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Somalia Has Announced It Will Grant 'Outstanding' Somali Diasporans the Hodan Nalayeh Award

The new and annual prize has been established in honor of the journalist and founder of Interactive TV who was recently killed in an attack in Somalia.

As Somalis and Africans alike continue to mourn those lost in an attack by Al-Shabab last week, the Somali government has taken the steps to honor them—one of whom being Hodan Nalayeh.

The foreign ministry has announced the Hodan Nalayeh Award—a new, annual prize which will be given to "outstanding" individuals from the Somali diaspora who've made positive contributions to their country, according to BBC.


Nalayeh and her husband, Farid Jama Suleiman, were among the 26 people killed by Al-Shabab in Kismayo—a port city in southern Somalia. The militants stormed The Medina—a popular hotel where regional politicians and elders convened to discuss upcoming elections in the region.

Nalayeh was also nine months pregnant.

A journalist, a 13-year media and marketing vet and the founder of Integration TV—Nalayeh's life's work was dedicated to sharing African stories that are nuanced and show a different side of what her home country looks like. She was on a mission to inspire young Somalis in the diaspora to return home and contribute to rebuilding the country.

Nalayeh was also honored earlier this year in OkayAfrica's 100 Women list. Revisit her story here.

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Senegal Denies Release of Former Chadian President Hissène Habré

The Senegalese judicial government has refused to release Chad's imprisoned ex-president Hissène Habré on the alleged basis of his health concerns.

The Senegalese judiciary has refused former Chad president Hissène Habré's request to be released from prison. Habré faces life imprisonment for crimes against humanity including rape, kidnapping, slavery and executions. The decision by the Senegalese judiciary comes after the 79-year-old former statesman's lawyers reportedly filed for his release on the basis of health concerns.

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Wild Cape Town Fire Mostly Contained

A 35-year-old man has reportedly been arrested on charges of arson. This, after firefighters had been battling to put out the Cape Town fire that caused extensive damage.

The Cape Town fire, which had been ablaze for more than 24 hours was reportedly contained by over 250 firefighters. The fire started on the famous Table Mountain range this past Sunday morning, and quickly advanced down into neighbouring suburbs and university buildings. Additionally, a man has been arrested after he and two others were found setting bushes alight, which counteracted the firefighters' efforts.

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Lesotho Becomes The First African Country To Export Cannabis To The European Union

Lesotho has made history by becoming the first certified African country to supply the European Union with cannabis for pharmaceutical use.

Africa's international cannabis trade is off to a superb start with Lesotho landing a lucrative deal with the European Union (EU). MG Health, a Lesotho cannabis company located deep in the country's lush mountainous region, has reportedly received the official approval to export its cannabis flower as a pharmaceutical ingredient to the European Union.

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