Nigeria: How Poor Management of Nigerian Forests Led to Exploitation By Criminals

[The Conversation Africa] Nigeria’s forests cover about 96,043 square km- that’s about 10% of the country’s landmass. But the presence of authorities in these sanctuaries is either non-existent or, at best, sporadic. This has led to forest areas being poorly managed, which in turn has led to them being exploited by criminals and posing a security threat.

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Africa: No Coups Occurred in 2018. Will Next Year Be So Stable?

[The Conversation Africa] The past year may have felt politically tumultuous, between Saudi Arabia’s brazen killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, the resurgence of authoritarianism in Eastern Europe and Donald Trump’s unorthodox approach to U.S.

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Nigeria:’Vaccination Is Our Greatest Weapon Against Under-5 Mortality’

[Vanguard] Expert has decried the recent statistics released by World Health Organisation, WHO, which shows that Nigeria has the highest burden of unvaccinated children worldwide, saying “with the series of benefits derived from vaccination it’s unacceptable for a country like Nigeria not to embrace vaccination against childhood killer diseases.”

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South Africa: Report Urges Citizens to Learn from Immigrants

[VOA] At the height of the current xenophobic violence in South Africa, new research has shown that immigrants make substantial contributions to South Africa’s economy. A report released by the South African Institute of Race Relations, or IRR, shows that instead of attacking immigrants, South Africans could learn entrepreneurial skills from them.

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Bad robots

IN 1927 an industrialist named Isidore Schlesinger installed Johannesburg’s first traffic light. It drew crowds of onlookers, but was short-lived: an errant motorist soon knocked it down. Today the city’s “robots” (as they are called in South African English) are still unreliable, especially when it rains

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