Politics

Angola’s President José Eduardo dos Santos

Angola's President Dos Santos anoints Deputy Lourenco

Angola’s long-time President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has confirmed he will step down before August’s poll and has announced his likely successor.

Moussa Faki Mahamat attends a meeting in Chad, in 2014. Credit: theguardian.com/Farouk Batiche/AFP/Getty Images

Chad's Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat elected African Union Chairman

Chad’s foreign minister has been elected as the new chair of the African Union Commission, pledging to place development and security at the top of his agenda and streamline the organization’s bureaucracy.

Travelers at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria

Trump's "Muslim ban" could hurt African visitors beyond banned countries

Over the past 48 hours, much of the coverage of President Trump’s executive order has focused on entry bans to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and rightly so.

In front: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) and AU Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (R)

It's time South Africa tuned into Africa's views about its role on the continent

South Africa has variously styled itself as a “bridge” between the North, the global South and Africa as well as a “gateway” into the continent.

Wole Soyinka at home in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Credit: theatlantic.com

A Nigerian Nobel Winner Exits Trump's America

“Trump’s wall is already under construction,” Wole Soyinka says. “Walls are built in the mind, and Trump has erected walls, not only across the mental landscape of America, but across the global landscape.”

Rachel Maddow, Host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC

Rachel @Maddow's coverage of #ECOWAS and the #Gambia crisis, in particular, was pretty pathetic #ABCView

Typical ignorant and condescending coverage commonly associated with the Western media’s coverage of #Africa

Kenyan opposition leaders (L-R), Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Nick Salat hold hands as they announce their alliance during the 2017 general elections aspirants conference organised by the opposition parties in the capital Nairobi, Kenya January 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Kenya's five main opposition parties form super alliance to challenge Kenyatta

Kenyan opposition political parties announced an alliance on Wednesday to fight the August presidential and parliamentary elections against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s coalition.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

Jacob Zuma says South Africa's ruling ANC is ready for female leader

President gives huge boost to leadership ambitions of his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with comments about his party’s succession.

Nigeria Could Teach the West a Few Things

Nigeria Could Teach the West a Few Things

A trip is often defined by its surprises, so here are my biggest revelations from six days in Lagos, Nigeria.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

Zuma's ex-wife given boost in South Africa leadership race

The chances of South African President Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, becoming the next leader of the African National Congress were given a boost on Saturday with the endorsement of the ruling party’s women’s division.

Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghana's President-Elect

Ghana President-Elect says aiming for double-digit growth

Ghana’s president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo said on Wednesday he would focus on restoring stability, cutting taxes and interest rates and spurring double-digit growth, in his first comments on the economy since winning a Dec. 7 vote.

Amina Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Environment and incoming Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Nigeria's Amina Mohammed has been appointed UN Deputy Secretary-General

Since taking office in May 2015, Nigeria’s president Buhari has come under criticism not just for his handling economy but also for a seemingly under-performing cabinet.

Ghana’s President-Elect, Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana's new president: Jobs, jobs, jobs

Nana Akufo-Addo, the 72-year-old leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), was elected Ghana’s president on December 9 by a margin of 1 million votes.

Nana Akufo-Addo wins Ghana's presidential election

Nana Akufo-Addo wins Ghana's presidential election

President Mahama concedes defeat to former foreign minister Akufo-Addo, who was making his third bid for the top job.

Kenya Plans First Nuclear Power Plant at $5 Billion Cost

Kenya Plans First Nuclear Power Plant at $5 Billion Cost

Kenya plans to begin constructing its first nuclear power plant at a cost of $5 billion by 2021 as the country seeks to bring down the cost of electricity.

South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and President Jacob Zuma listen to the national anthem at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa February 11, 2016. Credit: Yahoo/Reuters/Mike Hutchings

South Africa's biggest union group backs Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa saw his chances of becoming South Africa’s next leader increase on Thursday.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Yahoo/Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Fool Nigeria Once, Shame on You. Fool Nigeria Twice ...

It’s been a tough year for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. The mood in Africa’s most populous nation is a far cry from the euphoria that greeted his historic 2015 election.

Donald Trump, illustrated as a dictator. Credit: The Daily Show/Comedy Central

The US elections (and their aftermath): Covered as African elections are covered in the West

The US of A, a nation located in the center of the North American continent, is shaken by its latest electoral results.

NNPC Towers, Abuja, Nigeria. Credit: iloveabuja.com.ng

Nigeria proposes broad oil sector overhaul and potential NNPC stock exchange listing

Nigeria outlined a plan to overhaul state oil company NNPC and eventually list it on the stock exchange in a bid to modernize and streamline the industry.

MTN Nigeria

MTN versus Nigeria

MTN’s misadventures in Nigeria have become a cautionary tale for multinationals and governments in the region – but for which side is still a matter of some debate.

Okechukwu Enelamah, Nigeria's Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (L) and Natalie Kolbe, Partner & Co-Head of Private Equity at Actis

An Enabling Enterprise Environment And Accountability Are Key For Nigeria's Long Term Future: Okechukwu Enelamah, Nigeria's Minister Of Industry, Trade & Investment And ACA Co-Founder & Former CEO

Actis, a leading growth markets investor, hosted over 200 senior public and private sector decision makers in Lagos at Heritage Place in Ikoyi to share Actis’ perspectives on the Africa opportunity and potential for Nigeria.

Nigeria's new Oba of Benin: The coronation of a lifetime. Credit: punchng.com

Nigeria's new Oba of Benin: The coronation of a lifetime (Photos)

The rainy season is supposed to be over in Nigeria, but on Thursday just before midnight, torrential rain and crackling lightning let loose over Benin City.

Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa

South African union backs unionist-turned-tycoon Ramaphosa as next President

South Africa‘s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa saw his chances of becoming the country’s next leader increase on Monday when the powerful mining union he helped found before he made a fortune in business backed him to succeed President Jacob Zuma.

Nelson Mandela's first interview

Watch short video of Nelson Mandela's just released first ever interview (Videos)

The Nelson Mandela Foundation recently released video footage which is believed to be Mandela‘s earliest recorded interview.

Aliko Dangote (Left), Kola Karim, Temitope Balogun (TB) Joshua & Ade Ayeyemi

How Nigeria's top tycoons made their fortunes

Between the politicians and the rich, there is considerable overlap. Running a political campaign is extraordinarily expensive in Nigeria, and many a senator is heard complaining, in private, about how much money is needed to buy a seat.

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. By 2018, a cross-continent passport may be available to all African citizens. Photograph: Alamy

As the UK shuts itself off from Europe, the African Union rolls out a passport for the continent's 54 countries

This weekend the African Union unveiled an e-passport that will hopefully be available to all citizens of member states by 2018.

Fela Kuti: A militant message couched in uplifting form. Photograph: Leni Sinclair/Getty Images

Here are the 10 best songs by Fela Kuti

A look back over a seminal career that encompassed political dissidence, UFO contact, chicken sacrifice – and some of the greatest dance music ever recorded.

Elnathan John, Author of "Born on a Tuesday"

I want to show that things are never simple: Elnathan John, Author of the novel "Born on a Tuesday"

The Nigerian writer and satirist on his first novel, Born on a Tuesday, a study of a young man caught up in Islamic fundamentalism.

Nhlanhla Nene, South Africa's former Minister of Finance

South Africa's former Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene appointed as Advisor at Thebe Investment

Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene has been appointed as an advisor at Thebe Investment Corporation to help roll-out the firm’s growth plan, his second private sector job in a week.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

Will AU Chair Dlamini-Zuma be South Africa's next President?

African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says she will step down at the end of July, fuelling speculation that she will run for president in her native South Africa in elections slated for 2019.

South Africa's Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan gestures during a media briefing after he was reappointed to the position on Sunday night by President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria, South Africa December 14, 2015. REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

European banks' old errors to blame for Barclays' Africa exit: South Africa Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Barclays’ decision to sell down its stake in a Johannesburg-listed venture is a consequence of past mistakes at European banks rather than a reflection of Africa’s future prospects, South Africa’s finance minister said.

Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and NNPC’s Group MD. Credit: sweetcrudereports.com

Nigeria aims to end refined petroleum imports within 18 months, says Kachikwu

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, wants to remove the need for imported petroleum products within 18 months, Minister of State for Petroleum Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said on Tuesday.

Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and NNPC’s Group MD

Nigeria to break state oil firm NNPC into 30 companies

Nigeria is to break up its state oil firm into 30 separate companies as it seeks to reform the organization, the country’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu said Thursday.

Mo Abudu, who abandoned a high-flying career in the corporate world to run a television studio. Photograph: SundayAlamba/AP

The Lagos power list: 21 people in 21 million

Lagos, a megacity home to an estimated 21 million people, is Nigeria’s cultural and political powerhouse.

Kayode Fayemi, Nigeria's Minister of Solid Minerals Development

Nigeria to revive $4.5B Ajaokuta steel mill in 2016, says Solid Minerals Minister Fayemi

Nigeria is aiming to hand over the $4.5 billion Ajaokuta steel complex to private operators this year as part of a plan to kick start its industrial and mining industries, Kayode Fayemi, the country’s minister of Solid Minerals Development, said.

Scene from Nigerian civil war movie "The Encounter"

Watch Nigerian civil war movie "The Encounter" online. For free. Now (Video)

In 1967, the Eastern Region of Nigeria seceded from the country. The declaration of the independent Biafra, announced by the then Governor of Nigeria’s Eastern Region Lieutenant Colonel Emeka Ojukwu, was in response to the genocide of people from the Eastern Region.

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (Muhammadu Sanusi II), Emir of Kano and former Governor of Nigeria's Central Bank

Nigeria's former Central Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi criticizes President Buhari's currency policy

Respected former head of Nigeria’s Central Bank Lamido Sanusi has said the government should end its policy of trying to maintain the value of the currency, the naira.

Newly-elected AU chairman, Chadian President Idriss Déby. Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Media

African Union members back Kenyan plan to leave International Criminal Court

Leaders at Addis Ababa summit support pullout of international criminal court in protest at perceived unfair targeting.

Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria

Nigeria seeks $3.5B in loans from World Bank & AfDB

Nigeria’s government is in talks for concessionary loans worth $3.5 billion from the World Bank and African Development Bank to help finance a planned record budget this year, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said.

Lagos, Nigeria

Economists share their 2016 outlook for Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa

These are the global economic realities that will continue to shape African markets in 2016. Strong US dollar. Low oil and commodity prices. Slowing Chinese growth.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde watches children perform a dance in Abuja during her visit to Nigeria. Photograph: IMF via Getty Images

It's naira or never - Nigeria needs decisive action on its currency: Oluseun Onigbinde, Co-Founder, BudgIT

When Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, visited Nigeria this week, she called for more flexibility on the exchange rate, encouraging those who believe the naira could be devalued again very soon.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan sign new Grand Renaissance Dam agreement

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan signed an agreement on Tuesday finalizing the two firms tasked with carrying out studies on the potential impact of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam on the flow of the Nile.