Ethiopia’s Hailemariam Desalegn sworn in as prime minister

Ethiopia’s new leader, Hailemariam Desalegn, has been sworn in after the death of long-time leader Meles Zenawi in August. “I am very happy to take the responsibility of being prime minister,” said Mr Hailemariam, 47, as lawmakers banged on their desks in support, AFP news agency reports. Mr Hailemariam had been deputy prime minister and(…)

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Orphaned girl starts university in Zimbabwe at 14

She grew up in grinding poverty, losing both her parents at a tender age but 14-year-old whizz-kid Maud Chifamba has defied adversity and hardship to break academic records. Against all odds, the extremely bright teenager has written history as last week she became the youngest ever university student in Zimbabwe — as well as the(…)

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Nigerian Professor becomes first black VC of University of Illinois

A Nigerian Professor, Ilesanmi Adesida made history last month by becoming the first black Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the well-respected University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in the United States. Born in Ondo State, Prof Adesida is a Nigerian engineer whose outstanding work in the field of Nanotechnology has received much acclaim in(…)

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New Monkey Species Discovered in Africa

Scientists are claiming they have discovered a new species of monkey living in the remote forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo — an animal well-known to local hunters but until now, unknown to the outside world. In a paper published Wednesday in the open-access journal Plos One, the scientists describe the new species that(…)

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Malema and the miners in South Africa

Eighteen years after apartheid, the hopes and dreams of the rainbow nation – South Africa – are coming apart at the seams. Mounting anger at the perceived enrichment of a small elite at the expense of the majority – especially the miners who extract South Africa’s most precious minerals – has exploded into a violent(…)

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