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Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim.


Gurib-Fakim, Africa's only female head of state, submitted her resignation in the "national interest," her lawyer Yousouf Mohamed told reporters, adding that it would take effect on March 23.

Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, who has been embroiled in a financial scandal, resigned on Saturday, her lawyer said, just days after she refused to stand down.

South Africa hits Jacob Zuma with arms deal corruption charges


Zuma, who was forced to resign by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) last month, was at the centre of the deal to buy European military kit that has cast a shadow over politics in Africa's most industrialised economy for years.

Former South African president Jacob Zuma was charged with corruption on Friday over a $2.5 billion state arms deal, a stunning judicial ruling on a continent where political 'Big Men' rarely face their day in court.

Robbery suspect demands sh200,000 ‘bribe’ refund after failing to secure release


“I was escorted from the police station to KCB Matuu branch in a police vehicle and taken back to custody after withdrawing Sh200,000, which was to be shared between the police officers and the complainant to settle the case and get me freed,” he said.

A robbery suspect shocked a court in Machakos County when he accused the police of failing to “kill the case” despite him paying them.

FILE - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 19, 2017.


"President Buhari added that Nigeria was working in concert with international organisations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors," the presidency statement said.

Nigeria's presidency said on Monday it plans to negotiate for the release of 110 girls abducted from a school in the northeastern town of Dapchi last month, rather than use a military operation to free them by force.

File image - Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe


"There is an understated panic -- especially within ZANU-PF," said Zimbabwean political analyst Brian Kagoro who added that the ruling party had already struggled to formulate a response to the opposition following the death of its figurehead Morgan Tsvangirai in February.

Zimbabwe's ex-leader Robert Mugabe sent shockwaves through the party he dominated for decades when he posed with the retired general who will take on the ruling ZANU-PF in this year's election

Africa’s population explosion is a ticking time bomb - African Development Bank Governors


The African Development Bank and its East and North African Governors have stressed the need for urgent measures to match the continent’s growing population and youth unemployment, which they likened to a “ticking time bomb.”

Africa is projected to have over 840 million youth by 2050 with the continent having the youngest population on earth.

AGCO Agribusiness Qualification set to bring young talent into the agricultural value chain


Twenty students have been enrolled on this brand-new program which is focused on developing the skills, leadership and strategic expertise to drive African agricultural prosperity.

AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, and its partners celebrated the launch of the new AGCO Agribusiness Qualification (AAQ) at Strathmore University in Kenya on 6 March 2018.

Merck Foundation marks ‘International Women’s Day’ with the First Lady of Niger


Her Excellency, the First Lady of Niger, H.E. Mrs. Aissata Issoufou Mahamadou emphasized, “I truly value our partnership with Merck Foundation. I firmly believe that building professional capacity is a good strategy to help our government to improve access...

Merck Foundation, in partnership with the First Lady of Niger builds healthcare capacity in the country with special focus on Cancer, Diabetes and Infertility.
Merck Foundation appoints the first Lady of Niger, as an Ambassador of Merck More than a Mother.

African Women Take the Lead to End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) & Early Child Marriage (ECM) in Africa through the Strategic Launch of the Big Sister Movement


In Africa 6000 girls are mutilated everyday, 200 million women live with the effects of FGM/C, and 30 million girls are still at risk over the next decades

The BIG SISTER MOVEMENT (BSM) is the largest grassroots coalition of Local NGOs led by women survivors of FGM/C’s from The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya and Somalia with the aim of giving back the testimonies and scope of actions to survivors, to enable them to tell their own stories, advocate and find grassroots solutions to the issue of FGM/C in Africa.

Akufo-Addo meets Togolese political feuding factions in Accra


“I am persuaded by the discussions that we have had so far in our determination to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Togo and I am hoping that that spirit will continue to animate you so that on the basis of that we will continue to talk and make concessions, compromises so that the peace, freedom and security of the Togolese people are attained,” President Akufo-Addo pleaded.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stressed the need for the feuding parties in the Togolese political impasse to continue to keep the door of dialogue open stressing that it was “extremely important.”

File image: Nigeria 2019 Elections: Kingsley Moghalu announces candidacy for president


Emphasising the importance to modernise Nigeria, the candidate also stated that competence, capacity, and character are required to reorient Nigeria into a strong and capable country

The former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and founder of the Institute of Governance and Economic Transformation, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has declared his intention to run as a candidate in the Nigerian presidential elections in 2019.

Dangote Donates N1.2 Billion to First Business School in the North to Bayero University, Kano


Christened Dangote Business School, the business mogul disclosed that talks are on to affiliate the school with the popular Harvard Business School, in the United States of America

The business educational development of Northern Nigeria took a new turn at the weekend when the renowned businessman, Aliko DANGOTE donated a N1.2 billion ultra-modern business school edifice to the Bayero University, Kano, (BUK), first of such in the northern part of the country.

Gunmen attack French embassy, army HQ in Burkina Faso


Burkina Faso is one of a string of fragile countries on the southern rim of the Sahara that are battling jihadist groups. The insurgency has caused thousands of deaths, prompted tens of thousands to flee their homes and dealt crippling blows to economies that are already among the poorest in the world.

The capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, was hit on Friday mid-morning by multiple attacks targeting the French embassy, the French cultural centre and the country's military headquarters.

Solar success in rural Senegal: “Seize the obvious”


“Two limitless local resources—energy from the sun and local confidence— that's what it takes to win,” asserts CEO of Energy Resources Senegal, Moustapha Sene

Moustapha Sene is soft-spoken, but he is sure of what he's doing, and has proved a rare knack for seeing the obvious. A company his family started 25 years ago, Sahel Gaz, has been transforming free air from the atmosphere to produce oxygen for local hospitals. The idea of converting nature into revenue while building communities has become a passion.

African SMEs Set to Benefit from USD 74M Guarantee


SMEs in Africa’s infrastructure sector to benefit from African Guarantee Fund’s increased capacity through GuarantCo’s re-guarantee facility

The African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (AGF) has today entered into a re- guarantee transaction of an amount of up to USD 74 million with GuarantCo to increase its guarantee capacity for SME financing. SME’s have a large and growing impact on GDP in emerging markets and are a key source of job creation.

© Ahmed Ouoba, AFP | In this file photo taken on April 27, 2017 at the High Court of Justice in Ouagadougou, Djibril Bassole (L) and General Gilbert Diendere await the opening of the trial of the former president and members of his last government.


Bassole and Diendere key allies of former president Blaise Compaore who was chased from power in October 2014 -- are among a total of 84 people on trial, including 66 military officials and 18 civilians.

More than 80 people went on trial before a military court in Burkina Faso on Tuesday over the failed 2015 coup in a case being seen as a test for justice in the West African country.

Cameroon Deploys More TroopFILE - Cameroonian soldiers from the Rapid Intervention Brigade stand guard amidst dust kicked up by a helicopter in Kolofata, Cameroon.s to Fight Armed Separatists


Cameroon's government says at least 30 soldiers have been killed since armed attacks began in November. Several government officials and soldiers have been kidnapped and their whereabouts are not known.

Cameroon has deployed more troops to it's English speaking regions after another wave of attacks on public buildings and the kidnapping of military and government officials by suspected armed separatists. Moki Edwin Kindzeka reports from Yaounde.

FILE - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.


The Information Ministry says the girls from the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, are unaccounted for after suspected Boko Haram militants invaded their school on Monday.

The Nigerian government confirmed Sunday 110 girls are missing after a Boko Haram attack in a northeastern town, after days of silence from officials.

Komla Dumor Award 2018: Seeking a rising star of African journalism


It will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.

The BBC is seeking a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its fourth year.

This photo shows the school in Dapchi in the northeastern state of Yobe, Nigeria, where dozens of school girls went missing after an attack on the village by Boko Haram, Feb. 22, 2018.


Three days after suspected Boko Haram fighters attacked a school in northeast Nigeria and kidnapped dozens of schoolgirls, local officials have apologized to parents for mistakenly announcing that some of the students had been rescued.

President Akufo-Addo (R) shakes hands with a member of the Togolese delegation (back to camera).


An issue that was raised by the Coalition of 14 Opposition Parties, on the return to the plenary, was the need for the state to hold on to planned local and parliamentary elections, and referendum until the dialogue had considered and taken decisions on the Electoral and Institutional Reforms contained in the Rules of Procedure.

The Togolese Government and the Coalition of 14 Opposition political parties have agreed to implement a number of measures aimed at building trust and confidence amongst the political actors in Togo.

The event will encourage dialogue on how to strategize and mobilise valuable African resources that are critical to shaping the continent’s emerging economies

Unlocking Africa’s economic potential by increasing trade, collaboration and philanthropy within the commonwealth will be at the forefront of conversations at next month’s Commonwealth Africa Summit in London.

‘DEAL 2018’ trade show in Dubai set to propel the African leisure and amusement industries


Upcoming retail clusters and high demand for family entertainment concepts will drive the industry to the next level.

'DEAL 2018' is the largest show in the amusement industry that is held closer to the African region. The show aims to provide an effective platform for the stakeholders within the African leisure, entertainment and amusement sector, as per International Expo Consults, the organisers of the show. Recent developments in the countries within the African continent have created the necessary demand for the leisure amusement industry operators.

South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, delivers his State of the Nation address in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Feb. 16, 2018.


He was sworn into office on Thursday, a day after Zuma was forced to resign after his ruling African National Congress finally turned against his turbulent presidency.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa hailed a "new dawn" for the country Friday and promised to fight corruption following the resignation of his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, who was plagued by corruption scandals.

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