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Hello, welcome to our weekend briefing. Here are top 10 stories for this weekend.

Starring the flavours of coastal India CREDIT: YUKI SUGIURA

Simple Goan fish curry recipe

An aromatic fish curry with cool coconut milk and lots of spices that really is quick to make. You can use whatever fish is in season – pollack, cod, haddock, gurnard, coley and monkfish are all suitable.

South Africans are on the first phase of easing of restrictions. Photo AFP

Prepare to live with virus for a year – Ramaphosa

We will introduce new measures to make contact tracing more effective. We will need to implement mass sanitisation of workplaces, public transport and other spaces.”

Need a Haircut?

A longing for professional grooming is leading some unshorn citizenry to seek out barbering on the sly.

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Ototdo Gbame: We are helpless, we are homeless - we are nobody

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By Mike Ikenwa, Linda Kalu and Fumilayo Kolawole


Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.

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House Committee on Justice and the leader of the ad-hoc committee investigating the $1.3 billion Malabu oil deal, Razak Atunwa made a very striking disclosure.

The Committee disclosed that the committee would invite former president Goodluck Jonathan to testify on his role in the award of Oil Prospecting Licence, OPL 245, to Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd.

According to Razak, recent developments from the committee’s investigation demand that Jonathan testify.


The notion of South African exceptionalism runs deep. Having suffered white minority rule much longer than most other African states, the country had one of the most stable and successful transitions to democracy on the continent.

Troubling Exceptionalism: South Africans Learning that they are like other countries after all
Demonstrators protest against the firing of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, outside Parliament in Cape Town. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Following the election of the ANC in 1994, Nelson Mandela’s government promoted tolerance and responsible government.

At that point, South Africa did not look very “African”. While Nigeria was blighted by endemic corruption, the ANC was led by a man whose reputation was beyond reproach. When the ZANU-PF government was becoming increasingly brutal in Zimbabwe , Mandela’s administration was promoting the rule of law and inclusion. And just as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Somalia were falling apart, the South African state appeared to be growing stronger.


Exactly when did human beings start tipping their weapons with poison to hunt prey? This is a question at the forefront of recent archaeological research.

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Traces of the poison ricin were found on a 24 000 year-old wooden poison applicator at Border Cave in South Africa’s Lebombo mountains

In southern Africa San (or Bushman) hunter-gatherer groups, such as the /Xam of the Western Cape and the Ju/wasi and Hei//om of Namibia, used poisoned arrows for hunting during the 19th and 20th centuries. The origins of this technology, though, may be far older than we thought.

Recently, traces of the poison ricin were found on a 24 000 year-old wooden poison applicator at Border Cave in South Africa’s Lebombo mountains. If this identification is correct it would mean that people in southern Africa were among the first in the world to harness the potential of plant-based poisons.


Daniel Aya, a resident of Otodo Gbame, a riverine community in the Lekki area of Lagos state, was allegedly shot dead during a demolition exercise by men of the state’s task force on Sunday.

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According to the Justice and Empowerment Initiatives (JEI), a non-governmental organisation, a stray bullet hit Aya, who was rushed out of the scene, but died hours later.

The organisation shared pictures of residents who were fleeing the community as a result of government’s action.

The US military dropped an enormous bomb in Afghanistan, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission.

US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan
They said the target with the MOAB was ISIS tunnels and personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province.

A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB, was dropped at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, the sources said.

The MOAB is also known as the “mother of all bombs.” A MOAB is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.


  • Sports

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is set to miss the last seven games of the season with a knee injury.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane to miss rest of season with knee injury
Mane suffered the injury in a challenge with Leighton Baines, having earlier scored the opening goal

Mane, 24, was taken off after colliding with Leighton Baines in Saturday’s 3-1 home victory over Everton.

Manager Jurgen Klopp said he was “pretty sure” Mane needed surgery, leaving it “pretty much impossible for him to play again this season”.

The £34m signing from Southampton has started all but five of Liverpool’s league games this campaign.


  • Tech.

Google has added its fact check feature to search results globally, in a bid to help tackle the spread of “fake news”.

TECH: Google adds search results 'fact check' flag

The search giant will now highlight “authoritative sources” in search results, with a summary of claims that have been fact-checked.

Google says sites will be judged authoritative by an algorithm and the company will not be fact-checking news stories itself.

On Thursday, Facebook announced a campaign to help people spot fake news.


  • Crime

The Economic Financial Crime and Commission (EFCC) discovered $50 million in a residential building located at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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Following the discovery, a source close to the anti-graft agency said that the building belongs to Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, a former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Mu’azu was also the governor of Bauchi State in Nigeria between 1999 and 2007.

Sources close to Mu’azu have confirmed that the former PDP chairman owns the building.

While in Lagos, he lives on the penthouse on the building, a source said. Other residents of the house are former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, a former Managing Director at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Godwin Obla, a senior lawyer and former prosecutor to EFCC.


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