Kenyan villagers dance the ‘waley’ to praise their cows

Villagers in the Tana River area of Kenya mark the rainy season with a unique song and dance competition. They dance the “waley” to praise their cows during the rainy season. Then, when the singing and dancing is over, the men wrestle each other to show off their strength. Video journalist: Yadeta Berhanu Kenyan villagers […]

Kenya targets ‘fish thieves’ with new coastguard

Image copyright Kenya Government Image caption This vessel – the MV Doria – is the Kenyan coastguard’s first and only boat Kenya’s president has launched the country’s first coastguard to protect and monitor its territorial waters. It will guard against illegal fishing, which President Uhuru Kenyatta says costs Kenya about $100m (£78m) a year. It […]

Letter from Africa: Sudan’s fashion police shave off afros

Letter from Africa: Sudan’s fashion police shave off afros

In our series of letters from African journalists, Zeinab Mohammed Salih looks at the contentious issue of fashion in the conservative, Islamic country of Sudan. In the last few weeks social media users in Sudan have been horrified by videos and pictures of young men’s afros being shaved off by the former Janjaweed forces in […]

Rescued migrants refuse to leave ship taking them to Libya

Image copyright MSF Sea Image caption The cargo ship has been docked in Libya for eight days Dozens of increasingly desperate migrants rescued by a cargo ship in the Mediterranean have been refusing to leave after it docked in a Libyan port. Some told journalists they would rather die than be forced to disembark in […]

World Falconry Day: Eagle and falcons soar over desert show

Egyptian falconers have met in the desert near Alexandria to celebrate World Falconry Day and highlight an ancient sport. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Yasser al-Khawanky fed his Golden Eagle at the gathering at Borg al-Arab. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Golden Eagles have been kept for hunting for centuries. Image copyright Reuters Image caption […]

South Africa’s Ramaphosa to repay campaign donation

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Ramaphosa has campaigned heavily against corruption South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is to repay $35,000 (£27,300) given to his leadership campaign by a firm accused of corruption. The donor, a firm called Bosasa, has won lucrative government contracts but is under investigation. Mr Ramaphosa initially told MPs the money […]

Kenya bans Marie Stopes from offering abortion services

Image copyright Marie Stopes Kenya Image caption Marie Stopes promotes family planning across Kenya The authorities in Kenya have banned the international health organisation Marie Stopes from offering any form of abortion services. The Medical Practitioners Board says it made the decision after investigating complaints that the group’s adverts were promoting abortion. Abortion is illegal […]

Nigerian special effects makeup artist on creating gore for Nollywood

Hakeem Effects is an award-winning special effects makeup artist working in Nollywood. He creates, zombies, blood and gore for the multi-billion dollar Nigerian film industry, which produces thousands of films every year. Video journalist: Sarah Tiamiyu for BBC News Pidgin Nigerian special effects makeup artist on creating gore for Nollywood

Afcon 2019: Guinea qualify, former champions Zambia eliminated

Africa Cup of Nations trophy Guinea qualified for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday without kicking a ball, with former champions Zambia eliminated after defeat in Mozambique. Guinea progressed after Rwanda held the Central African Republic to a 2-2 draw in Group H. The result means that Guinea, who are set to play […]

Akli Tadjer: French writer meets students in school race row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Akli Tadjer met 25 pupils from the school in Péronne (file picture) A novelist whose book was rejected by French teenagers because of its Algerian theme has visited their school in the Somme region to meet them. Akli Tadjer, a French writer with Algerian roots, said afterwards that it […]

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