archives : October 2008


Aminata is 16 years old; she lives at home with her single mother in Darker. Getting an education is the only way she could escape life at the shacks and avoid ending up like her mother, a petty food trader. But her education is now at a price. Aminata has had to sleep with her teachers to earn her grades. At only 16, Aminata already has the appearance of an ‘over used sex worker’ following her exhaustion from multiple sexual activities in the name of education. - Thursday 16 October 2008

The African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) will today honour the African footballers who have contributed immensely to the development of the sports and the communities in Africa. The event is said to emphasize, support and promote what footballers and what they have done for African development. - Thursday 16 October 2008

In order to reform the country’s oil industry, President Umaru Yar’Adua has moved to close down the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The establishment is due to pack up at the end of the month once the senate give their consents. - Thursday 16 October 2008

Panafrica - United States
In this year’s state Democratic primary, more than 400,000 voters went to the polls compared with 76,000 who voted in 2004. Traditionally, for a Democrat to win state office in Mississippi, a candidate needs high voter turnout among blacks, and the support of 30 per cent of whites. - Thursday 16 October 2008

Panafrica - Kenya - International
The world soccer governing body, FIFA, is sending a special team to Kenya to lay the groundwork for the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) elections coming up in December. The FIFA officials, due 20 October, have been tasked with clearing the tracks to facilitate free and fair elections of the troubled national soccer office. - Wednesday 15 October 2008

Central African Republic - Chad - Russia - European Union
European foreign affairs ministers meeting in council in Luxemburg have approved Russia’s participation in the EUFOR-Chad/CAR operation and defined the framework in which the Russian contingent will operate, official sources said on Tuesday. - Wednesday 15 October 2008

Panafrica - France - European Union
Over 200 civil society organisations from across the globe are organising a "citizens’ summit" on migration from 17-18 October in Paris to demand a more humane Europe on the subject of immigrants, sources in the French capital, Paris, confirmed Tuesday. - Wednesday 15 October 2008

As a participant to the international conventions against the Child Labour, Kenya’s alarming employment under aged children has been exposed to the international labour organisation. - Wednesday 15 October 2008

After going behind the community to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) over a land that belonged to the natives, without the permission and knowledge of the land owners, Shell Petroleum have been ordered to surrender the oil rich land back to its rightful native owners, a Rivers State High Court ruled. - Wednesday 15 October 2008

Panafrica - United Kingdom
Ivorian and Chelsea Power Forward, Didier Drogba has revealed that he most often gets drawn away into wonderland during the course of a game. - Wednesday 15 October 2008

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