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African scientists’ top chart at 2019 World Champions colleting 22 of 46 awards
August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Talk education in the 21st century, talk Africa.

By Amos Fofung

Ghanaian-born Issac Mbir Bryant is the 2019 World Champion in Bioprocess Engineering (Photo:Brandenburg university of Technology)

Ghanaian-born Issac Mbir Bryant is the 2019 World Champion in Bioprocess Engineering (Photo:Brandenburg university of Technology)

Once more the continent has scored high at the world stage, this time in the scientific domain. During the just-released 2019 World Championship recognition, African scientists grab twenty-two of the forty-six awards listed this year.

This includes the award for Mass Communication (Media Convergence) received by Oluchi Emma Okoroafor from the United Kingdom  ,and a decedent of Nigeria.

Nigerian scientists scooped over ten of the continent’s awards in fields such as; statistic, medical laboratory science (antiretroviral therapy), physics (Einstein Plenary Equation), and computer mathematics (numerical integration) among others.

With submission said to have been received from over 97 countries worldwide in most categories, the honorees from Africa most at times had to beat thousands of competitors before securing their awards. Such is the case with Dr. Yakubu Nura of the University of Maiduguri Nigeria. The native of Yobe state won World Physics Competition by defeating some 5720 contenders from 97 countries.

Aside from Nigeria, Scientists from Mauritius, Kenya, Algeria, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Congo all received awards for their contribution to the scientific world.

Organized by the International Agency for Standards and Ratings, IASR, this year, African scientist excelled over thousands of applications and nominations received from Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, South America. 

About the World Championship

With an advisory board of 33 top-notched scientists from Kenya, USA, Australia, South Africa, India, Japan, and Taiwan among others, the World Championship is a platform for world’s latest and breakthrough research.

According to its organizers, the Legends on World Championship are Iconic Megastars and recognized as brilliant Intellectuals scientists who create history with their unbeatable leadership and stardom.

The annual championship identifies the World’s Most Influential Scientists who are changing the world as the standout as a role model for scholars, Industrialists, policymakers, scientists, and academicians.

International meritorious competitions are organized for Best Thesis and Dissertation Award, Doctoral Research Award and milestone international research articles.

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Verve Global Card launches 1st International Transaction In New York, USA
August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments
  • Rides On Global Partnership With Discover Network
L-R: Joseph Hurley, Snr. Vice President, Payment Services, Discover Financial Services, Mike Ogbalu 111, Divisional CEO, Verve, Diane Offereins, Executive Vice President, Payment Services, Discover, and Mitchell Elegbe, Founder/GMD Interswitch Group, at the Verve Global Card Launch in New York, on Monday.

L-R: Joseph Hurley, Snr. Vice President, Payment Services, Discover Financial Services, Mike Ogbalu 111, Divisional CEO, Verve, Diane Offereins, Executive Vice President, Payment Services, Discover, and Mitchell Elegbe, Founder/GMD Interswitch Group, at the Verve Global Card Launch in New York, on Monday.


New York, August. 12, 2019 – Verve, a leading payments technology and card business in Africa, and Discover Global Network, the payments brand of Discover, today held an event to launch the Verve Global Card. Cardholders will now have the ability to use their Verve Global Cards on the Discover Global Network which provides acceptance in more than 190 countries and territories. This will expand Verve’s existing suite of tailored payment products and solutions for its customers.

The first transaction occurred today at Swarovski in New York City. Senior executives from First Bank, Access Bank and Fidelity Bank purchased various items from Swarovski using their Verve Global Card on the Discover Global Network.

The agreement with Discover Global Network will facilitate new international and cross border transaction capabilities for Verve Global Card customers, meeting the needs of its increasingly global customer base. Holders of the new card can make payments outside Africa on the Discover Global Network which includes anywhere Discover, Diners Club International and Pulse and affiliate network cards are accepted. Verve Global Card also delivers additional benefits to cardholders including broad reward and loyalty schemes; benefits that are available both locally and internationally.

Mitchell Elegbe, Interswitch Group Managing Director, commented on the announcement: “The agreement with Discover Global Network will enable Verve to compete with other global card offerings, providing cardholders with an enhanced customer experience when transacting globally outside Nigeria. Creating a solution which facilitates international payments for our consumers will help to eliminate existing barriers and simplify the process when transacting abroad.”

“It is important to us that we are working with groups around the world to extend acceptance for their cardholders,” said Ricardo Leite, senior vice president of international markets at Discover. “At Discover, we recognize the importance of being able to use your card of choice no matter where you are traveling.”

Mike Ogbalu III, Verve International Divisional Chief Executive Officer, also commented on the announcement saying, “The launch of the Verve Global Card, provides consumers with the ability to transact globally across the US and other countries, addressing challenges that many Nigerians have experienced while travelling abroad. Our partnership with Discover Global Network will help us to optimize the overall experience of every Verve Global card holder by guaranteeing consistent and efficient payment solutions regardless of where they are in the world”.

About Verve

Verve is Interswitch Group’s innovative card scheme, offering products and solutions that enable consumers to transact all over Nigeria and across international markets. As the first African card scheme to be recognized as a valid, globally accepted e-payment gateway, we have built a world-class value chain ecosystem that benefit from the services that we provide.

 About Interswitch Group.

Interswitch is a digital payment company of African Origin focused on providing convenience and real value for consumers. We facilitate the seamless electronic circulation of money as well as value exchange on an ongoing, real-time basis.

 We began in 2002 as a transaction switching and electronic payments processing business, building and managing payment infrastructure, delivering innovative payments solutions and driving transactions across the African continent and other international markets. We provide secure, solutions and services that facilitate convenience and real value for consumers, businesses, governments and other organizations, helping to reduce costs, improve operational efficiency and drive sustainable revenue growth.

About Discover

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America’s cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Global Network comprised of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation’s leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance around the world. For more information, visit

*Source Verve. PAV will be coming up with more reporting and interviews on the launch.

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Mozambique deactivates 41,000 “ghost” workers
August 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Arnaldo Cuamba

Mozambique has deactivated during the last 4 years 41,000 ghost employees of the State Apparatus making the civil service to save US $ 49,679,842.73.

According to the Minister of State Administration and Civil Service, Carmelita Namashulua, the nonexistent workers were discovered after the campaign proof of life involving state officials and agents, using biometric data finding 336,117 active state officials and agents. Of these, 330,194 performed the life test, an execution of 98.24 percent.

She argues that the value to be saved will help to improve the delivery of public services to citizens as well as the rights of employees.

“These values ​​fall into the hands of others and we are trying to close the taps of diversions. During this five-year period we were very forceful about the proof of life. Those who didn’t have no salary,” she said.

Another measure taken by the executive as a way to eliminate “ghost” workers, according to the minister, was the attribution of identification cards to all state officials and agents.

“It is important that the employee has his ID card. When the citizen comes to be served, it is good to know that it is Carmelita Namashulua who assisted me and it also helps that the spaces of corruption practice are stopped. That is why the effort is enormous and we are sure that over the next five years the public administration will be getting better and better, closing the windows that allow corruption ”.

Corruption in Mozambique is widespread and there is no concrete program to combat the phenomenon. However, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said in July that if elected in the October 15 elections, fighting agaist corruption will be a priority of his new government.


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Kenya’s bid to have Al-Shabaab sanctioned objected
August 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

A policeman runs past burning cars at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at the Dusit hotel compound, in Nairobi, Kenya Jan. 15, 2019.

A policeman runs past burning cars at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at the Dusit hotel compound, in Nairobi, Kenya Jan. 15, 2019.

A group of activists and humanitarians have submitted letters to Donald Trump administration, Cabinet members and leading members of Congress seeking to block Kenya’s proposal to have the Somali based militia group Al-Shabaab be included in the global list of terrorist groups under the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1267 of 199.

They warned of the consequences of such move saying it will interfere with life- saving process in Somalia. The rebels have recently launched deadly attacks in Mogadishu among other towns with an aim to destabilize the Federal Government of Somalia, attacks which have caused several deaths and devastation of property worth millions of shillings. They also argued the listing of the group is irrelevant given that they have already in a different UN sanctions programme.

“The proposal would put the lives of hundreds of thousands at risk without discernible impact on the challenge posed by Al-Shabaab,” said the head of the Refugees International NGO Eric Schwartz.

Kenya last week through Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau submitted its initiative to the UN urging the global body to include the militants in the list that contained Al-Qaeda, Taliban and ISIS saying it posed threat to her residents, East African region, African and entire world. Mr. Kamau said Kenya wants the UN to focus its attention in fighting the group which has terrorized her borders and carried a series of attacks in the East African country with the latest being Riverside Complex attack that consumed 21 lives early this year. The Al-Shabaab had pledged allegiance to both Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

“It has caused serious havoc, not just on Kenya but the region and the world in general. It is important that all global efforts now come together to combat this,” said Kamau.

The proposal which US have put on hold until August 29 risks being dismissed in case one member of the 15-nation UN Security Council formally rejects it.


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Kagame says dialogue among Africans cannot be imposed from outside
August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Maniraguha Ferdinand

Presidents Kagame (Center) holding hands with President Nyusi of Mozambique (left) and Ossufo Momade of Renamo

Presidents Kagame (Center) holding hands with President Nyusi of Mozambique (left) and Ossufo Momade of Renamo

President of Rwanda Paul Kagame said that dialogue and inclusion cannot be imposed from outside because that way cannot bear good results.

He was speaking this Tuesday during a Peace and Reconciliation accord  signing ceremony between government of Mozambique and a rebel group Renamo.

The agreement came to end decades of hostility and war between two parties that saw more than million victims.

President Kagame who was among other dignitaries attended the event in Maputo, said this successful agreement shows potentials that lie among Africans themselves.

“This achievement matters to all of us in Africa. It shows that we can find solutions to our problems, no matter how protracted and difficult. Dialogue and inclusion cannot be imposed from outside. And once consensus is reached, it can only be sustained from Within”, he said

It is not the first time that Mozambique had an agreement with Renamo. The agreement was signed in 1992 and led to multi party elections of 1994 in which Renamo participated.

Agreement failed in 2013 when Renamo was accusing government forces to attack its base in central region.

Kagame said though the first agreement didn’t work, there is no loss into trying again.

“For the people of Mozambique, today brings the promise of an end to decades of conflict and uncertainty, and the renewal of national unity and cohesion. Even if previous efforts have not succeeded, it is never a waste to give a shot to peace one more time”, he added

More than five thousands Renamo rebels will be integrated into national Army, Police  others will be reintegrated in society.

Talks between two parties come ahead of general elections in October in which Renamo will participate as a political party.



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Nigeria:I am in good health — Sowore
August 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Olumide Ajayi



Arrested convener of the RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore has expressed happiness over the fact that the protests took place in parts of the country and revealed that he is in good health.

Speaking during the visit of the “Take It Back Movement” to the DSS facility where he is being held, Sowore said “I would like to assure everyone that I am being treated well and in very good health.

I am pleased that the peaceful #RevolutionNow protests went ahead. However, knowledge of the sheer number of innocent Nigerians being arrested for exercising their civil rights bothers me.

I join others in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested by the police on Monday.”

Director, Media and Communication of the movement, Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, confirmed that Sowore was in high spirits.

According to a statement released on Monday evening, “At 6pm today, 5th August, 2019, members of the Take it Back Movement were allowed to visit with our convener, Omoyele Sowore, for the first time since his armed abduction in the early hours last Saturday, August 3. We met him in high spirits, unmoved by the events of the last few days. The officers allowed us to present him with food as Sowore had refused all meals since his capture.

We are also happy to confirm that Take it Back members will be allowed to bring him food daily as per his wishes. The freedom fighter was quick to ask about the movement and supporters as he is aware that there will be a lot of worry about his wellbeing.

Indeed, the silver lining in today’s unrest lies in the knowledge that truly, you cannot stop an idea whose time has come. The Take it Back Movement will continue to agitate for his release as well as that of comrades whose voices this oppressive regime has tried to silence. This visit was a small win; but we will not rest until we are free and free indeed.”

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AU, African Development Bank sign $4.8 million grant earmarked for continental free trade secretariat
August 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 06 July 19 – The African Development Bank Group on Monday signed a $4.8 million institutional support grant to the African Union (AU) for implementation   of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The grant, approved by the Group’s Board of Directors on 01 April 2019, forms part of a series of interventions by the Bank in its lead role to accelerate implementation of the Free Trade Agreement, seen as a major force for integrating the 55-nation continent and transforming its economy.

Albert Muchanga, AU’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry, initialed for the continental body, and Obed Andoh Mensah, representing the Bank’s Director of the Industrial and Trade Development Department (PITD), signed on behalf of the Bank, signaling the startup of implementation.

African leaders meeting in Niamey, Niger in early July launched the implementation phase of the free trade area agreement established in March 2018 after it became operational at the end of May this year. Currently, 54 states have signed the deal and are set to begin formal trading next July.

“The AfCFTA is going to work and we are  confident that by the 1st of July next year, all the 55 countries would have been state parties – meaning, they would have signed and ratified the agreement and intra-African will start,” Muchanga said and urged countries to use this period to complete the parliamentary processes.

Muchanga commended the Bank’s strong and consistent support to ensure smooth implementation of the Agreement, saying the grant would be used judiciously for the rollout of various protocols relating to the structure and mandate of the AfCFTA secretariat.

The AU currently has an interim secretariat, tasked to provide the organizational structure for the permanent administrative body, its work program and related issues including its budget. The Niamey summit announced the siting of the AfCFTA secretariat in Accra, Ghana.

The Continental Free Trade deal has the potential to create the largest free-trade area in the world.  – uniting 55 African countries with a combined gross domestic product of more than $2.5 trillion. It is a major force for continental integration and expansion of intra African trade, currently estimated at around 16%.

The trade agreement is expected to expand intra-African trade by up to $35 billion per year, ease movement of goods, services and people across the continent’s borders and cut imports by $10 billion, while boosting agriculture and industrial exports by 7% and 5% respectively.

In his remarks, Andoh Mensah stressed that the deal will help stabilize African countries, allow small and medium sized enterprises to flourish, promote industrialization and lift millions out of poverty.

“If the AfCFTA is complemented by trade facilitation reforms, reduction in non-tariff barriers, improved infrastructure and policy measures to encourage employment and private sector investments, it will stimulate poverty reduction and socio-economic development across Africa,” he said, noting that the goals of AfCFTA are aligned to the Bank’s flagship High 5s.

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Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe reinforce strategies to combat crimes
July 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Arnaldo Cuamba

Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe want to adopt better strategies for combating cross-border crime to maintain security along the borders of the three countries.

At a meeting in Maputo City, attended especially by police representatives from the three countries, namely, Paulo Chachine (Mozambique), Thulane Phala (South Africa) and Rangarirai Nshucharua (Zimbabwe), it was agreed that the current strategies need to be updated taking into account the modus operandis of the bandits.

“We have situations of wrongdoers who commit crimes in South Africa and then flee to Mozambique, commit in Mozambique and go to Zimbabwe or South Africa from a

routinely ” denounced Chachine adding that” with this our essential objective is to study how to identify criminals and combat because they affect us“

Mozambique borders Zimbabwe through the provinces of Tete and Manica and with South Africa through Maputo and Gaza.

The three countries were unanimous in explaining that the most notable crimes along the border line to be fought are cattle theft, organ and human trafficking, drug and firearm trafficking, car and motor vehicle theft, illegal immigration as well as poaching.

Cattle theft has been proliferating along the border, largely at grazing sites, Chachine said calling for community involvement in the fight.

“The Police-Community link is the key, because criminals live in the communities and neighborhoods we live in, in the restaurants we go to, whether in Mozambique, South Africa or Zimbabwe.

“Therefore, through the Police-Community link we can be able to identify and fight offenders because, in general, the population does not want to live with them,” he added.

The next meeting is scheduled for September, October or November in South Africa.

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Gambia:15 years later, killers of Deyda Hydara are revealed
July 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Deyda Hydara

Deyda Hydara

The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has learnt with mixed feelings of shock and relief about the killers of journalist Deyda Hydara, a founder and former president of the GPU.

In a press release signed by Saikou Jammeh, Secretary General of Gambia Press Union explained that on Monday July 22, 2019, Malick Jatta, a military personnel and a member of the hit-squad of then-president, Yahya Jammeh, told the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) that he participated in the killing of Mr. Hydara.

He confirmed that Yahya Jammeh ordered the assassination in an operation meant to get rid of the ‘magic pen’ (a codename referring to Mr. Hydara). Jatta gave details of how the killing was planned and executed. He also told the commission how he and his colleagues who took part in the operation were given envelopes containing cash as a “sign of appreciation from the big man”, a reference to Jammeh.

Mr. Hydara was a prominent Gambian journalist and a strong advocate for press freedom. He was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting on the night of December 16, 2004. It was the 13th anniversary of The Point, a leading national newspaper he co-established.

He was driving home two of his staff Ida Jagne, a typist and Niansarang Jobe, a layout editor, who also sustained gunshot wounds on her leg and was briefly admitted for medical treatment.

The Jammeh administration had repeatedly denied any involvement in the killing of Deyda. Yet, despite overwhelming evidence pointing to their involvement, they have refused to properly investigate. Instead, the government ignored and censored calls – in some instances blocked efforts – to investigate the killing of the veteran journalist.

Mr. Sheriff Bojang Jr., the president of the GPU, said: “The revelations made by Jatta about the circumstances of the killing of Deyda Hydara confirm the long, widely held accusation that the government of Yahya Jammeh perpetrated the heinous crime.

“It is unfortunate that it has taken this long, 15 years, for us to know the killers of Deyda. This is painfully depressing but also a relief as the family and his colleagues deserve to know the truth and to pursue justice.”

Meanwhile, the Gambia Press Union (GPU) is actively engaged with the TRRC process and is closely monitoring developments.

The Union encourages the Commission to leave no stone unturned in establishing the truth and seeking justice for wide of crimes committed against journalists during the 22-year reign of Yahya Jammeh.

The Union reminds The Gambia Government of its obligation to pursue justice and bring to book every perpetrator, including exiled ex-president Yahya Jammeh, for the killing of Deyda and all other crimes against journalists of which his government perpetrated or failed in its duty to investigate.

The Union wishes to express sincere thanks and appreciation to individuals and partner organisations that have supported in particular the family of Mr Hydara and the freedom and development of the media during those difficult times.

The Union also stands by Mr. Hydara’s family and offers its support and solidarity especially during these trying times.



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Nigeria: U.S. firms want Nigeria oil and gas sector reforms before investing
July 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Teslim Olawore

Brent Omdahl,

Brent Omdahl,



Brent Omdahl, commercial counselor at the U.S. Department of Commerce has said Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer, could attract more U.S. investment if the oil and gas sector becomes less opaque and a fuel-price peg is removed.

“Nigeria needs to think strategically about what is going to make it a more attractive destination,” the U.S. official said in an interview in Lagos. “Our investors are willing to compete on fair terms for new investments if there’s a transparent process to try to win new oil opportunities. What is difficult or a disincentive to investors is when deals are done and then the contracts are not honoured.”

Controls on energy prices are also constraining investment, according to Omdahl, who is leaving Nigeria this month. The country’s national petroleum company imports most gasoline under a swap program and has capped the pump price at 145 naira ($0.40) per litre – one of the lowest prices worldwide. Yet that system cost the government almost $2 billion in subsidies last year, according to the International Monetary Fund, which has called for the cap to be lifted.

The controls “perpetuate a system where only certain people benefit,” Omdahl said. “Why not open it up and let everybody benefit from it. That is money that can be used in making investments in refineries and all of a sudden you are paying less for imported fuel and your price goes down.”

He further said that an accumulation of “easy” loans from China risks increasing debt-servicing costs, and warned against missing out on financing opportunities from multilateral development banks with more stringent requirements.

Nigeria has increased borrowing from China in recent years to finance railways, airports and power plants. Loans from China stood at $2.55 billion as of March 31, which is about one-tenth of Nigeria’s external debt stock, according to the country’s debt management office. While Nigeria has a relatively low 19% ratio of debt to gross domestic product, debt servicing takes up about 69% of government earnings, IMF data show.

“Nigeria needs to ask, money isn’t free, somebody has to pay,” Omdahl said. “So you might as well do what is necessary to earn transparent money.”

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Detainees arrested in relation to Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis stage protest in Kondengui prison, demand their immediate release
July 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

Photo clip from video show detainees protesting at the courtyard of the Kondengui Central Prison.

Photo clip from video show detainees protesting at the courtyard of the Kondengui Central Prison.

Calm has been restored to the Kondengui Central Prison in Cameroon’s capital city of Yaounde after Monday’s uproar by Anglophone detainees who protested against inhumane detention conditions, demanding to be immediately released and sent home

The courtyard of the prison witnessed a not-so-common scenario during the early hours of Monday when English-speaking Cameroonians detained in connection with the crisis in North West and South West regions staged a protest, calling for their release by the government.

Numerous reports hold that security elements used tear gas and bullets to clamp down on the protesting detainees who in retaliation rage havoc and set fire on some structure at the facility.

This reporter is yet to confirm reports on casualties and possible deaths during Monday’s protest which forced the minister of defense and other top security officials to rush to the prison.

In a video circulated by the detainees online, they demanded their liberation so they could go home and reunite with their families insisting that their arrest was base-less, tagging themselves as prisoners of conscience.

One of the detainees had on him a blue and white stripped plastic paper, depicting the flag of their Ambazonia, a yet to exist nation which some English-speaking Cameroonians want to establish after seceding from Cameroon.

Voicing their frustrations on the facilities deplorable living situation, the protesting detainees complained of poor feeding conditions, near absence of medical care and maltreatment in the detention center.

Requesting their unconditional release, they called on “the international community to intervene and stop the ongoing genocide in Southern Cameroons”. The prisoners most of whom have been in jailed since 2016 held placards with messages calling on the United Nations, U.S and European Union to intervene in the armed conflict ongoing in the Southern Cameroons.

In an opened letter to the Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute, the protesting detainees outline a number of conditions they say if meet will bring an end to the simmering conflict that has rocked the country for over three years.

Among others, the requested total ceasefire, release of all prisoners, grant amnesty to all those in exile, prepare a suitable condition for back to school and organized a dialogue mediated by a third party.

Also spotted in one of the videos in Mancho Bibixy, radio animator and initiator of the famous “Coffin Revolution” that ushered in a new dawn to the Anglophone crisis in 2016.

Mancho Bibixy was in 2018 sentenced to 15 years in prison and a fine of 268 million francs CFA (approximatively 408 564 Euros) as damages requested by the civil party and 204 million as damages requested by the State, on charges of “acts of terrorism”, “hostility against the homeland”, “secession”, “revolution”, “propagation of false information”, “contempt of public bodies and public servants”, “resistance”, “depredation by band”, “failure to hold his national ID card” and “insurrection” under the Law on the Suppression of Acts of Terrorism No. 28 of 2014 and Cameroonian Criminal Code.

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