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America to Fund Locusts Epidemic Control



The United States of America (USA) government will fund control of the locust infestation in three Eastern Africa countries.

U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who made the announcement on Tuesday, said USA will provide $8 million (Ksh.800 million) in funding towards will go to Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

The swarms, first sighted in December, have already destroyed tens of thousands of hectares (acres) of farmland in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, threatening food supplies in the worst locust invasion in 70 years.

“The United States is providing $8M in additional funding to support regional locust control operations in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia,” said Pompeo in the joint press conference with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew.

This aid comes after the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) early in the month warned that the locusts could ravage more countries in Eastern Africa and threaten the livelihood of many more people.

The swarms, first sighted in December, have already destroyed tens of thousands of hectares (acres) of farmland in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, threatening food supplies in the worst locust invasion in 70 years.

“There also other countries at risk, especially South Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea…,” said Bukar Tijani, assistant director-general of the FAO’s agriculture and consumer protection department.

FAO said at least one locust swarm had already been seen in Eritrea, and several had also been sighted in Oman and Yemen.

Even before the locust invasion, some 11 million people in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya were experiencing food insecurity, and the swarms will worsen the said
She was worried the locusts destroy their crops, and that another growing season due to start in April would be too short for any meaningful production.
“We depend a lot on this season and we worry that the locusts will destroy our harvest and we will end up remaining hungry through the rest of the year waiting for October for the next cropping season,” she said.

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Diamond Unleashes Steamy Photos with Jeje Vixen



Diamond parted ways with Tanasha Donna a few weeks ago, however he seems to have moved on pretty fast.

He decided to post steamy pictures of him and the Jeje video vixen feeding rumours of a relationship between the two which neither of them has denied nor confirmed.

The well choreographed moves in their video is said to have triggered the fall out with Donna.

With the pitch silence and the unleashing of the photos by Diamond on his social media a lot has to be desired.

Diamon has previously dated and sired a kid with Hamisa who was a vixen in his popular song featuring Rayvanny, Salome.

After 24 hours, WCB CEO decided to have some remorse and pulled down the pictures below.

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Pop Stars Alade and Kidjo Shoot in the Mara




Kenya’s Masaai Mara Game reserve is site where multiple award-winning African pop diva Yemi Alade premieres music video for the single SHEKERE, featuring multiple Grammy award-winning music icon Angélique Kidjo.

The SHEKERE music video, directed by Ovie with assistant director Taiye Aliyu, was shot in New York and largely in Kenya at the vast and grand Maasai Mara National Reserve, with the final scene at Sand River, bordering Tanzania.

SHEKERE on YouTube:

In the video, Yemi is flanked by dancers, all adorned in traditional jewellery from the Maasai community; this theme has dominated Yemi Alade’s style and artistry and promoted her status as a champion for Africa, among artists of her generation.

The cinematic visual opens up in dramatic sequence from Maasai Mara, with its backdrop being the authentic and unapologetic beauty of the African continent specifically Kenya – a second home to Yemi Alade.

The stunning collaboration is a result of the relationship that the two share, transcending music which led to Angelique Kidjo’s call for Yemi Alade to revamp her classic hit titled “Wombo Lombo”.

SHEKERE tells the story of Yemi joining the local celebrations or party through the sounds of the popular Yoruba percussion instrument, which usually makes an appearance when there is a cause for celebration, singing or dancing.

Yemi emotively sings before progressing into a stellar duet with the iconic Angélique Kidjo who also sings in her native Benin dialect over the groovy DJ Coublon orchestrated instrumentation—”I dey hear the sound of a tambourine o, Talking drums and shekere combination, I see people under the tambourine o, Dancing like sey there’s a celebration”.

“Shekere’’ off the album WOMAN OF STEEL heavily samples elements from the original Kidjo track but blends with the current mainstream Afro-pop/Afrobeats sounds.

SHEKERE is a rich and colourful affair, reminiscent of a Disney live-action remake and once again cements Yemi Alade’s throne as a royal of music videos.

The classic visual joins her elite videography part of which made her the first and only female Afro-pop artiste to have over 100 million views on a single video and over 1 million subscribers on her YouTube channel leading to a total cumulative visual stream of over 400 million views.

The song is sixth single off Yemi Alade’s critically acclaimed fourth studio album WOMAN OF STEEL, following hit singles “Home”, “Give Dem”, “Vibe”, “Shake” and Oh My Gosh”. The album features a host of international stars like Rick Ross, Angélique Kidjo, Lemar , Dadju , Duncan Mighty and Nollywood superstar Funke Akindele.

Watch SHEKERE on YouTube:

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Hon Passaris and King Kaka involved in a heated twitter exchange



Wajinga Nyinyi hit-maker Paul Ombima alias King Kaka has been involved in a heated exchange with Women Rep. Esther Passaris over Ksh 50 million investment.

Esther Passaris who underwent spinal surgery in India received a backlash from Kenyans over her abroad treatment.

One George Gathecha asked her how she expects people from slums will feel when they can barely afford treatment at KNH?

In response, she asked what he is doing about it before revealing how she invested Ksh 50 million to get re-elected in addition to being part of the health committee shaping the country.

“What are you doing about it? #ManUp I invested 50 million to be elected a leader. I served way before being elected. At 55 #OfficiallyMadeOfTitenium because of the sacrifices I made. As a member of the Health Committee, we shaping the Presidents”

The comments did not go well with King Kaka who shamed her as he accused her of being selfish.

“The talk should be on how we have made our health reliable to the point you are getting your surgery at KNH.

Wewe Uko Hapo unatuambia juu ya 50million. Stop being selfish for once, just for once and serve the people who put you there. Shame”

Passaris responded to the rapper alleging that he is ‘full and fooled’ by himself.

She continued by saying that word can instruct but they can never do the work or lead.

“You are so ‘full and fooled’ by yourself. ‘Words’ can instruct but they don’t do the work or lead.

Let me spell it as it is. Get off your high horse & stop being who you truly are #WajingaNyinyi who thinks through hate you can drive or derive change. I have worked & served. You?”

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