Across the 54 Countries in Africa, these are the 5 top stories you may have missed:
South Africa: LGBTQ communities advocate equal rights in Pride Parade
The LGBTQ Community in South Africa is advocating for equal rights as they march in a Pride Parade for the Pride Month – Africa News reports
The South African Constitution protects the rights of this marginalised group, so the struggle for equal rights should not, ordinarily, be a hard fought war.
Cameroonian singer Wes dies aged 57
Popular Cameroonian singer, Wes Madiko, has died at the age of 57.
Wes Madiko is reported to have died on Friday night, June 25.
The best-selling Cameroonian artist is best known for his 1997 hit song Alane – which sold more than 10 million copies.
Bomb attacks hit Congo’s Beni City
Two bomb attacks have left residents in shock and on their toes in West African country, Benin Republic – Reuters Africa reports
A suspected bomber’s improvised explosive device went off Sunday, June 27, in a busy intersection of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the eastern city of Beni – the second blast in Beni on the same day. However, no one was killed in the two incidents, except the suicide bomber.
Narcisse Kashale Muteba, Beni’s mayor, disclosed that a curfew has been declared in the city of more than 230,000, over concerns that there could be another bomb.
“I’m asking the population to take shelter and remain indoors. I don’t want to see anyone outside,” Muteba said on Congo’s RTR private radio.
Terrorists kill 19 civilians in Western Niger
Terrorists attacking Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso are said to have killed nineteen civilians in Western Niger, in another troubling report of armed militants’ activities in the region – News Central Africa reports
According to reports, Civilians have been severely targeted in recent months with the latest occurring at Danga Zawne in Niger’s western Tillabery region, Karidjo Hamadou, the mayor of the town of Tonkiwindi said.
Hamadou, who was quiet on where the attack came from said “three people were killed in the village and the others were killed in the fields.”
Africa’s COVID Cases near 5.4 Million
As of June 27, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 54 African countries reached 5,384,305 while over 32,500,561 vaccinations have been administered across the continent – All Africa reports
Reported deaths in Africa reached 140,655 and 4,684,401 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases 1,913,861 and 59,778 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (529,224), Tunisia (403,493), Egypt (280,005), Ethiopia (275,881), Libya (192,129) and Kenya (182,393).