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Does a Nigerian lawmaker earn more than US President Donald Trump?

20th October 2017 Terming it “strange, unthinkable and very disheartening”, the leader of a Nigerian pro-reform group castigated the “monumental” pay of the... 

#5facts: The sad extent of suicide in South Africa

17th October 2017 A 19-year-old woman reportedly jumped to her death in the South African suburb of Braamfontein. Media reports suggest that the university student... 

No way to verify whether 80% of same-sex marriages in SA are by Afrikaans speakers

10th October 2017 More than a decade ago South Africa became the first African country to legalise same-sex marriages. But the bulk of these weddings take place... 

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Do Nigeria’s Yoruba people have the world’s highest twin birth rate? (And are yams to blame?)

6th October 2017 Social media is full of interesting or quirky “facts” about Africa. Twitter account Africa Facts added one to the mix when it tweeted a claim about... 

Do South African women earn 27% less than men?

28th September 2017 “Women earn 27% less than men,” the South African distributor of Korean car maker Hyundai recently tweeted. Based on this disparity, Hyundai South... 

Did historic court ruling wipe out nearly $1-billion from Kenya’s stock exchange?

20th September 2017 The surprise decision by Kenya’s top court to annul the presidential election cost the stock market billions of shillings, deputy president William... 

Does Africa only have 3 facilities to repair aircraft?

14th September 2017 Located in Nigeria’s northern heartland, the state of Kaduna aims to boost its economy by attracting more investors. One way it wants to do this is... 

Do only 14% of South Africans read books?

11th September 2017 “Do you know that reading statistics show that only 14% of South Africans are readers of books?” South Africa’s basic education minister said in a... 

Mayor’s claim – undocumented foreigners make up 80% of Joburg inner city – ‘absurd’

8th September 2017 The mayor of Johannesburg does not mince his word when it comes to the state of the inner city. Herman Mashaba has often spoken of his plans to... 

Do 45% of Nigerian women get married before their 18th birthday?

7th September 2017 Though the legal age of marriage is supposed to be 18 years, 45% of Nigerian women are married before then, US-based online publication Sahara... 

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