Category archives for: African News

Nearly two million Cameroonians face humanitarian emergency: UNICEF

In Geneva, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson, Marixie Mercado, explained that almost a million children were affected in the West African nation, which until a few years ago was among the most settled and peaceful in the region. Insecurity – and to a lesser degree, extremely poor road access – have left around 65 per […]

Nobel Peace Prize Goes To Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

by SCOTT NEUMAN The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation” in resolving the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea, the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo said Friday. Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chairwoman of the five-member committee that made the award, credited Abiy […]

Ex-Rebel Chief Soro to Run for President in 2020

Former Ivory Coast rebel leader Guillaume Soro, also an ex-president of the country’s parliament, said Friday he will run in the 2020 presidential poll. Next year’s election is a key challenge for the West African country after its disputed 2010-2011 ballot ended in violence between rival supporters that left 3,000 people dead. Soro headed rebels […]

Ghana’s Second Lady Samira Bawumia Receives Top UN Award

The Second Lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia, has been named the first of seven global honourees by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), in partnership with Ashden. This is in recognition of her contribution towards mobilising action for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7; the call for universal access to modern reliable, renewable and affordable […]

Will Panama Become the New Libya for African Migrants?

by LAUREEN FAGAN Another 200 migrants were rescued on the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday, this time as they attempted to make the crossing from Morocco into Spain. These migrants from sub-Saharan countries, traveling in three boats, are the latest in the all-too-familiar story of Africans who travel through Libya and other nations, desperately seeking to […]

Nigeria Airlifts Citizens Out of South Africa After Xenophobic Riots

Nigeria began repatriating more than 600 of its citizens from South Africa following a wave of deadly xenophobic attacks that frayed relations among neighbouring nations. Private Nigerian airline Air Peace volunteered to fly people for free back to the commercial capital Lagos on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear how many people boarded the flight, […]

Police in South Africa Arrest 560 ‘Undocumented’ Foreigners in Raid

by BUKOLA ADEBAYO Nearly 600 foreigners were arrested in a police raid on a business district in Johannesburg, South Africa, police and government officials said Thursday. The operation involving immigration officials and customs in the commercial hub on Wednesday was to rid the area of counterfeit businesses and crime, South African Police Service said. “Over […]

Despite peace deal, Central African Republic’s population faces daily acts of violence, UN envoy warns

In a briefing, Mankeur Ndiaye, head of the UN Mission to the country, known by the French acronym, MINUSCA, made reference to the “cowardly killing” of 39 people by members of the “3R” armed group – one of the signatories to the accord – in the Ouham-Pendé region of the country on May 21, which led to some 12,000 people being displaced […]

South Sudan on High Alert for Ebola Virus

JUBA , SOUTH SUDAN – South Sudan’s health officials are ramping up efforts to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering the country following a confirmed case some 70 kilometers from the border, in the northern Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Pinyi Nyimol, South Sudan’s director general for disease control and emergency response services, said […]

Ghana Aims to Count Population Digitally

In Old Fadama, the largest slum in Accra, Ghana, a government official walks over to a group of men playing a card game. The official carries a hand-held computer. He asks if anyone has time to answer a few questions for an electronic census. Ghana is preparing for its first electronic population and housing survey. Government workers will […]