Africa

Ekiyor: Militancy, Terrorism Products of Corruption

Written by Emeka Umejei on Thursday, 05 December 2013. Posted in Africa, World

Nigerian scholar argues that militancy and terrorism in Nigeria stem from both corruption in government and economic instability.

Ekiyor: Militancy, Terrorism Products of Corruption

Corruption in every facet of the Nigerian state is the underlying factor that gave birth to militancy and terrorism in Nigeria, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, former president of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and the transition committee Chairman of Patani Local government Council, told a Nigerian Colloquium at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Gorez: China-Africa Fisheries Agreements Not Transparent

Written by Emeka Umejei on Tuesday, 05 November 2013. Posted in Africa, Asia, World

Foreign fleets accessing African waters are landing large catches. But how large remains a question. Beatrice Gorez of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreement describes the challenges this presents.

Gorez: China-Africa Fisheries Agreements Not Transparent

Beatrice Gorez is coordinator of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreement (CFFA), a Brussels-based Pro-artisanal lobby group that champions sustainable fishery agreements in Africa. One of its recent achievements was the overwhelming endorsement by the EU-parliament of the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership Agreements (FPA). Gorez spoke to Emeka Umejei, on the margins of a 2-day conference on the issues and the impact of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS) in Dakar, Senegal.

Fishery ‘Surplus’ Claim Hurting Biodiversity, Artisanal Fishing, say African Fishermen

Written by Emeka Umejei on Tuesday, 22 October 2013. Posted in Africa, World

African organizations and fishermen continue the effort to protect offshore fisheries resources and the rights of artisanal fishermen.

Fishery ‘Surplus’ Claim Hurting Biodiversity, Artisanal Fishing, say African Fishermen

The declaration of ‘surpluses’ in fishery resources by African governments is causing harm to biodiversity and marine resources, said African artisanal fishermen.

EU-Mauritania FPA, A Vote for Sustainable Fishing, say Fishermen, Civil Society

Written by Emeka Umejei on Monday, 14 October 2013. Posted in Africa, World

The EU- Mauritania Fisheries Protocol Agreement (FPA) is a vote for sustainable fishing by artisanal fishermen, but is opposed by European fishermen who want access to African waters.

EU-Mauritania FPA, A Vote for Sustainable Fishing, say Fishermen, Civil Society

The endorsement by an overwhelming majority of European Parliamentarians in favour of the EU- Mauritania Fisheries Protocol Agreement (FPA) is a vote for sustainable fishing, said Sidi Ahmed, President of Confederation of African Artisanal Fishermen Organisations (CAOPA), who is also President of Small Scale and Coastal Fisheries Section of the Mauritanian FPA.

Why China’s ‘Infrastructure for Resources’ Failed in Nigeria

Written by Emeka Umejei on Saturday, 31 August 2013. Posted in Africa, Asia, World

China has been implementing an aggressive plan to acquire resources in Africa. Investigative reporter Emeka Umejei reports on the results in Nigeria.

Why China’s ‘Infrastructure for Resources’ Failed in Nigeria

I was on board the defunct Air Nigeria Airline to the Gambia for the Conference for African Ministers, Fisheries and Aquaculture (CAMFA) in 2010 when I encountered another Nigerian, who was alighting in Sierra Leone. We both boarded the aircraft in Lagos and soon, I began to chat to him about political developments in Nigeria. The young man, who identified himself as Ikechukwu told me he had lived in China for more than a decade and was involved in business. The moment he mentioned China, I got interested and pressed further. After regaling me with the wonders of China’s infrastructural development, he narrowed it down to his own venture in Nigeria.

Supreme Court Ruling Disappointing - Sierra Leone’s Opposition Party

Written by Emeka Umejei on Monday, 17 June 2013. Posted in Africa, World

Opposition party in Sierra Leone criticizes the nation's Supreme Court over its handling of the November 2012 presidential elections.

Supreme Court Ruling Disappointing - Sierra Leone’s Opposition Party

Sierra Leone’s major Opposition party, The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has described the country’s Supreme Court decision to strike out its petition against the 17 November 2012 presidential election as disappointing.

Niger Delta Farmers: Dutch Court Ruling A Victory for Campaign Against Pollution

Written by Emeka Umejei on Thursday, 31 January 2013. Posted in Africa, World

NGO leader from the Niger Delta region says ruling establishes that Shell bears liability for environmental damage in the Niger Delta.

Niger Delta Farmers: Dutch Court Ruling A Victory for Campaign Against Pollution

Lagos, Nigeria -- The Dutch Court ruling on the allegations of pollution brought by four Niger Delta farmers against Shell in The Hague, The Netherlands is a victory for the campaign against pollution in the Niger Delta, Sunny Ofehe, Coordinator of the Rotterdam-based organization, Hope for Niger Delta Campaign (HNDC) in the Netherlands, said in a press statement seen by the Daily Independent.

Africa’s Artisanal Fishermen Tasks EU on Sustainable Fishing

Written by Emeka Umejei on Thursday, 24 January 2013. Posted in Africa, World

Protecting the rights of artisanal fishermen in West Africa and protecting the fishery itself, should be significant parts of a fishing agreement between Europe and Africa.

Africa’s Artisanal Fishermen Tasks EU on Sustainable Fishing

Transparency in the fisheries sector regarding both the use of the funds designated for the sector and licensing conditions, is a crucial issue to sustainable fishery, Sid'Ahmed Abeid, President of the artisanal section of the Mauritania National Federation of Fisheries said at the hearing on the EU-Mauritania fishing agreement protocol in Brussels recently.

Gaoussou Gueye - Lack of Transparency in Fisheries Policies Detrimental to Coastal Communities

Written by Emeka Umejei on Monday, 07 January 2013. Posted in Africa, World

Protecting and encouraging small, artisanal fishermen in West Africa is essential to economic development and food safety and security in the region.

Gaoussou Gueye - Lack of Transparency in Fisheries Policies Detrimental to Coastal Communities

Gaoussou Gueye is general secretary of the Senegal-based African Confederation of Artisanal Fishing(CAOPA). Gueye, who has been at the forefront for the campaign against illegal unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU) in the sub-region and Africa, evaluates the fisheries sector in the sub-region.

Nigeria's Calabar Festival: Peoples’ Carnival, National Heritage

Written by Emeka Umejei on Wednesday, 02 January 2013. Posted in Africa, World

In just a few short years, the Calabar Festival has become one of Nigeria's biggest tourist events, drawing performers from around the world. Nigeria-based journalist Emeka Umejei reports on this year's festival.

Nigeria's Calabar Festival: Peoples’ Carnival, National Heritage

Lagos: “Calabar carnival is a great occasion and one-of-its-kind in Nigeria,” Nkechi Kalu, who sold fez caps, masks and other carnival memorabilia, told the Daily Independent.

Former Youth Leader Tasks FG on Flooding in the Niger Delta

Written by Emeka Umejei on Wednesday, 10 October 2012. Posted in Africa, World

Flooding in the Niger Delta has local leaders asking for help from both the Nigerian government and relief agencies as well as from international charities and agencies.

Former Youth Leader Tasks FG on Flooding in the Niger Delta

Lagos — Medical practitioner and former President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Chris Ekiyor has tasked the federal government to extend palliatives to victims of flooding in the coastal communities of the Niger Delta.

African Journalists Victim of Society

Written by Emeka Umejei on Wednesday, 12 September 2012. Posted in Africa, World

Panelists meeting at the Highway Africa conference note that corruption in the media stems from corruption in the society at large.

African Journalists Victim of Society

Journalists are victims of the society in which they work, panellists said at the Session on Corruption In the Media Workplace on the third day of the Highway Africa (HA) and Global Forum for Media development (GFMD) world conferences in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Africa’s Place on the Internet

Written by Emeka Umejei on Wednesday, 12 September 2012. Posted in Africa, World

A critical issue around the world but especially in Africa is access to and governance of the Internet. This was a theme at this year's Highway Africa conference.

Africa’s Place on the Internet

The growth of the internet in communication and commerce should give Africa cause to worry about its place on the internet superhighway, panellists have said at the session on Emerging Issues in Global Internet Governance on the third day of the Highway Africa (HA) and Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) world conferences in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Highway Africa Conference: Nigeria, Others Converge on Grahamstown

Written by Emeka Umejei on Monday, 10 September 2012. Posted in Africa, World

Launched in 1997, this year's Highway Africa conference kicks off with an inquiry in to the nature and causes of the growth and success of the continent in recent years.

Highway Africa Conference: Nigeria, Others Converge on Grahamstown

Reporting from Grahamstown, South Africa: Delegates from all over Africa have converged on the university town of Grahamstown for the 16th edition of Highway Africa. The conference runs from September 9-11 and features speakers from all over the world including Nigeria’s Declan Okpaleke, three-time winner of the CNN African journalists award, Damilola Oyedele of Thisday and Fola Adele of South Africa’s Human rights commission.

KANO:  Governance by Match-making

Written by Emeka Umejei on Thursday, 10 May 2012. Posted in Africa, World

In a society where brides have a price, the logical end of socialism is to subsidize marriage by using taxpayer dollars to pay the "bride price" on behalf of prospective husbands.

KANO:  Governance by Match-making

Kano state, in northwestern Nigeria, has garnered a notorious reputation for celebrating the absurd and the evil. Most of the time, the celebration is based on religious fervour. In December of 1996, Muslim faithful in the state beheaded Gideon Akaluka, a Christian trader from the Eastern part of the country, for allegations that his wife tore a piece of the Holy Koran to clean up after defecation. More bizarre is the fact that Gideon was beheaded at a Police station where he had sought safety, and his severed head was joyfully paraded in the Metropolis.

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