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What Do Trump’s Phone Calls to African Leaders Mean for Trade and Security

U.S. President Donald Trump has been in the Oval office for a little over a month, and the early days have been quite eventful. The continent remains on tenterhooks, as it remains unclear what trajectory the Trump administration will take on Africa. While it has been argued that the Trump presidency is a golden moment for Africa to chart its own development path, it appears Trump is likely to adopt policies that deal with individual countries in the continent, unlike his predecessors who crafted policies which saw Africa as group.

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Nigeria’s Martins Lawrence Akande scoops The International Galileo Galilei Prize

This is Africa last year featured the artwork of one of Nigeria’s most talented hyper realistic artists, Martins Lawrence Akande. Akande recently bagged a prestigious award, the International Galileo Galilei Prize in Italy, which is one of the most valuable and significant prizes given to artists. The artist says he’s honoured to receive the recognition, and hopes the award will be an inspiration to artists across Nigeria and the continent especially those that share similar dreams. Akande’s remarkable realistic pencil drawings continue to draw immense praise. Congratulations to the artist.

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Stop Playing the Music of Hate

The Bisi Alimi Foundation (BAF) conducted a survey to explore and collect information about current life experiences of LGBT [Lesbians Gay Bisexuals Transgender] Nigerians. The report titled Not Dancing to their Music details the discrimination, harassment and abuse experienced by respondents and makes recommendations of changes needed in the country to ensure security, justice and equality for all.

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Tanzanian government suspends HIV programs for gay community

The Tanzanian government has suspended U.S. funded AIDS programs for the gay community in what is seen as a crackdown on homosexuals in Tanzania. The suspension was followed by the closure of all 40 health centres which provided AIDS-related services to homosexuals. In most African countries there have been sharp divisions over homosexuality and authorities have consistently escalated their campaigns against homosexuality.