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  •  Outbreak Update Globally a total of 333 393 coronavirus disease 2019 COVID 19 confirmed cases1 and 14 508 CFR 4 related deaths have been reported to date Since the last brief 17 March 2020 165 803 new COVID 19 cases and 7 900 new deaths have been reported globally Thirty five new countries and territories including 13 African countries are reporting cases2 and 40 new countries including nine African countries are reporting deaths3 nbsp for the first time The distribution of cumulative cases proportion of global cases from the WHO reporting regions excluding Africa are as follows Eastern Mediterranean Region 24 854 7 European Region 171 401 51 Region of the Americas 37 026 11 South East Asia Region 1 775 0 5 Western Pacific Region 96 349 29 For more detailed information on cases and deaths being reported outside of Africa refer to the WHO daily situation reports 4 As of 24 March 2020 1 988 total COVID 19 cases and 58 CFR 3 deaths have been reported in 43 African countries Africa CDC is working with all affected countries and is mobilizing laboratory surveillance and other response support where requested See Table 1 for the full list of countries in Africa reporting cases deaths and those recovered Table 1 Confirmed COVID 19 Cases Reported in Africa5 nbsp 17 24 March 2020 12pm CET Country No of cases new No of deaths new No recovered Transmission Type6 Algeria 230 176 17 14 77 Local transmission Angola 2 2 Imported cases only Benin 5 3 Imported cases only Burkina Faso 114 87 4 4 5 Local transmission Cameroon 66 66 2 Local transmission Cabo Verde 3 2 Imported cases only Central African Republic 4 3 Imported cases only Chad 3 3 Imported case only Congo 4 3 Imported cases only C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire 25 21 2 Local transmission Democratic Republic of Congo 45 42 2 2 1 Local transmission Djibouti 3 3 Imported case only Egypt 366 200 19 19 68 Local transmission Equatorial Guinea 9 8 Imported cases only Eritrea 1 1 Imported cases only Eswatini 5 4 Imported cases only Ethiopia 12 7 4 Local transmission Gabon 6 5 1 1 Imported cases only Gambia 2 2 1 1 Imported cases only Ghana 27 21 2 2 1 Local transmission Guinea 4 3 Imported cases only Kenya 16 13 Local transmission Liberia 3 2 Local transmission Madagascar 12 12 Imported cases only Mauritius 36 36 2 2 Imported cases only Mauritania 2 1 Imported cases only Morocco 134 105 4 3 3 Local transmission Mozambique 1 1 Imported cases only Namibia 4 2 Imported cases only Niger 2 2 Imported case only Nigeria 40 38 1 1 2 Local transmission Rwanda 36 31 Local transmission Senegal 79 53 8 Local transmission Seychelles 7 3 Imported cases only Somalia 1 0 Imported cases only South Africa 554 492 12 Local transmission Sudan 2 1 1 0 Imported cases only Tanzania 12 11 Imported cases only Togo 18 17 1 Imported cases only Tunisia 89 71 3 3 1 Local transmission Uganda 9 9 Imported cases only Zambia 3 3 Imported cases only Zimbabwe 2 2 1 1 Imported cases only Total 1 988 1 566 58 39 187 Africa CDC Response General activities Africa CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center and its Incident Management System IMS for the COVID 19 outbreak on 27 January 2020 Africa CDC has developed its third Incident Action Plan that covers the period between 16 March to 15 April 2020 The Africa Union Ministers of Health gathered in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on 22 February for an emergency COVID 19 meeting where they agreed upon a joint continental strategy and guidance for assessment movement restrictions and monitoring of people at risk for COVID 19 including people being repatriated from China Africa CDC is holding weekly updates with national public health institutes in Member States and has formed working groups for high priority areas of coronavirus control including surveillance laboratory diagnosis infection prevention and control clinical care and risk communication Three experts each have been deployed to Cameroon and Nigeria and to support COVID 19 outbreak response efforts Response simulation exercises i e lsquo table top rsquo exercises for high level coordination are being initiated including an initial simulation conducted with a group of 10 West African Countries in partnership with WAHO Africa CDC briefs the permanent council PRC and Ambassadors from non AU states on COVID 19 situation in Africa Africa CDC responsive activities and recommendation Africa CDC is working to procure emergency medical equipment stockpiles including diagnostics over 6 000 test kits PPE thermal scanners and other critical equipment that can be used to rapidly equip countries in the event of rapid onset of cases Twenty four volunteers have been recruited to support various response activities with more in process of recruitment 9 nbsp nbsp nbsp Africa CDC gave an orientation to the African Union Commission staff on the epidemiological situation Africa CDC efforts and the precautions that staff members should take to prevent themselves and others from getting infected by COVID 19 A social distancing policy was issued by the African Union Commission to avoid large gatherings and meetings in the AUC facilities Surveillance Africa CDC collaborated with the World Health Organization on 22 February 2020 to train in coming analysts in event based surveillance using the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources platform These headquarters will be working closely with the Regional Collaborating Centres and Member States to track and verify COVID 19 related events providing critical information to inform Member States 039 response and control efforts Africa CDC in collaboration with WHO provided two Training of Trainers events for participants from 18 countries Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire Egypt Ethiopia Ghana Kenya Mauritius Mauritania Nigeria Niger Zambia Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe South Africa Tunisia and Zambia to enhance surveillance at points of entry for COVID 19 Additional training is planned for March and April targeting the remaining countries in Africa Africa CDC in collaboration with the U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be training 20 countries in event based surveillance for COVID 19 starting in March 2020 The first training for 7 countries was held in Kampala Uganda on 2 4 March 2020 Africa CDC supported training of airport staff from the Southern and East African regions the training was hosted by South African Civil Aviation Authority and ICAO on preparedness for COVID 19 in the aviation industry More than 200 participants from 10 Member States Malawi Uganda Zimbabwe Lesotho Botswana Rwanda Tanzania Eswatini Ethiopia and Namibia were trained Laboratory Ethiopian PM Abiy Jack Ma amp Alibaba Foundations initiative provided more than 1 million PCR detection kits to 54 Member States Africa CDC is coordinating the delivery of the kits to Member States with the Government of Ethiopia the Foundation and World Food Program Africa CDC distributed 36 000 tests TIB Molbiol German to 30 Member States In collaboration with ASLM a community of practice online training program has been arranged for more than 40 laboratories 25 and 30 March 2020 Shipment of ONT equipment and reagents has started to build capacity of seven Member States Online training will be organized once shipment is completed Africa CDC is working with other vendors Roche Abbott and Cepheid for alternative testing strategies to expand testing of COVID 19 Supply shortage viral transport media swabs and extraction kits are now the main challenges to expand the testing Africa CDC is looking for all possible sources for these items and will update the Member States when items are available Healthcare Preparedness Africa CDC initiated a continent wide network of clinicians which met for the first time on 9 March 2020 with a webinar that included 230 clinicians from across the continent The next webinar is scheduled for 19 March 2020 Africa CDC initiated design of an online portal with training materials via online courses online case studies and social media vignettes to support evidence based care of COVID 19 patients Risk Communication Africa CDC conducted training on risk communication for public health communication officers of 27 countries to manage public information flow for COVID 19 and other public health emergencies Risk communication training is planned for other countries as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted Africa CDC has developed and published a number of communication materials on different aspects of COVID 19 preparedness and response to provide information to Member States and the public Africa CDC has held four press briefings since the outbreak started to provide updates to journalists Africa CDC has created a risk communication WhatsApp group for the communication officers that were trained to share information and minimize the circulation of rumours Africa CDC has also created a WhatsApp group with over 100 journalists to share updates about the outbreak in Africa and what Africa CDC and the countries are doing Africa CDC has started a weekly podcast on the outbreak and is working to produce some documentaries that will provide information to the public on different issues Recommendations for Member States All Member States should enhance their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections SARI 7 and to carefully review any unusual patterns of SARI or pneumonia cases Examples of enhanced surveillance include Adding questions about travel and testing for coronaviruses to existing influenza surveillance systems Notifying healthcare facilities to immediately inform local public health officials about persons who meet the case definition for SARI and or have recent travel or contact history with someone who has traveled to a country with local transmission Member States that receive direct or connecting flights from affected countries should screen incoming passengers for severe respiratory illness and a history of recent travel to any country area or territory reporting local transmission Member States should be prepared to expand questions about recent travel to additional countries as the outbreak evolves Notify WHO and Africa CDC immediately if suspected or confirmed cases of infection with novel coronavirus are identified Africa CDC should be notified by emailing nbsp AfricaCDCEBS africa union org Provide guidance to the general public about seeking immediate medical care and informing healthcare providers about recent travel or contact history in anyone who develops symptoms of severe respiratory illness Resources for more information Africa CDC Resources nbsp Africa CDC http www africacdc org covid 19 and resources Guidelines nbsp http www africacdc org covid 19 and resources guidelines policies covid nbsp 19 and resources guidelines policies detail Infographics nbsp http www africacdc org covid 19 and resources infographics covid 19 nbsp and resources infographics detail Other Resources China CDC Coronavirus overview nbsp http www chinacdc cn yyrdgz 202001 t20200109_211159 html European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Novel coronavirus overview nbsp https www ecdc europa eu en novel coronavirus china National Health Commission of the People 039 s Republic of China nbsp http www nhc gov cn xcs yqtb list_gzbd shtml Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center amp School of Public Health 10 January 2020 Initial genome release of novel coronavirus http virological org t initial genome release of nbsp novel coronavirus 319 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 14 January 2020 Novel Coronavirus COVID 19 Wuhan China https www cdc gov coronavirus novel coronavirus nbsp 2019 html WHO Coronavirus overview https www who int health topics coronavirus WHO Technical Guidance https www who int emergencies diseases novel nbsp coronavirus 2019 technical guidance 1 Per WHO effective 17 February 2020 lsquo confirmed rsquo cases include both laboratory confirmed and clinically diagnosed Hubei province China only 2 Angola Aruba Barbados Bahamas Cape Verde Chad Djibouti El Salvador Eritrea Fiji Gambia Greenland Grenada Guam Haiti Kosovo Madagascar Mauritius Montenegro Montserrat Mozambique New Caledonia Nicaragua Niger Papua New Guinea Sint Maarten Syrian Arab Republic Timor Leste Uganda United States Virgin Islands Uganda Uruguay Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe 3 Azerbaijan Bangladesh Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Burkina Faso Chile Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Curacao Czechia Democratic Republic of Congo Dominican Republic Finland Gabon Gambia Ghana Guam Iceland Israel Jamaica Lithuania Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Nigeria Pakistan Paraguay Peru Portugal Puerto Rico Republic of Moldova Serbia Singapore Slovenia Tunisia Turkey United Arab Emirates Zimbabwe 4 WHO coronavirus disease COVID 19 situation reports nbsp https www who int emergencies diseases novel coronavirus 2019 situation reports 5 New numbers reported since last weekly brief 17 March 2020 6 Local transmission indicates locations where the source of infection is within the reporting location Imported cases only indicates locations where all cases have been acquired outside the location of reporting 7 WHO SARI case definition anyone with an acute respiratory infection with a history of fever or measured fever of ge 38 C deg and cough with symptom onset within the last 10 days that requires hospitalization nbsp nbsp https www who int influenza surveillance_monitoring ili_sari_surveillance_case_definition en
    Africa – Outbreak Brief #10: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
     Outbreak Update Globally a total of 333 393 coronavirus disease 2019 COVID 19 confirmed cases1 and 14 508 CFR 4 related deaths have been reported to date Since the last brief 17 March 2020 165 803 new COVID 19 cases and 7 900 new deaths have been reported globally Thirty five new countries and territories including 13 African countries are reporting cases2 and 40 new countries including nine African countries are reporting deaths3 nbsp for the first time The distribution of cumulative cases proportion of global cases from the WHO reporting regions excluding Africa are as follows Eastern Mediterranean Region 24 854 7 European Region 171 401 51 Region of the Americas 37 026 11 South East Asia Region 1 775 0 5 Western Pacific Region 96 349 29 For more detailed information on cases and deaths being reported outside of Africa refer to the WHO daily situation reports 4 As of 24 March 2020 1 988 total COVID 19 cases and 58 CFR 3 deaths have been reported in 43 African countries Africa CDC is working with all affected countries and is mobilizing laboratory surveillance and other response support where requested See Table 1 for the full list of countries in Africa reporting cases deaths and those recovered Table 1 Confirmed COVID 19 Cases Reported in Africa5 nbsp 17 24 March 2020 12pm CET Country No of cases new No of deaths new No recovered Transmission Type6 Algeria 230 176 17 14 77 Local transmission Angola 2 2 Imported cases only Benin 5 3 Imported cases only Burkina Faso 114 87 4 4 5 Local transmission Cameroon 66 66 2 Local transmission Cabo Verde 3 2 Imported cases only Central African Republic 4 3 Imported cases only Chad 3 3 Imported case only Congo 4 3 Imported cases only C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire 25 21 2 Local transmission Democratic Republic of Congo 45 42 2 2 1 Local transmission Djibouti 3 3 Imported case only Egypt 366 200 19 19 68 Local transmission Equatorial Guinea 9 8 Imported cases only Eritrea 1 1 Imported cases only Eswatini 5 4 Imported cases only Ethiopia 12 7 4 Local transmission Gabon 6 5 1 1 Imported cases only Gambia 2 2 1 1 Imported cases only Ghana 27 21 2 2 1 Local transmission Guinea 4 3 Imported cases only Kenya 16 13 Local transmission Liberia 3 2 Local transmission Madagascar 12 12 Imported cases only Mauritius 36 36 2 2 Imported cases only Mauritania 2 1 Imported cases only Morocco 134 105 4 3 3 Local transmission Mozambique 1 1 Imported cases only Namibia 4 2 Imported cases only Niger 2 2 Imported case only Nigeria 40 38 1 1 2 Local transmission Rwanda 36 31 Local transmission Senegal 79 53 8 Local transmission Seychelles 7 3 Imported cases only Somalia 1 0 Imported cases only South Africa 554 492 12 Local transmission Sudan 2 1 1 0 Imported cases only Tanzania 12 11 Imported cases only Togo 18 17 1 Imported cases only Tunisia 89 71 3 3 1 Local transmission Uganda 9 9 Imported cases only Zambia 3 3 Imported cases only Zimbabwe 2 2 1 1 Imported cases only Total 1 988 1 566 58 39 187 Africa CDC Response General activities Africa CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center and its Incident Management System IMS for the COVID 19 outbreak on 27 January 2020 Africa CDC has developed its third Incident Action Plan that covers the period between 16 March to 15 April 2020 The Africa Union Ministers of Health gathered in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on 22 February for an emergency COVID 19 meeting where they agreed upon a joint continental strategy and guidance for assessment movement restrictions and monitoring of people at risk for COVID 19 including people being repatriated from China Africa CDC is holding weekly updates with national public health institutes in Member States and has formed working groups for high priority areas of coronavirus control including surveillance laboratory diagnosis infection prevention and control clinical care and risk communication Three experts each have been deployed to Cameroon and Nigeria and to support COVID 19 outbreak response efforts Response simulation exercises i e lsquo table top rsquo exercises for high level coordination are being initiated including an initial simulation conducted with a group of 10 West African Countries in partnership with WAHO Africa CDC briefs the permanent council PRC and Ambassadors from non AU states on COVID 19 situation in Africa Africa CDC responsive activities and recommendation Africa CDC is working to procure emergency medical equipment stockpiles including diagnostics over 6 000 test kits PPE thermal scanners and other critical equipment that can be used to rapidly equip countries in the event of rapid onset of cases Twenty four volunteers have been recruited to support various response activities with more in process of recruitment 9 nbsp nbsp nbsp Africa CDC gave an orientation to the African Union Commission staff on the epidemiological situation Africa CDC efforts and the precautions that staff members should take to prevent themselves and others from getting infected by COVID 19 A social distancing policy was issued by the African Union Commission to avoid large gatherings and meetings in the AUC facilities Surveillance Africa CDC collaborated with the World Health Organization on 22 February 2020 to train in coming analysts in event based surveillance using the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources platform These headquarters will be working closely with the Regional Collaborating Centres and Member States to track and verify COVID 19 related events providing critical information to inform Member States 039 response and control efforts Africa CDC in collaboration with WHO provided two Training of Trainers events for participants from 18 countries Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire Egypt Ethiopia Ghana Kenya Mauritius Mauritania Nigeria Niger Zambia Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe South Africa Tunisia and Zambia to enhance surveillance at points of entry for COVID 19 Additional training is planned for March and April targeting the remaining countries in Africa Africa CDC in collaboration with the U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be training 20 countries in event based surveillance for COVID 19 starting in March 2020 The first training for 7 countries was held in Kampala Uganda on 2 4 March 2020 Africa CDC supported training of airport staff from the Southern and East African regions the training was hosted by South African Civil Aviation Authority and ICAO on preparedness for COVID 19 in the aviation industry More than 200 participants from 10 Member States Malawi Uganda Zimbabwe Lesotho Botswana Rwanda Tanzania Eswatini Ethiopia and Namibia were trained Laboratory Ethiopian PM Abiy Jack Ma amp Alibaba Foundations initiative provided more than 1 million PCR detection kits to 54 Member States Africa CDC is coordinating the delivery of the kits to Member States with the Government of Ethiopia the Foundation and World Food Program Africa CDC distributed 36 000 tests TIB Molbiol German to 30 Member States In collaboration with ASLM a community of practice online training program has been arranged for more than 40 laboratories 25 and 30 March 2020 Shipment of ONT equipment and reagents has started to build capacity of seven Member States Online training will be organized once shipment is completed Africa CDC is working with other vendors Roche Abbott and Cepheid for alternative testing strategies to expand testing of COVID 19 Supply shortage viral transport media swabs and extraction kits are now the main challenges to expand the testing Africa CDC is looking for all possible sources for these items and will update the Member States when items are available Healthcare Preparedness Africa CDC initiated a continent wide network of clinicians which met for the first time on 9 March 2020 with a webinar that included 230 clinicians from across the continent The next webinar is scheduled for 19 March 2020 Africa CDC initiated design of an online portal with training materials via online courses online case studies and social media vignettes to support evidence based care of COVID 19 patients Risk Communication Africa CDC conducted training on risk communication for public health communication officers of 27 countries to manage public information flow for COVID 19 and other public health emergencies Risk communication training is planned for other countries as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted Africa CDC has developed and published a number of communication materials on different aspects of COVID 19 preparedness and response to provide information to Member States and the public Africa CDC has held four press briefings since the outbreak started to provide updates to journalists Africa CDC has created a risk communication WhatsApp group for the communication officers that were trained to share information and minimize the circulation of rumours Africa CDC has also created a WhatsApp group with over 100 journalists to share updates about the outbreak in Africa and what Africa CDC and the countries are doing Africa CDC has started a weekly podcast on the outbreak and is working to produce some documentaries that will provide information to the public on different issues Recommendations for Member States All Member States should enhance their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections SARI 7 and to carefully review any unusual patterns of SARI or pneumonia cases Examples of enhanced surveillance include Adding questions about travel and testing for coronaviruses to existing influenza surveillance systems Notifying healthcare facilities to immediately inform local public health officials about persons who meet the case definition for SARI and or have recent travel or contact history with someone who has traveled to a country with local transmission Member States that receive direct or connecting flights from affected countries should screen incoming passengers for severe respiratory illness and a history of recent travel to any country area or territory reporting local transmission Member States should be prepared to expand questions about recent travel to additional countries as the outbreak evolves Notify WHO and Africa CDC immediately if suspected or confirmed cases of infection with novel coronavirus are identified Africa CDC should be notified by emailing nbsp AfricaCDCEBS africa union org Provide guidance to the general public about seeking immediate medical care and informing healthcare providers about recent travel or contact history in anyone who develops symptoms of severe respiratory illness Resources for more information Africa CDC Resources nbsp Africa CDC http www africacdc org covid 19 and resources Guidelines nbsp http www africacdc org covid 19 and resources guidelines policies covid nbsp 19 and resources guidelines policies detail Infographics nbsp http www africacdc org covid 19 and resources infographics covid 19 nbsp and resources infographics detail Other Resources China CDC Coronavirus overview nbsp http www chinacdc cn yyrdgz 202001 t20200109_211159 html European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Novel coronavirus overview nbsp https www ecdc europa eu en novel coronavirus china National Health Commission of the People 039 s Republic of China nbsp http www nhc gov cn xcs yqtb list_gzbd shtml Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center amp School of Public Health 10 January 2020 Initial genome release of novel coronavirus http virological org t initial genome release of nbsp novel coronavirus 319 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 14 January 2020 Novel Coronavirus COVID 19 Wuhan China https www cdc gov coronavirus novel coronavirus nbsp 2019 html WHO Coronavirus overview https www who int health topics coronavirus WHO Technical Guidance https www who int emergencies diseases novel nbsp coronavirus 2019 technical guidance 1 Per WHO effective 17 February 2020 lsquo confirmed rsquo cases include both laboratory confirmed and clinically diagnosed Hubei province China only 2 Angola Aruba Barbados Bahamas Cape Verde Chad Djibouti El Salvador Eritrea Fiji Gambia Greenland Grenada Guam Haiti Kosovo Madagascar Mauritius Montenegro Montserrat Mozambique New Caledonia Nicaragua Niger Papua New Guinea Sint Maarten Syrian Arab Republic Timor Leste Uganda United States Virgin Islands Uganda Uruguay Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe 3 Azerbaijan Bangladesh Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Burkina Faso Chile Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Curacao Czechia Democratic Republic of Congo Dominican Republic Finland Gabon Gambia Ghana Guam Iceland Israel Jamaica Lithuania Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Nigeria Pakistan Paraguay Peru Portugal Puerto Rico Republic of Moldova Serbia Singapore Slovenia Tunisia Turkey United Arab Emirates Zimbabwe 4 WHO coronavirus disease COVID 19 situation reports nbsp https www who int emergencies diseases novel coronavirus 2019 situation reports 5 New numbers reported since last weekly brief 17 March 2020 6 Local transmission indicates locations where the source of infection is within the reporting location Imported cases only indicates locations where all cases have been acquired outside the location of reporting 7 WHO SARI case definition anyone with an acute respiratory infection with a history of fever or measured fever of ge 38 C deg and cough with symptom onset within the last 10 days that requires hospitalization nbsp nbsp https www who int influenza surveillance_monitoring ili_sari_surveillance_case_definition en
    Africa – Outbreak Brief #10: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
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    Africa – Outbreak Brief #10: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic



    Outbreak Update: Globally, a total of 333,393 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) confirmed cases1, and 14,508 (CFR 4%) related deaths have been reported to date. Since the last brief (17 March 2020), 165,803 new COVID-19 cases and 7,900 new deaths have been reported globally. Thirty-five new countries and territories, including 13 African countries, are reporting cases2, and 40 new countries, including nine African countries, are reporting deaths3 for the first time. The distribution of cumulative cases (proportion of global cases %) from the WHO reporting regions (excluding Africa) are as follows: Eastern Mediterranean Region 24,854 (7%), European Region 171,401 (51%), Region of the Americas 37,026 (11%), South-East Asia Region 1,775 (0.5%) Western Pacific Region 96,349 (29%). For more detailed information on cases and deaths being reported outside of Africa, refer to the WHO daily situation reports.4

    As of 24 March 2020, 1,988 total COVID-19 cases and 58 (CFR 3%) deaths have been reported in 43 African countries. Africa CDC is working with all affected countries and is mobilizing laboratory, surveillance, and other response support where requested. See Table 1 for the full list of countries in Africa reporting cases, deaths, and those recovered.

    Table 1. Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported in Africa5 17- 24 March 2020, 12pm CET

    Country

    No. of cases (new)

    No. of deaths (new)

    No. recovered

    Transmission Type6

    Algeria

    230 (176)

    17 (14)

    77

    Local transmission

    Angola

    2 (2)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Benin

    5 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Burkina Faso

    114 (87)

    4 (4)

    5

    Local transmission

    Cameroon

    66 (66)

    -

    2

    Local transmission

    Cabo Verde

    3 (2)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Central African Republic

    4 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Chad

    3 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported case only

    Congo

    4 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Côte d’Ivoire

    25 (21)

    -

    2

    Local transmission

    Democratic Republic of Congo

    45 (42)

    2 (2)

    1

    Local transmission

    Djibouti

    3 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported case only

    Egypt

    366 (200)

    19 (19)

    68

    Local transmission

    Equatorial Guinea

    9 (8)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Eritrea

    1 (1)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Eswatini

    5 (4)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Ethiopia

    12 (7)

    -

    4

    Local transmission

    Gabon

    6 (5)

    1 (1)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Gambia

    2 (2)

    1 (1)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Ghana

    27 (21)

    2 (2)

    1

    Local transmission

    Guinea

    4 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Kenya

    16 (13)

    -

    -

    Local transmission

    Liberia

    3 (2)

    -

    -

    Local transmission

    Madagascar

    12 (12)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Mauritius

    36 (36)

    2 (2)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Mauritania

    2 (1)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Morocco

    134 (105)

    4 (3)

    3

    Local transmission

    Mozambique

    1 (1)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Namibia

    4 (2)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Niger

    2 (2)

    -

    -

    Imported case only

    Nigeria

    40 (38)

    1 (1)

    2

    Local transmission

    Rwanda

    36 (31)

    -

    -

    Local transmission

    Senegal

    79 (53)

    -

    8

    Local transmission

    Seychelles

    7 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Somalia

    1 (0)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    South Africa

    554 (492)

    -

    12

    Local transmission

    Sudan

    2 (1)

    1 (0)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Tanzania

    12 (11)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Togo

    18 (17)

    -

    1

    Imported cases only

    Tunisia

    89 (71)

    3 (3)

    1

    Local transmission

    Uganda

    9 (9)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Zambia

    3 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Zimbabwe

    2 (2)

    1 (1)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Total

    1,988 (1,566)

    58 (39)

    187

    Africa CDC Response:

    General activities

    1. Africa CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center and its Incident Management System (IMS) for the COVID-19 outbreak on 27 January 2020. Africa CDC has developed its third Incident Action Plan that covers the period between 16 March to 15 April 2020.
    2. The Africa Union Ministers of Health gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 22 February for an emergency COVID-19 meeting where they agreed upon a joint continental strategy and guidance for assessment, movement restrictions, and monitoring of people at risk for COVID-19, including people being repatriated from China.
    3. Africa CDC is holding weekly updates with national public health institutes in Member States and has formed working groups for high priority areas of coronavirus control, including: surveillance; laboratory diagnosis; infection prevention and control; clinical care; and risk communication.
    4. Three experts each have been deployed to Cameroon and Nigeria and to support COVID- 19 outbreak response efforts.
    5. Response simulation exercises (i.e., ‘table top’ exercises for high-level coordination) are being initiated, including an initial simulation conducted with a group of ~10 West African Countries in partnership with WAHO.
    6. Africa CDC briefs the permanent council (PRC) and Ambassadors from non-AU states on COVID-19 situation in Africa, Africa CDC responsive activities and recommendation.
    7. Africa CDC is working to procure emergency medical equipment stockpiles including diagnostics (over 6,000 test kits), PPE, thermal scanners and other critical equipment that can be used to rapidly equip countries in the event of rapid onset of cases.
    8. Twenty-four volunteers have been recruited to support various response activities with more in-process of recruitment.

    9.    Africa CDC gave an orientation to the African Union Commission staff on the epidemiological situation, Africa CDC efforts, and the precautions that staff members should take to prevent themselves and others from getting infected by COVID-19. A social distancing policy was issued by the African Union Commission to avoid large gatherings and meetings in the AUC facilities.

    Surveillance

    1. Africa CDC collaborated with the World Health Organization on 22 February 2020 to train in-coming analysts in event-based surveillance using the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources platform. These headquarters will be working closely with the Regional Collaborating Centres and Member States to track and verify COVID-19 related events, providing critical information to inform Member States' response and control efforts.
    2. Africa CDC in collaboration with WHO provided two Training of Trainers events for participants from 18 countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger, Zambia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Tunisia and Zambia to enhance surveillance at points of entry for COVID-19. Additional training is planned for March and April targeting the remaining countries in Africa.
    1. Africa CDC in collaboration with the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be training 20 countries in event-based surveillance for COVID-19 starting in March 2020. The first training for 7 countries was held in Kampala, Uganda on 2-4 March 2020.
    2. Africa CDC supported training of airport staff from the Southern and East African regions, the training was hosted by South African Civil Aviation Authority and ICAO, on preparedness for COVID-19 in the aviation industry. More than 200 participants from 10 Member States (Malawi, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Rwanda, Tanzania, Eswatini, Ethiopia and Namibia) were trained.

    Laboratory

    1. Ethiopian PM Abiy-Jack Ma & Alibaba Foundations initiative provided more than 1 million PCR detection kits to 54 Member States. Africa CDC is coordinating the delivery of the kits to Member States with the Government of Ethiopia, the Foundation and World Food Program.
    2. Africa CDC distributed 36,000 tests (TIB Molbiol, German) to 30 Member States.
    3. In collaboration with ASLM, a community of practice (online training program) has been arranged for more than 40 laboratories (25 and 30 March 2020).
    4. Shipment of ONT equipment and reagents has started to build capacity of seven Member States. Online training will be organized once shipment is completed.
    5. Africa CDC is working with other vendors (Roche, Abbott and Cepheid) for alternative testing strategies to expand testing of COVID-19.
    6. Supply shortage (viral transport media, swabs and extraction kits) are now the main challenges to expand the testing. Africa CDC is looking for all possible sources for these items and will update the Member States when items are available.

    Healthcare Preparedness

    1. Africa CDC initiated a continent-wide network of clinicians which met for the first time on 9 March 2020, with a webinar that included ~230 clinicians from across the continent. The next webinar is scheduled for 19 March 2020.
    2. Africa CDC initiated design of an online portal with training materials via online courses, online case studies, and social media vignettes to support evidence-based care of COVID-19 patients.

    Risk Communication

    1. Africa CDC conducted training on risk communication for public health communication officers of 27 countries to manage public information flow for COVID-19 and other public health emergencies.
    2. Risk communication training is planned for other countries as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted.

    1. Africa CDC has developed and published a number of communication materials on different aspects of COVID-19 preparedness and response to provide information to Member States and the public.
    2. Africa CDC has held four press briefings since the outbreak started to provide updates to journalists.
    3. Africa CDC has created a risk communication WhatsApp group for the communication officers that were trained to share information and minimize the circulation of rumours.
    4. Africa CDC has also created a WhatsApp group with over 100 journalists to share updates about the outbreak in Africa and what Africa CDC and the countries are doing.
    5. Africa CDC has started a weekly podcast on the outbreak and is working to produce some documentaries that will provide information to the public on different issues.

    Recommendations for Member States:

    1. All Member States should enhance their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI)7 and to carefully review any unusual patterns of SARI or pneumonia cases. Examples of enhanced surveillance include:
      1. Adding questions about travel and testing for coronaviruses to existing influenza surveillance systems;
      2. Notifying healthcare facilities to immediately inform local public health officials about persons who meet the case definition for SARI and/or have recent travel or contact history with someone who has traveled to a country with local transmission.
    2. Member States that receive direct or connecting flights from affected countries should screen incoming passengers for severe respiratory illness and a history of recent travel to any country/area or territory reporting local transmission. Member States should be prepared to expand questions about recent travel to additional countries as the outbreak evolves.
    3. Notify WHO and Africa CDC immediately if suspected or confirmed cases of infection with novel coronavirus are identified. Africa CDC should be notified by emailing  AfricaCDCEBS@africa-union.org.
    4. Provide guidance to the general public about seeking immediate medical care and informing healthcare providers about recent travel or contact history in anyone who develops symptoms of severe respiratory illness.

    Resources for more information:

    Africa CDC Resources 

    • Africa CDC. http://www.africacdc.org/covid-19-and-resources
    • Guidelines: http://www.africacdc.org/covid-19-and-resources/guidelines-policies/covid-  19-and-resources/guidelines-policies/detail
    • Infographics: http://www.africacdc.org/covid-19-and-resources/infographics/covid-19-  and-resources/infographics/detail

    Other Resources

    • China CDC. Coronavirus overview.  http://www.chinacdc.cn/yyrdgz/202001/t20200109_211159.html
    • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Novel coronavirus overview.  https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china
    • National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China.  http://www.nhc.gov.cn/xcs/yqtb/list_gzbd.shtml
    • Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center & School of Public Health. 10 January 2020. Initial genome release of novel coronavirus. http://virological.org/t/initial-genome-release-of-  novel-coronavirus/319
    • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 14 January 2020. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Wuhan, China. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-  2019.html
    • WHO. Coronavirus overview. https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
    • WHO. Technical Guidance. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-  coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance

    1 Per WHO, effective 17 February 2020, ‘confirmed’ cases include both laboratory-confirmed and clinically diagnosed (Hubei province, China only).

    2 Angola, Aruba, Barbados, Bahamas, Cape Verde, Chad, Djibouti, El Salvador, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Greenland, Grenada, Guam, Haiti, Kosovo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Sint Maarten, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste, Uganda, United States Virgin Islands, Uganda, Uruguay, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

    3 Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Czechia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guam, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal,Puerto Rico, Republic of Moldova, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe.

    4 WHO coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation reports: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

    5 New numbers reported since last weekly brief (17 March 2020)

    6 Local transmission: indicates locations where the source of infection is within the reporting location; Imported cases: only indicates locations where all cases have been acquired outside the location of reporting.

    7 WHO SARI case definition: anyone with an acute respiratory infection with a history of fever (or measured fever of ≥ 38 C°) and cough with symptom onset within the last 10 days that requires hospitalization.   https://www.who.int/influenza/surveillance_monitoring/ili_sari_surveillance_case_definition/en/

  •  Mexican officials on Thursday confirmed the country s first coronavirus related death as the illness has engulfed most of Central America the Caribbean and South America A 41 year old man with no history of foreign travel died as a result of the virus federal health officials said on Twitter adding that he had suffered from diabetes and obesity before contracting it Local media reported that the man had been to a rock concert performed by the band Ghost in Mexico City on March 3 and may have contracted the virus there because thousands of people had attended President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who has come under fire for what critics see as a lax and irresponsible response to the outbreak which has affected 118 people so far warned the public not to panic and defended his decision not to restrict freedom of movement No to authoritarianism respect the decisions that have been made in other countries but we do not need that he said at his daily news conference The virus has now reached the vast majority of countries in the region with Nicaragua and El Salvador which until now had managed to stave off its arrival having confirmed their first respective cases Other countries to have reported deaths are Argentina Ecuador Brazil Panama Guatemala the Dominican Republic the Cayman Islands Guyana Martinique Jamaica Cuba and Costa Rica Edited By Abiodun Oluleye Felix Ajide NAN
    Mexico reports first death as coronavirus engulfs continent
     Mexican officials on Thursday confirmed the country s first coronavirus related death as the illness has engulfed most of Central America the Caribbean and South America A 41 year old man with no history of foreign travel died as a result of the virus federal health officials said on Twitter adding that he had suffered from diabetes and obesity before contracting it Local media reported that the man had been to a rock concert performed by the band Ghost in Mexico City on March 3 and may have contracted the virus there because thousands of people had attended President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who has come under fire for what critics see as a lax and irresponsible response to the outbreak which has affected 118 people so far warned the public not to panic and defended his decision not to restrict freedom of movement No to authoritarianism respect the decisions that have been made in other countries but we do not need that he said at his daily news conference The virus has now reached the vast majority of countries in the region with Nicaragua and El Salvador which until now had managed to stave off its arrival having confirmed their first respective cases Other countries to have reported deaths are Argentina Ecuador Brazil Panama Guatemala the Dominican Republic the Cayman Islands Guyana Martinique Jamaica Cuba and Costa Rica Edited By Abiodun Oluleye Felix Ajide NAN
    Mexico reports first death as coronavirus engulfs continent
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    Mexico reports first death as coronavirus engulfs continent

    Mexican officials on Thursday confirmed the country’s first coronavirus-related death as the illness has engulfed most of Central America, the Caribbean and South America.

    “A 41-year-old man with no history of foreign travel died as a result of the virus,’’ federal health officials said on Twitter, adding that he had suffered from diabetes and obesity before contracting it.

    Local media reported that the man had been to a rock concert performed by the band Ghost in Mexico City on March 3 and may have contracted the virus there because thousands of people had attended.

    President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has come under fire for what critics see as a lax and irresponsible response to the outbreak, which has affected 118 people so far, warned the public not to panic and defended his decision not to restrict freedom of movement.

    “No to authoritarianism, respect the decisions that have been made in other countries, but we do not need that,’’ he said at his daily news conference.

    The virus has now reached the vast majority of countries in the region, with Nicaragua and El Salvador, which until now had managed to stave off its arrival, having confirmed their first respective cases.

    Other countries to have reported deaths are Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Panama, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, the Cayman Islands, Guyana, Martinique, Jamaica, Cuba and Costa Rica.


    Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Felix Ajide
    (NAN)

     

     

  •  Bolivia s Health Minister on Wednesday confirmed the country s first two cases of the coronavirus This takes to 13 the number of Latin American countries the potentially deadly illness has arrived in Bolivian Health Minister Anibal Cruz said in a press conference that the patients were two women aged 60 and 64 who had both recently travelled to Italy They had been isolated in the cities of Oruro and Santa Cruz Cruz said The news came after the Health Ministry in Panama confirmed that eight people on its territory had tested positive for the virus and that a 64 year old who was already suffering with diabetes and pneumonia had died It marked the second coronavirus death in Latin America after Argentina confirmed it recently that one of its 17 coronavirus patients a 64 year old Buenos Aires resident had died of the illness The virus has now reached the majority of Latin American countries Brazil 34 Chile 17 Ecuador 15 Costa Rica 13 Peru 11 Colombia 9 Mexico 7 Dominican Republic 5 Paraguay 4 and Jamaica 1 There are also no less than 10 cases in France s overseas territories in Latin America five in French Guyana three in Martinique two in St Martin and one in St Barthelemy All three islands are popular cruise ship stops According to the World Health Organisation the virus which began spreading in China in December 2019 has infected over 113 000 people Edited By Abiodun Oluleye Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Bolivia becomes 13th Latin American country to register coronavirus
     Bolivia s Health Minister on Wednesday confirmed the country s first two cases of the coronavirus This takes to 13 the number of Latin American countries the potentially deadly illness has arrived in Bolivian Health Minister Anibal Cruz said in a press conference that the patients were two women aged 60 and 64 who had both recently travelled to Italy They had been isolated in the cities of Oruro and Santa Cruz Cruz said The news came after the Health Ministry in Panama confirmed that eight people on its territory had tested positive for the virus and that a 64 year old who was already suffering with diabetes and pneumonia had died It marked the second coronavirus death in Latin America after Argentina confirmed it recently that one of its 17 coronavirus patients a 64 year old Buenos Aires resident had died of the illness The virus has now reached the majority of Latin American countries Brazil 34 Chile 17 Ecuador 15 Costa Rica 13 Peru 11 Colombia 9 Mexico 7 Dominican Republic 5 Paraguay 4 and Jamaica 1 There are also no less than 10 cases in France s overseas territories in Latin America five in French Guyana three in Martinique two in St Martin and one in St Barthelemy All three islands are popular cruise ship stops According to the World Health Organisation the virus which began spreading in China in December 2019 has infected over 113 000 people Edited By Abiodun Oluleye Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Bolivia becomes 13th Latin American country to register coronavirus
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    Bolivia becomes 13th Latin American country to register coronavirus

    Bolivia’s Health Minister on Wednesday confirmed the country’s first two cases of the coronavirus.

    This takes to 13 the number of Latin American countries the potentially deadly illness has arrived in.

    Bolivian Health Minister Anibal Cruz said in a press conference that the patients were two women aged 60 and 64 who had both recently travelled to Italy.

    “They had been isolated in the cities of Oruro and Santa Cruz,’’ Cruz said.

    The news came after the Health Ministry in Panama confirmed that eight people on its territory had tested positive for the virus, and that a 64-year-old who was already suffering with diabetes and pneumonia, had died.

    It marked the second coronavirus death in Latin America, after Argentina confirmed it recently that one of its 17 coronavirus patients, a 64-year-old Buenos Aires resident, had died of the illness.

    The virus has now reached the majority of Latin American countries: Brazil (34), Chile (17), Ecuador (15), Costa Rica (13), Peru (11), Colombia (9), Mexico (7), Dominican Republic (5), Paraguay (4), and Jamaica (1).

    There are also no less than 10 cases in France’s overseas territories in Latin America: five in French Guyana, three in Martinique, two in St-Martin and one in St-Barthelemy.

    All three islands are popular cruise ship stops.

    According to the World Health Organisation, the virus, which began spreading in China in December 2019, has infected over 113,000 people.


    Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Emmanuel Yashim
    (NAN)

  •  Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday disclosed that he was forced to make adjustments to his 83rd birthday programme because of the outbreak of the coronavirus which had spread across the world Obasanjo made the disclosure in Abeokuta while speaking at a symposium organised to celebrate his 83rd birthday He said that the birthday ceremony was originally scheduled to hold between Tuesday and Friday adding that the programmes for Tuesday and Wednesday were put off because some of the participants could not attend because of the coronavirus When we were thinking of this celebration two programmes came to mind One was to consider what Asian countries have done to make their continent become what they have become We had planned a round table discussion which was meant to share lessons from Asia s development for strengthening Africa s integration and cooperation in the area of socio economic development We had wanted to consider countries like Malaysia which was worse than us when we got our independence in 1960 South Korea which was below us and Vietnam which was plunged into series of wars However because of Coronavirus that programme was shelved because some of the intended participants would not have been able to attend I do hope that sometime in the future we will be able to bring back such programme The second programme was the subject of Pan Africanism for which we have invited a former Prime Minister of Jamaica James Patterson to open discussions When we learnt that Patterson would not be available due to accident we chose a former President of Seria Leone Bai Koroma but then with coronavirus we had shelved that plan and reached out to a different set of discussants that we have today he said The celebrator also spoke on the theme of the symposium which was The Place of Pan Africanism In An Emerging World Of Besieged Liberal Democracy The former president recalled how African leaders used the instrument of the creation of the African Union AU to extend the frontiers of the concept of Pan Africanism to embrace Africans in the Diaspora Obasanjo who insisted that no two democratic systems in the world were the same called on the African region to redefine its own democracy adding that the concept of liberal democracy was a western coinage and idea Can we not have our own democracy that satisfies our needs I think we can define our own democracy in our own way to satisfy ourselves he said He however advised Africans to be ready for antagonism when they so decide to carve out their own definition for democracy adding that the region must be steadfast We can however learn from the experience of a former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yeuu whom they called called different names when he embarked on transformation of his country in the mid 70s When Singapore moved from third world to first world they all shared and basked in the success of Singapore If we are able to do something not too far away from that but radical enough to meet our needs and we succeed they will grudgingly accept us but if we do and we fail we are on our own We must realise that the world will not wait for us and they will not want us to succeed If we succeed we would have taken something away but if we fail we will be on our own he said Edited By Mufutau Ojo NAN
    How coronavirus forced me to change my birthday programme – Obasanjo
     Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday disclosed that he was forced to make adjustments to his 83rd birthday programme because of the outbreak of the coronavirus which had spread across the world Obasanjo made the disclosure in Abeokuta while speaking at a symposium organised to celebrate his 83rd birthday He said that the birthday ceremony was originally scheduled to hold between Tuesday and Friday adding that the programmes for Tuesday and Wednesday were put off because some of the participants could not attend because of the coronavirus When we were thinking of this celebration two programmes came to mind One was to consider what Asian countries have done to make their continent become what they have become We had planned a round table discussion which was meant to share lessons from Asia s development for strengthening Africa s integration and cooperation in the area of socio economic development We had wanted to consider countries like Malaysia which was worse than us when we got our independence in 1960 South Korea which was below us and Vietnam which was plunged into series of wars However because of Coronavirus that programme was shelved because some of the intended participants would not have been able to attend I do hope that sometime in the future we will be able to bring back such programme The second programme was the subject of Pan Africanism for which we have invited a former Prime Minister of Jamaica James Patterson to open discussions When we learnt that Patterson would not be available due to accident we chose a former President of Seria Leone Bai Koroma but then with coronavirus we had shelved that plan and reached out to a different set of discussants that we have today he said The celebrator also spoke on the theme of the symposium which was The Place of Pan Africanism In An Emerging World Of Besieged Liberal Democracy The former president recalled how African leaders used the instrument of the creation of the African Union AU to extend the frontiers of the concept of Pan Africanism to embrace Africans in the Diaspora Obasanjo who insisted that no two democratic systems in the world were the same called on the African region to redefine its own democracy adding that the concept of liberal democracy was a western coinage and idea Can we not have our own democracy that satisfies our needs I think we can define our own democracy in our own way to satisfy ourselves he said He however advised Africans to be ready for antagonism when they so decide to carve out their own definition for democracy adding that the region must be steadfast We can however learn from the experience of a former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yeuu whom they called called different names when he embarked on transformation of his country in the mid 70s When Singapore moved from third world to first world they all shared and basked in the success of Singapore If we are able to do something not too far away from that but radical enough to meet our needs and we succeed they will grudgingly accept us but if we do and we fail we are on our own We must realise that the world will not wait for us and they will not want us to succeed If we succeed we would have taken something away but if we fail we will be on our own he said Edited By Mufutau Ojo NAN
    How coronavirus forced me to change my birthday programme – Obasanjo
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    How coronavirus forced me to change my birthday programme – Obasanjo

    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday disclosed that he was forced to make adjustments to his 83rd birthday programme  because of the outbreak of the coronavirus which had spread across the world.

    Obasanjo made the disclosure in Abeokuta while speaking at a symposium organised to celebrate his 83rd birthday.

    He said that the birthday ceremony was originally scheduled to hold between Tuesday and Friday, adding that the programmes for Tuesday and Wednesday were put off because some of the participants could not attend because of the coronavirus.

    “When we were thinking of this celebration,  two programmes came to mind.

    “One was to consider  what Asian countries have done to make their continent become what they have become.

    ” We had planned a round-table discussion which was meant  to share lessons from Asia’s development  for strengthening Africa’s integration and cooperation in the area of socio-economic development.

    “We had wanted to consider countries like Malaysia which was worse than  us when we  got our independence in 1960 , South Korea, which was below us and Vietnam which was plunged into series of wars.

    “However, because of  Coronavirus,  that programme was shelved because some of the intended participants would not have been able to attend.

    ” I do hope that sometime in the future, we will be able to bring back such programme.

    “The second programme was the subject of Pan Africanism for which we have invited a  former Prime Minister of Jamaica, James Patterson, to open discussions.

    ” When we learnt that Patterson would not be available due to accident , we chose a former President of Seria Leone, Bai Koroma, but then, with coronavirus, we had shelved that plan and  reached out to a different set of discussants that we have today,” he said.

    The celebrator   also spoke on the theme of the symposium which was “The Place of Pan Africanism In An Emerging World Of Besieged Liberal Democracy.”

    The former  president recalled how African leaders used the instrument of the creation of the African Union (AU) to extend the frontiers of the concept of Pan Africanism to embrace Africans in the Diaspora.

    Obasanjo, who insisted that no two democratic systems in the world were the same,  called on the African region to redefine its own democracy, adding that the concept of liberal democracy was a western coinage and idea.

    ” Can we not have our own democracy that satisfies our needs?

    “I think we can define our own democracy in our own way to satisfy ourselves,” he said.

    He, however, advised Africans to be ready for antagonism when they so decide to carve out their own definition for democracy, adding that the region must be steadfast.

    ” We can, however, learn from the experience of a former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yeuu, whom they called called different names when he embarked  on transformation of his country in the mid-70s.

    “When Singapore moved from third world to first world, they all shared and basked in the success of Singapore.

    ” If we are able to do something not too far away from that but radical enough to meet our needs and we succeed, they will grudgingly accept us but if we do and we fail, we are on our own.

    “We must realise that the world will not wait for us and they will not want us to succeed.

    ” If we succeed, we would have taken something away, but if we fail, we will be on our own,” he said.

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    Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

  •  British Airways BA has unveiled top Spring and Summer destinations to explore in Britain for a home away from home experience by potential travellers Tiarhan Oghenejode of QuadrantMSL com the agency that handles the media activities of BA stated this in a statement she made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos The statement said As Spring starts to creep into Britain and with summer on the horizon the days grow longer and the beautiful incredibly diverse islands invite visitors from around the globe to explore its virtually endless attractions The airline s commercial manager for West Africa Kola Olayinka was quoted in the statement to have said that there was a lot to see and do during spring and summer If you have a limited time to visit you may prefer to focus on a few activities in one area rather than travelling far and wide Olayinka said that potential travellers could visit Newquay in Cornwall which is famed for surfing It s Fistral Beach in particular draws riders of all proficiencies Fistral is just one of five splendid beaches on that stretch of the coast with Instgram able wide white sandy beaches and of course excellent waves If you need surfing lessons it should certainly be on your agenda he said Oghenejode in the statement said thus period was a better time to visit the Cornish paradise He said it was just one flight connection away as a result of multiple daily flights operated by the airline from Nigeria to Heathrow year round He added that the airline would operate five times a week between July 2and Sept 7 fromHeathrow to Newquay The statement also quotedOlayinka to have listed other places to include Polly Joke The Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre and Lusty Glaze Beach The statement added Polly Joke was originally known as Jackdaw Cove or Pol Lejouack in Cornish Nothing to do with a wisecracking parrot but rather a beautiful swimming spot between two headlands with calm deep water and plenty of rock pools and caves to explore Visitors enjoy the seclusion and tranquility of this place when other beaches in the area get crowded The statement also said that Newquay had outlets for food and drink ranging from the ubiquitous and acclaimed fish and chips on the beach to good coffee gastropub fare and fine dining According to the statement other dining locations include The Bowgie Inn The Jamaica Inn and Watchful Mary Edited By Peter Dada
    Tourism: British Airways unveils Britain’s top Spring, Summer destinations
     British Airways BA has unveiled top Spring and Summer destinations to explore in Britain for a home away from home experience by potential travellers Tiarhan Oghenejode of QuadrantMSL com the agency that handles the media activities of BA stated this in a statement she made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos The statement said As Spring starts to creep into Britain and with summer on the horizon the days grow longer and the beautiful incredibly diverse islands invite visitors from around the globe to explore its virtually endless attractions The airline s commercial manager for West Africa Kola Olayinka was quoted in the statement to have said that there was a lot to see and do during spring and summer If you have a limited time to visit you may prefer to focus on a few activities in one area rather than travelling far and wide Olayinka said that potential travellers could visit Newquay in Cornwall which is famed for surfing It s Fistral Beach in particular draws riders of all proficiencies Fistral is just one of five splendid beaches on that stretch of the coast with Instgram able wide white sandy beaches and of course excellent waves If you need surfing lessons it should certainly be on your agenda he said Oghenejode in the statement said thus period was a better time to visit the Cornish paradise He said it was just one flight connection away as a result of multiple daily flights operated by the airline from Nigeria to Heathrow year round He added that the airline would operate five times a week between July 2and Sept 7 fromHeathrow to Newquay The statement also quotedOlayinka to have listed other places to include Polly Joke The Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre and Lusty Glaze Beach The statement added Polly Joke was originally known as Jackdaw Cove or Pol Lejouack in Cornish Nothing to do with a wisecracking parrot but rather a beautiful swimming spot between two headlands with calm deep water and plenty of rock pools and caves to explore Visitors enjoy the seclusion and tranquility of this place when other beaches in the area get crowded The statement also said that Newquay had outlets for food and drink ranging from the ubiquitous and acclaimed fish and chips on the beach to good coffee gastropub fare and fine dining According to the statement other dining locations include The Bowgie Inn The Jamaica Inn and Watchful Mary Edited By Peter Dada
    Tourism: British Airways unveils Britain’s top Spring, Summer destinations
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    Tourism: British Airways unveils Britain’s top Spring, Summer destinations

    British Airways (BA) has unveiled top Spring and Summer destinations to explore in Britain for

     

    a home-away-from-home experience by potential travellers.

     

    Tiarhan Oghenejode of QuadrantMSL.com, the agency that handles the media activities of BA,  stated this in a statement she made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

     

    The statement said, “As Spring starts to creep into Britain and with summer on the horizon, the days grow longer, and the beautiful, incredibly diverse islands invite visitors from around the globe to explore its virtually endless attractions.”

     

    The airline’s commercial manager for West Africa, Kola Olayinka, was quoted in the statement to have said that there was a lot to see and do during  spring and summer.

     

    “If you have a limited time to visit, you may prefer to focus on a few activities in one area, rather than travelling far and wide.”

     

    Olayinka said that potential travellers could visit  Newquay in Cornwall, which is famed for surfing.

     

    “It’s Fistral Beach in particular draws riders of all proficiencies.

     

    “Fistral is just one of five splendid beaches on that stretch of the coast, with Instgram-able wide, white, sandy beaches and of course, excellent waves.

     

    “If you need surfing lessons, it should certainly be on your agenda,” he said.

     

    Oghenejode, in the statement,  said thus period  was  a better time to visit the Cornish paradise.

     

    He said it was just one flight connection away as a result of multiple daily flights operated by the airline from Nigeria to Heathrow year-round.

     

    He  added  that the airline would operate five times a week between July 2and Sept.7 from

    Heathrow to Newquay

    .

     

    The statement also quoted

    Olayinka  to have listed other places to include:

    Polly Joke, The Cornwall

    Aviation Heritage Centre, and  Lusty Glaze Beach.

     

    The statement added, “Polly Joke was originally known as Jackdaw Cove, or Pol-Lejouack in Cornish.

     

    “Nothing to do with a wisecracking parrot, but rather a beautiful swimming spot between two headlands, with calm, deep water and plenty of rock pools and caves to explore.

     

    “Visitors enjoy the seclusion and tranquility of this place when other beaches in the area get crowded.”

     

    The statement also  said that  Newquay had outlets for food and drink, ranging from the ubiquitous – and acclaimed – fish and chips on the beach, to good coffee, gastropub fare and fine dining.

     

    According to the statement, other

    dining locations include The Bowgie Inn, The Jamaica Inn and Watchful Mary.

     


    Edited By: Peter Dada

     

  •  The Scottish parliament is due on Tuesday to approve plans to make sanitary products freely available to all women making it the first nation in the world to do so The legislation would make products such as tampons and sanitary pads free for all women in Scotland available at designated public places such as community centres youth clubs and pharmacies The plan is expected to pass its first vote in the devolved Scottish parliament on Tuesday The Period Products Free Provision Scotland Bill was proposed by Scottish lawmaker Monica Lennon who first submitted a draft proposal in 2017 The cost is expected to be around 24 1 million pounds 31 24 million Lennon said these are not luxury items They are indeed essential and no one in Scotland should have to go without period products adding that the bill was about period dignity We are changing the culture and it s really exciting that other countries right around the world are watching very closely to see what we do A consultation document proposed modeling the scheme on the card based system for free condoms where users register for a free card or voucher to exchange for the products Aileen Campbell Scotland s communities secretary said we will continue our world leading action promoting wider period dignity through a certification scheme to encourage organisations to provide free products Scotland in 2018 was the first government in the world to provide free sanitary products in schools colleges and universities Sanitary products in the United Kingdom are currently taxed at 5 per cent the so called tampon tax Former Prime Minister David Cameron s government said it wanted to end the unpopular tax but that its hands were tied by European Union rules which set tax rates for certain products The government announced it would drop the tax in 2016 but this has not happened yet the issue having been pushed to the sidelines during the Brexit process The Scottish government s briefing on the bill said there is no tax on period products in Ireland Canada Australia Kenya India Columbia Malaysia Nicaragua Jamaica Nigeria Uganda Lebanon and Trinidad and Tobago Lennon joined a rally gathered outside the Scottish parliament building in Edinburgh and held a sign which said access to menstrual products is a right Period The bill is due to be debated today Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim
    Scotland to approve free sanitary products for all women
     The Scottish parliament is due on Tuesday to approve plans to make sanitary products freely available to all women making it the first nation in the world to do so The legislation would make products such as tampons and sanitary pads free for all women in Scotland available at designated public places such as community centres youth clubs and pharmacies The plan is expected to pass its first vote in the devolved Scottish parliament on Tuesday The Period Products Free Provision Scotland Bill was proposed by Scottish lawmaker Monica Lennon who first submitted a draft proposal in 2017 The cost is expected to be around 24 1 million pounds 31 24 million Lennon said these are not luxury items They are indeed essential and no one in Scotland should have to go without period products adding that the bill was about period dignity We are changing the culture and it s really exciting that other countries right around the world are watching very closely to see what we do A consultation document proposed modeling the scheme on the card based system for free condoms where users register for a free card or voucher to exchange for the products Aileen Campbell Scotland s communities secretary said we will continue our world leading action promoting wider period dignity through a certification scheme to encourage organisations to provide free products Scotland in 2018 was the first government in the world to provide free sanitary products in schools colleges and universities Sanitary products in the United Kingdom are currently taxed at 5 per cent the so called tampon tax Former Prime Minister David Cameron s government said it wanted to end the unpopular tax but that its hands were tied by European Union rules which set tax rates for certain products The government announced it would drop the tax in 2016 but this has not happened yet the issue having been pushed to the sidelines during the Brexit process The Scottish government s briefing on the bill said there is no tax on period products in Ireland Canada Australia Kenya India Columbia Malaysia Nicaragua Jamaica Nigeria Uganda Lebanon and Trinidad and Tobago Lennon joined a rally gathered outside the Scottish parliament building in Edinburgh and held a sign which said access to menstrual products is a right Period The bill is due to be debated today Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim
    Scotland to approve free sanitary products for all women
    Foreign3 years ago

    Scotland to approve free sanitary products for all women

    The Scottish parliament is due on Tuesday to approve plans to make sanitary products freely available to all women, making it the first nation in the world to do so.

    The legislation would make products such as tampons and sanitary pads free for all women in Scotland, available at designated public places such as community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies.

    The plan is expected to pass its first vote in the devolved Scottish parliament on Tuesday.

    The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill was proposed by Scottish lawmaker Monica Lennon, who first submitted a draft proposal in 2017.

    The cost is expected to be around 24.1 million pounds ($31.24 million).

    Lennon said “these are not luxury items. They are indeed essential and no one in Scotland should have to go without period products,’’ adding that the bill was about period dignity.

    “We are changing the culture and it’s really exciting that other countries right around the world are watching very closely to see what we do.’’

    A consultation document proposed modeling the scheme on the card-based system for free condoms, where users register for a free card or voucher to exchange for the products.

    Aileen Campbell, Scotland’s communities secretary, said, “we will continue our world-leading action promoting wider period dignity through a certification scheme to encourage organisations to provide free products.’’

    Scotland in 2018 was the first government in the world to provide free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.

    Sanitary products in the United Kingdom are currently taxed at 5 per cent the so-called “tampon tax’’.

    Former Prime Minister David Cameron’s government said it wanted to end the unpopular tax but that its hands were tied by European Union rules which set tax rates for certain products.

    The government announced it would drop the tax in 2016, but this has not happened yet, the issue having been pushed to the sidelines during the Brexit process.

    The Scottish government’s briefing on the bill said there is no tax on period products in Ireland, Canada, Australia, Kenya, India, Columbia, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Nigeria, Uganda, Lebanon and Trinidad and Tobago.

    Lennon joined a rally gathered outside the Scottish parliament building in Edinburgh, and held a sign which said, “access to menstrual products is a right. Period.’’

    The bill is due to be debated today.


    Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed/Emmanuel Yashim

  •  Uganda got off to a nightmare start during the second leg of the World Rugby Challenger series in Uruguay when they lost 2 pool games to drop to the 9 th place quarter final but showed great mental strength to win all their games on day 2 to finish 9 th in Uruguay Uganda kicked off their day againstJamaica and barely had possession the entire game Jamaica scored one try in the first half but missed the conversion to go into the half time break 5 points ahead The second half started pretty much as the first with Jamaica holding onto possession but without anything to show for it That all changed after Philip Wokorach received a yellow card midway the second half for a late shoulder charge and Jamaica capitalised on their numerical advantage to score an unconverted try and held on to keep Uganda scoreless and ran out 10 00 winners Uganda met Brazil in their second game and drew first blood after Ian Munyani plucked the ball out of the air as a Brazilian desperately tried to juggle an offload and sprinted for the try line before being hauled down barely a metre short The ball was recycled to Pius Ogena who powered over and Philip Wokorach made good with the conversion Brazil struck back with an unconverted try in the 4th minute but Michael Wokorach scored 2 minutes later after a strong 30 metre run Philip Wokorach added another 2 points to take the score to 14 05 and a last ditch try saving tackle by Solomon Okia ensured that Uganda went into halftime 9 points clear A beautiful break by Aaron Ofoyrwoth off the base of the scrum to run 80 metres had Uganda breathing more easily and despite Brazil scoring a converted try in the last minute of the game it ended at 19 12 and Uganda bagged their first win in Uruguay Hong Kong suffocated Uganda of possession in Chile and did the same in Uruguay but made better use of their possession this time Hong Kong scored 2 converted tries within the first 3 minutes of the game and after Philip Wokorach got a yellow card for slapping the ball forward Hong Kong ran in 2 more converted tries to take the game out of Uganda rsquo s reach at half time Uganda had a good start to the second half after a Hong Kong player was sin binned for preventing Uganda from taking a quick tap Uganda made use of their extra player and a strong run from Nobert Okeny and a great offload to Michael Wokorach released him to score Unfortunately Aaron Ofoyrwoth received a yellow card for a high tackle and Hong Kong scored 2 more unconverted tries before Nobert Okeny pulled back a try in the corner on the hooter and Philip Wokorach nailed a beautiful touch line conversion to make the final score slightly more respectable at 38 12 Uganda finished day 1 third in their pool and dropped to the 9 th place quarter final where they met Paraguay In order to finish in the overall top 8 and qualify for the World Series qualifier tournament Uganda had to finish 9 th in Uruguay and hope for other results from other teams to go their way Uganda showed their intent against Paraguay and despite a late second half yellow card to Michael Wokorach for a high tackle Uganda ran in 8 tries with Aaron Ofoyrwoth scoring 2 while Pius Ogena William Nkore Desire Ayera Michael Wokorach Isaac Massanganzira and Levis Ocen bagging one each William Nkore converted the first try and Philip Wokorach converting the remaining 7 for a 100 conversion rate Paraguay managed one try and one conversion in the first half but did not threaten Uganda beyond that so the final score was 56 07 to book a date with Papua New Guinea in the 9 th place semi final The 9 th place semi final was a tight affair with PNG scoring and converting in the first 2 minutes Uganda struck back straight away through a Pius Ogena break from deep in the Ugandan half and Philip Wokorach added the extras to tie the game Solomon Okia danced out of a couple of tackles to add a try in the 5 th minute and Philip Wokorach also got over the white wash after the half time hooter to take the score to 17 07 PNG came out of the blocks faster in the second half and took advantage of lax Ugandan defending to score 2 tries one of which was converted to go into a narrow 2 point lead Isaac Massanganzira lurking on the wing was the beneficiary of a long pass from Aaron Ofoyrwoth to score with 3 minutes left on the clock for Uganda to regain the lead and they hung on to win 22 19 The 9 th place final between Uganda and Zimbabwe was a fantastic comeback story with Uganda getting on the score sheet first after Pius Ogena smuggled himself over the try line in the corner despite the close attention of 2 Zimbabweans in the opening minutes of the game Zimbabwe scored a try of their own shortly after to tie the game Uganda lost Isaac Massanganzira to the sin bin after a tip tackle and combined Uganda rsquo s woes at receiving the kick offs this proved costly Zimbabwe scored 2 converted tries and looked to be running away with the game with the score at 19 05 at half time Solomon Okia took advantage of the extra space on pitch as a Zimbabwe player sat in the sin bin and started Uganda rsquo s comeback in the second half after he rounded the defence line and showed a clean pair of heels to score a try under the posts that was duly converted by Philip Wokorach Zimbabwe responded a minute later with an unconverted try but Uganda was not done yet and Michael Wokorach and Philip Wokorach both ran 60 metres to score and Philip Wokorach converted both tries to edge Zimbabwe 26 24 and finish in 9 th place Uganda and Zimbabwe tied at 19 series points after both legs with Uganda finishing 7 th overall and Zimbabwe 8 th overall for both teams to qualify for the World Series qualifiers
    World Rugby 7s Challenger Series Recap
     Uganda got off to a nightmare start during the second leg of the World Rugby Challenger series in Uruguay when they lost 2 pool games to drop to the 9 th place quarter final but showed great mental strength to win all their games on day 2 to finish 9 th in Uruguay Uganda kicked off their day againstJamaica and barely had possession the entire game Jamaica scored one try in the first half but missed the conversion to go into the half time break 5 points ahead The second half started pretty much as the first with Jamaica holding onto possession but without anything to show for it That all changed after Philip Wokorach received a yellow card midway the second half for a late shoulder charge and Jamaica capitalised on their numerical advantage to score an unconverted try and held on to keep Uganda scoreless and ran out 10 00 winners Uganda met Brazil in their second game and drew first blood after Ian Munyani plucked the ball out of the air as a Brazilian desperately tried to juggle an offload and sprinted for the try line before being hauled down barely a metre short The ball was recycled to Pius Ogena who powered over and Philip Wokorach made good with the conversion Brazil struck back with an unconverted try in the 4th minute but Michael Wokorach scored 2 minutes later after a strong 30 metre run Philip Wokorach added another 2 points to take the score to 14 05 and a last ditch try saving tackle by Solomon Okia ensured that Uganda went into halftime 9 points clear A beautiful break by Aaron Ofoyrwoth off the base of the scrum to run 80 metres had Uganda breathing more easily and despite Brazil scoring a converted try in the last minute of the game it ended at 19 12 and Uganda bagged their first win in Uruguay Hong Kong suffocated Uganda of possession in Chile and did the same in Uruguay but made better use of their possession this time Hong Kong scored 2 converted tries within the first 3 minutes of the game and after Philip Wokorach got a yellow card for slapping the ball forward Hong Kong ran in 2 more converted tries to take the game out of Uganda rsquo s reach at half time Uganda had a good start to the second half after a Hong Kong player was sin binned for preventing Uganda from taking a quick tap Uganda made use of their extra player and a strong run from Nobert Okeny and a great offload to Michael Wokorach released him to score Unfortunately Aaron Ofoyrwoth received a yellow card for a high tackle and Hong Kong scored 2 more unconverted tries before Nobert Okeny pulled back a try in the corner on the hooter and Philip Wokorach nailed a beautiful touch line conversion to make the final score slightly more respectable at 38 12 Uganda finished day 1 third in their pool and dropped to the 9 th place quarter final where they met Paraguay In order to finish in the overall top 8 and qualify for the World Series qualifier tournament Uganda had to finish 9 th in Uruguay and hope for other results from other teams to go their way Uganda showed their intent against Paraguay and despite a late second half yellow card to Michael Wokorach for a high tackle Uganda ran in 8 tries with Aaron Ofoyrwoth scoring 2 while Pius Ogena William Nkore Desire Ayera Michael Wokorach Isaac Massanganzira and Levis Ocen bagging one each William Nkore converted the first try and Philip Wokorach converting the remaining 7 for a 100 conversion rate Paraguay managed one try and one conversion in the first half but did not threaten Uganda beyond that so the final score was 56 07 to book a date with Papua New Guinea in the 9 th place semi final The 9 th place semi final was a tight affair with PNG scoring and converting in the first 2 minutes Uganda struck back straight away through a Pius Ogena break from deep in the Ugandan half and Philip Wokorach added the extras to tie the game Solomon Okia danced out of a couple of tackles to add a try in the 5 th minute and Philip Wokorach also got over the white wash after the half time hooter to take the score to 17 07 PNG came out of the blocks faster in the second half and took advantage of lax Ugandan defending to score 2 tries one of which was converted to go into a narrow 2 point lead Isaac Massanganzira lurking on the wing was the beneficiary of a long pass from Aaron Ofoyrwoth to score with 3 minutes left on the clock for Uganda to regain the lead and they hung on to win 22 19 The 9 th place final between Uganda and Zimbabwe was a fantastic comeback story with Uganda getting on the score sheet first after Pius Ogena smuggled himself over the try line in the corner despite the close attention of 2 Zimbabweans in the opening minutes of the game Zimbabwe scored a try of their own shortly after to tie the game Uganda lost Isaac Massanganzira to the sin bin after a tip tackle and combined Uganda rsquo s woes at receiving the kick offs this proved costly Zimbabwe scored 2 converted tries and looked to be running away with the game with the score at 19 05 at half time Solomon Okia took advantage of the extra space on pitch as a Zimbabwe player sat in the sin bin and started Uganda rsquo s comeback in the second half after he rounded the defence line and showed a clean pair of heels to score a try under the posts that was duly converted by Philip Wokorach Zimbabwe responded a minute later with an unconverted try but Uganda was not done yet and Michael Wokorach and Philip Wokorach both ran 60 metres to score and Philip Wokorach converted both tries to edge Zimbabwe 26 24 and finish in 9 th place Uganda and Zimbabwe tied at 19 series points after both legs with Uganda finishing 7 th overall and Zimbabwe 8 th overall for both teams to qualify for the World Series qualifiers
    World Rugby 7s Challenger Series Recap
    Africa3 years ago

    World Rugby 7s Challenger Series Recap


    Uganda got off to a nightmare start during the second leg of the World Rugby Challenger series in Uruguay when they lost 2 pool games to drop to the 9 th place quarter final but showed great mental strength to win all their games on day 2 to finish 9 th in Uruguay. Uganda kicked off their day againstJamaica and barely had possession the entire game. Jamaica scored one try in the first half but missed the conversion to go into the half time break 5 points ahead. The second half started pretty much as the first with Jamaica holding onto possession but without anything to show for it. That all changed after Philip Wokorach received a yellow card midway the second half for a late shoulder charge and Jamaica capitalised on their numerical advantage to score an unconverted try and held on to keep Uganda scoreless and ran out 10-00 winners.

    Uganda met Brazil in their second game and drew first blood after Ian Munyani plucked the ball out of the air as a Brazilian desperately tried to juggle an offload and sprinted for the try line before being hauled down barely a metre short. The ball was recycled to Pius Ogena who powered over and Philip Wokorach made good with the conversion. Brazil struck back with an unconverted try in the 4th minute but Michael Wokorach scored 2 minutes later after a strong 30 metre run. Philip Wokorach added another 2 points to take the score to 14-05 and a last ditch try saving tackle by Solomon Okia ensured that Uganda went into halftime 9 points clear. A beautiful break by Aaron Ofoyrwoth off the base of the scrum to run 80 metres had Uganda breathing more easily and despite Brazil scoring a converted try in the last minute of the game, it ended at 19-12 and Uganda bagged their first win in Uruguay.

    Hong Kong suffocated Uganda of possession in Chile and did the same in Uruguay but made better use of their possession this time. Hong Kong scored 2 converted tries within the first 3 minutes of the game and after Philip Wokorach got a yellow card for slapping the ball forward, Hong Kong ran in 2 more converted tries to take the game out of Uganda’s reach at half time. Uganda had a good start to the second half after a Hong Kong player was sin binned for preventing Uganda from taking a quick tap, Uganda made use of their extra player and a strong run from Nobert Okeny and a great offload to Michael Wokorach released him to score . Unfortunately, Aaron Ofoyrwoth received a yellow card for a high tackle and Hong Kong scored 2 more unconverted tries before Nobert Okeny pulled back a try in the corner on the hooter and Philip Wokorach nailed a beautiful touch line conversion to make the final score slightly more respectable at 38-12.

    Uganda finished day 1 third in their pool and dropped to the 9 th place quarter final where they met Paraguay. In order to finish in the overall top 8 and qualify for the World Series qualifier tournament. Uganda had to finish 9 th in Uruguay and hope for other results from other teams to go their way.Uganda showed their intent against Paraguay and despite a late second half yellow card to Michael Wokorach for a high tackle, Uganda ran in 8 tries with Aaron Ofoyrwoth scoring 2 while Pius Ogena, William Nkore, Desire Ayera, Michael Wokorach, Isaac Massanganzira and Levis Ocen bagging one each. William Nkore converted the first try and Philip Wokorach converting the remaining 7 for a 100% conversion rate. Paraguay managed one try and one conversion in the first half but did not threaten Uganda beyond that so the final score was 56-07 to book a date with Papua New Guinea in the 9 th place semi final.

    The 9 th place semi final was a tight affair with PNG scoring and converting in the first 2 minutes.

    Uganda struck back straight away through a Pius Ogena break from deep in the Ugandan half and Philip Wokorach added the extras to tie the game. Solomon Okia danced out of a couple of tackles to add a try in the 5 th minute and Philip Wokorach also got over the white wash after the half time hooter to take the score to 17-07. PNG came out of the blocks faster in the second half and took advantage of lax Ugandan defending to score 2 tries, one of which was converted, to go into a narrow 2 point lead. Isaac Massanganzira, lurking on the wing, was the beneficiary of a long pass from Aaron Ofoyrwoth to score with 3 minutes left on the clock for Uganda to regain the lead and they hung on to win 22-19.

    The 9 th place final between Uganda and Zimbabwe was a fantastic comeback story with Uganda getting on the score sheet first after Pius Ogena smuggled himself over the try line in the corner despite the close attention of 2 Zimbabweans in the opening minutes of the game. Zimbabwe scored a try of their own shortly after to tie the game. Uganda lost Isaac Massanganzira to the sin bin after a tip tackle and combined Uganda’s woes at receiving the kick offs this proved costly. Zimbabwe scored 2 converted tries and looked to be running away with the game with the score at 19-05 at half time. Solomon Okia took advantage of the extra space on pitch as a Zimbabwe player sat in the sin bin and started Uganda’s comeback in the second half after he rounded the defence line and showed a clean pair of heels to score a try under the posts that was duly converted by Philip Wokorach. Zimbabwe responded a minute later with an unconverted try but Uganda was not done yet and Michael Wokorach and Philip Wokorach both ran 60 metres to score and Philip Wokorach converted both tries to edge Zimbabwe 26-24 and finish in 9 th place. Uganda and Zimbabwe tied at 19 series points after both legs with Uganda finishing 7 th overall and Zimbabwe 8 th overall for both teams to qualify for the World Series qualifiers.

  •  A global watchdog on Friday re imposed sanctions on Iran saying it is failing to meet international standards on preventing the financing of terrorism Sanctions imposed by the Paris based Financial Action Task Force FATF can impede international financial transactions with targeted countries Iran s financial links with many countries are however already impeded by unilateral U S sanctions The 37 country task force on money laundering and the financing of terrorism said Iran had made some improvements since it provisionally lifted sanctions in 2016 However Tehran had failed to remove an exemption from terrorism financing rules for groups attempting to end foreign occupation colonialism and racism It also needed to fully address the identification and freezing of terrorist assets in line with United Nations Security Council resolutions FATF at the end of a week long meeting in Paris also told Pakistan it had until June to take tangible measures to control terrorist financing or face sanctions too The group warned that it would demote the country from the current grey category to a more punitive black list if its recommendations were not complied with Pakistan and its powerful military are often accused of harbouring Islamist militants to use them as proxies against regional rival India and neighbouring Afghanistan Meanwhile groups like the Taliban were free to raise funds until FATF started pushing Pakistan to adopt better controls FATF said Islamabad should make significant and sustainable progress in prosecuting and penalising individuals and groups involved in terrorist financing Earlier a court in Pakistan jailed the head of the militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks in a move welcomed by the U S an influential FATF member However the body advised the country to further tighten laws and enhance prosecution standards It also added Albania Barbados Jamaica Mauritius Myanmar Nicaragua and Uganda to its watch list According to the group the seven countries had been identified as jurisdictions with strategic deficiencies regarding money laundering or the financing of terrorism but had developed action plans with FATF to address those issues Trinidad and Tobago was taken off the list with FATF congratulating it on progress in addressing deficiencies Edited By Yahaya Isah Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    Terror finance watchdog re-imposes sanctions on Iran
     A global watchdog on Friday re imposed sanctions on Iran saying it is failing to meet international standards on preventing the financing of terrorism Sanctions imposed by the Paris based Financial Action Task Force FATF can impede international financial transactions with targeted countries Iran s financial links with many countries are however already impeded by unilateral U S sanctions The 37 country task force on money laundering and the financing of terrorism said Iran had made some improvements since it provisionally lifted sanctions in 2016 However Tehran had failed to remove an exemption from terrorism financing rules for groups attempting to end foreign occupation colonialism and racism It also needed to fully address the identification and freezing of terrorist assets in line with United Nations Security Council resolutions FATF at the end of a week long meeting in Paris also told Pakistan it had until June to take tangible measures to control terrorist financing or face sanctions too The group warned that it would demote the country from the current grey category to a more punitive black list if its recommendations were not complied with Pakistan and its powerful military are often accused of harbouring Islamist militants to use them as proxies against regional rival India and neighbouring Afghanistan Meanwhile groups like the Taliban were free to raise funds until FATF started pushing Pakistan to adopt better controls FATF said Islamabad should make significant and sustainable progress in prosecuting and penalising individuals and groups involved in terrorist financing Earlier a court in Pakistan jailed the head of the militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks in a move welcomed by the U S an influential FATF member However the body advised the country to further tighten laws and enhance prosecution standards It also added Albania Barbados Jamaica Mauritius Myanmar Nicaragua and Uganda to its watch list According to the group the seven countries had been identified as jurisdictions with strategic deficiencies regarding money laundering or the financing of terrorism but had developed action plans with FATF to address those issues Trinidad and Tobago was taken off the list with FATF congratulating it on progress in addressing deficiencies Edited By Yahaya Isah Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    Terror finance watchdog re-imposes sanctions on Iran
    Foreign3 years ago

    Terror finance watchdog re-imposes sanctions on Iran

    A global watchdog on Friday re-imposed sanctions on Iran, saying it is failing to meet international standards on preventing the financing of terrorism.

    Sanctions imposed by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) can impede international financial transactions with targeted countries.

    Iran’s financial links with many countries are, however, already impeded by unilateral U.S. sanctions.

    The 37-country task force on money laundering and the financing of terrorism said Iran had made some improvements since it provisionally lifted sanctions in 2016.

    However, Tehran had failed to remove an exemption from terrorism financing rules for groups “attempting to end foreign occupation, colonialism and racism”.

    It also needed to fully address the identification and freezing of terrorist assets in line with United Nations Security Council resolutions.

    FATF at the end of a week-long meeting in Paris also told Pakistan it had until June to take tangible measures to control terrorist financing or face sanctions too.

    The group warned that it would demote the country from the current grey category to a more punitive black list if its recommendations were not complied with.

    Pakistan and its powerful military are often accused of harbouring Islamist militants to use them as proxies against regional rival India and neighbouring Afghanistan.

    Meanwhile, groups like the Taliban were free to raise funds until FATF started pushing Pakistan to adopt better controls.

    FATF said Islamabad should make significant and sustainable progress in prosecuting and penalising individuals and groups involved in terrorist financing.

    Earlier, a court in Pakistan jailed the head of the militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, in a move welcomed by the U.S., an influential FATF member.

    However, the body advised the country to further tighten laws and enhance prosecution standards.

    It also added Albania, Barbados, Jamaica, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nicaragua and Uganda to its watch list.

    According to the group, the seven countries had been identified as jurisdictions with strategic deficiencies regarding money laundering or the financing of terrorism but had developed action plans with FATF to address those issues.

    Trinidad and Tobago was taken off the list, with FATF congratulating it on progress in addressing deficiencies.


    Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

  •  Dreadlocks The myths misconceptions culture and lifestyles Nigeria News Agency A child born with natural dreadlocks is unique especially among some African countries and they ascribe to them somewhat spiritual capabilities such as gift of healing and ability to foresee future among others It is startling to note that fashion enthusiastic presently design dreadlocks to make up special trendy outlook not minding the spiritual virtues or vices believed to be inherent in dreadlocks Stylists describe dreadlocks as Rastafarian hairstyle especially in Jamaica in which the hair is washed but not combed and twisted while wet into tight braids or ringlets hanging down on all sides However critics say it may be untrue that dreadlocks originated in Jamaica because many cultures have worn dreadlocks from birth before even in Africa In Nigeria especially among the Yoruba Dada is the name given to someone born with dreadlocks and such a child is believed to be associated with power and magic The child with natural dreadlocks is believed to be so powerful to the extent that it is often said in Yoruba language that a Dada can never go broke and will never in want of anything Also in some traditional cultures the belief is that dreadlocks are worn to manifest supernatural powers and help to conjure spirits Beyond the Yoruba Dada can be found in almost every culture and they are respected with the belief that they possess supernatural power In some extreme beliefs among Nigerian families children born with dreadlocks are regarded as gods and in some instances they are offered to the shrine Shaving of dreadlocks it is believed must be accompanied with a special ritual to be performed by a chief priest who will keep the shaved hair as medication in the event of the child s sickness Among the Igbo children with dreadlocks called Elena Child King are believed to the reincarnations of deities or great men and women Generally people believe that their strength and overall good health are tied to their hair and it must not be handled casually In their formative years parents believe they are fragile and they must take good care of them in all manners Also apart from the mother no other person touches the hair and if any person does it in error it is a belief that such person must give money to the child or tie a cowry to their locks to prevent the child from falling sick But in modern days locks that were hitherto perceived to be dirty and mystic are fast becoming trendy across age brackets as more people accepted it as part of culture Families are also increasingly locking the hair of their children and hence it is generally hard to even distinguish a natural born dada and a made one Stylists note that dreadlocks have taken a modern form and have been adapted into the modern expression of the fashion world According to them it has brought about many irresistible hairstyles for both men and women young and old It is really intriguing as dreadlocks are making incredible waves and are really used by both fashion inclined people and individuals ranging from the stylists men and of course women A dreadlock carrier Mrs Essien Blessing explains that her reasons for keeping dreadlocks are just based on fashion She says People have different coloration to keeping dreads but my own is just a fashion thing I am more comfortable with it than other hairstyles I don t longer have to visit the salon all the time Before I have to go to the salon every two to three weeks to do my hair but now I can stay up to four months without visiting the salon Once you lock your hair you can carry it for a long time before you think of visiting the salon to maintain it But I also think to grow dreadlocks is very expensive because not everybody knows how to do it not everyone is into it she explains Mummy Keke another dreadlock wearer for 19 years notes that she does not really care about the stigma people attach to dreads but as for her locks has become her signature My locks is 19 years now I decided to try locks when I got tired of undergrowth and relaxing and my hair grew so fast because there was no more chemicals and relaxer in it Initially I wanted to wear it for a short while but as time went on I discovered that it saves time and money and I consulted my stylist and now I don t need to spend money on hair attachments again The problem some people have with their locks is that they don t keep it neat as for me I wash mine regularly and I use coconut oil on my scalp to prevent dryness she says Dr Innocent Ohiegu practicing pediatric doctor at Wuse District Hospital Abuja observes that there has not been any medically linked cause of dreadlocks For now there is no medical aspect of it I cannot say it is hereditary because in some cases you see parents who from their generation don t have it but gives birth to children that have it I cannot also tell if it is some formation of cells that brings about it or not because much attention has not been paid really to children that are born with dreadlocks But I think it is more of spiritual belief those people that have it you normally see them with so many spiritual advantage and benefits I know of some of them that would never allow you touch their hair even when they want to cut the hair they go into sacrifices and prayers he explains The wearers of dreadlocks say they are confident possessing the locks just as Mr Adewale Samson a resident of Abuja one of them says he was born with dreadlock and has always been a special child People with dada are very special you don t force them to do things they have a mind of their own and can be somewhat stubborn I see vision and sense evil before it happens when I was much younger nobody was allowed to touch my hair until I was seven years old then my parents decided to cut it on my approval after prayers he said Mrs bilikisu badmus a mother of two children with dreadlocks also has a similar opinion as she feels her children are very strong willed Both of my sons came with natural dada and they are very unique at times they display certain level of maturity beyond their age I don t touch it unless they approve most times when I force them to wash the hair against their wish the fall seriously sick she explains Irrespective of the misconceptions and perceptions of the public about dreadlocks they are worn by almost every culture as a popular lifestyle their culture or religion notwithstanding while more celebrities have adopted locks as a standout lifestyle not minding the stigma NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as Nigeria News Agency
    Dreadlocks: The myths, misconceptions, culture and lifestyles
     Dreadlocks The myths misconceptions culture and lifestyles Nigeria News Agency A child born with natural dreadlocks is unique especially among some African countries and they ascribe to them somewhat spiritual capabilities such as gift of healing and ability to foresee future among others It is startling to note that fashion enthusiastic presently design dreadlocks to make up special trendy outlook not minding the spiritual virtues or vices believed to be inherent in dreadlocks Stylists describe dreadlocks as Rastafarian hairstyle especially in Jamaica in which the hair is washed but not combed and twisted while wet into tight braids or ringlets hanging down on all sides However critics say it may be untrue that dreadlocks originated in Jamaica because many cultures have worn dreadlocks from birth before even in Africa In Nigeria especially among the Yoruba Dada is the name given to someone born with dreadlocks and such a child is believed to be associated with power and magic The child with natural dreadlocks is believed to be so powerful to the extent that it is often said in Yoruba language that a Dada can never go broke and will never in want of anything Also in some traditional cultures the belief is that dreadlocks are worn to manifest supernatural powers and help to conjure spirits Beyond the Yoruba Dada can be found in almost every culture and they are respected with the belief that they possess supernatural power In some extreme beliefs among Nigerian families children born with dreadlocks are regarded as gods and in some instances they are offered to the shrine Shaving of dreadlocks it is believed must be accompanied with a special ritual to be performed by a chief priest who will keep the shaved hair as medication in the event of the child s sickness Among the Igbo children with dreadlocks called Elena Child King are believed to the reincarnations of deities or great men and women Generally people believe that their strength and overall good health are tied to their hair and it must not be handled casually In their formative years parents believe they are fragile and they must take good care of them in all manners Also apart from the mother no other person touches the hair and if any person does it in error it is a belief that such person must give money to the child or tie a cowry to their locks to prevent the child from falling sick But in modern days locks that were hitherto perceived to be dirty and mystic are fast becoming trendy across age brackets as more people accepted it as part of culture Families are also increasingly locking the hair of their children and hence it is generally hard to even distinguish a natural born dada and a made one Stylists note that dreadlocks have taken a modern form and have been adapted into the modern expression of the fashion world According to them it has brought about many irresistible hairstyles for both men and women young and old It is really intriguing as dreadlocks are making incredible waves and are really used by both fashion inclined people and individuals ranging from the stylists men and of course women A dreadlock carrier Mrs Essien Blessing explains that her reasons for keeping dreadlocks are just based on fashion She says People have different coloration to keeping dreads but my own is just a fashion thing I am more comfortable with it than other hairstyles I don t longer have to visit the salon all the time Before I have to go to the salon every two to three weeks to do my hair but now I can stay up to four months without visiting the salon Once you lock your hair you can carry it for a long time before you think of visiting the salon to maintain it But I also think to grow dreadlocks is very expensive because not everybody knows how to do it not everyone is into it she explains Mummy Keke another dreadlock wearer for 19 years notes that she does not really care about the stigma people attach to dreads but as for her locks has become her signature My locks is 19 years now I decided to try locks when I got tired of undergrowth and relaxing and my hair grew so fast because there was no more chemicals and relaxer in it Initially I wanted to wear it for a short while but as time went on I discovered that it saves time and money and I consulted my stylist and now I don t need to spend money on hair attachments again The problem some people have with their locks is that they don t keep it neat as for me I wash mine regularly and I use coconut oil on my scalp to prevent dryness she says Dr Innocent Ohiegu practicing pediatric doctor at Wuse District Hospital Abuja observes that there has not been any medically linked cause of dreadlocks For now there is no medical aspect of it I cannot say it is hereditary because in some cases you see parents who from their generation don t have it but gives birth to children that have it I cannot also tell if it is some formation of cells that brings about it or not because much attention has not been paid really to children that are born with dreadlocks But I think it is more of spiritual belief those people that have it you normally see them with so many spiritual advantage and benefits I know of some of them that would never allow you touch their hair even when they want to cut the hair they go into sacrifices and prayers he explains The wearers of dreadlocks say they are confident possessing the locks just as Mr Adewale Samson a resident of Abuja one of them says he was born with dreadlock and has always been a special child People with dada are very special you don t force them to do things they have a mind of their own and can be somewhat stubborn I see vision and sense evil before it happens when I was much younger nobody was allowed to touch my hair until I was seven years old then my parents decided to cut it on my approval after prayers he said Mrs bilikisu badmus a mother of two children with dreadlocks also has a similar opinion as she feels her children are very strong willed Both of my sons came with natural dada and they are very unique at times they display certain level of maturity beyond their age I don t touch it unless they approve most times when I force them to wash the hair against their wish the fall seriously sick she explains Irrespective of the misconceptions and perceptions of the public about dreadlocks they are worn by almost every culture as a popular lifestyle their culture or religion notwithstanding while more celebrities have adopted locks as a standout lifestyle not minding the stigma NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as Nigeria News Agency
    Dreadlocks: The myths, misconceptions, culture and lifestyles
    Features3 years ago

    Dreadlocks: The myths, misconceptions, culture and lifestyles

    Dreadlocks: The myths, misconceptions, culture and lifestyles

    , Nigeria News Agency

    A child born with natural dreadlocks is unique, especially among some African countries; and they ascribe to them somewhat spiritual capabilities such as gift of healing and ability to foresee future, among others.

    It is startling to note that fashion enthusiastic presently design dreadlocks to make up special trendy outlook, not minding the spiritual virtues or vices believed to be inherent in dreadlocks.

    Stylists describe dreadlocks as Rastafarian hairstyle, especially in Jamaica, in which the hair is washed but not combed and twisted while wet into tight braids or ringlets hanging down on all sides.

    However, critics say it may be untrue that dreadlocks originated in Jamaica because many cultures have worn dreadlocks from birth before, even in Africa.

    In Nigeria, especially among the Yoruba, “Dada’’ is the name given to someone born with dreadlocks and such a child is believed to be associated with power and magic.

    The child with natural dreadlocks is believed to be so powerful to the extent that it is often said in Yoruba language that a “Dada’’ can never go broke; and will never in want of anything.

    Also, in some traditional cultures, the belief is that dreadlocks are worn to manifest supernatural powers and help to conjure spirits.

    Beyond the Yoruba, “Dada’’ can be found in almost every culture and they are respected with the belief that they possess supernatural power.

    In some extreme beliefs among Nigerian families, children born with dreadlocks are regarded as gods and in some instances, they are offered to the shrine.

    Shaving of dreadlocks, it is believed, must be accompanied with a special ritual to be performed by a chief priest who will keep the shaved hair as medication in the event of the child’s sickness.

    Among the Igbo, children with dreadlocks, called “Elena’’ (Child King), are believed to the reincarnations of deities or great men and women.

    Generally, people believe that their strength and overall good health are tied to their hair and it must not be handled casually.

    In their formative years, parents believe they are fragile and they must take good care of them in all manners.

    Also, apart from the mother, no other person touches the hair and if any person does it in error, it is a belief that such person must give money to the child or tie a cowry to their locks to prevent the child from falling sick.

    But in modern days, locks that were hitherto perceived to be dirty and mystic, are fast becoming trendy across age brackets as more people accepted it as part of culture.

    Families are also increasingly locking the hair of their children and hence it is generally hard to even distinguish a natural born “dada’’ and a made one.

    Stylists note that dreadlocks have taken a modern form and have been adapted into the modern expression of the fashion world.

    According to them, it has brought about many irresistible hairstyles for both men and women, young and old.

    It is really intriguing as dreadlocks are making incredible waves and are really used by both fashion inclined people and individuals, ranging from the stylists, men and, of course, women.

    A dreadlock carrier, Mrs Essien Blessing, explains that her reasons for keeping dreadlocks are just based on fashion.

    She says: “People have different coloration to keeping dreads but my own is just a fashion thing I am more comfortable with it than other hairstyles; I don’t longer have to visit the salon all the time.

    “Before I have to go to the salon every two to three weeks to do my hair, but now I can stay up to four months without visiting the salon.

    “Once you lock your hair you can carry it for a long time before you think of visiting the salon to maintain it.

    “But I also think to grow dreadlocks is very expensive because not everybody knows how to do it, not everyone is into it’’, she explains.

    Mummy Keke, another dreadlock wearer for 19 years, notes that she does not really care about the stigma people attach to dreads but as for her, locks has become her signature.

    “My locks is 19 years now, I decided to try locks when I got tired of undergrowth and relaxing and my hair grew so fast because there was no more chemicals and relaxer in it.

    “Initially I wanted to wear it for a short while but as time went on I discovered that it saves time and money, and I consulted my stylist; and now I don’t need to spend money on hair attachments again.

    “The problem some people have with their locks is that they don’t keep it neat, as for me, I wash mine regularly and I use coconut oil on my scalp to prevent dryness,’’ she says.

    Dr. Innocent Ohiegu, practicing pediatric doctor at Wuse District Hospital, Abuja, observes that there has not been any medically linked cause of dreadlocks.

    “For now there is no medical aspect of it, I cannot say it is hereditary because in some cases you see parents who from their generation don’t have it but gives birth to children that have it.

    “I cannot also tell if it is some formation of cells that brings about it or not because much attention has not been paid really to children that are born with dreadlocks.

    “But I think it is more of spiritual belief, those people that have it, you normally see them with so many spiritual advantage and benefits.

    “I know of some of them that would never allow you touch their hair, even when they want to cut the hair they go into sacrifices and prayers’’, he explains.

    The wearers of dreadlocks say they are confident possessing the locks just as Mr Adewale Samson, a resident of Abuja, one of them says he was born with dreadlock and has always been a special child.

    “People with “dada’’ are very special, you don’t force them to do things; they have a mind of their own and can be somewhat stubborn.

    “I see vision and sense evil before it happens, when I was much younger, nobody was allowed to touch my hair until I was seven years old, then my parents decided to cut it on my approval after prayers,’’ he said.

    Mrs bilikisu badmus, a mother of two children with dreadlocks also has a similar opinion as she feels her children are very strong willed.

    “Both of my sons came with natural “dada’’ and they are very unique, at times they display certain level of maturity beyond their age.

    “I don’t touch it unless they approve, most times when I force them to wash the hair against their wish the fall seriously sick,’’ she explains.

    Irrespective of the misconceptions and perceptions of the public about dreadlocks, they are worn by almost every culture as a popular lifestyle; their culture or religion notwithstanding, while more celebrities have adopted locks as a standout lifestyle, not minding the stigma.(NANFeatures)

    **If used, please credit the writer as well as Nigeria News Agency  

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    Uganda started their tournament brightly against Italy who were unknowns - Uganda came away with a strong 24-14 win with a hat trick and a conversion from Philip Wokorach while Micheal Okorach added a 4th try and  Aaron Ofoyrwoth a conversion.  Their second game was against Paraguay, also an unknown entity, but Uganda cruised to an easy 47-00 win with Philip Wokorach, Solomon Okia and Ian Munyani touching down twice and Aaron Ofoyrwoth also getting a try to his name while Philip converted 6 of the 7 tries.  

    Germany once again broke Ugandan hearts despite Uganda initially leading 07-00 at half time through an Aaron Ofoyrwoth and Philip Wokorach adding the extras.  Germany took the lead in the second half with 2 unconverted tries and despite Norbert Okeny scoring to reduce the gap, Germany scored again and held on until the end of the game to win 19-12.  Uganda finished day 1 as second in their pool and went on to the quarter final where they met Hong Kong. 

    Hong Kong suffocated Uganda of possession and Uganda did little to help their cause when they gifted Hong Kong possession through unforced errors.  Hong Kong scored once each half with neither conversion being successful.  Uganda managed to hit back through a Norbert Okeny try after he collected a pass from Philip Wokorach who had broken the line and Nobert high tailed it from inside the Ugandan half to dot down between the posts.  Philip Wokorach added the extras to cut the deficit to 3 points but Hong Kong stifled Uganda’s attack and run out 10-07 winners. 

    Uganda then dropped to the 5th place semi final where they met Tonga, a team Uganda had never lost to before.  It seemed like it would be business as usual when Desire Ayera took advantage of Tonga misfielding the kickoff and pounced on the loose ball and scored within 15 seconds - possibly the quickest try in the entire tournament.  Philip Wokorach obliged with the extras but 2 tries and one conversion from Tonga before the break had Uganda trailing 12-07 at half time.  An inspired run out of Uganda’s half by Pius Ogena in the second half took Uganda into Tonga’s 5 and after a series of passes Nobert Okeny latched onto the ball to score.  Once again, Philip Wokorach’s boot found its target and Uganda took a slim 2 point lead.  Defensive lapses let Uganda down again and Tonga found the corner to take the lead once more and held on to win 19-12 and go on to the 5th place final against Zimbabwe that they won by an identical score.  Germany went on to win the tournament after beating Hong Kong in the final while Japan beat Chile in the 3rd place final. 

    Uganda travel to Uruguay today where they are in Pool B with Hong Kong (seed 2), Jamaica (seed 10) and Brazil (seed 15).

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