DJ Arafat of Ivory Coast killed in road crash

Davido and other African stars has tune up their support and condolences on twitter

DJ Arafat, an Ivorian singer with a huge following in francophone Africa, has died after a road accident in Abidjan, the state broadcaster RTI said on Monday. 


“Death of artist DJ Arafat… today at 8am as a result of a road accident overnight,” it tweeted. 

According to messages and pictures circulating on social media, he had been driving a motorbike and smashed into a car. Critically injured, he was taken to an Abidjan hospital, where he later died.

Born in Abidjan in 1986, DJ Arafat — real name Ange Didier Huon — had a massive audience in French-speaking western and central African countries.

He issued 11 albums, mainly of “coupé-décalé” — a dance music form combining rapid percussion, choppy rhythms with hip hop-style vocals.

“We are all in shock,” Ickx Fontaine, an Ivorian producer and specialist in hip hop told AFP. “He was a real singer and a drummer… he gave a new breath of life to coupé-décalé.”

Later on Monday, around 1,000 fans gathered, weeping and chanting “Arafat cannot die” in front of the hospital in Abidjan’s Cocody suburb where the singer died, AFP reporters at the scene said.

Ivorian Culture Minister Maurice Kouakou Bandaman expressed his condolences and said a tribute would be held to honour the musician.

The high-octane music often using electronic sounds was born in 2003 in Ivorian nightclubs but quickly spread throughout Africa. DJ Arafat’s fame expanded to Europe and the United States, thanks in part to sports stars who made some of the genre’s dance steps popular.

DJ Arafat was named “Best Artist of the Year” at the Ivorian “Coupé-décalé” Awards in 2016 and 2017.

He was born in the music world. His mother was a well-known singer and his father a prominent sound engineer, one music manager said. He started as a DJ in Yopougon, one of Abidjan’s night-life districts.

“He had a natural charisma,” said Ozone, a hip hop producer and television host. “He will remain a force for Ivorian and African music.”

Since His Death On The Nile, The Chief Engineer Of An Ethiopian Hydro Dam Has Become A National Hero

The construction of the multi-million-dollar Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has been mired in problems including financing, delayed timelines, political infighting, and opposition from Egypt. Image: Via Wiki Commons By Jacey Fortin

Simegnew Bekele, a top Ethiopian engineer working on the country’s controversial multimillion-dollar Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, died at the wheel of his Toyota Land Cruiser in Central Addis Ababa on July 26, 2018, with a bullet in his head. 

His death, later declared a suicide by the police, shocked Ethiopia and turned him into an instant hero for many who had come to associate him with of the country’s ambitious new dawn driven by reforms initiated by new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

His was the public face of plans for a new Ethiopia that would no longer be known for famines and war, but as an African powerhouse, according to a Bloomberg report.

Many Ethiopians don’t believe that Simegnew committed suicide.

“Why do you buy a ticket and pack your bag to go, if you are going to shoot yourself?” said Membere Mekonnen, Simegnew’s 72-year-old mother-in-law who now stays with his children, in a Bloomberg interview.

Construction of the Renaissance Dam has been mired in problems including financing, delayed timelines, political infighting, opposition from Egypt that almost turned into a war, and death.

Construction of the $4 billion dam, one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in Africa, has been delayed by more than two years.

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Matina Stevis-Gridneff, former Africa correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, knew Simegnew. The engineer tasked to deliver this project had come to represent Ethiopia’s patriotic ambitions, Stevis-Gridneff told BBC.

“He was someone who was extremely patriotic and had devoted his life to the betterment of his country,” she said.

Egypt Mourn Mubarak ally Hussein Salem

Egyptian billionaire Hussein Salem [Almesryoon]

Hussein Salem, one of Egypt’s most prominent businessmen and an ally of deposed president Hosni Mubarak, died in Spain on Tuesday, his niece and state media said.

Reuters reports that Salem was arrested in 2011 under an international warrant in Spain, where he fled in the aftermath of the 18-day popular uprising that ended Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

An Egyptian court sentenced him in absentia to seven years in jail and fines totalling more than $4 billion in 2011 after convicting him of money laundering and profiteering.

In 2016, Salem, who also holds Spanish citizenship, struck a deal to allow him and his family to return to Egypt without facing prosecution in return for giving up 75 percent of their wealth.

The deal was part of a wider reconciliation effort with wealthy businessmen who fled Egypt to avoid corruption charges after the uprising.

Tanzania governor considering creating national database for married men in a bid to curb infidelity

Paul Makonda is proposing a national database for married men.

(CNN)The governor of Tanzania’s largest city has announced a plan to create and publish a national database of married men to protect women from “heart breaks.”

Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda said he has received a lot of complaints from women who were abandoned by their lovers after a marriage proposal, and that the planned database will help combat infidelity.

“I have been receiving complaints from women who have been promised marriage by men, yet the men didn’t fulfill the promise. I know women who have been paying bills yet the men walked away …” Makonda said in native Kiswahili. 

“If possible we will set up a database in the regional commissioner’s office in each region that every man who promises a woman marriage, this should be registered in the database which will allow women to check to see whether the person asking is married …,” Makonda said at a Monday news conference.

Makonda said the government is looking at other countries in the Southern African Development Community to understand how they have dealt with such challenges.

CNN has reached out for comment from the governor but hasn’t received a response.

A proposal similar to Makonda’s data base plan sparked debate in neighboring Kenya in August after a governor there vowed to expose politicians who abandon their lovers with children after an affair.

Nairobi’s Mike Sonko posted two telephone numbers on his Facebook page and asked aggrieved women to contact his office with pictures and evidence of affair.

“From today all great women of this country, if there is an MP, Senator, Governor, civil servant or businessman who has impregnated you and denied responsibility send me their details we expose him and seek DNA tests when he’s still alive,” Sonko wrote on his Facebook page.

Nigeria’s airlines fly Africa’s oldest planes, Dana’s aircraft 28 years old

Nigeria’s commercial airlines have the oldest aircraft fleet in Africa, with the age of an aircraft in one of the airlines, being 28.1 years, the age many planes are either due for retirement or decommissioning or may have been retired at least some years earlier.
Dana Air is Grand daddy of Nigeria’s airlines. One of the planes in its collection is 28.1 years old, an age many planes ought to have been retired In sharp contrast, major African airlines, such as Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, Africa’s oldest, Rwandair, Royal Air Maroc and Kenya Airways have fleets with average age of between 11.4 years and 5.8 years.
Rwandair, founded in 2002 and the youngest of the African airlines, has fleet average age of 7.1 years. Bolt has slim chances in football, Says Ex-Australia coach Postecoglou A random check of the fleet of Nigeria’s airlines, shows that Arik Air has the youngest fleet of 23 aircraft, with average age of 11 years.
Dana Airlines, which started operations in November 2008 has the oldest fleet of a range of McDonnell Douglas MD-80, with one of them, still in use, 28 years and one month old. According to data provided by, Dana Airlines aircraft are the grand daddies of planes plying the Nigerian skies.
At present, it operates six aircraft, all MD-80s, with the youngest delivered October 2014 and registered as 5N-BKI. It is now 22.3 years old. Another plane in the fleet, 5N-SAI is 28.1 years old. Air Peace, with a fleet strength of 20 aircraft averages 19 years. It has 13 Boeing 737, with average age of 22.3 years and 2 Boeing 777, with average age of 18.1 years.
However, two of the Boeing 737-500 in its collection are between 25 and 26 years old. One of them was acquired in July 2014 and another December 2014. However, Air Peace, boasts of four Embraer ERJ-145, being run by its subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper, with an average age of 19 years. Medview, which was founded in 2007 has five planes, all Boeing models.
They included a Boeing 777-200(5N-BVY), which is 16.7 years old, Boeing 767, 23.6 years old and three Boeing 737-400, with an average age of 20.9 years. NAF destroys Boko Haram camp in Borno Azman Air Services, which took off in 2010 has four aircraft in operation, which notch an average age of 20.9 years.
The airline has two Boeing 737-300 and two Boeing 737-500, averaging 20.9 years. Max Air, which entered the Nigerian aviation business just this year, has six aircraft, with average age of 20.4 years.
Apart from an Embraer ERJ-145, which is less than 10 years old, all the other aircraft in its fleet are 20 years and above. Aero Contractors, Nigeria’s oldest airline with a peerless safety record, has 11 aircraft in operation. Among them are nine Boeing 737, with an average age of 26.5 years and two De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 planes, aged 17.8 years.
The airline, which was founded in 1959, is now being run by AMCON, along with Arik Air, following huge indebtedness to the banks. Day 2: The 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend Runway Show, Meet the Designers Arik Air entered Nigeria’s turbulent aviation business in October 2006 with a grand ambition to operate with new aircraft, instead of the creaky ‘Tokunbo’ aircraft being used then and now by airlines in the country. So it ordered new planes, with the oldest in its fleet today being four Bombardier CRJ-900 planes delivered in 2006 as new. They are now 12.6 years old.
Arik also has one Bombardier CRJ-1000 bought new in 2014. It is now five years old. It has 13 Boeing 737, with average age of 12.1 years and an Airbus A340, which is 10.4 years old. In contrast to the ageing commercial airlines in Nigeria, Ethiopia Airlines, Africa’s largest has 104 aircraft, with an average fleet age of 5.8 years. The airline, which started business in 1945 has ordered for four planes that will increase its fleet size to 108.
Ethiopian Airlines has a whopping 23 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with average age of 3.4

Nigeria makes World Bank’s top-three IDA debtors’ list

credit support of $2.586bn confirms poverty level …trails Ethiopia, Bangladesh

The  says it is helping Nigeria to fight extreme poverty and improve the living standards of her citizens with International Development Association (IDA) credits of about $2.586 billion (N790bn) as at end of 2018.
Nigeria is third in the list of IDA top country borrowers, the World Bank said in its annual report for 2018 available to BusinessDay. Nigeria trails behind Ethiopia, which is the first with IDA credit of $3.122 billion, and Bangladesh (second) with IDA credit of $2.991 billion. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 75 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa, and is the single-largest source of donor funds for basic social services in these countries.
Nigeria overtook India last year as the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, according to report by the World Poverty Clock, which noted that extreme poverty in Nigeria was growing by six people every minute, the highest number in the world. At the end of May 2018, the survey showed that Nigeria had an estimated 87 million people in extreme poverty, compared to India’s 73 million.
The International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries. Overseen by 173 shareholder nations, IDA aims to reduce poverty by providing loans (called “credits”) and grants for programmes that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities, and improve people’s living conditions.
Traditionally, IDA has been funded largely by contributions from high- and middle-income partner countries. Additional financing comes from transfers from International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) net income, grants from International Finance Corporation (IFC), and borrowers’ repayments of earlier IDA credits.
Other top country borrowers and their IDA credits as at fiscal year 2018 are Pakistan ($1.948bn); Kenya ($1.280bn); Côte d’Ivoire ($987m); Tanzania ($955m); Uzbekistan ($740m); Nepal ($706m), and Uganda ($640m).
“In fiscal 2018, our combined commitments for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA) totalled more than $47 billion,” said Kristalina Georgieva, chief executive officer of IBRD and IDA. “But these impressive numbers stand for something much bigger. They represent our ability to confront the world’s toughest challenges and to step in when our clients need us the most.”
The World Bank Group’s risk officers monitor the global political and economic impacts that could affect the institution’s finances. In fiscal 2018, economic growth in advanced economies reaccelerated, while activity in developing countries also rebounded. Policy uncertainty in some advanced and larger developing economies continues to present an overarching risk, and there is a significant chance that economic activity could diverge from the forecast of continued strengthening of global activity, the World Bank said in the annual report, adding that “geopolitical tensions remain elevated, with potential impacts on financial market confidence and volatility”.
Every three years, the World Bank Group development partners meet to review IDA’s policies, assess its financial capacity, agree on the amount of financing for the next replenishment period, and commit to additional contributions of equity that are required to meet IDA’s objectives and development goals.
Going forward, IDA said it will continue to grow its borrowing programme to raise funds that complement donor contributions, enabling it to expand its life changing investments in the poorest countries.
“We exceeded our targets for climate change, with one-third of total World Bank lending, or nearly $16 billion, going to development activities that address climate change. This was also a successful and innovative year for IDA, including the highest-ever first year of commitments – $24 billion – to support the world’s poorest countries,” Georgieva said.
In April 2018, IDA made its debut in the global capital markets for the first time in its nearly 60-year history, leveraging its strong financial position and triple-A rating. IDA’s inaugural bond – a $1.5 billion, five-year US-dollar benchmark issue – received strong reception in the market, with total orders reaching $4.6 billion from around the world.
The World Bank is a leader in mobilising private investment for development through the capital markets. Since issuing the first IBRD bond in 1947, the Bank has been a key promoter of unique capital market instruments that give the private sector the opportunity to engage in global development priorities.
The World Bank is one of the largest issuers of green bonds, for example, which tap capital markets to support climate-related projects. Since issuing the first labelled green bond in 2008, the Bank has issued $11 billion equivalent through more than 140 transactions in 19 currencies. In April 2018, the Bank issued its first green bond denominated in Hong Kong dollars (HK$ 1 billion). The World Bank also supports country efforts to build green bond markets. Through this work, the Bank helps clients demonstrate leadership on sustainability and climate action, while offering investors an opportunity to support development solutions that address climate change.
“This year (2018), the World Bank Group committed nearly $67 billion in financing, investments, and guarantees. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) continues to see strong demand from clients for its services, with commitments rising to $23 billion in fiscal 2018. Meanwhile, the International Development Association (IDA) provided $24 billion to help the poorest countries – the largest year of IDA commitments on record,” Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, said.
“This year, we leveraged IDA’s strong capital base and launched the inaugural IDA bond. Investor demand for the $1.5 billion bond reached more than $4 billion. By combining IDA’s traditional donor funding with funds raised in the capital markets, this financial innovation will expand IDA’s ability to support the world’s poorest countries, including efforts to prevent conflict. “The International Finance Corporation (IFC) provided more than $23 billion in financing for private sector development this past year, including $11.7 billion mobilized from investment partners. Of this, nearly $6.8 billion went to IDA countries, and more than $3.7 billion was invested in areas affected by fragility, conflict, and violence.
“Marking its 30th year of operation, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has become the third leading institution among the MDBs in terms of mobilizing direct private capital to low- and middle-income countries. This year, MIGA issued a record $5.3 billion in political risk insurance and credit enhancement guarantees, helping finance $17.9 billion worth of projects in developing countries. New issuances and gross outstanding exposure – at $21.2 billion this year – almost doubled as compared to fiscal 2013,” Kim stated in the annual report.

Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s No:1 Billionaires


Alhaji Aliko Dangote still maintains his spot as Africa’s richest man according to Forbes Magazine. The magazine disclosed that as at January 11, 2019, the 61-year-old was worth $9.9 billion.

Forbes listed him as the number one on Africa’s list of billionaires for the year 2019. The Kano State indigene has held the richest man tag for the past few years.

He was ranked the 100th richest man in the world in 2018 and number 66 on the Powerful People 2018 list – both released by Forbes.

Forbes put much of Dangote’s wealth to his cement business – the continent’s largest producer straddling most sub-Saharan African countries.

“Dangote Cement produces 44 million metric tons annually and plans to increase its output 33% by 2020. Dangote also owns stakes in publicly-traded salt, sugar and flour manufacturing companies,” Forbes added.

Other billionaires listed: 

Behind Dangote is Nigerian oil magnate Mike Adenuga whose wealth was estimated at $9.2 billion. South African Nicky Oppenheimer, Egyptian Nassef Sawiris and Johan Rupert completed the top five list with $7.3bn, $6.3 bn and $5.3bn respectively.

The eighth slot had five persons with one of them being Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman whose wealth is estimated at $2.3 billion.

She is daughter to former Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos and was at a point during her father’s reign head of state oil company. She was fired by new President Joao Lourenco on allegations of financial impropriety – she flatly denies all the allegations.

Others on the eight slot of the list are Zimbabwean telecoms tycoon Strive Masiwiya and South African mining magnate Patrice Motsepe.

Ethiopian Airline to inaugurates 5⭐️hotel

Addis Ababa

The Ethiopian Skylight Hotel, a five-star hotel by Ethiopian airlines will be officially inaugurated on January 28 in Addis Ababa, reports News-aero, an aeronautical website citing the Ethiopian press.

Ethiopian Skylight Hotel is located five minutes from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. It covers 42,000 m2 and has 373 rooms.

The construction of this edifice cost $ 65 million. Ethiopian airlines provided 35% financing while EXIM Bank of China provided 65% of the project’s financing, the website added.

It said that in the immediate future, the hotel will generate 400 jobs.

In addition to promoting Ethiopian tourism, this hotel will also welcome passengers during transits, stopovers or technical delays, according to the Ethiopian Airlines.

Africa’s most thriving airlines is said to be considering construction of a second hotel that should be operational in 2021.

China to Support Nigeria in Fight Against Islamist Insurgents

China signed a memorandum of understanding with Nigeria Thursday, offering its support to the West African nation’s security forces as they battle an Islamist insurgency in the country’s northeast, the army said.
No details on the nature of the assistance were provided in the emailed statement, signed by defense spokesman Tukur Gusau.
Boko Haram, a faction of which is allied to Islamic State’s so-called West Africa Province, has waged a decade-long campaign of violence to impose its version of Shariah law on Africa’s most populous country. Its militants have stepped up attacks in recent months, including on army bases, ahead of February elections in which President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking a second term.