The Concubines Author, Elechi Amadi dies at 82

The Concubines Author, Elechi Amadi dies at 82

Africa is mourning the loss of yet another literary icon following the demise of popular novelist and playwright Elechi Amadi (82).

The Nigerian novelist, best known for his famous title, The Concubine, died on Wednesday while undergoing treatment in a hospital in Port Harcourt Nigeria.

Some of the books he has written include; The Great Ponds, The Slave, Dance of Johannesburg, Sunset in Biafra, Peppersoup and the Woman of Calaber.

His name might not ring a bell for most Kenyans but mention his title The Concubine and the person will go “aha”, indeed Captain Amadi’s work will outlive him.

In December last year, Africa mourned the death of veteran Author Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye and in 2013, the father of African literature, Chinua Achebe, breathed his last.



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Terror attack in Turkey kills 36 people

Terror attack in Turkey kills 36 people

A terror attack occurred at Istanbul, Ataturk international airport in Turkey last night, leaving 36 dead and hundreds injured.

According to officials, three attackers opened fire inside and outside the terminal before blowing themselves up after the police fired at them. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack should serve as a turning point in the global fight against militant groups. “The bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world,” he said. Istanbul airport is one of Europe’s “big five,” along with Heathrow, Paris CDG, Frankfurt and Amsterdam with Turkish Airlines already flying to more destinations worldwide than any other carrier. The attack comes just three months after terrorists attacked Brussels airport in Belgium.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru still leads over Raila Odinga in the opinion polls after the latest polls by Ipsos Synovate exclusive to the Star newspaper indicated that Uhuru Kenyatta remains favorite to win the coming general elections.

According to the polls, Jubilee leader and Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta would win by 51 percent with only 28 percent voting for former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga. This shows that the gap has widened compared to the last Ipsos survey that show Uhuru leading by 41 percent to Raila’s 29 percent.

12 percent of Kenyans are still not sure who to vote for and if their votes are excluded, Uhuru will win by a larger margin of 58 percent to Raila’s 38 percent.

The polls which were done from June 4th to 18th show that Uhuru would win in round one without a runoff. Full Story…..

Photo courtesy of the Star

Photo courtesy of the Star

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shutterstock_96565834-kenya-british-flags-300Kenya will still maintain historical ties with United Kingdom and the European Union, following Britain’s exit from the EU, State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu has said.

Esipisu, who was speaking during a media briefing at state house yesterday, said that president Uhuru supports Britain’s decision and that the government is closely monitoring the progress of the European Union and the impact of Britain’s exit to the economy.

“The President is a believer in democracy as principle and the people of the United Kingdom exercised that right by voting to leave the European Union. Kenya will of course maintain its historical ties with Britain while continuing to engage a stable European Union,” Esipisu said.

Esipisu also said that although the effects of Brexit will not be felt immediately since Britain and the European Union are bound to negotiate the exit over a length of time, it will now be necessary for both Kenya and the East African region at large to negotiate fresh bilateral agreements with the United Kingdom.

“Our current engagements are within the framework of the EPAs with the EU. Our negotiation of a new framework for bilateral trade is something that, if needed, will happen over a period of time and we will continue to engage the United Kingdom on this issue,” said Esipisu.

On Thursday last week, Britain in a historic move voted to pull out of the European Union. Leave won by 52% to 48%.The referendum turnout was 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting. It was the highest turnout in a UK-wide vote since the 1992 general election. 


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Messi announces retirement from international football

Messi announces retirement from international football

Lionel Messi looked a dejected figure after missing a penalty which led to Argentina’s loss of another major trophy 23 years on and his third playing for the national team.

Chile beat Argentina 4-2 on penalties to win their 2nd Copa America in a row. This is after a disappointing 0-0 deadlock after 120 minutes of football. The game saw the two teams each receiving a red card each in a physical encounter. Chile’s Marcelo Diaz was sent off on 27 minutes for a second crude challenge on Messi, and Marco Rojo 15 minutes later for harsh tackle on Vidal.

Messi, a five times World Player of the Year, had had enough of missing out on a major trophy with the national team and so decided to quit. “It’s tough, it’s not the time for analysis,” he said. “In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it’s not for me. ”That’s the way I feel right now, it’s a huge sadness once again and I missed the penalty that was so important. “I tried so hard to be champion with Argentina. But it didn’t happen. I couldn’t do it.”

His announcement came as a shock to his teammates, with some of them suggesting he may rethink his position as he made it in the heat of the moment.

He has played in three Copa America finals in 2007, 2015 and 2016 and the 2014 World Cup final, and was on the losing side every time. Argentina failed to score in all four matches.

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Brexit: David Cameron resigns as UK votes to leave



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