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Chinese ‘Ivory Queen’ Yang Fenglan jailed in Tanzania

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yang Fenglan was a leading figure in business circles at the time of her arrest Tanzania has sentenced Yang Fenglan, a Chinese businesswoman nicknamed the “Ivory Queen”, to 15 years in jail for smuggling hundreds of elephant tusks. Yang was accused of operating one of Africa’s biggest ivory-smuggling rings, responsible […]

Tiny South Africa beach restaurant Wolfgat wins top award

Image copyright AFP Image caption Wolfgat chef Kobus van der Merwe forages daily for ingredients A small beachside restaurant in South Africa has won the top prize at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in Paris. The Wolfgat – whose six staff have no formal training – opened in 2016 in the small fishing village of […]

Why no-one tackles Liberia’s leader

Image caption No-one gets too close to President Weah when he’s after the ball Liberia’s President George Weah was once an international footballer and still sometimes plays on Saturdays as the BBC’s Mike Thomson discovered when he was invited to watch a kick around where some players seemed hesitant to tackle the country’s leader. The […]

Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari vows to deal with vote riggers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nigeria’s president told soldiers to be ruthless with people snatching ballot boxes Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he has ordered the police and military to be “ruthless” with vote-riggers, following the last-minute postponement of the general election. Critics said his comments condoned “jungle justice”. The incumbent president also called the […]

Niger man deported by Israel marooned in Ethiopian airport

A Niger national who was expelled from Israel has been stuck at the international airport in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, since November after his home country refused to take him back. “I have been staying here at the airport under very bad conditions because there’s nothing, nothing at all,” 24-year-old Eissa Muhamad told the BBC. […]

Ethiopian teen breaks 22-year-old record

Media playback is not supported on this device Samuel Tefera of Ethiopia wins the men’s 1500m with a record breaking time of 3.31.04 Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera broke Hicham El Guerrouj’s 22-year-old 1500m indoor world record with a stunning performance in Birmingham. Many eyes were on Yomif Kejelcha, who just missed the mile world record […]

Liberia gold mine collapse: Dozens arrested at ‘lawless’ rescue site

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Liberia is rich in mineral deposits – and full of illicit mines More than 60 miners, some armed, have been arrested at an illegal gold mine in north-eastern Liberia where around 40 people remain trapped in a collapsed pit, officials have told the BBC. They “resisted” a team sent […]

Basketball Africa League: Professional competition to launch in 2020

Congo-born Charlotte Hornets centre Bismack Biyombo playing in the NBA The National Basketball Association and the International Basketball Federation are to launch a professional league in Africa in January 2020. The Basketball Africa League (BAL) will feature 12 teams from at least six African countries. Fiba Africa’s executive director, Alphonse Bile, said the league will […]

Nigeria election 2019: Observers urge calm after delay

Image copyright AFP Image caption Disappointed voters have criticised the electoral commission for the last minute postponement of the poll Foreign election observers have appealed for calm following the last-minute postponement of the Nigerian election by a week. “We call on all Nigerians to remain calm and support the electoral process”, said a statement from […]

How a street painter from Benin got an art exhibition in Finland

How a street painter from Benin got an art exhibition in Finland

Image copyright Perttu Saksa Louis Houenoude lives in the small village of Heve, just outside Grand-Popo, in the small West African country of Benin. He used to paint barber shop signs for a living. But now he is a bona fide artist. An art gallery in Finland is exhibiting a series of portraits painted by […]

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