Category archives for: African News

A pan-African CFA activist is the face of rising anti-French sentiment in Francophone West Africa

CLAIR MACDOUGALL After four days in detention in Burkina Faso for “insulting the president and other presidents,” Kémi Séba, the controversial Franco-Béninois activist, who spearheaded a movement against the regional currency, the CFA, was all set to arrive in Mali on Wednesday (Jan. 8) for demonstrations demanding the exit of the French military. Instead he […]

Ghana is a very good place to invest – Dangote

RICHARD ANNERQUAYE ABBEY Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has listed Ghana among a list of countries on the continent where investments yield the right returns. The business magnate, who was speaking in an interview on Bloomberg TV identified Ghana together with three other countries including his home country Nigeria, where he is establishing a multi-billion-dollar […]

Bronze Cockerel to be returned to Nigeria by Cambridge College

LANRE BAKARE Benin bronze statue at Jesus College to be repatriated after 1897 theft by British forces A bronze cockerel taken by British colonial forces and donated to Jesus College Cambridge is to be returned to Nigeria in an unprecedented step that adds momentum to the growing repatriations movement. The Okukor, described by the college […]

African Union urges Britain to cede Chagos Islands, end ‘colonial’ rule

MAGGIE FICK The African Union on Friday called on Britain to withdraw from the Chagos Islands and end its “continued colonial administration” there after a U.N. deadline for it to do so expired. The Chagos Islands belong to the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, according to an advisory opinion from the top United Nations […]

Eight African Nations to Withdraw Cash Reserves from France

Felix Tih and James Tasamba The proposal of eight West African nations to withdraw their currency reserves from the French central bank, has evoked a spate of reactions. While it has been largely hailed in the African continent, experts fear, the move having implications on the French economy, is fraught with political ramifications. The move also […]

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 […]