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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

IJNet journalist of the month: Didier Hernán Gil

By Jessica Weiss
Each month, IJNet features an international journalist who exemplifies the profession and has used the site to further his or her career. If you would like to be featured, email a short bio and a paragraph about how you have used IJNet here.

This month we feature journalist Didier Hernán Gil, a reporter for Corporación La Prensa, where he is specializes in transportation for the Society section. He also serves as co-presenter of the digital show Panorama, and contributes to Catholic Panorama radio.

Previously, Hernán worked as a reporter and editor at the newspaper DIAaDIA. He received his bachelor's degree in U.S.-Panama relations at the University of Panama in 2003. He has done postgraduate studies at the Specialized University of the Americas.

Influx of African immigrants shifting national and New York demographics

In Concourse Village in the Bronx, Sylvester Donkor, left, and Ataa Serwaa, immigrants from Ghana, waiting for a cab to church. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times
Threatened with arrest in 2009, Lamin F. Bojang fled Gambia after publicly contradicting its president’s claims that he could cure AIDS. Now 31, Mr. Bojang lives in Concourse Village in the Bronx with his wife and 2-year-old son and works as a receptionist at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, while working toward a bachelor’s degree in political science at City College.

With educational and professional opportunities in Gambia scarce for his generation, “the rest will have to find ways of leaving,” he said, “and African migrants here, just as previous migrants, are likely not going to return to their countries of origin.” 

African declaration on Internet rights and freedoms for launch at 2014 IGF

The African Declaration Drafter’s Group is pleased to present the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms which will be released on September 4 at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey, and on September 8 at Highway Africa Conference in Grahamstown, South Africa. 

The development of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is a Pan-African initiative to promote human rights standards and principles of openness in internet policy formulation and implementation on the continent.

How three students created Nigeria's online jobs giant

By Jason Boswell

Jobberman employs 125 people in Nigeria and beyond
Three students had time on their hands in the summer of 2009 when their university lecturers in Nigeria went on strike. 

Instead of slacking off, Ayodeji Adewunmi, Olalekan Olude and Opeyemi Awoyemi started an online job search company. 

Five years later, their start-up, Jobberman, has got a multi-million dollar valuation, employs 125 people, and is still growing. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Not without our daughters

By Oby Ezekwesili

Today marks 136 days since April 14, when 219 daughters of Nigeria were taken captive from our midst at close to midnight while we all slept. The Presidential Facts Finding Committee on Chibok Abduction which was set up evidently to validate to those who doubted the tragedy, helped confirm that our daughters that went to acquire knowledge were forcibly taken by terrorists. 

In all, the report stated that 276 school girls were abducted from Government Secondary School on that fateful night and that fortunately, 57 of them courageously took the risk of self-rescue and are since reunited with their families.

Vector Tha Viper releases mix-tape A7

Man of the moment, Vector Tha Viper has finally released the much-awaited mixtape, the #A7 Project today. The mixtape follows release of singles off it over the past two weeks – as the rapper launched back into the music scene with hot new music fay after day.

“The mixtape, #A7 is a gift to my fans that believed in me and kept the dream alive, even when I had to take a break,” said Vector. “I am exploring and having a blast with it, and fans will see sides of me they haven’t seen before – let’s have fun people!”

Inventor of email fires back at critics who question his discovery

By Emily Tess Katz 
V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai was 14 years old when he developed the technology we now know as email. But despite having received "official recognition" of his creation by the U.S. government, some still question whether he was the veritable founder. 

Ayyadurai's former colleague Robert Field explained the discrepancy and defended Ayyadurai in a blog on The Huffington Post. According to Field, "multi-billion dollar defense company" Raytheon BBN Technologies generated "their entire brand ... based on claims of having 'invented email,'" then unleashed a PR campaign to "discredit email's origins" as well as Shiva's claim to having invented it.

A call for appointment of ECOWAS special envoy on Ebola

In light of the current epidemic of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, we the undersigned civil society organizations call on ECOWAS member states to appoint a leading, influential, strong and knowledgeable West African physician or health professional as ECOWAS Special Envoy on Ebola.

The current epidemic, which has been characterized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the deadliest Ebola outbreak since this virus was discovered in 1976, has claimed the lives of at least 1,552 people in West Africa including many health personnel. 

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