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  1. Why is the Gulf of Guinea a piracy hotspot?

    Alan Kasujja

    BBC Africa Daily

    Special forces of the Nigerian navy sails to apprehend pirates in a mock operations during a joint military exercise between Nigeria and French

    “The world’s most dangerous seas”: that’s how experts have at times referred to the seas in the Gulf of Guinea.

    And no, it’s not because of the currents or the weather, but because of pirates. They’ve been attacking ships in West Africa, often taking hostages for ransom.

    “It has gone beyond militancy or a cry for help to a proper organised criminal network”, says Dr Ife Okafor-Yarwood, a lecturer in sustainable development at the University of St Andrew’s in Scotland.

    “It might still have its hub in Nigeria, but definitely involves different people from different regions.”

    While pirates primarily target oil and gas tankers, smaller boats have at times been attacked too.

    But how bad is the problem? And can the pirates ever be fought back?

    Find out in Tuesday’s edition of Africa Daily.

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  2. Capitol rioter charged after deportation from Kenya

    Pro-Trump protestors clash with police outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC
    Image caption: Isaac Sturgeon is accused of storming the US Capitol in January

    A man linked to the violent riots at the US Capitol was on Monday arraigned at a federal court in New York after being deported from Kenya over the weekend, according to media reports.

    Isaac Sturgeon was seized by FBI officials on arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

    He had been staying in the East African country since 24 January, according to court documents.

    He was planning to return to the US in April.

    Mr Sturgeon is accused of shoving a metal police barricade into police officers during the January riots.

    He was charged with seven counts and was released on a $250,000 (£181,000) bond, the New York Post reports.

    He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, it adds.

    The riots happened in January during a joint session of Congress convened to count the electoral college votes and certify President Joe Biden’s victory in the 3 November elections.

    They left five people dead, over 100 police officers injured and millions of dollars in damage to the building.

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  3. Sierra Leone receives first doses of Covax vaccines

    Coronavirus precautions in Sierra Leone
    Image caption: Sierra Leone has confirmed 3,920 cases of coronavirus and 79 deaths.

    The first batch of 96,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in Sierra Leone under the Covax initiative.

    The doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine come weeks after the arrival of 200,000 doses of the Chinese vaccine.

    A new poll shows only 43% of people in Sierra Leone’s capital are willing to take a Covid-19 jab.

    Even less are willing to receive the Chinese one.

    The country has confirmed 3,920 cases of coronavirus and 79 deaths.

  4. Lions maul wildlife tracker in South Africa

    A lion in the Edeni Game Reserve, South Africa
    Image caption: The two lions have been put down

    A man tracking wildlife in a game reserve in South Africa was mauled to death by two lions, the authorities said on Monday.

    Malibongwe Mfila, 27, who worked as a tracker at Marataba Safari Lodge in Marakele National Park, had been scouting for animals in the park on Saturday when the lions attacked him.

    The police said that he had been driving around checking for animals such as lions and elephants so as to advise guides for game drives.

    He decided to continue the search by walking when "he was suddenly attacked and killed by two lions," the police added.

    The lions have been put down.

    Last year, a well-known South African conservationist West Mathewson died after he was mauled by lions as he was taking them for a walk in a game lodge in Limpopo.

  5. Senegal's opposition leader calls for larger protests

    BBC World Service

    Supporters of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko celebrate his release in front of the court in Dakar, Senegal.
    Image caption: Ousmane Sonko's supporters celebrated his release on bail

    Senegal's main opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, has called for more protests against President Macky Sall, whom he accuses of being behind the rape charges he's now facing.

    Mr Sonko was addressing supporters hours after being released on bail following the most violent unrest Senegal has seen in years.

    He is accused of assaulting a woman who worked in a beauty salon.

    Mr Sonko said the demonstrations should be larger but also peaceful and lead to change in the presidential election due in three years.

    There are concerns that Mr Sall may seek a third term in office.

    The incumbent has appealed for calm.

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  6. DR Congo: US reimposes sanctions on Israeli tycoon

    Open pit copper mines at Mutanda Mining Sarl on July 6, 2016 in Kolwezi, DRC.
    Image caption: Despite its vast mineral wealth, majority of DR Congo citizens live in poverty

    The US has reversed a decision to temporarily ease sanctions on Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler, who is accused of corruption over mining deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    "The license previously granted to Mr Gertler is inconsistent with America’s strong foreign policy interests in combatting corruption around the world, specifically including US efforts to counter corruption and promote stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)," a statement from the US State Department says.

    The latest US move reverses a decision granted in former President Donald Trump administration’s final days.

    The US Treasury initially imposed the sanctions against Mr Gertler in 2017 and 2018 - which prohibited him from doing business with US citizens or institutions, effectively barring him from the international banking system.

    It accused him of corruption and abusive mining practices, and using his partnership with former DR Congo President Joseph Kabila to secure deals.

    Mr Gertler denies any wrongdoing.

    The Trump administration had given Mr Gertler a one-year reprieve until 31 January 2022, to be able to continue doing business with US companies.

    But anti-corruption groups condemned the move, calling on the new administration under President Joe Biden to reverse the decision.

    DR Congo is one of the richest countries by mineral wealth in the world, but the majority of its citizens live in poverty.

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  7. Tuesday's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: Unity is worth more than the biggest cattle kraal." from A Samia proverb sent by Martin Namudiero in Hakati, Kenya.
    A Samia proverb sent by Martin Namudiero in Hakati, Kenya.
    A picture of joined hands

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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    We'll be back on Tuesday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast, or check the BBC News website.

    A reminder of our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: If a blind man says: “I will stone you”, take care - he has stepped on a stone. from An Nsenga proverb sent by Lewis Mumba in Petauke, Zambia.
    An Nsenga proverb sent by Lewis Mumba in Petauke, Zambia.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you this picture of a septuagenarian pugilist in Cape Town South Africa.

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  9. 'I was slut-shamed' says Namibia's first lady

    Namibia's First Lady Monica Geingos says she has received abuse from people asking "when or if my husband is going to impregnate me".

    Ms Geingos said she had been called fat, ugly, stupid, too ambitious, and has also been "slut-shamed" - all of which she says are part of the "misogynists' playbook".

    She listed other gendered insults people have subjected her to, and pointed out some paradoxes.

    Quote Message: When I'm not busy being a manipulative, deceitful gold-digger, I'm busy running the country as I have bewitched my old, sugar-daddy husband who is too blind to see through my feminine charms."
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    Ms Geingos added: "Please remember that the only time society is willing to disempower a man is when it is time to blame his wife or girlfriend."

    Her comments come as people around the world mark International Women's Day.

    She shared the video online with the hashtag #YourSilenceWillNotProtectYou - which was the title of an influential book by African-American feminist Audre Lorde.

  10. More deaths after Equatorial Guinea blasts

    BBC World Service

    At least 31 people are now known to have been killed and more than 600 others injured in a series of explosions at a military camp in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday.

    State media said three young children had been rescued from the rubble of buildings which were flattened after the explosions.

    President Teodoro Obang Nguema has blamed the blasts in the city of Bata on stubble burning by farmers and negligence in the storage of explosives.

    The health ministry in the Central African country said hospitals had been overwhelmed.

  11. Hundreds of Nigerian refugees return home

    BBC World Service

    The United Nations refugee agency says that several hundred Nigerians have returned home from Cameroon, seven years after they were displaced by Boko Haram jihadists and forced to seek shelter across the border.

    A spokesman for the UNHCR, Xavier Bourgois, said about 340 returnees were being moved by bus and truck from Minawao camp in Cameroon to their original home town of Banki in Borno State.

    They are the first of about 10,000 Nigerians who have expressed a willingness to return home following an agreement last month between Cameroon and Nigeria.

    The Boko Haram insurgency, which spread to Cameroon, Chad and Niger, has displaced over two million people in the region.

  12. Issoufou's legacy hinges on democratic elections

    Lalla Sy

    BBC News

    President Mahamadou Issoufou

    One achievement that Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou is most proud of is leaving office after his term ended.

    "I did my two terms. I respect the constitution. I respect the promise I made to the people of Niger who have given me the honour of leading them," the former president told when I interviewed him recently.

    For a country that has had its fair share of coups, leaving office after a constitutional term has ended is a big deal for Niger and also Africa.

    It's for this reason that the Ibrahim Prize awarded Mr Issoufou $5m (£3m) - becoming just the seventh recipient since its launch in 2007.

    Niger's economy has improved in the last decade - with the number of people living in poverty falling from 48% to 40%, but critics say he could have done more to improve the lives of his people.

    The capital, Niamey, has been spruced up during his term with new roads and hotels becoming a symbol of foreign investment.

    Compared to its neighbours Mali and Burkina Faso, Niger has also been less affected, in terms of number of attacks, by Islamist militants.

    Mr Issoufou's hand-picked successor Mohamed Bazoum faces a lot of challenges, including fixing the economy, and reaching out to opposition supporters who claim he did not fairly win last month's election.

    But observers will be keen to see if Mr Bazoum will continue strengthening the country's fragile democracy.

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    Video caption: Senegalese protesters shout 'Free Sonko' outside court

    Supporters of Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko shout "Free Sonko" outside the court before his release.

  14. Morocco urged not to extradite wanted Saudi theologian

    Ahmed Rouaba

    BBC News

    The family and supporters of Saudi-Australian theologian Usama Hasani have pleaded with the authorities in Morocco not to extradite him to Saudi Arabia where he's wanted.

    Dr Hasani, 42, and his wife Hana Hasani, have also appealed to the Australian government to intervene.

    The theologian was arrested on 8 February when he arrived in the city of Tangier to visit his wife and four-month old child.

    Saudi authorities have requested his extradition but the grounds are unclear.

    Activists on social media say Dr Hasani has been targeted by the Saudi authorities for allegedly "participating in opposition activities" against the country's leaders.

    In an open letter Ms Hana pleaded with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to help stop the extradition.

    She also expressed fears that if the extradition is approved, her husband would be "treated like Khashoggi" - the Saudi journalist murdered and dismembered in 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

  15. Kenya bans maize from neighbours over cancer fears

    A man is seen winnowing maize corns for sale

    The authorities in Kenya have banned maize imports from neighbouring Uganda and Tanzania over safety concerns, media outlets in the three countries report.

    They cite a letter from Kenya's Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) as saying maize imports from Uganda and Tanzania were found to have "high levels of mycotoxins".

    "Mycotoxins, particularly aflatoxins and fumonisins, are known to be carcinogenic. Over the years, a number of acute and chronic aflatoxins related illness cases have been recorded in Kenya including deaths," the letter from AFA chief Kello Harsama is quoted as saying.

    Long queues of lorries loaded with maize were seen on the Tanzanian side of the Namanga border, Tanzania's Citizen newspaper reports.

    The ban could trigger a "devastating price slump" of maize in Uganda, the Daily Monitor reports.

    Ugandan Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde is quoted as saying she was waiting for more information before commenting.

  16. Zambia to probe Chinese man's 'racist' trolley ride

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    Mr Sampa visited the business premises over the weekend
    Image caption: Mr Sampa (C) visited the business premises over the weekend

    The authorities in Zambia say they are considering deporting a Chinese national after a video shared online showed him riding on a trolley being pulled by a local.

    In the clip shared on Twitter the Chinese man is captured locking up his shop and then climbing on the trolley which one of his workers starts pulling.

    He is then confronted by two people, one of them asks him: "Can you not walk?" They then force him to step down.

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    People commenting online have condemned the incident, with most saying it was demeaning and racist.

    Ministry of Labour Permanent Secretary Chanda Kaziya said that the incident would be investigated and if the employer was found "wanting" he would be deported, local news site Daily Nation reports.

    He added that the government would not tolerate mistreatment of Zambians by foreign business owners.

    Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa visited the shop over the weekend and said John Zulu, the man who was pulling the trolley, had been given a new job by his boss' landlord.

    “The good news on carousel saga is that the landlord of the Mall Lamasat Ltd have offered John Zulu a job with their main premises management office,” he said.

    “He further indicated to possibly terminate the tenancy agreement with the tenant that exhibited racial abuse towards his black employee by getting pulled on a trolley for over six hours," Mr Sampa posted on his Facebook page.

    The Chinese man has not commented.