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22
MAY

South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa Sworn In

South Africa has officially sworn in Cyril Ramaphosa alongside other MPs. But on the opening day of the newly elected National Assembly, some of the new ANC officials have had to postpone their ceremony while they wait to deal with matters previously raised by the party's Integrity Commission.

Kenyan writer and LGBT Rights activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies aged 48 in Nairobi. He won a Caine Prize for his book 'Discovering Home'. Famous for publicly coming out in Kenya in 2014, he was named on the same year among Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. We hear his experience from an interview he did with Focus on Africa in 2014.

A Somali Uber living in the US has been found responsible for committing acts of torture during Somalia's civil war in the 1980s. We hear from one of his victims.
21
MAY

Malawi to the polls

Voting is underway in Malawi, where people are electing their President, new members of Parliament and local government councillors. In the race for the presidential seat are incumbent Peter Mutharika, his current vice president Saulos Chilima of the UTM Party and Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party. As vote carries on, Focus on Africa's David Amanor speaks to the voters queuing up in their millions outside polling stations across the country.

A new study into rising sea levels compiled by the National Academy of Sciences in the US, suggests that sea levels would rise by up to 2 meters by 2100 as a result of global warming and the melting of ice sheets at Earth's poles. Double what had been previously thought. Dr Abiy Kebede is Lecturer in Flood and Coastal Engineering from the University of Brunel in London explains how coastal regions in Africa are at risk from the expansion of waters into the mainland.

Cobalt is a valuable raw material widely found in the Democratic Republic of Congo and important in the construction of telephones and cars. But as industries all over the world increase their demands on the metal, its mining becomes equally unsustainable. That's why Swedish born Congolese Grammy award-winning artist, Mohombi is a key member and spokesman of the Congo World Foundation, hoping to spread awareness of the need to promote clean cobalt.
20
MAY

Eve of Malawi's sixth democratic election

Nearly seven million Malawians will have the chance to vote for a new president in one of the most unpredictable elections in the country's history;

DRC politician Moise Katunbi returns home after three years in a self-imposed from exile;

And the renaisaance of combat sports in Africa.
16
MAY

Sudanese Pro-Democracy Protesters Urged To Remove Barricades

Sudanese pro-democracy activists urged to remove barricades as talks between the army and the leaders of the opposition alliance are suspended for 72 hours; Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besiyge calls on President Museveni to relinquish power plus the Nigerian woman framed by drug gangs talks about her ordeal.
14
MAY

Sudan protests turn deadly

Protests in Sudan turned bloody last night, as six people are believed to have been killed after security services suppressed a sit-in taking place outside the Military headquarters. More have been injured. General Abdel Fattah Burhan head of the military council has condemned the violence.

Somalia Ministry of Education cancels ongoing secondary education exams and postpones them till the end of May. Thousands of students are affected. The decision is in response to a leak of test papers on social media. We hear from angry students who feel they are been penalised.

In Zimbabwe, the government has pledged to compensate some of the white farmers most hit by losses due to land expropriation, but some black farmers see this as furthering inequality.
13
MAY

Sudan: Reports say Omar El Bashir, has been charged with the killings of protesters

Reports in Sudan say ousted president, Omar El Bashir has been charged with the killings of protesters;

It comes on the day that talks have resumed between the military council and protest leaders of the Forum for Democracy and Change;

The former president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma says he feels unsafe and insecure after he was left without bodyguards;

And the young Nigerian student who was wrongfully jailed in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking, returns home.
08
MAY

South Africa Votes

Twenty five years after the end of apartheid and the first free and fair elections, millions of South Africans head to the polls to elect fresh members of the National Assembly. Focus on Africa is on the ground reporting from the queues outside the polling stations, as well as talking to those people who decided not to vote. Six million young people did not register to vote. What future for Africa's biggest democracy?

In Sudan, the transition of power from the current military rulers to a civilian government hits another snag. The army wants to make sure that Islamic law is the basis for legislation in the new government wanted by the Sudanese people, who ousted former president Omar al-Bashir in April.

In Cameroon, an entrepreneur says she has a more nutritionally balanced alternative to fermented pap, the food so many African babies grow up with.
06
MAY

Niger: Fuel tanker explosion kills dozens in the capital Niamey

A fuel tanker lorry has overturned and exploded in Niger's capital, Niamey, killing at least 58 people, according to authorities;

The United Nations say nearly a million animal species face extinction due to human activity;

And the plight of Nigeria's migrant women returning from Libya with children borne out of rape.

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