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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.