Covid-19 Misinformation: Facebook Launches A New Campaign in Partnership with the WHO Across Africa

JOHANNESBURG/South Africa:  Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic Facebook has been working to connect people to accurate information and reduce misinformation on its platforms. Last month it announced the biggest worldwide campaign to promote authoritative information about Covid-19 vaccines – working to remove false vaccine claims, reduce distribution of inaccurate health information, and inform people about effective vaccine delivery. Today, across a number of African countries, Facebook is launching a new campaign in partnership with the WHO called ‘Together Against Covid-19 Misinformation’. The campaign will roll out to people in English and…

Intra-African Trade Fair 2021 to Hold December 2021

ADDIS ABABA/Ethiopia:  The second Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2021) is now set to take place from 8 to 14 December 2021. African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), the African Union (AU) and the Government of Rwanda have decided to shift the date of the continental trade fair, to allow for a broader roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines across the continent and ensure that the event is held under the most optimal health conditions. The decision was made at the extraordinary meeting of the IATF2021 Advisory Council held virtually on 18 March 2021. The new…

Facebook Rolls Out Instagram Lite To Sub-Saharan Africa And Other Emerging Markets

JOHANNESBURG/South Africa: Facebook has announced the launch of Instagram Lite to Sub-Saharan Africa, a new, lightweight version of the Instagram app for Android that uses less data and works well across all network conditions. The new version of Instagram Lite for Android is less than 2MB in size, making it fast to install and quick to load. It also has improved speed, performance, and responsiveness. Instagram Lite not only works similarly to the Instagram app for Android, but it allows the Instagram experience to remain fast and reliable for more…

UK Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan Discuss Nigeria Climate Change Vulnerabilities With Minister, Experts

ABUJA/Nigeria: UK’s International Champion for Adaptation & Resilience Anne-Marie Trevelyan recently met with the Nigerian Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, business leaders and civil society experts to discuss Nigeria’s climate change vulnerabilities, in what is termed a virtual visit to Nigeria, in what is considered a follow up visit last month’s visit of the COP26 President Designate, Alok Sharma to Nigeria. The discussion focused in many subject centred on Climate change impacts, which is considered different across the world. The risks climate change brings to Nigeria are increasing.…

WTO: Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Has Made Anioma Nation Proud – Omu Anioma/Nneoha

OKPANAM/Nigeria: The cultural mother of Anioma Nation and Nneoha (Mother Without Borders), HRM Obi Martha Dunkwu has congratulated the newly appointed Director General of the World Trade Organization, WTO, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, adding that she has consistently made the Anioma Nation proud. Omu Dunkwu affirmed that being the first female and African DG of the World Trade Organization is no mean feat, insisting that it deserves overwhelming celebration. The Royal Image Maker called on Government and progressive communities to begin to create opportunities for girl children to showcase their…

Okowa Congratulates Okonjo-Iweala As She Get the Job of WTO DG

ASABA/Nigeria: Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on her emergence as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. Okonjo-Iweala, an illustrious Deltan from Ogwashi-Uku, was a two-time Minister of Finance, who led Nigeria’s economy to exit foreign debt obligations during her first term under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, on Monday, Okowa said that he was elated to hear of the successful emergence of Okonjo-Iweala as WTO boss after a…

WTO: Reps Minority Caucus Hails Okonjo-Iweala on Emergence as DG

ABUJA/Nigeria: The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has congratulated the former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for her successful emergence as the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) despite all the hurdles. The caucus in a statement by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, observed that the emergence of Okonjo-Iweala as DG of the world trade body, “has reinforced global confidence in international consensus and recognition of competence and proficiency over provincial considerations.” According to the lawmakers, “Indeed, the election…

Microsoft Backs Search Engines Paying For News Worldwide

Microsoft has lobbied for other countries to follow Australia’s lead in calling for news outlets to be paid for stories published online, a move opposed by Facebook and Google. Microsoft last week offered to fill the void if rival Google follows through on a threat to turn off its search engine in Australia over the plan. Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a statement the company fully supports proposed legislation in Australia that would force Google and Facebook to compensate media for their journalism. “This has made for an unusual…

SERVICE CHIEFS: Gabriel Oyibode Salutes President Buhari

ABUJA/Nigeria: The Chief Executive Officer of Geotag Oil and Gas Limited and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Delta North Senatorial District, Chief Dr. Gabriel Chukwuma Etaoghenevwegba Oyibode (JP) commends President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of service chiefs. Oyibode made the statement on Friday in Abuja through His media aide, Itodje Okiemute Godstime, stressing that the appointment of the service chiefs is a square peg in a square hole and it came at a well calculated time when the rising tension of the security situation of the country needs…

Yoruba Women Scold Kanu, Back Police Chief

IBADAN/Nigeria: Notable women in the South-West on Tuesday scolded the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu for creating enmity and cutting a bad image for the South-East. ‘’We feel very sorry for the people who listen to the sermons of the mischief maker and the voice of disunity, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu’’ the women said. Expressing concern over the potential implications of statements credited to the IPOB leader, the women condemned Kanu for his parochial reasoning and hatred for Hausa-Fulani. ‘’The statements portray Nnamdi Kanu as…