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Barely a month after Niger’s Mohamed Bazoum was ousted from the military coup, the world was greeted with the news of a fresh military takeover in another African country, this time in Central Africa, Gabon as a group of senior military officers announced taking over power.

The coup comes hours after the Gabonese Election Centre announced President Ali Bongo as the winner of Saturday’s election for a third term. The electoral body had announced that Bongo had secured 64.27% of the vote while his main challenger, Albert Ondo Ossa scored 30.77%.

Ali Bongo is seen in the video below pleading for “noise” from his international friends after his arrest. He added that his immediate family has been taken out of reach.

Video: Ousted Gabonese leader, Bongo begs for solidarity

Barely a month after Niger’s Mohamed Bazoum was ousted from a military coup, the world was rocked with the news of a fresh military takeover in another African country, this time in Central Africa—Gabon— as a group of senior military officers announced taking over power.

The coup comes hours after the Gabonese Election Centre announced President Ali Bongo as the winner of Saturday’s election for a third term. The electoral body had announced that Bongo had secured 64.27% of the vote while his main challenger, Albert Ondo Ossa scored 30.77%.

Ali Bongo is seen in the video below pleading for “noise” from his international friends after his arrest. He added that his immediate family had been taken out of reach.

 

 

Ali’s father, Omar Bongo spent 42 years as the leader of Gabon. Ali had been in charge for fourteen years, bringing the total Bongo years to fifty-six.

Until Wednesday’s coup, Ali had maintained his position as the leader of the oil-rich nation despite ailing health that saw him in and out of hospitals outside the country.

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Video: Nigeria’s Dosunmu-Ogunbi becomes 1st-black female to bag PhD in Robotics at University of Michigan

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In this video, an inspiring Oluwami Dosunmu-Ogunbi, who is of Nigerian descent, speaks at the university’s College of Engineering convocation as she becomes the First Black Woman to bag a PhD in Robotics at the University of Michigan in the United States

Dosumu-Ogunbi, who is a daughter of Nigerian immigrants, expressed her desire to be recognized as the inaugural African American female recipient of a Robotics PhD from the University of Michigan. Furthermore, she aspires to leverage her technical expertise to enhance the well-being of people.

“I do not stand here on my own two feet alone. None of us got here by our merit alone, whether it be teacher, friends, family, mentors, or role models, we each have one or multiple people to whom we are grateful for making this moment possible,” She said.

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Video: Uganda’s Museveni urges African leaders to verify true motives behind IMF, W’Bank loans

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In this video, Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, urged African leaders to verify the true intentions of multilateral lending institutions towards the continent. He asked African leaders to “audit the intentions of the World Bank loans to ensure that they are for prosperity rather than profiteering”. He added: “What loans are we getting as Africa? Is the World Bank giving us loans for private sector-led growth or to be more dependent?”

“Our populations are increasing, but our economies are stunted. The International Development Association (IDA) should tell us why they are funding the modern slavery of Africans, and we should address issues like why Africa is producing what it does not consume and consuming what it does not produce”, the Ugandan leader stated.

Uganda under Museveni is known to have been in the bad books of multilateral bodies, the most recent being the fallout of his decision to accent to strong anti-LGBTQ laws which resulted in sanctions from both the World Bank, IMF and other international bodies.

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