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The African Union (AU) is the continent’s body that, on paper, seeks to among other things “Defend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of its Member States”.

Its main objectives, borrowed or revamped from its predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), are to “rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonisation and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity amongst African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation.”

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  • ECOWAS has already imposed financial and travel sanctions on members of the military government of Mali.
  • ECOWAS is pushing for Mali to hold elections latest February 27 as initially planned.
  • Military ruler, President Asimi Goita, had requested a postponement of the election by five years to 2026.

Mali faces a possible suspension from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) if the transitional government fails to hand over power democratically through an election to the next government by February 27, 2022.

The West African trading bloc has already held two extraordinary summits to try and resolve the indecision and lack of ambition by the current administration in the country to hold an election. The bloc holds the third summit in Mali on January 9.

ECOWAS is pushing for Mali to hold elections latest February 27 as initially planned, despite the military rule of President Asimi Goita, requesting a postponement …

Some 18 African countries are holding their elections this year with various outcomes expected as the continent trudges along over the ever-changing Covid-19 pandemic. 

Six of these countries, including Kenya, Djibouti, Somaliland, Angola, Mali and Sudan are electing their president in these suffrages. In some of these countries, elections have a lot of influence on the trade and industry sector with some economies almost coming to a standstill. 

Among the most-watched elections for 2022 are those in Kenya, Angola and Senegal. These suffrages will influence the three countries’ political...

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African Ministers and Heads of Delegation of Ministries in charge of Housing and Urban Development, African Finance Ministers, the Directors and Management of Shelter Afrique, and representatives of international, regional and national institutions, the private sector and civil society, have agreed to enhance mechanisms for the mass production of decent and affordable housing in the continent to achieve social and economic development.

During a three-day summit at the 40th Annual General Assembly of shelter-Afrique that was held in Yaunde Cameroon, the participants resolved to address the challenges that have hindered the efforts to provide decent and affordable housing in Africa.

In a research concluded by the Shelter-Afrique, a pan African housing finance and development institution, shows that the overall shortage of housing in Africa is estimated at 56 million housing units with out of this, more than 90 per cent are in affordable housing bracket.

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While Nigeria is the largest exporter for Sesame seeds, there’s still a lot of untapped potential of the lucrative export business this even as the seeds demand increases  globally.

According to United states market based research report known as Hexa Research the Global sesame seeds market size is expected to hit $17.77 billion by 2025.

The fueling market demand was associated with its Increased application of the product as an anti-oxidant in various pharmaceutical formulations.

With the world production of Sesame seeds estimated to be 4. 8 million tonnes, ten [10] countries accounts for over 80% of it which includes Myanmar, India, China, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Uganda, and Niger.

Africa, accounts for over 45 per cent of the crop, and in the last 10 years has become as a fast-growing supplier of sesame seed in the world market.

Of the Sesame seeds global production, over two million …