Category archives for: African News

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 […]

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 […]