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More than 100 girls ‘missing’ after Boko Haram school attack

More than 100 girls were missing, police have said, two days after a Boko Haram attack on their school in northeast Nigeria that has raised fears of a repeat of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping that shocked the world.

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Cameroon’s president-for-life spends at least 15% of his time outside his country

Americans frustrated with president Donald Trump’s golfing habits can take solace: Their leader isn’t as elusive as the president of Cameroon. President-for-life Paul Biya has been in power since 1982—35 years in total. But the 85-year-old spent less than 30 of those in Cameron itself, according to an investigation by the OCCRP, an anti-corruption NGO. ...

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Nigeria’s kleptocrats have a toxic love affair with London’s expensive real estate

London The prevailing narratives about corruption in Nigeria rarely mention its international dimension. They tend to gloss over how the United Kingdom, United States, and other financial centers welcome the steady stream of illicit cash flowing out Africa’s largest economy. Yet the country’s kleptocrats are increasingly exploiting weaknesses in the international financial system to launder ...

The success of Gabon special economic zone (GSEZ)

Created in 2010, GSEZ, the joint venture that brings together Olam International Ltd (40.5%), the Republic of Gabon (38.5%) and Africa Finance Corporation (21%) to develop the Nkok Special Economic Zone, today plays host to over 45 companies, mainly centred around logging. The Gabonese State’s initial objective was to attract international investors. And the gamble ...

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Cinq graphiques pour comprendre la situation économique du Zimbabwe

Le président Robert Mugabe, au pouvoir depuis 1980, est poussé vers la sortie par ses opposants. Une crise politique dans un Etat déjà très fragilisé.

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A tiny African island nation will run on 100% renewable energy in less than a decade

Cape Verde, the small island archipelago nation off Africa’s northwest coast, has set itself a very bold renewable energy target. As part of its “sustainable energy for all” agenda, it has pledged to obtain 100% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025. Cape Verde is made up of 10 islands, nine of which are ...

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Rare photos of life inside an ancient kingdom capture Nigeria’s transition to independence

For more than half a century, Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge, a self-taught photographer from Benin City, documented a country and society in flux. Starting in the 1930s as the official photographer for the Royal Court of Benin, the ancient kingdom of what is known today as southern Nigeria, he snapped photos of the royal wives, ...

Game over for silent killer in Africa’s food?

If I told you there was a cancer-causing poison that 4.5bn people are chronically exposed to you’d think I was making it up. But I’m deadly serious. Most of you won’t even have heard of its name before. That needs to change and we need to eradicate it. And the incredible thing is that the ...

Francophone Africa’s CFA franc is under fire

DEBATING the merits of the CFA franc, says Guy Marius Sagna, a Senegalese activist, “is like discussing the advantages and disadvantages of slavery.” That is a ridiculous analogy. But the past year has seen protests in several cities against the currency, used by 14 countries in west and central Africa and supported by France, the ...

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A Nigerian travel startup is trying to open up Africa’s tourism market to Africans

One of the many difficult things about traveling within the continent for Africans is the sparse pool of affordable hotel selections available for booking. It’s not that these hotels don’t exist, it’s that very few online booking platforms have enough information on such hotels. Global travel booking platforms with operations in Africa often list only ...

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