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500 Young African Leaders To Meet With Obama Tags: News Africa Youths Barack Obama & Africa Barack Obama

In a Monday town hall with participants, the President will announce that the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders will be renamed in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela. 

With 60 percent of Africa's population under the age of 35, young people stand to play as important a role in their respective nations' success there as anywhere else in the world.

On Monday, 500 of them including 15 Liberians and among other African nationalities, who have spent the summer honing their skills at U.S. universities, will have an audience with the President.

Obama will hold a town hall with the inaugural participants in Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, an initiative he announced in 2013 as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), White House officials say. The program is designed to connect 25-35 year olds identified as "Sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders ages 25 to 35" with "established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries" to leadership training opportunities at American universities.

The meeting with these emerging leaders will include a tribute to an iconic one. In addition to announcing new public-private partnerships to support the fellow, White House officials say the President will announce that the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program will be renamed in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

While the fellows' Washington, D.C. placements conclude at the end of July, Monday's town hall doesn't represent the end of their participation in the program. YALI regional coordinators based at U.S. Embassies throughout Africa are expected to provide fellows with tools to support their continued work when they return to their home countries.

The YALI Summit, taking place at Washington D.C.'s Omni Shoreham. precedes next week’s inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the largest gathering any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government.

Liberia Shuts Border Crossings, Restricts Gatherings To Curb Ebola Spreading Tags: News Liberia West Africa Ebola

MONROVIA - The Liberian government on Sunday closed most of the West African nation's border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people across the region.

The new measures announced by the government on Sunday came as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone struggle to contain the worst outbreak yet of the virus.

Speaking at a task force meeting, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the government is doing everything to fight the virus including inspecting and testing all outgoing and incoming passengers by Liberia's airport authority.

"All borders of Liberia will be closed with the exception of major entry points. At these entry points, preventive and testing centers will be established, and stringent preventive measures to be announced will be scrupulously adhered to," she said.

Ebola can kill up to 90 percent of those who catch it, although the fatality rate of the current outbreak is around 60 percent. Highly contagious, especially in the late stages, its symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea as well as internal and external bleeding.

Under the new measures, public gatherings such as marches, demonstrations and promotional advertisements also will be restricted.

The outbreak has placed a great strain on the health systems of some of Africa's poorest countries.

"No doubt, the Ebola virus is a national health problem. And as we have also begun to see, it attacks our way of life, with serious economic and social consequences," Sirleaf said in a statement.

Still, despite efforts to fight the disease, the virus continues to spread. A 33-year-old American doctor working for relief organization Samaritan's Purse in Liberia tested positive for the disease on Saturday.

The charity said on Sunday a second American, who was helping a team treatingEbola patients at a case management center in Monrovia had also tested positive.

Samuel Brisbane, a senior Liberian doctor, who was also treating infected patients has died after contracting the virus, authorities said on Sunday. In Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, a Liberian man who tested positive died in on Friday.

Source: Reuters

Ebola Kills Liberian in Lagos in Nigeria’s First Virus Case Tags: News Liberia Nigeria West Africa

A Liberian man died of Ebola in Lagos, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city, as Nigeria recorded its first case of the deadly hemorrhagic fever.

Local lab results tested positive for Ebola, Lagos state Health Commissioner Jide Idris told reporters in the city. Separate results from a World Health Organization facility in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, may arrive tonight, he said. A list is being compiled of all the people the patient was in contact with, he said.

“We’re assuming it’s Ebola until further notice,” Idris said. “The public should not panic. We’re trying as much as possible to take the measures that will contain the spread.”

The 40-year-old man, who arrived in Lagos from Liberia’s capital Monrovia on July 20, showed symptoms similar to those of Ebola when he arrived, Yewande Adeshina, Lagos state adviser on public health, said in an e-mailed statement today.

Ebola has killed more than 660 people in four West African nations since March in the worst outbreak of the deadly virus since it was first reported in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976. The disease may spread for another three months, according to the World Health Organization. The latest outbreak of the disease, which has no cure or treatment, has also affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since March. Lagos is Nigeria’s smallest and most densely packed state with a population of more than 20 million, according to local government estimates.

Early signs and symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, diarrhea and joint pains that may worsen to bleeding from the eyes, ears and nose before eventual death, according to the Lagos state Ministry of Health. Ebola kills as much as 90 percent of its victims.

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“All ports of entry into Nigeria including airports, seaports and land boarders are placed on red alert,” Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said in a statement handed to reporters in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, today. “Ministry of Health specialists have been positioned in all entry points. Active surveillance has also been stepped up.”

Source: Businessweek

Mandela’s Widow, Graca Machel Calls For Unity Among African Countries Tags: News Graca Machel Women South Africa

The widow of late global icon, Nelson Mandela, has spoken out on the need to add value to the quest for more cohesion in Africa as the continent develops.

Speaking at a lecture in Johannesburg on the theme, “For Africa to Live, The Nation Must Die: The Fluidity of African Identity in a Changing Continent”, Ms Graca Machel was of the view that essential leadership was required to steer the people of the continent beyond the thinking and views of its component part to a broader one of oneness, without losing the elements of its diversity.

Mandela’s widow, who spoke on Pan-Africanism and development, said that she disagrees on the view “that for the nation to live, the tribe must die”.

“In Africa, it’s only Tanzania that has a semblance of cohesion despite diversity. Africa is much more than French, Portuguese or English speaking countries. There must be value added in the drive for an African identity”, she said.

She also emphasized that the place, role and mindset of women must also be improved.

Source:channelstv

Liberia Marks Independence Anniversary amid Ebola and Economic Challenges Tags: News Liberia West Africa Independence

Liberia celebrates its 167th independence anniversary Saturday amid Ebola fear and economic downturn. The World Health Organization reports 196 Ebola cases in Liberia with 116 deaths. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf this week announced an additional $500,000 from the government to fund the Ebola campaign.

The country’s economic state of affairs has been characterized by increasing poverty, high cost of living, and an upsurge in the exchange rate.

Jeremiah Sulunteh, Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States says even though the nation is hurting economically and health wise, 167 years of freedom is enough reason to celebrate.

But Ambassador Sulunteh said the nation is observing this Independence Day with heavy hearts for those who are sick and who have lost their lives to Ebola.

“We are very grateful to the Almighty for sparing the lives of Liberians and friends of Liberia to be able to see 167 years of existence as a country. But while we celebrate, we have some issues of concern in our country. Currently, the government and our people are battling the deadly Ebola virus that has permeated the society and is really affecting our people,” he said.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf this week announced an additional $500,000 from the government to fund the Ebola campaign. She called on all Liberians and residents to join the fight against the Ebola outbreak.

“This is not the time for denial; this Ebola issue is true and we all have to fight it together,” President Sirleaf said.

In another Ebola-related incident, local media reports said a Liberian man identified as Edward Wellington Dellay on Wednesday set the conference room at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on fire in in an apparent protest against the government’s handling of the Ebola outbreak.

Ambassador Sulunteh says the Embassy is moving this year’s Independence Day cultural festivities to Philadelphia where he says an estimated 30,000 Liberians reside.

“For the past two years that I have been ambassador, and every time we planned the July celebration, especially the cultural extravaganza some of those who participate have always come from Philadelphia. And so we said it’s only fair this time to go to them. Besides, Philadelphia has about 30,000 Liberians living there; Minnesota has got about 22,000, and Staten Island has 11,000. So we don’t think it’s fair for them to leave their area every year to come to Washington,” Sulunteh said.

Besides the Ebola epidemic, Liberia is also marking this year’s independence anniversary in difficult economic times.

Former Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods reportedly described the country’s economic state of affairs as been characterized by increasing poverty, high cost of living, and an upsurge in the exchange rate.

Some Liberians have suggested that the country has nothing to celebrate on this 167th independence anniversary. But Ambassador Sulunteh says 167 years of freedom is enough of a reason to celebrate.

“As I said earlier, you cannot stop celebrating the 102nd anniversary of your Grandmother because she’s poor. I think we should embrace our independence. Even though we’ve got challenges along the way, but there have been some gains since our civil war, and we should be able to recognize that,” Sulunteh said.

Source: VOA

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