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1. I am more Nigerian than American – Lil Wayne
African-American rapper, Lil Wayne, has said that he is 53 per cent Nigerian. He said this during his chat with hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN as a guest on the ‘Drink Champ’ show that airs Revolt TV.
According to Lil Wayne, an ancestry dna test conducted by a website shared some of his details on proved that he is more Nigerian than American. The multiple Grammy award-winning rappers who recently released an album titled ‘Funeral’, gave the explanation when asked why he mentioned Nigeria in the lyrics of one of his hit songs.
He said, “Shout out to Nigeria, I did my 23 and me ancestry dot com and my shit came back like 53% Nigerian. Yea! Me and my mum need to have a talk (Laughter).” He also expressed eagerness to visit Nigeria, saying, “I gat to go to Nigeria… I gat to go see that place.”
2. Lesotho first lady charged with murder
The wife of the prime minister of Lesotho has been charged with murder and attempted murder. First Lady Maesaiah Thabane appeared in court on Wednesday. She had handed herself in on Tuesday to be questioned about the killing of the prime minister’s previous wife.
Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has also been questioned about the killing. His estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane, was shot dead outside her home in the capital Maseru two days before his inauguration in 2017.
3. Nigeria’s new visa policy to attract foreign talent
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled a new visa policy which he says is intended to attract innovation, specialised skills and knowledge from abroad. The government also announced a new biometric visa database which is able to conduct checks for those on Interpol watchlists.
The president had last November in Egypt, announced the new visa policy which he described as a “strategic decision to bring down barriers that have hindered the free movement of our people within the continent.”
The new policy sees the introduction of visas on arrival for short visits for holders of passports of African Union countries. There are 79 new categories which the government say is to ensure that “visas are more efficiently matched to the purpose of travel, thus helping improve the efficiency of processing and response.”
4. China races to build more hospitals as coronavirus outbreak grows
Authorities in China have prioritized the rush to build two infectious disease hospitals in a matter of days at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak that has now claimed at least 490 lives on the mainland, with live streams showing the construction and the arrival of the first patients at Huoshenshan field hospital in Wuhan on Tuesday.
The 1,000-bed Huoshenshan or Fire-God Mountain hospital and the 1,600-bed Leishenshan or Thunder God Mountain hospital which will start taking patients on Thursday have been the main focus of attention for the country’s state-run media, with round-the-clock coverage.
Other hospitals are also under construction in other parts of the country to address the shortage of beds and facilities needed to treat the outbreak.
5. Tokyo 2020: Olympic organizers concerned by coronavirus spread
Olympic organizers are “seriously concerned” about the spread of coronavirus and the impact it could have on the Tokyo Games this summer. Several qualification events have already been impacted due to the virus. Tokyo Organising Committee chief executive Toshiro Muto hopes it will be “eradicated as quickly as possible.”
Japanese government officials, including prime minister Shinzo Abe, say they will work hard to minimise any impact on the Games, which starts on 24 July.
Saburo Kawabuchi, mayor of the Athletes’ Village where an expected 11,000 athletes will stay, says he hopes for a “smooth Olympics.”
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it is in contact with the WHO and its own medical experts and has confidence the relevant authorities will take “all necessary measures to address the situation.”
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