Son of Mali’s president resigns parliament position amid calls for father’s resignation
on July 14, 2020 at 11:39 am
The ‘war on women’ didn’t stop when South Africa locked down over Covid-19
on July 14, 2020 at 7:29 am
Zindzi Mandela, Activist in South Africa and Ambassador, Dies at 59
by Lynsey Chutel on July 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm
She was ambassador to Denmark after years as a voice against apartheid (sometimes in poetry) alongside her parents, Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Zindzi Mandela dead at 59
on July 13, 2020 at 5:39 pm
Zindzi Mandela, South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark and daughter of anti-apartheid icons Nelson and Winnie Mandela, has died at the age of 59, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation said Monday.
Sudan Will Scrap Alcohol and Apostasy Laws, and End Flogging
by Abdi Latif Dahir on July 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm
The moves are part of efforts to broaden personal freedoms during a delicate democratic transition.
Five killed in siege at South African church
on July 11, 2020 at 3:56 pm
Five people were killed in a siege at a church in South Africa on Saturday, police said.
5 Killed in Hostage Crisis at Church in South Africa
by The Associated Press on July 11, 2020 at 3:42 pm
The attack may have been motivated by a feud between church members, the police said.
Ethiopia Announces Arrests in Prominent Singer’s Killing
by Abdi Latif Dahir on July 11, 2020 at 2:15 pm
The shooting last month of Hachalu Hundessa, a hero to young Ethiopians calling for reform, was followed by unrest in which hundreds of people were killed.
In South Africa, Burial Traditions Upended by Coronavirus
by Peter Luhanga and Kimon de Greef on July 10, 2020 at 9:22 am
Restrictions on travel have disrupted a deeply important cultural practice for many Black residents in Cape Town: returning the body for burial hundreds of miles home in the Eastern Cape province.
World’s rarest-gorillas spotted with babies in Nigeria’s forest
on July 9, 2020 at 2:34 pm
In a rare sighting, conservationists have captured new images of the world’s rarest gorillas with several babies in southern Nigeria.
Used Clothes Ban May Crimp Kenyan Style. It May Also Lift Local Design.
by Abdi Latif Dahir on July 9, 2020 at 7:00 am
Kenya has halted imports of secondhand clothes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The move limits fashion selection, but opens doors for the country’s designers and manufacturers.
Ivory Coast Prime Minister Dies After Cabinet Meeting
by Ruth Maclean on July 8, 2020 at 11:09 pm
Amadou Gon Coulibaly had just returned to the West African country from France, where he had been receiving treatment for a heart condition.
Ivory Coast Prime Minister dies after cabinet meeting
on July 8, 2020 at 9:15 pm
Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly has died, the country’s President announced.
George Floyd’s Killing Prompts Africans to Call for Police Reform at Home
by Abdi Latif Dahir, Ruth Maclean and Lynsey Chutel on July 8, 2020 at 9:12 pm
Africans are increasingly pushing to hold police agencies to account and “decolonize” the repressive institutions they inherited from colonial rulers.
Nigerian senate passes sexual harassment bill
on July 8, 2020 at 5:09 pm
Nigeria’s Senate has passed a bill aimed at combating sexual harassment as part of a broader move to uphold ethics in the nation’s universities, legislators said.
180 suspected victims of extrajudicial killings found in Burkina Faso graves, rights group says
on July 8, 2020 at 4:15 pm
The bodies of 180 men suspected to be victims of extrajudicial killings have been found in graves in northern Burkina Faso, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.
Google launches balloon-powered internet service in Kenya
on July 8, 2020 at 1:30 pm
Over 180 Bodies Found Dumped in Burkina Faso Town, Report Says
by Ruth Maclean on July 8, 2020 at 1:24 am
For months, terrified residents of Djibo, a town in the West African nation, kept discovering corpses of men who had been shot, blindfolded and bound. They blame the military.
A Bird? A Plane? No, It’s a Google Balloon Beaming the Internet
by Abdi Latif Dahir on July 7, 2020 at 10:40 am
A commercial deal in Kenya marks the first application of balloon-powered internet in Africa, the region with the lowest percentage of internet users globally.
365 Elephants Died in Botswana. The Cause Is a Mystery
by Rachel Nuwer on July 6, 2020 at 5:58 pm
Some conservationists say the recent die-off in Botswana could be natural, but others expressed more concern.
Laid Off and Locked Up: Virus Traps Domestic Workers in Arab States
by Ben Hubbard and Louise Donovan on July 6, 2020 at 5:18 pm
The pandemic and economic crises have caused many workers to lose their jobs. Some have been detained, abused, deprived of wages and stranded far from home with nowhere to turn for help.
Africa’s battle against Covid-19 will be won or lost here
on July 6, 2020 at 10:56 am
Attacks in Somalia Leave at Least 5 Dead
by Abdi Latif Dahir on July 4, 2020 at 3:26 pm
Devastating assaults, occurring almost daily and often in the capital, Mogadishu, have put a strain on the country’s fragile government.
From Uganda to Nigeria, activists are calling on their governments to remove colonialists names from streets
on July 3, 2020 at 5:34 pm
Nollywood actress shines a light on colorism in Netflix documentary
on July 3, 2020 at 9:54 am
How one of Africa’s national parks is thriving after war
on July 3, 2020 at 1:05 am
Coldcut + Tony Allen and African Artists = Studio Electricity
by Jon Pareles on July 2, 2020 at 6:13 pm
Keleketla! is a studio assemblage of musicians from four continents, creating thoroughly hybridized music with African voices up front.
Turmoil at Funeral of Hachalu Hundessa Shows Ethiopia’s ‘Combustible’ Politics
by Abdi Latif Dahir and Tiksa Negeri on July 2, 2020 at 4:32 pm
At least 81 people have been killed and dozens injured in the unrest that followed the killing of Hachalu Hundessa, underscoring long-simmering tensions in the Horn of Africa nation.
Coronavirus Is Battering Africa’s Growing Middle Class
by Abdi Latif Dahir on July 2, 2020 at 4:12 pm
From Kenya to Nigeria, South Africa to Rwanda, the pandemic is decimating the livelihoods of the once-stable workers who were helping to drive Africa’s economic expansion.
Hachalu Hundessa, Ethiopian Singer and Activist, Is Shot Dead
by Abdi Latif Dahir on June 30, 2020 at 7:16 pm
The musician, 34, was known for political songs that provided support for the ethnic Oromo group’s fight against repression and a soundtrack for antigovernment protests.