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DR Congo President Kabila is sending signals that he is not willing to relinquish power

DR Congo President Kabila is sending signals that he is not willing to relinquish power

FOR nearly two years now, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have waited with bated breath to elect a new leader after President Joseph Kabila served his two-term constitutional mandate. National elections have been postponed twice and there is doubt that December 23 2018 will pass with a new president in office, even […]

Cameroon to Hold Presidential Election on Oct. 7

Cameroon to Hold Presidential Election on Oct. 7

Cameroon will hold presidential elections on Oct. 7, head of state Paul Biya said in a decree issued on Monday. Elected in 1982, the 85-year-old is Africa’s oldest and longest-serving president, but has yet to say whether he will bid for another term, although his supporters are already urging him to put his name forward. […]

Congo’s Joseph Kabila delays UN chief’s visit, refuses to see U.S. envoy Haley

Congo’s Joseph Kabila delays UN chief’s visit, refuses to see U.S. envoy Haley

CONGOLESE President Joseph Kabila has put off a planned visit this week by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and refused to see U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who diplomats said had also separately planned to visit Kinshasa. Kabila, who succeeded his assassinated father Laurent in 2001, was busy organizing Dec. 23 elections and […]

Girls groomed for suicide missions fight back against the extremists of Lake Chad

Girls groomed for suicide missions fight back against the extremists of Lake Chad

Halima Yakoy Adam won’t forget 22nd December in 2015, the day she was supposed to carry out a suicide bomb attack in the Lac Region town of Bol, 200 km north of N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, in Central Africa. “It was market day in Bol and I was with two other girls who like […]

DRC faces upsurge of violence unless a deal is done with Kabila

DRC faces upsurge of violence unless a deal is done with Kabila

AMID a fresh wave of civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the international community must question its confidence in President Joseph Kabila to achieve stability in a turbulent region. He has been at the helm since he took over as president in 2001 after his father, Laurent, was assassinated. The young Kabila […]

Delivering babies in one of the most dangerous places to give birth

Delivering babies in one of the most dangerous places to give birth

The Jungle Midwife: Seyi Rhodes travelled to a remote area of the Central African Republic to meet Olga Yetikoua, a midwife helping mothers cut off from medical help for years because of civil war.

Young footballers dreams dashed by fraudsters in Cameroon

Young footballers dreams dashed by fraudsters in Cameroon

Generation football: In 2015 Ade Adepitan investigates the frauds and fake deals that are ruining the career chances of a whole generation of talented young footballers in Cameroon. They dream of a contract with an international club but many end up marooned and penniless in Europe.

The Congo Dandies: living in poverty and spending a fortune to look like a million dollars

The Congo Dandies: living in poverty and spending a fortune to look like a million dollars

“La Sape” is a unique movement based in Congo that unites fashion-conscious men who are ready to splurge money they don’t really have on designer clothes. Dressing in stark contrast with their surroundings, these elegant ambiance-makers become true local celebrities… but this fame comes at a price. The Republic of the Congo in Central Africa […]

African Banks Consider Chinese Yuan, But Risks Loom

African Banks Consider Chinese Yuan, But Risks Loom

More than a dozen African countries have been weighing the merits of adding the Chinese yuan to their mix of foreign reserves, discussing the idea at a gathering of officials last month in Harare, Zimbabwe. Adopting the yuan, also known as the renminbi, or RMB, would make it easier for African countries to pay back […]

As Millions Face Hunger in Sahel, More Accountability Is Needed to Attract Support, Warns Red Cross President

As Millions Face Hunger in Sahel, More Accountability Is Needed to Attract Support, Warns Red Cross President

About 5.8 million people across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal are struggling to get enough food and require immediate assistance. To respond to their needs adequately, humanitarian actors need to manage well the funding they receive from their partners and well-wishers, warned Francesco Rocca, the President of the International Federation of Red […]

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