Nigeria’s Economic Apartheid in Electricity Consumption by Farooq A. Kperogi

I am writing this week’s column from Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where I have come to deliver a talk on media theory. But this column isn’t about the talk or about South Africa. It’s about the enduring problems of electricity generation and distribution in Nigeria, which I have brooded over for quite some time. It’s ironic that I am writing about Nigeria’s new economic apartheid in electricity consumption from the previous land of apartheid where electricity is a human right, where even the poorest of the poor “have a public law right to receive electricity” even before the abolishment of apartheid, according to F. Dube and C.G. Moyo in their 2022 article titled “The Right to Electricity in South Africa.” I’m not sure there’s any modern country on earth where electricity is as precarious, as insufficient, as unreliable, and as socially stratified as it is in Nigeria. The hierarchization of electricity distribution into “bands” in which people classified as “band A” (read: the wealthy) get the most electricity and people classified as “Band E” (read: the …

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Transfer: Nwabali speak on remaining in South Africa despite European links

Nigeria goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali has dropped a hint on his future, claiming he is not desperate to play in Europe. Nwabali has been in the spotlight this season after impressing at both club and international level. The 27-year-old is currently regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the South African league. The Chippa United shot-stopper further enhanced his reputation with his impressive displays for Nigeria at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations where the Super Eagles finished second. Nwabali has consistently been linked with a move to South African giants Kaizer Chiefs. Queens Park Rangers, Union St Gilloise and El -Ettifaq are also reportedly interested in the goaltender. The former Enyimba goalie is however ready to stay put in South Africa instead of moving to Europe. “Ronwen Williams is at Sundowns, he gets everything he wants, he’s got the name, the sponsor, his family is here, everyone is supporting him, he’s the captain of Bafana Bafana, to me the league is okay,” Nwabali told Far Post. “The league, the pay is a little bit nice for [depending on] a …

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Turkey to join South Africa’s genocide lawsuit against Israel

ISTANBUL- Turkey is joining South Africa’s case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which accuses Israel of committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan made the announcement in Ankara on Wednesday. He said the legal details of taking part in the lawsuit were still being worked out. At the end of December, South Africa took Israel to the top UN court in The Hague for alleged violations of the Genocide Convention. South Africa contends that Israel is committing “systematic” acts of genocide in Gaza, citing examples of military violence and statements by Israeli politicians and military brass. Israel has denounced the lawsuit, calling it “unfounded” and “absurd.” The ICJ issued an interim ruling in January in which it recognised a risk of genocide in the Gaza Strip, but did not oblige Israel to end its military operation there. The court said that Israel needed to take all necessary measures to prevent genocidal acts. Turkish President,  Recep Erdoğan, is a staunch critic of the Israeli military operation in Gaza to crush the Hamas movement, …

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Widespread government corruption going on in South Africa under President Ramaphosa- U.S. Government

UNITED STATES- The United States has alleged widespread official corruption in South Africa under President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration. Mr Ramaphosa’s government was implicated in a recently released report by the U.S. government on human rights practices in South Africa. “The government did not take credible steps to investigate, prosecute, and punish officials who may have committed human rights abuses. There were numerous reports of impunity,” said the U.S. government. It added, “The law provided for criminal penalties for conviction of corruption by officials, but the government generally did not implement the law effectively, and officials sometimes engaged in corrupt practices with impunity. There were numerous reports of government corruption during the year.” The report stated “official corruption remains a problem in South Africa,” and at least 10 government agencies, including the SAPS special investigation unit, Public Service Commission, Office of the Public Prosecutor, and Office of the Auditor General, were involved in anti-corruption activities, according to the U.S. State Department sanctioned report. The office of the public protector, which is mandated to handle such cases, investigated thousands of corruption cases, …

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Paris 2024 Qualifier: How Super Falcons played to win in South Africa – Ajibade

Super Falcons captain, Rasheedat Ajibade has debunked claims the side adopted a defensive approach in their clash against South Africa in Pretoria on Tuesday. Randy Waldrum’s side held the Banyana Banyana to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of the 2024 Olympic Games fourth-round qualifying tie. The result ensured their passage to Paris 2024 following a 1-0 aggregate win Ajibade, who scored the decisive goal in the first leg, claimed the Super Falcons played to win in South Africa. “We didn’t hold back, we wanted to score goals,” the Atletico Madrid forward told reporters. “We respect South Africa, but we wanted to play the way we played in the first leg at home in Abuja.”

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Why Oshoala didn’t play against South Africa – Coach Waldrum

Super Falcons head coach Randy Waldrum has revealed the reason behind his decision not to play Asisat Oshoala in Friday’s 1-0 win against South Africa. The reigning CAF women’s Player of the Year was left on the bench for the entire duration of the game. Oshoala only arrived at camp a day before the first leg encounter. Waldrum said Oshoala was tired after long hours of traveling. The American, however, said the forward will be assessed ahead of the second leg in Pretoria next Tuesday. ”Asisat just arrived at camp and obviously and visibly she looks tired from the long travels she had, this explains why I didn’t feature her in the game,” Waldrum told reporters. ” I will assess her fitness level to be able to decide if she will feature in the reverse fixture taking place next week in South Africa.”

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South Africa’s former president Zuma survives road crash

JOHANNESBURG- South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma survived a road crash Thursday night, local media reported Friday. Zuma and his bodyguards were traveling from Nkandla to Eshowe, in KwaZulu-Natal Province, to campaign for the Mkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party when the crash happened. It is not clear whether Zuma and his bodyguards have been injured or not, the report said. (Xinhua/NAN)

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AFCON’23: Nwabali keen to face familiar foes South Africa

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali is fired up for the team’s semi-final clash with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa. Nwabali is a familiar face in South Africa following his sterling displays for Chippa United this season. The 27-year-old will be up against some familiar foes when Nigeria come up against Hugo Broos’ men at the Stade de la Paix, Bouake on Wednesday night. “I know them and they know me. It will be an interesting evening in Bouake,” he was quoted by thenff.com as saying. Nwabali has conceded once in five games in Cote d’Ivoire. Nigeria has won seven of the previous 14 matches, with five of those matches drawn and two won by South Africa.

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Lady Reveals Messages TB Joshua Sent Her Following His Guest House Collapsed and Killed Her Daughter- AwardNobs

LAGOS- Mrs. Sonny, a South African, has shared the messages she received from the late Nigerian pastor TB Joshua following the collapse of her daughter’s guess house within the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN). All of this is a result of the BBC’s inquiry into the pastor’s passing.Remember that when TB Joshua’s guest house in the SCOAN fell in 2014, no less than 115 members perished-among them, 84 worshipers from South Africa. Speaking about the incident, Mrs. Sonny mentioned that Sibingile, her daughter, was among the fatalities. She mentioned that her daughter had attended the Synagogue church for the first time, having watched TB Joshua on television. She claimed that the church withheld information from her for several days following the death of her daughter and that they would not provide it to her upon request. According to Mrs. Sonny’s account, which was also published by Sahara Reporters, she received word from the church that her daughter had not survived five days later. She revealed that following the incident, money was brought for her by TB Joshua’s representatives, but …

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Oscar Pistorius released on parole 11 years after killing girlfriend

SOUTH AFRICA- Almost 11 years after he murdered his girlfriend, Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been released from jail on parole. The South African Department of Correctional Services announced Pistorius’s release on parole in a statement on Friday. “The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) able to confirm that Oscar Pistorius is a parolee, effectively from 5 January 2024. He was admitted into the system of Community Corrections and is now at home,” the statement said. The Paralympian who murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013 was tried and sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2015. Half into his hail term, Pistorius and other prisoners like him under South African law are qualified to be considered for parole. However, Pistorius will remain under stringent conditions, including not talking to the press, until his jail term elapses in 2029. June Steenkamp, mother of the murdered lady, in a statement, reacted to the release of Pistorius from jail on parole.  “There can never be justice if your loved one is never coming back, and no amount of time served will bring Reeva back.  “We, …

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AFRIMA pays tribute to late South African singer, Zahara

LAGOS- The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) says late South African Musician, Bulelwa Mkutukana, known by her stage name, “Zahara”, has left an indelible mark on the global music scene. AFRIMA’s President and Executive Producer, Mr Mike Dada, in a statement on Saturday said that the deceased touched millions of souls with her soulful voice and captivating performances. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 36-year-old Zahara died on Dec. 11, after battling with liver complications. Dada expressed deep sorrow over Zahara’s demise, emphasising her significant contributions to the African music landscape. He said that as a multi-award-winning artiste, Zahara’s impact transcended borders, resonating with music enthusiasts across the continent and beyond. Dada described Zahara as a beacon of musical prowess, lauding her emotive vocals, insightful lyrics and compelling stage presence. He highlighted her journey as a testament to the power of talent, resilience, and the ability to transcend borders through the universal language of music. “AFRIMA mourns the loss of this remarkable artiste, we stand in solidarity with the global music community in paying tribute to Zahara’s extraordinary …

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I love Asake so much – South African singer, Tyla reveals why

Musician Tyla Laura Seethal, better known by her stage name Tyla, from South Africa, has shared her admiration for Nigerian musician Asake. Speaking on the inspiration behind her viral hit ‘Water’ in a recent interview with RollingStone, Tyla said she loves how Asake uses his “choir vocals.” She said her song ‘Water’ was inspired by Amapiano from her home country, her childhood R&B influences and Nigeria’s Afrobeats. She said, “Amapiano music is the core of it [‘Water’] in my opinion. And just all of the influences from growing up like Rihanna and all the R&B girlies, R&B boys, pop girls. That type of influences I love bringing into my music. “Something I really love in Afrobeats music is when I hear those step vocals that sound like a choir, almost. And I really love the way Asake uses it. I just always love the way it sounds. So, with the chorus [of my song ‘Water,’ I incorporated it]. Obviously, people can’t stop singing, they can’t get it out of their minds, which I love.”

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South African student who mistakenly received $1M instead of $100 and went on spending spree escapes jail time

SOUTH AFRICA- A student who mistakenly received £850,000 ($1m) instead of a £85 ($100) monthly food grant and spent £50,000 in 73 days, has been pardoned from spending time in jail. Scholar Sibongile Mani, who was relying on benefits for education, was stunned when government aid sent her 10,000 times the intended amount, making her an overnight millionaire with 14 million rands in her South African bank account. When she discovered a windfall of 14 million rands had hit her account, the accountancy student decided to embark on lavish spending, according to the Daily Mail. She first began with her wardrobe. She traded her old clothes for designer fashion and bought the latest iPhones for herself and her friends. Aside from that, she upgraded from a cheap cornrow hairstyle to luxurious £200-a-time Peruvian weaves. Her lifestyle soon caught the attention of locals when she started spending as much as £666 a day, which is considered a fortune for an average South African. Her cover was blown when she left a receipt behind at the supermarket which revealed she had a …

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More than 70 dead as fire engulfs five-story building in South Africa

A house fire that engulfed a five-story building, has killed more than 70 people, including children, in central Johannesburg on Thursday. The South African emergency services disclosed this on Thursday, noting that another 52 were injured in what is on track to become one of the deadliest fires worldwide in recent years. An official said bodies were discovered piled up at a closed security gate, preventing people from escaping the blaze. City authorities said affected buildings in a deprived, crime-ridden area had been turned into illegal housing after being abandoned. Accordingly, it stated that most of those living there were foreigners, one resident said.

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Three children  Among 16 people killed by Toxic Gas Leak In South Africa

At least 16 people, including three children, were killed after toxic gas leaked from a cylinder near Johannesburg, South African police have said. Search and rescue teams were still working through the area trying to ascertain the extent of the casualties. The incident happened in an informal settlement in the city of Boksburg on the eastern outskirts of Johannesburg, the South African Police Services said.  Police said the three children killed were aged one, six and 15. Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment, police said. Emergency services spokesman William Ntladi said that Wednesday’s deaths were caused by a leak from a gas cylinder being kept in a shack in the Angelo informal settlement. He said the leak had stopped and teams were searching a 100-yard radius around the cylinder to check for more casualties. Ntladi said the bodies were still lying on the ground ‘in and around the area,’ and forensic investigators and pathologists were on their way to the scene. He added: ‘We can’t move anybody. The bodies are still where they are on the ground.’ …

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South African man caught driving a stolen car one year after he ‘died’ in house fire

A married couple from Tshwane, South Africa has been arrested after the husband reported to have died in a house fire last year, was caught driving a stolen car.  Sibusiso Mahlangu and his wife Lerato from Soshanguve have been charged with murder, defeating the ends of justice and fraud, as police launch investigation to establish who was buried in Mahlangu’s place, News 24 reported on Wednesday, April 26, 2023.  Authorities have not yet confirmed whose body was buried in Mahlangu’s place. Efforts to exhume the body are under way with police making the necessary applications. However, the body is reported to be Lerato’s missing ex-boyfriend, 32-year-old Sibusiso Sithebe, who is the father of her daughter. Apparently, the charred body was found wearing a ring that belongs to Mahlangu. The case bears similarities to that of convicted rapist and murderer, Thabo Bester, who was said to have burnt to death in his cell at Mangaung Correctional Centre in May last year. However, Bester was found to have escaped, and the charred body in his cell was that of Free State resident, …

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