayed in museums around the world.This attack made the British furious. They sent over a thousand soldiers to invade Benin. 

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Edo marks



The Oba was captured and eventually allowed to live in exile until his death in 1914. However, the office of Oba continued to be recognized in colonial Nigeria. Eweka II (1914-1933) built a new palace to replace the one that the British destroyed when they burned the city. Akenzua II (1933-1978) received Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom during her state visit to Nigeria in 1956. In 1966 he became Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria. The Oba is advised by a Traditional Council. Both the Obo and the Nigerian Government (which has purchased back some items) have requested the return of what they describe as "stolen" art to Nigeria

Source:New World Encyclopedia


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