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  1. Tokyo 2020 archery venue unveiled:

The archery venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games was officially unveiled on Sunday becoming the first of the Games’ new venues to be completed. Yumenoshima Park Archery Field, located on a former landfill site, was set for completion in May. Other than the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic and Paralympic athletes village, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) is building eight new competition venues for the Games.

  • Xi calls for advancement of china- Djibouti strategic relationship:

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday called for the advancement of China-Djibouti strategic relationship. Xi Jinping made the call when he met with Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh in Beijing. Xi said China is willing to work with Djibouti to continuously promote the bilateral strategic partnership, stressing the joint building of the Belt and Road and the implementation of the outcomes reached at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. “China will continue to provide support for Djibouti’s economic and social development, exchange experience on development, and encourage competitive Chinese enterprises to invest and expand businesses in Djibouti,” he said.

  • Uganda crowns most curvy woman, names her tourism ambassador:

Uganda has crowned its most curvaceous woman at the inaugural Miss Curvy pageant in Kampala The event was criticized by women’s rights campaigners and some religious leaders as immoral and as an attempt to objectify the female body. But Uganda’s tourism ministry defended it, saying the contest would be used to market the country’s tourism potential.

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  1. Exhibition explores Senegalese women & their love for gold jewelry:

Gold is an essential part of Senegalese women’s fashion. It is a symbol of affluence and sophistication. But what inspired this relationship? An exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art explores this bond driven by power and wealth, centuries ago.

  • Jeanine Mabunda, first woman elected to lead DRC’s National Assembly:

Jeanine Mabunda was elected to head the Congolese National Assembly on Wednesday (April 24th) with 374 votes. She was the only candidate after the invalidation of the candidacy of her challenger Henry Thomas Lokondo. She is the first woman elected to the position in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Ex-president Joseph Kabila nominated her for the post.

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  1. DRC MP’s elect woman speaker of parliament, Jeanine Mabunda:

Lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, on Wednesday elected Jeanine Mabunda as head of the national assembly. Mabunda was the only candidate fielded for the position after her main opponent, Henri Thomas Lokondo, was disqualified. The main opposition boycotted the process citing political maneuvering. The new speaker belongs to the Common Forum for Congo, FCC coalition, which is led by former president Joseph Kabila. She also got the backing of president Tshisekedi’s CACH coalition. She becomes the first woman to occupy the top legislative seat. She is the sixth substantive speaker and takes over from Aubin Minaku – speaker between 2012 – 2019.

  • Selfie by caretaker, gorillas in DRC’s Virunga park goes viral:

Gorillas are not known to stand straight by nature but that is what two female gorillas did over the weekend. Doing so for a selfie opportunity with two rangers. The photo of the rangers and gorillas went viral on social media platforms and attracted wide coverage by mainstream media outlets. The photo was taken in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC’s famed Virunga National Park. Virunga is “Africa’s oldest national park and is also the continent’s most biologically diverse protected area. “You might have recently seen caretakers Mathieu and Patrick’s amazing #selfie with female orphaned gorillas Ndakazi and Ndeze inside the Senkwekwe center here at Virunga. Is it real? Yes! Are these gorilla gals always this cheeky? Yes!,” the park’s Twitter handle clarified the viral photos.

  • Malawi hopeful in new Malaria vaccine:

High hopes in Malawi as the country made history on Tuesday by taking the bold step to be the first country in the world to vaccinate children with a new malaria vaccine. Mothers with babies below the age of 2 turned up in the week long vaccination campaign, in trust of the revolutionary vaccine. “Finally my child has received the malaria vaccine. I am so happy because I know that she will not suffer from malaria and that I can concentrate on other important things,” said Hendrina Ositeni, mother.

  • Ghana starts largest medical delivery scheme using drones:

Hundreds of drones have started delivering life-saving vaccines, blood and medicines to patients in Ghana this week in the largest scheme of its kind, the global vaccine alliance GAVI said on Wednesday. Medics will place orders by text message when supplies run dry, said GAVI chief executive Seth Berkley. Drones will then fly in from four distribution centers, hover over health posts and drop deliveries using tiny parachutes. “The idea is that these four distribution centers can make up to 600 on-demand delivery flights a day,” Berkley told reporters in a telephone briefing. “And that can expand up to 2,000 (a day) over time.”

  • Uganda, Kenya, Morocco named among world’s most beautiful places:

Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kenya’s Samburu national reserve and Morocco’s Mount Toubkal have been named among the 25 most beautiful places in the world, according to a survey done by CNN Travel. The list of ‘breathtakingly beautiful’ places was compiled by the American media channel, in commemoration of Earth Day, and shared to tip travellers on which places they could visit this year. ‘‘In celebration of Earth Day…from lush African forests to vast Latin American deserts, watery Balkan paradises to ancient Middle Eastern cities, here are our picks for the world’s top breathtaking, beautiful destinations,’‘ CNN Travel said. This is what was said about the African destinations on the list.

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  1. World Press Freedom Day 2019: Ethiopia, Ethiopian in thick of affairs:

The 2019 edition of the United Nation’s World Press Freedom Day will take place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. A move that is allied to reform efforts by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration. The main celebration of the UNESCO-led day will take place in Ethiopia between 1st to 3rd of May. Many media rights watchers have said the decision was both a surprise but welcome. Until April 2018, Ethiopia was one of the biggest jailers of journalists. Months after Abiy, according to the press rights group, Reporters without Borders; there was no journalist who was being held in jail with relation to their work.

  • Malawi becomes first nation to vaccinate children against malaria:

Malawi has become the first nation to immunize children against malaria. Launched on Tuesday, the Malaria vaccine pilot Programme will see at least 120,000 children in Malawi under the age of two injected with the RTS,S vaccine, for partial protection to malaria parasite. Malawi’s Ministry of Health, deputy director, Michael Kayange, said the new system of control and prevention will help Malawi hopefully avoid one million of the six million cases of malaria detected each year in the country, and prevent 4,000 deaths. Researchers and health authorities hope that, combined with other means of prevention, there will be a significant reduction in the number of victims.

  • Egyptian store cells clothes by the kilo, easing financial woes:

Brands such as Zara, Adidas, Nike and Marks & Spencer are out of reach for many Egyptians but a store in one of Cairo’s lower income districts is making these products more affordable. Some of the customers say ‘Kilo Stock’ sells clothes by the kilogram, trading garments at relatively inexpensive prices compared to what they would have cost at the brand shop itself. Customer, Heba, was so pleased with her experience, she described the prices and variety as unimaginable.

  • Angola elections; power decentralization could help revamp local communities:

Angola’s local elections are scheduled to take place in 2021 for the first time, an important step towards democracy. Decentralization appears a plausible solution that could respond to some serious local problems, such as in the city of Luanda. In the neighborhood of Morro Bento for instance, there are many needs. Basic sanitation is one of such that bedevils the area. When it rains, here in Rua das Margarines, the children have a gorge to pass before they get to school. It is full of water and reaches the waist,” says a resident. The Administration of the Neighborhood knows the problems and has already signaled them to the government of the province of Luanda. Firmino José, the neighborhood administrator, believes that the creation of municipalities will make the management of public funds more transparent and efficient.

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  1. Return to Juba: South Sudan’s Kiir urges Machar:

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir has called upon the rebel leader Riek Machar to ‘urgently’ return to the country, and implement the peace deal signed last year. Kiir, who was delivering an Easter message, also recounted the ‘piercing experience’ during his recent Vatican visit, when the pope kissed his feet, along with Machar and other political leaders. ‘‘On the occasion of Easter as your leaders, we are working together to bring peace to our country. It is not too late, I am inviting Dr, Riek Machar to urgently return to Juba so that we can work together to expedite the process of forming the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU),’‘ Kiir said.

  • Congo Brazzaville begins exporting Iron Ore:

The grand arrival of the first train ferrying the first iron ore extracts in Congo Brazzaville, mined in Mayoko district, 300 kilometers from the train central station in the economic capital, Pointe-Noire. One year later, and Congo has become one the iron exporting countries. About 23,000 tons of this material was loaded last week into a ship at the Pointe-Noire Port Authority destined for China. The mining company, the Sapro SA group plans to increase exports to 12 million tons per year from 2022.This major trade comes at a time when Congo Brazzaville is dealing with an economic and financial crisis since the fall in oil prices in 2014. The country hopes that these iron exports will empower its plans to diversify its economy from being an oil dependent nation.

  • Preserving Africa’s cultural heritage:

Many people say the charity of African heads of state begins and ends abroad. Several of them have joined the sum of world’s wealthiest families in a fundraiser to rebuild the iconic 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris which was devastated by fire last Monday. But how do these African leaders react to similar projects geared towards preserving the continent’s cultural heritage? UNESCO has made calls for the continent to restore and preserve the 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of the 13th-century ‘New Jerusalem’, situated in the heart of Ethiopia. The historic dug-out churches have been have been spoiled by rain, erosion, repairs and modifications. Yet, UNESCO’s calls seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

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