Africa

Stories and features from across the continent

The Profiteers

For over 200 years, the South Sudanese have known two words: war and plunder, centuries of enslavement by Northern Sudan and Egypt, colonization and deliberate under-development by the British and a further half a century of turmoil post the greater Sudan’s independence from Britain in 1956. Read More

Africa’s Troubling External Debt

Institute of Economic Affairs CEO Kwame Owino has previously told us that Kenya overloaded on debt by borrowing heavily from outsiders – through several sovereign bonds as well as through loans from foreign governments. What’s the situation like in Africa? He explains in this last segment of John-Allan Namu’s detailed conversation with him. Read More

The Gambia After Yahya Jammeh: The Journey Towards Healing

On January 21st, 2017, with mounting pressure from the international community and regional body ECOWAS, Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh announced on state television that he was stepping down. Read More

Child Labour – Gambia’s Underage Touts

Children as young as 12 in The Gambia continue to engage in different forms of child labor; public transport apprenticeship being one of them. Gaps in the law remain, including a need to increase the compulsory education age to the minimum age of work.

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New Ebola Outbreak Kills 17 in DR Congo

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has declared a new outbreak of Ebola after two cases of the deadly disease were reported in Northwest of the country.

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Concrete Desert: African Cities in Urgent Water Crisis

As Cape Town’s water crisis continues to keep the world focused on the Mother City, several other African cities are staring at a similar fate. These cities will inevitably run out of water if the threat is not dealt with urgently. Read More

Podcast: Hatima ya Upinzani Afrika Mashariki

Matukio ya kisiasa ya hivi karibuni nchini Kenya, Uganda na Tanzania yanatoa taswira ya upinzani unaoendelea kuzidiwa nguvu na serikali. Lakini nini hasa kimesababisha hali kuwa hivi? Mwanahabari wa Africa Uncensored, Dennis Mbae, anatafuta majibu kwenye makala ifuatayo:

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Faced With Extinction, Can East Africa’s Opposition Parties Survive?

Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga and his Ugandan counterpart Dr. Kizza Besigye have peculiar similarities. Both have unsuccessfully contested in multiple presidential elections and sworn themselves in as Presidents. Should they fail to clinch the presidency in their lifetime, they will have an even more striking commonality; that of never reaching the Promised Land like the Biblical Moses.

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The Plunder Route to Panama

The Panama Papers revealed that numerous African politicians have stored wealth in off-shore accounts.  But how did the money get there? A transnational team of reporters in seven African countries investigated looting by their rulers.

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Electricity at all costs

It is another hot day in Kribi, a booming coastal city of 80,000 people that’s located 300 kilometres from the capital of Cameroon, Yaoundé. Kribi sits on a road that stretches along a rainforest, one of the largest in Africa, before it begins to follow the coastline. Off the coast lie the gas reserves of Sanaga South.

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