The old trade winds are blowing again and we must take notice, writes editor-in-chief Ron Derby
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
The West African country has suffered from chronic political volatility since gaining independence from France in 1960
The cocaine trade is the third most prevalent market in 14 countries in West Africa
The species face mounting pressure from roads and infrastructure development in Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone
Greenpeace Africa reports that the fishmeal and fish oil industry is ‘robbing the Gambia, Mauritania and Senegal of livelihoods and food’
Democracy is under attack in Benin, argues former foreign minister Rogatien Biaou, but the world press remains silent
There are several ways West African countries can strengthen their election management, but election commissions must constantly evolve if they are to oversee elections that reflect the will of voters
Observers should watch the parliamentary race more closely, as it provides a more nuanced indication of how voters evaluate their government
Experience in Brazil, West and South Africa show how ‘people’s science’ can manage deadly illnesses
Alassane Ouattara has finally committed to stepping down after his second term, but leaves behind a dangerous legacy for the region
If we increase the number of high-growth, women-founded startups, they can bridge the inclusivity gaps in their respective economies and societies
It may be impossible to end the cycle of conflict in various countries on the continent without creating jobs for young people
Conflict in Africa — and the world — is on the rise. The continent needs to take concrete measures to stop the escalating violence
Rights group criticised the ruling, saying “no one should be detained for having organised or called for a peaceful demonstration”.
It is clear that West Africa’s drug laws are doing more harm than good, writes former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo
The number of suspected Ebola cases in eastern DRC has risen to 73 as ongoing conflicts in the region stymie containment efforts
They thought they were signing up for a dream but it turned out to be a trafficking nightmare.
The virus’ resurgence, this time in a city of more than one-million people could set the scene for a fast-spreading disaster.
The poor country epitomises the step-by-step realisation of democracy taking place in Africa
Nigeria’s latest and largest epidemic has claimed almost 100 lives. Find out more about the virus.
Activists have erected barricades in several neighbourhoods in the capital, Conakry
A well-trained military is crucial to a functioning civil democracy, but it can be a liability too.
Maternal mortality is rising in developing countries —and in the United States
A hotline in the US is trying to tackle the high rate of domestic violence against nurses in the Nigerian diaspora.
A music professor at a Ghanaian university has brought to life the pioneers of highlife
music that emerged in the 1920s and evolved.
The continent’s prime untapped asset, its youth, will be sidelined by the succession battle
Europe is a powerful magnet but for many would-be Drogbas it’s a frustrating trap.
A force that at one point reached 2 800 has been scaled back to about 1 300 troops and nearly all will return to the US by the end of April.
Mali has placed a total of 577 people under observation after two people died from the deadly virus in the capital Bamako.
In an effort to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak, scientists and authorities are aiming to roll out vaccines, raising questions of ethics.