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Plane crashes in South Sudan; kills 17

Plane crashes in South Sudan; kills 17 At least 17 people died in South Sudan on Sunday when a small aircraft carrying passengers from Juba International Airport to the city of Yirol crashed, State information Minister Taban Abel told Reuters. “The plane crashed and killed 17 people and we have three survivors,” Abel told Reuters by phone from Yirol. The plane carried a total of 22 people and two were still missing. One of the survivors, an Italian doctor working with an NGO, is in critical condition and undergoing surgery in Yirol Hospital, the minister said. The plane crashed by a river and an eyewitness had earlier said bodies were recovered from the water. There were three children among the 22 passengers, a source said. David Subek, Chief Executive officer of South Sudan Civil Aviatio...

Kenyan politician confesses to spending $0.5m on witchcraft to win elections

Kenyan politician confesses to spending $0.5m on witchcraft to win elections He couldn’t even win it! A YouTube video showing the chilling confession of a Kenyan politician who sought “witchcraft” and “black magic” to achieve his political aims has attracted over 100,000 views. Lawrence Kilabo, who was the Sokoni Ward Member of the County Assembly from 2013 to 2017, exposed diabolical details of his quest for political power in the clip uploaded to popular Nigerian channel ‘Emmanuel TV’. The politician revealed that he squandered KSh 50 million (approx. $500,000) on Tanzanian witchdoctors in his pursuit to win the parliamentary seat in Kilifi North, although his ambitions were thwarted as he lost the election. Kilabo further revealed that he used witchcraft to lure women to bed, admi...

AMVCA 2018: Full list of winners

AMVCA 2018: Full list of winners The 6th annual AMVCA, which was held on Saturday at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos began with a red carpet at 4 p.m. The nominees of this year’s edition were earlier announced via a televised broadcast on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv on June 30, by Ghanaian actress and TV host, Joselyn Dumas, and Nigerian comedian and actor, Bovi. With more than 120 nominations for 27 categories, filmmakers and actors from different African countries including Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria attended the event. The 6th AMVCA, which featured heavyweights in the movie industry on the continent, saw them battle it out in all 27 categories. AMVCA is an annual event by Multichoice and Africa Magic, which recognises and honours film...

SA actress Dlamini-Jones returns as host of AMVCA 2018

SA actress Dlamini-Jones returns as host of AMVCA 2018 With just a few days to go, the hosts of the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) have been announced. South African actress and media sweetheart, Minnie Dlamini-Jones and Nigerian on-air-personality, IK Osakioduwa will be back as hosts for the third year in a row. The AMVCA is the biggest celebration of film and television talent across Africa with the first edition holding in 2013. Now in its sixth edition, the show promises to be even bigger with top contenders from across Africa vying for honors in the voting and non-voting categories.

African filmmakers & actors arrive Lagos for 2018 AMVCA

African filmmakers & actors arrive Lagos for 2018 AMVCA Highly anticipated award event, AMVCA 2018 is set to rock Lagos this weekend. Come Saturday the 1st of September 2018, the event will hold at the Eko hotel and suites in VI. Celebrities from all over Africa are expected to attend the award to be hosted by Nigerian On Air Personality IK Osakioduwa and South African reporter Minnie Dlamini Jones. Top Ghanaian celebrities are already in town for the event. AMVCAA 2018 to be broadcast by DSTV and GOTV According to organizers, the event taking place at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos, this Saturday will be broadcast live on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv from 4pm West African Time (WAT). The awards show which made debut in 2013, promises to be bigger with top contenders f...

Walt Disney promotes “One Nigeria” by dressing fairytale princess Sade like Fulani girl

Walt Disney promotes “One Nigeria” by dressing fairytale princess Sade like Fulani girl Mixed feelings have trailed the new Disney Nigerian fairy-tale princess called ‘Sade’, presently being produced by Rick Famuyiwa and Co-written by Ola Shokunbi. Although most Nigerians like the idea of having a fairytale Princess like Sade, many are however not comfortable with the way Sade bearing a Yoruba name looks like a Fulani girl. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the movie being developed by Walt Disney, will be starring a Nigerian princess called “Sade’’. The screenplay would focus on a young African girl named Sade whose kingdom was being threatened by a mysterious evil force. She must accept her newly discovered magical powers to protect her people. This she does...

400 gays to be ‘cured’ of homosexuality in Ghana

400 gays to be ‘cured’ of homosexuality in Ghana Around 400 gay people in Ghana will reportedly take part in a gay ‘cure’ therapy forum in the country. The attendees, who have all allegedly signed up voluntarily, will receive ‘counselling’ and ‘reformation’ at the anti-gay conference, which has the theme: “Exploring the myths surrounding LGBT rights.” The National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values (NCPHSRFV), which is running the forum, said in April that Prime Minister Theresa May’s pro-LGBT+ speech to Commonwealth leaders was part of a Western plan to reduce the continent’s population. The leader, Moses Foh-Amoaning, said that the “400 men and women voluntarily surrendered themselves and registered with the coalition to undergo a sexual evangelism pro...

Ugandan ex-minister dismantles 10 boreholes he built after losing election

Ugandan ex-minister dismantles 10 boreholes he built after losing election Patrick Okumu-Ringa, who lost in the recently-concluded Nebbi Municipality Parliamentary election in Uganda, has dismantled all the boreholes he had sunk that have been supplying water to residents for the past twenty years. Okumu-Ringa, who is said to own huge chunks of land in the municipality, had about 10 boreholes drilled in different wards. The former public service state minister accused the area residents of abusing his generosity by not supporting his bid for MP. The process of dismantling the boreholes started on Monday and was concluded on Wednesday, three days after the election results were announced. For close to 10 years, Okumu-Ringa was Padyere County MP, but lost the seat to UPC’s late David Ringeca...

Xenophobic attacks loom in Ghana as foreigners are issued quit notice

Xenophobic attacks loom in Ghana as foreigners are issued quit notice As fear of a South Africa-esque xenophobia against foreign Africans looms, Ghana has explained that Nigerian traders were not affected by the recent quit notice to foreigners to vacate the country’s retail markets. The Ghanaian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey, made the explanation on Monday in Abuja when she paid a courtesy visit on her Nigerian counterpart, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama. Foreign nationals engaged in retail business in Ghana were on July 11 issued a quit notice to vacate the country’s markets. Ghanaian law reserves operation of retail business only for citizens. The National Association of Nigerian Traders had warned that the quit notice could spark xenophobic at...

Yvonne Nelson pictured on set of new movie with Akon

Yvonne Nelson pictured on set of new movie with Akon Popular international singer Akon has been pictured on set of a new movie with Ghanian actress Yvonne Nelson. The actress took to Instagram to upload the picture in which both were in traditional African outfits. No further hint about the details of the movie was given by the actress. Two weeks ago, Yvonne posted a picture of herself in a movie scene which she revealed was in Far East Thailand. What sort of movie do you think the do could be cooking?

Photographer dares Africa’s deadliest snake; takes a picture through its eye in South Africa

Photographer dares Africa’s deadliest snake; takes a picture through its eye in South Africa What a forest guide recently did in Cape Town, South Africa will leave you shocked to the marrows! The risk-taker moved very close to the highly venomous snake and shot a photo of himself at his residence in Cape Town South Africa recently. The amateur photographer who is never of snake was called to help get rid of the poisonous boomslang snake from the garden of his lodge. According to the Daily mail, Gerhard picked the snake with his bare hands and moved it to a nearby bush before deciding to take a selfie using his reflection in the eye of the deadly snake. The Boomslang Snake specie which is considered the deadliest in Africa is highly poisonous. The venom is so deadly that it causes int...

An Interview With African Richest Man, Aliko Dangote; Says He Is Ready To Take A Wife

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has revealed that he is ready to take a wife now. The 61 year old billionaire business mogul, made the revelation in a recent interview with Financial times. According to the businessman who has been divorced twice, says his busy schedule has prevented him from having any romance in his life. He said it wouldn’t make sense to be involved with someone when you have no time being with that person. “I’m not getting younger. Sixty years is no joke. But it doesn’t make sense to go out and get somebody if you don’t have the time. Right now, things are really, really very busy, because we have the refinery, we have the petrochemicals, we have the fertilizer, we have the gas pipeline.” Dangote told Pilling that he tries to fast at least once a week,...

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