May 26, 2018

Cameroon military court jails Anglophone activists

Cameroon military court jails Anglophone activists Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many in Cameroon's English-speaking minority have protested against discrimination A court in Cameroon has convicted seven activists from the country's English-speaking minority of rebellion and terrorism, handing them sentences ranging from 10 to 15 years. They include the group's leader, Mancho Bibixy, a radio presenter in the Anglophone North-West Region. Cameroon's English-speaking minority say they are marginalised by the country's Francophone majority. Separatists have been demanding independence. Correspondents say Mancho Bibixy's radio broadcasts are associated with a radical movement in the north-western town of Bamenda. The North-West and South-West regions are the two mainly English-speaking areas. Cameroon profileHe was one of several activists arrested in January after anti-government protests. On Friday, he was found guilty by a military court in ..
May 25, 2018

Liverpool-Real Madrid: How Mo Salah fever has gripped Africa

Liverpool-Real Madrid: How Mo Salah fever has gripped Africa Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pundits have compared the Mo Salah with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Football is king in Africa and with one of the continent's own among the stars going into the Champions League final, Africa is united behind Liverpool against Real Madrid. Mohamed Salah has set Africa's social media buzzing, and even fans of Real Madrid find themselves torn. Aminu Mai-unguwa Mohamed is such a staunch support of Liverpool's rivals Chelsea that he is known by his friends as Aminu Mai-unguwa Chelsea, yet he had this to say to the BBC about his support for Salah: "I have faith in Salah, his team will be successful in winning the cup. "I think he is better than both Messi and Ronaldo combined, and if his team were to play Chelsea, I would still support him." Image copyright Aminu Mai-unguwa Chelsea Image caption Aminu Mai-unguwa Chelsea is a staunch Chelsea FC fan who supports Mohamed S..
May 25, 2018

DR Congo boat sinking: River disaster kills 50 people

DR Congo boat sinking: River disaster kills 50 people About 50 people have died after a boat capsized on a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say. The vice-governor of Tshuapa province in the north of the country said the cause of the accident was not clear. He said another 50 people had survived when the boat tipped over as it was travelling from Monkoto to Mbandaka. River transport is common in DR Congo as there are few roads or railways, but vessels are often overloaded and accidents are frequent. Mbandaka is also currently struggling with an outbreak of Ebola, with fears that it could spread from the city of one million to the capital, Kinshasa, via traders using the River Congo. Africa Live: More on this and other stories Why DR Congo is confident it will halt Ebola Find out more about DR Congo Tshuapa Vice-Governor Richard Mboyo Iluka told the AFP news agency that the boat had been travelling at night, which is illegal, and did not have lights. Last month more ..
May 25, 2018

‘I took 57 painkillers a day to get high’

'I took 57 painkillers a day to get high' In December 2017 British woman Laura Plummer was jailed for three years for bringing 300 Tramadol painkiller tablets into Egypt. While the sentence shocked many in the UK, the case shone a light on a painkiller addiction problem blighting millions of Egyptians. "When I was 15, we were playing PlayStation in a games arcade, and someone insulted me. I picked up a billiards cue and smashed it over his head. I was screaming abuse at everyone. I even broke the windows." Abdul Hameed, now 24, remembers the moment he realised his drug habit had spiralled out of control. Two years earlier, aged just 13, he had tried the opioid-based painkiller Tramadol for the first time. Like many young Egyptians, he started by taking one quarter of a 100mg tablet to get high. Image copyright Ahmed Maher Image caption Abdul Hameed, 24, was using Tramadol from the age of 13 "I felt like I was a superhero," he says. "I could do anything." By the time he we..
May 24, 2018

Why DR Congo is confident it will halt Ebola

Why DR Congo is confident it will halt Ebola Image copyright AFP Despite its vast size and dilapidated health system, the Democratic Republic of Congo is confident that it will be able to contain the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease, which is thought to have killed 27 people. There has been one case in Mbandaka, a densely populated city of one million. This has led to fears the disease could spread rapidly through the city, as happened in West Africa four years ago, causing more than 11,000 deaths. Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe was among the researchers who first identified Ebola in 1976 in DR Congo, and has been on the teams that have responded to each of the eight subsequent outbreaks in the country. The disease was even named after one of DR Congo's many rivers. "I am confident because I think we have very good experience of this disease and we'll stop this outbreak as soon as possible," he told the BBC. All previous outbreaks in DR Congo have been relatively small...
May 24, 2018

Africa’s week in pictures: 17-24 May 2018

Africa's week in pictures: 17-24 May 2018 A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright AFP Image caption Wearing a multi-coloured skirt typically used in the dance, an Egyptian performs the Tanoura at el-Ghuri Culture Palace in Cairo... Image copyright AFP Image caption The dance, which incorporates the Sufi technique of whirling, is popular across the Middle East. Image copyright EPA Image caption While a Syrian group performs during the Festival de La Medina in Tunisia's capital Tunis. Image copyright AFP Image caption The royal seat of the Kingdom of Dahomey in what is present-day Benin is seen at a museum in France's capital Paris. Benin is demanding the return of treasures taken during colonial rule. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In Mbandaka city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a vendor holds some bush meat in a market. The city has been hit by Ebola, which can be spread when ..
May 24, 2018

Macron hosts CEO’s at TechForGood Summit in Paris

Paris, France (CABNC TV)-President Emmanuel Macron has declared to turn his country into a “start-up nation” as he hosted CEO’s at TechForGood summit in Paris, Facebook […]
May 24, 2018

ECOWAS LAUNCHES ENERGY GOVERNANCE PROGRAMME FOR WEST AFRICA

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in collaboration with the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the European Union (EU) and have launched the regional programme on “Improving the Energy Governance in West Africa (AGoSE-AO) ” on 22nd May, 2018 in Abuja,Nigeria. The energy governance programme in West Africa should allow the region to meet all the challenges which hamper universal access to energy and a sustainable energy mix in West Africa. It aims to consolidate the foundations to enable West African States to achieve the three objectives of the UN initiative “Sustainable Energy for All” or SEforALL for 2030: ensure universal access to modern energy services, doubling energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. The ECOWAS Commissioner for Energy and Mines, Mr. Sédiko Douka emphasized in his remarks during the launch of the programme, that accessibility to electricity is one of the key challenge in the r..
May 24, 2018

South Africa’s Ramaphosa gives half his pay to Mandela charity

South Africa's Ramaphosa gives half his pay to Mandela charity Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cyril Ramaphosa is popular in business circles South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he will be donating half of his salary to charity. Mr Ramaphosa said the gesture was aimed at encouraging the wealthy to dedicate some of their pay to help build the nation. The donation of 1,6m rand ($130,000; £100,000) will be managed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF). Mr Ramaphosa is one of South Africa's richest men, with a fortune of around $450m. His critics often accuse him of being out of touch with the poor, and he was criticised for bidding more than $2m for a buffalo and her calf in 2012. Mr Ramaphosa, 65, was a businessman before he became deputy president in 2012. He held a stake in sectors from telecoms and the media to beverages and fast food - he owned the South African franchise of the US chain, McDonalds). Africa Live: Updates on thi..
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