Nigerian media under scrutiny over herder-farmer conflict 17 April 2018, 8:44 AM

A photograph of a man with an assault rifle in front of cattle is frequently used to illustrate Nigerian media stories about bloody clashes between farmers and herders.

‘No amount of killing will stop us’: Nigerian police open fire to disperse Shi’ite protesters 16 April 2018, 6:20 PM

Nigerian police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse Shi’ite Muslim protesters marching for their leader’s freedom in one of the capital’s most upmarket areas on Monday, and organizers said several demonstrators were wounded by gunfire.

Trump to host Nigerian president 16 April 2018, 9:26 AM

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will meet Donald Trump in Washington later this month.

Israel to free 200 African migrants awaiting deportation 15 April 2018, 8:22 PM

Israel will release about 200 jailed African migrants in the absence of a final deal to deport them and thousands more Eritrean and Sudanese men who entered the country illegally, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday .

Horror and fear grip survivors of Congo’s hidden war 15 April 2018, 4:33 PM

The last thing 11-year-old Mave Grace saw before falling unconscious was men with machetes cutting open her pregnant mother’s belly and killing the unborn child. When Grace woke she was surrounded by dead bodies. Her left hand was cut off just above the wrist. “Around us we saw corpses everywhere,” Mave Grace says. Wearing a […]

One dead, 20 wounded in Timbuktu ‘terror’ attack: official 15 April 2018, 8:06 AM

A rocket and car bomb attack left one UN peacekeeper dead, a dozen wounded and another dozen French soldiers hurt at Timbuktu's airport area, Mali's security ministry said Saturday.

101 persons die of Lassa fever- MSF 14 April 2018, 4:08 PM

A humanitarian medical organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Saturday called for proactive vigilance in Nigeria against Lassa fever, as 101 persons have died in the recent outbreak of the disease.

Madikizela-Mandela was ‘a source of inspiration’- President Nguesso 14 April 2018, 2:21 PM

 Congolese President Denis Sassou Ngueso on Saturday paid tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, describing her as a source of inspiration for people of the African continent. “She was committed to the honourable course, despite the risks she faced. She was able to provide warmth to her family as a protective mother and grandmother,” Ngueso said at […]

Nigeria marks four-year anniversary of Chibok kidnap 14 April 2018, 7:46 AM

Nigeria on Saturday marked four years since Boko Haram abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok, with renewed calls for their release and that of thousands of others seized in the bloody conflict.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
Kenya holds memorial for Madikizela-Mandela 13 April 2018, 8:42 PM

An umbrella body for women organisations in Kenya held a memorial service for the late South African icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Nairobi.

Joseph Kabila
DRC skips U.N. pledging conference 13 April 2018, 5:19 PM

The United Nations called on Friday for global funding to aid millions of people facing hellish living conditions in Democratic Republic of Congo after years of factional bloodshed and lawlessness.

Botswana President Masisi and SA President Ramaphosa.
SA, Botswana strengthen bilateral relations 13 April 2018, 2:16 PM

South Africa and Botswana have agreed to increase trade and investment co-operation to fast-track the process of regional economic integration.

Over 1000 children abducted by Boko Haram since 2013: Unicef 13 April 2018, 7:07 AM

Islamist fighters from Nigeria’s Boko Haram group have abducted more than 1 000 children in the northeast since 2013, the United Nations children’s agency Unicef said on Friday.

SA sends condolences following Algeria plane crash 13 April 2018, 6:05 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent messages of condolences to Algeria following the military plane crash.

‘Silent, invisible’ malnutrition seen as threat to generations in Congo 12 April 2018, 8:07 PM

Starving children are the glaring face of Congo’s humanitarian crisis, but millions more people are suffering slow onset malnutrition which could have harmful effects for generations, the United Nations said on Thursday. About 13 million of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 80 million people are in need of humanitarian aid – 50 percent more than […]

Uganda plans tax on social media use from July, rights activists cry foul 12 April 2018, 6:04 PM

Uganda plans to slap a new tax on social media users from July to raise revenue, which human rights activists denounced as another attempt by President Yoweri Museveni to stifle freedom of expression and quash dissent to his 32-year-rule. The move is unlikely to go down well in a country where more than 40 percent […]

Mugabe yet to move out of official residential wing 12 April 2018, 2:47 PM

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has yet to move out of an official residence in Harare five months after he was ousted from power, an official said Thursday. Presidential spokesman George Charamba said Mugabe had still had not removed his belongings from Zimbabwe House, a residential wing next to the presidential offices at State House. […]

Mam’ Winnie honoured for assisting during xenophobic attacks 12 April 2018, 7:49 AM

The African Diaspora for Development says they will remember Winnie Madikizela-Mandela for the assistance she provided to displaced foreign nationals during the xenophobic attacks in 2008. Madikizela-Mandela passed away last week at the age of 81 and will be buried on Saturday. A delegation comprising of diplomats, African business leaders, migrant community leaders and traditional leaders […]

More than 250 killed in Algerian military plane crash 11 April 2018, 6:46 PM

More than 250 people including Western Sahara refugees were killed when a military plane crashed near Algeria’s capital on Wednesday, state media said, with witnesses saying they saw a wing catch fire shortly after the plane took off. Dozens of firefighters, rescue workers and military officials worked around the blackened fuselage of the aircraft, which […]

At least 257 killed in deadly Algerian military plane crash 11 April 2018, 2:59 PM

At least 257 people, mostly soldiers and members of their families, were killed in an Algerian military plane crash Tuesday, says the defense ministry.

Robert Mugabe
Mugabe to be summoned over diamond mining probe 11 April 2018, 10:23 AM

Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is to be summoned by a committee of lawmakers in Zimbabwe to testify at a parliament probe into lost revenue from diamond mining.

Muhammadu Buhari
Nigerian president Buhari to seek re-election in 2019 11 April 2018, 6:08 AM

Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking re-election next year made Nigerian political history as the first opposition candidate to defeat a sitting president at the ballot box.

Woman breaks ground as Kenya’s only Matatu artist 10 April 2018, 4:11 PM

Kenya's public taxi industry is well known for its colourful vehicles. The matatu graffiti industry, which decorates Kenya’s matatus vibrant colors, is a multi-billion dollar shilling business.

Swaziland denies purchase of luxury cars for King’s birthday 10 April 2018, 11:14 AM

Swaziland’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport Principal Secretary Makhosini Mndawe has denied that the government bought a fleet of cars worth $7.5 million ahead of King Mswati III’s 50th birthday, Richard Rooney from Swazimedia.blogspot reported.

Somaliland elders approve ‘historic’ law criminalising rape 10 April 2018, 6:10 AM

Rapists in Somaliland face up to 20 years in jail after the break-away conservative Islamic region passed its first law against rape in a drive to combat gender violence, a senior official said on Monday. The bill, which passed parliament’s upper house on Saturday, also criminalises other forms of gender violence such as forced marriage, […]

Muhammadu Buhari.
Nigeria’s Buhari to run for re-election: official 9 April 2018, 4:21 PM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari declared Monday he would seek re-election next year, in a move that put an end to months of speculation.

Zim government appeals to citizens to return home, rebuild country 9 April 2018, 8:46 AM

The new dispensation in Harare needs the buy-in and investment of millions of Zimbabweans who left the country and settled elsewhere, particularly the multitudes resident in neighbouring South Africa.

One killed, dozens wounded in clashes in Central African Republic 9 April 2018, 6:19 AM

At least one civilian was killed and dozens of United Nations peacekeepers, civilians and militia fighters were injured during an operation against armed groups in Central African Republic’s capital on Sunday, a U.N. spokesman said. Heavy gunfire erupted in Bangui’s PK5 neighourhood – a Muslim enclave in the majority Christian city – at around 2 […]

Kenya’s Birech wins Rome marathon 8 April 2018, 2:59 PM

Kenyan Cosmas-Jairus Kipchoge Birech won the Rome marathon on Sunday with Ethiopian Rahma Tusa winning the women's race for the third straight year.

Rwanda’s president names new finance minister in reshuffle 8 April 2018, 8:34 AM

Paul Kagame swept to a landslide victory in a presidential election last year, securing a third term in office and extending his 17 years in power.