Patsy Nwogu

A writer focused on data journalism, health and data analytics.

OPEC+ To Revive Oil Production As Prices Bounce Back

The OPEC coalition led by Saudi Arabia and Russia is expected to press on with the planned revival of oil production, as prices bounce back from their August downturn. The coalition is gradually restoring the vast amount of crude production halted during the pandemic, and will probably ratify the next monthly instalment when it gathers on […]Read More

Burundi Launches Free Covid-19 Testing For Students

The government of Burundi has begun a compulsory Covid-19 testing campaign for all pupils in boarding schools. This initiative will last until 14 September. One of these screening centres is in the Ntahangwa community, north of Bujumbura. Parents, teachers and pupils responded massively to the campaign as reports show that queues began to form in […]Read More

Authorities Extend Telecoms Blackout In Zamfara State

New reports claim that the Nigerian security forces in Zamfara and neighbouring states have launched one of their largest operations against the armed gangs, known locally as bandits, hence an extension of the shutdown on all telecommunication services in the states. Last week, shocking reports hit the media space detailing a violent takeover of bandits […]Read More

Sinovac Begins Pediatric Vaccine Trials In South Africa

Chinese vaccine makers Sinovac Biotech has launched the main phase of a global Covid vaccine study on children and teenagers in South Africa, with the first two participants jabbed in Pretoria. The study is testing the efficacy of Sinovac’s two-dose CoronaVac on 14,000 children aged between six months and 17 years in Chile, Kenya, Malaysia, […]Read More

South Africa To Launch COVID Vaccine Passports

The South African government has announced the introduction of a “vaccine passport” idea, amid widespread mistrust of the Covid-19 vaccine in the country. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday in a televised address that the passport would serve as proof of vaccination for various purposes and events. While he promised that more information about the […]Read More

High Profile Boko Haram Member Yawi Modu Arrested In Borno

The Nigerian army on Thursday announced that its troops had arrested a high-profile member of the Boko Haram extremist group in northern Borno State. Army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said Yawi Modu was arrested along the Damboa-Wajiroko road, a notorious route where both the extremists and Nigerian troops have recorded casualties over the years. Nwachukwu added […]Read More

UN Calls For Integrated Approach For Lasting Solutions To Natural

The United Nations has asked that the international community change its response to natural disasters to provide a lasting solution to the global problem. Given the ever-increasing frequency of severe weather events, human-made catastrophes and epidemics, piecemeal and fragmented responses will fail to address root causes and may in fact compound the challenges, a new […]Read More

Suspected ADF Rebels Kill Dozens In Northeast DR Congo

UN sources have revealed at least 30 people were killed in a weekend attack in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Sources are suspecting the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group of carrying out the attack in the Ituri area on Saturday. Dieudonne Malangayi, acting chairman of the chiefdom of Walese Vonkutu, initially […]Read More

Tanzania Secures Nearly $600M From IMF For COVID Relief

Tanzania would receive $567m from the International Monetary Fund for emergency support to finance a COVID-19 vaccination campaign and meet the health and social costs of the pandemic, according to an IMF statement. The IMF board approved on Tuesday a disbursement of $189m to Tanzania under its Rapid Credit Facility (RCF), as well as $378m […]Read More

Scores Of Villages Killed In Ethiopia’s Amhara Region, Officials Say

Local officials have said more than 120 civilians were massacred in Ethiopia’s Amhara region earlier this month by Tigray forces, but the group from neighbouring Tigray have denied their involvement. The killings in Chenna village, near the town of Dabat, took place in early September, according to Sewnet Wubalem, the local administrator in Dabat, and […]Read More