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Over 25 people killed as gunmen attack church in Ondo State in Nigeria



More than twenty-five people have been reported dead from an attack by unknown gunmen in a church in Ondo State in Nigeria.

The gunmen entered the church while service was going on earlier today and opened fire on the congregation, reports have said.


The incident took place at the St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, in Owo council area of Ondo State capital.

According to one eyewitness, the bandits numbering five stormed the church during service and shot members.

He told the Vanguard in Nigeria that: “lt was like a movie, they invaded the church and shot indiscriminately. Several people were killed including children and women.”


“It was when they wanted to abduct the priest that they threw dynamite into the church.”

The motive and the group behind the attack remains unknown, however, state police spokesperson, Funmi Odunlami said the command would speak on the ugly incident later.


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Avance Media Announces Top 30 Female Diplomats in Ghana




Leading PR & Rating firm, Avance Media has announced the list of Top 30 Female Diplomats in Ghana. The list which was announced through the firm’s social media platforms was issued by the outfit to acknowledge and celebrate female diplomats who have been committed to excellently delivering their mission duties to support the development of Ghana.

The diplomats who have been spearheading various roles of diplomacy and development in Ghana are ranked as Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Heads of Mission, and Country Directors working in the country on behalf of their countries, AU, UN, and other diplomatic organizations.


According to the MD of Avance Media, Prince Akpah, the recognition which is being bestowed on the female diplomats is to acknowledge their accomplishments as a diplomat who has risen through the ranks to attain such a great height in a field dominated by males. He further reiterated that he believes this will be an inspiration to other women and through this honor, their works and story will motivate young women in Ghana and other parts of the world to follow in their career footsteps.

Avance Media is noted for its programs in promoting women’s leadership across the continent including the ranking of the 100 Most Influential African Women and 100 Women CEOs in Africa (in partnership with Reset Global People).

The list is part of the Avance Media Honours initiative which will set out to honor the 2022 Female Diplomat of the year which will be decided through a public voting exercise via


Listed in alphabetical order, below are the names of the 2022 Avance Media’s Top 30 Female Diplomats in Ghana.

  1. E. Abibatou Wane-Fal – Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  2. E. Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira – High Commissioner of Rwanda to Ghana
  3. E. Anette Chao Garcia – Ambassador of Cuba to Ghana
  4. E. Dr. Angela Lusigi – Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  5. E. Angela Trenton-Mbonde – Country Director, United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  6. E. Anne Sophie AVÉ – Ambassador of France to Ghana
  7. E. Anne-Claire Dufay Demoulin – Representative, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF
  8. E. Barbara Clemens – Representative, UN World Food Programme (WFP)
  9. E. Birgit La Cour Madsen – Deputy Ambassador of Denmark to Ghana
  10. E. Claudia Turbay Quintero – Ambassador of Colombia to Ghana
  11. E. Daniela d’Orlandi – Ambassador of Italy to Ghana
  12. E. Dr. Erieka Bennett – Head of Mission, Diaspora African Forum
  13. E. Esther Kiragu – Representative, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  14. E. Eyerusalem Fasika – Country Manager, African Development Bank (AFDB)
  15. E. Fatima Denton – Director, United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)
  16. E. Frances Virginia Anderson – High Commissioner of Sierra Leone to Ghana
  17. E. Grace Jeanet Mason – High Commissioner of South Africa to Ghana
  18. E. Harriet Thompson – High Commissioner of United Kingdom to Ghana
  19. E. Heike Friesel – Director, Goethe-Institut Ghana
  20. E. Ifeoma Esther Charles-Monwuba- Representative, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
  21. E. Imane Ouaadil – Ambassador of Morocco to Ghana
  22. E. Ingrid Mollestad – Ambassador of Norway to Ghana
  23. E. Juliette Babb-Riley – High Commissioner of Barbados to Ghana
  24. E. Kati Csaba – High Commissioner of Canada to Ghana
  25. E. Olga Syradin – Ambassador of Guinea to Ghana
  26. E. Ozlem Ergun Ulueren – Ambassador of Turkey to Ghana
  27. E. Regina Bauerochse Barbosa – Country Director, GIZ Ghana
  28. E. Selma Ashipala-Musavyi – High Commissioner of Namibia to Ghana
  29. E. Shlomit Sufa – Ambassador of Israel to Ghana
  30. E. Virginia E. Palmer – Ambassador of USA to Ghana


Source: Avance Media

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