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Algerian rock singer Rachid Taha dies

Algerian singer Rachid Taha has died of a heart attack at the age of 59 at his home in Paris, French media reports.

His music was a unique mix of Algerian Maghreb “rai” rhythms and electronic rock – and he made it big in the 1980s in France.

He was born in the Algerian city of Oran and moved to France aged 10.

He saw himself as a “permanent immigrant” in France, a BBC Radio 3 article about the singer says.

He was the lead singer of Carte de Séjour, a French rock band popular in the 1980s.

“For me, music is rock & roll, coloured by what is inside me and what is outside me. My music enables me to express my multiple identities,” Taha said in 2004.

According to his official Facebook page, he was due to give a performance in Lyon later this month with one of long-time collaborators Steve Hillage.

Eclectic in his tastes, he pushed boundaries with his own music as well as doing covers such as an Arabic version of The Clash’s Rock the Casbah.

Taha’s fans have been paying tribute to him on Twitter, including Moroccan musician Reda Allali who remembered him as flamboyant and genuine:


Algeria bans internet access to stop exam cheats

Internet access has been cut in Algeria today to try to stop students cheating in their baccalaureate exams.

Access is being restricted for the first hour of the exams each day, then at other hours throughout the day, in a bid to prevent information about the questions being shared on social media.

All internet-connected devices have been banned from exam centres this year, not just for the students, but for school staff as well.

Algeria’s baccalaureate was hugely compromised in 2016 by a wide-ranging operation in which questions were leaked both before and during the exams.

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Algeria ‘abandoning migrants’ in desert

A UN agency is warning of an emerging crisis along the Niger border after Algeria began dumping migrants in the Sahara Desert.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says it has dealt with almost 10,000 migrants abandoned in the desert since September.

Some have been left by traffickers, but others were deported by Algerian authorities – left in the desert and told to walk to the nearest border town.

In the searing heat, a number of people have died.

One migrant, from Mali, recounted his own experience:

“They took all our belongings – money, mobiles, everything. They treated us badly. They dropped us in the Sahara Desert.

And then, we were forced to walk dozens of kilometres to reach Assamaka. the border town. It was like walking through hell. Pregnant women and underage children were trudging along as the Sahara sun was beating us down. We had nothing to eat, and we heard that at least two people died in the dunes.”

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Plans to bring Dakar Rally back home

Plans are underway to return the famous Dakar Rally to Africa, a decade after the last race was held on the continent because of security problems in Mauritania, Etienne Lavigne, the Director of Amaury Sport Organisation, which organises the competition, has said.

“We already have some avenues open, notably in Algeria, Angola and Namibia, where we’ve had very high-level talks with for several months,” Lavigne told news agency AFP.

Since the 2008 cancellation, the rally has been held in South America with the 2019 edition set to be held exclusively in Peru – the first time it has been confined to one country in its 41 year history.

Worsening economic conditions in Argentina and Chile, coupled with general difficulties hosting rally, are behind the push to return the race to Africa.

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Top 10 richest countries in Africa 2018 Edition rated

Africa is home to some of the richest countries in the world, in part due to its oil-rich soil and human capital. With GDPs going up as high as $594.257 Billion.
According to statistics provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), these are currently, according to the figures provided at the time, the Top 10 richest countries in Africa.

1. Nigeria: GDP: $594.257 billion

The most populous country in Africa is a major contender on this list, its manufacturing sector being the third largest in Africa while it contributes a considerable share of the world’s oil. Taking into account this country’s population of 170 million, Nigeria is on track to becoming one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020, make i hear.

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2. South Africa: GDP: $341.216 billion

South Africa is popularly known for its mineral resources such as gold and diamond but the Gold Rush ended back in the 19th century. There are more things to look forward to in South Africa besides its jewels. Major cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town offer a unique experiences that can offer scenic routes to mountain ranges by the ocean.

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3. Egypt: GDP: $284.860 billion

Egypt has one of the longest histories of any modern country, arising in the tenth millennium BCE as one of the world’s first nation states.

4. Algeria: GDP: $227.802 billion

Oil and gas exports have placed Algeria on this list. Much of its wealth is received from oil deposits deep within the North African soil. Also rich in natural minerals, it is suggested that the ancient Romans collected stones and marbles from quarries in what is now known as Algeria. You can find onyx, red and white marbles, iron, lead, and zinc in large quantities. It’s capital city, Algiers offers rare beauty in the intricate architecture of its most famous buildings.

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5. Morocco: GDP: $112.552 billion

Morocco was named the first most competitive economy in North Africa. Tourism, telecoms, textiles and agriculture are Morocco’s biggest biggest money pullers.

6. Sudan: GDP: $112.552 billion

More than once, we have mentioned oil and gas as the main source of income for countries on this list. Sudan also falls into that category but in a more diverse way. It depends on oil but with a third of its GDP contributed by agriculture. Cotton and peanuts constitute its major agricultural exports. You may not notice a “Made in Sudan” tag on the shirt you buy in Khartoum but cotton from Sudan has fueled the textile industry in many parts of the world.

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7. Kenya: GDP: $53.40 billion

The capital, Nairobi, is a regional commercial hub. The economy of Kenya is the largest by GDP in Southeast and Central Africa. Agriculture is a major employer; the country traditionally exports tea and coffee and has more recently begun to export fresh flowers to Europe. The service industry is also a major economic driver. Kenya is a member of the East African Community. Compared to other African countries, Kenya enjoys relatively high political and social stability.

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8. Angola: GDP: $49.857 billion

Angola has a large deposit of oil and gas resources, diamonds, and bountiful agricultural land. Still recovering from the 27-year civil war that lasted from 1975-2002, Angola has made efforts to revive its economy with heavy oil and agricultural exports. Cities like Luanda are undergoing major reconstruction to make Angola a top African destination.

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9. Libya: GDP: $49.341 billion

The Libyan economy depends primarily upon revenues from the oil sector, which accounts for 80% of GDP and 97% of exports. Libya holds the largest proven oil reserves in Africa and is an important contributor to the global supply of light, sweet crude.Apart from petroleum, the other natural resources are natural gas and gypsum.The International Monetary Fund estimated Libya’s real GDP growth at 122% in 2012 and 16.7% in 2013, after a 60% plunge in 2011.

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10. Tunisia: GDP: $49.122 billion

Oil, tourism and car manufacturing parts are the name of the game in Tunisia. It is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa so you won’t wander too far into its cities like Tunis before finding a pleasant spot to relax. The city is covered with bits of opulence from as far back as the 12th century. Year-round sunshine and the affordable Tunisian lifestyle have drawn tourists here who now call this place home.

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BEA scholarship application form 2018-19 for university students: how to apply

Have you always dreamed of studying abroad? Well, with the help of the BEA scholarship, you can do that! Learn here about the scholarship, its requirements and application process. Find out how you can make your dreams come true!

What is BEA scholarship in Nigeria?

BEA stands for Bilateral Education Agreement. The BEA scholarship offers the opportunity for Nigerian students to study abroad. It is available for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, but we are here to talk about the undergraduate option only.

With the help of the BEA scholarship, you can study in the field of your choice in the following countries:

Algeria; Cuba; Egypt; Hungary; Japan; Macedonia; Morocco; Romania; Serbia; Tunisia; Turkey.

If this is something you are interested in, let us tell you about the scholarship in more detail.

Who can apply for BEA scholarship Nigeria?

Unfortunately, not everyone can apply for the BEA scholarship. The scholarship for the undergrads is only available to people who meet the following requirements:

You must be from 18 to 20 years of age at the moment of application.Your senior school certificate must have at least five distinctions, and you must complete the WAEC examinations in the subjects relevant to your chosen course, including Mathematics and English.Your certificates cannot be older than 2 years.As you will be studying in a country, where English is not the main language, you will need to be prepared to take a mandatory one-year course in the foreign language of the country you are going to study in.

The scholarship is offered for all fields of study. Therefore, as long as you meet the main requirements, you can apply. Continue reading to learn how.

How to apply for BEA scholarship 2018

If you plan to apply for BEA scholarship this year, we have some bad news. You are about two months too late, as the deadline for applications closed on February 15, 2018. Nevertheless, you can still read up on how you can apply for it next year.

When the application portal opens again next year, here is what you should do:

Go to http://www.education.gov.ua and find the BEA scholarship. As the application is now closed, the specific scholarship link does not work anymore.Carefully read the guidelines for the application and proceed to the application itself.Fill out the application form, check if everything is correct and print it.Take two copies of your filled application to an interview venue. This year, there were six of them across the country. We will have to wait and see how many there will be next year.

In addition to the application form, you will also need to take the following things to the interview:

2 copies of your educational certificates and testimonials from schools you have attended. The originals will be required for sighting.2 copies of your birth certificate.A certificate from your LGA/state with a date, sign and stamp.4 passport photographs (in colour) on a white background.If you are an undergraduate applicant, only one certificate will be accepted, i.e. WAEC of May/June.If you are a postgraduate applicant, you will need to submit your academic transcripts and NYSC exemption or discharge certificate.

There is no processing fee for this application, so be aware of fraudsters that ask for money for this application.

In case you are lucky enough to be nominated by the board, you will need to provide the following:

Copies of your academic certificates (authenticated);Data page of your International passport;Government hospital medical reports;In some cases, you might be asked to provide a Police Clearance Certificate.

And that is the whole application procedure. Now you know more about the BEA scholarship. In the meantime, while you are waiting for next year’s application, you can always consider other scholarships in Nigeria, which are still accepting applications.

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By Vivian Falae

Underage Marriage: Morocco struggles to reduce number of affected young women

16% of teenage girls in Morocco are married under 18 years of age compared 3% in Algeria and Tunisia. By raising legal age from 16 to 18 in 2004, Morocco hoped to curb underage marriages however, justice ministry provided data that shows a futile effort.

Human rights activists continue to call for the abolition of articles of the family code that allow judges to certify marriages if the girl is 16, loves and can bear children. “A comprehensive reform is an urgent matter to ensure compliance with the constitution and guarantee effective equality between all family members,” said human rights lawyer Aicha Alehyane. Aicha strongly believes that Young women under 18 should be encouraged to get education. What do you think Morocco can do better?.

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