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Brazil adopts Yoruba as official language

         The Brazilian government has given Yoruba a pride of place among foreign languages spoken in the country. in an exclusive interview with the Brazilian minister of culture.

Dr Sérgio Sá leitão at the weekend in Brazil that the government has introduced the compulsory study of African History and Yoruba language into the primary and secondary schools curriculum.

The minister spoke at an event where the Institute of African Studies, University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil paraded important dignitaries including Nigerian artists and historians, as well as professors of arts and African studies at a lecture on the importance of Yoruba language in the Brazilian culture and tradition.

According to him, the inclusion of African History and Yoruba Language in the curriculum would help bring the closeness of the African Brazilian people to their roots and thus encourage the understandings of the language among other important languages in Brazil apart from Portuguese which is the official language.
The minister also mentioned the role played by Brazil during the festival of arts and culture, ‘FESTAC 77’, held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977; the constant intercultural programmes between Nigeria and Brazil; the annual carnival of Arts, music and cultural displays featuring prominent African artists and Yoruba writers such as Yinka Shonibare, Adeyinka Olaiya, El Anatsui among many others, including the highly respected Yoruba writer, Professor Wande Abimbola.

Speaking at the event, Peruvian Nobel laureate, Prof. Mário Vargas Llosa also made mention of the African community in Peru where the African Peruvians are settled till date. Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010, is known as one of Latin America’s most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading writers of his generation.

According to Vargas Llosa, Yoruba people and their culture have helped the universe, IFA has proven his existence in the beings of mankind right from the inception and IFA is still very much alive and needs to be recognized even more than it is today.

According to Prof Mário Vargas, the Yoruba language should no longer be approached as an ethnic language but a universal language that is alive in culture and tradition of the Africans and her roots around the universe.

Speaking in Yoruba and Portuguese, Prof Katiuscia Ribeiro of the Institute of African Studies drew attention to the African philosophical practices introducing the constant representation of the Yoruba culture and religion in the Brazilian traditional beliefs.

NewsmakersNG learnt that the Yoruba traditional religion today comes after the Catholic practices as the most improving religious practices in the South American country. Several houses of worships called “ILE ASE” are having the Yoruba culture, tradition and language as official, whenever the cults are declared open for the day. Babalawo, Iyalawo, Omo Awo, and Aborisa are all common Yoruba usages in the practice of the Yoruba religion called Candomblé in Brazil.
A Nigerian carnival artist, painter and illustrator, Adeyinka Olaiya, also expressed the benefits the Yoruba language would bring to the Brazilian culture if fully integrated into the Brazilian educational curriculum.

According to Olaiya, living in Salvador, Brazil, is like living in any of the western states of Nigeria where the Yoruba are predominantly located.

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Breaking news: Iran fires three rockets which hosts a number of US forces and contractors at north of Baghdad

Iraq’s Balad Air Base has been hit with 3 rockets, which hosts a number of US forces and contractors. It was said that At least three unguided projectiles have exploded inside the facility, reportedly causing no casualties.

The base, located some 80km (50 miles) to the north of Baghdad, came under attack late on Saturday, Reuters reported citing security sources. Two unguided rockets hit the premises of the compound, but caused no casualties among the personnel. It was not immediately clear whether they inflicted any material damage.


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Iran general Qassem Suleimani killed in Baghdad drone strike ordered by Trump which has brought a world war 3 trend on twitter


The White House stated Donald Trump ordered an air strike that killed effective Iranian trendy Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad inside the early hours of Friday, in a dramatic escalation of an already bloody battlebetween Washington and Tehran for influence throughout the vicinity.

Suleimani, who ran Iranian army operations in Iraq and Syria, changed into targeted at the same time asbeing driven from Baghdad airport by way of local allies from the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU). The deputy head of the PMU, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, a near Suleimani associate, changed into also killed in the attack.

“General Suleimani turned into actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and providerparticipants in Iraq and during the location,” a Pentagon statement stated. “This strike become geared toward deterring destiny Iranian attack plans. The United States will maintain to take all important motionto defend our humans and our interests wherever they’re around the world.”
Minutes earlier than the assertion Trump tweeted a US flag without comment. Later, the White House putout a assertion saying the strike become a “decisive shielding action” carried out “at the path of the president”.

Iran’s very best chief, Ali Khamenei, ordered three days of mourning and vowed that the USA would face “extreme revenge” for the killing.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani stated in a declaration: “Soleimani’s martyrdom will make Iran greaterdecisive to resist America’s expansionism and to defend our Islamic values. With no doubt, Iran and otherfreedom-searching for countries in the location will take his revenge.”

The Iranian overseas minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said on Twitter: “The US’ act of worldwide terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani – THE best force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al – is extraordinarily dangerous & a silly escalation. The US bears obligation for all outcomes of its rogue adventurism.”

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo published a video he said confirmed Iraqis dancing inside the street “grateful that General Soleimani is no extra”.

Suleimani turned into commander of the Quds Force, the elite, outside wing of the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which the Trump administration designated as a terror agency in April ultimate yr. The Pentagon assertion claiming accountable for the strike accused the Quds Force of being answerable for the deaths of masses of US carrier individuals and the wounding of lots greater.

Many do not forget Suleimani to were the 2nd most powerful character in Iran, in the back of Khamenei, and arguably ahead of President Hassan Rouhani. Through a combination of safety operations and diplomatic coercion, has been extra accountable than each person else for projecting Iran’s influence inside the vicinity.


President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport that killed Qasem Soleimani, a key Iranian military commander, in a “decisive protective motion to defend US employees abroad” that become meant to deter “future Iranian attack plans,” the Pentagon showed Thursday.

Soleimani — the pinnacle of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force unit — and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis — the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) — have been among those killed inside the attack early Friday morning nearby time, in line with a declaration from the PMF, which said the pair “were martyred via an American strike.”
The assassination of the top army chief marks a prime escalation in regional tensions that has pitted Tehran towards the US and Washington’s Gulf Arab allies inside the location.
Soleimani turned into respected in Iran, where three days of national mourning were declared. In a message published to his official website, the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed revenge for the killing, announcing that “harsh revenge awaits the criminals” involved.
Formed in 2014 to fight ISIS, the PMF is a Shia paramilitary pressure made of former militias with near ties to Iran. It became recognized under a 2016 Iraqi regulation as an independent navy force that answersimmediately to the prime minister.
Soleimani and his Quds Force were accountable for the deaths of loads of American and coalition carrierparticipants, and the wounding of hundreds greater, the Pentagon delivered. The Pentagon also blamed the Iranian wellknown for orchestrating attacks on coalition bases in Iraq in recent months, consisting of an attack on December 27 that culminated in the deaths of an American contractor and Iraqi personnel.

Pentagon says US killed pinnacle Iranian commander
A firefighter sprays foam retardant on a lower back burn ahead of a hearth the front inside the New South Wales metropolis of Jerrawangala on January 1, 2020. – A principal operation to reach thousands of humans stranded in fire-ravaged seaside towns became under way in Australia on January 1 after lethalbushfires ripped thru popular traveller spots and rural areas leaving as a minimum eight humans dead.

Pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters set a fire throughout a sit-in in the front of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. U.S. Troops fired tear fuel on Wednesday to disperse pro-Iran protesters who had been gathered out of doors the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad for a 2d day as pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters had camped out in a single day on the gates of the embassy. On Tuesday, dozens of the protesters had broken into the compound, trashing a reception vicinity and smashing windows in one of the worst assaults at the embassy in current memory.
Protesters retreat after attacking US embassy


Several thousand Iraqi protesters, waving countrywide flags and banners of the Hashed al-Shaabi, a mainlyShiite network of local armed agencies trained and armed by effective neighbour Iran, demonstrate out of doors the US embassy in Baghdad on December 31, 2019, breaching its outer wall and chanting “Death to America!” in anger over weekend air strikes that killed pro-Iran fighters. – It changed into the first time in years protesters have been able to reach the USA embassy within the Iraqi capital, that’s sheltered in the back of a sequence of checkpoints inside the high-protection Green Zone.
Protesters try to typhoon the US embassy in Baghdad
(FILES) In this photo taken on September 14, 2013, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force, Gen. Qassem Suleimani, is visible as people pay their condolences following the loss of life of his mother in Tehran. For a man extensively suggested to be gambling a key role in supporting Iraq’s routed army recover lost ground, Qassem Suleimani, 57, the commander of Iran’s feared Quds Force, remains invisible. Pentagon says US killed pinnacle Iranian commander

Iranian foreign minister: Airstrike ‘risky and silly’

Iranian commander looms larger than any figure
(FILES) In a photograph taken on September 14, 2013, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force, Gen. Qassem Suleimani, is seen as people pay their condolences following the demiseof his mother in Tehran. For a man broadly said to be gambling a key role in helping Iraq’s routed navy get better lost ground, Qassem Suleimani, 57, the commander of Iran’s feared Quds Force, remains invisible.
Ex-US wellknown: Soleimani a killer, but squaddies love him

Pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters set a fireplace throughout a sit-in in the front of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. U.S. Troops fired tear fuel on Wednesday to disperse pro-Iran protesters who had been gathered out of doors the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad for a second day as pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters had camped out overnight at the gates of the embassy. On Tuesday, dozens of the protesters had broken into the compound, trashing a reception vicinityand smashing windows in one of the worst attacks on the embassy in current memory.
Protesters retreat after attacking US embassy


Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), left, and Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force unit, right, were killed inside the US strike.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), left, and Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force unit, proper, had been killed inside the US strike.
Khamenei warned the combat might hold — and brought it had been Soleimani’s desire for years to turn out to be a martyr.
“His natural blood became shed in the palms of the most wicked of human beings,” Khamenei said.
In a tweet, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif described the USA strike as an “act of worldwide terrorism,” adding that it was an “extraordinarily risky and silly escalation. “The US bears duty for all results of its rogue adventurism,” he introduced.
In a declaration, Muqtada Sadr, who leads the biggest political bloc in Iraq’s parliament, has ordered the revival of the “Mahdi Army,” which fought US troops during the 2003 invasion. He also known as on Iraqis to exercise “wisdom and shrewdness.”
One pro-Iranian Iraqi cleric, Qais al-Khazali, referred to as for the elimination of US forces from Iraq and for the “demise” of Israel, as a reaction to the deaths of Soleimani and Muhandis.
Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Iran-sponsored Lebanese militant and political group, has additionally vowed to avenge the assassinations.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi stated he considered the assassination of Muhandis an “attack on the Iraqi country, authorities and human beings,” according to a tweet through Abdul Mahdi’s media office.
‘Target of possibility’

The killing of Soleimani, one of the maximum powerful guys in Iran and the wider location, may be traced returned to Trump’s selection to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
US military warns each person who attempts to overrun Iraq embassy “will run into a buzz saw”
US army warns all people who tries to overrun Iraq embassy “will run into a buzz saw”
It also comes simply hours after the Pentagon issued a robust warning to Iran-sponsored militias amid issues they may conduct further provocations against the US following their try to storm the USA embassy in Baghdad. According to the Pentagon, Soleimani additionally authorised that assault.
Soleimani changed into “actively growing plans to attack American diplomats and service participants in Iraq and at some point of the region,” according to the Pentagon, which referred to the danger to US lives as justification for killing one in every of Iran’s top-ranking navy officials.
But a US authentic instructed CNN the strike in opposition to Soleimani become a “target of possibility.”
The strike had presidential authorization and america opted for a pre-emptive choice after the previousmoves of maximum pressure did not trade the Iranian sample of behavior, the legitimate said.
The Green Zone in Baghdad become completely locked down via Iraqi protection forces to save you any emergency following the strike, two Iraqi Security sources informed CNN.
Feisal Istrabadi, the founding director of the Indiana University Center for the Study of the Middle East, instructed CNN that the Iraqi government might be substantially weakened through the reality the strike came about on its soil.

“There may be an opportunity for the destabilization of the country,” he stated. “This is a big deal for the duration of the Middle East. The truth that it was achieved over the territory of Iraq manner that Iraq becomes what I feared it would turn out to be from the beginning: the battleground between Iran and the United States.”

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(FILES) In this picture taken on September 14, 2013, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force, Gen. Qassem Suleimani, is seen as people pay their condolences following the death of his mother in Tehran. For a man widely reported to be playing a key role in helping Iraq’s routed military recover lost ground, Qassem Suleimani, 57, the commander of Iran’s feared Quds Force, remains invisible. AFP PHOTO/ISNA/MEHDI GHASEMI (Photo by MEHDI GHASEMI / ISNA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MEHDI GHASEMI/AFP via Getty Images)

US Lawmakers react
The information of Soleimani’s killing generated starkly exclusive reactions alongside birthday celebrationlines with Republicans heaping praise on Trump and Democrats expressing concerns approximately the legality and consequences of the strike.
Republicans reacted with almost uniform reward for Trump.
“I admire President @realDonaldTrump’s formidable motion against Iranian aggression,” GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a fierce Trump ally, wrote in a tweet Thursday. “To the Iranian authorities: if you want more, you’ll get more.”
Two resources tell CNN that key Senate personnel on relevant committees on country wide protection and appropriations, along with leadership team of workers, may be briefed Friday afternoon in a labeled setting by means of administration officials.
Some key members of Congress — inclusive of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat who’s a member of the congressional Gang of Eight leaders, who’re briefed on classified matters — had now not been made aware of the attack in advance of time. It’s not clear what number of otherlawmakers had advance word of the strike.
Sen. Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, said in a information launch that “General Soleimani is dead due to the fact he turned into an evil bastard who murdered Americans” and “the President made the courageous and proper call, and Americans have to be happy with our provider contributors who were given the job done

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