Category archives for: African News

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 […]

African Union Praises Ghana For Free SHS

The African Union Commission has commended the Government of Ghana for implementing the Free Senior High School policy, indicating that it is a sure way of ensuring the growth of the country and Africa as a whole. Ambassador Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission, who gave the commendation while speaking at an UNCTAD-organised […]

Egypt, once top Hepatitis C sufferer, draws cure seekers

Like millions in Egypt, Ahmed Nada suffered silently from Hepatitis C. But the country is turning from the world’s most afflicted by the disease to a global destination for those seeking a cure. Nada, 31, only learned that he carried the virus when he tried to donate blood. “At first I was very angry,” he […]

South Africa’s ruling ANC limps toward choosing new leader

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is fending off fresh crises as the bitter fight for control of the former liberation party grows before President Jacob Zuma steps down as party leader in December. A racially divisive public relations campaign, sexual allegations against the deputy president and what appears to be a political assassination highlight […]