Mogadishu's Bakara market on strike over new government tax

Businesses in Somalia's largest open-air market have boycotted trade over the introduction of a five percent sales tax.


'One million children die the day they are born'

Pakistan, CAR and Afghanistan are the hardest hit as UN agency says the world is failing newborns.

Arts & Culture

The influence of Turkish films on Somalia's screens

Turkish TV series attracts Somali cinema audiences as Ankara's soft power spreads across the Horn of Africa country.

Yesilcam overtakes Hollywood and Bollywood in Somalia


Zimbabwe opposition prepares for election

Opposition members say they will try and keep the party united, despite divisions over its leadership.


17 killed in Mozambique's capital during dump collapse

Heavy rains caused the collapse of a huge rubbish dump, burying homes and killing at least 17, officials say.


Ethiopia's state of emergency 2.0

The purpose of this emergency is not to protect the constitutional order but to silence the voices calling for change.

Awol K Allo

by Awol K Allo

Awol K Allo


Fears over Zimbabwe opposition infighting

Church services have been held for Morgan Tsvangirai, a former opposition leader in Zimbabwe, who died earlier this week. He passed away after a long battle with cancer.


The Black Panther pilgrimage

You think the Black Panther film is about "blackness"? No, it is about rage.

Elsie Eyakuze

by Elsie Eyakuze

Elsie Eyakuze

Boko Haram

Nigerian court releases 475 Boko Haram suspects

Justice ministry says no evidence of their involvement with the armed group, after some detainees were held for years.

Nigerian court releases 475 Boko Haram suspects


Kayayo: Ghana's Living Shopping Baskets

A young girl's dream to return home after two years of working in the markets of Accra clash with family pressures.


Somali refugees enslaved in Libya return home

Eleven refugees who had been subjected to slavery and auctioned in Libya have arrived home after being repatriated by the Somali government and the UN refugee agency.


Ethiopia bans protests in 6-month state of emergency

Defence minister says measure includes ban on dissemination of publications that 'could incite and sow discord'.

Inside Story

What triggered unrest in Ethiopia?

How will PM Hailemariam Desalegn's resignation affect the future of Africa's second most populous country, Ethiopia?


South Africans react to Ramaphosa speech

The new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, promised to cut unemployment, boost the economy and tackle widespread corruption in his first SONA, but many in South Africa are anxious to see if he can deliver.

Human Rights

Kenya's indigenous communities threatened

Efforts to protect the Embobut forest in Kenya are coming into conflict with the native Sengwer people, with the Sengwer accusing the government of burning their homes and forcibly evicting them.