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Epsy Campbell

Although Carlos Alvarado was elected President in the Costa Rica elections, all eyes are on his running mate Epsy Campbell, who becomes the first black female person to be elected vice president in the country.

According to Newsweek, Epsy Alejandra Campbell Barr is one of the founders of the Part ido Accion Cuidadana (PAC), and she joins the ranks of Thelma Curling, the first Afro-Costa Rican legislator (1982-1986), Victoria Garron, the first vice-president (1986-1990) and Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) the first president, with her landmark achievement.

South African anti-apartheid campaigner and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died aged 81. She and her former husband Nelson Mandela, who were both jailed, were a symbol of the country's anti-apartheid struggle for three decades.

However, in later years her reputation became tainted legally and politically.

It is International Women's Day today, and Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo has been speaking to the BBC about how to make the #MeToo movement work across the vast African continent.

The movement, which used social media to shine a spotlight on sexual harassment and abuse, has already been hugely successful in the US and Europe.

South Africa's Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s has announced an additional 57 billion rand ($5bn; £3.5bn) will be allocated to free university education for students from poor and working class families.

Initially announced by former president Jacob Zuma in December - there are still concerns about whether this plan would be feasible in the long-term.

He also announced an increased Value Added Tax - up from 14% to 15% - as part of the South African budget.

Liberia's new president George Weah has said he inherited "a country that is very broke, depleted a political malfeasance", reports AFP news agency.

The former footballer, who is currently in France, said he ordered a complete audit "to make sure that what belongs to the government goes to the government".

US evangelist Billy Graham

US evangelist Billy Graham - one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century - has died aged 99.

Graham became one of the best-known promoters of Christianity, preaching to audiences worldwide in large arenas, beginning in London in 1954.

He died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said.

Morgan Tsvangirai took part in a long political battle against Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, a senior official in his MDC party has said.

Mr Tsvangirai, 65, a former prime minister, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer.