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Mo Farah, Amma Asante Receive Orders of The British Empire

Somali track star, Mo Farah was knighted by The Queen, while Ghanaian director Amma Asante received an MBE.

These African stars have been recognized by the Queen of England for their incredible contributions.

British-Somali star athlete and four-time Olympic gold medal winner, Mo Farah, was knighted on Tuesday, and recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for being the most successful track star in British history.

The athlete changed his Twitter name to "Sir Mo Farah" not shortly after.

Check out some footage of the track star after receiving his award below:

Ghanaian screenwriter and director, Amma Asante, received an MBE from Prince Charles this morning, for her contribution to film.

Earlier this month, Nigerian clothing designer, Ade Hassan, who created the Nubian Skin underwear line for black and brown women, received an MBE from The Queen for her success in the field of fashion.

Congrats to all these deserving talents!

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Pregnant Tanzanian Girls Now Have Hope Of An Education

In the past, Tanzania's pregnant girls of school-going age were banned from accessing an education. However, things are about to change!

If a young girl of school-going age happened to fall pregnant in Tanzania, it usually spelled the end of her schooling career — and the death of any prospects she may have had for a bright future. In Tanzania currently, an estimated 5 500 girls are forced to leave school each year due to pregnancy, according to the World Bank.

The Tanzanian government has announced a new programme aimed at addressing the plight of young girls who have been impacted by this discriminatory ban. Tanzania's Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Leonard Akwilapo said young girls will now be offered an opportunity to further their schooling at alternative colleges.

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Nigerian Government Barred From Prosecuting Twitter Users

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States has ordered the Nigerian government to refrain from prosecuting Twitter users, while it considers the case brought to it by civil society organisations and journalists.