Category archives for: African News

President Officially Secures Re-election

Senegalese President Macky Sall was officially declared winner of the Feb. 24 vote on Tuesday, after the constitutional council confirmed his re-election with 58 percent of votes. Provisional results announced by Senegal’s official counting body last week had showed Sall comfortably securing a second term without a run-off vote. Sall had been tipped to win […]

Committee Begins Probe Into Massive Failures at Ghana Law School

Results released by the Independent Examinations Committee of the General Legal Council, reveals only 64 students passed in all the papers. The Student’s Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana School of Law sent a formal written request to the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, last Tuesday. They urged him to institute investigations into […]

Child Mortality Down But Another Crisis Looms

by Orji Sunday It is a bright morning in Lagos, Nigeria. Babatunde Ogunmefun, 24, limps around the soccer pitch, chasing the ball, hands firmly gripping his crutches. When he heaves his single leg forward to kick the ball, he staggers and smiles before regaining his balance. “From childhood I always loved football,” he says. But […]

U.S.Extends Sanctions on Zimbabwe by One Year

US President Donald Trump has extended sanctions against Zimbabwe by a year, saying that the new government’s policies continue to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to the American foreign policy. The renewal on Monday comes despite calls by African leaders, including South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, for the sanctions to be lifted to give […]

Government Cracks Down on Opponents

Cameroon’s High Court refused to release opposition leader Maurice Kamto, as well as six of his supporters, who were arrested in January on politically motivated charges. The Mfoundi High Court, located in Cameroon’s political capital, Yaoundé, made this decision following a habeas corpus request led by the detainees’ defence lawyers. Kamto and his party, the […]

Son of Ex-Liberian President Charged Over Missing Money Scandal

Liberian police have formally charged the son of the country’s former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in connection with the unlawful overprinting of local currency worth millions of US dollars. Charles Sirleaf, the 61-year-old former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, was ordered by a court in the capital, Monrovia, on Monday to be […]

Zambian First Lady’s Fire Truck Inspection Trip to US Sparks Outrage

MEL FRYKBERG An expensive overseas trip by Zambian first lady Esther Lungu to collect four fire trucks donated by the Los Angeles City Fire Department has stirred a hornet’s nest back home. In January, the first lady travelled to the US, in what has been described as a collaboration between Zambia’s Fire and Rescue Service […]

Gov’t Minister Wants “Curvy” Beauty Pageant to Boost Tourism

AANU ADEOYE An online petition is calling on Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities to scrap its plans for a “Miss Curvy Uganda” beauty pageant. The petition comes in the wake of comments made by Uganda’s State Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda, at the pageant’s launch event in Kampala on Tuesday, when he said […]

Senegal Blocks Popular Opposition Candidates From Presidential Race

Senegal’s two best known opposition figures have been barred from running in presidential elections next month, the Constitutional Council said on Monday, increasing President Macky Sall’s chances of securing a second term in office. Khalifa Sall, a former mayor of Dakar who bears no relation to President Sall, and Karim Wade, the son of former […]

Born to Invent – The Case of Two Enterprising Brothers

by Kofi Ayim Two young enterprising brothers, Frederick and Kojo Ansah, have been dreaming big ever since they relocated to Koforidua, Afidwase, in the Eastern Region of Ghana about a decade ago. In 2009, they put together knock-abouts and scraps of mechanical parts and build a three-seater vehicle they named JK2. The 120-mph vehicle is […]