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Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has joined the nation in mourning the death of a fish that lived in a pond at the country’s second-biggest university.

Students at Copperbelt University (CBU) lit candles and marched around campus to mourn the big fish.

The hashtag Mafishi, as the fish was affectionately known, is trending on Twitter in the southern African state.

For the past two decades CBU students have believed the fish would bring them good luck in exams.

Mafishi, meaning “Big Fish” in the local Bemba language, was thought to be at least 22 years old and had lived in the university’s pond for

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