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Chelsea and Cote d’Ivoire legend Didier Drogba has revealed his ten-year marriage with his Malian wife Lalla Diakate is over … after appearing in an intimate video in bed with a mystery woman.

Didier Drogba separates from wife after 10-year marriage

Chelsea and Cote d’Ivoire legend Didier Drogba has revealed his ten-year marriage with his Malian wife Lalla Diakate is over … after appearing in an intimate video in bed with a mystery woman.
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Ex-President Jonathan confident Mali will return to civilian rule in 18 months

After two days of meetings with Malian political and civil-society figures, the mediator for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), former Nigerian president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, said he had no doubt that Mali’s post-coup interim administration would hand over power to civilians within the agreed 18-month deadline.
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, the mediator of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for Mali arrived in Bamako, Mali.

Ex-President Jonathan arrives in Bamako for ECOWAS assignment

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, the mediator of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for Mali arrived in Bamako, Mali.
The current head of state of Mali is Acting President Bah Ndaw, since 25 September 2020, appointed in the aftermath of the 2020 Malian coup d'état.

Mali denies civilians were killed in French air strike

Mali’s defence ministry on Thursday denied mounting claims that a French air strike killed civilians attending a wedding, insisting that only Islamist militants were hit.
Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse has died of coronavirus aged 71, his family and party said Friday, after being held hostage for six months by jihadists earlier this year.

Malian opposition leader dies of coronavirus

Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse has died of coronavirus aged 71, his family and party said Friday, after being held hostage for six months by jihadists earlier this year.

Mali national workers union begins five-day strike

The Malian national workers’ union (UNTM), the country’s largest trade union, on Friday confirmed it will go ahead with its five-day strike.
The President of the Transition in Mali, Bah N’Daw, on Monday announced drastic measures to break the chain of contamination of COVID-19, which is gaining ground in the country.

Coronavirus: Mali introduces drastic measures

The President of the Transition in Mali, Bah N’Daw, on Monday announced drastic measures to break the chain of contamination of COVID-19, which is gaining ground in the country.
A Malian jihadist leader of the Katiba of Ansar dine du Sud, Souleymane Keita, and two other men, all accused of terrorism, were sentenced to death on Friday by the Bamako Court of Assizes, according to judicial source.

Court sentences Malian jihadist leader to death

A Malian jihadist leader of the Katiba of Ansar dine du Sud, Souleymane Keita, and two other men, all accused of terrorism, were sentenced to death on Friday by the Bamako Court of Assizes, according to judicial source.
This indication was given by the Secretary General of OIF, Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo, following her meeting with the Malian Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane, in Bamako, on Friday.

OIF lifts suspension on Mali

The International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) has lifted the suspension it slammed on Mali following the military coup in the West African nation on August 8.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has approved the appointment of ex-Super Eagles Captain and coach Augustine Eguavoen as the Technical Director of the NFF.

Austin Eguavoen: I want to work in developing Nigerian football at all levels

Austin Eguaveon, the new Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF), has declared that he is ready to help the country rediscover its lost glory in the game of football.
CSP Catherine Ugorji of the Nigerian police and serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has been selected by the UN as one of two runners-up for the prestigious UN Woman Police Officer of the Year award.

Peacekeeping: UN recognises Nigerian policewoman

CSP Catherine Ugorji of the Nigerian police and serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has been selected by the UN as one of two runners-up for the prestigious UN Woman Police Officer of the Year award for 2020.

Official: Kidnappers of American in Niger demand ransom

The hostage, Philip Walton, described as the son of a missionary living in Niger, was abducted Monday night by six men armed with Kalashnikovs on the outskirts of Massalata, a village about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the border with Nigeria.
Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who has not been seen in public since his August 18 ouster in a coup, has been hospitalised after suffering a brief stroke-like attack, a doctor said Wednesday.

Ousted Mali president returns from UAE after medical treatment

Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita returned to Bamako on Thursday after more than a month in the United Arab Emirates where he was receiving medical attention.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has approved the appointment of ex-Super Eagles Captain and coach Augustine Eguavoen as the Technical Director of the NFF.

Augustine Eguavoen appointed as technical direction of the Nigeria Football Federation

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has approved the appointment of ex-Super Eagles Captain and coach Augustine Eguavoen as the Technical Director of the NFF.

Former Super Eagles coach edges closer to becoming Stade Malien boss

Former Super Eagles coach Augustine Eguaveon is a few details away from becoming the coach of Malian club Stade Malien.

Coup: ECOWAS court hears on Mali sanctions Friday

The ECOWAS Court of Justice will on Friday begin hearing of the suit instituted by two Malian groups challenging the legality of the August 18, 2020 sanctions imposed on Mali following the military coup against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Colonel Assimi Goita, leader of Malian military junta, attends the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) consultative meeting in Accra, Ghana September 15, 2020. REUTERS- Francis Kokoroko

France to support Mali’s power transition on ECOWAS terms – official

France is ready to back the civil transition of power in Mali on conditions set by the Western African ECOWAS regional bloc and takes note of the first appointments to the Malian transition government, the French Foreign Ministry said.
Colonel Assimi Goita, leader of Malian military junta, attends the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) consultative meeting in Accra, Ghana September 15, 2020. REUTERS- Francis Kokoroko

Mali junta chief demands end to economic sanctions

Mali’s military junta leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, on Tuesday, demanded an end to potentially crippling economic sanctions imposed after last month’s coup in the poor Sahel state.

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The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Enugu State on Tuesday said it had trained no fewer than 510 unemployed graduates on different skills.

NDE chief: President Buhari determined to eradicate poverty

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South African Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

South Africa minister dies of coronavirus

South African Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.
General view of a cross session of lawyers in a court during a hearing of a blasphemy case in Kano, Nigeria January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Nigerian appeals court throws out blasphemy convictions that caused outcry

The two had been convicted in August by a sharia court in Nigeria’s northern, mainly Muslim state of Kano. Teenager Omar Farouq was accused of making blasphemous comments during an argument, while Yahaya Aminu Sharif was accused of having shared a blasphemous message on WhatsApp.
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City of London to remove statues linked to slavery trade

The City of London on Thursday approved the removal from its ceremonial Guildhall home of statues of two figures that symbolise the financial sector’s historic role in slavery.