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The Death Toll Has Reached More Than 100 In Tanzania's Lake Victoria Ferry Disaster

The number is expected to climb as more bodies are discovered.

Sadness has swept across Tanzania, as the death toll of the capsized MV Nyere Ferry has reached at least 100, reports BBC Africa. The number is expected to rise as more bodies are being discovered.

Spokeswoman for the Tanzania Red Cross, Godfrida Jola, told the New York Times on Friday, that 94 bodies had been discovered so far, 54 women and 40 men. She said that 40 people had been rescued and are in critical condition.

It is feared that up to 200 people may have drowned in the accident, as rescue operations continue.



The ferry is believed to have tipped over after passengers moved to one side when preparing to exit the vessel, causing it to shift dramatically in weight. Though official numbers have not been determined, the vessel is thought to have been carrying up to 400 passengers on Thursday despite having a capacity of 100, reports BBC Africa. The ferry is known to be particularly busy on Thursdays which is market day in Bugorora on Ukerewe Island, where the ferry was returning from.

Uncertainly looms for many Tanzanians as families await to hear the fate of relatives who may have travelled on the vessel. The government says it will launch an investigation into what caused the accident once rescue efforts have finished.

Back in 2012, at least 145 people died after a ferry sank while carrying passengers from the island of Zanzibar back to the mainland and 1996, an estimated 800 people drowned after the MV Bukoba sank in Lake Victoria.

The international community has been sending condolences to the families of those lost in the wreck since yesterday.










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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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