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Western Propaganda: Africa and China Media Need to Collaborate

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Western Propaganda: Africa and China Media Need to Collaborate

By: Raphael Oni

Africa and China have great potential for media collaboration, both culturally and politically, this will help combat negative reports on African and as well of China.The media collaboration will ensure objective news reporting. This will provide a unique perspective to their audience, rather than relying solely on international news agencies that some times sees stories from their own perspectives. Collaboration between African and Chinese media can bring numerous benefits for mutual benefits. It will help in creating a deeper understanding of both cultures and perspectives and can open up new opportunities for media coverage and technological exchange.


As a diplomatic reporters, I have decided to look into some Western reports on Xinjiang, and come to a conclusion that most of the western report on this province are not reflecting the truth about Chinese government. For decades, the western world has been spreading false information about Xinjiang, a province in western China. The lies have been used to undermine the Chinese government and paint a negative picture of its policies in the region.
One of the biggest lies is that the Chinese government is committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims. This claim has been debunked by various experts and organizations, including the United Nations. The western media has been using fake news and propaganda to make the issue seem worse than it is.
Another lie is that the Chinese government is suppressing Uyghur culture and religion. However, the reality is far from it. The government has invested heavily in preserving Uyghur culture, and there are currently thousands of mosques in Xinjiang, a testament to the freedom of religion. Moreover, the Chinese government is fighting against extremism, not Islam, and it has been successful in preventing terrorist attacks in the region.
The western world has been using the Xinjiang issue as part of its anti-China propaganda campaign. The goal is to weaken China’s global influence and portray it as a human rights violator. However, people should seek the truth and not rely on western propaganda.
The western world has been spreading lies about Xinjiang to serve its geopolitical interests. It is important for people to seek the truth and not fall for propaganda. This is the more reason why Nigeria media and Chinese counterpart must work together in order to debunked the falsehood promoted by Western media.
The Chinese government has also taken steps to improve the economic and social conditions in Xinjiang. The region has seen significant growth in infrastructure, education, and healthcare. The poverty rate has decreased, and the standard of living has improved for many residents.
Furthermore, the government has implemented vocational training programs to help Uyghur Muslims acquire new skills and find employment opportunities. These programs have been successful in reducing extremism and promoting stability in the region.
It is important to recognize that the situation in Xinjiang is complex, and there are different perspectives on how to address it. However, it is crucial to base our understanding on facts rather than propaganda. Only by seeking the truth can we make informed decisions about how to promote peace and stability in the region. Realiably, the Chinese government has taken some major steps to take the true story of the Province.
The Chinese government has also invited foreign journalists and diplomats to visit Xinjiang and see the situation for themselves. However, many western countries have declined the invitation or sent biased reporters who only focus on negative aspects. This shows that some western politicians and media outlets are not interested in finding the truth, but rather in spreading their own agenda. I am calling on African media men to take advantages China-Africa relation to establish more media engagement so that we can always tell our own stories.
One of the most effective ways to counter western propaganda is through cultural exchanges and people-to-people diplomacy. Many Uyghur students have been studying abroad and sharing their experiences with foreigners, which helps break down stereotypes and misconceptions. Similarly, more Chinese tourists are visiting Xinjiang and interacting with local residents, which promotes mutual understanding and respect. Collaboration among African and Chinese counterpart will create avenue to showcase the province on daily basis.
Some experts argue that the Xinjiang issue is not just about human rights or terrorism, but also about geopolitics and economics. Xinjiang is a strategic region for China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to connect Asia, Europe, Africa, and beyond through infrastructure projects. Some western countries believes that China’s rising influence may challenge their own dominance in global trade and investment. Therefore, they use Xinjiang as a pretext to criticize China’s policies and undermine its reputation.

Despite the challenges facing Xinjiang, there are also opportunities for cooperation and development. Many countries along the Belt and Road routes have expressed interest in partnering with China to build new trade corridors, energy pipelines, digital networks, etc. These projects can bring benefits not only to China but also to other regions that need investment and connectivity. By working together on common goals, we can overcome misunderstandings and conflicts caused by propaganda or ideology.
The fate of Xinjiang depends on the will of its people. They can decide how to preserve their culture, religion, language, identity while adapting to changing times. It is the people on ground that can create a future that is peaceful, prosperous, diverse yet united. As outsiders who care about human dignity and justice everywhere in the world, we should listen more than preach; learn more than judge; support more than condemn; respect more than dominate; love more than hate. The media both in China and Africa must double efforts to ensure that western propaganda become a thing of the past.


The Chinese government has also emphasized the importance of poverty alleviation in Xinjiang, particularly in rural areas. In recent years, it has launched various programs to improve agricultural productivity, provide basic infrastructure and public services, and create job opportunities for farmers and herders. These efforts have helped reduce poverty rates and improve living standards in many remote and underdeveloped areas. Moreover, the government has encouraged private investment and entrepreneurship to diversify the local economy and promote innovation. This approach has yielded positive results, as evidenced by the growth of e-commerce, tourism, and other industries in Xinjiang.
However, some challenges remain in terms of ensuring social harmony and stability which is not peculiar to China alone. The government needs to address grievances among different ethnic groups, enhance communication with civil society organizations, and respect human rights principles while maintaining law and order. It also needs to counter extremist ideologies that may pose a threat to national security or regional stability. These tasks require a comprehensive strategy that involves political dialogue, economic development, cultural exchange, education reform, media literacy, and international cooperation. In all the above the media must play a pivotal role.
The Media should as a matter or urgency continue to engage all stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue based on mutual respect and understanding and report this because they have firsthand information not depending of so call agencies. The media should also engage the government, civil society organizations, academic institutions, religious leaders,business communities, and individuals from different backgrounds. By listening to each other’s concerns and aspirations with an open mind, we can build trust and empathy across borders. By collaborating on common challenges and opportunities with a spirit of partnership rather than rivalry or domination, we can create a better future for all people in Xinjiang as well as the wider world.
Raphael Oni a Senior Diplomatic Correspondent writes in from Abuja Nigeria.

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Russia Commends ECOWAS’ Partial Lifting of Sanctions on Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso

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By: Michael Mike

Russia has commended the decision of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lift some of the sanctions imposed on departing members of the bloc, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso as a result of military intervention in civilian rule.

An official statement by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday said: “The window for dialogue between the Sahel States Alliance (SSA) and ECOWAS remains open, and the decisions made at the Abuja summit can be seen as a demonstration of political will in the interest of maintaining Community unity.”

The statement read: “On February 24th, an extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was held in Abuja, Nigeria, where the most pressing regional issues were discussed. The forum resulted in a series of important decisions, including those addressing the preservation of ECOWAS unity in light of the recent announcement by the leadership of Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso of their “immediate” withdrawal from its membership. These countries, amidst the Community’s imposed restrictions, established a new integrative alliance in September 2023, named the “Sahel States Alliance” (SSA), aimed at consolidating efforts in national defense and security.

“It has been reported that among other measures, ECOWAS announced a partial lifting of sanctions against Niger, including the reopening of land and air borders, unfreezing of Nigerien assets in the Central Bank and Community commercial banks, resumption of trade and financial transactions, electricity supplies, and other services, as well as the provision of assistance from ECOWAS financial institutions.

“The Russian side emphasizes that the West African states should determine their own ways to resolve the current situation. The window for dialogue between the SSA and ECOWAS remains open, and the decisions made at the Abuja summit can be seen as a demonstration of political will in the interest of maintaining Community unity.

“Moscow reaffirms its unwavering readiness to enhance cooperation with Sahelian states in formats they deem most suitable for collectively addressing existing economic challenges and threats to their security.”

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Palestinian Ambassador Sends SOS to Stop Impending Famine in Gaza

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By: Michael Mike

The Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria, Abdullah Shawesh, has called for urgent assistance from across the globe to safe Gaza from impending famine.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, the envoy said should nothing be done to forestall the current catastrophe brought about by incessant attacks by Israeli force and distorting of humanitarian aids movement into Gaza, the besieged city may be under the siege of famine and epidemic.

According to him, Thursday marked 132 days since the war began, hundreds of people died due to lack of proper medical treatment and infectious diseases has already invaded and famine is knocking on the door.

He alleged that Palestinians in Gaza today are being forced to choose between being killed, maimed, or fleeing their homes and 70 percent of them are already refugees who fled their homeland 76 years ago.

The envoy said Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief
Coordinator said, and I quote, “Today, I’m sounding the alarm once again: Military operations in Rafah could lead to a slaughter in Gaza.

“They could also leave an already fragile humanitarian operation at death’s door.

“As a result of this continuous war, humanitarian workers have been shot at, held at gunpoint, attacked, and killed, they lack the safety guarantees, aid supplies and the staff capacity to keep operations afloat.”

Shawesh also said that there is a risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases due to unsanitary conditions, overcrowding, and the heavy burden on the health system.

“Out of the 22 health units affiliated with the UNRWA, only four are operating due to the destruction and access restrictions; only thirteen hospitals out of 36 in Gaza are functioning.

“According to the Minister of Health, there have been 223,000 cases of acute respiratory infections, 158,000 cases of diarrhea, 53% of which were among children under the age of five, 55,472 cases of scabies and lice, 38,010 cases of skin rash, and 5,330 cases of chickenpox, in addition to several cases of relapsing hepatitis,” he added.

The Ambassador stressed that international community has been warning against the dangerous consequences of any ground invasion in Rafah and the Government of Israel cannot continue to ignore these calls.

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UK Signs Enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement with Nigeria

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By: Michael Mike

The United Kingdom has signed an Enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership (ETIP) with Nigeria to boost trade and investment between the two countries and unlock new opportunities for UK and Nigerian businesses.

UK Minister for Trade and Business Kemi Badenoch signed the ETIP alongside her Nigerian counterpart Nigerian Trade Minister Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership (ETIP) is the first the UK has signed with an African country and is designed to grow the UK and Nigeria’s already thriving trading relationship, which totalled £7 billion in the year to September 2023.

This arrangement will pave the way for opportunities in sectors crucial to both economies such as finance and legal services as well as foster new collaborations in innovative areas like the creatives industry. The visit by the Secretary of State comes a week ahead of a UK Government-led fashion and beauty trade delegation to Nigeria.

The ETIP also initiates further collaboration on the UK’s ambitious Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS), launched last year which puts in place simpler and more generous trading terms for Nigeria and 36 other African countries.

Nigeria is a major beneficiary of changes introduced by the DCTS and will see tariff reductions on over 3000 products, meaning that 99% of existing Nigerian exports to the UK by value will be duty free. Tariffs have been removed on Nigerian goods which promote value addition in important non-oil export sectors such as cocoa butter and paste, sesame oil and clothing and apparel. These changes will boost trade with the UK and support the Federal Government of Nigeria’s wider trade policy priorities.

Badenoch said: “The UK and Nigeria are vital partners, with longstanding historical and economic ties.

“UK businesses are already seeing huge success in Nigeria – one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

“I’m delighted to be here to sign our new enhanced partnership which will allow UK firms to export their world-class goods and services more easily and expand their footprint in Nigeria.”

Nigerian Minister for Trade Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite said: “The UK is one of our long-standing strategic partners with whom we share strong ties, and it gladdens me that this relationship is set to deepen as we sign the Enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership.

“This partnership will see Nigeria-UK relations move beyond one of shared history and strong ties to one of shared economic prosperity. From increasing market access and supporting our vibrant businesses, to creating more jobs and accelerate greater investments in sectors of mutual interests.”

The ETIP will help to build on the significant progress already made in resolving market access barriers in the education and financial sectors, which have led to a more favourable trading environment for UK and Nigerian businesses.

In addition, through this partnership, there is an opportunity to leverage UK and international investment from the City of London, which is home to the top financial and professional services.

TheCityUK International Managing Director Nicola Watkinson said: “Nigeria is an important growth market for the UK-based financial and related professional services industry and TheCityUK welcomes the signing of the new ETIP.
“We look forward to continuing our engagement through the working groups to increase market access and remove regulatory frictions.”

During the visit, Minister Badenoch will also hold a groundbreaking ceremony at Abuja’s first industrial park built by UK-Turkish construction firm Zeberced Ltd to open its support services areas at the site.

The UK government has been supporting the firm in a number of areas. The $144m industrial park is set to create 620 direct jobs and 1,650 indirect jobs and provide a base for major firms to access central and northern Nigeria.

The UK trade minister will in addition, witness the signing of a landmark energy agreement between UK based energy firm Konexa and Nigerian power generation company North South Power (NSP).

The agreement will enable Konexa to supply Nigerian Breweries PLC with 100% renewable power, promote sustainable development and clean energy adoption, and lead to infrastructure investments of over £14 million.

Konexa CEO Pradeep Pursnani said: “This is a very important milestone for Konexa, North South Power, Nigerian Breweries, and all our investment partners. Over the last few years, Konexa has been working on a disruptive model that matches customer energy demand with renewable energy supply.

“We are looking forward to investing more than £120m in renewable energy generation, transmission, distribution, and battery storage solutions to help our customers transition away from the use of fossil fuel.”

UK exports to Nigeria were £4 billion in the 12 months to the end of September 2023, an increase of 3% in current prices from the 12 months to September 2022.Of this, £1.3 billion were goods and £2.6 billion were services.

The ETIP will build on the UK’s Developing Countries Trading Scheme, which has already granted enhanced preferential access for over 3000 products, meaning that 99% of existing Nigerian exports to the UK by value will be duty free.

Tariffs have been removed on Nigerian goods in important non-oil export sectors such as cocoa butter and paste, sesame oil and clothing and apparel.

For example, 14% of tariffs have been removed on prepared tomatoes, 4.5% removed on sesame oil, 6.4% removed for woven cotton, 4.5% removed on cocoa paste, and 12.5% removed on plantains.

Working groups and business dialogues will take place to ensure businesses on both sides benefit and have access to the opportunities the ETIP presents.

Following the Secretary of State’s visit, His Majesty’s Deputy Trade Commissioner for Africa, will be leading a fashion and beauty retail Trade Mission from the UK to Nigeria with 8 UK brands looking to form retail and e-commerce partnerships in Nigeria. These include the Boohoo Group, Kartel Watches and The Gel Bottle amongst others.

Konexa has a Generation and Trading license, TUoS (Transmission use of system) agreement with TCN and DUoS (Distribution use of System) agreement with DISCOS that enables them to wheel renewable electrons through transmission and distribution networks to supply customers, including investment in improving the network.

North South Power (NSP) is an indigenous power generation company with over 600MW of operating hydro already operating on the national grid (approx. 8% of national energy supply). The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) being signed is for a new 30MW hydro asset that they are commissioning in December 2024

The new deal will help supply Nigerian Breweries (Heineken,Kaduna), with 100% renewable power – using a combination of Hydropower, battery storage and a power management system – marking a significant step towards sustainable industrial operations in the region.

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