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Rare white rhino dies in Kenya, pushing breed close to extinction

One of the last northern white rhinos on the planet has died in a reserve in Kenya, leaving the sub-species on the verge of extinction, experts said on Saturday. The male, called Suni, “was probably the last male capable of breeding”, according to Dvur Kralove zoo in the Czech Republic, where the rhino was born […]

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Somalis in London: What we can learn from them after 100 years

There has been a Somali presence in London for over a hundred years. The first Somalis to arrive in Britain were economic migrants. Merchant seamen settled in cities including Cardiff, Liverpool and London. There are records of British Somalis in London dating back to 1914 when they were recruited to fight in the First World […]

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Sex education: What Nollywood and sermons don’t teach

Positive parenting had began to gain popularity among parents and teachers in the small Nigerian town of Sapele where I grew up, and my school was not going to be left behind. So, every Valentine’s Day saw us assembled in our school hall to be treated to a film screening. Somehow, my teachers always managed to […]

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Ebola: Yes, it is real

We twist and turn on the dirt road, the tyres kicking up clods of mud. It has rained intermittently the whole afternoon and the road becomes increasingly difficult to negotiate, requiring the full 4-wheel drive. The other landcruiser gets stuck briefly, stubbornly revving to keep up behind us. We toss and tumble around on the […]

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Mozambicans vote in tough test for ruling party

Voters in neat lines started casting their ballots in the capital Maputo shortly after 7 am,  with Frelimo facing growing discontent amid an apparent popular swing towards the opposition. “We want change. We want to choose a new, young leader,” said student Erisma Invasse, who was queueing at the Polana secondary school in an upmarket […]

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#BringBackOurGirls protesters mark six months since Nigerian girls’ abduction

Protesters calling for the release of 219 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants are set to mark the six-month anniversary of their abduction with a march on the presidency on Tuesday. Members of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign are planning to walk to President Goodluck Jonathan’s official residence in Abuja to keep up the pressure […]

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Cameroonian novelist signs million-dollar book deal

It is rumored that US publisher, Random House paid at least a million dollars each to secure the US rights to two novels – The Girls by Emma Cline and The Longings of Jende Jonga by Cameroon-born Imbolo Mbue. This all happened in Frankfurt a few days ago. Publishers came to Frankfurt ahead of the book […]

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Idris Elba to release Mandela-inspired album

Idris Elba to release Mandela-inspired album

From the looks of things, it seems that Idris Elba has taken his passion and admiration for Nelson Mandela very seriously. Moving beyond his recent role in the Justin Chadwick biopic, Elba was so inspired by the research he did as part of the preparation for his role in Long Walk to Freedom that he […]

Channel O Africa announces Music Video Awards nominees

Channel O Africa announces Music Video Awards nominees

Nominees for the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards were announced in Johannesburg last Thursday. Dominating the nominations this year are South African rappers Cassper Nyovest and K.O, as well as Nigeria’s Davido with five nominations each. Nyovest is nominated for most gifted male video, most gifted newcomer video, most gifted hip-hop video, most gifted southern video as […]

Swaziland: Royal family's trail of destruction

Swaziland residents share their stories of being kicked off their family's land by members of the royal family and politically-connected individuals.

Ebola: How concerned should we be?

We take a look at developments of the deadly virus as it continues to spread in West Africa. How did it start and how are countries dealing with it?