'First black woman to tour all countries' completes journey

Mildred Wanyonyi

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Ugandan-American Jessica Nabongo says she has completed her quest to become the "first documented black woman to travel to all countries" in the world.

She announced the feat on her Instagram account after she arrived in the Seychelles:

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Journalist Alexandra Talty has been following her journey:

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Ms Nabongo decided to take on the goal of visiting all 195 countries in the world in 2017. At that time, she had travelled to 60 countries.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she also holds an American passport. Her parents moved to the United States from Uganda.

In a previous interview with the BBC Newsday programme, she said, ‘‘she wants to inspire women to feel free to travel solo.’’

Seychelles bids farewell to ex-President René

Yasine Mohabuth

BBC Afrique

The state funeral for France-Albert René in the Seychelles
State House, Seychelles

The state funeral of France-Albert René, the former president of the Seychelles, has taken place in Mahé, the largest island of the archipelago - and flags on public buildings are flying at half-mast.

Mr René, who led the Indian Ocean nation for 27 years until 2004, died at the age of 83 last month.

Approximately 500 invited guests paid their respects to the former president at State House in the capital, Victoria as his body lay in state.

The ceremony included a 21-gun salute with full military honours.

His funeral cortege then travelled through the capital to a stadium where members of the public could pay their respects.

People at the state funeral for France-Albert René in the Seychelles
Alvin Grandcourt

All along the way, women dressed in red - the colours of the People's Party - spontaneously broke into song as the procession passed by in a solemn tribute to the former head of state.

This was followed by an inter-faith service at the stadium, followed by a burial service at the Mont Fleuri Cemetery, where he was buried next to his mother's grave.