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Africa’s ‘Happiest’ Countries Revealed

The World Happiness Report, now in its 10th year, is based on people’s own assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data. Researchers ranked the countries after analyzing data over three years. They looked at several categories including gross domestic product per capita, social safety nets, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity of the population, and perceptions of internal and external corruption levels.

Mauritius ranked number one on the continent at 52 on the log. Libya ranked 86 in the world, is second in Africa. Other top 20 countries in Africa include Ivory Coast (88), Cameroon (89), Senegal (90), South Africa (91), Gambia (93), Ghana(93), Niger (94), Algeria (96), Gambia(96), Liberia (97), Benin (97), Congo (99), Morocco (100), Guinea (100), Mozambique (101), Cameroon (102), Burkina Faso (111) and Nigeria (118).

Nigeria has been ranked the 118th happiest country in the world, 2 spots lower than its position last year, indicating the country’s declining perception on key indicators. 

Afghanistan ranked as the unhappiest country in the world, with Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Botswana rounding out the bottom five.

For the fifth year in a row, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world, with Denmark coming in second, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.


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DRC’s Felix Tshisekedi seeks treatment in Belgium

FILE PHOTO: Felix Tshisekedi, leader of Congolese main opposition party the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS)and Presidential candidate, attends an election event in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, has been in Belgium since last weekend for health reasons, his office says.

“The President is currently in Belgium for treatment of a herniated disc. The Head of State took the opportunity to carry out his annual medical check-up, and he is doing well.

“After a few days of rest with his family and private visits, the President will return to Kinshasa very soon,” the presidency announced.

The announcement comes after several Belgian media outlets claimed that Mr Tshisekedi had undergone heart surgery, while others claimed he left Kinshasa on Saturday “in a critical health condition”.

To reassure the Congolese citizens and dispel speculations that the President was gravely ill, the office has published photos of the head of state, smiling alongside his doctors.


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Nigeria: Former President Obasanjo Decorates Promoted Son with Rank of Brigadier General

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday January 19, decorated his son, Adeboye Obasanjo, with badges of rank of a Brigadier General in the Nigerian Army.

The decoration ceremony held at the Headquarters of the Nigerian Army Engineers Corps, Bonny Camp, Lagos, followed Adeboye’s recent promotion from the rank of Colonel to Brigadier General.

Obasanjo was accompanied by Towulade of Akinale Kingdom of Egbaland, Oba Olufemi Ogunleye, to the occasion

The newly-promoted Brigadier General has two Master Degrees and other professional qualifications.