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AFRICA NOW: Africa’s Richest Man Builds School in Nigeria

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, just donated a $3.5 million building to the Bayero University, Kano in northern Nigeria.

The building, which is named after the Nigerian billionaire, will be the site of the newly established Dangote Business School.

During the opening ceremony, which included Kano State Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Dangote told guests that the school was part of his contributions toward driving entrepreneurship education at the highest level in Nigeria.

“My goal for this business school is for it to become a reference point when it comes to learning how to do business successfully in Nigeria and in Africa,” Dangote said in a statement.

The Dangote Business School has been accredited by the National Universities Commission and will be first business school in Nigeria to offer the Doctor of Business Administration program, with a potential to have direct partnerships with Harvard University.

S. Africa Meat Imports Banned Amid Listeria Outbreak

Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Malawi and Botswana have all recalled South African processed meat products after an outbreak of listeria, a relatively rare but potentially deadly bacteria caused from eating contaminated food.

Distributors in South Africa have already issued a recall, but the nearby countries are still taking extra precautions to ensure citizen safety.

The outbreak, believed to be the largest ever worldwide, has killed 180 people in South Africa, according to the United Nations.

Though the infection affects primarily children, it also can affect adults with weak immune systems, causing flu-like symptoms.

Zambia’s high commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba, urged South African retail chain stores operating in Zambia to recall ready-to-eat meat products imported from that country following the confirmation of the source of the bacteria.

The Malawi Competition and Fair Trading Commission on Monday asked wholesalers and retailers to remove imported meat products from South Africa from their shelves, and Namibia on Monday suspended imports of processed meat.

South Africa to Play Wales in D.C.

South Africa’s soccer team will play Wales in D.C. on June 2 at RFK Stadium, former home of the Washington Redskins and the DC United Major League Soccer franchise.

The game will be the first stand-alone event run by Rugby International Marketing (RIM), a company set up by USA Rugby in 2014, that has a streaming service, therugbychannel.tv, available to U.S. fans.

Carwyn Jones, the first minister of Wales, and Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, South African ambassador to the United States, spoke Feb. 26 at the South African Embassy in Washington at the start of Jones’ trip to promote post-Brexit trade and ties with the U.S. and Canada.

“The visit is about raising the profile of Wales and the Welsh,” Jones told the Guardian. “For a long time we did not have a political identity so our sporting identity was hugely important. South Africa are one of our oldest rivals — we didn’t beat them for 93 years – so a sporting occasion against them is great for raising our profile.”

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Lauren M. Poteat

Lauren Poteat is a versatile writer with a strong background in communications and media experience with an additional background in education and development.

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