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I’m traveling to Africa for the first time since I left office- Barrack Obama

The 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has said he’ll be coming to Africa this week.

The father-of-two made the announcement via his Facebook page and went on to recommend amazing African literary works he’s found inspiring. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel, Americanah, was one of the novels he recommended for summer reading.

He wrote:
This week, I’m traveling to Africa for the first time since I left office – a continent of wonderful diversity, thriving culture, and remarkable stories.

I was proud to visit sub-Saharan Africa more times than any other sitting President, and I’ll return this week to visit Kenya and South Africa. In South Africa, the Obama Foundation will convene 200 extraordinary young leaders from across the continent and I’ll deliver a speech to mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Kenya, of course, is the Obama ancestral home. I visited for the first time when I was in my twenties and I was profoundly influenced by my experiences – a journey I wrote about in my first book, Dreams from My Father.

Over the years since, I’ve often drawn inspiration from Africa’s extraordinary literary tradition. As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa’s best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
A true classic of world literature, this novel paints a picture of traditional society wrestling with the arrival of foreign influence, from Christian missionaries to British colonialism. A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.

A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
A chronicle of the events leading up to Kenya’s independence, and a compelling story of how the transformative events of history weigh on individual lives and relationships.

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Mandela’s life was one of the epic stories of the 20th century. This definitive memoir traces the arc of his life from a small village, to his years as a revolutionary, to his long imprisonment, and ultimately his ascension to unifying President, leader, and global icon. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history – and then go out and change it.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From one of the world’s great contemporary writers comes the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.

The Return by Hisham Matar
A beautifully-written memoir that skillfully balances a graceful guide through Libya’s recent history with the author’s dogged quest to find his father who disappeared in Gaddafi’s prisons.

The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes
It’s true, Ben does not have African blood running through his veins. But few others so closely see the world through my eyes like he can. Ben’s one of the few who’ve been with me since that first presidential campaign. His memoir is one of the smartest reflections I’ve seen as to how we approached foreign policy, and one of the most compelling stories I’ve seen about what it’s actually like to serve the American people for eight years in the White House.

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Nigeria FG closes Mile 2 on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway for 72Hrs for repairs

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The Nigeria federal authorities on Friday appealed for cooperation of road customers because the Mile 2 to Tin-Can Island segment of the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonsoki Expressway mission undergoes seventy two hours partial closure for rehabilitation. The Director of Federal Highways, South West, Funso Adebiyi, made the attraction for the duration of an inspection of the street in Lagos. Mr Adebiyi said heavy rainfall slowed down rehabilitation works on Apapa roads. He said it led to horrible avenue degeneration, causing injuries.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr Taiwo Salaam, within the assertion by way of the general public affairs unit of the ministry, stated the closure might allow the development organisation working in the region to hurry up palliative restore works on the corridor. Salaam explained that the development become due to habitual accidents experienced by way of motorists on the road. “The permanent secretary advised all vans to avoid the corridor to permit the restore works that is being executed within the interest of motorists. “He stated the upkeep and so many others inside the offing are in consonance with the top rated plans of the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to make Lagos site visitors loose for its teeming citizens,” the assertion brought.

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Former 2019 presidential candidate of nigeria (Omoyele Sowore) detained hours after release

The Former 2019 presidential candidate of nigeria former presidential candidate and founder of the news site Sahara Reporters ( Omoyele Sowore ) was first detained detained hours after release

The Former 2019 presidential candidate of nigeria former presidential candidate and founder of the news site Sahara Reporters ( Omoyele Sowore ) was first detained detained hours after release

in August after he called for revolution Despite being granted bail in October, authorities have continued to hold him, sparking an outcry from his supporters and also his defendant Olawale Bakare was also detained.

In videos shared by Sahara Reporters, several men attempted to drag Mr Sowore from an Abuja courtroom where he had been summoned for a hearing.

It comes a day after a court ordered that the pair be released by Nigeria’s Department for State Security (DSS).

The reasons for their detention have not yet been disclosed, Their lawyer, Femi Falana, told AFP news agency that crowds had resisted attempts to arrest the pair and, in order to prevent further violence, he had personally driven them to the DSS’ headquarters.

Mr Falana said the DSS had told him Mr Sowore was needed for questioning and would be released later in the day.

 

“I can assure you what is happening now will not go away unchallenged,” Mr Falana told reporters. “We either run this country on the platform of the rule of law or we resort to gangsterism which is what is going on.”

Earlier this year, Mr Sowore called for revolution because he said Nigeria’s elections were not credible. That followed the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“All that is needed for a #Revolution is for the oppressed to choose a date they desire for liberty, not subjected to the approval of the oppressor,” he tweeted on 2 August.

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