Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019


How Nigeria’s elite avoid ‘bad education’

In our series of letters from African writers, journalist Sola Odunfa reflects on a controversial proposal to ban the children of government officials and top civil servants from completing their education abroad. Back in the 1980s, my daughter won a place at the Obafemi Awolowo University, one of the top state-funded institutions in Nigeria. She […]

Congo Says Baby Girl Is Youngest Survivor of Ebola Outbreak

JOHANNESBURG — Congo’s Health Ministry says a newborn baby called Benedicte is the youngest survivor of what is now the world’s second-deadliest Ebola outbreak. The ministry posted a photograph of the infant on Twitter this past week showing her surrounded by caregivers who had watched over her 24 hours a day for weeks. The baby, […]

Why South African Community’s Win Against Mining Company Matters

Sonwabile Mnwana, University of Fort Hare A South African High Court has passed an important judgment putting a stop to the pervasive practice by companies to mine ancestral lands in rural areas without the villagers’ consent. The case was brought by the community of rural UMgungundlovu, a small cluster of villages that fall under the […]

Why do voters mistrust electronic voting?

The Democratic Republic of Congo is heading to the polls on 23 December to elect a new president for the first time since 2001. Current President Joseph Kabila is stepping down and, as polling day nears, concerns about the running of the election in this vast country – nearly the size of Western Europe – […]

Talent and Technology in Africa today

African Leadership Academy cofounder Fred Swaniker explains why companies should invest in people and harness technology to take on the continent’s big challenges. There are many business opportunities in Africa, but talent is a crucial component to deliver on the potential. As founder of the African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network, Ghana’s Fred Swaniker has […]

Ghana removes ‘racist’ Gandhi statue

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the famed Indian independence leader, has been removed from a university campus in Ghana’s capital, Accra. University of Ghana lecturers began a petition for its removal shortly after it was unveiled in 2016 by India’s former President Pranab Mukherjee. The petition said Gandhi was “racist” and African heroes should be […]

Fire destroys thousands of voting machines in DR Congo

Blaze erupts at election commission warehouse in the capital, Kinshasa, days before presidential election. A fire broke out in an electoral commission building in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, officials said, 10 days before presidential elections that have been foreshadowed by violence. The blaze destroyed thousands of voting machines and ballot […]

Why Losing The African Cup Of Nations Is A Heavy Blow For Cameroon

Jo Clarke, Sheffield Hallam University The proud footballing nation of Cameroon is under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. This follows the announcement that they have been stripped of the hosting rights for the African Cup on Nations (AFCON) 2019 because of delays with preparations as well as security concerns. The Confederation of African […]

How Rooibos is on the Rise in South Africa

Rooibos, which is exclusively farmed in the Cederberg and Sandveld areas of the Western Cape of South Africa is fast becoming one of the most attractive agricultural products to invest in. Nicie Vorster, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council (SARC) says increasingly, the world is counting on agriculture to produce more nutritious food, and Rooibos […]