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Outrage after Zimbabwean girl, 14, dies giving birth at church shrine

Memory Machaya's death at a church leads to calls for the government to end forced child marriage. (BBC News)

Nigeria kidnappings: Chibok schoolgirl returns home seven years on

More than 270 girls were seized by Islamist militants in 2014, and many of them are still missing. (BBC News)

Tokyo Olympics: Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge successfully defends Olympic marathon title

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge claims victory in the men's marathon at Tokyo 2020 to become the first athlete since 1980 to retain an Olympic marathon title. (BBC News)

Abba Kyari: The Nigerian super sleuth wanted in the US

Highly decorated policeman Abba Kyari's reputation is under scrutiny over alleged fraud. (BBC News)

Telfar Clemens: Designer creates Tokyo 2020 Olympic outfits for Team Liberia

American-Liberian designer Telfar Clemens created Liberian team's outfits at the Tokyo Olympics. (BBC News)

In pictures: Egypt pharaoh's 'solar boat' moved to Giza museum

The Great Boat of King Khufu is more than 4,500 years old, and was found virtually intact in 1954. (BBC News)

Tokyo Olympics: Uganda and Kenya win golds in athletics as Egypt claim karate bronze

Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei and Kenya's Faith Kipyegon both win athletics golds as Egypt's Giana Farouk claims karate bronze on day 14 of the Tokyo Olympics. (BBC News)

Africa Covid chief John Nkengasong says vaccine saved his life

Dr John Nkengasong says he is suffering from coronavirus but "wouldn't be here" without the jab. (BBC News)

'We want trillions to heal our wounds'

Descendants of victims of Germany's atrocities in Namibia say the money offered is not nearly enough. (BBC News)

Mozambique insurgency: Rwanda leads the fightback

A 1,000-strong force has made major gains against the insurgents since its deployment last month. (BBC News)

Peter Bol: The Sudanese-Australian runner who lifted a nation

Peter Bol's Olympics has delighted Australians, becoming a "symbol of what we can aspire to be". (BBC News)

Nigerian student shocked to see friend's body in anatomy class

Nigerian students often dissect "unclaimed" bodies from mortuaries but some are victims of police violence. (BBC News)

Nigeria's kidnap crisis: 'I saw my two-year-old carried by a man with a gun'

Parents of schoolchildren abducted in Nigeria describe their trauma, and dilemma over the ransom demands. (BBC News)

Tokyo 2020: The Olympic DJs playing in empty stadiums

DJs have found themselves in the unusual position of playing music in virtually empty Olympic stadiums. (BBC News)

Manga artist from Kenya on his passion for Japanese comics

Kenyan manga artist Shin explains his passion for Japanese comics and what it takes to make a great one. (BBC News)

Tokyo Olympics: Taking care of mental health in elite sports

Dr. Tshepang Tshube says it is vital for elite athletes like Simone Biles to protect their mental health. (BBC News)

Kenya's first female paraglider on life from a bird's eye view

"Kenya 1" aka Nyambura Kariuki, shares her thoughts on being Kenya's first ever female paraglider. (BBC News)

Sunflower farming blooms in Kenya after khat export ban

Some farmers are growing sunflowers to boost their incomes after a ban on exports of the khat plant. (BBC News)

The women fighting infertility stigma in Nigeria

Three Nigerian women confront the prejudice they have faced on their fertility journeys. (BBC News)

Tokyo Olympics 2020: 'I'm Nigerian and Ghanaian, but I compete for Ghana'

Triple jumper Nadia Eke talks dance, jollof and wellbeing as she prepares to compete at Tokyo 2020. (BBC News)

Between Horror and Hope in the Villages of Ituri

“We have buried twenty-eight people. I have seen them with my own eyes. We also found three bodies in the fields and buried them too. I can show them to you. It’s not far from here. We buried them there.” The man points to the hills. He doesn’t want to show his face or say […] (

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2021

Indigenous peoples live in all regions of the world. They are distinct social and cultural groups and share collective ancestral ties to the land they live on. They own, occupy or use some 22% of global land area. But they safeguard 80 percent of the world’s remaining biodiversity. There are at least 370-500 million indigenous […] (

Wildlife Trafficking to Come under Fire at IUCN Congress

A recent seizure at Johannesburg’s international airport of a large consignment of rhino horns confirmed worst fears – illegal trafficking of wildlife and the plundering of treasured species is back with a vengeance after a Covid-19 lockdown lull. Destined for Kuala Lumpur, the 32 pieces of rhino horns weighing a total of 160kg were intercepted […] (

ECW Interviews the Honourable Awut Deng Acuil, Minister of General Education and Instruction for South Sudan

Awut Deng Acuil is the first female Minister of Education for South Sudan, and only the second person to serve as Minister of Education for her country – which became independent country in 2011. Prior to this role, Minister Acuil was the first woman to serve as the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International […] (

African Farmers Could Benefit from More Friendly EU Agriculture Policies

Gilbert Bor manages a small farm in the western highlands of Kenya. Landscapes are hilly, village roads lined with pine trees, his cows mostly of the Friesian breed. He is up at 6:00am daily to lead his animals through the woods into the valley below. Most farmers in and around his village in Kapseret grow […] (

5 Things To Watch For in the Latest IPCC Report on Climate Science

On Aug. 9, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release its most comprehensive report on the science of climate change since 2013. It will be the first of four reports released under the IPCC’s latest assessment cycle, with subsequent reports coming in 2022. Over the past eight years, climate scientists have improved the […] (

Olympian Turned Volunteer Keeps Traffic Running in Busy Lagos

Bassey Etim Ironbar is a rare example of an Olympian that transformed from an athlete to a volunteer who does menial jobs like sweeping the streets and clearing debris from open sewers. Ironbar, a Nigerian weightlifter, was competing in the men’s Super Heavyweight event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles when a leg […] (

Human Ingenuity Now Needed for Our Survival

Currently, world population is almost 8 billion, with 3.0 billion more projected before 2100. The process of reducing human numbers so that “we don’t destroy what sustains us can be done starting now gently, humanely, and quite safely”. (

Hunger Will Not Be Defeated Without a Better Environment, Nutrition and Health

Mario Lubetkin is Assistant Director General at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (

China Struggles with Socio-environmental Standards in Latin America

In southeast Mexico, work on the Yucatan Solar Park, owned by the Chinese company Jinko Solar, has been halted since 2020 for lack of proper consultation with indigenous communities, after affected local residents filed an injunction against the project. In February 2019, residents of several Mayan indigenous villages in the municipalities of Cuncunul and Valladolid, […] (

‘Don’t Forget Leprosy’ Campaign Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

A visit to a leprosy facility in Korea with his father, Ryoichi Sasakawa, spurred Yohei Sasakawa to dedicate his life to eliminating both the disease and discrimination of those affected. He was speaking in an emotional pre-recorded address ahead of his 20th anniversary as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and at the launch of […] (