The consequences of France’s meddling in the internal affairs of its former colonies continues to be felt in the region
Rigging elections has been a national sport in too many of the region’s territories – will Cameroon and Congo-Brazzaville be next?
Far too many African assets are still under the control of Western powers
A military intervention has been staved off by leaders in north Nigeria, but queues of long-haul trucks are stuck now that the Niger and Nigeria border has been closed
Plenty of people seem relieved to see the end of 12 years in government by the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism
At the core of the Sahel coups is the removal of governments and leaders either historically not in support of the US/France or moving away from external domination
ECOWAS military chiefs of staff have agreed on a plan for a possible intervention to respond to the crisis
But the country is unlikely to intervene militarily because its forces are already overstretched at home
The West African country has suffered from chronic political volatility since gaining independence from France in 1960
French troops have now begun to leave Mali, but they are not returning to France. They will be sent to neighbouring Niger
The world’s poorest country is nevertheless host to 61 000 Malians who fled jihadist attacks
Conflict hotspots, most in the Sahel region, will continue to dominate the news this year, while a number of countries will hold key elections.
The highlights of 2021 in Africa
Of the eight names listed, four were convicted of crimes during the genocide by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
A classic bandit extortion strategy is to set homes and grain stores on fire to intimidate individuals into paying up.
The well-being of about 3.2-billion people, 40% of the world’s population, has been harmed
Restrictions to battle the pandemic offer ideal cover for authoritarian regimes to undermine and clamp down on opposition parties
It has displays covering art, history, dinosaurs, nuclear energy, craftwork and music as well as live animals, for it is also a zoo
The SADC has been lackadaisical in its response to the insurgency in Mozambique and in so doing, is putting several other southern African countries at risk
Formerly classified documents reveal an ambitious $330-million project to upgrade US military bases in Africa
The pandemic could deliver a crippling blow to media houses across the continent
Conflict in Africa — and the world — is on the rise. The continent needs to take concrete measures to stop the escalating violence
Burkina Faso has been experiencing regular attacks led by armed terrorist groups from neighbouring countries. Surrounded by six countries, it is the northern part bordering Mali and Niger – particularly the Soum province – that has been most affected. And the security situation is only getting worse. But now the country faces a new terrorist […]
Europe must tread carefully or risk
fuelling militancy and migration
Governments should adopt policies that promote external competitiveness and labour market initiatives as well as establish special economic zones
Efforts to increase trade within the continent are being undermined from the start
Nigeria’s borders crossings with Benin and Niger remain sealed despite a warning that the shutdown is harming prosperity
As things currently stand, only four member states (Mali, Niger, Rwanda and Sao Tome & Principe) have ratified the free movement protocol
The African free trade agreement is hailed as a huge step forward by some, but criticized as a project with little chance of coming true by others
The secessionist struggle has turned increasingly violent, with families fleeing and women violated
intellectual honesty and wisdom should guide Ibrahim Yacouba when he is informing people, especially those who lack information about my country.
Nigeriens have engaged in over six decades of painstaking work to build a strong nation. But Niger is no longer looked upon as a beacon of light