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Thousands attend coronation of Sierra Leone’s Fula tribal Chief

This week, Mamadou Aliou Bah joins AVP from Guinea to give a citizen’s view on interim military President Mamady Doumbouya and the deadline date for the transition from military to civilian rule. We also talk about former President Alpha Condé, the environmental crisis and the state of the mining industry in Guinea and Africa. Mr …

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Tough criticism for Sierra Leone’s government in the growing tax row

Baillor Jalloh is in Sierra Leone where a tax row between government and traders along with various stakeholders has been growing. The Sierra Leone government is currently under intense scrutiny and criticism by consumers and traders alike after a decrease in the tax threshold from 350 million Leones / $35 000 to the equivalent of …

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Roots Mbili Theatre launches in Sheffield with the play “Far Gone”

Roots Mbili Theatre has been established by friends John Rwoth-Omack, Sam Holland and Smart Banda. and is launching with their play “Far Gone” at Sheffield Theatres from 17th to 26th February. “Roots Mbili” is a combination of English and Swahili translating to “Two Roots,” a reflection of Artistic Director, John Rwoth-Omack’s vision for the company’s …

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Kelham Island gets a new African & African-Caribbean Takeaway

Paulina Francis is famed for catering at festivals and markets around the South Yorkshire area as Blessone’s Kitchen. On 28th January, she opened a takeaway outlet inside the Krynkl space in Sheffield’s Kelham Island which was created to showcase “the best and most exciting independent start-ups and businesses” from Sheffield. Paulina is a qualified Chef …

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What’s in a Name? Zimbabwe Decides.

What’s in a name? The revolving door of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (founded 1999) factions took a turn on 24th January when leading opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, announced his newly formed party, Citizen’s Coalition for Change (CCC). This episode features Dr Nkululeko Mkastos Sibanda, Nelson Chamisa’s official Presidential spokesperson. It was recorded before the …

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Resuming constitutional governance in Guinea

This week, Mamadou Aliou Bah joins AVP from Guinea to give a citizen’s view on interim military President Mamady Doumbouya and the deadline date for the transition from military to civilian rule. We also talk about former President Alpha Condé, the environmental crisis and the state of the mining industry in Guinea and Africa. Mr …

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Covid cases rise sharply in Sheffield

The number of positive Omicron-related Covid cases has “sky-rocketed” according to Greg Fell, director of public health Sheffield. Since the final weeks of December 2021 and now, the number of positive cases have risen to the region of 2000 per 100,000, mostly among working age adults.

Horn of Africa – Geopolitics

A lot has been happening in the Horn of Africa countries in recent months. Foreign players including China, Turkey, USA, UAE have increased their interests in the area mostly owing to their geostrategic position on the Red Sea. External actors and not African states, are obtaining & exerting soft power through multiplication of military bases …

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Olivia Blake Sheffield Hallam MP Joins Nationalities and Borders Bill Protest

On 18th December, human rights activists staged a demonstration outside Sheffield Town Hall to protest against the Nationalities and Borders Bill currently progressing through Parliament. The draft legislation includes provisions to criminalise refugees and asylum seekers who enter the UK by illegal routes. It also includes powers to strip individuals of their British citizenship without …

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