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How do you vote from Space?

One astronaut has his very own absentee ballot
When one astronaut realised he was going to be in space during a presidential election he was determined to vote. Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao was the first American to vote in a presidential election from space. So how did he do it?

Nigerian musician preserving the art of the talking drum

Nigerian artist Ayan De First promotes Yoruba culture by continuing a family legacy of the talking drum which was passed on from generations before him.

The instrument is carved from wood and covered on both ends by animal skin. Strings are used to hold together the skin and for tuning.

[The] "talking drum is a musical instrument that mimics the language or interprets human voices. This is a magical instrument, very valuable and useful because we use it to speak different languages, to appreciate people, to call names, to do whatever you want to do with it," he told the BBC's Gbolahan Macjob.

He said he played the instrument to the British royal family during the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebration in 2002.

"Yoruba culture is being much more appreciated and embraced. My message to everyone and our Yoruba people is that our culture - we have to preserve it, protect it and value it more."

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Ayan De First wants to preserve the art of the talking drum in the Western world

From regaining her vote to being denied it a second time

Convicted Floridians had their voting rights restored, but a new barrier prevents many.
Amendment 4,passed in November 2018 in Florida, restored the voting rights of Floridians convicted on a felony 


charge. But then in 2019, the Republican Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, instituted a law that requires that people with felony records to pay all fines and fees associated with their sentence prior to the restoration of their voting rights. Mr DeSantis' critics claim this was a deliberate attempt to sabotage Amendment 4 - perhaps as a way of keeping a large number of black citizens off the voters' roll for good.

Betty Riddle was convicted of a felony back in the Seventies when she was just 17 years old. After Amendment 4 was passed she managed one vote, in the presidential primaries, before the costs-and-fines ruling came down.

Nigeria plans survey to see how many had Covid-19

Will Ross

Africa editor, BBC World Service

The United States and Nigeria’s Centres for Disease Control are to conduct a household survey to determine the extent of coronavirus infections in Nigeria.

People in four states including the biggest city, Lagos, will be asked if they wish to volunteer in the research which will include an antibody blood test to find out who has had the virus.

The exercise aims to help health professionals understand the transmission patterns and to find out how many people with the virus have shown no symptoms.

Nandi Tshabalala: Why I took the Jerusalema Challenge

A South African song has inspired people from around the world to 'dance it out'
A South African song has inspired people from around the world to share videos of them dancing to the tune online. And when president Cyril Ramaphosa suggested the country should get on its feet and take the 'Jerusalema Challenge' to celebrate Heritage Day, news and sports anchor Nandi Tshabalala decided to take this on, along with her colleagues - on live TV. She explains what compelled her to take part and the power of the song to bring people together in a difficult year. 

Photo: Nandi Tshabalala dances to Jerusalema on live TV. Image courtesy of eNCAnews

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