Category archives for: African News

Kenya Inaugurates Flagship Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway

Reporting on the inauguration of the 472.3-km Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), {International Railway Journal} said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta had flagged off the first freight and passenger train on May 31. Kenya’s SGR is one of the flagship projects of the national development blueprint known as Vision 2030. The longterm development policy aims to […]

UN urges Libyan government to shut ‘inhumane’ refugee centres

by  Patrick Wintour, Diplomatic editor The UN refugee agency has called on the Libyan government in Tripoli to close its refugee detention centres, describing conditions as inhumane and shocking.The call comes as the Libya Quartet meets in Brussels on Tuesday May 23 to discuss how to slow the flow of refugees across the Mediterranean from […]

Ethiopia’s Tedros wins WHO race, first African to get top job

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus won the race to be the next head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, becoming the first African to lead the Geneva-based United Nations agency. The former health minister and foreign minister, who vowed to make universal health care his priority, won over […]

Nigerian tutoring app Tuteria wins UK engineering award

A tutoring app developed by a 27-year-old Nigerian has won an engineering award given by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering. Godwin Benson designed Tuteria, a platform that links qualified tutors to students in their area and within their budget. He developed the platform based on the experiences he had as a tutor. The engineering […]

Powerful New Ebola Vaccine Heads To Congo To Help Stop Outbreak

by Michaeleen Doucleff  When Ebola erupted in West Africa a few years ago, it was catastrophic. But one good thing emerged from the outbreak: The development of an Ebola vaccine — a powerful vaccine. As we reported back in December, the vaccine provided 100 percent protection against Ebola when given quickly after exposure. “It’s very […]

Oxfam: Combined Wealth Of 5 Richest Nigerians Could Lift Country Out Of Povery

by Merrit Kennedy The five richest men in Nigeria could bring nearly all Nigerians out of extreme poverty for one year, according to a new Oxfam report on inequality in the country. It’s one of many stark conclusions drawn by the charity. Oxfam Nigeria’s Good Governance Programme Coordinator Celestine Okwudili Odo describes the level of […]

Ghanaian mothers demand more maternity leave

by Maxwell Suuk Ghanaian labor law requires that companies provide new mothers with at least three months maternity leave with pay. However as the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to push for an in- crease to six months, a debate over the issue has arisen in Ghana, leaving many women divided over whether or not […]

UN set to overhaul ICC following allegations of injustice

by Zoe Gormon In his first speech in London since taking office in January, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres has outlined plans for a more nimble, modernized and responsive United Nations, touching on sensitive issues including the restructuring of the International Criminal Court. Framed like the US President’s  ‘State of the Union’ address, Mr. Guterres discussed […]

DR Congo: UN seeks $64 million to tackle humanitarian crisis in Kasaï region

The United Nations has appealed for $64.5 million to respond to the urgent needs of 731,000 people over the next six months in the Kasaï region, the latest “humanitarian hotspot” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “The Kasaï crisis is an acute crisis of massive proportions in a country that is already going […]

US military ending role in hunt for elusive African warlord Joseph Kony

by Ryan Browne America’s role in the hunt for Lord Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony has officially begun to draw to a close, even though the notorious warlord is still on the loose. Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and he and his militia have been accused of killing thousands […]