Network Africa: Terrorism, Murder, Animals On Diet, Questions Seeking Answers

Abuja bomb survivorThis edition of Network Africa starts with a question begging for an answer; is the security situation in Nigeria getting worse?

At about 6:45 on Monday morning, a bomb went off in Nyanya Park in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, leaving 75 people dead and 216 others injured.  We take a look at how that terrible ordeal took place and also hear the accounts of some of the survivors.

Just as the nation struggled to recover from that dastardly ordeal, 200 final year students of an all-girl government school in Chibok, Borno State were abducted by gunmen who stormed the school in the dead of the night, ordering all the girls out of their hostels into four lorries.

The incident was one of such great concern that it was a major issue for discussion by delegates at the ongoing National Conference.

Thankfully Nigeria is not alone in the fight against terrorism, as the US Ambassador to Nigeria; James Entwistle, has reassured Nigeria of the United States’ wish to assist the nation in the fight.

Meanwhile, there is another question emanating from South Africa; is Oscar Pistorius using his emotions as a cover up? Chief Prosecutor, Gerrie Nel has consistently accused the athlete standing trial for the murder of his girlfriend of doing so with his continuous crying and vomiting in the court room.

On Wednesday April 16, Forensics Expert, Roger Dixon, continued to testify at Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria.

He took the stand after the Paralympian concluded seven days of testimony with him reading a Valentine’s card from his girlfriend.

Just like he did from the start, the athlete denied intentionally killing Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of February 14, 2013.

Economic Implication Of Ebola Outbreak

Network Africa, in its last edition, featured the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Ghana with over a hundred lives lost, most of them in Guinea.

In our report on this edition, there is some ray of light as the number of deaths caused by Ebola has slowed dramatically in Guinea and the outbreak is nearly under control.

According to the country’s health ministry, the latest toll is 106, down from the 159 confirmed and suspected cases of the virus since the outbreak began in February.

The new cases being monitored were people who had been in contact with those who had fallen ill but were not themselves unwell.

Unfortunately apart from the loss of life, there is another consequence of the Ebola virus and it’s the economy.

Since When Did Crocodiles Go Green?

On the lighter side of life, crocodiles are eating healthy now.

Did you ever imagine a time when you would find crocodiles eating vegetables and supposedly enjoying it?

Well that has happened about 400 kilometers northwest of Harare, Nyanyana crocodile farm, which is home to about 50,000 Nile crocodiles.

They are being fed healthy for a reason and that you would need to find out in the report, but be sure the reptiles are going green for a valuable reason.

Network Africa: Nigeria Now Africa’s Largest Economy As Rwandans Remember Genocide

Network AfricaOn this edition of Network Africa, the growth of Nigeria’s economy hits the limelight as it overtakes South Africa as Africa’s largest economy.

Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as the continent’s largest economy after a rebasing calculation almost doubled its Gross Domestic Product to more than 500 billion US dollars.

The Nigeria Bureau of Statistics confirmed that GDP for 2013 in Africa’s top oil producer was over 80 trillion Naira, up from the 42.3 trillion estimated before the rebasing.

Oscar Pistorius’ harsh grilling from the prosecution in his murder trial on Wednesday also features on this edition, with state prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, vowing to “get to the truth” as he questioned Pistorius about the killing of his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2013.

The prosecutor immediately boxed the double-amputee athlete into a corner in what could best be described by the defense as an “ambush.” Our correspondent, Betty Dibia in South Africa gives us details on the trial.

The UN World Health Organization has warned that this is “one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks they have ever dealt with” and it could take another four months to contain.

Therefore, to shed more light on the Ebola outbreak, Amarachi Ubani spoke to the Voice of America’s Carole Pearson, and it is quite revealing.

Stories From Rwanda

The past week has been highly significant for the people of Rwanda, as they remembered the victims of the genocide which ended the lives of at least 800,000 people in the space of 100 days.

The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, along with the UN Secretary, Ban Ki Moon, lit a torch which is to burn for 100 days, representing the number of days during which the genocide took place.

Also, France has acknowledged mistakes in its dealings with Rwanda, but has repeatedly shut down accusations that it trained militias to take part in the massacres.

Still in Rwanda, brother and sister, Chance Tubane and Patience Nduwawe, have chosen not to be victims of their circumstance.  They run one of Rwanda’s most popular websites.

They combine their skills in I.T. and Communication and in 2011, they launched tohoza.com – an online directory and advertisement platform, where Rwandans can post or search for jobs and houses, sell or rent anything, and even look for partners.

Their site has literally become Rwanda’s second most visited website, turning its young founders into widely known entrepreneurs.