Today in Africa

Ethiopian authorities have blocked internet access across the country in a move to preserve the integrity of national exams currently underway, internet rights group Net Blocks said on Tuesday. The group said it had confirmed a total blackout “as of 7:30 a.m. UTC 11 June 2019. The incident is ongoing, and is believed to be a measure to counter […]

Lawmakers in Nigeria’s National Assembly – Senate and House of Representatives – are set to pick their respective leadership today at their first meeting since polls in March. Local media outlets report that security is high at the complex in Abuja with state security officers having barricaded a number of entry points. The Senators and […]

The adverts promise it will have women falling at your feet with one spray. But it seems that Lynx deodorant might have another hidden power. A boy of 13 suddenly woke up from a nine-day coma after getting a whiff of his favourite daily scent. Kacper Krauze was pulled out of the River Eden in […]

Gambian soldiers who plotted to overthrow president Adama Barrow in 2017 were on Monday sentenced by the Court Martial. The eight soldiers were led by a former military aide to ex-president Yahya Jammeh, who ruled Gambia for 22 years before losing an election in late 2016 to Barrow and then refusing to step down. The […]

Katsina State in Nigeria’s northwest is set to apply death sentence for two offences that have riled the state in recent months. Reports indicate that Governor Aminu Bello Masari has signed into law an amended Penal Code Law prescribing death sentence for cattle rustling and kidnapping. Persons found guilty of rape will also be handed […]

President John Pombe Magufuli is in South Africa for the swearing in ceremony of President Cyril Ramaphosa which takes place today at teh Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane, Pretoria. Ramaphosa led the ruling African National Congress to victory in the May 8 national and provincial polls. Despite losing ground, the party maintained its majority in […]

Owner of Precious and Pearl Brands, Mpho Mohaswa, exhibited superior business acumen as she beat local entrepreneurs at the Firstwatch Entrepreneurs Challenge, walking away with R50 000 support for her existing start-up business. The Firstwatch Entrepreneurs Challenge final round took place during the past weekend at Disoufeng Pub in Soweto. The chosen top 10 candidates […]

Ilunga Ilunkamba has been nominated by President Felix Tshisekedi to occupy the position of Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC. Ilunga’s nomination was announced on Monday barely an hour after Bruno Tshibala, Kabila’s last Prime Minister, handed in his resignation and that of the last government. The nominee is seen as an experienced […]

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika is in for a stern test at next week’s elections, challenged by a field of candidates including his deputy – a onetime ally turned rival – and a former pastor who accuses him of corruption. Former law professor Mutharika, 78, is trying to secure a second five-year presidential term on Tuesday, […]

With bucket and spade in hand, Sabiha Ayari from Sejnane in northern Tunisia is among the women keeping alive an ancient tradition of creating pottery with all-natural materials. Using skills handed down from generation to generation, she extracts red and white clay from local wadis to craft terracota artefacts, such as dolls and animal figurines […]


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