Saturday, September 25, 2021


EAST AFRUCA: Fear of possible hunger following new locust invasion, Covid, drought and floods

On Monday, a dark cloud of desert locusts recently floated over the city of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland. For more than 40 minutes the moving swarm of locusts covered the city in the Galgodon valley. On Tuesday, remnants...

What key appointments in Ramaphosa’s cabinet reshuffle mean for South Africa

Newly appointed ministers and deputy ministers were sworn in on Friday, at the Union Buildings, in Pretoria. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday evening (5 August) announced changes to his cabinet, as part of improving the capacity of government. Among other changes...

Anti-government unrest pushes eSwatini to tipping point

The government of eSwatini imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew, blocked the internet, and deployed the army on 29 June in an effort to quell ongoing unrest calling for major democratic reforms and an end to the absolute monarchy. These drastic...

Projecting democratic legacies for Buhari beyond June 12 recognition

By Josephine Babatunde - After 22 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria, there are certainly good reasons to celebrate, but there are also many good reasons to reflect and ponder over the failure of leadership at all levels, particularly at...

How Déby’s death has thrown Chad into uncertain future

Chadian military officials announced that President Idriss Déby had died of wounds sustained in conflict with militants in the Kanem region on 19 April. It was also announced that a transitional military council (CMT/Conseil Militaire de Transition) headed by...

Djibouti: How Guelleh secured 5th presidential term amid opposition boycott

Djibouti’s electoral commission declared incumbent President Ismail Omar Guelleh the winner of the 9 April presidential election with 97.44% of the vote. Guelleh’s only challenger, the independent candidate and political novice Zakaria Ismail Farah, took 2.48% of votes. Guelleh’s...

Presidential in-tray: What awaits Suluhu on first day in office

A critical month lies ahead for Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan as she gets down to the business of running a country still in shock following the sudden death of her predecessor John Magufuli. Signing of key agreements to launch...

2021 AFCON Qualifiers: Benin Republic will be tough for Eagles

The Super Eagles are just a step away from qualification for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and will be looking to pick all three points on Saturday. When they take on the Republic of Benin, as much as...

Most EAC leaders skip Magufuli funeral, as SADC peers dominate

East African Community leaders were conspicuously missing at the state funeral of Tanzania’s late president John Pombe Magufuli, which was held at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma on Monday. The only EAC leader in attendance was Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, who...

AFCON: Should CAF yield to pressure of quadrennial staging?

At a news conference after emerging as the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe was adamant about retaining the current format of the continent’s flagship football tournament, the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). “The AFCON will...


Wizkid wins “Young Person of the Year’’ Future Awards Africa 2017

Nigeria’s ace singer Ayodeji Balogun a.k.a Wizkid has won the `Young Person of the Year’ at the 2017 edition of the prestigious Future Awards...