An awakening to African Renaissance: in honor of Wamba dia Wamba

Image Source When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground On July 15, 2020, Africa bid farewell to one of its towering activists, philosophers, academicians and politicians,

The Children’s Place cancels millions of dollars of garment orders from Ethiopia

The largest childrenswear retailer in the US has cancelled millions of dollars worth of clothing orders from suppliers in Ethiopia because of the coronavirus pandemic, pushing companies into debt and leaving employees

‘Biodiversity in peril’ as Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill

Image Source Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves on Saturday to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tons of

M5 Accuse France of Meddling in Malian Political Crisis

Image Source Imam Mahmoud Dicko, considered the figurehead of the opposition June 5 Movement in Mali, accused France of meddling in the nation’s current political crisis. Claiming – without concrete

Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni sentenced to three years in prison

Image Source Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, who has been in custody since the end of March, was sentenced on Monday to three years in prison, Nouredine Benissad, the lawyer for

Mbira Master Cosmas Magaya Dies at 67

Zimbabwean mbira maestro and cultural ambassador Cosmas Magaya died on July 10th, 2020 of coronavirus.  Cosmas Magaya recorded essential mbira albums and traveled extensively and frequently to perform and

Zimbabwe to pay white farmers $3.5bn in land compensation deal

Zimbabwe agreed on Wednesday to pay $3.5bn in compensation to white farmers whose land was expropriated by the government to resettle Black families, moving a step closer to resolving one

Regina Asinde’s “For Every Woman”

Image Source Regina Asinde is a Ugandan writer, poet, editor, publisher, mother and wife. She is the Managing Director of Wordsmith Publications Uganda Limited. Her wide-ranging works, published in a

New rules in South Africa concerning employees contracting Covid-19 at work

South Africa’s Ministry of Labour and Employment has issued a new directive concerning workers who contract Covid-19 while doing their jobs. The directive regulates how a compensation fund for claims

‘I love him now’: Wives rejoice as coronavirus halts khat supply to Somalia

Before the coronavirus hit, Muna Nur Farah had started to hate her husband. He’d slink into their home in the Somali capital Mogadishu at 3:00am with empty pockets, his money

Silicon Valley has deep pockets for African startups – if you’re not African

Image Source “Sorry for asking, but do you understand that the money belongs to the company and is not your personal fund?” When Jesse Ghansah saw this question in an

Somalia has no mercenaries, FM Awad says amid ‘Libyan deployment’ claims

Image Source Somalia has dismissed claims it was on course to deploying soldiers to support Turkey in shoring up support for the UN-backed government. Foreign Affairs Minister Isse Awad termed

Kenya fishermen say they are squeezed by Ethiopian mega-dam

Image Source Fishermen on the shores of Kenya’s Lake Turkana, the world’s biggest desert lake, have no doubt about what is to blame for their dwindling fish stocks: a giant

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The world is dancing to Maser KG’s “Jerusalema”

South African born DJ and artiste Master KG’s “Jerusalema” featuring Nomcebo is the exciting music of the moment.  Released in late 2019, months after its release the track is now

Ghana is ‘disfigured’ with murder of 90-year-old woman – Akufo-Addo

Image Source President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the killing of a 90-year-old woman at Kafaba in the Savanna Region over witchcraft accusation has dented the reputation of the country.According

90-year-old woman beaten to death for being a witch

Image Source An old woman believed to be in her late 90’s has been beaten to death after a soothsayer claimed she was a witch.Details remain sketchy at this point

West Africa bloc ECOWAS calls for Mali unity government formation

Image Source West African leaders have called for the swift creation of a unity government in Mali and a fresh vote after disputed elections, but warned of sanctions against those

The Mysterious Death of Hundreds of Elephants in Botswana

Image Source It’s no secret that elephants have been dying in northern Botswana during the last few months and that samples taken from carcasses by government officials have yet to shed light

Open Letter on the impact of COVID-19 on African Women

Image Source COVID 19 has unearthed massive inequalities within our societies and brought to glaring light the unique burdens which women carry the world over. Allocation of response resources should

Ethiopia arrests suspects over Haacaaluu Hundeessaa killing

Image Source Ethiopian authorities said they have arrested two suspects over the killing of a popular political singer, whose death last week sparked protests in which hundreds of people were

Former Ethiopia Leader Haile Selassie’s Statue Toppled in London Park

A statue of former Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie has been destroyed in a park in Wimbledon, south-west London. Police are investigating the incident, which took place in Cannizaro Park on

The Problems With Palm Oil Don’t Start With My Recipes

Image Source As a Nigerian living in the U.S., I keep red palm oil in my pantry — it is a central ingredient in making the food that transports me

Groups Warn Against Release Of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes In Nigeria

Image Source Over 75 Civil Society Organizations from Nigeria, Africa and other countries in the world have condemned moves to open the way for the release of genetically modified mosquitoes

Remembering the Congolese women who fought for independence

Days before the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared independence, a woman walked onto the tarmac of the Congolese airport with quick, assured steps. Her name was Andree Blouin, a

Egypt offers partnership with Ethiopia on electricity projects to break stalemate in Nile dam talks

Image Source Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Ati said July 1 that Egypt is ready to provide all necessary means to link electricity with Ethiopia, and President Abdel Fattah

Mali president’s son resigns parliament role amid protests

Image Source The son of Mali’s embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, a target of popular anger in the fragile West African state, resigned as chair of the parliament’s defence committee

At least three killed in protests over Congo election chief

Image Source At least three people were killed during protests in Congo’s capital and elsewhere on Thursday, a U.N. rights body said, after the nomination of an election commission chief

Is Farmajo Ready To Vacate Villa Somalia?

Image Source As the debate over elections loom large, Somalis and donor communities alike do not exactly know what to expect.  It is certain that the political mercury will hit

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to agree Nile dam deal ‘in two weeks’

Image Source Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will agree a deal to fill the giant Blue Nile dam in two to three weeks, following mediation by the African Union to broker

The science behind the eucalyptus tree ban in Kenya’s wetlands

As the world marked Desertification and Drought Day on 17 June 2020, Africa Check revisited a persistent question about the impact of the eucalyptus tree on wetlands. A reader contacted us through

How a Somali community took on a Minnesota meatpacking plant to contain a Covid-19 outbreak

Six years ago, then 27-year-old Nimo Ibrahim started her new job deboning chickens at Pilgrim’s Pride in Cold Spring, Minnesota. For the young Somali refugee and single mother of three,

South African Youth Voices Amplified: Lockdown Youth Poetry

In south Africa, amidst COVID-19 with hard stay-at-home orders and work restrictions due to the pandemic, a group of impassioned young men and women of  Activate Change Drivers launched “21

Sixty Years since Patrice Lumumba’s historical Speech at Ceremony of the Proclamation of the Congo’s Independence

Men and women of the Congo, Victorious independence fighters, I salute you in the name of the Congolese Government. I ask all of you, my friends, who tirelessly fought

The knee on George Floyd’s neck is the same knee that justified colonialism in Africa

Image Source Ever since I saw the video of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the 25th May—killed by a policeman who knelt on his neck for nine minutes while

Musicians lose up to Sh500,000 as pandemic mutes industry, study shows

Image Source As countries struggle to get their economies up and running amid the Covid-19 crisis, the music industry will be among sectors that will face a tough task to

Africa’s looted artifacts are being put up for sale during the global economic crisis

Image Source Thousands of artifacts looted from African towns over a century ago line European and British Museums and institutions. After decades of campaigns for the return of African pieces,

COVID-19 in Africa: Youth Perspectives – Aya Chebbi

Image Source COVID-19 is affecting many young people in various ways including health, education and socio-economic impact. The reality of young people on the continent even before the pandemic is

America cannot lecture Africans on human rights

Image Source Seated in the unenviable squalor of my modest, sparsely furnished living room, deep in the southern end of “shithole” Africa, as American President Donald Trump casually described it

The looting and impoverishment of Africa relate to U.S. violence at home

Image Source On April 30, hundreds of armed protestors stormed the Michigan state capitol building in the United States. The protesters were aggressive, loud, boisterous and angry. Some may even

How ancient African societies used social distancing to manage pandemics

Image Source Every so often, a pandemic emerges that dramatically alters human society. The Black Death (1347-1351) was one; the Spanish flu of 1918 was another. Now there’s Covid-19. Archaeologists have long studied diseases

Mory Kante, African Music Star and ‘Yeke Yeke’ Singer, Dies at 70

Image Source Guinean singer Mory Kante, an influential figure in African and world music, has died, his family said Friday. He was 70. Kante brought Guinean, and Mandingo, culture to the

The World’s Three Oldest Mathematical Objects are From Africa

Nic Bothma/EPA Yes it’s true. Before there was a Greece, before there was a Romulus or Remus, before there was a Rome, before there was a Carthage, before there was

Zana Masombuka on Ndebele Superhero as a process of reimagination

@Being_Zana Zana Masombuka, a graduate from the University of the Underground as well as Stellenbosch University presented her project The Ndebele Superhero on the 2019 antenna conference stage. Masombuka hails

Never Underestimate the Grit of Malawians to Survive the Coronavirus

Ever since an expatriate tourism adviser labeled Malawi the “warm heart of Africa” in the 1970s, Malawians have worn the title proudly, sparing no effort to welcome visitors with open

Why Africa’s biggest adopter of GM crops changed its mind

Joseph Opoku Gakpo) The thorny topic of genetically modified (GM) crops was recently thrust into the global spotlight again. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bill Gates said that GM

Is France breaking with its colonial past in Africa?

 Eight West African countries will soon be using a new currency. The old one may not have been well known, but for 75 years the CFA, as it is

The U.S. Brags About Health Aid To Africa While Bombing Some Of Its Most Vulnerable Nations

DAVID HECKER / GETTY IMAGES As COVID-19 began spreading across the African continent in late March, the U.S. State Department took to Twitter to boast about American health assistance there. A March

Burundi President-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye to be sworn in as soon as possible, court rules

Image Source A top court in Burundi has ruled that President-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye be sworn in as soon as possible following the unexpected demise of his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza. The

Why Kagame Sacked General Nyamvumba?

Image Source Rumours about General Nyamvumba’s sacking have been going about for days now, some even have gone as far as alleging that he intended to overthrow boss man Kagame.

Vital Kamerhe, top aide to DRC president, on trial for corruption

Image Source A top aide to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi is set to go on trial for corruption, in an important case that has rocked

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