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South Africa Mourns Death of Founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Celebrities, fans and friends took to social media to mourn and pay tribute to Joseph Shabalala whose music with his group Ladysmith Black Mambazo won five Grammy Awards, saw them touring the world and sharing the stage with global hitmakers, while placing South African music firmly on the world stage.

– 2nacheki and BOA54 wishes a heartfelt condolences to the Shabalala family, his fans and the people of south Africa for their loss

U.S. Secretary Of State to Make First Visit to Sub-Saharan Africa
United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is set to make his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa. He will travel to Dakar, Senegal from February 15 to 16; to Luanda in Angola on February 17; and to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia from February 17 to 19. Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State, has expressed hope that President Donald Trump’s administration might be able to lift visa restrictions placed on Nigeria if the country takes the steps needed to remove itself from U.S. visa restrictions. The United States has also announced an additional U.S.$40 million aid to Nigeria to address the humanitarian crisis arising from decades of the Boko Haram insurgency. Nigeria is among six countries affected by the new restrictions. The others are Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Sudan and Tanzania. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says affected countries like Nigeria did not meet U.S. security standards and have failed to share adequate security intelligence. The new travel ban takes effect on February 21. However, people from those countries will still be able to visit the U.S. as tourists.

Portugal Freezes Bank Accounts Belonging to Africa’s Richest Woman ‘Isabel dos Santos’
Dozens of bank accounts belonging to Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos have been frozen in Portugal at the request of the authorities in Angola, Portuguese media, including the newspaper Expresso, are reporting. The former president’s daughter headed Angola’s national oil company Sonangol. Forbes magazine last year estimated her net worth at $2.2 billion.

Her father’s successor Joao Lourenco forced her out of the oil company after becoming president in 2017.

Ms Dos Santos has denied allegations that she enriched herself through corrupt deals when her father, José Eduardo dos Santos, was Angola’s president.

‘Shell Nigeria’s Operations Could Be Under Scrutiny in 2020’
In 2020, Shell may be facing unprecedented legal scrutiny, over allegations that include its complicity in unlawful executions, and causing systemic pollution and environmental damage in the Niger Delta, Amnesty International has said.

Chinese Man Arrested for Whipping a Kenyan Restaurant Employee
A video emerged on social media showing a Chinese man beating up a Kenyan employee at Chez Wou restaurant in Kileleshwa

Police arrest 4 Chinese nationals after a video surfaced of a Chinese man caning a Kenyan restaurant staff in Kileleshwa surfaced online.

Detectives raided the restaurant on Sunday, February 9, and arrested four Chinese nationals – They were found not in possession of valid work documents and are set to be arraigned on Monday

Latest update on the Locust Disaster in Horn of Africa
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The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization says that nymph (baby) desert locusts maturing in Somalia’s rebel-held backcountry, where aerial spraying is next to unrealizable, will develop wings in the “next three or four weeks” and threaten millions of people already short of food.

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