The innocent kids growing up behind bars

When Faith Kalungia visited the Lusaka Central Prison in Zambia to give donations to the female inmates she was shocked to find children roaming around. Some, she learned, had been born there and had never even seen life outside the prison grounds. Faith quit her job and created the Mother of Millions foundation, which gives […]

DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Twenty-three people are known to have died The Ebola outbreak in Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly difficult to control. Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million people about 130km (80 […]

US birth rates drop to lowest since 1987

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US still has a high fertility rate and the slowdown does not mean the population will shrink Births in the US have dropped to their lowest rate in 30 years, marking a cultural shift as women delay motherhood, experts say. Some 3.85 million babies were born in the […]

Vape pen explosion pierces Florida man’s cranium killing him

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Two pieces of the vape pen were in Tallmadge D’Elia’s cranium A US man died when a vape pen blew up and projected fragments into his skull, a post-mortem examination has found. Tallmadge D’Elia also suffered burns over 80% of his body in a fire on 5 May caused by […]

Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in anti-fake news campaign

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Kenyatta says the new law will help prosecute cyber criminals A new law in Kenya is the latest in East Africa to punish the spreading of “false information” and impose a lengthy jail term on offenders. It proposes a fine of $50,000 (£37,000) and/or up to two years in […]

Burundi’s President Nkurunziza: First a third term, now a seven-year mandates

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pierre Nkurunziza has been president since 2005 Burundi goes to the polls on 17 May to vote in a constitutional referendum, which could extend President Pierre Nkurunziza’s rule to 2034. Here’s why the vote has become a contentious issue: Who is President Nkurunziza? He is a former rebel leader who […]

Ghanaian shoe seller vows to bring Yahya Jammeh to justice

A Ghanaian man is leading a campaign to bring The Gambia’s former leader Yahya Jammeh to justice over the murder of 56 migrants who were mistaken for coup plotters, writes the BBC’s Alex Duval Smith. Martin Kyere leapt from the pick-up truck into the darkness. Bullets whistled around him as he ran for his life […]

Nigeria’s star shot-putter on her rise to Paralympic gold

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Ghanaian royalty, living in east London

A trip back to Ghana led to the discovery of some documents revealing a family history with links to royalty. Promise Adamah-Togobo was born in Ghana but moved the UK in 1963. She was handed cache of documents during a trip to Ghana in 2013. They revealed a lot of previously unknown information about her […]

Kenya’s Patel dam burst: Search continues for survivors

At least 41 people have died and dozens others are unaccounted for after a dam burst in Kenya. The breach happened on Wednesday near the town of Solai, 190km (120 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi. Kenya’s Patel dam burst: Search continues for survivors

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