Away from football pitches, horse racing is becoming more and more of a passion for Senegal's youth. For poor families, it can even be a huge opportunity to lift them out of poverty. In Senegal, jockeys earn on average twice the salary of a civil servant. Our colleagues from France 2 report, with FRANCE 24's Wassim Cornet.
Wrestling in Senegal is a centuries-old tradition rooted in harvest festivals, and draws a fanatical following. Training has resumed after a year of coronavirus-related restrictions that had stopped them from practising their sport and on Sunday, the first major bout since the start of the pandemic will take place in a 20,000-seater stadium just outside of Dakar.
Four people have died in the Senegal's worst unrest in years. Those clashes sparked by the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko. Kenya launches its vaccination campaign, as countries across the continent urge for vaccine fairness in the fight against the pandemic. And as Ivory's coast's opposition eyes a comeback in Saturday's legislative election, our guest Jessica Moody tonight tells us more about whether the country can hope for national reconciliation anytime soon.
Fallou Diop is one of Senegal's most promising jockeys according to the stable owner he rides for near the Lac Rose's sandy shores. His size, feather weight and passion for horses make him an ideal competitor. Having won the country's most prestigious racing prize two years ago he is now hoping to compete abroad.
The director of Senegalese health-research body IRESSEF confirms that the country has recorded its first case of the more-contagious coronavirus strain that initially emerged in Britain. The British coronavirus variant likely emerged in southeastern England in September, according to Imperial College London. The World Health Organization says it has already spread to more than 60 countries worldwide.
In Senegal, young people living in impoverished communities along the coast are increasingly viewing their future elsewhere, and choosing to leave the country. But the crossing is treacherous. Migrants typically leave from Mbour, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the capital Dakar, in crammed traditional fishing canoes. The International Organization for Migration says that over 500 people have died this year, most in October and November.
The UN has said that Monday’s massacre in northern Ethiopia could amount to war crimes, this thousands flee the violence and head into neighbouring Sudan. French forces have killed a top Al Qaeda in Mali, and our team in Senegal meet the migrants risking their lives to get to Europe in ill-equipped vessels.
West African bloc ECOWAS has lifted the sanctions that it had imposed on Mali after the military coup last August, this comes after several of the bloc's demands were met. Also, as the rainy season begins to set in across the DR Congo, our team in the country has more on how authorities and residents are trying to prevent a repeat of last year's tragic flooding. And French lawmakers are examining a bill on whether to return stolen artifacts to Benin and Senegal.