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'The African narrative is really diverse'

BBC Focus on Africa radio
"There's a lacking of an African narrative in the comic book genre [and] graphic novel genre," says Somto Ajuluchukwu, the founder of Lagos-based Vortex 247 Comics.
"I would say we are bringing fresh air, a brand new light to the industry globally."
He told BBC Focus on Africa radio how he and his colleagues were helping to change publishing and show that "the African narrative is really diverse".
"For example, Rubik is a fan-fiction comic loosely based off Star Wars but we are imagining [it] in an African setting."
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Mauritius' pristine coast 'will never be the same'

Weeks after it ran aground the MV Wakashio split in two
The clean-up efforts after a devastating oil spill in Mauritius earlier this month "will take around a year", according to oceanographer and environmental engineer Vassen Kauppaymuthoo.
He told BBC Newsday "the impact will be there for decades. The pristine coastal areas in the south-east will never be like before".
The Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground in July and split in two on Sunday.
"There is still now between 50 and 100 metric tonnes [of fuel oil] still in the ship which threatens to go back into the ocean," Mr Kauppaymuthoo said.
But he said the terrible event had shown that "the Mauritian nation is not just a dream, it's a reality."
He added:
Something was born during this event - a solidarity which we've never seen before.
People crying together, people getting angry together. And those people trying to do whatever they could to build [homemade] booms."
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Rulebreakers: Choosing to disappear in Japan

In Japan, you can disappear without a trace and start a new life somewhere else
In Japan, the Johatsu, literally "evaporated people", choose to abandon their current lives - due to family strain, work pressure or any other reason. So-called 'night moving' companies help them disappear without a trace and start a new life somewhere else. 

Loved ones can be left searching for answers. We meet private investigator Kudou Katsunori as he goes on the hunt for an elderly man who left his wife one day and never came back. 

This is part of the Rulebreakers series from BBC World Service in collaboration with Sundance Institute, in which we look at those who challenge the established ways of doing things. 

Image: Tokyo city at night.
Video produced by Andreas Hartmann.

Zambia's leader: Corruption fight is political

Zambian President Edgar Lungu
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The government of President Edgar Lungu has been accused of misappropriating aid funds
Zambia's President Edgar Lungu has accused the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of having designs to dislodge him from power, according to a state-owned newspaper.
"I have told you that the fight against corruption is anchored on politics. Those fighting corruption are only trying to get rid of government and those doing well," the state-owned Times of Zambia newspaper quotes him as saying.
"They know where corruption is and where it is rampant but they do not want to go there. All they want is to get rid of me and my government."
Mr Lungu's government has been accused of corruption, with some of his ministers summoned by the anti-corruption commission for questioning.
Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya was last month charged with four counts of possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime. He pleaded not guilty.
Mr Lungu's sentiments are unlikely to sit well with anti-corruption campaigners.
The UK in 2018 froze aid to Zambia after $4.3m (£3.3m) meant for poor families went missing.

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