As Nigeria prepares to hold elections on February 16, BBC Africa will be offering comprehensive coverage for our local and international audiences across Radio, TV, Online and Social Media.
During the campaign period, there will be special programming across all BBC Africa’ s 12 language services including English, French as well as Nigeria based BBC News Yoruba, BBC News Hausa, BBC News Igbo and BBC News Pidgin.
A one day conference hosted by the BBC will look at the spread of fake news and its potential impact on the country’s elections. Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News starts on January 9 and ispart of the BBC’s Beyond Fake News season. Around the world, disinformation has been seen to cause social and political harm, with people having less trust in the news. This international anti-disinformation initiative will involve a keynote speech delivered by Prof.Yemi Osinbajo, SAN Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria. It will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by the Publisher of Today’s Woman magazine Adesuwa Onyenokwe and will feature:
· Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission
· Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureaute
· Jamie Angus, Director of World Service Group
· Funke Egbemode, President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and Editor in chief, New Telegraph newspaper
· Uche Pedro, Founder of BellaNaija
The Director of the BBC World Service Group Jamie Angus says: “BBC News pioneered fact checking programming in the UK. In 2018 I pledged that the BBC’s international services would move beyond just talking about the global ‘fake news’ threat. We commissioned in depth research that helped us to understand the processes and motivations behind ‘fake news’. We have taken action in Africa and in India to provide fact checking services that will help audiences to identify reliable sources and disinformation from fact.”
BBC Africa’s language services will host ten Governorship debates in Igbo, Hausa, Pidgin and Yoruba starting on January 10. Alongside this, a 30 day count down will commence on January 17 and will offer infographics, explainers, in-depth analysis around key areas such as the economy, health, education, security, godfatherism, the female vote, how young people will vote and much more.
As tens of millions of Nigerians visit the polls BBC Africa will be sending over 50 reporters to cover the elections-the largest deployment for an election coverage by an international broadcaster.
For the first time a pre- election fact checking project will aim to verify or debunk claims made by candidates. Audiences will be able to keep updated via digital and social media platforms. In addition Global Reality Check will be fact checking the various debates throughout the country.
BBC Africa will present election stories on all social media channels as well as dedicated digital videos on bbcafrica.com.
From February 4, each morning the global breakfast show Newsday (04:00-0800 GMT) will offer an insight into how Nigerians and people from various other parts of Africa view this momentous election. Focus on Africa Radio will be covering daily events around the country, asking: What does the future hold for Nigeria? You can listen daily at 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00GMT The BBC’s TV programme for Africa, Focus on Africa, available on BBC World News at 17.30GMT, will be live in Nigeria for two weeks. Both programmes will be analysing the media campaigns by candidates and bringing to you a variety of voices from across the country.
Fact Finder will present a special edition on the growing use of fake news in elections. The programme will be working with credible fact checking organisations to evaluate the veracity of claims and counter claims as well as pledges made through the Nigerian electoral period.
The women’s discussions programme #TheSheWord will record a special debate in Nigeria focusing on Women in Politics. It will be looking specifically at female candidates.
BBC’s Africa’s daily business programmes Money Daily, Mitikasi Leo (Swahili) and Cash Éco (French) will all air live from Lagos on February13, 14 and 15 ahead of the presidential election and after the poll. The special coverage will feature interviews with some of Nigeria’s most prominent entrepreneurs, economic analysts as well as ordinary citizens on what the election means for Africa’s largest economy.
The following daily TV news programmes which are rebroadcast by partner stations across Africa will also bring in-depth reporting around the elections:
Afrique – BBC Infos
Hausa – Labaran TV
Swahili – Dira Ya Dunia
Somali – Caawa iyo Caalamka
The Africa live page will be an important destination on February 16. Throughout the day there will be commentary and analysis from our correspondents across the continent and updates will continue daily as the results come in.
The BBC’s Head of West Africa Languages Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye says, “We are prepared to deliver memorable coverage of what is set to be the most competitive election in Nigeria and even across Africa. Our audiences across the continent and around the world can now keep up to date with the action in twelve languages including English, Hausa and the newly launched Igbo, Pidgin and Yoruba languages. We will bring key interviews from politicians, commentators and viewpoints from voters on the ground. From every state, whatever the issue, BBC Africa will be there.”
Audiences will be able to keep abreast of the issues and results by following bbcafrica as well as the BBC’s language sites: bbcnewsafrique, bbc newsamharic, bbcnewsafaanoromoo bbcnewsgahuza, bbcnewsigb
Young Osu Guy Named “Cash” Kicks Off 2019 With A Brand New Car | PHOTO
CASH, A young osu based guy who has been working very hard since last year surprisingly has kicked off osu by getting himself a brand new car.
This surprise came up just this afternoon after he posted a photo of him by his car.
Famously know as “Cash” he was able to get his name on the car as its number plate whereby he was seen by his car.
He got himself a 2015 Hyundai which costs about $15,300.
See photo of cash and his car below.
Czech Republic Offers Nigerians 4,000 Euros To Leave Their Country
The government of Czech Republic has offered to pay Nigerians and other migrants €4000 (1.6m) to encourage them to leave their country and return to their homes.
A report by RemixNes, a Czech-Republic based newspaper, the offer is under a programme that focuses particularly on migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Mongolia, Russia, and Vietnam that wish to voluntarily leave their country.
The programme tagged ”Returns” established by the Czech Interior Ministry would assist immigrants with transportation costs and integration in their country of origin, including accommodation, household equipment or domestic animal expenses.
”Anyone who voluntarily leaves the country and promises not to return not only to the Czech Republic but to the EU will be eligible for the money. Allocation for the program amounts to 60 million CZK, 75 percent is to be covered from the European Asylum, migration and integration fund. Each individual could get funds ranging between 40,000 and 100,000 CZK. First funded returns should be processed in the third quarter of 2019.” the report read.
Huawei’s New Campus In China Looks Like A Big European City And Can House 25,000 Employees | PHOTOS
Tech giant Huawei‘s massive new campus, which is designed to look like a group of European cities, has left people in awe.
The campus in the Chinese city of Dongguan recreates a wide swathe of Europe, from faux Italian towers to artificial lakes and classical palaces. It also has its own tram system.
The campus is split into 12 “towns,” which are areas where employees work. Each town is named after a European city. There are towns including Paris, Granada, Verona, and Bruges.
The campus is still being built. So far 8 out of the 12 towns have been completed.
The nine square kilometer facility can house up to 25,000 employees. 17,000 employees are currently located on the campus. There are over 50,000 employees at Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters.
Huawei’s Dongguan campus is so big that a tram operates to transport employees between different towns. There’s also a bridge that connects the different parts of the campus on different sides of the lake. The bridge is a replica of the Freedom Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, CNBC reports.
More photos below.
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