The Africa Report: 28 June
EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news
OBAMA TALKS MANDELA, SENEGALESE STABILITY AND BASKETBALL
United States (US) President Barack Obama spent his first day of his African tour in Senegal on Thursday, dining with Senegalese President Macky Sall, visiting Gorée Island and expressing his admiration for Nelson Mandela.
Starting off his week long tour of Africa, President Obama and President Sall met to discuss food security and the promotion of democratic institutions in Africa.
Obama's concern about LGBTI rights in Senegal were also a talking point, following the United States' LGBTI community's victory earlier this week.
President Obama also praised Senegal for having one of the most stable democracies in the region.
He went on to express his admiration of Mandela, suggesting it was the icon who inspired him to pursue politics and ultimately, presidency.
The US President will not be able to visit Mandela due to his critical condition, which was a personal goal for this trip.
When Obama concluded the bilateral meetings, press conferences, tour of the Slave House Museum at Gorée Island, and participating in an Embassy meet and greet, he then met up again with President Sall for an official dinner.
Over dinner, President Obama could not forget his favourite pastime: basketball.
The world's most powerful president told attendees during a toast that he hoped that the NBA team he supported, Chicago Bulls, would draft Senegalese-born player, Gorgui Dieng.
President Obama arrives in South Africa at 8PM on Friday and will leave for Tanzania on Sunday.
FRENCH ARMS DEALER ACCUSED OF COMPLICITY
Paul Barril, a former French police officer and security adviser to African states has been accused of complicity and knowingly supplying arms during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994.
Barril, labelled a "Merchant of War" or "Lord of Death" like 2005's Lord of War inspiration, Viktor Bout, made arms deals with the Rwandan interim government worth more than $3 million.
As a French national, France will be overseeing his trial that details how Barril signed an arms contract with génocidaires Prime Minister Jean Kambanda at the height of the genocide.
TUNISIA RELEASES BARE-BREASTED PROTESTERS
Ahead of the French presidential visit, Tunisian authorities have released the three European protestors who bore their breasts as a sign of solidarity for Tunisian Amina Tyler.
In late May, 18 year-old Tyler released a banner over the wall of a mosque and attempted to bare her breasts in protest of the Islamic-led government.
Amina has been in detention without trial since May whilst the three European protestors from radical gender group Femen have been released and are already out of Tunisia.
German national Josephine Markmann and France's Pauline Hillier and Marguerite Stern were detained for four months, angering the European Union.