Despite rain and the death of 41 people in an attack by terrorist group Boko Haram, millions of Nigerians turned out to vote in hotly contested elections to choose the president of Africa's most populous country.
Born in Spain but of African descent, Bisila Bokoko was so moved by a trip to discover her roots that she set up the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project. Through it, she builds libraries, donates books to African children, and runs a scholarship fund.
South Africa's most unlikely export must be US singer-songwriter Rodriguez, who cut two albums in the early 1970s. They flopped in his homeland but were a huge hit in South Africa, and his story culminated in the 2012 hit movie Searching for Sugarman.
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