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EDITORIAL: State of African Union – The Kagame year


By The EastAfrican
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Over the past two years, African Union incumbent chair Paul Kagame has been trying to push through reforms he was selected to champion at the continental body back in 2016.

It is an assignment he launched into with gusto, first appointing a committee of experts to conduct a 360-degree audit of the organisation.

That committee zeroed in on two key areas – turning the lethargic organisation into an agile body that was self-sustaining and reducing wastage and redundancy at the Secretariat.

There was a sense of urgency to self-financing at the time because the political conflict that destabilised most of North Africa and the Sahel at the turn of the decade, had disrupted contributions from members such as Libya, which alongside four other members and donors,…

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BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018: Nominees named for award


Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Salah (from left to right) are the nominees

The five-man shortlist for the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award has been announced.

This year’s nominees are Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).

The vote opened on Saturday, 17 November at 19:00 GMT and closes on Sunday, 2 December at 20:00.

The result will be revealed in a programme on BBC World News on Friday, 14 December at 17:30.

The shortlist has been compiled by a panel of African football experts.

Liverpool forward Salah won last year’s award, with previous winners including Jay-Jay Okocha, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Riyad Mahrez.

The…

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Vote for your BBC African Footballer of the Year: Benatia, Koulibaly, Mane, Partey, Salah


The five-man shortlist for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018 has been announced.

Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Salah are all in contention for the award.

Now it is time to decide who gets your vote. You can read about their achievements this year below.

Voting details

Vote closes on 2 December at 20:00 GMT.

The final result will be revealed in a programme broadcast on BBC World News on 14 December at 17:30 GMT.

The five-man shortlist

Medhi Benatia (Juventus and Morocco)

African Footballer of the Year 2018 nominee: Medhi Benatia

Morocco captain Medhi Benatia, 31, has developed into one of Europe’s most reliable defenders in recent years, having played for some of the continent’s biggest clubs.

But it has been…

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Mohamed Salah amongst the nominees as BBC African Footballer of the Year shortlist announced


The Liverpool striker won the award in 2017 after a year which saw him make an explosive start to life in England and lead Egypt to the World Cup

The nominees for the BBC’s 2018 African Footballer of the Year have been announced.  

The shortlist, which has been compiled by a panel of African football experts, comprises Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).

The vote opened at 7pm GMT on Saturday 17 November and is set to close on Sunday 2 December, with the results due be announced on Friday 14 December at 17:30.

Liverpool and Egypt striker Salah was last year’s winner, in a year that saw him make the switch from Serie A with Roma to the Premier League and lead his country to a…

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Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise Celebrating Fifth Year


The 2018 Sold-Out Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise Celebrates with a Special Marley Brothers Performance

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Hailed as one of the most authentic, intimate and international reggae experiences, Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise will celebrate its fifth year on the high seas from December 1-6, 2018.

The sold-out 5-day voyage aboard Royal Caribbean departs Ft. Lauderdale, FL with stops in Ocho Rios and Falmouth, Jamaica.

This…

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Q&A: Westchester’s First African-American Deputy County Executive Wraps up First Year – 914INC. – Q4 2018


Armed with a quarter-century of experience in local politics, Ken Jenkins says he’s ready for what comes next.

By Nick Brandi



Ken Jenkins in action during a contracts meeting at the County Executive’s office.


Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins takes his seat at the county exec’s table on the heels of vast experience in local politics. In addition to having served as the president of the Yonkers chapter of the NAACP and the chairman of the Yonkers Democratic Committee, Jenkins went on to become the chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. We sat down with Jenkins as he prepares to wrap his first year as deputy county…

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