Lionel Messi fever hits South Africa as Barcelona beat Mamelodi

Media playback is not supported on this device Barcelona are in South Africa to play Mamelodi Sundowns in the Mandela Cup. South Africa has been awash with Lionel Messi fever for the past three days as the Argentina star made a fleeting visit with his Barcelona team. The five-time World Player of the Year made […]

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 […]

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

Tension in Gaza as Palestinians prepare to bury 58 dead

Media captionGaza’s deadliest day of violence in years Funerals are to be held in Gaza for 58 people killed on Monday when Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinian protesters, in the deadliest day of violence there since a war in 2014. The burials coincide with the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call the Nakba – […]

India’s BJP eyes majority in crucial Karnataka state poll

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The election is especially significant for Prime Minister Narendra Modi India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is heading towards a majority in the southern state of Karnataka, early results show. The BJP has won 57 seats and is ahead in another 57 in the 224-seat assembly, according to the […]