May 9, 2018

The Chinese making a new life in Africa

My family had never seen a Kenyan: The Chinese making a new life in Africa Image caption Xu Jing and Henry Rotich fell in love a decade ago "We fell in love but it was very difficult at first," Xu Jing explains from the courtyard of the Fairmont Hotel in Nairobi. "My family didn't know much about Africa at all. They hadn't even seen a Kenyan before so they were very worried." Henry Rotich - the Kenyan in question - was just as concerned. The pair had fallen for each other after Henry was sent to China to learn Mandarin as part of his government job. It took him many weeks to get his language skills good enough to meet Jing's father over a nerve-filled lunch, at which he asked for his blessing. "Her father didn't say much so I was really worried about what he was thinking, whether or not he even liked the food we were serving him," Henry recalls. Apparently his mastery of Mandarin was enough: a decade later, the couple are living in the Kenyan capital, proud paren..
May 9, 2018

ECOWAS calls on Nigeria to take lead in ensuring maritime security in the region

(L-R) General Francis Behanzin and Vice Admiral I. E Ibas Abuja, 9th May 2018. The Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), General Francis Behanzin has called on Nigeria to play a leadership role in ensuring maritime security in the region. Addressing Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas during a courtesy visit on 9th May 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, the commissioner highlighted the importance of Nigeria’s role in ensuring peace and security in the region and called for it to lead in order to improve collaboration of Chiefs of Naval Staff among ECOWAS Member states. On his part, Vice Admiral Ibas commended the good relationship between the ECOWAS Commission and Nigeria. He reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to cooperating with ECOWAS Member States in securing the gulf of guinea which he described as crucial to the peace, stability and economy of the region. A group picture d..
May 9, 2018

Zimbabwe crocodile attack bride tells of renewed hope

Zimbabwe crocodile attack bride tells of renewed hope Image copyright Zanele Ndlovu-Fox Image caption The hospital told the couple just 20 people could attend - but many more turned up, determined to be part of their day At first, they look like any other young couple, saying their vows and taking their first tentative steps into a long and happy marriage. Then your eye is drawn to to the bride's missing right arm, and the white bandages protecting what is left. Just five days before this footage was taken, Zanele Ndlovu was fighting for her life as a crocodile pulled her beneath the surface of the Zambezi River. Now, speaking on camera for the first time, 25-year-old Zanele has revealed to the BBC's Shingai Nyoka the full horror of the attack, her new-found sense of optimism - as well as her determination it would not delay her wedding day. Death roll"We had no fears at all," Zanele says, thinking back to the moment she and her now-husband Jamie Fox entered the two-man canoe..
May 9, 2018

Somali woman ‘with 11 husbands’ stoned to death by al-Shabab

Somali woman 'with 11 husbands' stoned to death by al-Shabab Image copyright AFP Image caption Al-Shabab militants practice a strict version of Sharia law A woman has been stoned to death in Somalia after a court run by al-Shabab convicted her of having several husbands, the militant group says. Shukri Abdullahi Warsame was accused of marrying 11 times, without divorcing her previous husbands. She was buried neck-deep and pelted to death with stones by al-Shabab fighters, say residents of the southern Sablale town. Al-Shabab practises a strict interpretation of Sharia law. The militant group controls large swathes of Somalia and often conducts raids and attacks in its attempt to overthrow the central government based in the capital, Mogadishu. Check Africa Live for other stories from the continent Who are al-Shabab? The sex slaves of al-Shabab Find out more about Somalia Mohamed Abu Usama, al-Shabab's governor for the Lower Shabelle region, told Reuters: "Shukri Abdul..
May 9, 2018

Poverty in Nigeria: Understanding and Bridging the Divide between North and South | Center For Global Development

May 9, 2018 (CABNCTV)-A top political leader from northern Nigerian once remarked: “In Nigeria, poverty wears a northern cap; if you are looking for a poor man, […]
May 9, 2018

UK ‘settles rendition case’ with former Libyan dissident

UK 'settles rendition case' with former Libyan dissident Image copyright Getty Images The UK government has reached a settlement with former Libyan dissident Abdul Hakim Belhaj over a long-running rendition case, the BBC understands. Mr Belhaj claims MI6 helped the US kidnap him in Thailand in 2004 to return him and his wife to Libya, where he says he was tortured. The attorney general will make a statement in Parliament on Thursday. The settlement terms are unknown but Mr Belhaj, 52, has previously demanded an apology and a token £1 in damages. A leading opponent of the then Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Mr Belhaj says he was abducted in Bangkok - along with his pregnant wife, Fatima Boudchar - while attempting to fly to London to claim UK asylum. Now a politician in Libya, Mr Belhaj spent six years in prison upon his return to the country and Moroccan-born Ms Boudchar was released shortly before giving birth. Human rights charity Reprieve says Ms Boudchar and her ..
May 9, 2018

Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace forward named Premier League player of the month

Wilfried Zaha becomes the first Crystal Palace player to win a Premier League player of the month award since 2004.
May 9, 2018

Yaya Toure: Manchester City fans have been great to me

Yaya Toure says it will be difficult to say goodbye to Manchester City at the end of the season because the fans have been so good to him.
May 8, 2018

Nigeria’s cattle war fuels religious tension

How Nigeria's cattle war is fuelling religious tension Image copyright AFP Image caption Conflict between cattle herders and farmers has claimed thousands of lives A long-running conflict between cattle herders and farmers in central Nigeria is increasingly assuming a religious dimension, writes the BBC's Mayeni Jones after visiting Benue state. Sebastian Nyamgba is a tall, wiry farmer with sharp cheekbones and piercing eyes. He guides me to a small bungalow adjacent to the local church, St Ignatus. It was the home of local priest Father Joseph Gor. "This is his blood," he says, as he points to faint pink splatters on the wall of the porch of the house. "This is where he was killed. They shot him as he was getting on this motorbike to escape and his blood sprayed on the wall." Father Gor was killed in the compound of his Catholic church, in the small village of Mbalom, about an hour's drive south from the capital of Benue state, Makurdi. Image caption Sebastian N..
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