Category archives for: African News

Freetown’s New Mayor Brings New Vision to Sierra Leone

by ELIZABETH ALLAN Sierra Leone conjures images of blood diamonds, child soldiers and Ebola. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr wants us to remember a different time in her country’s history. “We were known as the ‘Athens of West Africa,’ ” she says. “Future heads of government from throughout Africa studied here, at Fourah Bay College.” Aki-Sawyerr will soon have the chance to implement her vision. In March 2018, […]

Africa Wants the Same Opportunity as the West Had to Develop

The West used coal to power its industrial revolution and now many developing countries argue they should not be held back from using this abundant resource to do the same. Coal is abundant across Africa. South Africa alone has around 200 billion tonnes – enough to keep the lights on for at least 200 years, according to figures by government electricity utility Eskom, which […]

Winnie Madikizela- Mandela Dies at 81

South African anti-apartheid activist and former wife of the late President Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 81. Hailed as mother of the ‘new’ South Africa, Madikizela-Mandela’s legacy as an anti-apartheid heroine was undone when she was revealed to be a ruthless ideologue prepared to sacrifice laws and lives in pursuit of revolution […]

More African countries opened up to African travelers in 2017

by YOMI KAZEEM The difficulties of traveling across Africa as an African has been well-told. Getting a visa to visit another African country has typically meant being buried in a mountain of paperwork and also expensive visa fees. When procured, the visas are typically only for a short duration. Even then, getting the visa isn’t enough to stave off extra hassles at entry […]

Court clears Ghanaians abroad to vote in 2020

The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court has ordered the Electoral Commission (EC ) to implement the Representation of the People Amendment Act (ROPAA)2006 (Act699), which gives Ghanaians in the diaspora the right to vote, within 12 months. Per the court order, the EC must operationalise the Act by laying a constitutional provision (CI) before Parliament to set out the modalities for the implementation […]

Coup Capital: The country where revolts happen more than anywhere else in Africa

by Megan Palin It’s the country that is only 43 years old. But in that time there has been 10 bloody coups, with plenty of other attempts foiled. It’s the coup capital of Africa after experiencing 10 attempts to overthrow the government. Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation in West Africa, is also one of the […]

Ghana: Parliament probes visa applicants maltreatment

The Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye has charged the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament to thoroughly investigate reports of inhumane treatment meted out to Ghanaians who go to the foreign embassies to apply for visas. The order from the Speaker follows a statement on the floor of parliament on Wednesday by the National Democratic […]

WHO rescinds Mugabe appointment as ‘goodwill ambassador’

The World Health Organization walked back on its move to make Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe a “goodwill ambassador.” He has been condemned for rights violations and allowing the health care system to deteriorate. The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Sunday that it had revoked the appointment of 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe of […]

US ends 20 years of sanctions on Sudan

by Anthony Morland The United States has lifted decades-old economic sanctions against Sudan even though it still considers the country a state sponsor of terrorism and despite the fact Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir still faces arrest on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. In July, Washington said a decision […]

Kenya’s election redo will cost taxpayers an extra $117 million

by Abdi Latif Dahir Kenya is set to hold another expensive election—with taxpayers expected to foot the $117 million needed for the upcoming presidential poll. Ezra Chiloba, the chief exec- utive officer of the Independ- ent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said the October election will cost about 12 billion shillings, most of which will […]