The Africa Report: 7 November
EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL TAKES ON OIL COMPANIES IN NIGERIA
International human rights watchdog Amnesty International has accused oil companies in Nigeria of lying about oil spills.
Targeting Shell, Amnesty International alleges that the oil giant has provided false information about claims of sabotage on their pipelines which led to oil spills.
When claiming the pipeline has been sabotaged, the oil company involved is not expected to provide compensation to the affected communities.
Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development has reported that rather, the damage to the pipeline and consequent oil spill was due to poor maintenance.
Amnesty International has also blamed the Nigerian government for failing to regulate the industry which has left many people living in the Niger Delta in compromised situations.
MAURITANIANS PROTEST AGAINST UPCOMING "SHAM ELECTIONS"
Thousands have taken to the streets of Mauritania in protest of what they are calling a sham election.
A coordinated group of opposition parties, the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change, has dismissed the national elections schedule for the end of November as a sham.
On Wednesday, members of 10 of the 11 parties belonging to the umbrella opposition group took to the streets calling for the boycott of the elections.
30 percent of the country's 3.5 million people are eligible to vote in Mauritania's first elections since 2007.
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz came to power through a military coup in 2008 and his incumbency was later claimed to be legitimised by "many people".
CAMEROONIAN WINS TOP FRENCH LITERARY PRIZE
A Cameroonian author has won the prestigious Prix Femina French literary prize.
Leonora Miano has won the 2013 prize for her book, La Saison de lómbre (The Season of Darkness).
The literary prize is decided annually by an exclusive female panel of judges.
The authors awarded are not limited to female authors.