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Meet two young Somali-American women who won city council seats in Maine and Minnesota
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Africans rising Meet two young Somali-American women who won city council seats in Maine and Minnesota

Despite ugly smear campaigns to discredit them, violent threats and racist comments 23-year-olds Safiya Khalid and Nadia Mohamed who are both former refugees still managed to secure historic victories by becoming the first Somali-Americans elected to the city council of Lewiston, Maine and St Louis Park, Minnesota respectively.

The West African Monetary Union is taking back control of its currency from France
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Politics and Society The West African Monetary Union is taking back control of its currency from France

Since 1945, the CFA franc has been the currency used by French colonies, and the usage of the currency continued after independence. Benin President Patrice Talon revealed that the West African Monetary Union has unanimously agreed to take back control of its currency, withdrawing foreign reserves of the West African CFA from France. The move has been welcomed across the continent.

Senegalese Major Seynabou Diouf awarded 2019 UN Female Police Officer of the Year
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Africans rising Senegalese Major Seynabou Diouf awarded 2019 UN Female Police Officer of the Year

Major Seynabou Diouf, has been commended for her “exemplary service, which has a direct and positive impact on the community and the Congolese national police.” The Major currently leads a task force that helps to prevent and end sexual exploitation and abuse with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC.

KFC proposal goes viral; a wedding of a lifetime pledged for South African couple
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Lifestyle KFC proposal goes viral; a wedding of a lifetime pledged for South African couple

A heartwarming video of a proposal at a KFC outlet in South Africa went viral on social media. The couple has finally been identified, and now corporates including KFCSA, Total South Africa, various entertainers and well-wishers are clamouring to sponsor Bhut’ Hector and his bride Nonhlanhla’s wedding. The spirit of Ubuntu and togetherness is certainly in the air.

Zambia: Criminals in Kitwe hack off the hand of 7 year-old girl with albinism
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Politics and Society Zambia: Criminals in Kitwe hack off the hand of 7 year-old girl with albinism

In a gruesome attack, criminals in Kitwe, Zambia hacked off and fled with the hand of a seven year-old girl with albinism. The crime, believed to be a ritual attack has caused an outrage in Zambia and on social media with prominent campaigners on albinism coming out to strongly condemn the senseless act.