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Sports / Re: Mino Raiola dies: 10 big soccer stars to be 'orphaned by Thatdopekelly(m): 5:10pm On Apr 28
These World is really a Transit for we all.Leave your life like everyday will be your last,if someone had told these man that he wud nt be alive to see Halland play in a Mancity shirt he wud nt have belived.R I P Football first super agent.
FTC will not allow you guys to read and understand, jerk.
Politics / Re: Bishop Matthew Kukah: Buhari Has Done A Terrible Job As President Of Nigeria by Thatdopekelly(m): 5:28pm On Apr 19
Buhari is not a bad leader, he's a very terrible leader
Foreign Affairs / Re: Ukraine Conflict: How Russia Forged Closer Ties With African by Thatdopekelly(m): 4:55pm On Mar 01
This one must reach front page o grin

Dem no know say Putin been don lay him crazy plans keep sinceeeee grin grin
Foreign Affairs / Ukraine Conflict: How Russia Forged Closer Ties With African by Thatdopekelly(m): 4:47pm On Mar 01
IMAGE 1Malians waved the Russian flag during anti-French protests in May last year.

Russia has been expanding its influence in Africa in recent years and after the invasion of Ukraine, it will be expecting its new-found allies to provide support, or at least remain neutral, in international bodies such as the UN.

From Libya to Mali, Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR), Mozambique and elsewhere, Russia has been getting more involved - often militarily with help fighting rebels or jihadist militants.

At the UN Security Council, Kenya, currently a non-permanent member, made its opposition to Russian action in Ukraine very clear.

But there has not yet been a loud chorus from other countries backing Kenya's position. The continental body, the African Union, expressed "extreme concern" about what was going on, but was muted in its criticism of Russia.

South Africa, which is a partner of Russia in the Brics group, has called on the country to withdraw its forces from Ukraine but said it still held out hope for a negotiated solution.

On the other hand, CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadéra has been reported as backing Russia's decision to recognise the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states.

And on Wednesday the deputy leader of the Sudanese junta, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, led a delegation to Moscow in a sign of closer ties between the two countries.

A statue of soldiers
IMAGE 2 caption,
A monument to the Russian military has been put up in the capital of the Central African Republic
One of the clearest examples of how alliances have been shifting in Africa came just a week before Russia's attack on Ukraine with the ending of French involvement in fighting jihadists in Mali.

Mali's Prime Minister Choguel Maiga confirmed, in an interview with France24, that his country has signed military cooperation agreements with Russia. But he denied that the controversial Russian private military company, the Wagner Group, was involved.

This Russian help in Mali, along with a reported offer to the military government in Burkina Faso, fits a pattern over the past five years where Russia has intensified steps to increase its influence in Africa, both official and informal.

As the renewed Russia-Africa engagement gained momentum, a 2019 summit in the southern Russian city of Sochi was attended by delegates from over 50 African countries, including 43 heads of state.

President Vladimir Putin addressed the leaders, appealing to a history of backing liberation movements and pledging to boost trade and investment.

Vladimir Putin among African heads of state
IMAGE 3 caption,

The 2019 Sochi summit drew almost all of Africa's heads of state
But there has also been another kind of presence: the opaque provision of security to governments in a number of African countries, in the form of training, intelligence and equipment, as well as involvement of Russian mercenaries in local conflicts.

As Mr Putin indicated, there are historic ties stretching back to the days of the USSR, Russia's predecessor, when Africa was one of several spheres of competition between it and the US.

But from the collapse of the USSR in 1991 to the early part of the last decade, as Russia went through a period of transition, relations with Africa were not top of the agenda.

Then, regaining superpower status became a foreign policy priority for the Russian president.

In 2014, following Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and the international sanctions which followed, there came a sharp deterioration in relations with the US and the European Union.

Faced with the threat of international isolation, Moscow started the search for new allies.

"As a result of sanctions, Russia needed to look for new markets for its exports," said Irina Abramova, director of the Africa Institute at the Russian National Academy of Sciences.

But it was more than markets that Russia was after - it also wanted increased global influence.

In 2014 it got involved in Syria's civil war, backing President Bashar al-Assad in part to highlight the mess the West was making and show how Russia could fix it.

From Syria it later moved on to the African continent.

Irina Filatova, an honorary professor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, says Russia's key task in Africa was to discredit Western influence, in much the same way as in Syria.

It wanted to show that the Europeans, for example, had failed to contain the jihadist threat in the Sahel.

Map outlining ties between Africa and Russia
It did this through a dual policy in Africa, combining official military instructors working in some countries, and informal agencies, such as the Wagner Group, fighting in a number of others.

The CAR was the first African country where Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group appeared in 2017.

Later they were followed by an official contingent of Russian military consultants. Their aim was to help President Touadéra stay in control.

Allegations of atrocities carried out by the mercenaries have become common, but Russia has consistently denied that any of its citizens were involved in war crimes or violence against civilians.

Russian mercenaries have also been active in Libya, Sudan, Mozambique and Mali, with varied levels of success.

In another sign of the growing significance of the continent, Africa has become a key market for Russia's arms industry. Almost half of all the arms coming into Africa come from Russia, according to the country's state arms export agency.

The main importers are Algeria and Egypt, but there have been new markets in Nigeria, Tanzania and Cameroon.

But there is also a prize for closer ties on the diplomatic front. Africa, in total, has more than a quarter of the votes at the UN General Assembly, and can be a powerful collective voice in other international bodies.

A 2021 report on perspectives of Africa-Russia cooperation, published by Moscow's Higher School of Economics, pointed out that African countries have tended to be neutral when it comes to Russia's actions in the past.

"None of the African countries introduced any sanctions against Russia [after 2014]. In the voting in the UN on Ukraine-related issues, most countries of the continent express a neutral position," the report said.

With the invasion of Ukraine, if that neutral stance continues, or if it is translated into more vocal support, then Russia's efforts over the past few years could be seen to have paid off.

Credit: BBC ( BBC.co.uk)

Education / Re: Student Unknowingly Passes Night With Snake On Her Bed In Delta State (Video) by Thatdopekelly(m): 5:29pm On Feb 28
Two snakes on one bed .. A snake will never harm another snake.. sad angry

One day I go just kee myself for una for this nairaland grin cheesy
Politics / Re: Reps Clash Over Warrant Of Arrest On Emefiele by Thatdopekelly(m): 5:50pm On Feb 23
Just arrest? Mtchwww
If they want to kill him, no p grin
Politics / Re: 2023: "You Will Be President But After Me", Tinubu Tells Youths In Oyo (Video) by Thatdopekelly(m): 7:48am On Feb 21
Okoros go and die if you disagree.
Tinubu the Rock has spoken

All you need is take a cup of water, and breath very deep for five seconds, maybe you'll understand.
Politics / Re: Abba Kyari: IPOB, ESN Members Out To Destroy Me by Thatdopekelly(m): 10:51am On Feb 17
So I decided to wait for accumulated comments and reactions before opening this post, and i wasn't disappointed. grin
Igbo kwenu grin cheesy
Politics / Re: Gombe APC Crisis Worsens As Ahmed Gana, Others Resign by Thatdopekelly(m): 1:14pm On Feb 02
Anything to see APC and PDP go down is a welcome development grin
Politics / Re: Tayo Folorunsho Bags 'hero Of Nigerian Youths Right' Award, Appointed Education by Thatdopekelly(m): 3:39pm On Jan 29
This is a paid post grin
Congratulations anyways
Sports / Re: Cristiano Ronaldo Confesses Georgina Rodriguez Wedding Could Happen In A Month by Thatdopekelly(m): 3:39pm On Jan 28
So much blessings for one Man cheesy
Travel / Re: How Much Do I Have To Budget For Visa To These Countries? by Thatdopekelly(m): 5:43pm On Jan 27
if you have about 2 or more million, your good to go.
2mill to any of the above listed countries? Not possible boss, unless you already have an established relative there..

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Foreign Affairs / Re: Military Coup Underway In Burkina Faso: President Kabore Detained By Mutineers by Thatdopekelly(m): 10:24am On Jan 24

E no go be my first time to experience it , if at all it comes around grin

cheesy cheesy
Foreign Affairs / Re: Military Coup Underway In Burkina Faso: President Kabore Detained By Mutineers by Thatdopekelly(m): 9:56am On Jan 24
I envy all this countries getting this coup thing, God when? grin

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Politics / Re: Delta APC Spokesperson, Imonina Sylvester Dumps Party by Thatdopekelly(m): 5:09pm On Jan 19
Good riddance to... APshit

Celebrities / Re: Samklef: Nollywood Movies Are The Reason A Lot Of Young Boys Are Doing Ritual by Thatdopekelly(m): 3:17pm On Jan 17
Sorry sirklef abi samklef noni, idonbiliv you. Who wan spoil go spoil grin


Celebrities / Re: Kanayo O. Kanayo Chieftaincy Title Ceremony & Housewarming (Photos) by Thatdopekelly(m): 3:13pm On Jan 17
This is one of the very few people Nollywood made big, all the rest na just actors and actresses grin
Agriculture / Re: What Is The Name Of This Fruit? by Thatdopekelly(m): 2:08pm On Jan 14
Na fruit na.
Exactly the only answer I could think of grin cheesy
Celebrities / Re: 2baba Idibia: I No Dey Give Women Belle Again, I Don Change (Video) by Thatdopekelly(m): 3:47pm On Jan 13
wow...he really had a fucking problem

The real "fucking" problem oo cheesy

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Celebrities / Re: 2baba Idibia: I No Dey Give Women Belle Again, I Don Change (Video) by Thatdopekelly(m): 2:50pm On Jan 13
2baba always reminds me of my very own father, that man nearly impregnated every girl in my village, even before and after i was born grin


Politics / Re: 2023 Presidency: South-West APC May Ostracise Osinbajo If He Contests by Thatdopekelly(m): 6:56am On Jan 13
Tinubu no dey tire ni

Politics / Re: Oby Ezekwesili On Tinubu: "Money Will Fail In The 2023 Elections. Mark My Word" by Thatdopekelly(m): 11:42am On Jan 12
Of course their stolen funds may fail,
But not me rendering you POF grin
Travel / Re: Fire Guts New Warri-Itakpe Train (Photo, Video) by Thatdopekelly(m): 9:10am On Jan 12
Everything is fairly used in this country, is that supposed to be a newly acquired metro? shocked
Politics / Re: Ikpeazu: Those Complaining About Osisioma Flyover Don't Have Cars (Video) by Thatdopekelly(m): 9:02am On Jan 12
The ineptitude of our leaders sha cheesy grin

Sports / Re: Football Fans Reacts To Nigeria Vs Egypt Match by Thatdopekelly(m): 6:07am On Jan 12
It's worth the reaction, unpatriotic idiots like me had already given up on Nigeria b4 kick off grin

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Sports / Re: AFCON: Antonio Rudiger Celebrates Sierra Leone's Draw With Holders, Algeria by Thatdopekelly(m): 11:13pm On Jan 11
Eyaaa! Baba still knows his way home, reminds me of that song... Bode Thomas grin

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Sports / Re: Nigeria Vs Egypt: Things To Know As Super Eagles, Pharaohs Clash Today by Thatdopekelly(m): 10:50pm On Jan 11
Naija go collect
Quote me after the match

How far? grin
Food / Re: Can You Pass This Food Safety Quiz? (Photos) by Thatdopekelly(m): 5:44am On Dec 28, 2021

AIDS dey kill Africans, my brother.

AIDS is a virus not disease grin
You're welcome
Politics / Re: Uche Nwosu: Police Confirm Arrest Of Okorocha’s Son-In-Law by Thatdopekelly(m): 2:28pm On Dec 26, 2021
Please, don't let him out... Arrest em all grin

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Business / Re: Cubana, Associates Storm Friend's Mother, Sons Birthday In style by Thatdopekelly(m): 11:57am On Dec 18, 2021
And what could the relevance of this post be? grin


European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Re: Champions League Round Of 16 Draw: Live Update. by Thatdopekelly(m): 12:02pm On Dec 13, 2021
Man u vs Salzburg abeg embarassed

Sabi boy grin

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Politics / Re: Report Rates 30 States In Nigeria Dirty, 7 Clean by Thatdopekelly(m): 8:35am On Dec 05, 2021
The Whole.southwest is dirty!! that Lagos is one pig slum .. that's how they bring their dirtiness to my Edo state . They are really a dirty race of pigs.. anywhere south westerners stay they dirty the place... Edo state used to be very clean until we started having them come in their hundreds fleeing being raped by their Fulani masters lipsrsealed
Just move around Lagos and you will know how dirty that state is. Forget propaganda the south west is the dirtiest place on planet earth . Every sane person knows how dirty Lagos is . The giant rats and cockroaches infested streets will tell you what's up

Easy bro, easy grin cheesy

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