He famously decried it, but the lure of power has proved to be too great a temptation for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
Why is Africa so saddled with ageing presidents when the continent desperately needs young, agile and innovative leaders equal to its challenges?
Three researchers have been awarded the Nobel prize for medicine for their contributions towards drugs that are expected to save millions.
Nigeria has confirmed the arrest in London of former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke on suspicion of bribery and money laundering.
The secretive state of Djibouti has drawn the gaze of the world as its leader, Ismaïl Guelleh, is penalised for alleged abuse.
Joice Mujuru brings with her a welcome dose of excitement, but is yet to demonstrate her ability to build a true mass movement.
Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were pardoned by the president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, along with about 100 other prisoners.
A German court sentenced two Rwandan rebel leaders to long jail terms for masterminding massacres in eastern DRC from their homes in Germany.
The copper rods tell their own tale of the trade in human beings: 28 to 37 copper rods would pay for a female slave, 38 to 48 for a male.
Two cousins - Tresford Himanansa and Clive Simanansa - are ahead of the game in Africa's exploding IT revolution.
Mohammud Modibbo, thought to be the oldest pupil in Nigeria, has died at the age of 94.
Villagers in Zimbabwe say tycoon Billy Rautenbach's ethanol plant is fining them heftily for their straying livestock.
The SADC commission looking into violence and political instability in the mountain kindgom is being hamstrung.
Ecowas said it plans to reinstate and demonstrate solidarity with the interim president, Michel Kafando, who was kidnapped last Wednesday.
Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Burkina Faso's capital, protesting a proposed compromise solution after last week's coup.
Burkina Faso's presidential guard declared a coup on Thursday after arresting the interim president and key government figures.
The deadline for ministries to deposit funds in a central bank account has passed, with government saying it is happy with the level of compliance.
Across 28 countries, only 46% of citizens say they are "very satisfied" or "fairly satisfied" with the way democracy works in their countries.
A Nigerian soldier recounts his experience on the battlefield with Boko Haram fighters and the army's struggle to operate high-tech ammunition.