Mozambique Breaks Political Impasse

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  • Posted on April 3, 2015

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When Mozambique held peaceful elections in October, observers and analysts hailed the vote and the peaceful transition of power from one leader to another as a turning point in the Southern African nation, which is perhaps best known for a bloody 15-year civil war that ended in 1992. But since that vote, things have been…



More than 140 killed in Kenya attack, say officials

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  • Posted on April 2, 2015

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Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn on Thursday, killing 147 people in the group’s deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants who had strapped themselves with explosives were killed by security forces to end the siege just after dusk. Interior minister Joseph Nkaissery said when Kenyan officers shot…



Profile: President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

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  • Posted on March 31, 2015

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Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s former military ruler, is a Muslim from the country’s north and seen as the main challenger to Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the south. The former leader, who ruled from December 1983 to August 1985, also has a reputation as a fierce anti-corruption figure, after he jailed hundreds of politicians, officials and…



Africa Day: It Is Time to Take Stock

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Today  continental and Diaspora Africans celebrate the 51st anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity that spearheaded decolonisation of the continent up to 2002, when it passed the baton to the African Union which was given the special brief of bringing holistic independence.         On May 25, 1963, leaders…



Malawi court blocks President Banda election annulment

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  • Posted on May 25, 2014

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Ms Banda had earlier said Tuesday’s vote had been marred by rigging, multiple voting and computer-hacking. She said a new vote should be held within 90 days but she would not stand again in any new poll. However, the head of the electoral commission said the president did not have the power to annul the…



Bring Back our Grils – Campaign

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  • Posted on May 13, 2014

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On the night of 14–15 April 2014, a group of militants attacked the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria. They broke into the school, shooting the guards and killing one soldier.



How Africa tweets

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Communications agency Portland has looked at tweets from Africa to determine what languages are used the most and what issues drive the conversation. Johannesburg was the most active Twitter city in Africa in the last three months of 2013, according to a new study called “How Africa Tweets“. Johannesburg had 344 215 geo-located tweets, followed by…



President Robert Mugabe

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  • Posted on January 7, 2014

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Robert Mugabe was born on February 21, 1924, in Kutama, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). In 1963, he founded ZANU, a resistance movement against British colonial rule. In 1980, when British rule ended, Mugabe became prime minister of the new Republic of Zimbabwe. In 1987, he was elected president of Zimbabwe.



Africa’s Leading Women

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  • Posted on December 29, 2013

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In a continent that is well known for being patriarchal, with the male figurehead being understood as the authority figure, Africa has made major strides in the empowerment of women in the arena of politics. While the United States is still to place a woman in the Oval office, Africa boasts a list of powerful…



A death mourned, a life celebrated

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Flags were lowered to half-mast across South Africa as people in black townships, in upscale mostly white suburbs and in the vast rural grasslands united in mourning Nelson Mandela, celebrating a remarkable life with dance and song, and pledging to adhere to the values of unity that he embodied. The anti-apartheid leader will be buried on Sunday, December 15,…