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National embarrassment! Power goes off during International Badminton Championship in Abuja

by Mark Bassey

On the opening day of the Nigeria International Badminton Championships (NIBC) in Abuja, the organisers were embarrassed as power went off and was not restored.

The incident occured on Thursday, 23 October, at the Gymnasium Hall at Package B of the National Stadium Complex.

The championships’ preliminary round, which saw the Nigerian team competing against each other for a spot in the championships proper, had barely begun before it was disrupted by power outage.

Attempts to restore the electricity proved futile, and the competition’s Day One had to come to an abrupt end, with officials calling for a postponement of proceedings.

The preliminary round is expected to resume today, Friday, 24 October.

Besides Nigeria, Egypt, Uganda, Czech Republic, Switzerland and France, are also taking part in the championships

The championships which is in its third edition is being organised by the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) in collaboration with the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

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Ugandan men reject “undersized” raincoats saying they have tall Johns (VIDEO)

by Azubuike Azikiwe

In a bizarre development, the men of Uganda have voiced their complaints over the short size of the condoms in the market.

According to the Ugandan men, the lubricated rubber obtainable in their country is short, compared to the sizes of their huge private parts.

Apparently, its a very serious issue, as Ugandan legislators say that during the course of their recent tour of fishing communities, they received complaints that the condoms in the Ugandan market are small and don’t fit some men.

According to an Ugandan MP, Tom Aza, “Some of these men have bigger sexual organs, so they should considered for bigger condoms.”

 

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Golden heart foundation to host over 5000 youths at the centenary edition of national youth summit

by Jewel Stephen

Golden Heart Foundation is set to host over 5000 youths at the centenary edition of national youth summit coming up on the 25th to the 27th of September, 2014 at the international conference centre, Abuja says the National Coordinator, Mr. Norbert Onaga.

Youths drawn from the 774 local government areas in Nigeria, will converge at the International Conference centre, Abuja, venue of the 7th edition of the National Youth Summit. The convener of the event and Host is the President and founder of the Golden Heart foundation, Dr. David Ogbueli. This year’s summit will play host to youth leaders from other parts of African Countries eg. Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, and Ethopia, who have confirmed their participation and attendance. This gives the expression to the Pan African vision of the conference, of which Nigeria has always played a pivotal role.

It is interesting to note that this year’s National Youth Summit, takes place as our dear nation celebrates it Centenary. Indeed this year’s summit has been tagged the Centenary edition with the theme, GENERATIONAL SHIFT: THE EMEGENCE OF TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERS. We believe no greater time exists for the entire nation to reflect on the gains of the past, and make a firm decision to inculcate the values, ethos and skills required for our Nations positive and progressive transformation, into the youth of our dear country, who without prejudice, are the future of our next century.

The summit will have in-depth plenary, seminar and workshop sessions covering but not restricted to the following areas:

  • Peace studies and conflict resolution
  • Business development and wealth creation techniques
  • Social entrepreneurship development
  • Leadership and change management
  • The social media  and ICT

All the training seminars and workshops are entirely open for attendance to all youths in Nigeria, irrespective of their tribe, language and religion.

Nigeria is on the verge of the greatest transition it has ever experienced. That transition is the possibility of seeing the transformation of the youngest and brightest minds in our country today, to becoming patriots and nationalists; young men and women,   who will form the critical mass required to build upon the foundations of our great leaders, past and present, a nation which is driven by strong institutions and rich in strong values.

An understanding that a Nation is as strong as its human resource and their value system led to the formation of National Youth Summit to provide leadership education which is equipping the heart (character); head (intellect); and hands (skills). We focus on the personal development of the youths while modelling the right leadership path through mentorship; who in turn would impact the different spheres of the economy. We believe that the greatest driver for national Transformation is inculcating the spirit of patriotism, respect for moral and ethical values in Nigerian youths and that every Nigerian youth has what it takes to make a difference in the society because the power to transform our society lies within our ability and readiness to engineer change by equipping the next generation of leaders.

Further details of the event are available online on twitter – @NYSonline facebook – NYSumit, instagram – NationalYouthSummit2014, and the events website www.nationalyouthsummit.com.ng

The future of the greatest, most diverse, and most prosperous black nation on earth, is right before us, and in the hands of the youth of this country. Collectively, we all must rise up and seize the moment.

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Coke Studio is back: Season 2 is on Africa Independent Television every Saturday

by Jewel Stephen

Coca-Cola is set to launch the second season of it’s one of a kind music show “Coke Studio Africa”. This year’s show was recorded before a live audience and promises to deliver even more unique and exciting musical fusions by popular artistes from across Africa. Each episode will feature live musical performances as well as a variety of segments including behind the music, artiste competitions and special remixes.

The artiste lineup for Season Two include Flavour Nabania, Omawumi, Waje, Burna Boy, Chidinma, Olamide, Iyanya, Seyi Shay, Yemi Alade and Phyno from Nigeria; Fena Gitu, Rabbit, Victoria Kimani and Jay A from Kenya; Navio, Jackie Chandiru and Lillian Mbabazi from Uganda; Joh Makini, Shaa, Diamond and Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania as well as Mozambique’s very own Neyma, Jose Valdemiro and Marllen.

This year, top music producers such as Silvastone from Ghana; Chopstix and Afrologic from Nigera; Kevin Provoke, Kagwe Mungai and Owuor Arunga from Kenya were also brought in to support the production of the music. There is also the introduction of the mysterious Unknown DJ who brings some intrigue to the show.

“Music is a universal language and key expression of all emotions including happiness. As the universal Icon of Happiness, we seek to spread joy on the continent through musical fusion and artiste collaboration,” said Olufemi Ashipa, Brand Manager Colas, Coca-Cola Nigeria. “With this in mind, the theme for Season Two of Coke Studio is Naija Rhythms, Collabos of life, highlighting the collaborative spirit inherent in African music led by the very unique and versatile Nigerian sound; we have brought in some of the continents best musicians, DJ’s, music producers, band and crew so as to create a truly unforgettable experience for our viewers.”

Coke Studio will air every Saturday from September 13th on (Africa Independent Television) AIT, with repeat broadcast on MTV Base, Trace Urban TV, Nigezie, Sound City and HipOnTV. In addition to the TV show, fans will be able to access content from the show on the Coke Studio Africa website www.cokestudioafrica.com, as well as watch performances and other behind the scenes footage from the show on the official YouTube channel www.youtube.com/CokeStudioAfrica. They can also get updates and join the conversation through the Coke Studio Africa Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Coke Studio has been produced and aired in other regions such as Middle East, Pakistan and India. In Pakistan, it was especially successful with an estimated 77 million views on YouTube alone.

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Fear of Ebola: Uganda do not want Guinea fans in their country

by Olorunwa Lawal

Ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying match between Uganda and Guinea on Wednesday, September 10, the Ugandan government has said that it will not allow fans from the West African country as only a 25-man squad is expected.

While addressing journalist in Kampala, Ugandan minister of health, Ruhakana Rugunda, said that fans were restricted because of Ebola scare.

“Although the majority of this team are from France, the risks of importing Ebola into Uganda from the few coming in from Guinea cannot be ignored.

“The delegation has been restricted to only 25 members. This will include all players, coaches and support staff. No fans will be allowed to accompany the players into the country,” said Rugunda.

He added that during the team’s stay in the country, local surveillance team will have access to their camp for the purpose of monitoring and counseling. This he said is a measure to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus disease, as Guinea is one of the worst hit countries in West Africa.

The Cranes, who are in Group E, played a 1-1 draw against Ghana in Kumasi on Saturday, and will host Guinea in their second Group match at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

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Ebola: Nigerian woman quarantined in Uganda [DETAILS]

by Olorunwa Lawal

Ugandan health officials have placed a female Nigerian passenger with Ebola virus disease-like symptoms in an isolation unit at the Entebbe International Airport, Uganda.

“The passenger was stopped on Monday, 18 August, as she arrived at the airport. She was showing signs of fever like Ebola. We are waiting for the test results from the research institute for confirmation,” an official said.

“We have put all the necessary precautions in place to handle all the suspected cases and any confirmations,” the official said.

This is the second passenger to be put in an isolation unit and tested for Ebola in the East African country following the current outbreak of the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The deadly Ebola virus disease has killed at least 1,145 people and infected hundreds since its outbreak in the three West African countries, according to the World Health Organisation.

The disease has since spread to Nigeria, where it has claimed four casualties, including Liberian/American, Patrick Sawyer.

Uganda’s neighbouring country, Kenya, on Saturday, 16 August,  banned travellers from the Ebola-hit West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Uganda has suffered Ebola outbreaks in the past, and similar viral haemorrhagic fevers like Marbug, Crimean Congo and Yellow Fever.

Ebola is a highly infectious disease spread through body contact with an infected person. Its symptoms are high fever, bleeding, diarrhoea and red eyes among others.

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Some Ugandans are gay, get over it: Homosexuals hold pride parade (PHOTOS)

by Kolapo Olapoju

 

Several Ugandan homosexuals and their supporters have held their first gay pride parade on Saturday, 9 August, at Botanical gardens on the shores of Lake Victoria, Entebbe.

The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated an anti-gay law.

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Many marchers wore masks, while others waved rainbow-coloured flags as they danced and celebrated. There was music and laughter in excess as activists and homosexual Ugandans gathered to mark what was more like a gay liberation parade.

Organiser of the gay pride parade, Sandra Ntebi said, “This event is to bring us together. Everyone was in hiding before because of the anti-homosexuality law. It is a happy day for all of us, getting together,” Ntebi said, noting that police had granted permission for the invitation-only “Uganda Pride” rally

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However, Ugandan lesbian activist Jacqueline Kasha said this is the third annual gay pride event. “The first one, in 2012, turned violent after local police tried to break it up. This time they were expecting full protection from the police. We are a group of people who have suffered enough. We are Ugandans who have the right to gather in a public place … and we are going to have fun.”

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Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence. But it is no longer illegal to promote homosexuality, and Ugandans are no longer obliged to denounce gays to the authorities.

Members of Uganda's gay community reacts as the anti-gay law is declared null and void

Is Nigeria next? Under pressure, Uganda court revokes anti-gay law [DETAILS]

by Kolapo Olapoju

Members of Uganda's gay community reacts as the anti-gay law is declared null and void

Barely 4 months after Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill criminalizing gay relations, an Ugandan court has annulled the country’s anti-gay legislation.

The annulment was done on Friday, 1 August, at a constitutional court which ruled that the anti-gay law is now null and void.

The presiding judge at the Constitutional Court said because not enough lawmakers had been present to vote on the bill passed in December 2013, hence it was therefore illegal.

After hearing the judgement, pro-gay activists present in the courtroom became jubilant and congratulated one another.

As opposed to the old law which made homosexuality an illegal act in the country, the new law bans promotion of homosexuality and imposed a life imprisonment sentence for aggravated homosexuality.

The old law had a sentence of life imprisonment for gay sex and oral sex and between five and seven years in jail or a $40,700 (£24,500) fine or both for the promotion of homosexuality.

It would be recalled that the country has been under pressure since it passed the draconian law, with the United States withdrawing crucial funding to the troubled country.

Do you want proof that homosexuality is African? Well, here are 21! (READ)

by Colin Stewart

 

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Amongst Bantu-speaking Pouhain farmers (Bene, Bulu, Fang, Jaunde, Mokuk, Mwele, Ntum and Pangwe) in present-day Gabon and Cameroon, homosexual intercourse was known as bian nkû”ma– a medicine for wealth which was transmitted through sexual activity between men.

 

At least 21 cultural varieties of same-sex relationships have long been part of traditional African life, as demonstrated in a new report that is designed to dispel the confusion and lies surrounding Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

The following discussion and the 21 examples are from that report, “Expanded Criminalisation of Homosexuality in Uganda: A Flawed Narrative / Empirical evidence and strategic alternatives from an African perspective,” which was prepared by Sexual Minorities Uganda:

In their work anthropologists Stephen Murray and Will Roscoe provide wide‐ranging evidence in support of the fact that throughout Africa”s history, homosexuality has been a ‘‘consistent and logical feature of African societies and belief systems.”

Thabo Msibi of the University of Kwazulu‐Natal documents many examples in Africa of same-sex desire being accommodated within pre-colonial rule.”

The work of Stephen O. Murray and Will Roscoe is cited in the new report by Sexual Minotrities Uganda on traditional forms of homosexuality in African cultures.

Deborah P. Amory speaks of ‘‘a long history of diverse African peoples engaging in same-sex relations.”

Drawing on anthropological studies of the pre-colonial and colonial eras, it is possible to document a vast array of same-sex practises and diverse understandings of gender across the entire continent.

Examples include:

1. One notably ‘‘explicit” Bushmen painting, which depicts African men engaging in same-sex sexual activity.

In the late 1640s, a Dutch military attaché documented Nzinga, a warrior woman in the Ndongo kingdom of the Mbundu, who ruled as ‘‘king” rather than ‘‘queen”, dressed as a man and surrounded herself with a harem of young men who dressed as women and who were her ‘‘wives”.

2. Eighteenth century anthropologist, Father J-B. Labat, documented the Ganga-Ya-Chibanda, presiding priest of the Giagues, a group within the Congo kingdom, who routinely cross-dressed and was referred to as ‘‘grandmother”.

3. In traditional, monarchical Zande culture, anthropological records described homosexuality as ‘‘indigenous”. The Azande of the Northern Congo ‘‘routinely married” younger men who functioned as temporary wives – a practise that was institutionalised to such an extent that warriors would pay ‘‘brideprice” to the young man”s parents.

4. Amongst Bantu-speaking Pouhain farmers (Bene, Bulu, Fang, Jaunde, Mokuk, Mwele, Ntum and Pangwe) in present-day Gabon and Cameroon, homosexual intercourse was known as bian nkû”ma– a medicine for wealth which was transmitted through sexual activity between men.

5. Similarly in Uganda, amongst the Nilotico Lango, men who assumed ‘‘alternative gender status” were known as mukodo dako. They were treated as women and were permitted to marry other men.

6. In the former Kingdom of Dahomey, women could be soldiers (above) and older women would sometimes marry younger women, according to anthropologist Melville Herkovits.

7. Same-sex relationships were reported amongst other groups in Uganda, including the Bahima, …

8. the Banyoro and …

9. the Baganda. King Mwanga II, the Baganda monarch, was widely reported to have engaged in sexual relations with his male subjects.

10. A Jesuit working in Southern Africa in 1606 described finding ‘‘Chibadi, which are Men attired like Women, and behave themselves womanly, ashamed to be called men”.

11. In the early 17th century in present-day Angola, Portuguese priests Gaspar Azevereduc and Antonius Sequerius encountered men who spoke, sat and dressed like women, and who entered into marriage with men. Such marriages were ‘‘honored and even prized”.

12. In the Iteso communities, based in northwest Kenya and Uganda, same-sex relations existed amongst men who behaved as and were socially accepted as women.

13. Same-sex practises were also recorded among the Banyoro and …

14. the Langi.

15. In pre-colonial Benin, homosexuality was seen as a phase that boys passed through and grew out of.

16. There were practises of female-female marriages amongst the Nandi and …

17. Kisii of Kenya, as well as …

18. the Igbo of Nigeria,

19. the Nuer of Sudan and

20. the Kuria of Tanzania.

21. Among Cape Bantu, lesbianism was ascribed to women who were in the process of becoming chief diviners, known as isanuses.

In the 1600s in the Kingdom of Motapa in southern Africa (labeled “Monomotapa” on this map), Christian missionaries encountered cross-dressing men known as chibadi.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Given the overwhelming evidence of pre-colonial same-sex relations which continued into the colonial and post-colonial eras, as well as historical evidence of diverse understandings of gender identity, it is clear that homosexuality is no more ‘‘alien” to Africa than it is to any other part of the world.

As stated by Murray and Roscoe: Numerous reports also indicate that in the highly sex-segregated societies of Africa, homosexual behaviour and relationships were not uncommon among peers, both male and female, especially in the years before heterosexual marriage. These kinds of relations were identified with specific terms and were to varying degrees institutionalized.

What the colonisers imposed on Africa was not homosexuality “but rather intolerance of it — and systems of surveillance and regulation for suppressing it.”

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Femi Falana: That Museveni attack on President Jonathan

by Femi Falana

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Like other world Leaders President Museveni is perfectly entitled to berate the Goodluck Jonathan Administration for its failure to contain the Boko Haram sect. But it is the height of hypocrisy on the part of the Ugandan leader to attempt to ridicule Nigeria in the ongoing war on terror.

President Yoweri Museveni attended the grand finale rally for the National Resistance Movement woman flagbearer, Mrs. Rebecca Nalwanga, at Kalanga in Uganda last week. In condemning the Opposition in Uganda the President said, “some people have turned politics to a game of lies and un-seriousness”. In his characteristic manner, President Museveni took advantage of the local campaign to launch an unwarranted attack on Nigeria.
In criticising the handling of the War on Terror by the Jonathan Administration President Museveni boasted thus: “I have never invited the United Nations to guard our security. Me, Yoweri Museveni to say that I have failed to protect my people and I call in the UN …I would rather hang myself. We prioritised national security by developing a strong army; otherwise our Uganda would be like DRC, South Sudan, Somalia or Nigeria where militias have disappeared with school children.  It will be a vote of no confidence in our country and our citizens if we can’t guarantee our security. What kind of persons would we be?”
It is interesting to note that the people of the Nubian community in Uganda saw through the “lies and unseriousness” of the ruling party in Uganda. Hence, they rejected the candidate of his party at the polls by voting for the 28 year- old Ms. Brenda Nabukenya of the Democratic Party. A Ugandan human rights colleague has just informed me that President Museveni is pained by the fact that the electorate in Luweto Constituency voted for a political rookie who was born the very year Museveni seized power and assumed the presidency of the Republic of Uganda.
Like other world Leaders President Museveni is perfectly entitled to berate the Goodluck Jonathan Administration for its failure to contain the Boko Haram sect. But it is the height of hypocrisy on the part of the Ugandan leader to attempt to ridicule Nigeria in the ongoing war on terror. The Ugandan Leader should not be allowed to get away with official hypocrisy as he lacks the moral competence to teach any lesson on how to end the atrocities committed by terrorists in any part of Africa. More so that Uganda with a “prioritised national security” has not been able to defeat the rag tag Lord’s Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony for over two decades.
Even though President Museveni would not invite the United Nations to provide security for his country he has never hesitated to call on the United States and other Western countries to provide troops, arms and ammunition as well as funds in containing the menace of the LRA. Just on March 24 this year, the United States government was reported to have deployed “military aircraft as well as an increased number of troops to Uganda to assist in the hunt for Joseph Kony, the fugitive Ugandan leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).”
Of course, that was not the first time that foreign troops had been dispatched to Uganda following the inability of President Museveni and his “strong army” to guarantee life and property in Uganda. Or is President Museveni not aware that Joseph Kony has gone underground because he and his army commanders have been declared wanted by the International Criminal Court  (ICC), an organ of the United Nations? Yet President Museveni would never call in the United Nations to take part in the maintenance of internal security in Uganda!
The garrulous Ugandan leader also boasted that he would not allow his country to descend to the level of insecurity that obtains in Nigeria where school children have disappeared. Has President Museveni quickly forgotten that the LRA invaded St. Mary Secondary Grammar School on October 1996 where they abducted 150 girls? It is on record that it was not the “strong army” of Uganda but the vice-principal of the school, Reverend Sister Faresa, who rescued 109 of the abducted girls. Several years later, the President wrote a letter to Mr. Kofi Anan, the then Secretary-General of the United Nations, to intervene in respect of the abductees who were still in the captivity of the terrorists.
With respect, President Museveni’s uncomplimentary remarks on DRC and South Sudan are equally cynical having regard to the involvement of the Ugandan army in the destabilisation of the Lake region. In Communication No 227/99 (2003) filed at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights by the Democratic Republic of Congo, it was established that the national armies of Uganda along with Burundi and Rwanda were indicted for the massive infringements of human rights in the DRC. Specifically, the Commission found that “the killings, massacres, rapes, mutilations and other grave human rights abuses were committed” while the Respondents States were still in effective occupation of the eastern provinces of the complainant state contrary to their obligations under Part III of the Geneva Convention.
With respect to the reckless looting of the resources of the Complainant State the Commission confirmed the allegation that “Rwanda and Uganda took over control of fiscal and customs revenues collected respectively by the Directorate General of Taxes.” Since this African President could no longer rely on the illegal exploitation of the vast resources of the DRC his government has had to depend on foreign aid to fund the annual budget of Uganda. According to the Overseas Development Institute, Uganda received  $1.6 billion in 2011, making it the 20th world’s largest aid recipient. Comrade Tajudeen Abdulraman, the respected pan Africanist of Nigerian extraction who worked closely with President Museveni in Kampala until he died in an car crash in 2009, must have turned in his grave over the unprecedented reliance of Uganda on foreign aid to fund its annual budget today.
It is indisputable that the record of atrocities of LRA is by far worse than that of the Boko Haram sect. It is common knowledge that the abduction of children and women is the hallmark of the LRA. From the account of the Human Rights Watch between 1987 and 2006 “at least 20, 000 Ugandan children were abducted. More than 1.9 million people were displaced from their homes into camps and tens of thousands of Ugandan civilians died. Nearly the entire population of Acholiland was displaced due to a combination of LRA actions and the Ugandan government’s forcible resettlement of people in camps. Living conditions in the camps were horrific, and for years communities were largely cut off from basic necessities. The death toll from cholera and other diseases was often higher than from the conflict itself.”
Last week, the Chairman of the Editorial Board of this newspaper, Mr. Segun Adeniyi, noted “it is over six years since LRA wreaked any havoc in Northern Uganda…” While that is an irrefutable statement it ought to be pointed out that the LRA has only been pushed into DRC and South Sudan where it has linked up with other criminal gangs to continue its atrocious attacks on the people of both countries. In the renewed fight on terror in Nigeria the armed forces should wipe out terrorism and not behave like Uganda by driving them to neighboring countries. That will not guarantee regional peace, which is badly needed for the development of a continent that has been raped by imperialism and its local lackeys who parade themselves as African leaders.

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