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On #FreshlyPressed981 with @SopeMartins and @monsieurceee this morning, we'll be asking how the NNPC came to the conclusion that petrol will sell for ₦462/litre without the subsidy.

@Smooth981FM in 15 minutes...
The NNPC is just involved in unnecessary fear-mongering.

Our neighbours, who are poorer, pay a lot more than we do for petrol. What I see in all this is people committed to maintaining their cushy subsidy scam going on.
Consider the attached chart, published in February.

As of February, based on the exchange rate, we were paying 40 cents per litre of petrol. In #Benin it was 95 cents, in #Niger it was 97 cents, in #Chad it was 89 cents, and in #Cameroun, it was $1.09. Image
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Conférence des ambassadeurs "Défendre un métier, n'est pas défendre un corps [de métier]... @francediplo sera le chef de fil de l'action ministérielle à l'international... pour que notre diplomatie soit encore plus agile..." @EmmanuelMacron
"L'ordre économique libéral qui a permis des millions de gens de sortir de la pauvreté... est déréglé... il n'est plus soutenable depuis les crises financières et la pandémie qui a fracturé les chaines de productions et démondialisé" @EmmanuelMacron
"La capacité d'imposer le libéralisme politique comme finalité politique de l'humanité n'est plus [...] la géopolitique se structure autour d'une compétition entre la #Chine et les US [...] une compétition d'universalisme [...] la capacité de l'ordre int à réagir est affaiblie"
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[#LeZOOM] | « La réussite de la Fédération du #Mali devrait marquer le début d’une Fédération en Afrique de l’Ouest et dans toute l’Afrique. Nous avons échoué. Toute la balkanisation de l’#Afrique 🌍 vient de là » rappelait Assane Seck.

Pourquoi cet échec, on vous raconte 👇
Le Congrès de #Bamako (Soudan français) du 29 au 30 décembre 1958 a permis de poser les bases de la création de la Fédération du Mali.👇
La Fédération passe de 4 à 2 avec le retrait du #Dahomey (actuel #Bénin 🇧🇯) et la Haute-Volta (actuel #BurkinaFaso 🇧🇫) sous la pression conjointe de la #France 🇫🇷 et de la Côte d’Ivoire 🇨🇮. 👇
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#WestAfrica: THREAD - "Militarized Border Security Will Not Stop the Spread of Extremism into Coastal States."
My latest with @lmcsanders and Jordon Moss for @PolicyCenterNS where we provide some suggestions to avoid/limit the spread to #Benin #Togo #IvoryCoast and #Ghana 1/
#WestAfrica: Border strategies must enable trade, communication, and travel. Increasing the burden
of legitimate behaviors will make communities more vulnerable, alienate essential allies, and
lead people to see border officers as the enemy. 2/
#WestAfrica: Border security must serve & engage border communities and their leaders. Those who
live in border zones understand local dynamics better than external forces. They have critical information of what is changing, and have the most to lose from extremist influence. 3/
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In #Mali, #MINUSMA is increasingly exposed as Bko furthers its international isolation following dissolution of previous stabilization frameworks:
1) EUTM suspension
2) end of existing international & regional counterterror frameworks (Barkhane+G5).
🧵on events of last week(s)
2/ #Benin announcing its pulling out its troops from #MINUSMA at end of ‘22 & ‘23 respectively, as its facing an increasing insurgency on its own territory. This concerns 250 troops and +130 police units. reuters.com/world/africa/u…
3/ This follows news from March this year that Sweden would also pull out its approx. 200 troops earlier than envisioned already in ’23 reuters.com/world/africa/s…
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#UkraineWar #EU #US #West #Democracy
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Lionel #Zinsou former president of #Benin

"Now all we hear about is this crisis, anti-Russian sanctions, oil, gas..... And do you realise what this #crisis means for #Africa, for example? Image
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#Russia supplies us with grain and corn. All the logistics go through the Black Sea. And the African world is frozen in horror at what is happening. Terrified of what the #US and the #EU are doing.
3/11
You can't buy Africans with tales of democracy. They are only your tales for domestic consumption. Most of the African elite were formed in the Soviet Union - doctors, engineers, pilots, teachers, scientists.
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#US offering intel, weapons, eyes from the sky and mercenaries to #Ukraine.

A couple of maps of the latest developments in #Ukraine. Not much advance yesterday and #Russia announced a ceasefire and safe corridors in many cities, allowing diplomacy and civilians evacuation.
To stop buying oil from #Russia, #US no longer recognises Juan Guido as #Venezuela's President and visit @maduro_en to ask for the return of relationship and oil. It is also trying with #Iran for the same objective, after decades of sanctions on the people of Iran and Venezuela.
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Feb 23 2022: "#WHO facilitates 194 member states to introduce digital #vaccination certificates... WHO will make it easier for its member states to introduce digital vaccination certificates in the future... It is intended to serve as a standard procedure..." #DigitalID
"#WHO is therefore supporting member states in building national & regional trust networks & verification technology. The WHO's gateway service also serves as a bridge between regional systems. It can also be used as part of future #vaccination campaigns..."

#Surveillance
"Digitization keeps the world running. Digital #vaccination certificates like the EU's are key to this...The gateway will interact w/ other parts of the system already developed by WHO...This will also give hints for regional & national setups to be followed by the implementers."
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@PriyamvadaGopal Hello Professor, thanks for your kind words about my forthcoming book, much appreciated! ☺️👍📔 #history #BeninBronzes #repatriation #reparations @HurstPublishers #books 🌳🍁🍂

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If anyone would like to know more, please sign up with @HurstPublishers for their New Book Alerts… ⬇️🤓📚 #books #history #BookTwitter

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HISTORY OF IKWERRE PEOPLE
The majority of the Ikwerre settlements have their roots traceable from the old Benin Empire.” Iwhnurọhna people descended from the ancient Bini Kingdom.
The name of the grand ancestor is Akalaka.
#Ikwerre #Benin
Their relations in Rivers State are Ekpeye and Ogba people.

The reigning Oba of Benin when Akalaka, the ancestor of Ihruọha (later called Iwhnurọhna) fled was Oba Ewuare (Ogwaro).

Akalaka, a member of the Benin royal family, fled in the 13th century on allegation of plotting
assassination of the Oba.
He died in 1462.
Iwhnurọhna his third son settled east of the Sombrero River by 1538 AD, as detailed below.
Chief N.M.T. Solomon (2004), a native of Ikodu Ubie in Ekpeyeland, in his narrative draws heavily from the now authenticated written historical
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UGI'ODODUA. (UGIE ODODUA)

In old Benin, ugi’ododua was celebrated in the month of the Ẹdo lunar year, which corresponds to mid-March and early April of the Gregorian calendar.
@asemota @EdoSocials @0vienrioba @OyomwanO
#Thread #BeninBronzes #Benin
The ceremony was initially instituted by Ọmọ N’Ọba Ẹweka I in memory of his grandfather Ekaladerhan or Izoduwa. In the 16th century, Ọmọ N’Ọba Ẹsigie, added some rituals, probably Christian fasting rites, to the ceremony, then, in the 18th century,
Ọmọ N’Ọba Eresoyen further modified the festivity by adding other rites. Furthermore, he replaced the original masks worn by the Ododua masquerades, with brass ones modelled after the masks worn by the masquerades of Ọsa N'Uzalla, the deified hero of the people of Uzalla,
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THREAD

In Africa there are 54 countries , each one of them with unique architecture and design that represent the cultural identity and history of the people.

54 days , 54 projects one for every African nation .

I’ll start with Morocco I’ll ended in western sahara.

Enjoy Image
Day 1.

Morocco .

This 18th-Century Home renovated in the historical center of Essaouira it is an incredible example of traditional Moroccan architecture .

A traditional house renovated and decorated with a contemporary touch.

Between tradition and modernity. ImageImageImageImage
Designed by the French painter Jacques Majorelle the garden was created over the course of forty years, and consists of a labyrinth of crisscrossing alleyways on different levels and boldly-coloured buildings that blend both Art Deco and Moorish influences.

An hidden beauty ImageImageImageImage
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I was in #America for almost the whole of last month, and one of the places I visited was El Paso in Texas. El Paso is just a wall away from Juarez in Chihuahua, #Mexico.
Both were once the same town until the Texas Revolution in 1835. Then, they went their separate ways.

The contrast between both cities today is the result of the different economic systems they run, something I talk about in @FinancialNG
Talking about this is very depressing for me because it portends a very bad future for #Nigeria. You see, like Nigeria, #Mexico is a rentier economy that runs based on the whims of a powerful elite and their criminal associates.
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My Crazy Thoughts On #Lekki

When the #EndSARS protests began, no one mentioned President @MBuhari

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But, just like aides of Governor @senatorbenayade often find a way to make others opinions seem like direct attacks on their principal, apologists and handlers of the @NGRPresident did same.
Minister Lai Mohammed succeeded in selling the narrative to the press that protests were hijacked and it was bought hook, line and sinker! What a spin! That was to justify what will happen next especially as the seemingly facelessness of the protests made negotiations difficult!
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PETROL PRICING: THE MYTH, THE PUBLIC PASSION & THE FACTS.

#THREAD

#EnoughIsEnough #MrPresident #Buhari #Nigerians #IFB
Petroleum pricing is a sensitive issue in Nigeria because the various past governments got it all wrong abinitio, and this has been because of the wrongly perceived and sustained notion that 'we are a rich nation'.
In truth, no government has any business selling or retailing petrol, diesel and kerosene to its citizens.
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For a virus that presents "few to no symptoms" for the majority, "U.S. Orders Up to 600 Million Doses of #Pfizer, BioNTech Covid #Vaccine" (Bloomberg).

bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

So let's take a look at Pfizer.
"Pfizer is a publicly-traded global pharma corp.headquartered in NYC. Its revenues reached $52.5 billion in 2017. #Pfizer makes Advil, Xanax, #DepoProvera, Neosporin, #Lyrica & Dimetapp. Pfizer manufacturers more than 350 different pharmaceuticals & operates in 180 countries.
Pfizer's Lyrica, the new vallium, linked to depression, anxiety & suicide, now top pain medication on PBS. #Pregabalin #Addiction. Addicts of #hydromorphone (#Opioid) (Pfizer) have found a new addiction w/ #Lyrica. Capsules are opened, crushed & snorted.

thetimes.co.uk/article/drug-d…
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A Benin Bronze With Fishy Provenance Goes to Auction hyperallergic.com/573457/fishy-p…
The plaque was part of a large cache of Benin decorative plaques looted during the British punitive military expedition of 1897. This plaque, cast in brass, depicts a mudfish, not dissimilar to a plaque currently in the collection of @WeltmuseumWien which was 'acquired' in 1899
Doubts have been cast by scholars @artcrimeprof and @profdanhicks as to its provenance as described on the auction house website at christies.com/lotfinder/lot/… Frederick Knize was an Austrian collector whose descendant sold the plaque to the New York art dealer John J Klejman
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Did you miss the Force Community webinar on Friday? Don't worry. We have you covered!

Our @SPARC_Africa/technicalPartners @cerrhud discussed their support to the government of #Benin's #COVID19 response & what they were learning from that engagement. Here is a synthesis #thread
1) #COVID19 response requires the whole-of-society approach. Ministries of Health & Finance, World Bank, private sector, pharmaceutical industry, retired and current health workers and individuals are playing a critical role in responding to the crisis in #Benin.
This whole-of-society approach has been useful in two ways: a) Various committees drawing membership from stakeholder groups have been put in place to provide strategic direction aligned to the national response strategy.
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#BurkinaFaso: A thread on military operations and the militant groups straddling the borders of several West African coastal states
#BurkinaFaso: To begin with several of these countries are on the alert, fearing spillover [or maybe even expansion] of violent militant activities into their countries, debatable if that will happen,..
#BurkinaFaso: ..non-violent activities is a reality though, movements, recruitment, logistic transfers. #Benin experienced what so far is a one-off incident with the killing of a Beninese tour guide and the abduction of a French couple
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The #IMF says the "Great Lockdown" recession will likely be the worst since the Great Depression. Global economy projected to shrink by 3% in 2020. By contrast, in January, the IMF had forecast a global GDP expansion of 3.3% for this year. Details in chart below. Table: @IMFNews
IMF: Partial global rebound to 5.8% in 2021 “assumes the #pandemic fades in the 2nd half of 2020, & that policy actions taken by countries are effective in preventing widespread firm bankruptcies, extended job losses, & system-wide financial strains.” #WEO ow.ly/ZLYi50zccSJ
How does your country fare in the latest #IMF projections for 2020 & 2021? imf.org/~/media/Files/… @IMFNews #economies #GDP #finance
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#Syria #Al_Tanf #RevolutionaryCommandoArmy
* Escape from Al Tanf * 🚴‍♂️
A group of militants from the US backed & trained "Revolutionary Commando Army" (Moghavir al-Thawra) have fled the Al Tanf camp and surrendered to the #SAA together with their vehicles & weapons
#Syria #Idlib #KUB_BLA #KamikazeDrone
Kalashnikov Kamikaze Drone ‘KUB-BLA’ Battle-Tested In Syria shar.es/aHJDGk via @southfronteng
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In the light of the new #coronavirus cases in #Osun, let's very briefly talk about #Nigeria's (or Africa's borders). It was sometime last year that I found that probably the 4th largest concentration of Ogbomoso indigenes after Ogbomoso itself, Ibadan and Kano, is in Abidjan.
Basically, this Nigerian community has links with that part of #IvoryCoast because of trade routes that predate the British and the French, and apparently, those trade routes are still in use, which is how people made it through #Nigeria's ostensibly closed borders.
Internet service provider went down, so the thread will continue shortly.

I've seen replies that saying Ogbomoso people are also strong in #Jos and #Ghana, but for the purposes of this, I'll stick with what Mr Akin Akinbola, a much older man from Ogbomoso, told me in Paris.
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Quelques situations du coronavirus en Afrique le dimanche 29 mars 2020 :
1. #Covid19 :Le #Benin ne dispose pas des ‘moyens des pays riches’ pr prendre des mesures de confinement strictes dans la lutte contre la propagation du coronavirus, a déclaré dimanche le président, Talon.
2. #Covid19 :Le président sud-africain Cyril Ramaphosa a levé dimanche la quarantaine imposée à une centaine de ses ressortissants rapatriés il y a deux semaines de la ville chinoise de Wuhan, berceau de la pandémie meurtrière de coronavirus #coronavirusafrica @AfriqueTweet #OMS
3. #Covid19 :Les Maliens ont commencé timidement à élire dimanche matin leurs députés lors de législatives à fort enjeu, organisées malgré la persistance des violences, la propagation du coronavirus et l'enlèvement du chef de l'opposition #coronavirusafrica #OMS @AfriqueTweet
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