NAIROBI, Feb 9- The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Thursday. - - - - - EVENTS: *Nigeria Labour Union representing millions of workers and the Trade Union Congress to hold a protest demanding for effective anti-corruption fight and good governance. *Kenya's central bank to auction 91-day Treasury bills worth a total 4 billion shillings. GLOBAL MARKETS Asian shares climbed to their highest in more than 18 months on Thursday, as investors grew more confident about the world's second-largest economy while the dollar slightly firmed in the wake of growing concerns over political instability in Europe. WORLD OIL PRICES Oil prices stabilised on Thursday, boosted by an unexpected draw in U.S. gasoline inventories, although bloated crude supplies meant that fuel markets remained under pressure. EMERGING MARKETS For the top emerging markets news, double click on AFRICA STOCKS For the latest news on African stocks, click on SOUTH AFRICA MARKETS South Africa's rand inched higher on Wednesday, paring some of its recent losses as the price of gold rose, driven by investors searching for safe bets amid political worries in Europe and the United States. NIGERIA MARKETS Nigeria plans to auction 110 billion naira ($360 million) of local currency bonds on Feb. 15, its second debt sale this year, the Debt Management Office said on Wednesday. NIGERIA BOND Nigeria's parliament has approved the government's request to sell a $1 billion Eurobond to help the country finance its budget deficit, senate spokesman said on Wednesday. NIGERIA PRESIDENT Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on medical leave in Britain, is well and in no danger, the country's information minister said on Wednesday. KENYA MARKETS Kenya's shilling was steady on Wednesday and it was expected to remain in a narrow range due to subdued demand for the dollar, traders said. UGANDA MARKETS The Ugandan shilling remained stable on Wednesday, and was seen strengthening, helped by foreign direct investment flows across a range of sectors like real estate. ZAMBIA INVESTMENT Canada's First Quantum Minerals plans to invest over $1 billion in a new smelter and modernisation of a copper mine in Zambia, a senior Zambian official said on Wednesday, but the company said the investment was "very conditional". IVORY COAST POLITICS Ivory Coast's government said on Wednesday it will negotiate with elite special forces soldiers as a revolt, which saw them storm out of their barracks and seize a town in the coastal southeast, entered its second day. ZIMBABWE POLITICS Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court dismissed a case against President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday lodged by an activist who accused the ageing leader of violating the southern African country's supreme law during protests last year. NAMIBIA MINING Namibia's mines and energy minister expects the country's flagship uranium mine, the $2 billion Chinese-backed Husab project, to reach full output by August following delays last year due to a fire at its processing plant.