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The Stories You Need To Know: Africa’s Largest Wildlife Transfer, Kenyan Schoolgirls To Get Free Sanitary Pads, And More

50 elephants, 100 giraffes, 200 zebras and 200 buffaloes will be be transferred between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and more.

ZIMBABWE–In an effort to replenish animal numbers that were devastated during Mozambique's 15-year civil war, 50 elephants, 100 giraffes, 200 zebras and 200 buffaloes will be be transferred between Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Read the full story here.


SOUTH SUDAN–South Sudan's media authority will lift a ban on around 20 foreign journalists who had been refused access to the country. Read the full story here.

KENYA–As most school girls in Kenya can’t afford sanitary pads, the government has committed to providing school girls with free ones. Read the full story here.

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Nana Mensah's 'Queen of Glory' To Screen At The 2021 TriBeCa Film Festival

Ghanaian-American actress, writer and filmmaker Nana Mensah talks tenacity in filmmaking and telling immigrant stories from a joyful perspective.

Much has changed in the time since Nana Mensah first had the idea for her directorial feature debut — a dark comedy about a Ghanaian-American scientist trying to reconcile her family heritage in the wake of her mother's death — and began the Kickstarter in 2014 that would help turn it into a film. It may have taken a few years, but the movie Queen of Glory is now showcasing as part of the TriBeCa Film Festival's 20th edition, with a world premiere set to take place at Hudson River Park on June 15th.

When Mensah began working on the film, she was trying to break into an industry that lacked roles for complex, conflicted characters — particularly for Black women. So, she co-founded a production company with her friend Anya Migdal to create those very kinds of projects. She has since forged a solid stage and screen career, with roles in Netflix's Bonding and 13 Reasons Why, as well as NBC's New Amsterdam, and in theatrical productions alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Anthony Mackie. Last year she was in Ekwa Msinga's Farewell Amor, as well as Apple's Anthology series Little America, and she'll soon be seen in Netflix's The Chair with Sandra Oh this summer and Kogonada's upcoming film After Yang, with Colin Farrell. Yet through it all, Mensah has never lost sight of finishing her first film project.

She opens up about what it took to get the film from a mere idea to the TriBeCa Film Festival.

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