Erling Braut Haaland scored for Borussia Dortmund as they marked the return of the Bundesliga

Erling Braut Haaland scored for Borussia Dortmund as they marked the return of the Bundesliga during the coronavirus outbreak with a convincing derby win over Schalke.

The game will mostly be remembered for the surreal circumstances in which it was played, as Germany became the first major league in Europe to resume action behind closed doors.

There was an eerie atmosphere at Dortmund’s iconic Signal Iduna Park stadium, with every shout by players or coaches audible, and social distancing protocol followed by substitutes and during goal celebrations.

Haaland opened the scoring with a trademark cool finish, flicking home Thorgen Hazard’s cross to continue his sensational season, albeit after an enforced break of almost 10 weeks.

Raphael Guerreiro added two more goals and Hazard also found the net as Dortmund went on to claim a comfortable win over their near neighbours and move within a point of leaders Bayern Munich, who play on Sunday.

Elite-level football might be back in Europe, but it certainly has a different feel about it than it did two months ago.

Strict hygiene protocols saw the Dortmund and Schalke players arrive on multiple buses, use several changing rooms and then enter the pitch by different routes.

Warm-ups were staggered and the coaching staff and substitutes wore masks and were all separated by two metres as they took their place on the sidelines.

Once the balls had been disinfected by the ball-boys, the game began in total silence, only pierced by the referee’s whistle for kick-off, before being played out to the sound of echoed applause or yelled instructions from the dug-outs.

Fans were completely absent from the 80,000-capacity stadium but that did not stop the Dortmund players performing their trademark salute to the empty stands at the final whistle – standing apart rather than holding hands of course.

Why Canada denied landing rights to Air Peace

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, has explained the reason the plan to evacuate Nigerians from Canada has been delayed. An Air Peace flight was scheduled to evacuate 200 Nigerians from Canada on Thursday, but in a statement on Wednesday, the airline said the the flight had been cancelled.

“The management of Air Peace wishes to announce that its evacuation flight to Canada previously scheduled for May 14, 2020, has been postponed due to logistics issues as communicated to the airline by the Nigerian High Commission in Canada,” the statement by Air Peace read. “Once the issues are resolved with the Canadian authorities and a new date is issued by the High Commission, we shall duly communicate same to the public.” Clarifying the postponement of the flight on Thursday, Onyeama, said the airline was denied landing rights by the Canadian authorities.

“This is the case indeed that the Canadian government denied landing rights on the grounds that this particular Nigerian carrier did not have licence to undertake commercial flights to that country and was not known to that country for commercial flights,” he said. “Our high commissioner in Canada is engaging with the Canadian government on this issue and we’re hopeful that we can have the decision reversed. “The argument that he’s putting forward, which is a strong argument, is that this is not a regular commercial flight to Canada to take passengers, but that this is an emergency flight and that there is a difference between the two. So, the negotiations are ongoing and we are hopeful that there will be a positive result.”

Where are the Chinese doctors sent to Nigeria?

Authorities in Nigeria say the whereabouts of a team of 15 Chinese medical experts who arrived in the country in early April is not known to the government.

The Chinese team who travelled to Nigeria to support the country’s fight against coronavirus had been received at the airport by government officials, including Health Minister Osagie Ehanire.

But on Thursday, a frustrated Mr Ehanire told reporters that the experts were guests of a Chinese construction company handling several high-profile projects in Nigeria and that not all of them were doctors, as he had heard that some of were technicians who are staff of the company.

“There seems to be a lot of interest in these doctors but they are staff of a company. I would be very happy if you do not ask me where they are,” he told reporters.

“They are not really our guests in that sense but we have been able to learn some things from them. We shared ideas of what they did in their country in managing Covid-19.”

Mr Ehanire’s statement seems to be at odds with that of Information Minister Lai Mohammed, who last week told reporters that the Chinese doctors were already working at different isolation centres across the country where they were “helping our doctors in capacity building”.

Last month, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the medical team was sent at the request of the Nigerian government, who “had voiced welcome and gratitude to China’s help”.

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and other groups had criticised the arrival of the Chinese experts at the time, but the government had said they were in the country to help.

Israel gets first Ethiopia-born minister

Israel is set to get its first Ethiopia-born minister, with the nomination of a female MP brought there in a secret operation in the 1980s.

Pnina Tamano-Shata has been chosen by incoming deputy prime minister Benny Gantz, who is forming a unity government with PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

The new government is expected to be sworn in on Sunday after a delay over ministerial appointments.

Israel’s Ethiopian-Jewish community often complains of discrimination.

Incidents of police using force against Israelis of Ethiopian origin – including fatal shootings – have led to street protests and clashes in recent years.

The 140,000-strong community is among the poorest in the country and suffers from high rates of unemployment.

However, many second generation Ethiopian-Israelis have become successful across society, achieving notable positions in the military, judiciary and politics.

New bank notes amid Zimbabwe cash crunch

Zimbabwe’s central bank is to introduce higher bank note denominations next week as the country battles high inflation and cash shortages which have fuelled a currency black market.

In a circular, the bank says the Z$10 note (worth about 40 US cents; 30 UK pence) will begin circulating on Tuesday, while a Z$20 note will be introduced in early June.

The central bank also revised upwards the daily cash withdrawal limits from Z$300 to Z$1,000 a day.

Until now, the highest value currency was Z$5, at a time when a loaf of bread costs more than Z$20.

The new denominations feature a famous national rock formation and another natural wonder, the Victoria Falls, reminiscent of Zimbabwe’s original currency.

In January 2009, the central bank abandoned the use of the local currency in favour of international currencies, after inflation peaked at 231m% in 2008, according to official statistics.

The highest note then was Z$100 trillion.

The government reintroduced the Zimbabwe dollar last June, but inflation has soared to more than 676%.

In March it once more legalised the use of US dollars.

‘I might just have to go butt naked’ – Tiwa Savage

It’s been an amazing year for Tiwa Savage, one of the biggest names in afrobeats and one of the biggest female artists in Africa right now.

She signed a major deal with Universal Music Group and she roared back into the limelight last year with the sophisticated and distinctive single 49-99, which was accompanied by a stunning and original video.

When I caught up with her she told me that she had been taken by surprise herself at how arresting the video was:

Quote Message: When I saw the edit I was, like, ‘This is amazing…'”

But the problem is, though, how is she going to be able to follow it up?

Quote Message: I might just have to go butt naked in my next video, because I don’t know what else I’m going to have to do to top that one!

I might just have to go butt naked in my next video, because I don’t know what else I’m going to have to do to top that one!

Quote Message: And, just to put it out there, this was done in Nigeria. All the cast is Nigerian, the director, the AP, everybody is Nigerian.

And, just to put it out there, this was done in Nigeria. All the cast is Nigerian, the director, the AP, everybody is Nigerian.

Quote Message: I love the fact that I could present this to the label and say this was done in Africa by Africans, this is what we can do. Imagine when you invest in us even more, you would get amazing work.”

I love the fact that I could present this to the label and say this was done in Africa by Africans, this is what we can do. Imagine when you invest in us even more, you would get amazing work.”

If the lockdown continues, Tiwa might have to end up shooting her next video on her iPhone in her house.

She told me that she would do this if it was the only way – she’s determined to carry on releasing music whatever this virus throws at us.

“I’m not going to starve my fans again,” she said, referring to the long gap before 49-99.

Tiwa’s new collaboration with Young Jonn and Joeboy, Let Them Know, has made waves on social media, with fans being challenged to imitate or improvise on Tiwa’s post which sees her throw some jewellery and clothes in a bowl, stir it around and emerge as a more glamorous version of herself.

Quote Message: We’re going through this pandemic, so the idea was I want to let them know that I’m still a boss, that I’m still beautiful, that I’m still African – and people have been really really creative with it which is amazing.”

We’re going through this pandemic, so the idea was I want to let them know that I’m still a boss, that I’m still beautiful, that I’m still African – and people have been really really creative with it which is amazing.”

Tiwa’s new album, Celia, named after her mother, is due for release soon, and she’ll be dropping a single from it in the next couple of weeks.

Quote Message: The album is a whole mix of the emotions an African woman goes through: love, aspiration, being bossy, being sexy, being vulnerable. All of that is what I think the modern African woman is, and that’s what I wanted to portray.”

The album is a whole mix of the emotions an African woman goes through: love, aspiration, being bossy, being sexy, being vulnerable. All of that is what I think the modern African woman is, and that’s what I wanted to portray.”

Tiwa says the lockdown has given her valuable time to think about her career to date, what she wants to do next and what she wants to be remembered for.

It’s also made her very conscious of the lives of other people:

Quote Message: It’s really touched my heart to see that people are having a hard time during this. I mean we’re blessed to be at home, we have light, we can pile up food for months if we want to. But there’s some people who can’t, people who only have money for today, or food for today. So this pandemic has really opened my heart to the real situation of where the world is right now.”

It’s really touched my heart to see that people are having a hard time during this. I mean we’re blessed to be at home, we have light, we can pile up food for months if we want to. But there’s some people who can’t, people who only have money for today, or food for today. So this pandemic has really opened my heart to the real situation of where the world is right now.”