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In Africa, Free Speech Means Better Governance – Afrobarometer

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A recent research shows that the more freely Africans can speak their minds, the more confident they are in the performance of their governments.

According to a report released by a research project Afrobarometer in Nairobi, Kenya, about 50 per cent of 51,000 people surveyed in 34 African countries say they are “completely free” to say what they think and 25 per cent say they are “somewhat free”.

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Malawi tops the ranking with 79 per cent of people there saying they have freedom of speech. It is followed by Tanzania with 77 per cent, Liberia with 75 per cent, Ghana with 74, and Tunisia with 73.
At the bottom side of the list is Sudan where 19 per cent of people surveyed say they can speak freely. Sudan is followed by Togo and Cote d’Ivoire both with 21 percent, Zimbabwe with 22 percent and Swaziland with 24 percent.

Nigeria as well as the most of Africa’s biggest nations, falls somewhere in the middle, with 34 per cent.

Besides, in a news release issued with the report, Afrobarometer said that in the counties where people feel they can speak freely also they also report that their leaders are more trustworthy and less corrupt than do their peers in the states where freedom of speech is more restricted.

“Freedom of expression is also consistently linked to better ratings of government performance, especially with respect to government effectiveness in fighting corruption, but also in other sectors such as maintaining roads and managing the economy.”

The study further reveals that fifty-seven percent of Africans support “an unfettered right to publish”. This support is highest in East Africa, where 72 per cent want press freedom, and lowest in West Africa, where the figure is 52 per cent.

Afrobarometer adds that citizens rank their media highly for exposing government mistakes and corruption.

The report was written by Professor Winnie Mitullah, director of the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi, and Paul Kamau, senior research fellow at the same institute.

Afrobarometer is a research project coordinated by independent institutions in Ghana, Benin, Kenya and South Africa, with partners in 31 other countries. It has been surveying public opinion in 12 countries since 1999, but has grown to include 35 countries for the period 2011 to 2013.

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Iyabo Ojo Finds Out Her Mum Lied About Her Age (Video)

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While still in a mourning state, actress Iyabo Ojo has revealed that she just found out her mum, Mrs Victoria olubunmi Fetuga lied about being aged 67 years.

Mrs Victoria olubunmi Fetuga was aged 67 and a three generation photo shoot was organized by Iyabo Ojo in her honor, three months ago to celebrate.

Posting an Instagram video of her late mum dancing on her last birthday, Iyabo Ojo moments ago wrote;

“O my sweet mother even in your death you made me laugh so hard this morning. I just found out from her siblings that she was 69 years old and not 67, as she always claimed.

She didn’t want us to know she was older than my late dad who would have been 68! 😀😃😅😅🤣🤣 she could have claimed his age at least but no, she wanted us to believe she was much younger hence the 2 years gap. Gosh! No wonder she never wanted any birthday party🤣

Cant wrap my head around the fact that she is gone 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 I love you too much mama, Continue to rest on……..”

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Denrele Edun Meets His ‘New Twin’, Says “Time To Start Questioning Our Parents”

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According to the media personality, he was on a visit to Hi-Impact Planet for a TV recording when he stumbled on the young man who looks exactly like him.

Denrele who shared their photos on his social media pages revealed that he dressed the young man in his ensemble, and was able to confuse people with their looks as it was difficult to spot the difference.

In his words,

“NOTHING WEY NEBUCHADNEZZER NO GO SEE INSIDE FIRE! Wahala dey for who no resemble DENRELE WEREY o!

Ran into my *supposed TWIN* at the @hiimpactplanetng when I was hosted a few weeks back for a TV Recording.
Dressed him up in my ensemble, save for the Heels (I no wan hear story; Nothing wey I no go see for another pickin parent hand) and we had a blast confusing people all around the complex!

Time to start Questioning our parents! Since I’m the German-Indian DENRELE, my new Twin will be the Sango-Agbado-ijaiye DENRELE! What do you think of the Resemblance? Flood Me… I am your Comment Section!”

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‘God Bless U’- Davido reacts after artist shared a wonderful painting of him

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David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992), better known as Davido has received massive love from a fan who decided to give him his birthday gift with a beautiful painting.

The fan took to social media to share the wonderful photo of the piece he had designed for Davido.

He tagged Davido and wrote:

Happy Birthday King @Davido Please Help Me Retweet And Tag Him So That He Can See This Street Art I Did Of Him #HappyBirthdayDavido Happy Birthday OBO Papa ifeanyi Big 28 King David World OBO Day

Davido reacted to the painting and thanked him.

He wrote:

God bless u

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