Africa: Making Waves

January 6
An African gulag so ghastly that inmates risk death to escape
Somalia ‘nullifies’ port agreement between Ethiopia and Somaliland

All you need to know about the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023
Young Africans could disrupt authoritarian states but they don’t – here’s why
TB Joshua: Megachurch leader raped and tortured worshippers, BBC finds
As police lose the war on crime in South Africa, private security companies step in

Women’s rights: legislation banning FGM under threat in The Gambia
Who is Ousman Sonko, the former Gambian politician on trial in Geneva?
Togo monkey seizure turns spotlight on illicit wildlife trafficking from DR Congo
Biafra Republic Government in Exile Announces Timeline for Independence Restoration
WADA removes National Anti-Doping Organization of Gabon from World Anti-Doping Code non-compliant list
Separatists intensifying violence in western Cameroon
Somalia’s President visits Eritrea as Horn of Africa tensions rise over Ethiopia’s sea access quest
Somaliland defence minister resigns over sea access deal with Ethiopia
Malawi: A boot camp maps the way for climate resilience amid hunger in southern Africa

Russia has Recruited Hundreds of Young Africans to its Russian Language and Cultural Programs
Sierra Leone charges 27 soldiers over foiled coup attempt
Benin: a book fair offers another look at African history
Regulators close MTN HQ in Guinea – reports
Western Togoland Independence: The Dawn of New Beginnings
Tunisian group accuses authorities of mass expulsions of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa
Asia emerges as top destination for Botswana’s exports in October 2023
Fashion firms agree to compensate garment workers in Mauritius

Demonstrations in Gabon as Regional Blocs Bloc Maintain Sanctions Against Junta
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Introduces Holistic Wellness Program Inspired by Nature
How counsellor-grandmothers of Zimbabwe are averting a mental health crisis
Malawi’s Maize Import Ban Forces WFP to Mill Grain From Tanzania

Transforming Lives in Vulnerable Communities in Togo
France’s Amazigh people proudly celebrate their culture and identity
Libya: Rights Violations Unchecked as Divisions Persist
Tunisia: Authoritarian Drift Erodes Rights
Indian real estate investor wins damages in case against Mauritius
Somalia calls on Ethiopia to tear up deal with breakaway Somaliland
Somali army searching for ‘hostages’ held by Al-Shabaab after UN chopper crash lands
Tigray: the war the world forgot

Berber New Year 2974: Yennayer symbol of identity and resistance
Nguema quashes French firm’s ambitions in Gabon oil sector
Hundreds dead as Congo River basin submerged by generational floods
Central African States to Fight Food Security Threats
Burundi closes border with Rwanda in latest East Africa row

Cape Verde becomes third African nation to be declared malaria-free
Yennayer: North Africa’s 3,000-year-old new year’s celebration
Amazigh New Year celebrated officially for first time in Morocco
Ethiopia’s deal with Somaliland upends regional dynamics, risking strife across the Horn of Africa

Namibia pans former colonial ruler Germany for defending Israel from genocide claim

3d Monday of January: Martin Luther King Day
Indigenous leaders bringing their knowledge to Davos 2024
Guinea detains French journalist Thomas Dietrich
São Tomé and Príncipe ratifies Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Opposition Condemns Designation of Chad’s Military Ruler as Presidential Candidate
IOM launches five-year strategic migration plan in Chad
One dead as storm hits French Indian Ocean island of Reunion
Cyclone Belal causes heavy flooding in Mauritius after battering Reunion
Ethiopia’s peace-laureate leader is warmongering again

Tunisia, China oppose interference in internal affairs under pretext of human rights
How One Port’s Struggle Reveals the Problems—and Promise—of Chinese Infrastructure Financing
Sovcomflot reflags en masse to Gabon
Central African Republic: French grants for students wanting to go abroad
Visa-Free Travel Between Kazakhstan and Seychelles Comes Into Effect
Djibouti Steps Up Plans for its First National Cancer Centre
Jailed Burundi Journalist Awaits Verdict on Appeal
White House ‘Troubled’ by Deal Between Ethiopia and Breakaway Somaliland Region
Cholera cases soar globally; Malawi, Haiti deadliest outbreaks, WHO reports
Ethiopia hunger: About 225 starve to death in Tigray – officials

Algeria launches trial against 24 members of separatist Amazigh movement over ‘promoting division,’ ‘plotting with Israel’
Iranian Influence in Western Sahara?
Africa’s 2024 Elections: Challenges and Opportunities to Regain Democratic Momentum
Sudan’s Agar meets Afwerki to address conflict spillover into Eritrea
UK Lawmakers Pass Bill to Send Migrants to Rwanda, but Hurdles Remain
More than 160 elephants die in Zimbabwe, with many more at risk
IFRC: Cholera spirals in Zambia

Digital Transformation Drives Development in Africa 
A Roadmap for Strategically Countering China’s Development Influence in Africa
‘Gambia Says NO MORE’ campaign launched to address domestic and sexual violence
Mauritania to reopen its embassy in Tripoli
Sierra Leone: ex-president allowed to travel on medical grounds
China, Togo look forward to closer cooperation
‘Libya is hell’, 126 refugees rescued in the Mediterranean say
Comoros announces curfew after president’s fourth-term win sparks protests
Comoros street protests over president’s disputed re-election turn deadly
Eritrea: My grandmother died heartbroken but never defeated
Zambia’s debut green bond attracts $54m in first raise

Rescuing Africa’s Overlooked Design Legacy
Africa at Davos 2024: Promise, potential and mutually beneficial partnerships
In The Gambia, victims of Jammeh dictatorship seek justice
Western Togoland announces new taskforce to combat voting and human rights violations
Fifa yet to act on investigator’s advice to suspend president of Gabon’s FA
No Justice for Murder of Eswatini Activist
Female Mokoro polers changing stereotypes in Botswana’s Okavango Delta
Denmark’s Maersk temporarily suspends bookings to Djibouti amid security concerns
EU & UNICEF sign a 2-year agreement to combat Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Underage Marriage in Eritrea
Burundi President Stokes Fear Among LGBT People
Ethiopia-Somaliland deal makes waves in Horn of Africa

Ethnic killings in one Sudan city left up to 15,000 dead, UN report says
Ethiopian teachers harness power of Chinese language to bridge cultures

Regional Resilience Dialogue ‘From recommendation to action’
Congo Brazzaville: Thousands in need of assistance after floods wreak havoc
Egyptian President says will protect Somalia against anz threat

Lessons from China’s Forum Diplomacy in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean
Liberia’s new president Joseph Boakai sworn in with pledge to ‘rescue’ Africa’s oldest republic
Six Guinea fans dead amid celebrations after Africa Cup of Nations victory over The Gambia as FA calls for calm
EU funds projects to strengthen citizenship, good governance and tourism in São Tomé and Príncipe
Into the wild in Gabon, Africa’s ‘last Eden’
The Education-Employment Paradox in Lesotho: Boys at a disadvantage in education, women at a disadvantage in employment
The Seychelles has an education system Africa should aspire to
Family planning isn’t easy in South Sudan

Akan Twi And African Languages At Howard Highlight Linguistic Diversity
Sierra Leone’s capital under threat from deforestation, UN report says
‘Conflict timber’: Gambian traffickers continue rosewood trade despite ban
World Bank to Unlock Growth and Create Jobs in São Tomé and Príncipe
UK House of Lords votes to delay controversial plan to deport migrants to Rwanda
Zambia: more condemn secessionists
Ethiopian regional conflict dims celebration of Orthodox epiphany
‘This is a pandemic’: Ethiopia’s Oromia region gripped by surge in kidnappings

Scores dead in Mali gold mine collapse
How the World’s Deadliest Crises Go Unseen
EU transforming lives through education in Eswatini – International Day of Education

Prince Edward sets sail for St Helena and reunites with a very old family friend
Guinea’s junta leader Mamady Doumbouya promoted to general amidst political transition
Meet Lauriane Doumbouya, The French First Lady Of Guinea’s Strongman Leader
Libya Needs More Than Elections to End Its Democratic Odyssey
Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa quits ‘hijacked’ party
Global action is needed to stop the unfolding famine in Tigray

Clean energy powers a silent revolution on Togo’s roads
Mali junta ends 2015 peace deal with Tuareg separatist rebels
‘I belonged in Congo. Here, what am I?’: Claude, asylum seeker in Mayotte
Zimbabwe looks to China to secure a place in the EV battery supply chain

Pope Francis meets with President of Central African Republic

Charity with Prince Harry as director investigating rape and torture claims
Ecowas: Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso quit West African bloc
El Niño: Malawi’s harvest of maize – its staple food – may fall by 22.5% this year

Prince Harry Urged to Step Down from African Parks Board amid Reports of Abuse, Rape by Rangers
Pope Francis meets with President of Guinea Bissau
In Sierra Leone, climate change worsens human trafficking of the poor
View from hospital and morgue during Guinea’s stadium massacre
Gabon: Nomination of former president of Constitutional court sparks controversy
Behind the scenes of Chad’s strategic rapprochement with Russia
Why the Federal Republic of Ambazonia?
Eswatini: Address Violence Against Women
IFAD invests in $72m project to enhance Lesotho’s wool, mohair sector
Dozens killed as violence flares in region disputed by Sudan, South Sudan
UN peacekeepers among scores killed in clashes along Sudan-South Sudan border

MTN Group delegation to Benin pledges US$215mln infrastructure investment
Helping Youth in Benin Find Economic Opportunities
Indian and Seychelles Forces Separately Rescue 2 Fishing Boats Hijacked by Somali Pirates
Burundi’s quota for women in politics has had mixed results, but that’s no reason to scrap it
MSF launches mass vaccination campaign amid deadly hepatitis E outbreak in South Sudan
What is the UK’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda?
Zimbabwe opposition figure Job Sikhala to be freed after getting 2-year suspended sentence
UN Food Award for Ethiopia’s Premier Ignores Wartime Abuses

‘A call to action’: 2024 Venice Biennale to feature more than 300 artists with focus on Indigenous and queer figures
Symposium discusses new Language Policy Framework for Public Higher Education Institutions
Italy announces $6 billion plan to strengthen partnership with Africa at Italy-Africa Summit
Sierra Leone: Deforestation ‘threatens’ water supply
Central Africa Communication Ministers Discuss Ways to Stop Hate Speech
New Details on Trawler Hijacking as Somali Pirates and Crew Arrive in Seychelles
Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Promotes Herd Health In Djibouti
Nearly 400 Ethiopians have died of starvation recently. Millions more need food aid

February 1
February: African-American History Month, US
Kenyan Entrepreneur Makes Snacks from Indigenous Grains
Mauritania secures $289.5 million for solar projects, interconnection line
Liberia Shows a Path Toward Democracy in West Africa
Tunisia’s Saied wants to make the central bank fill the budget deficit
Pope meets with Prime Minister of São Tomé and Principe
Sudanese Refugees Arriving in Chad Need Urgent Support as Humanitarian Response Remains Underfunded
Ethiopian protest music: the songs of Hachalu Hundessa reveal the struggles of the Oromo people
Northern Ethiopia is again sliding into starvation

Transformative Pedagogy in South African Tertiary Education Contexts
Sierra Leone is losing its forests. This sanctuary is trying to save chimpanzees and their vital habitat
Three girls die after FGM rituals in Sierra Leone
Musk’s Starlink stranded: Botswana rejects satellite internet application
Seychelles and Cuba strengthen diplomatic ties
Eritrean Troops Accused of Abducting Farmers, Stealing Livestock in Ethiopia’s Tigray
38 killed and 52 wounded in communal clashes over land in South Sudan
Malawi’s Plan to Create a Stable and Sustainable Economy
Malawi Military’s Threats Send Journalist into Hiding
Ethiopia extends state of emergency in Amhara
Eritrean Troops Accused of Abducting Farmers, Stealing Livestock in Ethiopia’s Tigray
Hunger crisis in Ethiopia threatens to eclipse prior famines

Chinese enterprises donate cholera control supplies to Zimbabwe
Residents say Ethiopian soldiers kill more than 50 civilians in Amhara town

Chad: promises of a new chapter fade as junta strengthens its hold ahead of elections
Namibia’s President Hage Geingob dies aged 82

Liberia’s women abandon female genital mutilation, embrace better livelihoods
Togo: Investigation reveals two journalists were targeted by Pegasus spyware
Senegal’s Parliament Votes to Delay Presidential Election Until Dec. 15
Taiwan and Eswatini sign joint declaration
Nangolo Mbumba Sworn In as Namibia’s Interim President
Zimbabwe’s Ruling Party Gets Two-Thirds Majority in Parliament
Six Ethiopians Among 7 Killed in Attack in Southwestern Somali Town

Postponement of Election in Senegal
The Odyssey of the Queen Majeda
U.S. Special Operations Africa supports donation of humanitarian assistance to Equatorial Guinea
Djibouti steps up coast guard patrols amidst the Red sea crisis
Sinyinda leaves TSC over HH’s Barotseland comment – Zambia

Devex Dish: US bets on the future of indigenous seeds in Africa
African Parks vows to investigate allegations of abuse at Congolese park
How data can inform policy to address challenges faced by internally displaced people in the Central African Republic
Mayotte, France’s poorest overseas territory, hit by crippling social crisis

Brock linguist studies richness of African languages
EU grants 210 mln to Mauritania to curb irregular migration
IPOB rejects continuous trial of Kanu
Exxon Mobil to Exit Equatorial Guinea
Cameroon Rebels Abduct Government Officials in Fresh Wave of Attacks

Association of Language Companies in Africa Launches to Unify Continent’s Industry
One year on, South African engineers still languishing in jail in Equatorial Guinea
Poland’s President Duda visits Rwanda’s Kibeho Marian Shrine.
Zambian President Urged to Apologize for Barotseland Remarks: A Call for Dialogue and Reconciliation
Malawi lifts visa restrictions for 79 countries
US calls for investigation into alleged civilian killings in Ethiopia’s Amhara region

1965 February 18: Gambia Independence Day
February 20-28: Festivals in honour of Tuareg queen Tin Hinan
February 21: International Mother Language Day
1976 February 27: Proclamation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
1957 March 6: Ghana, 1st sub-Saharan African country to become independent from colonial rule
1980 March 10: Berber Spring
1968 March 12: Mauritius Independence Day
2005 March 13: Tunisian National Day of Internet Freedom