June 29, 2018

Bringing Gay Pride to Africa’s last absolute monarchy

Bringing Gay Pride to Africa's last absolute monarchy Image copyright AFP Image caption Swaziland, now known as eSwatini, is a traditional country ruled over by King Mswati III (centre) Africa's last absolute monarchy is holding its first LGBTI Pride event this weekend. And anyone doubting the determination needed to undertake such an event in Swaziland, now known as eSwatini, just needed to open last week's Sunday Observer. A full-page letter accused those organising the march of promoting "paedophilia and bestiality", calling on the organisers to "cancel this gay Pride until Emaswati have decided that they will choose this unnatural behaviour". 'Turn hate into love'But for Melusi Simelane, communications officer for LGBTI rights group Rock of Hope, which is organising the event in the capital, it was a case of: "If not now, when?" "The right time will never come," he told the BBC. "It is an issue of being courageous enough. So we decided if no-one is going to..
June 29, 2018

DR Congo: Oil drilling allowed in Virguna, Salonga parks

DR Congo: Oil drilling allowed in Virguna, Salonga parks Image copyright Brent Stirton/Getty Image caption Virguna national park is home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has decided to allow oil exploration in two protected wildlife parks, Virunga and Salonga. The move is strongly opposed by environmental activists, who say drilling would place wildlife at risk and contribute to global warming. Around one-fifth of Virunga national park will be opened to oil drilling. The parks are home to bush elephants, critically endangered mountain gorillas and the bonobo, an endangered ape. Both parks are Unesco World Heritage Sites, with Salonga national park covering 36,000 sq km (13,900 sq miles) of the Congo Basin - the world's second-largest rainforest after the Amazon. Gorillas, guns and guerrillas - a deadly mix in an African park DR Congo profile My daughter the gorilla The government has defended its right to authorise d..
June 29, 2018

Yemisi Adegoke: How fake news fuels Nigeria’s herder crisis

How fake news fuels Nigeria's herder crisis Image copyright AFP Image caption A herdsman stands beside cattle at a market (file photo) Fake pictures circulating on social media which users are falsely claiming depict inter-communal violence are inflaming already high tensions in Nigeria. It comes after three days of deadly clashes between mainly Muslim cattle herders and mostly Christian farmers left more than 200 people dead in the centre of the country. A gruesome image of a woman face down in a pool of blood with a gaping shoulder wound is purported to be from the recent attacks. It has hundreds of retweets on Twitter, but it first appeared on the internet in 2011 in a story about domestic violence in Nigeria. Another image appears to show half a dozen people that were killed in the attacks. On closer inspection it becomes clear that the picture was not taken in Nigeria, and is actually the scene of a 2015 traffic accident in the Dominican Republic. They are both too graphic ..
June 29, 2018

‘Abacha loot’ to be given to poor Nigerians

'Abacha loot' to be given to poor Nigerians Image caption The late ruler is suspected to have embezzled about $2.2bn from Nigeria's central bank Money looted by Nigeria's former military ruler Sani Abacha is to be distributed to poor families, the government says. The distribution is to start next month after more than $300m (£228m) was returned by the Swiss authorities. The money, stolen by Abacha in the 1990s, is due to be given to around 300,000 households, with each getting around $14 a month. Critics fear the handouts could be a way to influence next year's election. Africa Live: More on this and other stories from the continent Sani Abacha timeline At this rate, the payments should last for about six years. The money was originally deposited in Luxembourg, and is a fraction of the billions of dollars allegedly looted while Abacha was in power from 1993 to 1998. President Muhammadu Buhari made the recovery of stolen assets a major part of his 2015 electi..
June 29, 2018

What went wrong for Africa at the World Cup?

What went wrong for Africa at the World Cup? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fans in Nigeria, Morocco and Senegal express their sorrow after their teams were knocked out the tournament Senegal's World Cup exit on Thursday means Africa has suffered its worst World Cup display for 36 years. Not since 1982 has there been no African side in the competition's knock-out phase. So what is to blame: Bad luck, VAR, or a lack of flair? BBC Africa's Piers Edwards reports from Russia. Ahead of Russia 2018, there were high hopes Africa could build on its display in Brazil when two teams - Nigeria and Algeria - reached the second round for the first time. Instead, a continent will be wondering where it went wrong as its 15 games resulted in 10 defeats, two draws and just three wins. Wounded Egyptian king This was supposed to be the tournament where Egypt changed its lamentable World Cup record - thanks to a weak group and boasting one of the world's finest payers. ..
June 29, 2018

West African journalists pledge to work with ECOWAS’ peace building instruments for regional stability

Abuja, 28th June 2018. Media professionals from across 15-Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have pledged to work with the available peace building instruments of the Commission while giving visibility to ECOWAS activities in realizing the community’s peace and security mandate. In this regard, the more than 30 journalists selected from the print, electronic and online platforms also want the ECOWAS Commission to support the drive for the establishment of media networks in the region for greater synergy and syndication of stories that promote peace and security. In the 13-point communique reached at the end of their 3-Day Workshop which ended in Abuja on the 27th of June 2018, participants urged the ECOWAS Commission to improve the existing partnership with the aim of promoting “continuous structured engagement” while dousing tensions that can undermine the peace and security architecture of the community. The journalists who, alongside ECOWAS of..
June 29, 2018

Africa’s week in pictures: 22-28 June 2018

Africa's week in pictures: 22-28 June 2018 A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright AFP Image caption A girl smiles during a lesson at a camp for displaced people in Somalia's capital on Monday… Image copyright AFP Image caption University students have been volunteering to teach about 600 children at various camps in Mogadishu for more than a year, AFP reports. Image copyright AFP Image caption A Kenyan couple dance on Saturday at the construction site of a railway between Nairobi and Naivasha as the president came to inspect the project… Image copyright AFP Image caption Here a track-laying machine is pictured constructing what will be Kenya's longest railway bridge. Image copyright AFP Image caption Vets prepare to shoot a black rhino with a tranquiliser on Tuesday so it can be relocated from Nairobi National Park to an area in the south-east of the country. Image copyright AFP Image caption O..
June 28, 2018

Nigeria fuel truck blaze kills at least nine

Nigeria fuel truck blaze kills at least nine Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The fuel truck is believed to have lost control after its brakes failed A petrol tanker has caught fire in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, killing at least nine people, officials say. More than 50 vehicles, including five buses, were set ablaze after the truck lost control and spilled its contents on a busy motorway during rush hour. The tanker is said to have crashed after its brakes failed. Fuel explosions are common in Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil producer. Petrol is transported via badly maintained roads and vehicles. The incident on Thursday occurred at about 17:30 local time (16:30 GMT) on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, one of the main motorways into the city. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The incident occurred during rush hour on a busy motorway A representative from the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) told the BBC that the tanker lost control as it approached a bridge,..
June 28, 2018

In pictures: Despair as Senegal crash out of World Cup

In pictures: Despair as Senegal crash out of World Cup Image copyright Getty Images Sport Image caption Senegal defender Salif Sané looks devastated as the final whistle is blown in Russia's Samara arena Senegal came so close but in the end have been eliminated from the World Cup because they had received more yellow cards than Japan. That means all five African teams - Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria - have been knocked out of the group stages. It's the first time since 1982 that no African team has made it through to the knockout stage. Here is how Senegal's 1-0 defeat to Colombia played out. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Fans of both teams were all smiles before kick-off Image copyright AFP Image caption This Senegal supporter takes their 'Lions of Teranga' nickname quite literally Image copyright AFP Image caption Senegal had an early penalty call overruled by the video assistant referee system (VAR) after this challenge on Sadio Mané...
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