June 25, 2018

David Goldblatt: South Africa’s chronicler of life under apartheid

David Goldblatt: South Africa's chronicler of life under apartheid Image copyright Photograph by David Goldblatt Image caption One of Goldblatt's best-known works is this photo taken in 1977, entitled, 'Shop assistant, Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg'. Acclaimed South African photographer David Goldblatt has died at the age of 87 at his home in the main city, Johannesburg. Fans describe his talent as a photographer who "chronicled apartheid" and "could freeze time". Goldblatt was the first South African to be given a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1988 and won a number of prestigious awards. Here is a selection of some of his photographs from a career spanning three decades. We include Goldblatt's original caption with each image. Image copyright Photograph by David Goldblatt Image caption 'The commando of National Party supporters that escorted the late Dr Hendrik Verwoerd to the party's 50th anniversary celebrations. ..
June 25, 2018

Zimbabwe Bulawayo blast: Two die after attack on Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe Bulawayo blast: Two die after attack on Mnangagwa Image copyright Reuters Image caption Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed that the attack would not derail the election Two people injured in Saturday's explosion at a campaign rally in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo have died, a medical official has said. Solwayo Ngwenya, clinical director of the city's Mpilo hospital in the city, told AFP other victims had life-threatening injuries. At least 49 people, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa's two deputies, were injured in the blast. He said it was an attempt on his life ahead of the 30 July election. This is the first poll since long-time leader Robert Mugabe was forced from power last year. Mr Mnangagwa has vowed that the attack would not derail the election. He is favourite to win the poll, but analysts say he also has enemies - both for overthrowing his former mentor, and for being a previous enforcer of Mr Mugabe's government. Check out Africa Liv..
June 25, 2018

Kenya’s ‘rapper priest’ suspended by Catholic Church

Kenya's 'rapper priest' suspended by Catholic Church Image caption Father "Sweet Paul" Ogallo has been told he must pick between his two passions A Catholic priest in Kenya has been suspended from leading public mass for a year because he rapped during sermons, his superior has told the BBC. Father Paul Ogallo, who was nicknamed "Sweet Paul", had to "choose between being a rapper and a priest". The sacred and the secular could not mix, added Bishop Philip Anyolo, of the Homa Bay Diocese in western Kenya. But the bishop insisted Father Ogallo could use rap and drama to preach to young people - just not on the altar. Africa Live: Updates on this and other storiesAfter mass, Father Ogallo would change from his priest's robes into his rapper's outfit of T-shirt and bandana. Explaining his alter ego, he told the BBC last month: "Young people call me 'Sweet Paul' because I rap sweet". Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMeet the Keny..
June 25, 2018

Nigerian music star D’banj’s son ‘drowns at home’

Nigerian music star D'banj's son 'drowns at home' Image caption The musician, whose real name is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, became a father in May 2017 The one-year-old son of Nigerian music star D'banj has drowned in a pool at his home in the commercial city of Lagos, local media reports. D'banj did not directly confirm the Sunday incident but posted a black image on his Instagram account with the caption: "Trying Times . But my God is Always and Forever Faithful." He was in Los Angeles attending an awards ceremony when his son died. The Afropop star gained world fame for his 2012 hit, Oliver Twist. He calls himself "Koko master" which could mean a variety of things from being the "boss", "lover" and the "main topic". His music is a mix of Yoruba, English and Pidgin. Check out Africa Live for more on this story and others from around the continent Guide to Nigeria's Afrobeats stars D'banj, whose real name is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, became a ..
June 24, 2018

Noura Hussein: ‘Hoping for a miracle to stop our daughter being hanged’

Noura Hussein: 'Hoping for a miracle to stop our daughter being hanged' The parents of a Sudanese teenager who was sentenced to death after killing her husband - whom she accuses of raping her - have denied reports that they've disowned her. In an exclusive interview with the BBC, her father also says he never imagined that making her marry her cousin would have such terrible consequences. Noura Hussein sobbed uncontrollably when she saw her mother earlier this month. It was the first time she had been visited by her family, since she was jailed one year ago. Through the tears, the 19-year-old told her mother that she had originally planned to kill herself, after being raped by her husband. "She hated herself after he raped her," says Noura's mother, Zainab Ahmed. "She had got a knife ready to take her own life if he touched her again." But in the heat of the moment - when he did touch her again - she stabbed her husband instead. It was self-defence, her mother in..
June 24, 2018

Burning Cameroon: Images you’re not meant to see

Burning Cameroon: Images you're not meant to see Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWitnessing Cameroon's descent towards civil war A man calmly sets fire to a house, watched by a group of at least 12 men dressed in fatigues, helmets, and black webbing consistent with those worn by an elite army unit in Cameroon. "I want to die," a village chief tells his tormentors as they beat and threaten to kill him. They appear to be members of a separatist militia. Captured on video and shared widely on social media, these are among dozens of clips that have been pouring out of Cameroon over the last six months, some of which have been analysed by BBC Africa Eye. Some of them show burning villages. Others record acts of torture and killing. Many are too graphic to show. Though often confusing and hard to verify, these films show a nation sliding towards a brutal civil war as the government tries to suppress an armed insurgency in the English-speaking areas of wes..
June 24, 2018

Clashes in Nigeria between farmers and herders leave 86 dead

Clashes in Nigeria between farmers and herders leave 86 dead Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Nigeria has seen decades of intermittent violence between Berom farmers and Fulani herders (file picture) At least 86 people have died in central Nigeria after violent clashes broke out between farmers and cattle herders, police in Plateau state said. Some reports say fighting began on Thursday when ethnic Berom farmers attacked Fulani herders, killing five of them. A retaliatory attack on Saturday led to more deaths. The area has a decades-long history of violence between ethnic groups competing for land. A curfew has now been imposed in three parts of the state. State police commissioner Undie Adie said a search of villages following the bloodshed revealed that 86 people had been killed, and six injured. He said 50 houses had been burned, as well as 15 motorbikes and two vehicles. The Plateau state government said the curfew would be in place between 18:00 to 06:00 local tim..
June 24, 2018

Mali Fula villagers were killed ‘in cold blood’

Mali Fula villagers were killed 'in cold blood' Traditional hunters have killed 32 civilians in an isolated village in central Mali, a local group says. The hunters, known locally as "Dozo", surrounded the village in the Mopti region and separated members of the Fula ethnic group from the other villagers before killing them. Children were among the victims in Saturday's attack, an official said. There has been increasing violence between Fula, who are traditionally herders, and other ethnic groups. A further 10 people were missing from the village, near the town of Djenné, said Abel Aziz Diallo, president of Tabital Pulaaku, a Fulani association. "They surrounded the village, separated the Fula people from the others and killed at least 32 civilians in cold blood," he told AFP news agency. The Fula complain that they are being regularly targeted by traditional hunters in the name of the fight against jihadists. They accuse the Malian military of supporting such inciden..
June 24, 2018

Zimbabwe election to ‘to go ahead as planned’ after blast

Zimbabwe election to 'to go ahead as planned' after blast Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment an explosion "targets" Emmerson Mnangagwa Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa says elections will go ahead as planned on 30 July, despite what he said was an attempt on his life on Saturday. Forty-one people were injured in the blast at a rally in the city of Bulawayo, which occurred close to Mr Mnangagwa as he was leaving the stage. Officials said security arrangements would be reviewed. The vote is the first since Robert Mugabe was ousted and Mr Mnangagwa has vowed they will be peaceful. Mr Mnangagwa said Saturday's explosion happened when an object "exploded a few inches away from me - but it is not my time". He said the violence was senseless and appealed for unity. Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa also condemned the attack, saying any political violence was "totally unacceptable". Those hurt included two vice-presidents, the Zanu-..
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