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Nigerian state offers cows for guns to halt attacks

Remote communities have for years been hit by deadly raids from armed groups of cattle rustlers and kidnappers. Authorities in Nigeria’s northwest Zamfara state have offered two cows for each gun surrendered to halt bloody attacks by criminal gangs, including cattle rustlers. Remote communities across the region have for years been hit hard by deadly […]

Statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes decapitated in South Africa

ANITA PATRICK A statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes has been decapitated in Cape Town, South African National Parks said on Wednesday. The statue, which sits on the northern slope of Table Mountain, a popular tourist attraction, was vandalized earlier this week, Rey Thakhuli from SANParks said in a statement. Thakhuli said that a Table […]

France to rename streets after African WW2 heroes

France’s armed forces ministry has provided local authorities with a guide to 100 Africans who fought for France in World War Two, so that streets and squares may be named after them. France’s reappraisal of its colonial past is fueled by the global anti-racism protests and Black Lives Matter. There are many Senegalese and North […]

Sudan Will Scrap Alcohol and Apostasy Laws, and End Flogging

The moves are part of efforts to broaden personal freedoms during a delicate democratic transition. Abdi Latif Dahir Sudan will allow non-Muslims to consume alcohol, scrap its apostasy law and abolish the use of public flogging as a punishment as its transitional government eases decades of strict Islamist policies. The moves, announced late Saturday by […]

GHANA: Quality of Life & Tourism

Sanitation Courts Since Ghana’s political Independence in 1957, various governments have sought to reconnect and attract home Africans in the diaspora who wished to relocate. Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah set the pace with the relocation of icons like W.E.B. Dubois, George Padmore, etc. Under the government of President J. J. Rawlings the Pan African […]

Algeria buries remains of anti-colonial fighters after 150 years

The skulls of 24 combatants laid to rest after being repatriated from France where they were kept in a Parisian museum. Algeria buried the remains of 24 resistance fighters returned from Paris after more than a century and a half as it marked the 58th anniversary of its independence from France. The skulls of the […]

George Floyd’s Killing Prompts Africans to Call for Police Reform at Home

Africans are increasingly pushing to hold police agencies to account and “decolonize” the repressive institutions they inherited from colonial rulers. Abdi Latif Dahir, Ruth Maclean & Lynsey Chutel Kenyan and American protesters knelt outside the United States Embassy in Nairobi one morning last month, outraged at George Floyd’s killing and the racism and brutality they […]

Botswana reports mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants

Hundreds of elephants have died mysteriously in Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta, the head of the wildlife department said Thursday, ruling out poaching as the tusks were found intact. The landlocked southern African country has the world’s largest elephant population, estimated to be around 130,000. “We have had a report of 356 dead elephants in the […]

Planet Pharmacy bounces back after destruction

KOFI AYIM A neighborhood family-owned and -operated pharmacy in the Bronx, New York City, that became a victim in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis has picked up the pieces and bounced back in earnest. Planet Pharmacy, which serves mostly Africans, African Americans, and Hispanics and is located on the Grand Concourse, was […]

Belgium’s King sends ‘regrets’ to Congo for Leopold II atrocities — but doesn’t apologize

Rob Picheta The King of Belgium has sent his “deepest regrets” to the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the “suffering and humiliation” his nation inflicted while it colonized the region — but stopped short of apologizing for his ancestor Leopold II’s atrocities. On the 60th anniversary of the DRC’s independence, King […]