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49 Interesting Facts About Africa

As we’re dedicated to bringing the African continent to the brighter side, here are 49 Interesting Facts About Africa.

 

1. Africa has a population of 1.3 billion

2. Equatorial Guinea is Africa’s only
spanish speaking country.

3. South Africa is the most visited
African country.

4. Nigeria has the richest Black people in Africa.

5. Samuel Eto’o was formerly the highest paid Footballer in the world, he received about £350,000 weekly in Russia in 2011.

6. A person from Botswana is called
a Motswana, the plural is Batswana.

7. A person from Lesotho is called a
Mosotho.

8. A person from Niger is called a
Nigerien.

8. A person from Burkina Faso is called a
Burkinabe.

9. Nigeria has won more football
cups than England.

10. Zimbabwe’s former President, Robert Gabriel Mugabe was the world’s most educated President with 7 University degrees, two of them are Masters.

11. Al-Ahly of Egypt is the richest football club in Africa.

12. Didier Drogba is Chelsea’s highest goalscorer in European competition.

13. Johannesburg, South Africa is the most visited city in Africa.

14. Zinedine Zidane wanted to play for Àlgeria, but the selector rejected him, saying they are already many players like him in the team.

15. President Jacob Zuma was given a special
award by Fifa for refereeing on Robben Island
during his years as a political prisoner.

16. President Robert Mugabe was jailed for 11 years for fighting for freedom.

17. President Robert Mugabe is Africa’s oldest Head of State and the world’s second oldest Head of State. He was born in 1924.

18. Zimbabweans are the most educated Africans, literacy rates (Adult 91.2%,Youth: 99%).

19. Rwanda is a better country for gender equality than England and USA.

20. Somalia got its first ATM on October 7, 2014.

21. South Africa has the most Grammy award
winners in Africa.

22. Ethiopia has the most airports in Africa.

23. Ethiopia’s economy is growing faster than China’s.

24. Eritrea’s President, Isaias Afwerki is the least richest President in Africa.

25. Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent country, it has existed for over 3,000 years without being colonised.

26. Haile Selassie 1 was the 225th and last Emperor of Ethiopia.

27. Nigeria has the most monarchs in the world.

28. Angola has more Portuguese speakers than Portugal.

29. President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos has ruled Angola since 1979.

30. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is Africa’s longest serving Head of State. He has ruled Equatorial Guinea since August 3, 1979 when he overthrew his uncle, Francisco Nguema. His son,Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is his Vice President and will succeed him if he resigns. He started ruling Dos Santo

31. George Weah of Liberia is the first man to win World, European and African footballer of the year in the same year.

32. Swaziland is the only remaining absolute monach in the world.

33. The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa followed by Swaziland.

34. King Sobhuza ll of Swaziland took the longesttime in reigning Swaziland, 62 years as he wascrowned in 1921 and died in August 1982 at theageof 83 years.

34.1. King Sobhuza II of swaziland, married 70
wives, who gave him 210 children between 1920 and 1970.

35. Zimbabwe is the only country in the world
where almost everyone was a billionaire at one point due hyperinflation.

36. Kenya has the highest paid members of parliament. They are paid more than those even in oil rich countries.

37.Botswana has the most valuable Diamonds in the world but is one of the country with poorest people in Africa.

38. Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence post-colonialism.

39. Ghana was ranked as Africa’s most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index. Lake Volta, in the Volta region of the country, is the world’s largest man-made lake.

40. Uganda. There are a wide range of ethnic groups in Uganda with many different languages spoken, namely Luganda (most common), English (only a small portion speak it), Bantu, Swahili, Nilotic and Lumasaba. Christians make up 85.2% of Uganda’s population, there are a certain amount of Sikhs and Hindus, and 12% are Muslims.

41. Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and includes the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia.

42. Tanzania’s population includes around 120 different African tribal groups.

43. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is extremely rich in natural resources but has had political instability, a lack of infrastructure.

44. In 2009, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had an estimated $24 trillion in untapped mineral deposits, including the world’s largest reserves of coltan and significant quantities of the world’s cobalt reserves.

45. Malawi is home to the third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi.

46. Malawi tea is known across the globe. Many of the world-renowned tea brands such as Twinings, PG Tips and Five Roses use Malawi tea leaves.

47. Zambia relies on copper as one of its biggest exports.

48. Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park has one of Africa’s highest densities of big game.

49. Kenya is the first African country to produce USA president, Barrack Hussein Obama.

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History: Remembering Captain Thomas Sankara (What You Should Know About Him)

Captain Thomas Sankara after renaming his country to Burkina Faso 🇧🇫, here are his accomplishments within 4 YEARS in power (1983-87).

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (21 December 1949 – 15 October 1987) was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, pan-Africanist pragmatist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. Viewed by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, he is commonly referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara”

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (21 December 1949 – 15 October 1987) was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, pan-Africanist pragmatist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. Viewed by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, he is commonly referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara”

  • He vaccinated 2.5 million children against meningitis, yellow fever and measles in a matter of weeks.
  • He initiated a nation-wide literacy campaign, increasing the literacy rate from 13% in 1983 to 73% in 1987.
  • He planted over 10 million trees to prevent desertification and also built roads and a railway to tie the nation together, without foreign aid.

 

He appointed females to high governmental positions, encouraged them to work, recruited them into the military, and granted pregnancy leave during education.

He outlawed female genital mutilation, forced marriages and polygamy in support of Women’s rights.

 

  • He sold off the government fleet of Mercedes cars and made the Renault 5 (the cheapest car sold in Burkina Faso at that time) the official service car of the ministers.
  • He reduced the salaries of all public servants, including his own, and forbade the use of government chauffeurs and 1st class airline tickets.
  • He redistributed land from the feudal landlords and gave it directly to the peasants. Wheat production rose in three years from 1700 kg per hectare to 3800 kg per hectare, making the country food self-sufficient.

 

He opposed foreign aid, saying that “he who feeds you, controls you.”

He spoke in forums like the Organization of African Unity against continued neo-colonialist penetration of Africa through Western trade and finance.

 

  • He called for a united front of African nations to repudiate their foreign debt. He argued that the poor and exploited did not have an obligation to repay money to the rich and exploiting.
  • In Ouagadougou, Sankara converted the army’s provisioning store into a state-owned supermarket open to everyone (the first supermarket in the country).
  • He forced civil servants to pay one month’s salary to public projects and also refused to use the air conditioning in his office on the grounds that such luxury was not available to anyone but a handful of Burkinabes.

 

As President, he lowered his salary to $450 a month and limited his possessions to a car, four bikes, three guitars, a fridge and a broken freezer.

A motorcyclist himself, he formed an all-women motorcycle personal guard.

He required public servants to wear a traditional tunic, woven from Burkinabe cotton and sewn by Burkinabe craftsmen. (The reason being to rely upon local industry and identity rather than foreign industry and identity)

When asked why he didn’t want his portrait hung in public places, as was the norm for other African leaders, Sankara replied “There are seven million Thomas Sankaras.” An accomplished guitarist, he wrote the new national anthem himself. He was only 37 years at the time of his death.

Rest in peace son of the soil.

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Mauritius in Africa emerges first Nation in the world to declare temporary victory against COVID-19

Africa: Mauritius 🇲🇺 emerge first Nation in the world to declare temporary victory against COVID-19

Mauritius has become the first nation in the world to declare temporary victory against COVID-19, saying it had “zero” patients and had not documented a single new case in 17 days.

Mauritius in Africa emerges first Nation in the world to declare temporary victory against COVID-19

Mauritius in Africa emerges first Nation in the world to declare temporary victory against COVID-19 | Mentorslinks.com

Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox.

Capital Port Louis has sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, Eureka plantation house and 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.

Continent: Africa
Currency: Mauritian rupee.

The national flag of Mauritius, also known as the Four Bands and Les Quatre Bandes, was designed by Gurudutt Moher and adopted upon independence, March 12, 1968.

Mauritius has become the first nation in the world to declare temporary victory against COVID-19, saying it had "zero" patients and had not documented a single new case in 17 days.

The Mauritius flag 🇲🇺 consists of four horizontal bands of equal width, coloured red, blue, yellow, and green. The flag was recorded at the College of Arms in London on 9 January 1968 and it has a width-to-length ratio of 2 to 3.

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History on how the first European Scholars were taught by Africans in Egypt (Read Full History)

The First European Scholars Were Taught By Africans In Egypt (Read Full History)

Again and again, documented historical evidence has shattered widely held views that Europeans were the pioneers of early human civilization. In fact, there is corroborative evidence that half of humanity’s recorded history has passed before anyone in Europe could even learn to read and write.

Religious priests in Egypt began keeping records as far back as 4000 to 3000 BC, compared to two thousand years later, when Homer’s poems were still being handed down orally within the confines of the Greek city-states. Sometime after 3000 BC when the pharaohs of Egypt were in the process of building their first world-renowned pyramids, Europeans were piling up nothing more than mountains of rubbish heaps.

History reveals that famous well known Greeks (Europeans) whom we study their history and writings, studied at the feet of Egyptian scholars along the Nile Valley, Kemet. For instance, Philosopher Plato was a student at the Temple of Waset for 11 years. Also, Aristotle was a student there for 11-13 years.

Even Socrates spent at least 15 years at the same temple; likewise, Euclid, who studied for 10-11 years at the same temple. Pythagoras spent 22 years there. Hippocrates studied there for 20 years, plus a host of other little known Greeks who matriculated at Waset, among whom are Diodorus, Solon, Thales, Archimedes, and Euripides.

In fact, the Greek scholar, St. Clement of Alexandria, once said that if one were to list out the names of all the Greeks who studied under Egyptian tutors, a 1,000 paged book won’t be enough. Even Herodotus mentioned it, same with Plato and Aristotle.

The truth is that it took at least 40 years to graduate from Waset, meaning none of the Greek scholars mentioned above even graduated. According to one African scholar, Thales was the first Greek student to receive training under Egyptian priests along the Nile Valley. Even Plato records that Thales was schooled in Egypt under the tutelage of the priests.

Many people today are of the opinion that the famous phrase ‘man know thyself’ (in Greek, qnothi seauton) were originally written and spoken by Socrates, the Greek philosopher, however, evidence suggests the ancient Egyptians were the first to write those words done on the outside of their Temple in the Bile Valley and addressed the same words to new students, one of whom was likely to be Socrates himself.

In another example, the words ‘eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we shall die’, hitherto assigned to Socrates, has been discovered to have been coined by Imhotep, the African deity and ‘the world’s first recorded multi-genius’, instrumental to building the world’s first stone building – the Step Pyramid at Saqqara around 2630 BC.

Furthermore, contrary to widely held views, the first Olympic Games held in Olympia, Greece in 776 BC, was not in reward of sportsmanship, physical strength or brinkmanship, rather, it was public ceremonial worship by the Greeks of the African God, Amon.

In fact, according to history, most of the European gods were of African descent and were given European names. The African god Amun, for example, was given the name of Zeus by the Greeks and called Jupiter by the Romans. Imhotep (the god of healing and medicine) has his name changed to Asclepius by the Greeks and Aesculapius by the Romans.

By far, one of the greatest contributions of the Egyptian Nile Valley to the world is its excellent educational system. In the Kemet educational system, the ultimate aim was for a person to become one with God, to “become like God” or “to become godlike through the revision of one’s own ‘Neter’ of how God is revealed in the person.” This was one of the highest endowments a family could bestow on a son in those days – education.
When the boys got into the Temple/Schools (or Grand Lodge), they were expected to study for 40 years in subjects such as grammar, arithmetic, Rhetoric and Dialectic, Geometry, Astronomy, Music, Architecture, Masonry, Carpentry, Engineering, Sculpture, Metallurgy, Agriculture, Mining, Forestry, Art and Magic.

In conclusion, it’s only right to say that Egypt was truly the cradle of civilization, grooming European scholars and teaching the world the true essence of civilization. As a result, no thought or learning is alien to Africa, which was the land such ideologies emanated from in the first place. And no amount of Eurocentric research can erase the historical contributions Egypt has bestowed to the world.

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20 Ancient Laws That Never Fail

ANCIENT LAWS THAT NEVER FAIL.

How I wish we can write down these and paste them by our bed sides to memorize, and paste. check our lives regularly!

-To be rich – Give.
-To succeed – Serve.
-To laugh – Make someone laugh.
-To prosper – Be honest.
-To excel – Be faithful.
-To go far – Get up early.
-To change someone – Change yourself.
-To be great – Be disciplined
-To be strong – Pray often.
-To do a lot – Speak little.
-To be fruitful – Praise God.
-To live well – Forgive.
-To talk well – Bind anger.
-To sleep well – Work hard.
-To be loved – Love.
-To be a good husband – Listen to her.
-To be a woman – Submit yourself.
-To be respected – Be polite.
-To bind Satan – Sanctify yourself.
-To grow in faith – Meditate on the word of God always.

 

None of these has ever failed! Give it a trial, and see for yourself.

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In Africa, We Marry For Children Not Love – Senator Chukwuka Utazi

In Africa, we marry for children not love, says Senator Chukwuka Utazi

Chukwuka Utazi, senator representing Enugu north, says in Africa, people do not marry for love, but to have children.

Mentorslinks gathered from The Cable that, Senator Utazi made the comment while contributing to a debate on a bill seeking to prevent, control and manage sickle cell anaemia in the country, on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

The bill is being sponsored by Sam Egwu, senator representing Ebonyi north.
While making his point, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator said it is painful to realise that an individual cannot marry his or her choice because of blood group.

“This bill is taking me down the memory lane because I’m an AS carrier and when I was about getting married, several years ago, I moved into this orbit and I know what I went through because I was in love. I knew the trauma. After that incident, for five years I didn’t come out of it,” he said.

“So I am speaking from experience and I know how it pains that you have made a choice and you discover that the choice can’t work. Because in Africa, we marry for children, we don’t marry for love.”

Chukwuka Utazi, senator representing Enugu north,

Chukwuka Utazi, senator representing Enugu north…

At this point, Senate President Ahmad Lawan interrupted, saying: “Senator Chukwuka Utazi, I think you should be speaking for yourself.”

Continuing, Utazi said: “In the developed world, particulars of a child’s blood group is given at birth. A test is done to show the blood group, the genotype before leaving. In the birth certificate of the child, all those things are put in place.”

“We should not be waiting for when people want to go and marry, that is when they will start checking their genotype and their blood group, it shouldn’t be.”

Also speaking on the subject, Biodun Olujimi, senator representing Ekiti south, asked Nigerians to look at ways of addressing health needs.

“The time has come for us to look inwards to solve some of these health needs and also support institutions that are doing so. Going forward we need to take serious blood testing for intending couples,” Olujimi said.

“We will not allow love take away the best part of our marriages.”

The bill passed second reading after it was put to a voice vote by Lawan.

 

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Mario Balotelli Has A Challenge For African Footballers Playing Abroad – Read

Mario Balotelli Has A Challenge For African Footballers Playing Abroad.

 

Here’s What He Said;

“I challenge you all African footballers to put money together with me to leave the Racist Europe and build stadiums in Africa and develop our youth.

“We have money, we can build at least 5 world class stadiums in each country and sign a petition that no player will be exported to Europe ever again,”

I challenge you all African footballers to put money together with me to leave the Racist Europe and build stadiums in Africa and develop our youth.  "We have money, we can build at least 5 world class stadiums in each country and sign a petition that no player will be exported to Europe ever again,"     "Here in Africa, they will play under the love of their sisters and brothers with no one singing racist chants at them from the stands. We are more talented.  "We can make our Champions League and leagues quality. We have great talent that is never appreciated abroad."

“Here in Africa, they will play under the love of their sisters and brothers with no one singing racist chants at them from the stands. We are more talented.

“We can make our Champions League and leagues quality. We have great talent that is never appreciated abroad.”

I challenge you all African footballers to put money together with me to leave the Racist Europe and build stadiums in Africa and develop our youth.

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Africans Only: Give Reasons On Why Tourists Should Choose Your Country.

Africa is blessed with wonderful places, rich culture and that made tourism valuable. According to Wikipedia, Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.3 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth’s total surface area and 20% of its land area. With 1.3 billion people as of 2018, it accounts for about 16% of the world’s human population.

 

 

Join this Review and give reasons on why tourists should choose your country.

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The Scramble For Africa – Michael Kingsley

The Scramble For Africa

 

Sadly when I see extremist killing a fellow countrymen for the purpose of religion. I feel sad for Africa. Because all this were predetermined and planned at the Berlin Conference of 1884.

 

Their Africa were been scrambled and shared among the Europeans; all man to it’s territory. We were just like commodities in an auction.

 

There Nigeria was handed over to Britain, To do with us what over they wish. Been direct, focusing on Nigerian.

 

“The British preferred the North. The heat there was pleasantly dry; the Hausa-fulani were narrow featured and therefore superior to the negroid Southerners, Muslim and therefore as civilized as one could get for natives. Feudal and therefore perfect for indirect rule. Equitable emirs collects taxes for the British, and the British, in return kept the #Christain missionary away.

 

Are you seeing the business ongoing? The same British 🇬🇧 that brought Christianity to the south kept it from entering the North. They know that the North can be controlled because they are feeble minded.

 

“The humid south, on the other hand, was full of mosquitoes and animists and desperate tribes. The yoruba were the largest in the southwest.

 

In the southeast, the Igbo lived in small Republican communities. They were nondocile and worryingly ambitious. Since they did not have good sense to have Kings. The British created the ‘Warrant chiefs” because indirect rule cost the crownless. Missionaries were allowed in, to tame the #Pagans, and Christianity and the education they brought flourished.

 

In 1914, the governor-general joined the North and the South, and his wide picked a name, NIGERIA🇳🇬 was born.

 

This is the sequence of how the European scammed Africa. How they killed our tradition because of its rigidness and brought theirs to favor their interest.

 

And till we rise to have sense Nigeria can never flourish. Unless emmm a revolution takes place.

 

I have been to the north, south, and west and verily I tell you “There is no similarity, the only similarities we have is that we are human. Apart from that our values and traditions are quite very different.

 

May God Save Africa.

 

#Kingsman
Muse: Adichie

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What You Should Know About The Ethiopian Calendar And Their Current Year

Currently, Ethiopia 🇪🇹 is still in year 2012, Not year 2020.

 

Why Is Ethiopia In Year 2012?

Ethiopia is still in the year, 2012 because they follow the #Ethiopian calendar which have 13 months, and the 12 months have 30 days each. The 13th month has 5/6 days.

 

Ethiopian new year starts in September. So, by September 11, 2020, #Ethiopia will enter year 2013.

 

How Unique Is Ethiopian Culture?

The culture associated with the Ethiopian people are super unique in nature and they have most outstanding and very beautiful women.

 

 

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COVID-19: Tanzanian President sends Plane to pickup Madagascar’s herbal ‘Covid-19 cure’

The President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, says his Government is sending a plane to pick up the herbal ‘Covid-19 cure’ being promoted by the Government of Madagascar.

Photo: Coronavirus herbal cure made in Madagascar

 

Magufuli urged the people to take adequate precautions and continue to pray, but to ‘ignore people who scare us’

This is coming weeks after the President cancelled $10 billion loan from China, and fearlessly stating that the Terms and Conditions attached to it can only be accepted by a drunkard.

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African Culture: Why Babies Are Priceless In Africa

IN AFRICA, BABIES ARE PRICELESS

 

Have you heard the name Ifeyinwa or do you have a friend that goes by the name Ify? Ife eyiro nwa is one of the oldest Igbo names and it is still ageless till tomorrow. Let me tell you how the name came about.

 

In the olden days, among the indigenous people of Igbo extract, evil existed and so did good. Men loved their mothers as they still do this day, and from their multiple wives, they also pick a favourite. The only thing they found nothing to compare it to was ‘a Baby’ – a child.

 

From the days immemorial, our ancestors had a song that survived till the twentieth century it goes thus:

 

Olisa nyem nwa, nyem ego
Olisa nyem nwa, nyem ego
Ka ma i ga enye m ego, nyem nwa
Mgbe nwa tonyitelu ego ga abia
Olisa nyem nwa, nyem ego

 

(Trans.
God, give me a BABY and give me money/
But if you would only give me just either of the both, I would prefer a BABY/
For when the BABY is old enough money would come/
God, give me a BABY and give me money)

 

This song could not have been in the colonial era or non-traditional because The Deity title ‘Olisa’ was not adopted by Christianity.

 

There was a time, I submitted an article that was titled: NEVER IN HISTORY DID AFRICANS KILL BABIES. I am yet to be proven wrong. Consider these: the local hen fights for her brood and even the low witted goats protect their kids. Can you, as a stranger, pick a puppy in the presence of the mother-dog? How then do you think that your ancestors that coined the name ‘IFEYINWA’ killed their own babies?

 

In comparison with English names, Igbos gave names to appreciate humans. In fact, 50% of Igbo names are Human-centric – most especially on ‘child’. Names like

 

Nwabufo (A child (baby) is a reminder)
Nwankpor (A Child (baby) is a supporter. Nkpor is a walking stick)
Nwakaego (A baby is more valuable than wealth)
Nwamaka (A baby is precious (beautiful))
Nwabunwanne (A baby is his parent’s sibling) e.t.c

 

Why am I saying all these today?
I want us to appreciate our ancestors, their good deed and humanly heart. I want to imprint in your mind the reality that these men were not evil as the new creed painted them. The truth is that those ancient men cultivated a strong value for humanity. Most of them wanted to become Ndi Ichie (Traditional Saints) and because of that, they held tightly ‘Ogu’ na ‘ofor’ (two symbols of purity). They avoided telling lies by all means and meditated every day. I will take my time to tell you how the poor were treated in the pre-colonial Igbo land.

 

After studying all that was NOT written about African Ancestors, I am inclined to argue that if the pure in heart, as the Bible said, will see God, then I do not know why African Ancestors would not make heaven.
I have studied the Acts of Our Fore-Fathers and concluded that:

 

THE HEAVEN WHERE NONE OF MY ANCESTORS MADE IS THE HEAVEN I WON’T WANT TO GO.

 

WRITTEN BY: Ozii Baba Anieto.

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#Coronavirus – Google sends ‘Work From Home’ recommendation to all employees

In a bid to maintain serenity, safety, Google has advised all employees in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to work from home starting today, 12th March, 2020 until at least April 10th — Business Insider.

 

Google confirmed to The Verge that it has indeed sent this recommendation to its employees. Google had previously told employees in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dublin, and Seattle to work from home.
Google’s North America offices will remain open to workers if they have to be physically present for their job, according to Business Insider, and that guidance will also apply to its offices in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Google confirmed to The Verge.

 

Guidance for offices in Asia varies by site and region, though precedes the move to ask North American employees to work from home, Google tells The Verge. The company temporarily shut down its China offices at the end of January.
CEO Sundar Pichai urged people to “contribute” to social distancing in a Tuesday evening tweet.

 

Mentorslinks learnt that, Google will also give its temporary staff and vendors around the world paid sick leave if they have to take time off because of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, through a new fund announced today.

 

“This fund will mean that members of our extended workforce will be compensated for their normal working hours” if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are quarantined, the company said in a blog post. Last Friday, Google confirmed it would give its hourly workers their regular pay if they had to miss work due to coronavirus.

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Wonder Of The World – Also Known As Miracle Leaf And Life Plant

WONDER OF THE WORLD:
Also Known As Miracle Leaf & Life Plant

  • [Botanical Name: Bryophyllum pinnatum]

  • It is the natural treatment for kidney & gallbladder stones. It is a succulent perennial herb, which grows up to 1m- 2m in height.

 

 

The stems are thick, flexible and short and the flowers are pink, white or purple in colour. It forms a cymose panicle. Dried carrot like tuberous root is most important part of Patharchur. This is a branched aromatic herb. The nodes are often hairy in some species. It is grown in the garden for ornamental purposes, but did you know it’s also a natural healer?

 

 

The rhizome of this plant can be used as a preventive of the kidney. Bryophyllum pinnatum is given for the treatment of a cough, asthma, cold with candy sugar.

 

It is used against dysentery.
The plant root is used to treat high blood pressure. It is also used to prevent any kind of cardiac problem.
Bryophyllum pinnatum is used for the treatment of fever. Rhizome powdered is used for the treatment of constipation. Bryophyllum pinnatum paste is used for the treatment of boi.

 

 

The paste of Pashan Bheda mixed with honey is used for the beginners teething trouble. Because of anti-diabetic property, it is used for the treatment of diabetics.

The root of this plant is believed to protect the liver and proved useful for the treatment of hepatitis. It is proved diuretic. So, it cures difficult urination. It helps clean the bladder and get rid of harmful toxins from the intestines. Because of its antioxidant property, the plant is used in the mixture of herbal green tea.

 

 

It is used as one of home remedies for piles (Hemorrhoids). The leaf juice is used for the treatment of stomach ache. The extract is used for the nourishment of the hair and treating gray hair. The leaves are used against intestinal disorder.

 

 

The extract of this is anti-inflammatory and reduces inflammation. It is also used for the treatment of blood mixed diarrhoea. The paste is used against leucorrhoea.

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Meet The Youth Using Innovation To Ensure Food Security In Africa

Today, we will be reading the story and works of a passionate Nigerian Youth at the forefront of the fight against extreme poverty, and hunger in Africa.

Okonkwo Kenneth Chukwuebuka

It is inconceivable that over 65% of the World’s arable Land lies in Africa with readily available man power and an ideal climate to cultivate numerous crops to feed the world, yet, Hunger, extreme poverty, malnutrition, and unemployment are the major challenges facing our great continent.

Millions of Africans go to bed daily without knowing where the meal of the next day will come from and we see hundreds of thousands of African youths risk death by crossing the Mediterranean see in search of green pastures. Africa produces 20 countries out of the 24 countries with the highest stunting rate of over 40%, 58 million children under the age of 5 years are stunted in Africa with 14 million being wasted which is due to poor and under nutrition – these figures are indeed worrisome and this has been the singular reason why passionate African Youth like Okonkwo Kenneth Chukwuebuka has decided to commit his strength, energy and time to fighting hunger, poverty and improving the livelihoods of the poor and the indigents through sustainable/climate smart agricultural practice and creating opportunities for the rural youths. His work has impacted over 5,000 lives across Nigeria.

In 2018, Kenneth coordinated a year-long youth empowerment program tagged FARMING FOR EMPOWERNMENT and ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT (F.E.E.D) Project, which was sponsored by the United States Consulate in Lagos Nigeria through Protectozone Sustainable Livelihoods initiative to train and equip 35 rural youth from Majidun community in ikorodu with skills in sustainable agricultural practices, poultry production and agribusiness. These FEED participants have gone on to successfully established flourishing agribusinesses and have contributed to diverse agricultural value chains across Nigeria, putting into practice the skills and experience they gained from the FEED training.

He also coordinated the Eco-friendly school farms project where he trained 500 school aged children from 10 public schools in Lagos with hands-on co-creation learning on environmentally friendly and sustainable agricultural practices that would improve their nutrition while also equipping them with requisite agripreneurial skills. He also innovated the 50% Water Saving Irrigation Kit System; Which was borne out of the fact that conventional irrigation systems such as sprinklers were very expensive and unaffordable by most rural farmers, thereby resulting to poor or low productivity as they were unable to farm during dry season due to their dependency on rainfall as their only source of irrigation? This project helped 2,343 rural farmers in Lagos, Oyo, Ogun and Imo state, Nigeria to increase their farm productivity, ensure all season farming, reduce water loss, alleviate poverty, fight hunger and also promote the participation of women in agriculture.

Kenneth has spoken in several of Television and radio programs, conferences and seminars encouraging Youths to embrace agriculture as a business while also calling on the government to make key investments into the sector. He has written two research papers titled “effects of different rates of fermented pig slurry on soil, yield and growth of Upland rice in owerri imo state Nigeria” and “Leveraging STEM education for sustainable food production in West Africa” which will be presented at the 7th African Engineering Education Association International Conference (AEEA-IC), 2019.

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MEET THE AFRICAN CHANGE MAKER

Okonkwo Kenneth Chukwuebuka is an award winning Agripreneur and an Advocate of Sustainable Development.

Okonkwo Kenneth Chukwuebuka

He has over 3 years experience working on developmental projects that focus on Poverty alleviation and livelihoods improvement of smallholder farmers Nigeria through which he has trained and empowered over 2,500 women, youths and children with sustainable, innovative and climate smart agricultural practices as a means for them to combat hunger, alleviate poverty, create employment opportunities and improve their livelihoods.

 

Kenneth is a graduate of Federal University of Technology Owerri, where he studied Soil science and Technology. His passion and drive to see Poverty and hunger to be reduced in Africa inspired him to Co-Found Agrohive; a social enterprise that fosters the development and productivity of underserved rural youths, women, children and farmers in rural communities by providing them with access to modern agricultural technologies, improved farm inputs, advanced agricultural extension services and access to market information and credits. These services have so far impacted over 3,000 farmers in various states across Nigeria to increase their productivity while also raising their household income.

 

Kenneth is a 2019 Carrington Youth Fellow of the United States Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria, where he works with the Economic Empowerment team to create and implement projects and programs that will alleviate Nigerian from poverty. He is also a ONE Champion under the ONE Advocacy Program, where he engages with key poly makers and the government to secure policy changes and public investments to address extreme poverty in Nigeria. As a champion of Food security in Africa, Kenneth was selected as a 2019 Thought for Food (TFF) West Africa Ambassador, where he engages the public and private sectors to develop innovative solutions that will foster food security in Africa.

Okonkwo Kenneth Chukwuebuka

Kenneth is also a change maker at the African Leadership Institute under the Youth Representation and Inclusion Project (Pakati) to drive youth inclusion and representation at all civil society and political processes. He was selected in 2018 as a TEDX Johannesburg 100 millennial African Change Maker with the responsibility to create and apply ideas that will respond to Humanity’s most pressing challenges in Africa, as defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

 

 

As a 2019 young Innovation Leaders fellow, he is working with the ICT4agric Team to develop innovative solution that will enhance the adoption and use of ICT to improve agricultural Productivity in Africa.