June 24, 2018

Kenya’s ‘contaminated sugar’ row: What we know

Kenya's 'contaminated sugar' row: What we know Image copyright Kenya National Police Service Image caption Police posted pictures of the seized sugar sacks on social media There is confusion in Kenya after the country's interior minister said that harmful levels of mercury had been discovered in sugar consignments seized in police raids last week. He has since been contradicted by top government officials, creating uncertainty and a crisis of public confidence in the country's sugar supply. What's the row about?Last week, the authorities said they had seized more than 1,000 bags of illegally imported sugar from warehouses in the capital Nairobi and other parts of the country. Following the raids, Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i told local media that harmful levels of mercury and copper had been found in samples tested from the sugar seized in Nairobi's Eastleigh area. But his claim was denied by Trade Minister Adan Mohamed, who denied that th..
June 23, 2018

Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa survives Bulawayo explosion

Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa survives Bulawayo explosion Image copyright EPA Image caption Presindent Mnangagwa was campaigning ahead of elections next month Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived an apparent bomb attack in the city of Bulawayo. Footage from the blast at White City Stadium appears to show Mr Mnangagwa leaving the stage after addressing supporters when a device went off. He was not hurt, his spokesman said. But senior officials are among those injured, Zimbabwe media say. President Mnangagwa came into power last November, ousting his former mentor Robert Mugabe. Presidential spokesman Mr George Charamba issued a statement recalling: "There have been multiple attempts on the President's life over the past five years."
June 23, 2018

Explosion hits Ethiopia PM rally

Explosion hits Ethiopia PM rally Image copyright EPA Image caption Abiy Ahmed became prime minister after his predecessor resigned in February An explosion has shaken a rally for Ethiopia's new PM Abiy Ahmed which was being attended by thousands of people in Addis Ababa. Mr Ahmed was taken away by security personnel immediately after his speech, which he gave in the Ethiopian capital's Meskel Square. There were no immediate details of any casualties. Mr Ahmed became prime minister after his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn unexpectedly resigned in February. Ethiopia has been riven by years of protests by people who feel marginalised. Its government has been accused of human rights violations including torture and extrajudicial killing of political dissidents. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You c..
June 22, 2018

Unravelling the mystery of Akon’s Wakanda

Unravelling the mystery of Akon's Wakanda Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Akon released his debut album, Trouble, in 2004 Akon has announced plans to build a "real-life Wakanda" in Senegal, built on the back of his almost-eponymous cryptocurrency, Akoin. Which - as anyone who has watched Black Panther, and seen Marvel's imagined city, will understand - sounds rather magical. The government appears to agree: the 41-year-old told crowds at Cannes Lions on Monday he had been gifted a not insubstantial 2,000 acres of land to start the project off. But as far as we know, neither Senegal nor Akon have their own supply of vibranium - the fictional metal which gave Wakanda its wealth and power - and cities don't come cheap. Which has left us wondering: what is going on? Where exactly is this real-life Wakanda?It is unclear. The BBC has tried to contact the government and Akon's representatives to find out more about the gift - to no avail. However, we can try t..
June 22, 2018

Ethiopia unblocks 264 websites and TV channels

Ethiopia unblocks 264 websites and TV channels Image copyright ESAT/YouTube Image caption ESAT was among the banned TV stations Ethiopia has unblocked 264 websites and TV broadcasters, a senior official has announced. Fitsum Arega, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's chief of staff, announced the move on Twitter, saying "freedom of expression is a foundational right". Since coming to office in April, Mr Abiy has embarked on sweeping reforms. The previous administration was accused of restricting access to foreign-based media platforms during the height of anti-government protests. Africa Live: More on this and other stories from the continent Is this the man to change Ethiopia? Ethiopia seeks to end deadly Eritrea feud Why landlocked Ethiopia wants to launch a navy The government was accused of human rights violations - including torture and extrajudicial killing of political dissidents. US-based television stations, Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) and Oromo Media Network (OMN),..
June 22, 2018

ECOWAS Commission holds 3-day Peace building workshop for journalists

Abuja 22nd June 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is organising a 3-Day Workshop for journalists drawn from the 15-Mmeber States of the Community. The Workshop, holding from the 25t to the 27th of June 2018 at the Commission’s Headquarter building, in Abuja, Nigeria, is meant to examine the “role of the media in promoting peace and security in the ECOWAS region”. The Workshop aims to help disseminate information about ECOWAS peace and security mandate, as well as actions and programmes in Member States through national public and private media. In order to enhance the visibility of ECOWAS peace and security interventions in Member States, the Workshop will provide West African journalists appropriate information on peace and security efforts of the ECOWAS Commission to enable them better informed and engaged with ECOWAS citizens and thereby effectively promote and security in the region. In its interface, the Workshop will feature presen..
June 22, 2018

African teens: We are proud to be black

African teens: We are proud to be black Image caption The surveyed teenagers were almost unanimous in feeling proud to be African Africa is the future and its young people have big plans for making it the greatest continent on earth. That was the message from more than 180 teenagers questioned by the British Council and BBC Africa's new youth programme What's New? As well as having lots of ideas, these young people, aged 14 and 15, aren't holding back when it comes to their own ambitions. "President of my country", "the greatest physicist in the world", "a footballer just like Messi", "a doctor who eradicates breast cancer" were just some of the answers when we asked our youngsters what they want to be when they grow up. But though they are excited for the future, they are not naïve about the challenges ahead. 'More important than our parents'"We are the wealthiest continent on the planet in terms of raw materials, but our leaders… let foreigners exploit th..
June 22, 2018

Joseph Mbilinyi takes Tanzania to court over rap song ban

Joseph Mbilinyi takes Tanzania to court over rap song ban Image copyright JOSEPH MBILINYI Image caption Joseph Mbilinyi was sentenced to five months in jail for allegedly defaming the president. Tanzanian MP Joseph Mbilinyi says he will sue the government for banning his rap song about the state of prisons. Basata, the Kiswahili acronym for the country's arts council, banned the song for using words that "incite public violence". The song was leaked after the opposition MP, popularly known as MC Sugu, was jailed for allegedly defaming President John Magufuli. The ban comes amid complaints about restrictions to freedom of expression. Read Africa Live for more on this and other stories on the continent Why Diamond Platnumz is in trouble for a kiss East Africa cracks down on 'fake news' More about Tanzania Basata said in a press statement that the song, which it dubbed #219, had generated numerous complaints from the public and "brings into jeopardy the reputation of the..
June 22, 2018

Akon to build ‘real Wakanda’ in Senegal

Akon wants to build 'real life Wakanda' using a currency called AKoin Image copyright Getty Images Akon says he's planning to release a new cryptocurrency named after himself - called Akoin. Speaking at the Cannes Lions Festival on Monday, the Locked Up singer said he believed cryptocurrency could be "the saviour of Africa". AKoin's official website says the singer wants the app "on every mobile phone" between now and December. And Akon says he's also planning to build a "crypto city" in Senegal which he calls "a real-life Wakanda". Image copyright AKoin Image caption AKoin's offical website details the plans for the new currency The website says Akon has been "gifted" 2,000 acres of land by the President of Senegal to build the city - which is also named after himself. Akon Crypto City will apparently be "a short drive" from Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Just like Wakanda in Marvel's Black Panther, Akon promises says his city will be a "futuristic..
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