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September 4, 2018

Photos: Nigerian designer of Theresa May’s African jacket thrilled

A young Nigerian designer said he had no idea that a jacket he had been tasked to design will be worn by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May.

Emmanuel Okoro, 27, head of EmmyKasbit told the BBC Pidgin service that when Director of British Council and another top industry player contacted him, the told him the jacket would be used by a VVIP of the United Kingdom.

“They said they wanted a designer who could positively project African fashion, they wanted someone to clothe a UK VVIP arriving in the country.

“They did not mention a name and stressed that it was a top secret so that it will not result in a security breach,” he added.

He added that he had [...]

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September 4, 2018

White workers in S. Africa protest against discrimination by black-only share scheme

White South African workers through their Solidarity union on Monday kicked off an industrial action that includes a go-slow protest that is to develop into a full strike.

The whites who work for petrochemicals firm Sasol, are protesting against discrimination over a share scheme offered exclusively to black staff, and said they would begin a full strike on Thursday.

“We have a staggered industrial action. Today, we have a go-slow. Our 6,300 members will carry out their duties, but in a slow manner. We plan to ramp up to a full-blown strike on Thursday,” Dirk Hermann, Solidarity’s chief executive said.

We are not against the [...]

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September 4, 2018

Ethiopians condemn arrest of strike organisers that caused ‘flight disruption’

Several Ethiopians have condemned the arrest of the organisers of an industrial action by the Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) in the country.

On Monday, state affiliated Fana BC reported that Federal Police Commission had detained nine individuals on suspicion of attempting to disrupt international flights and coordinating a strike that began last week.

‘‘The suspects were attempting to disrupt international flights and prevent planes from landing at the airport,’‘ Tekora Aifokru, Deputy Commissioner General said.

There have been several incidents of loss of standard separation between aircrafts at the point of transfer between [...]

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September 3, 2018

Boko Haram attack in NE Nigeria, military death toll hits 48

The number of Nigerian soldiers killed in a Boko Haram attack in northeastern Nigeria has reached forty-eight, the AFP news agency reports citing military sources.

The terrorists are said to have overran a military base in the northeast near the border with Niger, two military sources told AFP on Saturday. They are reported to have stormed the base at Zari village in northern Borno state late Thursday and briefly seized it after a fierce battle.

“They came in large numbers in trucks and carrying heavy weapons and engaged soldiers in a battle that lasted for an hour,” a military officer said.

The latest development means the toll has risen by more than half of [...]

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