Afrika Fifty6 x Bless A Child Foundation

Today we spent the day with the children at the Bless A Child Foundation. We taught them English, Geography, Spanish and Spelling. These kids are so eager to learn and had so much fun in the process.

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Uganda’s radiotherapy machine for cancer treatment breaks.

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Uganda’s only radiotherapy machine used for treating cancer is broken beyond repair, the country’s main cancer unit says.This leaves thousands unable to get potentially life-saving treatment.The capital’s Mulago Hospital is waiting for building upgrades to be made before installing a new machine.It gets 44,000 new referrals a year from Uganda, as well as from neighbouring countries including Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.

Around 75% of these may require radiotherapy, the unit’s spokesperson Christine Namulindwa told the BBC on the phone from Kampala.”It’s really, really a hard time,” she added, “[and] it’s having an impact on our patients, as the treatment is often required.” Radiotherapy uses radiation to target and kill cancerous cells in a specific part of the body, and can be used for many types of cancer.Healthy cells can recover from this damage, while cancer cells cannot.The machine at Mulago Hospital was second hand when it was donated in 1995 and has been repaired several times in the past.But efforts to fix it this time have failed, Ms Namulindwa said.
The cancer unit is currently talking to the ministry of health to get more funds and speed up the building of a special bunker that is needed for a new radioactive machine.

The ministry’s director of cancer treatment, Dr Jackson Oryem, told BBC Focus on Africa radio that a new machine should be delivered within the next year.
He said the need to build the new special facilities was causing a delay.
In the meantime, patients are still able to get other treatments, such as chemotherapy and surgery, but if they need radiotherapy, and they can afford it, they will have to travel to neighbouring Kenya.
Dr Oryem said the government may be able to fund a trip abroad for some of the most urgent treatable cases.
The incidence of cancer is on the rise in Africa overall as life expectancy increases.

Source: BBC Africa


Nigeria indicts firms over arms fraud contracts

Nigerien special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa March 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Joe Penney

Nigerien special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Nigeria has indicted more than 300 local and foreign companies and individuals, including senior military officers, over an arms scandal.
They are accused of defrauding the country of $241m (£170m) in fake contracts, a government statement says.
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a probe last year after funds meant to buy weapons to fight Boko Haram militants were allegedly diverted.
More than $35m has been recovered in the investigation so far.
The contracts were awarded by the office of the national security adviser from 2011 until 2015, the statement from the office of the president says.
It lists all the companies and individuals indicted including former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki, who is facing separate fraud charges linked to the arms scandal.
Mr Dasuki, who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan, has previously denied the allegations of corruption in relation to phantom contracts.
The investigation was done by a special committee appointed President Buhari, who came to office in May partly on a promise to clamp down on corruption.
The committee found that contracts were awarded “without any contractual agreement or evidence of jobs executed”, the statement says.
It gave an example of how one of the companies, Societe D’Equipement International, “was overpaid to the tune of $8.9m and $7m”.


The scale of the alleged fraud is massive considering the number of companies and individuals involved.
This is the first time such a detailed report has been made public and the fact that both serving and retired military officers have been indicted appears to show the president’s commitment to rooting out endemic corruption that has stagnated the development of Africa’s largest economy and oil producer.
One thing that underlines the suspicious nature of some of these deals is the status of the companies involved – it appears that some of them were just set up for the purpose of these phantom contracts.
Even in situations where the contracts were executed, it is alleged that some officials who owned these firms through proxies helped them to avoid paying tax.
Apart from cash, the government says it has seized some properties belonging to some of the indicted individuals.
Many Nigerians will welcome the news that the government is not only uncovering who allegedly looted funds but has also started recovering some of it.
Under the previous government, some soldiers complained that despite the military’s huge budget, they were ill-equipped to fight Boko Haram.
Even though the militants have lost most of the areas they once controlled, they are still able to carry out attacks in some rural areas.
In the latest incident, 16 women were abducted from a village in the north-eastern state of Adamawa.
The women from Sabon Garin Madagali village were seized while fetching firewood and fishing in a nearby river, residents told the BBC Hausa service.
The Islamist insurgency has killed at least 20,000 people in north-eastern Nigeria since 2009.




Founder of Afrika Fifty6, Sam Desalu spent the day in Namuwongo at Alive Medical Services. He spent the afternoon unpacking, sorting and labeling medicine sent to AMS by the Ugandan Government.The Pharmacist gave him a detailed breakdown about all the meds and how they are distributed to the over 12,000 patients that rely on the meds. We are very happy to announce that we are now partners with Alive Medical Services!! Looking forward to changing lives w/them.

AMS exists to provide and model comprehensive prevention, care, treatment and support of HIV and other health needs for its clientelle using a holistic approach incorporating education, training and research, to empower them to live a quality life.



While in Jinja, Uganda we visited the Amani Baby Cottage and spent time with all the beautiful children. Amani Baby Cottage was established in 2003 and has been the home to 325 children. It is a babies’ home that provides care for orphaned, abandoned and needy children, from newborn to 5 years. Our goal and mission is to find a permanent home for all of our children through reuniting with their families or adoption. ABC is located in Jinja, Uganda on Lake Victoria near the source of the River Nile.


Nigeria: First building on Eko Atlantic City ready in 24 months

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Eko AtlanticNigeria’s Lagos emerging city, Eko Atlantic City first building is due for completion and possibly occupied in the next 24 months, its developers and promoters have said.

Eko Atlantic, an emerging city in Lagos, is rising on reclaimed land from the Atlantic Ocean and, according to its developers, it is a 21st Century city that will compare with United Arab Emirates city of Dubai.

David Frame disclosed to journalists at the project site that the developers of the city’s first building, who he did not disclosed “for security reasons,” have already started piling up work in preparatory to building what he called “a fully commercial development.”

Frame, managing director, South Energyx Nigeria Limited, developer of the city, spoke during the visit of Michel Sleiman, the president of the Republic of Lebanon to the city.
He said the Lebanese president came to the city to see what his country men were doing (since the promoters of the project are from Lebanon), adding that the visiting president was impressed with what he saw.

David also revealed that the first phase of the city comprising over two million square metres of land was almost sold out to institutions and corporate bodies, adding that they had achieved some important milestones in the development of the city.

“The important milestone we have achieved here is that 50 percent of the land reclamation has been done, and also three and half kilometres of the eight and half sea protective wall has been completed,” he said.

Continuing, he said: “The first phase of the project which is over two million square metres is almost sold out; within the next two years, the first building in this city will have been completed and that is going to be fully commercial development.”

According to the managing director, the city will be self-sustaining in terms of infrastructure provision, as “all the infrastructure needed in the city will be buried underground; none of these facilities will be seen on the surface.”

Another investor in the city, Eko Pearl Nigeria Limited, has perfected plans to what it calls Eko Pearl – a 24-storey residential tower to be located on the harbour front of the city.

Residents of this new luxury tower will be able to enjoy uninterrupted views of the water as they take in the endless breeze from the ocean, and in addition to living in the newest prime area of Lagos, residents will enjoy first-class infrastructure facilities, including uninterrupted power, water, and security services.

“Eko Pearl is a luxurious tower that consists of 24 residential floors, a pool and terrace level floor, a ground floor, a technical floor and a basement floor, both dedicated to 345 parking places and 48 storage rooms,” an official of the company said.

According to him, typical apartments are located starting from the first to the 18th floor, comprising an entrance hall, sitting rooms, dining room, living family room, kitchen, master bedrooms, guest rooms, among others, while duplex apartments are located on the 19th – 20th and 21st – 22nd floors, consisting of lower level and upper level.

Lower level comprises entrance hall, sitting rooms, dining room, lounge, kitchen with pantry, guest bathroom, maid room and WC, laundry, balconies. Upper level comprises living family room, master bedrooms and balconies.

“The Eko Duplexes will be built upon the finest standards of quality in architectural design, construction, and convenience; a lifestyle worth-living; The Penthouses also called ‘Apartments in the Sky,’ offer homeowners remarkable panoramic views,” he said.

– See more at: http://www.tvcnews.tv/?q=article/nigeria-first-building-eko-atlantic-city-ready-24-months#sthash.l3v5d73L.dpuf


Lake Chad’s Baga Sola town hit by suicide bombers

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Suicide bombers have attacked a fish market and refugee camp in the town of Baga Sola in western Chad, killing more than 30 people, officials say.

More than 50 people are being treated at the hospital in the town, which is on the shores of Lake Chad.
The camp on the town’s outskirts is home to tens of thousands of Nigerians who have fled Boko Haram attacks.
Chad is host to a new regional force set up to tackle the Nigeria-based militant Islamists.
Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria agreed to establish the 8,700-strong force, but it has yet to start operations in earnest because of reported funding difficulties.

At least 37 people died in the Baga Sola explosions on Saturday afternoon.
This figure may include the suicide attackers, which some reports put at five.
Witnesses reported hearing three blasts, one at the busy fish market and two at the refugee camp.
Officials suspect Boko Haram to be behind the attacks – the group first attacked Chad in June using suicide bombers to target the capital, N’Djamena.
Since then Chad has banned people from wearing the full-face veil, fearing attackers use the garment to cover explosives, and reintroduced the death penalty for acts of terrorism.
Borno state, which has been at the heart of Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency, is on the Nigerian border with Chad.

Earlier this year, Chad was instrumental in helping Nigeria’s army retake most of the areas Boko Haram occupied.
But in the last few months, suicide attacks in particular have intensified.
This week, two new Boko Haram propaganda videos have been released with footage suggesting it still has scores of fighters.
In one of the videos, the group reaffirmed its allegiance to the Islamic State group and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
According to Amnesty International, at least 17,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since 2009, when the group launched its violent uprising to try to impose militant Islamist rule.

Story Via: BBC News Africa


Afrika Fifty6 Presents: AFROBEAT LA DAYPARTY

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Hosted by Mrs. Dunnie OH! & Lifestyle Artist Ron Bass

Afrobeat LA is a dance party put together by Afrika Fifty6 and its partners, to raise funds for “Project Uganda”. Project Uganda is a mission to provide better living conditions for the children at the “Bless A Child Foundation” in Kampala, Uganda.

Music: DJ Diesel

Dress Code: Fashionable

Tickets: Early Bird tickets are $10 and at the door tickets will be $20 but if you bring any art or school supplies entry will be discounted to $15.
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This event will also feature work by Solomon Adufah, a Chicago based Artist who was born in Ghana/West Africa. His discipline of art is portrait based with very vibrant colors. His portrait paintings captures expressions and emotions of his subjects. More importantly, it celebrates culture and tradition through the unique lives of the individuals he uses as subjects.


What does China’s shock yaun devaluation mean for Africa

China’s development decisions are critically important for Africa. In Lagos, Addis and Johannesburg, China’s surprise yuan devaluation has African analysts scratching their heads.

Obviously Chinese goods will be cheaper in Africa, and African exports more expensive in China. So far, this decision is just a tremor, not a quake. Yet why did China devalue, and what is this likely to mean for Africa?

Deborah Brautigam
To understand China’s devaluation, we need to take a step back. Beijing has been trying to manage China’s enormous structural transformation ever since Chinese leaders made their historic decision to move out of poverty by turning to the market in the late 1970s. Their supercharged development model depended on low wages, high levels of foreign and public investment, and rapidly expanding, cheap exports.

Today, China is an upper middle income country with more expensive labor. Their economy is increasingly based on domestic innovation, consumption, and exports of high-tech products. Chinese firms have become significant foreign investors themselves with interests outside China’s borders.

This has been mainly good news for Africa. China’s growing reserves were recycled into large loans for infrastructure finance across Africa. Prices for African commodities rose with Chinese demand, helping underpin a long period of sustained — if unequal – African growth. Trade between Africa and China skyrocketed to $220 billion in 2014, nearly three times the U.S. level. Consumers benefited from low cost cell phones and other goods. On the down side, African manufacturing suffered from the competition with Chinese imports. Critics charge that China’s embrace — like that of other major powers — has not budged African economies away from high dependence on raw material exports.

The devaluation is a step backward in China’s strategy. Chinese authorities had pressing, but short-term political and economic reasons to devalue. Beijing’s policy-makers need to avoid rocking China’s political stability, while still pushing forward with measures that might cause temporary pain as they transform into a high income economy. Slower growth is now necessary, but this needs to be gradual, not dramatic.

What Africa can learn from China

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In 2015, China’s economy began to slow a bit too rapidly. The Chinese had been using their foreign exchange reserves to prop up the yuan against the challenge of a strong dollar. This pushed their currency to appreciate by 14% over the past twelve months.

The stronger yuan led to a drop in Chinese exports: 8.3% in July alone. That month, China’s factory sector experienced its largest contraction in two years, leading to layoffs. Combined with the recent stock market crash, this was too much change, too quickly.

Last week’s decision allowed the market a greater role in setting the yuan’s value, and it promptly fell. This should lead to a modest export recovery but will do little for the long term goal of continued transformation.

Long-term view
So far, China’s devaluation has been fairly modest — about 4% — but how will this be felt in Africa?

– Prices for African commodities will worsen, then improve. In recent years, China’s slower growth has pushed down prices for gold, crude oil, copper, platinum and iron ore. South Africa’s mining sector was expected to lose over 10,000 jobs due to lower demand.[vi] In response to China’s devaluation, global prices for crude oil and some other African commodities fell further.

These goods have now become more expensive for Chinese buyers using yuan to buy inside China, leading to even lower demand. Yet over the medium term, if growth in China picks up as a result of the devaluation, demand for Africa’s commodities will increase, and prices should recover.

– Africa will import even more from China. Cheaper Chinese exports will please African consumers while putting Africa’s manufacturers at a further disadvantage. There will be more pressure for tariff protections.

South African wine, made for China

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Lower cost steel imported from China will hurt African steel producers, but will benefit other manufacturers who use steel in their products. Chinese tourists will be more likely to vacation at home as African safaris become relatively more expensive.

– China’s African investments will be helped — and hurt. The appreciation of the Chinese yuan had eroded the value of profits from Chinese investments abroad when transmitted back to China and exchanged into yuan. Now, Chinese investors will see their profits from African investments automatically rise (in yuan terms) and this could lead them to expand.

On the other hand, new investors will find that they have to pay more (in yuan) to buy dollars for overseas investments. Furthermore, low wages in Ethiopia and elsewhere had been attracting significant factory investment from China. With costs now relatively lower in China, the push to relocate factories overseas will slow. This will save Chinese jobs, but postpones Africa’s own structural transformation.

In the short term it is hard to see how this devaluation can help Africa, notably its productive and export sectors. But if this step backward works, China will bounce back and Africans will benefit.

Article by by Deborah Brautigam, Special to CNN


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