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UN Security Council urges action on Gulf of Guinea piracy

The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged greater action to stop piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, which has become by far the world’s riskiest waters for maritime kidnappings. A Security Council resolution — approved unanimously despite high tensions between veto-wielding Russia and the West — said it “strongly condemns” the spike of piracy in […]

The shrinking of “Rolexes” in Uganda due to the war in Ukraine

NAKISANZE SEGAWA Godfrey Kizito takes a break from his busy shoe repair shop every day so he can enjoy his favorite snack, a vegetable and egg omelet rolled in a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex. But for the past few weeks, this daily ritual has given him neither the satisfaction nor the sustenance […]

Media coverage of monkeypox paints it as an African virus. That makes me mad

IFEANYI NSOFOR The world is in the midst of a monkeypox outbreak. The World Health Organization has recorded more than 500 cases in 30 countries this year – including the United Kingdom, the United States and a number of European nations. And how do Western media outlets illustrate the story? The BBC, the Independent, CNBC […]

Archaeologists uncover trove of ancient Egyptian mummies

Archaeologists working near Cairo have uncovered hundreds of ancient Egyptian coffins and bronze statues of deities. The discovery at a cemetery in Saqqara contained statues of the gods Anubis, Amun, Min, Osiris, Isis, Nefertum, Bastet and Hathor along with a headless statue of the architect Imhotep, who built the Saqqara pyramid, Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism […]

Colonial looted art: Namibia recovers 23 objects from Germany

Objects from Berlin’s Ethnological Museum collection will be presented to the Namibian public. But while their origins are being studied, why is this return only a loan? JASKO RUST A huge mural in Windhoek’s Independence Memorial Museum, depicting members of the Namibian People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) blowing their horns as they attack the colonial masters’ […]

Ghana and Uganda ban grain and food exports

Global food protectionism is now in full swing. After India, major EU food exporting nations such as Hungary have halted the export of certain crops. Many African countries are also banning the export of produce. ISAAC MUGABI Ghana and Uganda are among several African countries banning the export of grains and other farm produce, with […]

ECOWAS maintains sanctions on Mali, calls for transition in Burkina Faso, Guinea

West African leaders meeting in Accra have decided to uphold sanctions against Mali, along with the suspension of Burkina Faso and Guinea from the bloc. The measures could be lifted if the military rulers in all three countries speed up plans for a return to civilian rule. Sunday’s – June 5 – comment came a […]

Africa’s antidotes against Putin’s retaliatory measures

Bakeries in Burkina Faso are reported to have shut down owing to scarcity of flour because of the Russo-Ukrainian war. NATO’s standoff to call a bluff to Russia’s threat to cut off the supply of crude oil and gas if payments are not made in Rubles has been rendered ineffective as many NATO member countries […]

Rwanda expects first 50 asylum seekers transferred from UK by end of May

CLEMENT UWIRINGIYIMANA Rwanda expects the first group of 50 asylum seekers to be transferred from Britain by the end of May, a government spokesperson said on Thursday May 19. In April the British government announced plans to send people seeking asylum to the East African country, but earlier this month said it expected lawyers to […]

Rising star of African art hits on colonialism, tyranny and beauty of black

LUCIE PEYTERMANN In a serene studio filled with birdsong, Omar Ba takes off his shoes and gets down on his hands and knees. Then the renowned Senegalese artist begins to paint a five-meter-long canvas a deep, dark shade of black. This is how Ba, a rising star in the world of contemporary African art, starts […]