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VIDEO: From slum to hip-hop artist-activist

Octopizzo is a hip-hop artist, activist and youth ambassador. The 26-year-old was born in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya, and in his songs addresses poverty, tribal wars and issues concerning youth. He spoke to the BBC’s Focus on Africa about his ...

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September 10th, 2014

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Kenya governor cleared of terror

10 September 2014 Last updated at 18:33 Issa Timamy has always denied involvement in the attacks A Kenyan court has dropped terrorism and murder charges against the governor of the coastal Lamu region. Issa Timamy was accused of involvement in two attacks which killed at ...

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September 10th, 2014

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SA prisoners shot dead in escape bid

10 September 2014 Last updated at 12:07 Two prisoners have been shot dead as they tried to escape from a court in South Africa, the authorities say. An official from the justice ministry told the South African Press Association that the prisoners, who were awaiting their ...

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Deng responds to ‘African’ comment

Great Britain and Miami Heat star Luol Deng says he is “proud” of his African heritage after alleged racist remarks were made about his South Sudan roots. Atlanta Hawks manager Danny Ferry said Deng, 29, “has a little African in him”, among other ...

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September 10th, 2014

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New money to tackle Ebola outbreak

10 September 2014 Last updated at 16:02 By Jane Dreaper Health correspondent, BBC News Health agencies have warned of an exponential surge in the number of Ebola cases in Liberia More money has been announced to help the emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West ...

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Row over Gambia’s new anti-gay law

10 September 2014 Last updated at 14:41 President Jammeh has 30 days from the date the bill was passed to sign it into law or return it to parliament Leading rights groups have called on Gambian President Yahya Jammeh not to approve tough new anti-gay legislation. Homosexual

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Goodluck Jonathan reacts to controversial slogan

10 September 2014 Last updated at 02:21 By BBC Trending What’s popular and why The hashtag is being used by supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has asked his supporters to stop using an adapted version of the ...

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Rwanda murder plotters jailed in SA

10 September 2014 Last updated at 16:10 Gen Nyamwasa blames the Rwandan government for the shooting, which it denies A South African court has sentenced four men to eight years in prison for trying to murder Rwanda’s former army chief Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa. He ...

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Kinshasa orchestra gets global stage

10 September 2014 Last updated at 09:14 By Ian Youngs Arts reporter, BBC News The Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste has been rehearsing with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester Despite being ravaged by war and poverty, the Democratic Republic of Congo has produced the ...

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Goodluck Jonathan’s controversial hashtag

10 September 2014 Last updated at 02:21 By BBC Trending What’s popular and why The hashtag is being used by supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan With over 200 schoolgirls abducted in April still missing, many Nigerians are outraged that the #BringBackOurGirls ...

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September 10th, 2014

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