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West Africa investigative journalism conference holds in Accra

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Mr Braimah welcoming the journalist to the conference.

The 2018 edition of the West Africa Conference on Investigative Journalism is currently taking centre-stage in the capital city of Ghana, Accra.

The two-day event is organised and sponsored by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA).

In its first day, the conference had in attendance over 40 journalists from West Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and other countries.

Suleiman Braimah, the Executive Director of MFWA, in his opening remark, emphasised the importance of the conference.

He charged the journalists to do more in holding governments accountable in the region.

“Citizens are denied right to access to information. Journalists in West Africa have a lot to do. It is therefore important that we convene to exchange ideas, discuss challenges, brainstorm on what we can do together to ensure we hold duty bearers accountable.

“West Africa still has a deficit in terms of quality of leadership. You ask yoursels why are people still living in deprivation. It’s because of deprivation.

“We as journalists are not there yet. Those before us fought for democracy, we need to do more. It is difficult to do investigative journalism in this region, if you are doing (that) already, you are a model.”

The country director of DW Akademe, Beate Weides noted that the kind of challenges people face in the region requires “a special set of journalists to investigate”.

“We need special kind of journalists to dig deeper. We need fearless journalists who won’t be bogged down with the everyday story. We need journalists who spend months and years to tell quality stories.”

Shortly after her speech, the conference was formally declared open by a Ghanaian veteran journalist and diplomat, Kabral Ahimere who enjoined journalists to consolidate on the gains of democracy through their reporting.

The first day featured sessions on the state of investigative journalism in Africa, building safety nets for investigative journalism in West Africa and cross border investigative journalism including lessons from West Africa Leaks and Panama Papers.

The conference continues today with sessions on fact-checking, driving impact for investigative reporting and forging regional collaboration for cross-border investigations among other activities.

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Wrong Giving Can Make You Poor — Reno Omokri 

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Reno Omokri in his Nugget on Friday corrected the popular notion that giving can never make you poor.

The ex- aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan said that wrong giving can actually make one poor. Read below…

“It is a lie that no one has become poor by giving. Giving can make you rich, depending on who you give to.

For instance, you can never be poor if you give to God, your parents and the poor.

However, there are very many men who became poor by giving to girlfriends. A man has no obligation to look after his girlfriend.” He wrote.

Giving money to a girl you sleep with makes her more appropriately a prostitute, not a ‘friend’ #RenosNuggets

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Polls: Beware of Voodoo Dollars in Circulation, EFCC Warns Nigerians

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…Takes Campaign to BDC Operators

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, February 21, 2019 took its sensitization campaign to Bureaux de Change, BDC operators at the Wuse Zone 4 Office in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The EFCC team, which was led by ADC Aisha Larai Musa, Head, EFCC’s Creative Communications Unit, used the opportunity to warn the BDC operators on the dangerous trend of an influx of fake Dollar notes now in circulation.

Advising the operators to be at alert, Musa, urged them to be cautious because “as the electioneering period peaks, you are now a soft target for money laundering and circulation of fake dollar notes”.

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Woman shares testimony of how she found snake inside her house where her children slept

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A woman recently disclosed on Facebook God saved her children after she found a snake in her house.

The woman, who identified herself as Chisom Chiedozie said she found the snake inside her living room just few hours after she carried her children to their room from the mat they were sleeping on in the same room.

She shared:

“And you tell me there’s no God abi? just few minutes ago I saw this snake inside our living room. God has a way of saving his children, he is God and not man, this mat was on the floor few hours ago, my kids was laying on it then my kids slept I took them to the their room to sleep, what if the snake pentrated and bite them without me knowing, since they are asleep, what if the Gen is not on? What if I didn’t see it and it crawls inside the bedroom and hide somewhere?

My girl was even on the floor few minutes before we saw it, what would I have told her people, so many what if I swear, lately I enjoy sleeping on the mat cos of the hot weather, God saved me and my family, I can’t thank you enough father.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty.”

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