Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes the first African woman ever to be at the helm of the World Trade Organisation in it’s entire 25-year history
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has appointed former Nigeria’s finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new director-general. Ngozi now becomes the first woman and also African to lead the Switzerland-based institution.
Her appointment came after the WTO had a special general council meeting on Monday.
In September of last year, Kenyan Sports, Culture and Heritage Minister, Amina Chawahir Mohamed, and Okonjo-Iweala were selected as the top candidates for the director-general position for the WTO. They were the only two African women in the running at the time. Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy, however, had been blocked by the former Trump administration, according to The New York Times.
According to a press statement by the office of the US trade representative, “Dr. Okonjo-Iweala brings a wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy. She is widely respected for her effective leadership and has proven experience managing a large international organisation with a diverse membership.” European Central Bank President, Christine Lagarde, also responded to Okonjo-Iweala’s historic appointment in a recent interview saying, “[Okonjo-Iweala] is this wonderful, soft, very gentle woman with an authentic approach to problems but, boy, under that soft glove there is a hard hand and a strong will behind it.
Okonjo-Iweala, 66, served as her country’s first female finance and foreign minister and has a 25-year career behind her as a development economist at the World Bank.
Okonjo-Iweala, who also serves on Twitter’s board of directors, as chair of the GAVI vaccine alliance and as a special envoy for the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 fight, saw her candidacy get a boost when the EU threw its weight behind her.
Even before the Covid-19 crisis hit, the WTO was already grappling with stalled trade talks and struggling to curb tensions between the United States and China.
The global trade body has also faced relentless attacks from Washington, which has crippled the WTO dispute settlement appeal system and threatened to leave the organization altogether.
Okonjo-Iweala said earlier this month that she had broad experience in championing reform and was the right person to help put the WTO back on track.
In partnership with Kugali Entertainment, Disney is launching a comic book series Iwájú in 2022
Founded by Fikayo Adeola, Hamid Ibrahim and Tolu Olowofoyeku, Kugali focuses on telling stories inspired by African Culture using comic books, art and Augmented reality. These are stories that respect the history, embrace the present and imagine a future of Africa, for a new sci-fi series.
#EndSARS: How it started Vs How it’s going
Written By Itty Okim
Gently lying underneath the uproar, arrogance and agitation – barely an inch below the angry, excited and aggressive surface – is the brokenness of Nigerian people. Both at home and in diaspora, the entire planet has almost become inhabitable for Nigerians and Black people as a whole due to phenomena including racism, bad governance and this which got to number one on global Twitter’s list of trending issues – police brutality.
“…only for them to waste my son. There was no war, there was no fight, there was no riot,” lamented the father of a twenty year old boy who was killed by some policemen in Rivers state in a video that recently resurfaced on the internet. “…not that he was stealing or robbing. Just cold-bloodedly, they wasted this boy for me,” he said, this time with tears rolling down his eyes as he appealed to his God to avenge the unnecessary, gruesome death of his son.
The (Federal) Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) is a suspended unit of the Nigerian police force that is notoriously known for brutalising innocent Nigerians; especially the youth and any young person who showed some level of wealth or happened to posses gadgets like iPhones, expensive laptops and jewellery, designer clothes or a flashy car. There have been so many riots and protests recorded since 2016 by Nigerians who couldn’t bear the injustice and unjust killings of Nigeria’s future.
Apparently, the end of SARS is not the end of Nigeria’s problems. After each protest since 2016, the unit has been ‘disbanded’ officially, but the officers still went about, carrying their “normal” activities of oppressing young Nigerians. The same “disbanding” was announced by the Inspector General of Police on Sunday 11 October, but Nigerian youth do not seem to be having it this time. They have created a list of five things they demand from the federal government of Nigeria concerning police reform and foundations for a better Nigeria.
With fire in their eyes and an obviously very willing heart, Nigerians have refused to back down in this fight as peaceful protests are still being organized nationwide – regardless of the fact that some of the demonstrators have been killed by some members of the police by stray bullets. The hot water dispensed by the police on the protesters as a method of crowd control doesn’t seem to be quenching their hunger for a better nation. They have promised to keep up their campaign seeking justice for victims of police brutality and an overhaul of the security apparatus, even as authorities announced the immediate disbanding of a notorious anti-robbery unit that has long been accused of grave human rights abuses.
The end of SARS might not be the end of corruption and bad governance in the federation, but the unity and togetherness expressed by the protesters (mostly millennials and Gen Z-ers) is capable of redeeming Africa and the entire world from its ills.
Yet, SARS must go.
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Itty Okim is a Nigerian entertainment writer and Gen Z socio-cultural promoter. He lives in Lagos and takes PR for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You can find him on twitter and instagram – @ittyokim
As air travel continues to slowly pick up amid the ongoing pandemic, many airlines are completely reimagining their route networks. For United Airlines, that means announcing seven new long-haul routes, including three new destinations in Africa. United says it’s adding international flights where there’s existing demand, especially tapping into traffic from travelers from the African diaspora visiting their friends and families
The new routes include:
Newark, New Jersey—Johannesburg: beginning spring 2021
Washington, D.C.—Accra, Ghana: beginning late spring 2021
Washington, D.C.—Lagos, Nigeria: beginning late spring 2021
Tickets will be available for purchase on united.com and the United app in the coming weeks, the airline says.
“Now is the right time to take a bold step in evolving our global network to help our customers reconnect with friends, family, and colleagues around the world,” Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of international network and alliances, said in a statement.
Throughout the crisis, United has been taking an “opportunistic approach” to expanding its network, driven by demand, says Patrick Quayle.
United highlighted that when its new nonstop Accra service launches, the airline will be the only U.S. carrier offering the nonstop flight from Washington, D.C., home to the second-largest population Ghanaians in the United States, according to United.
In addition to Africa, United is adding nonstop flight routes to Israel, India, and Hawaii.
The new routes include:
Chicago—Tel Aviv, Israel: beginning September 2020
Chicago—New Delhi, India: beginning December 2020
San Francisco—Bangalore, India: beginning spring 2021
Chicago—Kona (Big Island), Hawaii: beginning summer 2021
Newark—Kahului (Maui), Hawaii: beginning summer 2021
Last week, the carrier announced that it would end change fees for all domestic flights in premium and regular economy cabins. On Wednesday, it also expanded that policy to flights to Mexico and the Caribbean.
Davido, a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer dropped his vibrant new music video for his track #1Milli. He is giving us major Yoruba and Afro-Caribbean moreover Brazilian vibes. Also, with the show off of Afro-descendant Religion, which was taken to the New World by Yoruba slaves from Africa.
One year after the release of “Assurance” visuals, where Davido proudly showed us his girlfriend and current fiancée in a music video that had 53 million views, he returns with “1 milli” visual, the second track of his album A Good Time. This one also features his soon-to-be bride Chioma Rowland. This is a song where he expresses his love for her and talks about the bride price he is willing to pay for his beloved.
This clip is a vibrant tribute to the Afro-Caribbean community descending from Africa. Most of all, in this carnival period, the release of this clip is not insignificant. The traditional getup, the landscapes, the atmosphere delivers homage to the Afro-Brazilian community which is instantly recognizable. Indeed, this community is renowned for having the second-largest black community where African influences are still very present through. For example, the candomblé religion which is one of the Afro-Brazilian religions practiced in Brazil, but also in neighboring countries such as Uruguay, Cuba, Paraguay, Argentina, and Venezuela.
A mixture of catholicism, indigenous rites, and African beliefs, this religion consists of a cult of orixás (pronounced “oricha”), the candomblé gods of totemic and family origin, each associated with a natural element (water, forest, fire, lightning, etc.)
In Brazil, especially in Salvador de Bahia, Osun is an orisha goddess who is truly praised. She is a goddess found in Yoruba mythology.
Davido who is of Yoruba heritage, commemorate the end of Black History Month by promoting black unity but also by celebrating the Afro-Caribbean culture, knowing that the carnival culture was initiated by Afro-descendants.
As with all great migrations, the Africans that arrived in the carribean not only brought over their strength and beauty but also their music and cultural traditions.
Building upon the learnings from the successful 2018 Nigeria Collection, Nike undertook deep cultural immersions and collaborated with each federation to ensure the designs truly resonated.
In 2018, Nigeria changed the game with a collection for the ages that set a new standard for how Nike approaches federation design.
This week, MoyoAfrika has selected for you the dopest sounds on the continent that you must listen to, to be up to date on your playlists, let’s go!
“Mind Game” of Buju and Ejoye
Buju is a 21-year-old Nigerian as also known as one of the newest faces and most promising stars of Afrofusion today. He is the genius behind those bangers: “Spiritual” and “L’enu“. His enchanting voice and vivid and harmonious melodies are his signature, then come the importance he puts on the lyrics and his effortless ability to freestyle on every type of beats.
Watch and listen to his latest music below!
“Play Play” of J Hus and Burna Boy
Back in 2017, J Hus blessed our ears with his fantastic debut album “Common Sense” and it was huge because it was playing a major part in expanding UK rap’s horizons to include African and Caribbean sounds, earned gold sales figures and Brit and Mercury nominations. Following this, it was put in jail in 2018 for knife possession, and by mid-2019 he was on top again, sharing the O2 stage with Drake, performing at Wireless Festival and appearing on Skepta and Ed Sheeran albums.
He released “Big Conspiracy“, a project mostly produced by his long-time producer JAE5. J Hus gave us here summer vibe, dope lyrics.
From the melodic dancehall of Repeat, sung by new Jamaican star Koffee, to the spy theme bass of “Helicopter” you will find the song who perfectly fits your mood.
They did it first on Burna boy’s project “Outside” on “Sekkle down“, J hus Teamed up with Hislondon friend again, on “Play Play“, listen to this masterpiece below!
“Runaway Lady” of The Cavemen
We discover “The Cavemen” mostly via Lady Donli‘s “Enjoy your life” album where we find so many gems, and incredible underground talents. It is a Ghanaian band, in love with smooth highlife ballads. They share with us lately her very anticipated love highlife inspired ballad “Runaway Lady“, a culture-rich articulation of romantic feelings from them atop instrumentals flush with local and traditional sounds. The band’s signature shaky drum is the highlight of this love affair.
“IYABO” of Guiltybeatz, Joey B and Falz
Guiltybeatz awarded Nigerian producer/Dj collaborates with Joey B and Falz to give us a dancing song, produced by himself under Empawa, the label of Mr Eazi. It is a taste of the upcoming project “Different” of the producer.
Listen and watch the video below!
“Omo Rapala” of Niniola
Niniola, the current queen of Afrohouse, author of major hits such as “Maradona Riddim” a song DJ Snake remixed, then Drake requested it on a live radio program, and Beyoncé interpolated it on “Find Your Way Back.”, and “Boda Sodiq” remixed recently by Timbaland, releases her new single “Omo Rapala” produced by Sarz.
Omo Rapala is a slick instrumental hook who seems to be designed to inspire popular dance videos on social media mixed with a catchy melody.
Watch and listen to the song below!
“Need You” of Fireboy
Fireboy, as we speak of him in our recent #MAPLAYLIST, is YBNL’s new face. He is very talented and was discovered with the infectious hit “Jealous” who was a huge success in Nigeria and abroad. Recently, Olamide’s protege release the video of “Energy” the track who is opening his first album “Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps” who surpassed recently 100 millions of streams on all streaming platforms combined.
Watch the visuals below!
“I came I saw” of Kwesta and Rick Ross
South African / American Collabo as Kwesta comes through with”I Came I Saw” featuring Maybach Music Boss Rick Ross. The song will not come as a surprise to his fans having been filmed with Rick Ross in Gauteng, South Africa many months ago. We can witness a dope beat, really delightful
Watch the visuals and listen to the song below!
“Alaye Jor Jor Jor” of Vector
Nigerian award-winning rapper, Vector dished out a new single titled “Alaye Jor Jor Jor” which is track 6 off his just-released Extended Play “VIBES BEFORE TESLIM: The Journey To Self Discovery“. The rapper dropped here a real anthem, with catchy lyrics and interesting visuals
Watch the video and listen to the song below!
“Blow” Of Wizkid and Blaq Jerzee
We talk about it recently when Wizkid dropped “Soundman Vol 1”, a solid EP with contributions from Chronixx, Blaq Jerzee, London and Kel P. He released the visuals of “Blow” and we suggest it to watch it below!
Jamaica and Africa share deep cultural ties that survived the slave trade. There are some cultural morals that are passed down that have direct ties to Africa. Enslaved Africans kept their heritage alive by way of dance, food, and spirituality.
There are too many notable Jamaicans of African descent to name. Here is a small sample: George William Gordon, National Hero, George Steibel, the island’s first black millionaire who built Devon House, Sir Alexander Bustamante, the island’s first Prime Minister, Norman Manley, the island’s first premier, Marcus Garvey, black nationalist and National Hero and more contemporarily, Merlene Ottey, Jamaican track and field star, T. P. Lecky, creator of the Jamaica Red Breed of cattle, Cecil Baugh, world-renowned potter, Bob Marley, worldwide musical superstar and the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, cultural icon.