ZAMBIA’S FOUNDING FATHER PRESIDENT KENNETH KAUNDA DIES AT 97

Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and liberation hero, has died at a military hospital in Lusaka where he was being treated for pneumonia, his son, Kambarage, said on Thursday. He was 97. Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the southern African nation won its independence from Britain, until 1991, and afterwards become one of Africa’s most committed activists against HIV/AIDS. “I am sad to inform (members) we have lost Mzee. Let’s pray for him,” Kambarage said on the late president’s Facebook page. The former president had been feeling unwell and…

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HOW WE DISCOVERED CHESS PRODIGY, FERDINAND MAUMO IN MAKOKO SLUM

By Tunde Onakoya About a month ago, we discovered a boy with Spastic cerebral palsy being mocked by his peers in the slums of Makoko where we had a chess training program for children without access to education, we brought him into our training center and introduced him to the gift of Chess. Few minutes into learning board arrangement and pawn movements, he outperformed everyone in his class. The Boy’s name is Ferdinard and he is a differently abled child. He didn’t speak any English word and had never been…

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COURT REFUSES BAIL FOR BABA IJESHA, SENDS HIM TO THE HIGH COURT

A Magistrate court sitting in Lagos State has denied embattled Nigerian actor, James Olanrewaju a.k.a Baba Ijesha, bail in the ongoing trial over alleged sexual assault. The movie star was arrested and detained by the Lagos State police after he was alleged to have sexually molested a minor at 7 and 14. He was later granted bail on May 17 after spending about 25 days in police detention by magistrates in charge of prison decongestion. But he has remained in police custody despite the bail. During the trial on Wednesday,…

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N25.7 BILLION FRAUD: EX BANK PHB BOSS, FRANCIS ATUCHE JAILED 6 YEARS

Former Managing Director of the defunct Bank PHB, Mr. Francis Atuche, has been sentenced to six (6) years in jail over  N25.7 billion fraud. Justice Lateefat Okunnu, of the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on Wednesday, also convicted Ugo Anyanwu, a former chief financial officer (CFO) of the bank. The judge while handing down the sentence, held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) proved its case beyond reasonable doubt. Okunnu, however, discharged Elizabeth, Atuche’s wife, who was standing trial alongside the duo. The Judge, found Atuche and…

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UBA PARTNERS IRISH FINTECH FIRM, LAYER, FOR EXPANSION DRIVE

Digital banking platform provider, Layer has announced it is partnering with United Bank for Africa (UBA) to fuel its digital transformation aimed at providing greater access to a wider range of financial services for its African customers. Layer, the digital transformation platform that enables large financial institutions to rapidly revolutionize their customer and back-office digital experiences said the new partnership will see the Dublin-based company add an additional 22 million users to its platform. Through its collaboration with Layer, the financial conglomerate will be able to provide seamless banking services…

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