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Within the next four years, six nations in Africa – the region where malaria is most prominent – could be free of the disease, the World Health Organization said in a report published Monday to mark World Malaria Day. (VOA News)

The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor said on Monday she was opening a preliminary probe into the violence that has wracked Burundi, killing at least 430 people since a political crisis erupted following last April’s elections. (AF Reuters).

Papa Wemba, the Congolese King of Rumba, collapsed on stage during a live performance in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire and was later pronounced dead. He was 66. (Quartz)


Concept store, Stranger Lagos recently received a grant from the British Council to be the first maker library in Lagos, and by extension, Nigeria. This will put Nigeria on the list of libraries in The Maker Library Network. (Techcabal)

2016 World Press Freedom

Africa has been ranked higher that the Americas — North and south America combined — in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index published on April 20 by Reporters without Borders (RSF). The World Press Freedom Index reflects the intensity of the attacks on journalistic freedom and independence by governments, ideologies and private-sector interests during a particular year.  (AFK Insider)

Identity & Culture

On Saturday night, Beyoncé shook the music world with an hour-long feature on HBO, and then a surprise album — LemonadeLemonade has been made possible by the cultural, social and political upheaval we’re in the midst of, triggered by the deaths of boys and fathers and women, who will never be forgotten. (NPR)

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