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Botswana’s schoolgirls to get free sanitary pads – Parliament

Botswana’s parliament on Wednesday adopted a motion to implement a nationwide provision of sanitary products for school-aged girls. The motion passed by the southern African nation parliament will allow every girl in both private and public school to have access to education even during their menstrual periods. “Government provision of sanitary pads to all schools […]

Nigeria scores world’s highest number of out-of-school children

In Nigeria, an estimated 10.5 million children are not going to school, scoring the world’s highest number of out-of-school children, Africanews portal reports. With children under 15 years of age accounting for 45 per cent of the 171 million population, the burden on education has become overwhelming. Primary school enrolment has increased in recent years, […]

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Tanzania: About 479 people accused of witchcraft killed

Human Rights watchdogs are calling on authorities in Tanzania to take action as about 479 people accused of being witches have been killed in the East-African nation this year by vigilance groups. According to a report released on Monday by the Dar es Salaam-based Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), some 80 people, accused of […]

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Tunisia passes landmark law to end all violence against women

Lawmakers in Tunisia on Wednesday passed a bill to “end all violence against women” and provide help for victims, local media reports. “It’s a very moving moment and we are proud in Tunisia to have been able to gather around a historical project,” said women’s minister Naziha Laabidi. The new law, which is expected to […]

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Top Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote dies at 30

Ivorian international midfielder Cheick Tiote died of a heart failure while exercising with his Chinese club side, Beijing Enterprises on Monday. Tiote who spent seven years at the Tyneside club with 150 appearances, including three last season, joined Chinese second-tier side, Beijing Enterprises, in February. “It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote […]

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Wealth of 5 Nigerians can end poverty in Nigeria – Oxfam

The combined wealth of five richest Nigerians, put at $29.9 billion, is enough to end poverty in the West African nation, according to Inequality report released by Oxfam International on Thursday. The report titled ‘Inequality in Nigeria – Exploring the drivers,’ said despite the current economic recession in the African most populous nation, “a small […]

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Senegal: NBA opens first Academy to unleash African talents

The NBA, major men’s professional basketball league in North America, opened its first NBA Africa Academy on Thursday in Senegal. The inauguration of the African academy based in the third-largest city of the West African nation, Thies, follows similar NBA projects opened last year in China and other projects in Australia and in India. According […]

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Ghana plunged into darkness as power crisis deepens

Ghana witnessed a nationwide blackout on Wednesday night, leaving millions of Ghanaians and businesses in the West-African nation without electricity. According to the head of GRIDCO, the national grid, “there was a surge of power around 9:40pm last night; we lost many generators across the country. As a consequence, we lost supply to most parts […]

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Kenyan predicts right outcome of 17 games, wins $2m

28-year-old Kenyan Samuel Abisai has won $2 million after he correctly predicted the outcome of all 17 games in last weekend’s mega jackpot. A statement from gaming company, Sportpesa, said the winner was called shortly after midnight on Sunday and was revealed at a red-carpet ceremony in Nairobi later. The University of Nairobi graduate becomes […]

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Malawi raises legal marriage age to 18

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has officially banned child marriage this week after a two-year parliamentary process and subsequent approval in February. The constitutional amendment signed by the president raises the legal marriage age to 18.  The offense is now punishable by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of about $143. However, rights campaigners say it […]

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