As we wrap up the week, here are the top stories from Africa. The week unfolded with the release of a shocking documentary by the BBC, shedding light on disturbing allegations surrounding the late Prophet TB Joshua.
Meanwhile, anticipation builds as the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023 kicks off this weekend, promising thrilling matches. In a significant development, the Nigerian president took swift action, suspending a minister embroiled in a corruption scandal. Uganda made headlines as it announced plans to destroy expired COVID vaccines worth $7 million.
Additionally, the music industry saw a legal turn as Tiwa Savage officially filed a complaint against Davido over alleged threats. Burna Boy and Davido achieved silver certifications in the UK, marking a noteworthy achievement in their careers.
In the political arena, the DR Congo Constitutional Court confirmed Tshisekedi’s victory in the presidential poll.
Check out all the top stories below:
BBC RELEASES SHOCKING DOCUMENTARY ON TB JOSHUA
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has released a three-part investigative documentary titled “Disciples: The Cult of TB Joshua,” exposing disturbing allegations surrounding the late Prophet TB Joshua of The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).
The documentary delves into alleged accusations of sexual offenses, including serial rape, sexual exploitation, and other forms of abuse, from different individuals featured in the documentary.
Added: Accusations also involve fabricating miracles and concealing the true details of a tragic building collapse, among other claims.
TB Joshua died in 2021 at the age of 57, from an undisclosed cause after one of his evening services in Lagos, Nigeria.
His expose documentary by the BBC was released on Monday, 08 January 2024, and is now streaming on YouTube.
CAF AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS 2023 MATCHES KICK-OFF THIS WEEKEND
The Confederation of African Football’s (CAF’s) highly anticipated African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 tournament is set to commence on Saturday, 13 January 2024 and will continue through to 11 February 2024 in the Ivory Coast.
The African Cup of Nations returns to Ivory Coast, featuring matches in six stadiums across five cities, including the capital, Abidjan, with the final at Alassane Ouattara Stadium. Other fixtures will be held in Yamoussoukro, Bouake, Korhogo, and San Pedro.
Group A – Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau
Group B – Egypt, Ghana, Cape Verde, and Mozambique
Group C – Senegal, Cameroon, Guinea, and The Gambia
Group D – Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Angola
Group E – Tunisia, Mali, South Africa, and Namibia
Group F – Morocco, DR Congo, Zambia, and Tanzania
NIGERIAN PRESIDENT SUSPENDS MINISTER IN CORRUPTION SCANDAL
On Monday, Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu suspended the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation over the controversial approval she gave for the payment of about N585 million into a private account.
Betta Edu was suspended with immediate effect, pending a comprehensive investigation by Nigeria’s anticorruption agency into all ministry financial transactions, including the entire framework of Nigeria’s social investment programs, as stated by presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale.
The latest update on this reveals that the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, has been released on bail by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after extensive questioning.
UGANDA TO DESTROY EXPIRED COVID VACCINES WORTH $7M
The Ugandan government will destroy more than 5.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, bought through a World Bank loan, as they have expired, according to an audit report.
These vaccines, worth 28.1 billion Ugandan shillings ($7.3m; £5.8m), will be taken out of health facilities and destroyed.
TIWA SAVAGE FILES OFFICIAL COMPLAINT AGAINST DAVIDO OVER ALLEGED THREATS
Nigerian singer and songwriter Tiwa Savage has filed an official complaint against Davido, over alleged threats.
In a petition circulating online and addressed to Lagos State Commissioner of Police Fayoade Adegoke, Tiwa Savage alleges that the acclaimed ‘Unavailable’ artist Davido threatened her in response to a social media post she made, urging the police commissioner to hold Davido accountable for any potential harm to her and asserting that he had received warnings through their shared connections.
Tiwa Savage’s conflict with Davido centers around her Instagram post with Sophia Momodu, his ex-partner, leading to objections and accusations in a petition.
The petition reads: “I am writing to bring to your attention a distressing situation involving myself, Tiwatope Omolara Savage, popularly known as Tiwa Savage, and Mr David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido.”
This ongoing saga is causing a lot of attention and remains a concern in the Nigerian entertainment community.
DR CONGO CONSTITUTIONAL COURT CONFIRMS TSHISEKEDI VICTORY IN PRESIDENTIAL POLL
Tuesday saw DR Congo’s Constitutional Court confirm President Felix Tshisekedi’s substantial victory in the December election, ensuring him a second term with 73.47 percent of the votes.
The elections were held in the Democratic Republic of Congo on December 20, encompassing presidential, legislative, regional, and local contests, although some opposition leaders dismissed them as a “sham.”
During the December elections, nine opposition candidates signed a declaration, rejecting the election results, declaring them a “sham,” and demanding a do-over.
Felix Tshisekedi would be sworn in at the end of January.
CITY OF CAPE TOWN EVENTS GENERATE ALMOST R4 BILLION FOR THE ECONOMY
In 2023, the City of Cape Town thrived by hosting over 1,200 events, pumping nearly R4 billion into the economy and generating job opportunities for its citizens.
From the Africa’s first Netball World Cup to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, the inaugural Formula E race in sub-Saharan Africa, the Loeries Creative Week, and the return of the Tweede Nuwe Jaar Minstrel Street Parade, the city’s sports, arts, and culture sectors celebrated a successful year.
“Research studies on three key events hosted in the city during this period revealed a substantial R2 billion economic impact. This is a holistic impact on the economy which includes direct and indirect economic impact, and destination marketing among others,” the city said on Thursday (4 Jan).
It added “A further R1,9 billion in economic activity was generated by just 20 of the events hosted in the calendar year. This is the actual direct spend by event attendees, participants and event organisers in Cape Town.”
Additionally, the top 40 events in 2023 saw participation from over 1.3 million people.
Furthermore, the top 20 events in Cape Town in 2023 opened up more than 26,000 job opportunities in various sectors like security, catering, logistics, production, and transportation, benefiting the broader events ecosystem.
WORLD BANK PREDICTS NIGERIA’S ECONOMY WILL GROW AT 3.3% IN 2024
The World Bank predicts that Nigeria’s economy will grow by 3.3 percent this year, a slight increase from the 2.9 percent it closed at last year.
The World Bank predicts Nigeria’s economy will get better because they believe the country’s reforms will start showing positive results, and they also expect global growth to slow down to 2.4 percent for the third consecutive year before picking up to 2.7 percent in 2025.
BURNA BOY AND DAVIDO SCORE SILVER CERTIFICATIONS IN THE UK
Burna Boy’s song ‘City Boy’ from his seventh album, I Told Them…, has earned him a BPI silver certification for surpassing 200,000 units in sales. This adds to his collection of BPI certifications, including platinum for ‘Last Last’ and ‘Ye’, gold for ‘On The Low’ and ‘For My Hand’ featuring Ed Sheeran, and silver for ‘Real Life’ featuring Stormzy, ‘Anybody’, and ‘Gbona’.
In addition, Davido achieved a BPI silver certification for his track ‘Unavailable’ featuring Musa Keys, as it exceeded 200,000 units in sales. This song is part of his recent album, Timeless, which gained widespread popularity, earning a place on both the UK Singles Chart and the UK Afrobeats Chart.
BPI Certifications are prestigious awards given to artists for achieving specific sales milestones in the UK music industry. These certifications come in different levels like silver, gold, and platinum, with each level representing a different number of units sold:
- Platinum/Single. Achieve 600,000 units. Platinum/Albums. Achieve 300,000 units.
- Gold/Single. Achieve 400,000 units. Gold/Albums. Achieve 100,000 units.
- Silver/Single. Achieve 200,000 units. Silver/Albums. Achieve 60,000 units.
ILLEGAL GOODS WORTH N16TRN SEIZED IN 2023
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) declared that it continued its strong fight against smuggling and illegal trade, resulting in 3,806 seizures valued at N16,049,023,262 in 2023.
In a Wednesday press conference in Abuja, Bashir Adenivi, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service, revealed that the seized goods, including ammunition, artifacts, and illicit drugs, resulted in 52 convictions, with some linked to illicit wildlife trade.
“The NCS sustained its vigorous campaign against smuggling and illicit trade, culminating in 3,806 seizures with a Duty Paid Value totalling NGN 16,049,023,262,” the CG said.
“These confiscations encompassed a diverse array of contraband, including Arms and Ammunition, Artifacts and Antiquities, illicit drugs, expired food produce, and endangered species of flora and fauna.
“Remarkably, the NCS achieved 52 convictions, with 11 specifically linked to the illicit trade in animal/wildlife. Noteworthy is the international acknowledgment garnered for the service’s efforts in combating this illicit trade in animal/wildlife,” he stated.
Adeniyi reported a significant milestone, declaring a 21 percent increase in Customs revenue for 2023, hitting N3.21tn, a historic high for the agency, especially considering operational challenges.