African Cinemas Make a Comeback

African Cinemas Make a Comeback

VOICE OF AMERICA Africa’s largest film festival, FESPACO, celebrated its 25th edition in 2017. The main venue, as always, was the old and respectable Cine…

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N’Dour Lends Star Power to Malaria Fight

N’Dour Lends Star Power to Malaria Fight

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Youssou N’Dour, Senegal’s — and perhaps Africa’s — most famous musician, is throwing his weight behind malaria eradication in his homeland. N’Dour has…

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Africa Wants Five More Slots for World Cup

Africa Wants Five More Slots for World Cup

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE FIFA officials say that Africa wants 10 places in the 48-nation World Cup in 2026, up five slots. The current system has 32…

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Trans-Atlantic Yacht Race Tests Young South Africans

Trans-Atlantic Yacht Race Tests Young South Africans

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Young, determined and from parts of Cape Town known for gangs rather than yacht clubs, seven sailors took part in an epic ocean…

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Congolese Sculptor Looks to the Past

Congolese Sculptor Looks to the Past

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE In the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s war-scarred Great Lakes region, carpenter-turned-sculptor Sauveur Mulwana has left a trail of monumental statues over the…

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Algeria’s Mahrez Named Footballer of the Year

Algeria’s Mahrez Named Footballer of the Year

BBC NEWS AT BBC.CO.UK/NEWS Riyad Mahrez was crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016. Fans from across the world voted for the midfielder,…

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Morocco Equestrian Event Fuses Art, History

Morocco Equestrian Event Fuses Art, History

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE The equestrian art known as tbourida, inspired by the historical charges of the cavalrymen of Morocco, fascinated painter Eugene Delacroix two centuries ago…

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Tunisia’s Hockey Team Takes African Cup

Tunisia’s Hockey Team Takes African Cup

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE With its beaches and year-round sun, Tunisia is not the most obvious home for the winter sport of ice hockey. But one man…

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Nigerian Ebola Movie Extols Moment of Heroism

Nigerian Ebola Movie Extols Moment of Heroism

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Hollywood plague movies usually are about a fictional viral outbreak that unleashes chaos and anarchy that can only be stopped by heroes who…

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Can Polo Catch On in Africa?

Can Polo Catch On in Africa?

VOICE OF AMERCA Nigeria hosted the second annual Keffi polo tournament in May 2016, with 16 teams participating. The so-called sport of kings, seen by…

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