Drastic measures to save Africa's elephants

EWN Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Elephant Summit attendees agree on drastic measures to counter poaching. Picture: Commons Wikipedia.

DRASTIC MEASURES TO SAVE AFRICA'S ELEPHANTS

Drastic measures to counter poaching have been agreed on at the African Elephant Summit in Botswana hosted by International Union for Conservation of Nature

Attendees of the summit have agreed to pursue a zero tolerance policy with maximum sentences in order to counter elephant poaching.

Thirty countries were in attendance at the summit which began on Monday.

According to research cited at the conference, 22,000 elephants were slain in 2012, down from the 25,000 in 2011.

These killings took place at 42 different sites across 27 African countries.

The aim is to have poaching recognised as an international offence with maximum sentences for those who benefit from an elephant's demise.

Conference attendees recognised that elephant poaching is an organised crime and should be treated as such.

Both the source - Africa - and destination - Asia - of ivory will be targeted.

NIGERIAN AGRICULTURE MINISTER IS FORBES AFRICAN OF THE YEAR

The Nigerian Minister of Agriculture has been named Forbes's African of the Year for his reforms in the farming sector.

Minister Akinwumi Adesina received the sought-after accolade for, among others, tackling corruption in the distribution of fertiliser and for encouraging Nigerians to be self-sufficient through growing their own crops.

Adesina was in an impressive group of Africans: His fellow compatriots, Aliko Dangote and Jim Ovia; South Africa's Patrice Motsepe; and Zimbabwe's Strive Masiyiwa.

NIGERIAN COOK'S RESCUE GOES VIRAL

Footage of a Nigerian cook being rescued from an upturned tugboat has gone viral.

The incident, which occurred in May this year, tells the remarkable story of human endurance.

Harrison Okene, cook on the upturned Jascon 4 ship, spent three days in an air pocket before he was rescued.

Divers had recovered four bodies before they found Okene who had spent the three days in freezing cold conditions, clad only in a pair of boxer shorts.

In an attempt to fall asleep whilst in these conditions, he would recite a song shared with him by his wife.

The footage shows DCN - a dedicated sub-sea service provider - divers going underwater to locate more bodies, guided by a South African national.

As the divers turn a corner in the ship, they reached out to grab a hand and were amazed when Okene reached back.