In Sokoto, an old city in northern Nigeria, Usmane Dan Fodio’s tomb attracts pilgrims from all over West Africa. For many Muslims, this scholarly and reformist Fulani is considered a saint. In 1808, he established the Caliphate of Sokoto, an Islamic state that extended from Burkina Faso to Cameroon.
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Texan border officials arrested a group of 116 migrants attempting to illegally cross the American border by swimming through the Rio Grande. The group consisted of families with children, pouring in from Angola, Cameroon, Congo and other African nations.
Since October, Del Rio sector border officials have encountered over 182 large groups, all numbering more than a 100, but this was the first big group to be arrested in its entirety. As of now, the migrants are still being processed by the agency, meanwhile, the government holding cells are severely overcrowded. At one point in May, a cell designed for 35 people had to contain 155.
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Three African teams have qualified for football’s Women’s World Cup in France : Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa. AFP reviews each squad. A VOICED AFPTV REPORT
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In Bafoussam, in western Cameroon, young mechanic Cédric Simen shows off his latest creation: an off-road vehicle made from recovered and recycled parts. His atypical “made in Cameroon” car tends to get a surprised reaction from local residents as he drives around the streets of the city.
Residents of Bougai, village in the north of Cameroon, are struggling to deal with the issue of hungry elephants marauding through their crops. This is not the first time that pachyderms have left the reserve to feed in the village’s millet and sorghum plantations. But this time, the elephants also destroyed several local huts.
Some 187 Cameroonian former members of the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram voluntarily return to their country from Nigeria. They were taken to the base of the Multinational Joint Task Force, set up by Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Thousands of Nigerian citizens have been forced to flee their homes as radical Islamist group Boko Haram wreak havoc in the northeast of Nigeria. Many have crossed the border, into Cameroon. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking re-election on Saturday 16th February. He came to power in 2015 on a promise to defeat Boko Haram.
Gunmen kidnap 79 school students in an English-speaking region of Cameroon where separatists are fighting an armed campaign for independence, security and government sources said.
Paul Biya, who has ruled Cameroon with an iron fist since 1982, on Monday won a landslide victory in a controversial presidential election, as the government tightened security in the capital and gunfire erupted in the volatile Anglophone region.
The polls have closed in Cameroon and officials start to count the votes. Seven candidates are in the running, including outgoing President Paul Biya, who is seeking a seventh mandate at age 83. 1ST IMAGES