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South Africa Tourism condemns Violence Against Foreign Nationals

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The South African Tourism has condemned the violent protests against foreign nationals in the country.

In a statement released on Thursday, SA Tourism says the South African government has put security measures in place to tackle the violence with a total of 108 arrests made in relation to the attacks.

The statement also assured everyone that South Africa is always open for business and visitors.

Read the full statement below

SA Tourism Statement on Violent Protests

Following violent protests in certain parts of the country over the last two days, South African Tourism, is aware and concerned around the damage that this is causing the country from a reputation perspective and the possible impact it may have on international visitor arrival.

Our government is taking the matter very seriously and have put security plans in place to address the situation.

Various arrests have been made in the Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng Provinces.

The South African Government’s message is strong and clear around relations with nations from the African continent:

South Africa as an integral part of the African continent advocates for a peaceful, vibrant and sustainable Africa

As Africans we all have a shared commitment to foster peace and greater continental unity We should never forget that our fellow Africans have contributed to developing our

economy and that of the region Similarly, South Africans are helping to develop economies across the continent We have historically shared resources within the SADC region, and continue to do so.

The region’s economies are interlinked and we will continue to work together for increased

trade and investment that benefits everyone. African development depends on the increased movement trade and investment that benefits everyone.

African development depends on the increased movement of people, goods and services between different countries for all of us to benefit.

Around the issue of violent protest, the South African government has also strongly condemned the acts of violence

The South African Police Service, supported by other agencies, are tackling crime, lawlessness, intolerance and disregard for the rule of law
The SAPS has moved quickly to address the situation and made a number of arrests

Both in Gauteng and in KwaZulu-Natal At least 98 people have been arrested for violence and looting in Johannesburg’s Central Business District (CBD) In KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) at least 20 individuals have been arrested “in connection with incidents related to protests within the trucking industry

South Africa remains open for business and visitors.

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2020 budget: N127b is Grossly Inadequate for the Power Sector

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In the last 59 years existence of Nigeria as an independent state, power generation, transmission and distribution has been one of the major problems confronting her Socio-economic development, couple with her rising population. The poor state of electricity in the country has made her a dumping ground for petrol and diesel  powered generators with their attendant consequences of high fumes emission, which experts say are unhealthy for human inhalation.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in March 2019 said that Nigeria has installed capacity of 12,52 megawatts (MW). Out of this number, 10,142MW is through thermal while 2,380MW is generated through hydro. Unfortunately, the evacuation capacity of the generation companies is about 7,000 MW. What this means is that the companies cannot supply more than 7,000MW to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), which is responsible for wheeling the energy generated to the Distribution Companies (DisCos). TCN has about 8,000MW capacity, but wheels between 4,000MW and 6,000MW because of poor transmission infrastructure. On the part of the DisCos, they often collect less than 4,000MW because of poor facilities required to distribute energy efficiently.
In recent years, research has shown that there is a correlation between power generation, transmission, distribution and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a country. In other words, a country that has sufficient electricity will do better economically than a country that has deficiency in electricity like Nigeria. This points to the urgent need for aggressive funding of the power sector, which is why the proposed N127 billion for power in the 2020 budget as was presented by President Muhammad Buhari to the National Assembly recently, is nothing but a paltry sum. It’s like a drop in the ocean going by the report of the 2010 Federal Government’s Power Road Map.
According to the 2010 Power Reform Roadmap Report, Nigerians spend over twice as much on self-generated light and power, using candles, diesel, and petrol as they do with grid-based electricity. More so, it is estimated that at a minimum 6000MW is generated using petrol and diesel generators. This mode of self-generation represents a financial albatross on Nigerians equivalent to between $6.7 and $10.47 billion compared to grid-based power.
To address the situation, the Country previously set for itself a target of generating 40,000MW within a 10-year period starting in 2010. This seemingly modest target for generating capacity alone, according to the Government’s Roadmap for Power Sector Reform will require an investment of $3.5 billion per annum over a 10-year period. The entire value chain will require $10 billion per annum over 10-years. Comparing what was proposed for power in the 2020 budget with the target set in the 2010  Power Road Map Report, it’s clear that the Federal Government is not ready to address the issue of epileptic power supply in the country. The 2020 budget proposal for power also shows a significant drop in allocation to the sector, when compared with that of 2016. In  2016, Federal Government budgeted $1.4 billion for power sector capital expenditure while the total budget was about $21.3 billion. Therefore, the yearly cost to achieve what is in fact a very modest goal of 40,000MW over a 10-year period equals a one half of the Country’s annual budget.  Additionally, owing to missed milestones and exigencies, the initial target of 40,000 MW by the year 2020 has also been revised down to 20,000MW.
Since 2015 that the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led government at the centre took over the reins of power,  the Federal Government has invested N900 billion in the power sector, in terms of support, according to the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
Based on some reports, Nigeria has spent a total of $12.38 billion in the last 46 years; and between 1999 and 2019 Nigeria Spent N2 trillion. The country cannot be able to deliver affordable, reliable, efficient and sufficient energy for her population with this kind of investment in the power sector.
By the  United Nations standard, a country is said to be sufficient in electricity if it provides one megawatt per one thousand people or 1,000WM for every one million people. Sadly, this is not currently the reality in Nigeria. According to a 2017 data from Trading Economics, 40 percent of the country’s population do not have access to electricity. When compared to other highly populated countries in the world, the data shows only 20 percent for Brazil, less than one percent for Pakistan and 10 percent for Indonesia. It was reported that based on the total installed capacity, only 0.06MW of electricity is available for 1,000 Nigerians. 
This is not to say that the Federal Government is not making effort to address the issue of erractic power supply considering the Letter of Agreement on the Nigeria Electrification Roadmap with Siemens that was signed in August this year. But truth be told, the government effort is not enough. Aggressive investment is needed in the power sector if Nigeria must meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Affordable, reliable, efficient and sufficient electricity is key to addressing the country’s economic and social challenges, as well as issues around climate change.
It is also important to note here that the Federal Government has no excuse not to invest in the DisCos, contrary to the views of some Nigerians. The government has 40 percent stake in these power companies, which makes it a necessity for it to invest in them. Going forward, the National Assembly should do the needful by  ensuring that a significant amount of the budget is allocated to the power sector by taking a holistic look at the budget and divert funds from other areas that are not that significant to the power sector, like part of the N4.5 billion for the repair of State House buildings, N1.5 billion for the  upgrade of Presidential aircraft and over 3 billion budgeted for the transportation of the President  and his Vice.  Allocating more funds to the power sector subsequently, will help the President in no small measure to achieve his  promise to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty. This is based on the fact that  sufficient and affordable power means job creation, wealth creation and economic development. 
Ikenna Omeje is a journalist based in Lagos.E-mail: ikennaomeje2014@gmail.com

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Headies Award Nominees 2019

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Hello Everyone,
Organizers of Africa’s biggest entertainment Award; The Headies have just released the nominee’s list for it’s 13th edition.
Top Nigerian Artistes battles themselves in different category and it seems Headies of this Year will be the most interesting edition ever.
See the full list of nominee below:-

1. BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artiste or group in the year under review.

1. Adekunle Gold – Ire
2. Heal D World – Patoranking
3. Olanrewaju – Brymo
4. Uyo Meyo – Teni
5. Ye – Burna Boy

2. BEST POP SINGLE
A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).

1. ‘Ye’ – Burna Boy
2. ‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD
3. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
4. ‘Case’ – Teni
5. ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML
6. ‘Baby’ – Joeboy

3. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.

1. Phantom – ‘Ye’ by Burna Boy
2. Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema
3. Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni
4. Killertunes – ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy ft Duncan Mighty and Wizkid
5. Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy ft Zlatan

4. BEST RAP ALBUM
A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review.

1. ‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz
2. ‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon
3. ‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga
4. ‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp

5. BEST R&B/ POP ALBUM
A category for the best r&b/pop album in the year under review (by single individual or group).

1. ‘rare.’ – Odunsi (The Engine)
2. ‘Outside’ – Burna Boy
3. ‘No Bad Songz’ – Kizz Daniel
4. ‘Mayor of Lagos’ – Mayorkun
5. ‘About 30’ – Adekunle Gold

6. BEST MUSIC VIDEO
A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review. This award goes to the video director.

1. ‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) – Clarence Peters
2. ‘Available’ (Patoranking) – Clarence Peters
3. ‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) – Aje Films
4. ‘Talk’ (Falz) – Prodigeezy
5. ‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) – 88 Factor

7. BEST R&B SINGLE
A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).

1. ‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE
2. ‘Serenade’ – Funbi
3. ‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni
4. ‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld
5. ‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay ft. Runtown

8. BEST COLLABO
A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).

1. ‘Like’ – Reekado Banks Ft. Tiwa Savage, Fiokee
2. ‘One Ticket’ Kiss Daniel ft. Davido
3. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
4. ‘Killin’ Dem – Burna Boy Ft. Zlatan
5. ‘Amaka’ – 2baba Ft. Peruzzi

9. BEST RAP SINGLE
A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.

1. ‘Talk’ – Falz
2. ‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce
3. ‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss ft. Olamide
4. ‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone Ft. Alpha Ojini
5. ‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

10. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.

1. Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’
2. Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’
3. Nonso Bassey – ‘411’
4. Funbi – ‘Serenade’
5. Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’

11. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.

1. GoodGirl LA – ‘Bless me’
2. Waje – ‘Udue’
3. Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’
4. Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’
5. Falana – ‘Repeat’

12. NEXT RATED
This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review.

1. Rema
2. Joeboy
3. Fireboy DML
4. Victor AD
5. Lyta
6. Zlatan

13. HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION
A voting category for the best new artiste with a debut album adjudged to be outstanding in terms of artistic quality and impact within the year under review.

1. Odunsi
2. Mayorkun
3. Wurld
4. Humblesmith

14. LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
A non-voting category for the rap artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.

1. Ycee – ‘Balance’
2. Boogey – ‘Implode’
3. Paybac – ‘Implode’
4. Ghost – ‘Crown’
5. Tec – ‘Crown’
6. AQ – ‘Crown’

15. BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE
A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.

1. Erigga – ‘Motivation’
2. Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’
3. Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’
4. Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’
5. Lyta – ‘Time’

16. BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG
A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.

1. ‘Cash’ – Lady Donli
2. ‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems
3. ‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny Drille
4. ‘Heya’ – Brymo
5. ‘Ire’ – Adekunle Gold

17. ALBUM OF THE YEAR
A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (songwriting, production, rendition and impact).

1. ‘About 30’ – Adekunle Gold
2. ‘Outside’ – Burna Boy
3. ‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz
4. ‘No Bad Songz’ – Kizz Daniel

18. ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste in the year under review.

1. Burna Boy
2. Wizkid
3. Davido
4. Tiwa Savage
5. Falz

19. SONG OF THE YEAR
A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.

1. ‘Ye’ – Burna Boy
2. ‘Dumebi’ – Rema
3. ‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD
4. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
5. ‘Case’ – Teni
6. ‘Leg work’ – Zlatan
7. ‘Baby’ – Joeboy
8. ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

20. AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION
A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.

1. Master Kg – Skeleton Moves (South Africa)
2. Afro B – Drogba (Joanna) (Ivory Coast)
3. Sauti Sol – Melanin (Kenya)
4. King Promise – CCTV (Ghana)
5. DJ Maphoriza – Iwalk Ye Phara (South Africa)

21. HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE
A voting category to award the fan’s favorite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.

1. Mr Eazi
2. Burna Boy
3. Teni
4. Fireboy DML
5. Rema
6. Joe Boy
7. Wizkid
8. Davido

22. BEST PERFORMER
A non-voting category for the artistes whose stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines are exceptionally conceptualized and executed in the year under review with consideration of live performances.

1. Falz
2. Tiwa Savage
3. Brymo
4. Yemi Alade
5. Adekunle Gold

23. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.

1. Crayon
2. Buju
3. Barry Jhay
4. Oxlade

That’s the Nominees list for the Headies 2019.

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China’s Mission To Mars 2021

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China has released the first picture of a spacecraft that has been developed to reach Mars.
Beijing aims to land the explorer on the Red Planet in less than two years to celebrate the centenary of the ruling Communist Party.
A picture of the explorer, called ‘Mars 1’, was published today by the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), Beijing’s main space manufacturer.

The craft is seen partially covered by golden sheets while a banner at the front suggests the craft was undergoing its last tests. Four workers are seen working around the explorer.
All teams are now ready for the launch of the probe, which is scheduled to take place next year, the scientist revealed.

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