Category archives for: African News

U.S. Asks Investigators to Probe Whereabouts of Millions in Liberian Cash

by JAMES GIAHYUE Former President Olusegun The U.S. Embassy in Liberia said on Wednesday it had asked forensic investigators to carry out a preliminary probe into the possible disappearance of $100 million in newly printed notes in the impoverished West African nation. The currency scandal has sparked outrage and confusion in Liberia, where the central […]

Nigeria Needs President Who Understands the Economy – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said yesterday Nigeria needed a President who understands the economy. Obasanjo, who stated this at the Foursquare Gospel Church’s annual public lecture in Lagos, quoted the words of his friend, Helmut Schmidt, a former chancellor of Germany, who said if the people in Africa have to make it, all their political […]

An Islamist Insurgency Brews in Mozambique

An emerging radical Islamist movement in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province has led to the implementation of night-time curfews and the need for military convoy escorts through some areas. While the movement is still very small and distant from the key tourist areas in the south, this growing threat should not be ignored. Residents of Naunde […]

Ghana Bans Tilapia and Ornamental Fish Imports

by EFUA KONYIM OKAI Ghana’s Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture has announced a ban on the import of “all ornamental shes and tilapia species.” The ban, which applies to both live and dead fish, as well as eggs and milt follows reports of cases of tilapia lake virus in various parts of Africa, Asia and […]

External Actors Urged to Stop Meddling in Somalia’s Affairs

The chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has expressed concern over “increasing instances” of interference by “non-African actors” in Somalia’s internal affairs. During a meeting at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa on Sunday with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire, Faki said such actions threaten peace-building efforts in Somalia, according to a statement from the AU. Without referring to specific countries, Faki […]

Burundi “Insulted” by Donkey Gift from France

Burundi has ordered the quarantine of 10 donkeys donated to a village in the East African country by France, sparking a debate if there was a subliminal message behind the gift. The donkeys, bought in neighbouring Tanzania, were given to residents of a village in Gitega province as part of a project by a local NGO to help women and children transport agricultural products, […]

Kenya is East Africa’s First Oil Exporter

Earlier this week, Kenya followed through on its ambitions to join the ranks of oil exporting nations. An initial load of four trucks ferried 156 barrels of crude oil each, to the Kenya Petroleum Refinery in the port city of Mombasa. Production is expected to reach at least 2,000 barrels a day in the near future. Getting around in the Rwandan Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on […]

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 […]