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SIERRA LEONE—The second largest diamond ever found in Sierra Leone, was up for action on Wednesday (May 11), but the bids, which reached 7.8 million dollars, did not meet the minimum asking price of 50 million dollars.


A re-auction is being planned in “The Diamond Capital of Europe,” Antwerp, Belgium.

The massive diamond was found by a Sierra Leonean pastor, Emmanuel Momoh.

"I want my diamond to be sold abroad so I can get the best price to enable many people to benefit from the proceeds," Pastor Emmanuel Momoh told AFP. Read the full story here.

ZIMBABWE—Robert Mugabe has been accused of falling asleep in meetings, but his spokesperson, George Charamba, has claimed that the president is “not sleeping, just resting his eyes,” says government spokesperson Geroge Charamba. "The president cannot suffer bright lights," he continued.

The 93-year-old president is currently receiving medical treatment in Singapore for eye complications. Read more via BBC Africa.

DIASPORA—Senegalese campaign manager, Sibeth Ndiaye, has been named press secretary for France’s new president-elect, Emmanuel Macron. Dakar-born Ndiaye, now 37, comes from a family of politicians, and was an integral part of Macron’s presidential campaign. Read more on Sibeth Ndiaye, here.

SOUTH AFRICA—Three students have been suspended at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, after posting Nazi-inspired posters on campus boards, reports BBC. The university will continue its investigation in the meantime.

“I have decided to suspend the three students suspected of misconduct while disciplinary proceedings are ongoing,” says Vice-Chancellor Wim de Villiers in a press statement.

“We will continue to take a stand against racism and unfair discrimination, and promote human rights, equality, human dignity and democracy. This we do in accordance with our own policies, as well as our commitment to the Constitution of South Africa and the Bill of Rights that it enshrines.” Read the full statement, here.

SOMALIA—The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a call to action in response to the drought and widespread famine facing the people of Somalia. WHO is concerned by the chronic shortage of funding for, read a news release. “Drought in Somalia led to the destruction of crops and livestock, leaving more than 3.3 million people hungry every day. If the current situation continues, famine could soon be a reality, creating a devastating cycle of hunger and disease as the health of people deteriorates and they become more susceptible to infection.”

Read the WHO’s full release here.

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

Video: Looking at the Roots of IsiPantsula Culture Through Some of Its Leading Voices

This new video shows us why South African Pantsula is much more than just a dance move.

Pantsula is more than just a dance, it's a cultural movement and it's being revived through enthusiastic South African youth.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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