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Nigeria’s ill president Yar’Adua to “hand-over power” to VP, after 74 days of Nigerians pondering constitutional succession

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Nigeria’s ill president Yar’Adua to “hand-over power” to VP, after 70 days of Nigerians pondering his whereabouts and constitutional succession questions

Special to USAfricaonline.com and Nigeria360 e-group

Lagos, Nigeria, Feb. 6 (UPI) — Ailing Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua will hand over power to his vice president, the BBC reported Saturday. The British broadcaster said the president’s special adviser on legislative affairs, Abba Aji, told the BBC that Yar’Adua would soon write a letter to the Senate saying he was on “medical vacation” and naming Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as acting president.

Aji didn’t give a precise time line on when the president would act, but indicated there would be no “undue delay.”
The BBC said Yar’Adua is suffering from an inflammation
of the lining around the heart as well as kidney problems. The president has been hospitalized in Saudi Arabia since November, and his long absence has sparked fears of a power vacuum and street protests.
Analysts have said a power vacuum was created when Yar’Adua failed to transfer powers to Jonathan before he left. False reports about his death and rumors of his medical condition have been rife in the country, the British broadcaster said.

LAGOS, Nigeria, Feb. 6 (UPI) — Ailing Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua will hand over power to his vice president, the BBC reported Saturday.The British broadcaster said the president’s special adviser on legislative affairs, Abba Aji, told the BBC that Yar’Adua would soon write a letter to the Senate saying he was on “medical vacation” and naming Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as acting president.Aji didn’t give a precise time line on when the president would act, but indicated there would be no “undue delay.”The BBC said Yar’Adua is suffering from an inflammationof the lining around the heart as well as kidney problems. The president has been hospitalized in Saudi Arabia since November, and his long absence has sparked fears of a power vacuum and street protests.
Analysts have said a power vacuum was created when Yar’Adua failed to transfer powers to Jonathan before he left. False reports about his death and rumors of his medical condition have been rife in the country, the British broadcaster said.

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USAfrica: Obama to deliver 2018 Nelson Mandela memorial lecture

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Special to USAfrica [Houston] •   USAfricaonline.com  •  MLKMandelaAchebe.com

Former President of the U.S., Barack Obama, will deliver the annual Nelson Mandela memorial lecture in Johannesburg in July 2018. It is one of the highlights of the events marking 100 years since the globally acclaimed statesman and first President of the post-apartheid, multiracial South Africa was born.

In a statement, Sello Hatang, head of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, enthusiastically affirmed
“we will be looking forward to hosting him as he will be addressing this esteemed Nelson Mandela annual lecture.”

Hatang noted the Mandela foundation preferred a keynote speaker with “an Africa heritage” to “deal with issues of democracy”, globally. By Chido Nwangwu  @Chido247  

MANDELA’S FOOTPRINTS OF GREATNESS. By Chido Nwangwu

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“I’m BLESSED” gospel video Charlie Wilson, ft T.I show timeless skills [USAfrica]

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Charlie Wilson’s timeless, creative skills are evident in this new gospel song  titled “I’m Blessed” – with superstar rapper T.I coming in to attract more of the younger demographics.

The performance was at a recent 2018 ‘ShowTime at Apollo’ -hosted by Steve Harvey. Wilson gained world-wide respect and recognition as a member of the multiple platinum hits group Gap band.

He has shared his story of moving from being a millionaire to homeless and then picking up, changing his lifestyle and reorganizing….

In many ways, however different our circumstances, join me say to say [and sing] it, again: I’m Blessed!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com [first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet], is completing a book titled “MLK, MANDELA & ACHEBE: POWER, LEADERSHIP & IDENTITY  Follow him @Chido247

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USAfrica: Novelist Chimamanda reveals she was sexually assaulted at 17

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Award-winning novelist and author of Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has revealed that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 17 by “a big man” in the media in Lagos, Nigeria.
She was born on September 15, 1977 in Enugu. She revealed this during an address at the 2018 Stockholm Forum for Gender Equality. 

Chimamanda recalled how she had taken a book of poems she wrote to a “big man in the media” so he could support her in publicizing that work but the yet undisclosed man sexually assaulted her he slipped his hand under her shirt and bra, then squeezed her breast. “I was so taken aback that I did nothing for seconds”, she said. Then, I pushed his hand away, but gently, nicely, because I didn’t want to offend him.

“Later that day, I broke into a rash on my chest, my neck, my face, as though my body were recoiling, as though my body were saying what my lips had not said.”

“I felt a deep loathing for that man and for what he did. I felt as if I didn’t matter, as if my body existed merely as a thing to be done with as he wanted. Yet, I told no one about it. And I kept talking to him, being polite, hoping he will help with my book.”

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