Young started her sporting career with kickboxing, wrestling and boxing before MMA, however she says her career started when she fought off bullies as a child after an acid attack.
Businessman Abdul Haji, famous for combating militants who attacked the Westgate mall in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, in September 2013, has been endorsed to succeed his late father Yusuf Haji as Garissa senator, the Standard newspaper reports quoting a family statement.
During the attack, Mr Haji went into the mall in search of his brother while armed only with a pistol that his father had taught him to hunt with as a child.
Together with a small group of plain-clothes policemen, he helped rescue dozens of people from the mall.Copyright: Reuters
His family has now fronted the second-born son to finish his father’s second-term in the Senate, the newspaper reports.
Senator Haji died last month in Nairobi and a by-election is scheduled for May.
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How do you get more women in charge so that one day they could be leading the continent?
There are, of course, examples of women in charge and only recently we heard that Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Nigeria’s former finance minister, had become head of the World Trade Organisation.
Not only is she the first woman but she’s also the first African to get the job.
You might say though she’s a rare example so, is it time for more affirmative action?
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first democratically elected President of Africa and led Liberia for 12 years.
She set up the Amujae initiative last year to help mentor women into positions of public leadership in Africa.
One year on Alan Kasujja has been speaking to two women who help inspire others. They spoke of how they had to overcome many obstacles on the path to their careers.
Anne Waiguru, a prominent Kenyan politician, said the insults women face are personal and focus on you as a woman; the way you dress, and your body size and that "they also draw in your family".
Telia Urey, a successful Liberian entrepreneur, said she had faced some of the worst attacks during her short political career, when she ran in a by-election in 2019.
It's an election which she describes as being marked "as one of the most violent campaigns in recent Liberian history" where she suffered both physically and verbally.
Telia said with her achievements however, she wants to be an example to all "the daughters of Africa".
You can hear their story on today's episode of the Africa Daily podcast.
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Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou has been announced the 2020 winner of the $5m (£3.6m) Ibrahim prize for African leadership.
Mr Issoufou has served two five-year terms as president from 2011 to 2020. He is set to be succeeded by former interior minister, Mohamed Bazoum, who won the presidential election last month.
The prize committee praised the Nigerien president's leadership after inheriting one of the world’s poorest economies.
It said he "fostered economic growth, shown unwavering commitment to regional stability and to the constitution, and championed African democracy."
Mr Issoufou is the sixth recipient of the Ibrahim Prize.
He has tweeted that the prize honours all Nigerien people.
"I consider this award an encouragement to continue to think and act in such a way that promotes democratic values and good governance, not only in Niger, but in Africa and around the world," he added.
Previous winners of the prize include Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia (2017), President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia (2014), President Pedro Pires of Cabo Verde (2011), President Festus Mogae of Botswana (2008) and President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique (2007).
A new round of protests has been planned in Senegal from Monday as opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, is expected to make a court appearance in the capital, Dakar, following his arrest last week.
Mr Sonko is set to face questions about a rape charge, which he says is politically motivated.
The arrest of the opposition leader sparked days of unrest. Five people, including a schoolboy, died during the demonstrations.
It's the worst violence for years in Senegal, a stable country in a volatile region.
Opposition supporters set fire to cars, looted shops and hurled stones at police during the anti-government protests, which have also highlighted grievances over falling living standards during the pandemic.
Schools have been ordered shut for a week.
Ghana was hit by a nationwide power outage on Sunday in "a total system shutdown", the country's electricity provider Gridco said.
The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) said that at "approximately 2.10pm, a challenge in the power system led to a total system shutdown. This led to an interruption in power supply to all parts of the country," the company said in a statement.
It added: "GRIDCo is also working to ascertain the reasons behind the total system shutdown."
The power outage drew criticism from Ghanaians online.
Gary Al-Smith said on Twitter: "Basically, they don't know why the lights are off and working to solve it."
Johnnie Hughes also tweeted his criticism. "Yes, we are Ghanaians. Special people by all means. In the past, when the lights went off, we blamed the President of the day. This time we know better... all eyes on GRIDCO and ECG, because the President of the day doesn't operate lights."
Six people including civilians were killed when security forces in northern Burkina Faso were ambushed by militants.
A soldier and five civilians from the Volunteers for the Defence of the Fatherland (VDP) were killed in the attack.
"The Kourao VDP were patrolling the area and were targeted by armed individuals. A unit went to their aid and came under heavy fire," the AFP news agency quoted a security source as saying on Sunday.
The civilian volunteers are part of a network that helps the army in fighting militant groups operating in Burkina Faso.
The VDP was formed more than a year ago to bolster efforts by vigilante groups operating in the volatile northern and eastern regions.
BBC News, Maputo
Mozambique will on Monday begin a countrywide vaccination campaign against Covid-19.
Health workers will be the first to be vaccinated because of their “high exposure to infection” during work.
The Ministry of Health says it has distributed 121,530 vaccine doses to the provinces, out of the 200,000 doses that the country received from China last month.
Mozambique has so far confirmed 62,520 coronavirus cases, with 693 deaths and 46,421 recoveries.
The country expects to receive an additional 484,000 vaccine doses on Monday. These include 384,000 from the Covax initiative and 100,000 of the Covishield vaccine donated by India.
Africa editor, BBC World Service
Officials in Equatorial Guinea have appealed for international help following a series of explosions that left at least 15 people dead and 500 injured.
The cause of the blasts has been put down to an accident at a military base.
In a statement read out on national television, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema said the explosions had been caused by the negligence of the team in charge of storing dynamite inside the military base.
That put an end to the hours of speculation over what exactly had happened.
It’s not surprising that the health services were quickly overwhelmed – these were extremely powerful explosions that flattened homes and tore the roofs off buildings.
Videos from the scene showed injured people staggering through clouds of smoke to reach safety.
What’s not clear is how many people were trapped under the rubble.
Port Louis, Mauritius
A Chinese-flagged fishing boat ran aground on a coral reef in Mauritius, about 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) from the capital, Port Louis.
The vessel, LURONGYUANYU 588, got stuck in Pointe aux Sables a few nautical miles from a public beach.
It has 130 tonnes of diesel and five tonnes of dressing oil on board but no fish, according to the Fisheries Minister Sudheer Maudhoo.
The boat was meant to be bunkering (the process of transferring fuel to and from a ship) and taking provisions in Port Louis.
“The boat is not taking on water and there is no oil leak at the moment,” the minister said.
“A contingency plan in case of an oil spill in the port of Port Louis has been deployed."
The boat's 16 crew members were rescued on Sunday evening. They included 14 Chinese nationals, one Indonesian sailor and one Filipino.
The Mauritius National Coast Guard said there was a distress call from the fishing boat. The stormy sea made the rescue operation difficult and a police helicopter was called for backup.
The rescued sailors have been transferred to the police headquarters and will be placed under quarantine in adherence to Covid-19 health measures.
The incident comes eight months after Japanese bulk carrier, MV Wakashio, leaked hundreds of tonnes of fuel oil off the Mauritius coast, after it also ran aground a coral reef.
Mauritius is home to world-renowned coral reefs, and popular with tourists.
BBC diplomatic correspondent
A fire at a overcrowded migrant detention centre in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, that houses migrants mostly from Ethiopia, may have killed as many as 30 people and injured 170 others, officials with the UN Migration Agency (IOM) say.
The fire came as renewed Saudi airstrikes hit the city and the Houthis mounted a missile and drone attack on oil installations in Saudi Arabia.
Conditions at the detention facility were said to be squalid even before this devastating fire.
Migrants and guards are reported to be among the dead.
IOM's Carmela Godeu said in tweet that her staff were offering emergency care to more than 170 injured people, of whom at least 90 were in serious condition.
It’s not known what caused the fire, but a Saudi airstrike is known to have damaged buildings nearby.
In a statement, the Houthi authorities said they held the IOM and the UN fully responsible, for failing to house migrants and not helping to deport them. Neither function is part of the organisation’s mandate.
Despite Yemen’s endless war, tens of thousands of migrants – mostly from the Horn of Africa – try and pass through the country every year, hoping to find work in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.
But the war has closed the borders and the migrants are stuck in a country torn apart by conflict, hunger and disease.
Our African proverb of the day:Quote Message: If a blind man says: “I will stone you”, take care - he has stepped on a stone. from An Nsenga proverb sent by Lewis Mumba in Petauke, Zambia.Copyright: BBC
By Eva Ontiveros
BBC World Service
By Megha Mohan
Gender and identity correspondent
A series of explosions have rocked the main city of Bata, injuring hundreds and leaving many dead.
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At least seven people have died in flooding caused by torrential rain in north-western Algeria.
The victims - including two children - were travelling in cars that were swept away by raging waters in the Chlef region.
Rescuers are searching for other people who are unaccounted for, and more rain is forecast.
Africa editor, BBC World Service
Egypt and Sudan have once again called for international mediation to end a long-running dispute over the construction of Ethiopia's dam on the River Nile.
Both countries fear the dam could affect their water supply.
The call came as the Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was on a visit to Sudan for the first time since the overthrow of its former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
During his visit to Khartoum Mr Sisi met Sudan’s civilian and military leaders.
The fact that these were separate meetings points to the somewhat awkward relationship between the different personalities in Sudan's transitional administration.
But it seems they all agreed on one key issue: Ethiopia’s controversial dam.
In a statement after the talks, Egypt and Sudan called for a new round of dialogue with an expanded mediation team to include officials from the African Union, the United States, the EU and the UN.
They said an agreement had to be reached before Ethiopia starts the next stage of filling the dam's huge reservoir, which is expected to begin in June or July.
While Ethiopia says it is willing to keep talking, it wants to stick to the dialogue organised by the African Union and does not want to involve these additional international mediators. So for now the dispute rumbles on.
Egypt has long opposed the construction of the dam because it relies so heavily on the water from the Nile. It’s possible that Sudan could benefit from it though – experts say there would be less flooding and Sudan could get electricity in return.
But in recent months Khartoum has hardened its position taking Egypt’s side.
With the two countries signing military agreements and forming closer and closer ties this could increase the pressure on Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
In 2011 Egyptians took to the streets calling for the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak. Women were at the forefront of the protests, bravely defying the national stereotype.