April 30, 2018

Beauty standards: Egypt’s curly hair comeback

Beauty standards: Egypt's curly hair comeback Image copyright Eman El-Deeb Image caption Eman El-Deeb was asked to straighten her hair nearly every day Eman El-Deeb, a young Egyptian woman, decided to leave her country in 2016. But it wasn't for education, work or a partner. It was because of her hair. The 26-year-old has big curly hair that is admired in Spain, where she currently lives. But in Egypt, where many women seek to emulate European ideals of beauty, she felt like her hair was a curse. "The decision to leave was a very sad one for me. I never imagined I'd migrate," says Eman. "But I was tired… I reached the point where I felt I wanted to live in a place where my looks do not bother anyone." Image copyright Mona Ghander Image caption Most Egyptian women have naturally curly hair Eman says that in Egypt she was ridiculed by acquaintances and strangers alike. "In the first couple of months of my work at an Egyptian bank, someone from human resources would c..
April 29, 2018

Nigeria President Buhari to meet Trump in Washington

Nigeria President Buhari to meet Trump in Washington Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images Image caption Muhammadu Buhari (left) and Donald Trump Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will become the first African leader to be received by US President Donald Trump when he arrives in Washington for talks later. They are expected to discuss shared economic and security interests. But many will also be watching the talks closely after a row over Mr Trump's alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe African nations. Mr Trump denied being a racist after the reported crude remark. What's the agenda for Trump-Buhari talks?The two leaders may be keen to put the scandal behind them to focus on more pressing issues, writes the BBC's Nigeria correspondent Mayeni Jones. Image copyright Boko Haram Image caption Boko Haram militants launched their insurgency in 2009 At home, President Buhari faces multiple security challenges, including the nine-year-old insurgency by Boko Haram jih..
April 28, 2018

‘Guns, germs and trees’ determine gorilla’s fate

'Guns, germs and trees' determine gorilla's fate Image copyright Terence Fuh Neba, WWF Central African Republic The survival of gorillas in the forests of Africa depends on guns, germs and trees. So say the scientists behind the largest ever survey of western lowland gorillas across their range. The study, based on a decade's worth of field research, found more gorillas than in previous estimates. However, the vast majority are in unprotected areas, where they are at risk from illegal poaching, Ebola and habitat destruction. A similar picture was found for central chimpanzees. Both great apes live in the remote forests of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Image copyright Emma Stokes/WCS Image caption Chimpanzees, like all great apes, are protected by law "Guns refers to hunting; germs refers to Ebola; and trees refer to the fact that these are forest animals which need a dense and intact forest to survive," said Dr Fiona Maise..
April 28, 2018

‘I run for the family I’m not allowed to see’

'I run for the family I'm not allowed to see' There is one event that long-distance runner Salah Ameidan takes part in every year - the gruelling Sahara Marathon in south-west Algeria. It's not only the thrill of the competition that attracts him, though - this is also the closest he can get to his family, who live behind a wall in the desert, in territory governed by Morocco. We're deep in the desert in south-west Algeria looking out at parched, cracked flatlands. With minutes to go before the horn blows, I join Salah Ameidan on his gentle warm-up as he prepares his mind and his lithe limbs for the tough terrain ahead. Around us, hundreds of athletes are gathering at the starting line dressed in neon yellow and orange Lycra, using the pointy edges of their neck scarves to rub sand out of their eyes. The conditions for today's run are likely to be treacherous: burning breeze, wandering camels and shifting sand dunes. But Ameidan's not concerned about..
April 28, 2018

100 Women: ‘Mo Salah is so important to Muslim children like mine’

100 Women: 'Mo Salah is so important to Muslim children like mine' "Mohamed Salah! Go Mo, go!" The shouts echo around my house as Mohamed Salah scores a sublime opening goal against Roma in the UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night. My children, Hanaa, aged eight, and Muhammad, six, beam from ear to ear as we all watch Salah lay face down on the ground, in his trademark goal celebration. The rise of Liverpool's Egyptian King hasn't gone unnoticed in homes like mine across the country, if not the world. At the top of his game, Mohamed Salah is uniting communities. He will pray on the pitch, he will sport his beard with pride and he will play some of the best football you have seen this year. Do you have any idea how powerful that is to children like mine? He's a role model of our time. Mohamed Salah: The night the 'phenomenal' Liverpool man downed Roma I came to Liverpool to win titles - Salah Mohamed Salah: Not my decision to sell Eg..
April 28, 2018

Africa’s week in pictures: 20-26 April 2018

Africa's week in pictures: 20-26 April 2018 A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright EPA Image caption A penguin shows attitude on Boulders Beach in Cape Town in South Africa. Image copyright EPA Image caption This man is at the Afrikaburn festival, which sees the construction of a temporary town in the Karoo, a semi-desert region in South Africa... Image copyright EPA Image caption Some 13,000 people attended the annual festival, including this man in a mask made out of bones... Image copyright EPA Image caption It is a festival of radical self-expression, where there is no money, mobile phone reception or commercial goods. Image copyright EPA Image caption This man is in a different mood, as he marches in Cape Town to demand a higher minimum wage than the proposed $1.60 (£1.15) per hour. Image copyright Taiwan presidential office Image caption Dressed in the colours of the national flag, Swazis perform ..
April 28, 2018

Reality Check: Are young Nigerians working hard enough?

Reality Check: Are young Nigerians working hard enough? Image copyright AFP As the president of a democratic country, suggesting the bulk of your electorate is lazy is not usually a good idea and doing so at an international business forum, even less so. And that is what a lot of Nigerians thought about comments made by their president, Muhammadu Buhari, on a visit to London last week. Speaking on a panel during the Commonwealth Business Forum, President Buhari said that "a lot of" Nigerian youths claim "they should sit and do nothing" but expect to get "housing, healthcare and education free". Unsurprisingly social media erupted and the hashtag #LazyNigerianYouths was born. In a statement soon afterwards, the president defended his words. His media aide quite rightly pointed out that the president never used the word lazy. But that didn't do much to quell the angry masses online. One Twitter user said: "I am a 2nd class upper graduate of chemistry science from university of La..
April 28, 2018

Nigerian Senator Dino Melaye and his many scandals

Nigerian Senator Dino Melaye and his many scandals Image copyright YouTube Image caption The senator (l) is well known for his love of luxury cars, champagne and designer clothes A controversial Nigerian senator is currently in detention at an Abuja hospital after allegedly jumping out of a police van to try and escape custody. The incident is the latest in a series of scandals linked to the colourful politician, Dino Melaye. The chain of events that led to Mr Melaye's exit from a police vehicle, through its window, began in mid-March. That month, the police arrested two members of an armed gang. Kabiru Saidu, also known as Osama, and Nuhu Salisu, nicknamed "Small", confessed to taking part in a number of kidnappings and armed robberies. They also accused Senator Melaye, 44, of supplying them with money and weapons - charges he denied. As a result, the police declared that Mr Melaye was wanted on a charge of supplying illegal arms to his political supporters, and they even said t..
April 28, 2018

Brian Hungwe: Mugabe feeling ‘unloved’ on his birthday

Letter from Africa: Mugabe 'unloved' on his birthday Image copyright Reuters Image caption The government has not planned lavish birthday celebrations for Robert Mugabe In our series of letters from Africa, Zimbabwean journalist-turned-barrister Brian Hungwe considers the fate of ousted President Robert Mugabe as he celebrates his 94th birthday. A famous quote by Machiavelli advises politicians: "It is better to be feared than loved - if you cannot have both." However, the Italian Renaissance author and statesman then warns that if a ruler chooses fear, it is best not to be extreme - as unnecessary cruelty will never win life-long loyalty. During Mr Mugabe's rule in Zimbabwe, he enjoyed great prestige and high honour. He personified the state he led for almost four decades as he tightened his grip. But two months after his resignation following a military intervention, he cuts a lonely figure. This photo of Mr Mugabe, accompanied by his wife Grace, tells a thousand word..
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