Charles Onyango-Obbo

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Wow! Thanks. Amazing story. Ee can’t begrudge Nike, can we? twitter.com/mgmambo/status…
Ghana Police warns religious leaders to desist from New Year prophecies of “harm, danger and death” and others that could “create tension and panic”, or risk 5-year jail term kaftanpost.com/new-year-proph…
Scuffle in Kenya a parliamentary committee a short while ago suggests that, yes, African legislatures are getting to be "boxing rings". twitter.com/cobbo3/status/…
Namibia is aiming to be a global hydrogen superpower. Looking to invest $9.4bn (£7.1bn) for the “game-changing” initial project. To put the size of that into perspective, Namibia's entire GDP in 2020 was just $10.7bn. bbc.com/news/business-…
Tortured while in detention for the satirical “The Greedy Barbarian”, seen as a criticism of Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, on his release Rukirabashaija responded with another book, “Banana Republic: Where Writing is Treasonous” about his ordeal - 2/2
Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, Ugandan author of hard-hitting “The Greedy Barbarian”, 2021 PEN Pinter Prize International Writer of Courage award winner arrested – again. “I heard them [security officers] threaten to break his legs," his lawyer says - 1/2 barrons.com/news/ugandan-n…
Hollywood star Forest Whitaker, Zambian economist and best-selling author Dambisa Moyo are the latest to join former US President Barack Obama as strategic investors in NBA Africa. blackenterprise.com/forest-whitake…
Ethiopian Airlines has transported 50 million doses of vaccine to more than 28 countries across the globe and became the only African carrier to reach such a milestone. addiszeybe.com/ethiopian-offe…
14 years old Morani, captured here recently by photographer Leighton Lum in Kenya’s Masai Mara, is said to be the current title holder for the oldest known lion in a national reserve in the country. 📸Leighton LumK
Countries like South Sudan and Niger have extreme poverty rates above 90%, so it is estimated that by 2030 approximately 9 out of 10 extremely poor people in the world will live in sub-Saharan Africa 4/4
International aid has weakened local producers that exist in Africa since they send subsidised products (even free of charge) to the region, which compete directly with the products manufactured in the continent 3/4
Aid money sometimes serves to perpetuate & sustain totalitarian regimes in power, because to get the resources to the population it is necessary to go through them, and a large part of the resources is lost due to corruption 2/4
External aid has made poverty worse in Africa. It is used for humanitarian emergencies & other basic needs. Important, yes, but if not put into production too, people will continue to barely survive with it & will not be able to overcome poverty 1/4 fee.org/articles/how-i…
Dubai growing on the back of smuggled African gold. UN UN trade data for 2020 show a discrepancy of at least $4Bn between UAE’s declared gold imports from Africa & what African countries say they exported to the UAE. businesslive.co.za/bd/companies/2…
Ugandan author KAKWENZA RUKIRA, he of "The Greedy Barbarian", reported his house was under attack. twitter.com/KakwenzaRukira…
Netflix hit Squid Game, and boy band BTS are driving a global boom in Korean-made products. Pop culture can be a country’s biggest marketing vehicle for those who are smart about it. msn.com/en-us/news/cri…
@cobbo3 Fantastic!! I see the prophetic poetry for 2022. “No time to chill. We’ll be fishin’ in the deep. Tillin’ the earth and side steppin’ any obstacles on our way to good livin’
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One theory is that it was confiscated by Christian missionaries to Africa as evidence of sorcery and taken to Britain. Another that it was acquired by a superstitious sailor who threw it into the water after experiencing bad luck •2/2
A professional “mudlarker” who trawls the river bed looking for treasure finds 18th-century mystical figure from Congo on the banks of the River Thames, in London. It’s worth thousands of Pounds •1/2 dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1…
Over 40m Covid vaccines in East Africa’s stores at risk of expiry. Rwanda leads EAC in dispensing vaccines, at 83.8% of those received. Tanzania has used 50%, Kenya 39%, Uganda has highest number of vaccines sitting in its stores, administering only 28%. monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/na…
As 2021 ends, the top 20 books from across the continent this year to make the most of your off-screen time. theafricareport.com/148478/20-must…
That surprised me, so I cross-checked. Chinua Achebe's “Things Fall Apart” is the most translated African novel, into just over 50 languages. So in total numbers, “The Upright Revolution” bests it 2/2
The fable “The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright” by Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is the most translated book from Africa - in over 63 languages. Africa is also the continent with the most female authors in the top position by country 1/2 forbes.com/sites/brandons…
To the young ones of Africa & the Afro diaspora, the Big Elders asked me as Elder Jnr to perform this to show you what “dance as poetry” is; to escort in the New Year & cleanse the bad spirits of 2021. Focus on the dance, not the dancer, and learn. May you flourish in 2022🤪�C3
US Catholic clergy shortage eased by recruits from Africa. Africa is the Catholic church’s fastest-growing region, where the seminaries are still “fairly full.” apnews.com/article/africa…
Do not depend on a dead man's shoes when you do not know their size - a Krio proverb, Sierra Leone.
Somalia's President Mohamed Farmajo has suspended Prime Minister Mohamed Roble, who’s facing allegations of corruption. Roble's office said Farmajo's statement was outrageous and that he’s going nowhere. Aya! bbc.com/news/world-afr…
A new study says prehistoric footprints found in Tanzania may hold the key to understanding how early humans began walking upright. The footprints were fossilised in volcanic ash 3.66 million years ago. greekreporter.com/2021/12/25/tan…
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic shook the global economy, arms sales continued to increase, and American aerospace, arms, and defense corporation Lockheed Martin its place at the top of the list of the companies profiting the most from war. 247wallst.com/aerospace-defe…
Airbus has only sold 15 of its A330-800neo, the next-generation variant of the popular A330-200. It had a good chance of riding on the success of its predecessor, but only 4 carriers, including UGANDA AIRLINES, have placed orders. Why has it flopped? tinyurl.com/34pkupau
A friend went for Xmas "upcountry" in Kenya. He's just built new digs. He reports: "Rediscovering the challenge of settling in a new house, without the many things we take for granted. The curtain supplier didn't show, so we have bedsheets on the windows. It's fun though"🤣🤣🤣
One of my uplifting stories of 2021: Simon Wachira, the humble Kenyan man who rose from being a hawker to a multi-millionaire whownskenya.com/index.php/2021…
Deborah Gladney and Angela Muhwezi-Hall, daughters of Ugandan immigrants, are now the first Black women to raise $1 million in funding in the US state of Kansas. travelnoire.com/ugandan-immigr…
Keeping up with some fierce young women from the foot of the great Tororo Rock.
Says this milestone will further improve its goal of providing efficient & effective transportation throughout its pharma network including Brussels, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Paris, Seoul, Lagos, Lusaka, Beijing, Hong Kong, Maastricht, Chicago & Addis Ababa - 2/ 2
Ethiopian becomes first African airline to receive pharma logistics certification (i.e. it has world class abilities to store and transport temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products ) -1/2 addiszeybe.com/ethiopian-beco…
Book Riot lists Chinua Achebe’s seminal work “Things Fall Apart” that was first published in 1958, and Ghanaian-American Yaa Gyasi’s “Homegoing” in its 20 Most Influential Historical Fiction Books bookriot.com/most-influenti…
Outspoken Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace prize laureate who helped end apartheid in South Africa, has died aged 90.
“African Dream” is a powerful South African song written by lan Lazar, a South African-born composer & novelist. It was originally performed by Vicky Sampson, who sang it at the opening & closing ceremonies of the African Cup of Nations held in South Africa in 1996 •B
Like 2020, 2021 has been hard - possibly even harder. For a bit of Boxing Day cheer here is South African opera singer Nokrismesi 'Kimmy' Skota singing “My African Dream” with Andre Rieu. Quite a few tears flowed in the audience •A youtu.be/Ii3VOjlKJHU
My people have really veered away from the path of the Lord😂😂twitter.com/nbstv/status/1…yEQ
Renowned and controversial Ethiopian author and journalist Tesfaye Gebreab died yesterday in Nairobi. Applauded by many for his brilliance, he was also criticised as a hate-mongering and divisive figure. addiszeybe.com/tesfaye-gebrea…
I've looked at the Christmas & New Year messages of nearly all African presidents/PMs and opposition leaders on both Twitter and Facebook who've a following of more than 350,000. There's an interesting story in which ones are most liked/retweeted. Check and tell us what you see.
Giraffe populations on the rise, and they’ve increased for all species of the animal over the past few years. Numbers collected from all over Africa indicates there are just over 117,000 giraffes on the continent, an increase of nearly 20% since 2015. treehugger.com/giraffe-popula…
Rwanda to hire over 300 Zimbabwean teachers following an agreement signed Thursday between Kigali and Harare. newtimes.co.rw/news/rwanda-hi…
The first-ever Shaolin Temple has been opened in Lusaka, the Zambian capital. It aims to teach Shaolin Kungfu, Chinese culture, as well as help the Chinese understand African culture, Xinhua reports. There, you have. 📸Martin Mbangweta/Xinhuax
There’s something about “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy”. Maybe it’s Tucci’s screen personality, the fact that it tells the bigger social and political story of food. Simply love it. Wish I could so something like that for the Soil.
•Pre-pandemic, in Dec. 2019, 478 million people lived in extreme poverty in Africa. •This Dec. 2021, 490 million people in Africa live under the poverty line of 1.90 PPP$/day - 37 million more than what was projected without the pandemic. Christmas hasn't come to us all.
The museum’s holdings also incl objects frm modern-day Burundi & Rwanda. Among items that may be restituted as early as 2022 r the Nkisi Nkondi statue, looted by a Belgian trader in a 1878 attack against Chief Ne Kuko & a wooden Luba mask plundered in 1896 by Belgian troops 4/4
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