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Photos: Woman arrested for trying to smuggle Gabonese teenager into Europe in a suitcase

A woman has been arrested after she was caught trying to smuggle a teenager over the border into Europe in a suitcase.

The Moroccan was stopped at the border with Spain on December 30, 2016, after the civil guard became suspicious about her package.
They found the 19-year-old from Gabon curled up inside the suitcase in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in northern Africa.

On Sunday, 1st January, more than 1,100 migrants tried to jump a high double fence between Morocco and Ceuta in violent assault that saw one officer lose an eye. A regional government spokesman said 50 Moroccan and five Spanish officers were injured when hundreds of migrants tried to enter Spanish territory.

The spokesman said two migrants managed to reach Spanish soil. Both were injured scaling the 20ft border fence and were taken to hospital by Spanish police. Another 100 migrants climbed the fence, but Spanish agents sent them straight back to Morocco.

Photo credit: EPA

Full List: 2016 Africa Youth Awards winners

Africa Youth Awards, the continent’s most coveted awards for young people have announced the winners of its 2016 awards, which engaged over 170 shortlisted nominees, and received voting participation from over 145 countries from across the world.
Voted as the African Youths of the Year were, Albert Kusi (Ghana) founder of LEC Foundation and Ilwad Elman, Somalia’s Social Activist and Director of Programs and Development at the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center.
Albert Kusi is also the pioneer of Success Conference, West Africa’s biggest annual empowerment summit which has impacted thousands of young people and has transformed lives whiles Ilwad Elmandoubles as the Director of Sister Somalia, Somalia’s first program for assistance of victims of gender-based violence which provides counseling, health and housing support for women in need.
2016’s winner’s hail from 11 countries and were determined by public votes, which were received from over 145 countries within 21 Days.
Other not…

Trump set to repeal many of Obama's laws and policies as soon as he takes office

The US president-elect is yet to be sworn in but he is already taking a wrecking ball to Obama's legacy. This is according to his chief press secretary, Sean Spicer who made a series of revelations during an appearance on ABC's This Week. Spicer told host, Jonathan Karl, that the future Commander-in-chief will 'sign a series of executive orders' on day one, so he can do two things.
The first, Spicer said, will be to 'repeal a lot of the regulations and actions that have been taken by this administration over the last eight years that have hampered both economic growth and job creation.' He added that the second thing Trump will do is bring in 'forward thinking.'
Spicer said Trump will 'bring a new brand to Washington,' by implementing a five-year lobbying ban or a lifetime ban on anyone who wants to serve a foreign government.
'If you want to serve in a Trump administration, you’re going to serve this country, not yourself,' Spic…

AFCON 2017: Grant names 26 for UAE camping, three new players included

Ghana coach Avram Grant has named a 26-man provisional team for the Black Stars training tour of the United Arab Emirates ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Andre Ayew, Daniel Amartey, Jordan Ayew, Andy Yiadom, Thomas Partey, Christian Atsu, Adam Kwarasey and captain Asamoah Gyan will meet the team in Dubai.
For the players that trained here, our sources reveal coach Avram Grant has put defenders Nuru Sulley and Rashid Sumaila on Standby-the two players can only make the squad should Jonathan Mensah and Edwin Gyimah not passed fit.
Austria Lustenau striker Raphael Dwamena and sensational Schalke 04 Bernard Terkpetey have made the squad. Another massive inclusion is Ebenezer Ofori of Swedish side AIK.  Andy Yiadom who plies his trade in the English second tier league also made the list after having been invited for the previous match against Egypt. 
Several other players who all trained with the team including Ghana Premier League player of the season Latif Blessing, Gods…

The Gambia's Teranga FM radio station closed

The authorities in The Gambia have shut down a popular radio station critical of long-serving ruler Yahya Jammeh. 
Intelligence agents ordered Teranga FM's closure without giving reasons, said Emil Touray, the head of the Gambia Press Union. 
This is the first sign of a crackdown on the media since Mr Jammeh rejected defeat in the 1 December poll. Mr Jammeh first seized power in a bloodless coup in 1994.
He initially conceded to property developer Adama Barrow, but then launched court action to annul the result, saying the poll was marred by irregularities. The electoral commission said the poll was free and fair. 
Four National Intelligence Agency operatives and a police officer visited the offices of Teranga FM on Sunday to demand its closure, a staff member told AFP on condition of anonymity. There has been no official comment from the government.
'Climate of terror'
Station manager Alagie Ceesay was arrested in July 2015 on charges of sedition and "publication of…

'Marriage isn't supposed to be a battle field, protect your kids by making the right discussion' - Tonto Dikeh advices ladies

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh Churchill, took to Instagram to react to the report of a woman who was beaten and stabbed in her private parts by her husband, for allegedly cheating on him with a teenage boy.  She wrote: "This is all too confusing. Where is it in the Bible that says it's ok to beatup your spouse? How long do we keep forgiving and living a lie all in the name of our children. 
The SAME children if not removed from an abusive environment will grow up to be the Abuser THEMselves. A man who hits a woman today has over time watched it happen before. It could never be a first time event half the time. Protect your Children by making the right discussion for them. Marriage isn't supposed to be a battle field and even if it were, Men pick someone your own size.. How long do we keep look and listening to society telling us how to live our lives? Same society that would blame you tomorrow if something tragic happens. Society please be kind to women, give us t…

Eastern Region: Man stabbed to death

A young man has been stabbed to death in Koforidua in the Eastern region of Ghana.
The yet to be identified young man was stabbed on his chest by his assailant at around 12:30am on December 31, 2016. The incident occurred close to Dadys Bar – a popular drinking bar and pub in Koforidua.
According to Starr News’ Eastern regional correspondent, Kojo Ansah, the deceased was found bleeding profusely and battling for his life at the roadside near the bar.
Distress calls were placed to the New Juaben Municipal police command and immediately the Police Patrol team rushed to the scene and conveyed the victim to the hospital, however, passed on a few minutes after arrival at the Koforidua Government Hospital.
The New Juaben Municipal Police Commander, Superintendent Richardson Kumekor, confirmed the incident to Starr News, but said investigation has commenced into the incident.
The body of the young man, who is reported to be a resident of Batom, a suburb in New Juaben Municipality, has …

Nollywood actor ‘Aki’ welcomes first child with wife

Chinedu Ikedieze who is popularly known as Aki to most Ghanaians for their popular movie ‘Aki & Popor’ which became such a great hit in Ghana some years ago, has been blessed with a beautiful child.

Aki who is also one of the lead character in the hit African sitcom ‘The Johnsons’ took to his Instagram to make the announcement. He has been married to his wife Nneoma Nwaijah since 2011 and this baby is their first child.

“UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN“– He wrote on his Instagram account with a photo attachment of the baby.

It must be such a joyous moment for his family to be blessed with a baby on the first day of January.

British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye knighted at Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2017

British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye is now Sir David Adjaye after receiving a knighthood for services to architecture in the  Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2017.
Adjaye, 50, will receive the Knight Bachelor award as part of the Queen’s biannual honours programme, which recognises the “achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom”.
The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood described Adjaye as “one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the UK”.
David Adjaye was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The son of a Ghanaian diplomat, David Adjaye lived in Tanzania, Egypt, Yemen and Lebanonbefore moving to Britain at the age of nine. He earned a BA at London South Bank University, before graduating with an MA in 1993 from the Royal College of Art.The architect – famed for projects including the Dirty House and Stephen Lawrence Centre – has just completed one of the most important projects of his career, the Smi…

Check out these cute photos of American celebs and Jesus in African outfits

Check out these cute photos of American stars, Queen Bey, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Drake all dressed in African attires. The creator, FYB Craft also added Nigerian singer Flavour and Jesus to the mix. 
More photos after the cut..











Jennifer Lopez Spends New Year’s Eve with Drake at His Las Vegas Show

Jennifer Lopez canceled a scheduled New Year’s Eve performance in Miami citing “personal and family time.” And apparently, that meant spending more time with her new rumored beau Drake!
The 47-year-old singer was spotted at the rapper’s New Year’s Eve show at the Hakkasan Las Vegas nightclub, cheering him on as he made his way through his first set of 2017.

She sat at the singer’s table, according to shots captured on Twitter by Fox-5 Law Vegas’ Chernéy Amhara.
As E! News reported, Lopez was incognito throughout the evening — wearing a black dress with fur stole and hanging in a VIP booth with friends behind the stage and the DJ.
The rapper’s set began just after 1 a.m. local time, and went on for about 40 minutes, according to E! News. He never acknowledged Lopez’s presence formally — but as Amhara’s photo shows, the “On the Floor” singer was on her feet. The couple left through the back door of the club together around 2:30 a.m., according to E! News.
Jennifer Lopez is in the…

Burundi environment minister Niyonkuru shot dead

Burundi's environment minister has been shot dead while on his way home on New Year's Eve.
Emmanuel Niyonkuru, 54, was killed at about 00:45 local time (22:45 GMT) by "a criminal with a gun", a police spokesman tweeted.
Tweets from Pierre Nkurikiye said a woman who was with Mr Niyonkuru had been detained for questioning, following the "assassination".
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza said the crime would not go unpunished.
Hundreds of people, including high-ranking army officials, have been killed in unrest since President Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a third term in 2015, a move which opponents said was unconstitutional. But this is the first time a serving government minister has been killed.
For months the country had been relatively calm.


Source: BBC

'We're prepared for inauguration of Akufo-Addo' - Police

The Police Administration says it is ready to maintain high security across the country ahead of Saturday's inauguration of President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Police Director of Operations, Chief Superintendent Dr Benjamin Agordzo, said they would clamp-down on activities of people who want to foment trouble.
"I must say that we are well prepared for any eventualities," he told Joy News Sunday.
With six days to the inauguration of the new President, some security experts have urged effective collaboration among  security agencies in the country.
They want the police and military to flush out persons who might jeopardize the safety of the over 6,000 guests expected to attend the ceremony.
Foreign diplomats including Presidents from some African and European countries are expected in the country Friday ahead of Saturday's programme.
Chief Superintendent Dr Agordzo said police officials have been dispatched across the country to maintain "peace, law…