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MTN sells 18.9% stake in loss-making Jumia for $142m

Johannesburg-headquartered telco, MTN Group, Friday said it had divested its 18.9% stake in loss-making Jumia, one of the biggest e-commerce platforms on the continent, raking in $142.31 million (R2.3 billion) in net proceeds from an investment that it once thought was more than double of that sum. MTN announced in August it had informed the New York Stock Exchange to prepare for a secondary sale of Jumia shares as part of a 25 billion divestment plan aiming to streamline its portfolio in the next three to five years and reduce...
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Gov Wike threatens to impose restrictions on worship centres for violating Covid-19 guidelines

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has threatened to impose fresh restrictions on worship centres in the state for allegedly flagrantly violating set Covid-19 protocols. Governor Wike issued the threat on Sunday while speaking at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Mile 2 Diobu, in Port Harcourt Local Government Area, during Chief Azubuike Nmerukini’s family special thanksgiving service in honour of his wife, Dame Oroma Nmerukini. Speaking further during the thanksgiving service, Governor Wike said that he observed during the service that more than 80 per cent of worshippers...
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GOV. MATAWALLE TO EXPLORE WAYS OF COOPERATION WITH THE IAEC OF REPUBLIC OF TOGO

His Excellency, Zamfara State Executive Governor Hon Dr. Bello Mohammed MON (Matawallen Maradun) has announced his administration's willingness to explore areas of cooperation with the African University of Science, Administration and Commercial Studies (IAEC), Lome, Republic of Togo. Matawalle made the announcement on Saturday at the institution's place of event Agora Sengor in Lome shortly after he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in LEADERSHIP and ADMINISTRATION by the prestigious University which was founded in 1986 as a field of training, learning and education in the Republic of Togo. Matawalle...
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End SARS: I’m being cursed in mosques – Aisha cries out

Rights activist, Aisha Yesufu, has opened up on the ill-treatment she gets from fellow Muslims. Yesufu, who is the co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls, BBOG advocacy group lamented that fellow Muslims rain curses on her in the mosque. She said the resentments she now suffers is due to her involvement in the widespread End SARS protests. The activist made the disclosure on her Twitter handle. According to Yesufu: ”Heard I am being cursed in mosques! People finish praying and take time out to curse me in their prayers. “I have asked...
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Clerics want Nigerian leaders to emulate prophet’s leadership style

Muslim faithful from all walks of life, including the Chief Imam of Lagos. Sheik Sulaimon Abou-Nolla yesterday converged on Lagos State Central Mosque to pray for the nation for peaceful coexistence to reign in the country while commemorating the 2020 Maolid Nabbiy celebration. Maoulud Nabbiy is an annual event, which commemorates the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Sulaiman Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla (left); Baba Adinni of Lagos, Sheik AbdulHafeez Abou; Chief Missioner of NADWAT, Sheikh Abdur Rahman Adeyanju Lawal; Imam Tijani Gbajabiamila; Special Adviser to...
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NAHCON calls for improved hajj operations

The Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, has called for professionalism in the management of Hajj and Umrah. Hassan, who made this call during the International Hajj Conference and Indonesian Shariah Economic Festival (ISEF) 2020, said that having a global body such as International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Standards Organization (ISO) and Project Management Institute (PMI) would ensure pilgrims from any part of the globe enjoy similar standards of services from their home countries as obtainable with air travel, hotel or banking services. He...
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Islamic groups set agenda for religious leaders over youth demands

The Companion, an association of Muslim Men in Business and the Professions, has called on the leaders of both Islam and Christianity in the country, particularly the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), to work together and provide the much-needed intervention in the national crisis. Also, The Criterion, an association of women in business and professions, has called for a thorough investigation of the attack on unarmed protesters and urged the Federal Government to identify the perpetrators and bring them to book....
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Africa’s largest Mosque and world’s third-biggest hosted its first public prayer

Algeria's Grand Mosque, the world's third-biggest and Africa's largest, hosted its first public prayers this week a year and a half after construction was completed. Known locally as the Djamaa El Djazair, the modernist structure extends across 27.75 hectares and is smaller only than the two mosques in Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia, Islam's holiest sites. The mosque's interior, in Andalusian style, is decorated in wood, marble and alabaster. It features six kilometres of Koranic text in Arabic calligraphy, along with turquoise prayer mats. The mosque aims to be...
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Ogun Orders Full Reopening Of Religious Centres, Hotels

Ogun State Government has directed the full reopening of religious centres, businesses, hotels and other entertainment centres in the state. According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Dapo Abiodun, Kunle Somorin, the directive was issued in Abeokuta, the state capital. The governor’s spokesman said the religious centres and other public places have been reopened following the success recorded in flattening the curve of COVID-19 transmission in the state. “Government is aware of the excruciating implications of COVID-19 lockdown but we have emplaced...
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Lagos approves full re-opening of schools from Monday 2nd of November

The Lagos State Government has approved the re-opening of schools for all classes in public and private schools across the State beginning from Monday, 2nd of November, 2020. Borders in public schools are to resume on Sunday, November 1st. This was disclosed in a statement signed on Thursday by the Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi. The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo said that this has been an unprecedented year with the recent happenings that have regrettably led to frequent closure of schools with attendant learning...
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