Today in Africa

Nigeria opposition chief Atiku Abubakar says the delayed polls are crucial for the future of Nigerians and thus, voters should turn out and vote irrespective of their preferred candidates. With hours to the closure of a campaign period, the former vice-president who leads the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, said the result of the 2015 vote gave […]

African nations, which host more than 20 million people forced to flee their homes, must enforce international agreements to better protect and provide opportunities for those escaping conflict and disaster, aid groups said on Tuesday. Refugees and internally displaced people topped the agenda at the African Union’s (AU) annual heads of state summit, which ended […]

Forbes Billionaires List of the wealthy has become an annual ritual. In the midst of excruciating poverty in Nigeria, the list is always received with mixed feelings. Resentment from the needy and happiness from those considered rich enough to make the annual lists. Bamidele Famoofo reports that what is more important to an average Nigerian […]

Algeria’s ruling coalition on Saturday named President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as its candidate for April polls, although the ailing incumbent has yet to officially confirm he will run. “The parties of the presidential coalition nominate Abdelaziz Bouteflika for the upcoming presidential elections,” the four coalition partners said in a statement. In power since 1999, 81-year-old Bouteflika […]

Tanzania’s parliament passed amendments to legislation late on Tuesday that give sweeping powers to a government-appointed registrar over political parties, a move that opposition legislators say will cement “one-party rule”. Sadly we are watching the defeat of democracy in Tanzania. It is a slow and painful death by a thousand cuts. If current trends continue, […]

Nigeria’s main opposition party has halted its presidential election campaign for 72 hours weeks ahead of the vote in protest at the suspension of the country’s most senior judge by President Muhammadu Buhari, it said on Saturday. Nigeria opposition party pauses election campaign over suspension of judge — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 26, 2019 “President […]

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(1) January 17 marks the forty-first anniversary of the brutal assassination of Patrice Lumumba. (2) He was the first and only elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Zaire – now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo. (3) He was assassinated a few months after DR Congo gained formal independence from Belgium. (4) It […]

Russian president claims Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa won a landslide victory in June 30, 2018 elections – the first post-Mugabe elections. The Russian leader made the remarks as he welcomed the visiting Zimbabwean president and his entourage at the Kremlin on Tuesday. In his words: Most recently, you won a landslide election victory. The people of […]

Somali lawmakers voted on Monday to allow the president to appoint a foreigner as governor of the central bank of the volatile Horn of Africa nation. Previously only a citizen could be appointed to the role as is the case across much of the continent. The vote was held in the lower house of the […]

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