The president of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, fainted on Sunday during the country’s televised official annual ceremony for the National Defence Forces Day – which was immediately interrupted following the incident.
The 64-year-old head of state, who is running for re-election in August, suffers from the rare disease achalasia.
The condition affects the oesophagus and causes hypoglycaemic attacks.
President Lungu had previously taken ill and hospitalised in 2015.
Sunday afternoon apparently saw President Lungu experience a sudden dizzy spell.
Nevertheless, Zambia’s leader has since recovered and continues to perform his duties — as per the official statement issued by the presidency.
President Lungu first took office in 2015 and maintained his powerful position in a disputed election the year after.
His official bid to partake in this year’s presidential race has been met with controversy.
Mara Wallet: The Cool New Way To Begin Your Crypto Journey
Mara, a pan-African company that offers an ever-expanding suite of crypto products, has announced the pre-launch of the Mara Wallet, a portal to the cryptoeconomy focused on helping people begin their journey towards conveniently managing their crypto-finance needs, take a major step toward financial freedom, and learn more about cryptocurrency and blockchain in Africa.
The Mara Wallet is a fast and secure multi-currency crypto wallet that gives Africans control over their cryptocurrency. Offering both user-facing products and core infrastructure, Mara reveals a product roadmap that enables users to easily buy, sell, send, withdraw, store, and protect a wide range of fiat and crypto-assets (such as cryptocurrencies and NFTs) in real time and without any prior crypto knowledge.
“At Mara, we are committed to the financial empowerment of the individuals that use our products and services to meet their various crypto-finance needs, and take responsibility in building an informed community seriously,” Chi Nnadi, Co-Founder and CEO at Mara, said while commenting on the pre-launch of the Mara Wallet. “As one of our first steps to achieve crypto education, financial literacy, and ensuring a more equitable distribution of capital, we are delighted to pre-launch the Mara Wallet. Our goal is to get Sub-Saharan individuals started on their journey to leverage a financial infrastructure that they can build their lives upon and make the most of the financial-growth opportunities available in the cryptoeconomy.”
The Mara Wallet waitlist, which is the core mechanic of the pre-launch app, is aimed at crypto-curious and crypto-enthusiast users alike who seek early access to the exchange. Through it they will unlock financial rewards that give users the perfect jumpstart into the #cryptoeconomy.
While describing how the Mara Wallet waitlist works, Chi added, “Pre-registered users will join a queue to enable early access on a first-come, first-served basis. Moreover, a higher position on the waitlist increases the odds of periodically winning prizes. As soon as users join the waitlist, they instantly earn a signup reward. All users who refer the Mara Wallet to their friends, family and community also earn further rewards when those users sign up using their unique referral link. Pre-registered users who participate in the referral activity also improve their chances of moving to top positions on the waitlist.”
The Mara Wallet app is available on the Google Play and Apple App stores. Once formally launched in a few months, the Mara Wallet will enable users to invest in crypto and send money to their family members in real time without processing times, delays, or high fees. To join the waitlist, download the app on the Google Play or the Apple App Store.
The Mara Wallet pre-launch comes at a critical inflection point in the evolution of Sub-Saharan Africa. The current centralised financial system continues to present ongoing obstacles to the development of both local economies and individuals. As a result, food prices have doubled or even tripled in some areas and created record-breaking interest rates. These systems have prompted a dire need for a decentralised alternative.
Mara’s mission is to facilitate a more equitable distribution of capital by providing an alternative that spans across tribes, class, cultures, and countries.
Mara is building Africa’s portal to the cryptoeconomy through a Pan-African suite of products that addresses a variety of crypto-finance needs while complying with local regulations and being authentically built for the African audience. Mara will initially launch in Kenya and Nigeria, with its first product being a simplified user-friendly Wallet through which users can easily buy, sell, send, and withdraw cryptocurrencies. Mara will also launch a pro exchange for experienced users who prefer a full set of trading options and technical analysis tools. The Mara Chain will launch later, granting savvy developers a place to build decentralised applications that will help shape the future of the African cryptoeconomy. Mara’s executive team includes former executives from Amazon, PayPal, Uber, NVIDIA, Founders Bank, Rappi, and more. The company raised a total of $23M from Coinbase Ventures, Alameda Research (FTX), Distributed Global, TQ Ventures, Day One Ventures, DIGITAL, Nexo, KuCoin Ventures, Huobi Ventures and nearly 100 other crypto investors and angels. The Mara executive team is led by Chi Nnadi, Lucas Llinás Múnera, Dearg OBartuin, Kate Kallot, and Susan Younis.
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Nigerian Idol Season 7: Get To Know The Top 12 Contestants
Instead of having to start with the top ten contestants, the organizers added two more to spice up the season.
The Top 12 competitors competed against hundreds of other hopefuls from throughout the country. Gerald, Abigail, Jordan, Itohan, Banty, David Operah, Zadok, Faith, Progress, Debby, Precious, and Joel triumphed after arduous tryouts and several difficult moments.
Here are the top 12 season 7 contestants in no particular order:
He is an artist and singer who was able to impress the Judges with his amazing musical ability, which helped him push ahead during his Solo Audition. Music, art, and travel are his keen interests. Out of all these, he has always known music was his true calling because he has always had the urge to sing almost anywhere and at any given chance.
Her sonorous voice stood out right from the first stage of Auditions and carried her right to the end. She has always known she wants to be a singer right from childhood and luckily had the support of her parents.
Jordan had the Judges amazed by his vocal ability right from his first Audition and got a standing ovation at most of his subsequent performances at Theatre Week. Jordan knew he wanted to be a singer because it is the only way he finds true expression of who he is.
Itohan wowed the Judges with her proficiency at playing the keyboard while singing at the same time. Her singing ability was almost unquestionable right from the Auditions. She is looking forward to the euphoria of performing in front of her fans and everyone who has supported her.
She surprised the Judges with her soulful voice which they didn’t see coming and continued to give superb performances back to back. She started singing when she was 8-years-old and has performed mainly at church since then.
David Operah pulled out all the stops as a performer at every stage of the Auditions and Theatre Week and his voice mixed with an unmissable swagger became a winning combination. David started singing at the age of eight. He performs at weddings, birthdays, as well as corporate events.
Zadok’s unique tone and powerful timbre made him one to look out for right from the Auditions and he definitely made sure to use his abilities to get to the top. Entertainer and businessman Zadok started singing a few years back and do that everywhere.
She had come to the Auditions with the main aim of getting a glimpse of Simi, but she ended up doing more than that and ultimately snagged a spot in the Top 12. She started singing in her church choir in 2016 and decided it was the path for her because she finds so much happiness in music.
Progress’ range stood out amongst many of his peers and that vocal dexterity carried him through the Auditions, then Theatre Week, and then straight to the Nigerian Idol Top 12. After going to a musical competition at the age of 16, Progress knew instantly that he wanted to be a singer.
She couldn’t believe she was on TV during her Audition, but it seems she is going to be on screen a bit longer because her talent took her through all the rounds of Auditions and straight to the Top 12. Debby keeps her passion for music alive by constantly performing on social media, church, and lounges.
Precious’ tone was a delight to hear at the Auditions and it definitely helped the Judges in making the tough decision of placing her in the Nigerian Idol Top 12. She was sure her calling was music at the age of 16, and has since then performed at weddings, birthdays and concerts.
He came for the Auditions with the aim of making his late father proud and this he achieved as he battled through all the rounds to earn a spot in the Nigerian Idol Top 12. His interest in music has led him to perform at church, school, events and anywhere the opportunity presents itself.
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Shocking!!!! Pastor Murdered On Pulpit In Nigeria
The Sunday Service at Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria ended abruptly after intruders stormed the premises.
The assailants killed the head pastor, Bolanle Ibrahim, while he was at the pulpit.
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The clergyman was praying for mothers and their children when the armed men entered the church and tried to drag him out, NewTelegraph reported.
According to reports, the distraught wife of the pastor, Mrs Kudirat Ibrahim, said on a fateful day, her husband was fasting.
An aunt of the deceased pastor, Mrs Justina Alebiosu, who confirmed the incident, alleged that it was a clear case of hired assassination.
“Even before they killed him, they showed him his picture to identify if he was actually the right person they came for. His death was an unfortunate one. We have lost a gentleman. It was true we were born as Muslims, but we converted to Christianity. My thinking is that my brother had business transaction with someone.
“I was told when the assailants wanted to drag him out of the pulpit where he was praying for women who brought their children for dedication, he begged them to kill him there and that was where he was eventually killed by the gunmen. The assailants also threatened to shoot any of the members of the church who dare come close to them.”
Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the Police are investigating the case.
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