Thursday, 22 February 2018

Report: Corruption Perceptions Index 2017


This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index highlights that the majority of countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption, while further analysis shows journalists and activists in corrupt countries risking their lives every day in an effort to speak out.
The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. This year, the index found that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of 43. Unfortunately, compared to recent years, this poor performance is nothing new.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Article: "Black Panther" As Neo-Tarzanism


By Biko Agozino


Hollywood expects everyone to cheer whenever African characters are starred as superheroes even if the roles assigned to them include the mass murder of fellow Africans while subtly promoting the interests of colonizers. Hollywood films should always come with a consumer health warning to people of African descent: Beware of The Ideology of the Aesthetic, as Terry Eagletonwould put it. With all the hype, Black Panther: Long Live the King falls under this manipulative ideological warfare genre and should have been subtitled, Down With The King, for subscribing to what Wole Soyinka would dismiss as the pseudo tradition of neo-Tarzanism.

Friday, 16 February 2018

News Release: International Criminal Court (ICC) Hosts Launch Of Civil Society Forum


On 15 February 2018, the International Criminal Court (ICC)hosted the launch of the Coalition for the ICC’s commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the Court’s founding treaty with an Open Forum at the seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. More than 280 persons attended the event, including protagonists of the Rome Statute’s adoption, ICC officials, representatives of states, regional and international organizations, and civil society.

Photonews: Former President Obasanjo Visits Former President Jonathan In Hometown


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

News Release: Nigeria's Independent Electoral Commission On Recent Underage Voting In Northern Nigeria


The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to videos and pictures purportedly showing some underaged thumb printing ballot papers in a recent election. These images have been circulating online since Saturday.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Special Report: Citation Of The Prize Committee Of The Mo Ibrahim Foundation For Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

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The Prize Committee of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announces that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, is the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership Laureate.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

News Release: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wins 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement In African Leadership

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The 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has been awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced today following a meeting of its independent Prize Committee.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Article: Before The Next Round

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By Edwin Madunagu

I am inviting our countrys popular-democratic forces, especially the Nigerian Left, to join me in looking back once again. We have to look as the Nigerian state and the various fractions, factions, groups and blocs of the ruling class now begin to take the country through another political turbulence that will end in a reconstitution of their political representation. It is this reconstitution of its political class that the ruling class calls election.

Friday, 9 February 2018

News Release: Abuja Selected To Host Afreximbank’s 2018 Annual Meetings And 25th Anniversary


Nigeria has emerged the host country for the 2018 African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) Annual Meetings (AAM2018) and 25th Anniversary celebrations scheduled to take place from 9 to 14 July, the Bank announced today in Cairo.