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Niger Delta leeches threaten anarchy if their man loses

Niger Delta insurgents say they're ready to take up arms again if President Goodluck Jonathan doesn't win Saturday's elections.

Ebola’s latest victim – the economy

Sierra Leone's markets have crumbled under the widespread panic that has affected most of Africa.

Soyinka razor-sharp and defiant at 80

Nobel prizewinner hits out at 'Boko Haramism' of Nigerian culture and the banalisation of graft.

Fela Kuti finally gets a welcome home

Fifteen years after his death, the man who was a thorn in the side of officials in Nigeria has been honoured by the authorities with whom he tangled.

Aeroplane thriller flies close to Nigeria’s reality

In Nigeria, Last Flight to Abuja has become the first home-grown production to outsell Hollywood films this year.

Ghana’s azonto dance goes cheerily global

It is not the first dance craze to ripple through West Africa, but the azonto style even has the Ghana soccer stars showing off their moves.

London pulls in Nigerian shoppers

Nigeria's middle class is flocking to the UK to spend its cash on everything from meat to undies and is the UK's fourth biggest foreign spender.

Wary Nigerian church bans towering headgear

St Theresa's Cathedral Church in Enugu state says the tall, colourful geles worn by women congregants in its parish are a potential security risk.

Damning oil fraud probe offers hope to Nigerians

For weary Nigerians, the damning parliamentary probe into Africa's largest oil sector has offered a glimmer of progress against entrenched corruption.

Malians seethe over desecration

The attacks by Islamist hardliners on tombs and mosques is ratcheting up the pressure in the south of Mali. Monica Mark reports.

Diamonds now Sierra Leonian economy’s best friend

Lying in Sierra Leone's mineral-rich eastern belt, the Koidu Holdings diamond mine was once at the heart of the country's decade-long civil war.

Justice in Africa: Charles Taylor was just the beginning

Charles Taylor's 50-year sentence is but the first victory at the ICC for Africa's human rights campaigners. Stern tests of global justice remain.

Donated clothes make a roaring trade across Africa

Hand-me-downs account for the majority of outfits in Sierra Leone where seven out of 10 people live on less than $2 a day.

Lagos steals the show

Arise Africa Fashion Week has been so successful in Lagos that organisers are planning to make it a major fixture on the global fashion calendar.

Nigeria: ‘Sharia or nothing’

Jihadists blame country's woes on secular state and say they have al-Qaeda's support in their fight.

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Traditional healers need new spaces

Proper facilities supported by well-researched cultural principles will go a long way to improving the image and perception of the practice of traditional medicine

Limpopo big-game farmer accused of constant harassment

A family’s struggle against alleged intimidation and failure to act by the authorities mirrors the daily challenges farm dwellers face

Zondo tightens his grip with criminal complaint against Zuma

The state capture commission’s star witness now faces a criminal complaint and another summons

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Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention


From 23 to 30 November 2020, simply purchase any BMW bearing the number “8” and you could be one of eight lucky people to drive off with R80 000

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The Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support Research and Publication Interventions

The project places emphasis on rolling out a standardised package of occupational health services and mining safety standards across four countries