Trump and Buhari to meet
US President Donald Trump will meet Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House on 30 April – an announcement has led to the Nigerian press commenting on its significance.
The White House statement says the two leaders will discuss promoting economic growth, fighting terrorism, and building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the region.
Vanguard newspaper reminds us that Mr Trump allegedly branded African nations “shithole” countries during an Oval Office meeting on immigration reform in January.
It doesn’t go as far as to suggest Mr Buhari will take this up with Mr Trumps.
Meanwhile, the Premium Times says this meeting reaffirms Nigeria’s strategic position in Africa – which was already illustrated when Mr Trump called Mr Buhari before any other African president following his inauguration as the US president.
2. Israel ‘frees detained African migrants’
Israel has freed 207 African migrants from prison after it missed a deadline to deport them, AFP news agency reports.
The government is still negotiating with a third country, believed to be Uganda, to take in the migrants who come from Eritrea and Sudan.
Uganda said on Friday that it would accept 500 of the migrants.
Israel’s supreme court had given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government until Sunday to finalise a deal it was working on to deport some of the migrants.
Without a deal, the authorities must release those held at Saharonim prison, the court said.
A spokeswoman for the immigration authority told AFP that all detainees had been freed following an operation lasting several hours.
Mr Netanyahu backed away from a deal with the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, to resolve the fate of 37,000 migrants in the country.
Under the deal, some 16,250 African migrants who entered the country illegally, many of them seeking asylum, would have resettled in Western nations, which Mr Netanyahu had said included Germany, Italy and Canada.
3. Kenyan boxer missing in Australia
Kenyan boxer Brian Agina has gone missing at the end of the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Kenya’s High Commissioner to Australia Isaiah Kabira is quoted in the Daily Nation newspaper as saying they were hoping the boxer would be found before they “press the panic button”.
The newspaper adds that officials reported his disappearance from the athletes’ village this morning and the rest of the Kenyan boxers have now flown out of Kenya.
At least 13 other athletes have gone missing from Cameroon, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Rwanda.
4. Black Panther actor embarrassed by nude shots
Zambian-born Black Panther actor Patrick Shumba Mutukwa has expressed embarrassment after a video of him posing naked spread on social media.
“Recently there was an unsavory video released of Shumba Mutukwa to the Zambian public from his 20s,” his publicist Larrissa Long said in a statement published by the Lusaka Times.
However, she said stories that he starred in gay porn were inaccurate.
“He is not now, nor was he ever a gay porn actor,” Ms Long said.
The images have caused a huge storm in Zambia. Some have accused the actor of being “evil” and “satanic”,while others branded his critics as “hypocrites” who wanted to act “holier” than others.
Ms Long told us he made the naked video for his former girlfriend.
“There was no one in the video with him. He is embarrassed by the actions of his youth but certainly has nothing to apologize for, as what he did was not illegal or harmful to anyone,” Ms Long said.