Friday, 18 Sep 2020


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Guineans heading to polls in historic constitution vote

CONAKRY (AFP) – Voters in the West African state Guinea were being called to the polls on Sunday (March 22) for a bitterly-disputed referendum that critics say is a ploy by President Alpha Conde to stay in power. Mr Conde is proposing a change to the constitution to codify gender equality and introduce other social […]

The ‘evil genius’ trumpeter who influenced Fela Kuti

Nigeria has been mourning music legend Victor Olaiya, who created Nigeria’s highlife rhythms and influenced a generation of musicians including Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Nduka Orjinmo looks back at the life of the trumpeter, who died last month at the age of 89. Just like the well-turned out government filing clerk that he was, Olaiya always carried […]

Bracing for coronavirus in a South African township

As the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa rises quickly, BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding visits a poor neighbourhood in the main city Johannesburg to see how it will cope with an outbreak. In the narrow, muddy alleys, lined with makeshift homes, that lead down to a rubbish-strewn stream on the edge of Alexandra […]

Coronavirus: First death in Sub-Saharan Africa as WHO warns 'prepare for worst'

GENEVA (AFP) – Sub-Saharan Africa on Wednesday (March 18) recorded its first coronavirus death, a high-ranking politician in Burkina Faso, as the head of the World Health Organisation urged the continent to “prepare for the worst”. “Africa should wake up,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference in Geneva, pointing out that “in other countries […]

Sudan's June crackdown may have killed 241 people: Rights group

Killings by security forces followed a protest movement that led to the stepping down of President Omar al-Bashir. Sudanese security forces deliberately killed scores of people, possibly as many as 241, in a crackdown on a pro-democracy protesters last June, an international rights group said on Thursday. It was the deadliest episode of a months-long […]

African leaders seek to clear way for Libyan dialogue

Tripoli’s government is battling eastern commander Khalifa Haftar in the latest factional fighting since 2011. Three African heads of state, the African Union chief, and a senior UN envoy met on Thursday in Republic of Congo in the latest attempt to broker talks over Libya’s crisis. The meeting is the second in the Congo since […]

Tropical Cyclone Herold forms off the coast of Madagascar

Mauritius and Rodrigues Island brace for damaging winds and torrential rains. Tropical Cyclone Herold has developed close to Madagascar and is expected to strengthen further in the coming days as it heads into the southern India Ocean. Parts of Madagascar have already been hit by heavy rain, with Sambava in the northeast recording 95mm (3.7 […]

Families to mark first anniversary of Ethiopian 737 Max crash

ADDIS ABABA (REUTERS) – The families of passengers and crew aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 will mark the first anniversary of the crash on Tuesday (March 10), a day after an interim report focused on software installed on the Boeing 737 Max airliner. The accident killed all 157 people aboard. It was the second involving the […]

Nigeria’s revered emir dethroned for ‘disrespect’

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, one of Nigeria’s most influential Muslim traditional leaders, has been removed from his throne. He was deposed for showing “insubordination” to the authorities in the northern state of Kano. Mr Sanusi, an ex-central bank chief, has had frosty relations with Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje since 2017. His supporters […]

‘We were deported from the US to the wrong country’

Saren Idaho said he has no connection to Sierra Leone and had never been to the country until he was deported there from the US six months ago. “I know nobody here,” lamented the 55-year-old father of two. Looking unwell and struggling to walk, he sat down on a plastic chair in his sparsely furnished […]