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Dozens killed in jihadist attack on Nigeria governor’s convoy
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-26 at 12:37
The death toll from a jihadist attack on the convoy of the regional governor in northeast Nigeria has risen to 30, security sources said Saturday.
Mendys of the match: An 11 like no other
on 2020-09-26 at 11:02
With three Mendys – Edouard, Benjamin and Nampalys – in the Premier League, BBC Sport Africa has managed to create a whole team.
African court requests ex-Ivorian president Gbagbo’s voting rights be restored
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-26 at 08:45
Ivory Coast should allow former president Laurent Gbagbo, who has been barred from running in next month’s key presidential election, to vote in the poll, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights said Friday.
Auschwitz historian offers to serve Nigerian boy’s sentence
on 2020-09-25 at 16:33
Polish historian says he will serve part of the jail term of a boy, 13, convicted of blasphemy in Nigeria.
Mali coup: Bah Ndaw sworn in as civilian leader
on 2020-09-25 at 15:42
The ex-defence minister was picked by the coup leader to head a transitional government until elections.
Hero of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ admits forming militant group behind armed attacks
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-25 at 14:36
Paul Rusesabagina, the polarising hero of the hit movie “Hotel Rwanda,” admitted to a Kigali court on Friday that he had helped form an armed group but denied any role in its crimes.
Mali swears in interim president Bah Ndaw to lead transitional government
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-09-25 at 14:16
Mali’s interim president, Bah Ndaw, chosen to head a transitional government following a coup last month, was sworn in during ceremonies in the capital Bamako on Friday, AFP journalists witnessed.
‘I want to teach Congolese people what art is’
on 2020-09-25 at 12:24
Dina Ekanga is a Congolese ‘nail’ artist who was inspired by the Nkisi Nkondi sculptures of the Kongo people.
Coronavirus: Is the rate of growth in Africa slowing down?
on 2020-09-25 at 11:37
The overall rate of increase may be slowing, but there have still been sharp rises in some countries.
Haile Gebrselassie: ‘It was the ‘Leg of God”
on 2020-09-25 at 11:06
Athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie explains how he was assisted by the ‘Leg of God’.
Who are the four candidates standing in Ivory Coast’s presidential election?
by Sam BRADPIECE on 2020-09-25 at 09:51
Ivory Coast’s Constitutional Court ruled last week that only four out of 44 presidential hopefuls would be allowed to run in the country’s presidential election.
Ivory Coast’s Ouattara launches verbal attack on banned presidential rivals
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-25 at 03:27
Ivory Coast’s head of state, Alassane Ouattara, has blasted attempts by two rivals to contest next month’s presidential elections as “provocation” and says one of them belongs behind bars.
Mali’s designated interim president makes first public appearance
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-25 at 03:17
Bah Ndaw, a retired colonel who has been designated Mali’s interim president following last month’s coup, made his first public appearance on Thursday, meeting a regional mediator, AFP reporters saw.
Africa’s week in pictures: 18 – 24 September 2020
on 2020-09-24 at 23:05
A selection of the week’s best photos from across the continent and beyond.
France opens probe into bank BNP Paribas over its role in Sudan
by Georja CALVIN-SMITH on 2020-09-24 at 21:02
Paris prosecutors have opened an investigation into French bank BNP Paribas over allegations of complicity in crimes against humanity in Sudan, particularly in the war-torn western region of Darfur. Also, several close allies of former Ivorian rebel leader Guillaume Soro are released from prison in a bid to defuse mounting tensions ahead of the October presidential vote. Finally, our reporters speak to Cameroonian sand miners diving deep in the Sanaga river, risking their lives in search of […]
France probes banking giant BNP Paribas for alleged complicity in Sudan crimes
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-24 at 15:43
French prosecutors have opened an inquiry into banking giant BNP Paribas over claims of complicity in crimes against humanity, genocide and torture in Sudan, sources said Thursday.
Rwandan genocide orphan’s ‘miracle’ WhatsApp reunion
on 2020-09-24 at 09:05
Grace Umutoni grew up not knowing her birth name, only that her parents had been killed in the Rwandan genocide.
Covid-19 in Kenya: Unemployed and taking care of my ailing mother
on 2020-09-24 at 07:41
Sam is unemployed as a result of the pandemic and has dedicated himself to taking care of his ailing mother.
The Ugandan man adopting children in the US
on 2020-09-23 at 23:20
How one man went from being a “street kid” in Uganda, to adopting a white child in the US.
Kenya’s top judge demands dissolution of parliament over lack of women lawmakers
by Georja CALVIN-SMITH on 2020-09-23 at 21:09
In tonight’s edition: Kenya’s top judge advises President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve the country’s male-dominated parliament, saying lawmakers have failed to meet a constitutional provision which would allow for one-third of seats to be occupied by women. The move has sparked strong reactions. Also, tourism workers in Uganda are hoping to make up for lost time now that international travellers are being allowed back into the country. Borders had been closed since March, effectively shutting […]
In Senegal, a master of permaculture grows a lush oasis in the desert
by FRANCE 2 on 2020-09-23 at 12:40
In Senegal, one man has created a lush oasis in the middle of the desert. Goran N’Diaye is a pioneer of permaculture. Following his own success, he’s now training the next generation of young Senegalese farmers. In doing so, he hopes to change traditions and spread sustainable, ecologically friendly farming practices. Our colleagues from France 2 report, with FRANCE 24’s Ellen Gainsford.
South Africa lockdown relaxed, but trust in government still hard hit by corruption
by Laura DI BIASIO on 2020-09-22 at 20:16
In tonight’s edition: South Africa’s response to the coronavirus has been praised, but trust in the government is still hard hit by corruption. In Cameroon, police fire tear gas and water cannon to break up opposition protests. Dozens of people are reportedly arrested. And finally, Mali celebrates 60 years of independence from France.
On patrol with Nigeria’s ‘Agro Rangers’, who protect farmers from Boko Haram
by Moïse GOMIS on 2020-09-22 at 14:29
The rainy season is the best time to grow rice and corn in Borno, one of Nigeria’s agricultural regions. But farmers are frequently targeted by Boko Haram attacks. In a bid to improve security in the region and reassure farmers, teams of so-called “Agro Rangers” were set up a year ago by authorities. The men, who are often volunteer militia or hunters, are recruited by the Nigerian civil defence. Our correspondent Moïse Gomis went on patrol with them on the outskirts of Maiduguri and […]
Botswana discovers likely culprit behind mass elephant die-off
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-22 at 03:51
Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year, officials said on Monday, announcing the result of an investigation into the deaths which had baffled and alarmed conservationists.
Mozambique: Why did these men shoot a naked woman dead?
on 2020-09-21 at 23:01
The BBC and human rights researchers examined a video of a killing in northern Mozambique.
Ex-defence minister appointed Mali’s transition leader
by Georja CALVIN-SMITH on 2020-09-21 at 21:17
Mali’s military junta announces the leaders of a new transitional government in the Sahel country, which will retain strong army links despite international pressure to appoint civilians after a coup. In Cameroon, four soldiers receive 10-year sentences for the execution-style killings of civilians. The murders sparked outrage when a video of the atrocity went viral in 2018. And finally in Botswana, the previously inexplicable deaths of hundreds of elephants may well be down to toxic algae in […]
Lagos Inferno: What caused the blast that destroyed a Nigerian girls’ school
on 2020-09-20 at 23:02
An explosion in Lagos, Nigeria killed 23 people and destroys a girls’ boarding school. But what caused it?
Zimbabwe: Africa’s first mine where workforce is made up entirely of women
on 2020-09-20 at 09:05
Zimbaqua mine is the first mine in Africa where the workforce is made up entirely of women.
Kenya: Tackling teen pregnancies through sex education
on 2020-09-19 at 10:37
Lily is bringing sex education to remote areas in Kenya in her fight to end teen pregnancies.
Coronavirus in South Africa: Relief, pride and the ‘new normal’
on 2020-09-19 at 00:21
As the “worst phase of the epidemic” is overcome, experts delve into the data to learn more about Covid-19.
Coronavirus in Kenya: From salon to sewer worker
on 2020-09-15 at 23:03
Some of those who lost their jobs amid the pandemic are being paid to clean up their neighbourhoods.