Empty nets as Lake Malawi sapped by overfishing and climate change | AFP

Like clockwork, hundreds of villagers gather each morning and afternoon on Africa’s third largest body of freshwater, Lake Malawi, to help sort out fish or buy some from the 72 boats that transverse the waters daily. But the fish numbers are dwindling, and locals blame climate change and overfishing.

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Benin offers voodoo prayers for Cup of Nations success | AFP

Benin is known as the birthplace of voodoo in Africa and the religion is still widely practiced in the country alongside Christianity and Islam. Some believe the spirit world is lending a helping hand to the national side as it sets a course for victory in the African Cup of Nations tournament. On Sunday, Dah Gbediga, president of the indigenous religions of Benin, was joined by several other vodunsi practitioners for a “special ceremony to support the Squirrels,” as the national squad are nicknamed.

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Benin offers voodoo prayers for Cup of Nations success | AFP

Benin is known as the birthplace of voodoo in Africa and the religion is still widely practiced in the country alongside Christianity and Islam. Some believe the spirit world is lending a helping hand to the national side as it sets a course for victory in the African Cup of Nations tournament. On Sunday, Dah Gbediga, president of the indigenous religions of Benin, was joined by several other vodunsi practitioners for a “special ceremony to support the Squirrels,” as the national squad are nicknamed.

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From a lake high in Madagascar, Africa’s own caviar | AFP

Renowned for its unique wildlife and its vanilla production, the island of Madagascar has a new claim to fame — source of the first and only African caviar. An unlikely project in a country beset by grinding poverty, but the business’ owners are determined that luxury foods can play a part in improving the local economy.

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The Karenjy: Madagascar’s homegrown automobile | AFP

The Karenjy, with its distinctive look, is the only car which is made in Madagascar and one of few automobiles manufactured in Africa. The car is made by the Malagasy for the Malagasy. Since 2009, only 140 Karenjy have been made, tailored to a client’s demands for around 15,000 euros.

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Santana pays tribute to Africa with new album

Carlos Santana talks about Santana’s new album and the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. (June 18)

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we focus on Somalia, where designers are finding refuge in fashion, and we take a look at the Karenjy, Madagascar’s distinctive, home-grown, automobile.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

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Ravages of time on an African cocoa plantation | AFP

Time has not been kind to Agostinho Neto. In this town in Sao Tome and Principe, a small archipelago off the coast of Gabon off Africa’s western coast and once the world’s leading cocoa exporter, former workers of colonial cocoa and coffee plantations still live on these grounds, now only a shadow of their more prosperous past.

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Madagascar where poachers are threatening the country’s forests and lemurs. Then we visit South Sudan, where money, guns and brides are fuelling cattle wars. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

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Ravages of time on an African cocoa plantation | AFP

Time has not been kind to Agostinho Neto. In this town in Sao Tome and Principe, a small archipelago in the Gulf of Guinea off Africa’s western coast and once the world’s leading cocoa exporter, former workers of colonial cocoa and coffee plantations still live on these grounds, now only a shadow of their more prosperous past.

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