Presidents of Malawi, Uganda and Zambia call for accelerated action to end child marriage in Africa

On the margins of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the governments of Zambia and Canada, with support from UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA and the African Union Commission, hosted a high-level side event for global leaders to renew their commitments and accelerate efforts to end child marriage in Africa by 2030. “Girls who marry young are often denied their rights,” said President of Zambia Edgar Lungu. “Ending child marriage by 2030 will require a range of action,…

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Malawi High Commissioner to India presents his letters of credence to Indian President

His Excellency Mr. George Crytone Mkondiwa, High Commissioner of the Republic of Malawi to India presented his Letters of Credence to the President of India, His Excellency, Shri Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan (State House) in New Delhi, (the capital city of India) today, 23rd August 2017. In his talks with the President, the Malawi envoy conveyed a Goodwill message from the President of Malawi, His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, Government and People of Malawi to His…

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Slavery in African football, says FIFPRO
Theo Van Seggelen

In a shocking turn of events, the International Federation of Professional Footballers, FIFPro, has revealed that 41% of African footballers receive their salaries late or are not paid at all. According to the Secretary General of the international players union, FIFPro, Theo Van Seggelen, a labour market research of 14,000 players in 54 African countries found that 41% of football professionals do not get a salary and 45% earn less than $1,000 a month. Theo van Seggelen revealed this…

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‘ I HAD SEX WITH MY DAUGHTER (11)’

“YES, I had sex with my 11-year-old daughter because my culture compels me to do so!” This was the shocking statement made by a father as community members bayed for his blood. “Before she gets married or has a relationship with anyone, my culture compels me to be the one she sleeps with first,” he told a group of angry residents. The 41-year-old man was arrested while trying to flee his home in Dark City extension outside Thulamahashe, Mpumalanga…

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World Bank Resumes Budget Support to Malawi

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved an $80 million credit to the Malawi Government for general budget support. This is the first budget support financing approved by the World Bank for Malawi in four years. The budget support operation, fully referred to as the Agricultural Support and Fiscal Management Development Policy Operation (DPO), is the first of a proposed series of two operations. It aims to improve incentives for private sector participation in agricultural markets and…

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Malawi’s Daliso In Britain’s Got Talent’s Semi-final

Stand-up comedian, Daliso Chaponda, on 29 April made history by becoming the first Malawian act to audition for Britain’s Got Talent (BGT), UK’s television hit talent show. Daliso’s comedy routine on the night earned him a spot in this year’s BGT semi-final scheduled for 21 to 25 May. Aged 37, Daliso who is based in Manchester, stepped on the world stage dressed in a pair of jeans and brown top. The panel of judges could not help but wonder…

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African migrants sold in Libya ‘slave markets

Africans trying to reach Europe are being sold by their captors in “slave markets” in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. According to BBC, victims told IOM that after being detained by people smugglers or militia groups, they were taken to town squares or car parks to be sold. Migrants with skills like painting or tiling would fetch higher prices, the head of the IOM in Libya said. An IOM staff member in Niger said they confirmed…

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Madonna Shared Adorable Photo of Twin Girls with Daughter Lourdes Months Before Adoption

Madonna may have initially denied any plans to adopt two children from Malawi, but her Instagram account told a different story. The 58-year-old singer recently adopted 4½-year-old twin girls from Malawi, the country’s judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula confirmed. And an Instagram photo from July has since resurfaced, showing the little girls with Madonna’s 20-year-old daughter Lourdes. She captioned the photo: “3 Beauties! Lola spends time with twins, Stella and Esther at Home of Hope Orphanage.” She included several emojis of the…

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Madonna adopts twin girls from Malawi

Madonna has been given permission by Malawian high court to adopt four-year-old Stella and Esther from Mchinji orphanage. She has adopted the twin girls from Malawi, according to government officials. The singer, who had previously denied she was visiting the country with a view to adopting more children, was given permission by the Malawian high court on Tuesday to adopt the four-year-olds. Mlenga Mvula, a judicial spokesman, said: “I can confirm that Madonna has been granted an adoption order for two…

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‘IT WILL BE AS IF THEY DIED’ Uncle of Madonna’s daughter Mercy, 10, warns family not to let singer adopt their twins

THE uncle of Madonna’s adopted daughter Mercy has urged the family of the twins the singer is trying to adopt from Malawi not to let them go because it will be “as if children have died”. The warning came from the relatives of Mercy James, who was adopted by the singer eight years ago, after it emerged she is allegedly seeking to adopt another two children from the African nation. Despite earlier denying the claims, it has been reported that the…

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