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Pastors or religious men in authority are supposed to be the haven for vulnerable people to run to for sanctuary, but a Nigerian pastor in the United Kingdom has abused the trust of his parishioners. Michael Oluronbi of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Birmingham formed a splinter group for about 40 adults and children and then claiming that he was instructed by God began a practice of ‘spiritual bathing’.

NAIROBI, Friday (Horn24) Morris Mbetsa, a 28-year-old Kenyan, surprised many with his ingenious invention, of Africa’s first flying taxi.

He joined the exclusive club of renown aeronautical engineers with his giant leap to the sky, in 2018, when he came up with a drone big enough to fly passengers.

Mbetsa acknowledged that his interest in technology, started as far back as to when he was six years old, when he realized that he had a knack for technology.

Morris Mbetsa and his team working on a better chassis for the flying taxi

“Technology is my life. I never watched football while growing up. My room was full of electronics and wires,”

The innovative young man was so impatient when studying, that he dropped out of college to map out a road for his invention.

“I got impatient, I knew I had to wait for a lecturer to take me through many stages for the next six years. That was too long,” he divulged.

He greatly relied on the internet to gather enough knowledge and skills to actualise his dream of developing the continent’s first passenger drone.

Exposure and great training worked well to refine and redefine his skill.

“I went to the Notre Dame University in the US for aeronautical training and later on, undertook his internship at the IBM Innovation Forum in Boston,” he told local K24 Tv reporter.

He began his dream of flying taxis when he realized that the developed countries were not planning to share this innovation with Africa.

“This is where we (Africa) have the bad roads, constant floods, and having seen that they (developed nations) were not willing to share this with us, I took it up as a challenge and started working on this project,” he revealed.


The electrically powered drone can carry one passenger for up to 25 minutes at a speed of over 120 kilometres per hour with an elevation between 10 and 30 feet above the ground level.

“With this drone, you can easily fly from Nairobi CBD to Thika, you, however, need to be trained first and be certified to operate this drone, before you are allowed to fly it,” he stated.

More than one way has been designed to fly this impressive invention. One can manually fly it or control it using a remote control.

Mbetsa also affirmed that he, together with his team, were working on an air traffic control system, to enhance communication between all the flying taxis while on a flight.

Prior to this landmark invention, Mbetsa had managed to come up with a car security system, that used a mobile application to track cars in 2009.

South Sudanese model Aweng Chuol got married to her fiancé Alexis weeks after the couple got engaged.

Aweng, who was born in Kakuma refugee camp in Turkana and moved to Sydney, Australia aged 7, shared pictures from the wedding on social media to announce their marriage.

The 21-year-old New York-based model is a law student when she is not walking the runways of the fashion capitals.

Aweng took to Twitter to share a photograph of herself and her wife and captioned it, ‘Married my best friend today. I am. GEEKED’

The couple's private wedding ceremony took place on December 12.

"We got married. We had three people in the room with us. And four people at the entire ceremony. It was for us. But wanted to share my happiness with y’all," Aweng posted on Twitter.

Here are some of the pictures from the Aweng's social media pages:

As one of just few faces of color in the tech world, computer scientist Rediet Abebe is shaking things up and will make history as the first Black woman to earn a computer science Ph.D. from Cornell University later this month.

Abebe, who graduates Dec. 21, has focused much of her research on using algorithms and artificial intelligence for social good, but her work doesn’t  stop there.

According to her online bio, she works to “design and analyze algorithmic, discrete optimizations, network-based, [and] computational techniques to improve access to opportunity for historically disadvantaged communities.” The 28-year-old Abebe is also a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Last month, she presented her final thesis, entitled “Designing Algorithms for Social Good,” to a roomful of students and supporters, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. The post-graduate scholar offered examples of how her research works to improve societal welfare, addressing issues such as income shocks faced by poorer families due to a layoff or missed paycheck.

“I realized that actually, if you do computer science or applied mathematics and ultimately other fields, you can work on really interesting challenging mathematical questions, you can do a lot of data-driven work, you can play with data,” Abebe told the newspaper. “But, you can also think about problems that affect society immediately.”

The doctoral candidate credits her passion for social good to her upbringing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she was born. She recalled the income inequality and social issues impacting her home country, noting how the “big mansions” were on the same block as the “plastic homes.”

“It’s something that’s really shaped my identity as a person, as a researcher,” Abebe said.

She would move to the U.S. to study at Harvard University, where she earned her masters in applied mathematics in 2015. She also holds an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. in mathematics from Harvard College.

Abebe’s impact goes beyond the classroom as well. She took on the issue of diversity in 2017 when she co-founded Black in AI, a nonprofit on a mission to diversify the AI profession. She noted the lack of diversity in her own Ph.D. program, but said it’s part of a national issue.

“I think the reality is that a lot of institutions just don’t prioritize diversity as much as they should,” Abebe said. “They prioritize it a lot, but not enough.”


Kenyans were swelling with pride when a video emerged of their flag projected on the iconic Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai.

The Burj Khalifa lit up in Kenya’s national colors: red, green, white and black.

”The cost to place a promotional advert or message on the façade of the Burj Khalifa starts from AED250,000 (Ksh 6.9 million) for a single three minute display, according to the marketing agency which manages the lighting displays,” Arab Business reports.

The three-minute display commemorated Jamhuri Day, a celebration of 56 years of independence.

”Consulates in UAE always request Burj Khalifa to display their National flags during the their Independence day celebrations…but is it free,” Prokobanda posed.

Brand Kenya however refuted the claims that Kenya had to pay for the display.

”Well that’s the power of a good brand and Kenya is indeed a good brand. Chema chajiuza… Thank you,” Brand Kenya said through Make it Kenya.

”Swahili is our national language but let’s translate ‘Chema chajiuza…’ (a good brand like KENYA sells itself) that’s your answer right there,” Brand Kenya said responding to queries on social media.

Reports indicate that prices for display on the Burj Khalifa vary depending on the day of the week, time of day and duration that an advertiser seeks.

It costs AED 250,000 (Ksh 6.9 million) on a weekday from 8pm to 10pm with the cost rising to AED 350,000 (Ksh. 9.6million) on a weekend within the same two-hour period.

To get two to three minute impressions on a weekday, it will set you back AED 500,000 (Ksh. 13.8million).

You will have to dig deeper into your pockets to get a five-minute display as it costs AED 1 million (Ksh. 27.6million) on a weekday from 7pm to midnight.

Several people are feared  dead after Somali militant group Alshabaab  militants attacked an upscale hotel in Tuesday  in the capital Mogadishu.

According to Police Spokeswoman Brig. Gen.Zariah Hussen the attack was launched at 7pm at the SYL Hotel near the presidential palace Villa Somalia.

Hussen had initially confirmed that 4 militants were part of the attack.

By 11pm 2 militants had been shot dead while 2 remained holed up and engaged in gunfight with Somalia's Special Forces.

Horn24News  confirmed 2 Mps were injured.

The hotel is popular with politicians, prominent personalities and Somalis from the diaspora.

Al-Shabab immediately claimed responsbility  saying it's suicide infantry "Iqmaasi" was involved.

Unlike in previous attack no car bomb was used. An eyewitness told Horn24News that the attackers arrived on foot at the hotel disguised in army and police uniform.

More To Follow.


Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has received the Nobel Peace Prize and hailed the role played by former foe Eritrea in resolving the long-running conflict between the two countries.

"I accept this award on behalf of Ethiopians and Eritreans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of peace," Abiy said on Tuesday after he received the prestigious award in a formal ceremony at Oslo's City Hall.

"Likewise, I accept this award on behalf of my partner, and comrade-in-peace, President Isaias Afwerki, whose goodwill, trust and commitment were vital in ending the two-decade deadlock between our countries," he added.

Abiy, 43, said his horrifying experiences as a young Ethiopian soldier informed his determination to seek the end of the conflict.

"Twenty years ago, I was a radio operator attached to an Ethiopian army unit in the border town of Badame," he recalled. "I briefly left the foxhole in the hopes of getting a good antenna reception ... It only took but a few minutes. Yet, upon my return, I was horrified to discover that my entire unit had been wiped out in an artillery attack."

Abiy won the prize, in part, for making peace with Eritrea after one of Africa's longest-running conflicts.

Just two months after becoming prime minister he announced that Ethiopia would fully accept the terms of a peace agreement with longtime foe Eritrea.

More than 80,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands were forced from their homes during a two-year war that broke out between the neighbours in 1998.

A United Nations-backed peace deal in 2000 awarded the disputed border territories to Eritrea, but the agreement was never implemented and skirmishes continued.

Following the rapprochement, Abiy visited Asmara, becoming the first Ethiopian leader to visit Eritrea in about 20 years.

The two countries soon resumed flights and re-established phone lines. But the land border between the two East African countries still remains closed.

Tensions remain

"Unfortunately, we have seen some regression in terms of the closure of some of the main road crossings by the Eritrean government," William Davison, a senior analyst at the International Crisis Group, told Al Jazeera.

"We think that is primarily due to some of the lingering tensions between Ethiopia's northern-most province - Tigray, which has a long border with Eritrea, and the government in Asmara," Davison said.

"While there has been a warming of relations between the two governments and between the two leaders, there are still some serious political hostilities between the Eritrean government and aspects of the Ethiopian political scene. Until those issues are resolved it might be difficult to move to formalisation of relations," he added.

Meanwhile, the Nobel festivities have been tainted by Abiy's refusal to field questions from the media, as the ex-intelligence chief has considerably shortened the traditional Nobel programme and cut out all news conferences.

The head of the Nobel Institute, Olav Njolstad, called the decision "highly problematic", noting that a "free press and freedom of expression are essential conditions for a lasting peace in a democracy".

Abiy's entourage responded that it was "quite challenging" for a sitting leader to spend several days at such an event, especially when "domestic issues are pressing and warrant attention".

They also said Abiy's "humble disposition" contrasted with "the very public nature of the Nobel award".

The Nobel Peace Prize consists of a diploma, gold medal and a cheque for nine million Swedish kronor ($945,000).

The other Nobel prizes for literature, physics, chemistry, medicine and economics will also be handed over on Tuesday, but in Stockholm.

Kampala, Monday (Horn24)-Kenyan entrepreneur Amina Hersi Moghe has been named this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year Africa by the influential London based magazine European CEO.

It's something that girls and young women in western countries can't imagine: missing school, even dropping out, because of their periods. Yet as many as half the girls in rural parts of Ethiopia miss school for reasons related to their periods -- and that can have a devastating effect on their education and the rest of their lives.

Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has claimed the Miss Universe crown ahead of Miss Puerto Rico. Tunzi wowed the judges with her natural stage presence and winning smile, as well as her proudly South African fashion creations. The natural beauty follows in the footsteps of Margaret Gardiner who was crowned Miss Universe in 1978, followed by Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017.

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