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This week on Africa weekly we head to Senegal where Dakar’s oldest diving club is tackling plastic pollution by organising ocean clean-up days. Then we head to a slum in Nairobi, where dry toilets are not only improving sanitary conditions, but their contents are being recycled and used organic fertiliser.

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Stunning Senegal baobab forest being swallowed by mining | AFP

One hour’s drive from Senegal’s capital Dakar, demand for cement is turning a protected baobab forest into a lifeless moonscape of open mines, dust clouds and lorry traffic.

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Senegalese households close to benfitting from wind energy | AFP

Senegal will soon see its first megawatts of industrially produced wind power, marking a step towards the goals of providing electricity for all and diversifying sources of power in favour of renewable energy. The Taïba Ndiaye wind farm, Senegal’s first industrial-scale wind energy project, is due to be linked to the grid in the second week of December.

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Dakar divers fight to clear Senegal’s plastic tide | AFP

For the many people who enjoy a casual swim or deep-sea dive off the Senegalese coast, plastic pollution is an increasingly worrying issue. Dakar’s oldest diving club has decided to do something about it, by organising ocean clean-up days. REPORTAGE

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Yero Sarr: the 18 year old at the heart of Senegal’s climate strike | AFP

At just 18 years old, Senegalese campaigner Yero Sarr has learned that championing the protetction of the environment comes with risks. While trying to mobilise young people in his town as part of the worldwide “climate strike”, an older man broke his jaw and accused him of “opposing divine will.” This misfortune did not prevent the organiser of ‘Fridays for Future Senegal’ from orchestrating a rally on September 20 in Thiès, joining the global movement launched by Greta Thunberg.

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Lonely battle: Senegal restaurateur fights the plastic tide | AFP

Babacar Thiaw launched an initiative to open Dakar’s first “zero plastic” restaurant when he opened his eyes to the rubbish strewn along the beaches of the Senegalese capital. Today in his 30s, Thiaw studied for a master’s degree in management, but he felt powerless to act as he saw beaches where he played as a child turned into open trash heaps.

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‘Ocean Viking’ ship rescues 85 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea | AFP

Just arrived in the vast rescue zone off Libya, the ‘Ocean Viking’ rescue ship picked up migrants who had left Libya in a small inflatable boat. In total, the humanitarian ship is carrying 85 people from Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and Sudan. Among them, five women, 11 teenagers and four children, the youngest of whom is only one year old.

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‘Ocean Viking’ ship rescues 85 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea | AFP

Just arrived in the vast rescue zone off Libya, the ‘Ocean Viking’ rescue ship picked up migrants who had left Libya in a small inflatable boat. In total, the humanitarian ship is carrying 85 people from Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and Sudan. Among them, five women, 11 teenagers and four children, the youngest of whom is only one year old.

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Young people from across Africa take part in NBA camp in Senegal | AFP

The 17th edition of Basketball Without Borders Africa takes place in Saly, Senegal. Sixty young athletes from twenty-nine different African countries are participating in the event, which sees them receive expert tuition from NBA coaches.

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

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Nigeria where Nomadic schools are bringing education to the Fulani people. Then we make our way to Senegal, where second hand clothes from France are being given a new lease of life. But first let’s take a look at the stories that made the headlines this week. Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features

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Algeria captain Mahrez honoured near Paris after Africa Cup win | AFP

Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez arrives in the Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, his home town, after beating Senegal to take home the Africa Cup of Nations. IMAGES

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Algeria captain Mahrez honoured near Paris after Africa Cup win | AFP

Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez arrives in the Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, his home town, after beating Senegal to take home the Africa Cup of Nations. IMAGES

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Algerians celebrate team’s win at the Algiers’ Post Office | AFP

Algerian supporters in Algiers celebrate near the protest movement emblematic Post Office their team’s victory against Senegal at the AFCON 2019 final. IMAGES

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Algerians celebrate team’s win on the Champs Elysées | AFP

Algerian supporters celebrate on the Champs Elysées, in Paris, their team’s victory against Senegal at the AFCON 2019 final. IMAGES

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The Senegalese TV show dividing the nation | AFP

In conservative Senegal, a controversial TV show has the self-described monitors of public morality in uproar. But the defenders of ‘Mistress of a married man’ say the soap takes a much needed look at relationship issues such as male abuse, the pain experienced by abandoned spouses, and a woman’s right to sexual pleasure.

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Citizens lead the fight against waste in Senegal | AFP

On the beaches of Dakar, several volunteers collect garbage in response to a challenge launched by Senegalese President Macky Sall during his inauguration in April 2019: a “zero waste” Senegal.

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

This week on Africa Weekly we visit the NBA’s academy in Senegal – the first NBA training ground on the African continent. Then we head to Ghana, where a Malaria vaccine has signficantly reduced the occurrence of the disease in children. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Supporters of Senegal’s Macky Sall celebrate in Dakar HQ

Supporters of Senegal’s newly re-elected President Macky Sall celebrate in his campaign headquarters and on nearby streets in Dakar. Figures released by the National Vote Counting Commission (CNRV) showed Sall won Sunday’s first round outright, picking up 58.27 percent of the vote.

Senegal presidential election: vote counting process ongoing

In Senegal, the National Voting Registration Commission (CNRV) examines voting materials following the presidential election which took place across the country’s 45 departments. The commission has until Friday to publish the provisional results. IMAGES