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12 Events That Shook The World In 2020

The outgone year 2020 has been most eventful for the world, especially with the coronavirus pandemic and the devastating effects it had since it broke out in Wuhan, China, in the early part of the year. The virus has refused to succumb to efforts by various countries and organizations to look for a remedy for it.

With the novel virus came other incidents that shook some nations, notably plane crashes, oil spills, floods, hurricanes and many disastrous events that occurred in the year.

It may be hard to fathom any other time that the word ‘coronavirus’ would dominate our day-to-day vocabulary, but then, the world also had some other notable events worth mentioning, like the death of African-American, George Floyd, which emphasized the #BlackLivesMatter and gave birth to the #Ican’tBreathe, the deaths of basketball superstar, Kobe Bryant, movie star Chad Boseman, and the tension that the US-Iran conflict caused which almost led to a global conflagration.

And oh, Donald Trump lost the United States presidential election to Joe Biden, also in 2020.

In our Year in Review, we take a look at 12 of the events that shook the world in 2020.

Coronavirus outbreak

The Covid-19 pandemic which crept upon the world from Wuhan in China in February, 2020 was to have a serious and disturbing effect on every part of the world.

The novel pandemic wreaked havoc globally, claiming more than 1.8 million lives in its wake, and destroying the economies of most countries. Though the outbreak occurred in the late 2019, thus its name, it was first discovered in China and later spread all over the world, recording over 80 million positive cases so far.

In 2020, the Covid-19 virtually halted the world with many countries going into lockdown, restricting movements as a measure to curb the spread. The outbreak also stifled the world economy, impacted lives, decimated jobs and placed millions of livelihoods at risk.

US-Iran tension

Iran accuses British security firm, German airbase of involvement in killing of top general, Soleimani

Back in January, the world was concerned that the United States was on the brink of a war with Iran as tensions between the two countries hit a boiling point after the US government killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani.

On January 4, US President Donald Trump tweeted a warning to Iran saying if they retaliated the killing of Soleimani, the US would target 52 Iranian sites “and those targets, and Iran itself, would be hit very fast and hard. The USA wants no more threats!” Trump threatened.

Many people feared that the military action could lead to a full-scale war which sparked the then famous #NoNewWar protests across the US and other parts of the world.

A few days later, on January 7, Iran fired missiles at Iraqi bases housing US troops and though no lives were lost, Trump responded by saying the US would issue more sanctions on Iran.

Hours after Iran fired its missiles, the country mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, attributing it to a fear of US aggression. All 176 people on board including 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, and 11 Ukrainians died, prompting thousands of Iranian protesters to hit the streets, condemning their leaders over the downed plane.

Death of Kobe Bryant

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The death of Kobe Bryant, an NBA legend, alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on January 26, was one event that shocked the world as the basketball star was well loved all over the world.

The news left Los Angeles where the beloved athlete played for the Lakers in his entire 20-year career, and the rest of the world in mourning.

Known as the Black Mamba, Bryant was a five-time NBA champion and won the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2008. In 2018, he won an Oscar for best animated short film for “Dear Basketball.”

Around the world, people paid their respects, with memorials and murals. Thousands, including a handful of celebrities, packed the Staples Center in Los Angeles to honor Bryant in a celebration of his life.

Death of Chadwick Aaron Boseman

Black Panther actor, Boseman dies of cancer

The death of Chadwick Aaron Boseman, aka the Black Panther, one of the most loved and popular black actor in Hollywood, came as a rude shock to the world and was one event that shook the world in 2020.

The actor was best known for playing the superhero Black Panther, for his role as T’Challa /Black Panther which earned him a spot on the 2018 Time 100 world’s most influential people.

Boseman was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer in 2016, which eventually progressed to Stage IV before 2020. He died on August 28 at his home as a result of complications related to the colon cancer with his wife and family by his side.

The following day, the tweet in which his family announced his death on his Twitter account became the most-liked tweet ever, with more than 6 million likes in under 24 hours, and accumulating over 7 million by August 31.


Australia fears second wave of covid-19 after #blacklivesmatter protester test positive for virus

The #BlackLivesMatter movement, was, perhaps one of the most notable incidents in 2020.

Though the movement was started in 2013 by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and a Nigerian, Opal Tometi, on the shoulders of the death of Trayvon Benjamin Martin, the revolutionary movement in 2020, became one of the largest movements in US history with an estimated 15 million to 26 million people taking to the streets to say enough of systemic racism, the illusion of freedom and also started an active conversation about the equality of races.

It became more popular with the killing of an African-American, George Floyd who was killed by white police officers.

The phrase “I Can’t Breathe,” used by Floyd before his death later became synonymous with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. A video recording later revealed that Floyd had told the officer who knelt on his neck for eight minutes, “I can’t breathe” several times.

“I Can’t Breathe” will become the anthem for the #BlackLivesMatter protest which also caused a chain reaction around the world with an average of 140 demonstrations per day.

Joe Biden winning the US Presidency

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The 2020 presidential election in the United States of America was seen by many as having the capability of shaping the world. Americans themselves also felt passionately about the presidential election but it would have been foolhardy for anyone to believe that the incumbent President Donald Trump would lose to his opponent, Joe Biden.

The proof, however, was in the turnout with more than 159 million people voting, meaning there was a massive 66.7 percent voter turnout, the highest since 1900.
More than 100 million Americans voted early, either in-person or by mail, the first time in history that more people voted before Election Day than on it.

The size of the mail-in vote and a handful of tight races meant it wasn’t until November 7, four days after Election Day, that the race was called for Biden. Trump refused to concede defeat, insisting he had won.

He demanded recounts in several states, claimed large-scale election fraud, and filed lawsuits in state and federal courts to overturn the results. None of his challenges paid off, though.

On December 14, the Electoral College elected Biden president with the outcome fitting with the saying that while foreign policy doesn’t determine presidential elections, presidential elections determine foreign policy.

New Delhi and Hong Kong riots

Activists raise fears as China passes security law on Hong Kong

In February, deadly riots erupted across India after the government officially approved the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill in December 2019. The bill gave Indian citizenship to asylum seekers from three neighboring countries, but not if they were Muslims.

A number of people died as a result of clashes which coincided with the visit of US President Donald Trump. 24 people reportedly died in the violent protest which rocked parts of New Delhi, and at least 188 were injured.

Also in Hong Kong, anti-government protests which began in 2019 spilled into 2020 with demonstrators calling for greater democracy and more autonomy from mainland China.
With the pandemic slowing in Hong Kong in May, the city successfully contained multiple waves of the virus and the protesters headed back to the streets.

This time, it was to oppose the Chinese government’s controversial national security law, which threatened the city’s autonomy and civil liberties. Several thousand people marched through the streets for months, chanting slogans, including “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” and “Hong Kong independence, the only way out.”

Beirut explosion

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On August 4, a heavy explosion shook a port in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, and caused wide scale destruction. The incident occurred after a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the port of the city of Beirut exploded, killing over 600 people, injuring more than 2,000 more and rendering over 6,000 people homeless.

The explosion was so devastating that the Prime Minister of Lebanon had to resign from his position with international bodies launching several investigations into the cause of the carnage.

Locusts attacks

Swarms of desert locusts, a migratory insect from eastern Africa and Southeast Asia, invaded India in April, damaging millions of acres of standing crops. The desert locusts, a short-horned grasshopper species, invaded the Indian cities of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, destroying crops in its wake, throwing the country already ravaged by the impact of the coronavirus into more hunger and famine that it took a loan from the World Bank to restore sanity in the country.

Mauritius oil spill

A Japanese bulk carrier, MV Wakashio, ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius in July and began to leak fuel oil in the following weeks and broke apart in mid-August. By August 10, about 1,000 metric tons of fuel had spilled, representing a danger for the country of 1.3 million people relying heavily on tourism. The Mauritius government declared the incident a national emergency and sent out signals to several countries in the world to come to its aid.

Australia wildfire

The period of unusual intense bushfires in many parts of Australia, which began in 2019, continued into 2020. Australian bushfire season, known as Black Summer, peaked during December-January. The fires burnt an estimated 18.6 million hectares as of March 2020, and destroyed over 5,900 buildings.

The fires were among the worst in the country’s history. They killed at least 28 people, destroyed thousands of homes and affected an estimated 1 billion animals, including the koala population, which now faces an immediate threat of extinction.
A study released in March found that the Australia’s fires were made far more likely and intense by the climate crisis.

Assam flood

The Brahmaputra River, which flows through Tibet, India and Bangladesh, burst its banks in Assam late in June due to heavy rainfall and wreaked havoc in India’s north-eastern state.

The flood affected over five million people, destroying crops and homes in October 2020. More than 300 people were reported dead.

The flooding and landslides also caused damage to bridges, buildings, roads and schools. The floods also swamped most of Kaziranga National Park with more than 150 wild animals rescued and as many as 200 died in the prolonged flooding.

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Banks, Breweries, Foreign Companies Set To Storm 13th Gateway International Trade Fair

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State

Foreign companies from across West Africa have indicated interest in participating at this year’s Gateway International Trade Fair billed to take place between April 19 and April 29.
Also, stakeholders in the food, beverages, health, agriculture and other manufacturing sectors, banks, as well as players in small and medium scales businesses have also indicated their interest in booking pavilions and spaces at the Trade Fair Complex.
According to the organisers, companies like Leadway Assurance, Lafarge, International Breweries, Apples and Pears, Rite foods, Industrial Platform, Remo (Arise), GB foods, Bank of Industry (BOI), Gateway Mortgage Bank, Providus Bank, First Bank, Sterling Bank, Lotus Bank and several regulatory agencies, such as NAFDAC are expected at the exhibition.
The theme for this year’s event is “Achieving Economic Prosperity Through Business Connection, Trade and Investment.”
The Ogun State Government had assured of adequate security of lives and property during the event, while other logistics have been put in place to make the trade fair a world-class event.
President of the Ogun State Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCCIMA), Engr. Mike Akingbade, while speaking on preparations so far, said his organisation has been working in tandem with the state government to ensure a hitch-free exercise.
He promised that the new innovations being introduced this year are geared towards ensuring that more participants attend the showpiece.
Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Industry, Oluyemisi Somorin-Dawodu, had earlier said that this year’s trade fair would be more than just the exhibition of products, adding that other economic and trade-related activities have been lined up to make the experience more worthwhile for participants.
According to her, new innovations such as a raffle draw with the grand prize of a two-bedroom bungalow and an entertainment village are expected to add glamour to the event.

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Abiodun Wins Sun Newspapers Governor of the Year, 2023 Silverbird Man of the Year Awards

Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun has won the 2023 Governor of the Year Award by the Sun Newspapers and 2023 Silverbird Man of the Year Award

The Awards were communicated in separate letters to the governor by the two media establishments.

The Sun, in a letter signed by its Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief, Onuoha Ukeh, dated November 20, said the award was in recognition of Governor Abiodun’s strides in Ogun State, turning the state into an industrial giant, while also improving its revenue base.

The letter said: “The management and staff of The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of Daily Sun, Saturday Sun, Sunday Sun and Sporting Sun, brings you warm greetings. We felicitate with you on your achievements in office.

“We write to notify that the Board of Editors of The Sun Publishing Limited, after a rigorous selection process, has picked you as the winner of The Sun Governor of the Year Award 2023.

“The Award will be formally presented to you at an elaborate ceremony on February 17, 2024 at the Sun Awards in Lagos.

Prince Abiodun emerged 2023 Silverbird Man of the Year Award from four nominees after a rigorous voting process.

The management of Silverbird Group, in a statement, dated December 11, signed Jacob Akinyemi-Johnson, Chief Creative Officer/Chairman Editorial Board said Governor Abiodun, since his assumption of office has contributed immensely to the advancement of the Nigerian society through his many laudable projects, hence his nomination.

“We feel deeply honoured to write and felicitate with you for being nominated by the Editorial Board of the Silverbird Group owners of Silverbird Television and the Rhythm FM Network as one of the four distinguished individuals for the prestigious ‘2023 SILVERBIRD MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD’

“You were nominated because of the immense contributions you have made towards the advancement of the Nigerian society through laudable projects and schemes that you have embarked on and have subsequently impacted positively on the lives of Nigerians.

“Your exemplary disposition has also not gone unnoticed.The winner will be chosen by Nigerians who will vote by sms, WhatsApp, and online”. It further stated. The Silverbird Television Award has been fixed for Sunday, Match 4, 2024.

It would be recalled that Prince Abiodun won the Forbes Best of Africa award in industrial revolution in 2023. He won the LEADERSHIP Governor of the Year Award 2022.

The governor was also conferred with the Vanguard’s Governor of the Year Award 2021, along with four others as well as Daily Independent Newspapers’ Governor of the Year, also in 2021. He won the Governor of the Year Award at the Nigerian Agricultural Awards 2020. He has also been honoured by the Federal Government with the Industrial Revolution Award, amongst others.

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Shettima Promises Seamless Power Supply to Drive Industrial Growth

L-R: Minister of Power, Mr Bayo Adelabu; Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima; Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun; his Deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele and the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Chiedu Ugbo in a group photograph during the Agbara Business Roundtable held in Agbara, Ogun State on Thursday

…holds business roundtable in Agbara, Ogun State

The Federal Government has assured investors in the country of the determination of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration to ensure adequate power supply across the country especially in industrial clusters.

Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima, gave the assurance during the Agbara Business Roundtable held in Agbara, Ado-Odo-Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State on Thursday, saying the country holds tremendous opportunities for not only investors but also the people.

The event was to launch an initiative to ensure dedicated power supply to industrial clusters across the country, starting with Agbara Industrial Estate.

Shettima said that it is embarrassing that the Agbara Cluster relies on other sources of power supply aside from the national grid, adding that the Federal Government through the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) is committed to ensuring that clusters like Agbara benefit from a cheaper means of generating power in their various factories.

The Vice President, who is the Chairman of, Board of Directors, of NDPHC promised that the Agbara Industrial Estate will have a steady power supply in the next four months.

He said: “I am here to reassure the business community that we mean business. I want to give you my word and my word is my bond, if you need 200 Megawatts, 300 Megawatts, we can give it to you.

“Be rest assured, we are going to supply your power needs with no strings attached. We are giving power to Togo, I think we are giving 100 Megawatts to Togo, and some of these nations are not even paying us. Why can’t we give to businesses that will pay us? It is just simple arithmetic; it is a matter of economics.”

The Vice President charged the staff of NDPHC to double their effort by ensuring the delivery of the Agbara Industrial Cluster power program in three to four months.

Shettima spoke of the commitment of President Tinubu to make power available to the entire country.

“It is all about advocacy, it is about people believing in you and I have the confidence of my boss, such that I can talk authoritatively. He is very passionate about the Nigerian project. He is very committed to repositioning this nation,” he said.

In his remarks, the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun said that without electricity, all infrastructure provided for the use of the people of the state and the country as a whole would be in vain.

Governor Abiodun, while disclosing that his administration has established additional industrial clusters, said that without stable and reliable power, all the initiatives would be in vain.

“We believe that such initiatives like this speak to ensuring the sustainability of competitive industrialization and one must not but salute this initiative.

“We as a state have gone ahead besides this Agbara Cluster, we have five other clusters. We have one by the Interchange called Remo Cluster, we are creating a new one called the Magboro Cluster. We are creating our own Aerotropolis which is our special agro-processing zone, which will be the first of its kind in Nigeria. We also have the Ijebu-Ode cluster because we believe that it is through these clusters that we can jump-start socio-economic activity.

“These clusters, what do they seem to do, we provide the parcel of land, provide the needed infrastructure and this attracts industrial activities.

“But, without a doubt, without stable, reliable and clean power, all these initiatives will be in vain. So, to that extent, we are extremely excited,” he said.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu represented by his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat said ensuring adequate power supply in the country is complex because of the attitudes of Nigerians.

Hamzat regretted that out of about 13,000 Megawatts available, the country could only transmit 4,000 Megawatts.

“The issue of our power is complex and why it is complex is because of bad behaviour among all of us, the stakeholders, the distribution companies, generating companies.

“For me, the biggest challenge that we see in our country now is public commentary. We have a lot of people that go out there to just say things, demeaning our institutions and that is the biggest challenge.

“When the international community do surveys, they listen to your news and then you keep killing your country. The truth of the matter is that Lagos and Ogun states are safer than New York. The possibility of being shot in New York is higher than being in Lagos.

Minister of Power, Mr Bayo Adelabu on his part said the event marked a pivotal moment in the collective endeavour to fortify one of the backbones of the industrial landscape of the country.

He noted that the project stands as the first of many projects in the federal government’s light-up initiative to deliver reliable electricity to industrial and heavy user clusters across the country.

Adelabu noted that Agbara is a cluster where dreams are forged, industries thrive and where opportunities are limitless, adding that the ambitious endeavour when completed will bolster the power supply within the industrial estate by ensuring a reliable and uninterrupted flow of electricity to meet the demands of the industries.

Earlier in his welcome address, the MD/CEO, of NDPHC, Chiedu Ugbo disclosed that the event signifies the commitment of the present administration through NDPHC to ensure consistent and reliable power supply to industrial concerns.

He added that the company is the only government-owned company responsible for implementing the integrated power project of the government which aims to enhance electricity generation.

Ugbo said that the primary objective of the initiative was to ensure a consistent, reliable and cost-effective supply of electricity from power plants across the country to the extensive industrial and business clusters in Agbara and across the country.

He noted that NDPHC has successfully constructed about 8 power plants with a combined capacity of approximately 4,000 Megawatts.

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