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South Africa to scrap visa for all African citizens to meet AU open visa policy-Agenda 2063

South African government through its Department of Home Affairs is working to scrap the visas for all African citizens travelling to the country. However, “trusted travellers” such as diplomats, academics, business people and students will be the only ones to benefit before its open to everyone. The move is in-line with the African Union’s proposed common visa policy (Agenda 2063).

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African passport for African Heads of State

The Pan-African passport launched in July last year was created to facilitate the ease of movement between African countries. Unfortunately, the passport availed to Heads of States and diplomats has not been made accessible to the citizens who need it the most. For the majority of Africans, the African passport remains a pipe dream, still a preserve for a few.

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Nigeria’s President Buhari medical trips signal no end to medical tourism

Despite his pledge to halt medical tourism in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has sought medical assistance in the United Kingdom for the second time since he took office in May 2015. Nigerians spend more than USD1 billion a year on medical tourism, and Buhari’s recent trip to the UK for vacation and medical screening is grave testimony to the inadequacies of health care and facilities in Nigeria

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Meet Second Lieutenant Thokozile Muwamba, Zambia’s first female fighter pilot

Last year, 19 year-old Besa Mumba, became Zambia’s youngest commercial pilot, an achievement which was widely celebrated across the continent. Fast-forward six months, Zambia is celebrating yet another remarkable accomplishment, as 24-year-old Second Lieutenant Thokozile Muwamba becomes the country’s first female fighter pilot. We applaud Lt Muwamba’s historic achievement.

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We all need mythical heroes

On a study tour in faraway Estonia, veteran Kenyan journalist Wycliffe Muga finds familiar parallels between the Eastern European country’s mythical hero “Kalevipoeg” and “Gor Mahia”, the larger-than-life figure from Luo mythology. It turns out – whether in Europe or Africa – our “mythical heroes” say more about us and our fears than we would like to admit.

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Fraudsters operate bogus U.S. embassy in Ghana for 10 years, and issued visas for $6,000

A crime ring of Ghanaian and Turkish citizen masterminded one of the most daring cons of all time, running a fake U.S. Embassy in Ghana for 10 years, which issued visas for $6,000. The bogus embassy opened thrice a week, flew a U.S. flag and inside hung a photo of President Barack Obama. The gang did not accept walk ins but recruited its customers from remote parts of West Africa, and the gang was only busted after a tip-off from an informant. The tip-off led to the creation of an international task force, which investigated the matter leading to the arrest of ring members, and closure of the fake embassy.