Month: February 2018


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.


African countries won’t need to worry about China’s demand for donkey hides, for now

China has a plan to address the ban on exports of donkey slaughter imposed by many African countries it was used to trading with: to boost the breeding of donkeys domestically. Donkey hide has a high demand in China for its use in traditional Chinese medicine—ejiao—and, until recently, African countries with their rising donkey population ...


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. ...


Africa’s internet economy needs more data servers on the continent

The internet is a good thing for Africa. But it could be an even better thing. This is the subtext of an Internet Society report, out this month, titled Promoting the African Internet Economy. The economic case for the internet in Africa is unsurprisingly strong, but the report points out that there’s still plenty of ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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, ...


Trilobites: Elephants Are Very Scared of Bees. That Could Save Their Lives.

Researchers have compared the reactions of elephants in Africa and Asia to bee swarms, in efforts at protecting the endangered animals from angered farmers or poachers.