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The Africa Report: 17 April

EWN's Africa Correspondent, Jean-Jacques Cornish, reports on the day's top African news

Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote. Picture: AFP

AFRICA'S RICHEST MAN TO BUILD NEW OIL REFINERY

Self-made Nigerian businessman, Aliko Dangote, is planning to invest $8 billion to build a refinery in his country of birth by 2016.

The refinery is expected to process 400,000 barrels of oil a day.

The 400,000 barrels will double the country's current capacity.

Nigeria do already have oil refineries but mismanagement and corruption means that 80% of their fuel needs have to come in as subsidised oil.

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MODERN-DAY SLAVERY PLAYING OUT IN SENEGAL

Human Rights Watch have reportedly said that modern-day slavery is playing out in Senegal.

Whilst tourists learn about the atrocities of the Atlantic slave-trade, thousands of young boys are forced into acts of modern-day slavery around the hotels wherein these tourists reside.

Approximately 50,000 boys attend Quranic schools known as "daara" in the Senegalese language, Wolof.

These young boys, known as talibes, are given by their parents to Muslim leaders known as "marabouts" in the hope that their children will return well-educated.

However, the talibes, in this case, are sent out to beg on the streets by their marabouts, and they are subjected to physical and psychological abuse to meet quotas.

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MOROCCO CANCELS WAR GAMES WITH THE US

On Tuesday, Morocco cancelled its annual military exercises with the United States.

The cancellation occurred as a result of President Barack Obama suggesting that a human rights monitoring aspect be added to the United Nations mission in the Western Sahara.

Of course, this did not go down well with the Moroccan incumbents as they are illegally occupying the Western Sahara.

Previously, Morocco had the backing of both the United States and France.

Known for their ability to be quite "sulky", (Morocco quickly removed their ambassador in South Africa after South African government recognised the illegal occupation of the Western Sahara), it is left to be seen what will happen if France withdraws its support of Morocco.