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This black man built a $1.2bn company supplying parts to Honda

From a humble upbringing in North Carolina, Billy Vickers has risen through the corporate ladder to become one of the most successful black business owners in the United States. His journey to the top started from his grandfather’s cotton farm where he developed his work ethics. Vickers purchased Modular Assembly …

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Protesters reportedly shot dead in Nigeria

Amnesty International said late Tuesday there was “credible but disturbing evidence” that security forces in the megacity of Lagos had fatally shot protesters who were demonstrating against police brutality despite a new curfew going into effect. The Lagos state commissioner for information, Gbenga Omotoso, said in a statement Tuesday night …

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Police fire teargas to disperse clan meeting, three arrested

Police in Mityana District Saturday used teargas to disperse members of Buganda Kingdom’s Mbogo Clan. The clan members had convened at their ancestral site at Mugulu – Ziggoti Town Council to attend a thanks giving prayer for their leader, Mr Gajuule Kayiira Kasibante. Kasibante served as head of Buganda’s 52 …

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Why celebrities are rushing into politics in Uganda

In 2015, Judith Babirye, a popular gospel artiste, announced that she would contest for the Buikwe Woman MP seat in 2016. She would later beat incumbet Dorothy Mpiima to join the 10th Parliament. Another artist, dramatist Kato Lubwama, took over the Rubaga South seat formerly occupied by Ken Lukyamuzi. The …

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East Africa could become a major cannabis export hub

The East African Community could become a mass producer of medical cannabis for export to fast-growing markets in the West. This is after Rwanda on October 12 became the latest EAC partner state to approve medical cannabis production for export, following closely in the footsteps of Uganda. Tanzania and Kenya, …

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Tanzania bans organising protests online

Activists in Tanzania say new rules that restrict online content are infringing on people’s freedom of expression. Under the new legislation, organising, planning or even supporting any form of demonstration online is now illegal. The new rules have also banned sharing of information about an infectious disease outbreak without government …

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Tanzania’s ex-leader Mkapa to be buried in home town

Former Tanzanian President Benjamin William Mkapa will be buried later Wednesday at his home village in southern Tanzania. Mr Mkapa died of a cardiac arrest in the early hours of Friday, his family said. Some Tanzanians believe President Mkapa will be remembered as the founder of a modern Tanzania, because …

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