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The new military leader of Burkina Faso has promised a return to the normal constitutional order “when the conditions are right”. Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba led a mutiny that ousted President Roch Kaboré on Monday. He blamed the president for failing to contain violence by Islamist militants. He made hisContinue Reading

The Pan African Writers Association(PAWA) demands access to the detained Ugandan Novelist, Kakwenza Rukirabashaija to both family and legal representation. In a statement sighted by BAKNewschannel, the  association among others said the detention of the Novelist without trial is a gross violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and demands an end to the travesty of Justice and Human Rights.Continue Reading

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has maintained the existing sanctions it imposed on Mali, for failure by the transitional authorities to oversee a smooth political transition. At an Extraordinary Session in Accra on Sunday, the Authority of the Heads of State and Government of the Economic CommunityContinue Reading

A man has been arrested after a large fire severely damaged the Houses of Parliament in the South African city of Cape Town. A police spokesperson said the 49-year-old man was facing charges of arson, housebreaking, and theft, and would appear in court on Tuesday. Firefighters have been working forContinue Reading

South Africa is holding a week of events to mark the passing of the anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died on Saturday aged 90. The plans include two days of lying in state before an official state funeral on 1 January in Cape Town. Tributes have been pouring inContinue Reading

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  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) office in Ghana has marked the 75th anniversary of the global scheme in a grand event Monday, December 13. The dignitary-studded event which took place at the La Palm Resort was to celebrate the organization for its persistence in promoting children’s rights andContinue Reading

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested positive for Covid-19 and is being treated for mild symptoms. Mr Ramaphosa started feeling unwell on Sunday after leaving the state memorial service of South Africa’s last apartheid President FW De Klerk in Cape Town, according to a statement from the presidency .Continue Reading

Four lecturers at a leading university in Morocco have appeared in court over accusations of offering students better grades in exchange for sex. The academics have been charged with incitement to debauchery, gender discrimination and violence against women. They have not yet pleaded. This is the latest sexual harassment scandalContinue Reading

Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore fired his prime minister on Wednesday amid an escalating security crisis that has killed thousands and led to street protests calling for him to go. The country, one of West Africa’s poorest, has been beset by attacks carried out by groups linked toContinue Reading

The Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has easily won re-election, authorities there said, in the first vote for decades held without long-term leader Yahya Jammeh. President Barrow received around 53 percent of Saturday’s vote, with nearest rival Ousainou Darboe on 28 percent. Mr Darboe and other candidates earlier said they couldContinue Reading

Evelyn Joshua has become the head of one of Africa’s most influential evangelical churches, but the 52-year-old is faced with the challenge of maintaining her late husband’s legacy. TB Joshua’s unexpected death in June at the age of 57 unleashed a succession battle that took months to resolve. But theContinue Reading

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An inquiry panel has submitted a report which says Nigerian armed forces shot and killed anti-police brutality protesters last year. Tens of thousands of Nigerians took to the streets last October calling for the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) police unit to be disbanded. The report, leaked on Monday, has identifiedContinue Reading

The authorities in Kenya have placed a bounty on three “armed and dangerous” inmates who escaped from a prison where they were being held on terrorism-related charges. The three are Mohamed Ali Abikar, Musharaf Abdalla, and Joseph Juma Odhiambo.One of them, Abikar was involved in the Garissa University attack onContinue Reading

Scorpions in Egypt have stung three people to death in the southern city of Aswan after heavy storms brought them into the streets and homes. Some 450 more people were injured by scorpion stings, a health ministry official said. The hail and thunder storm in the area near the RiverContinue Reading

West Africa’s regional bloc on Thursday imposed sanctions against the military rule in Guinea and Mali. This has been its toughest response yet to end military takeovers. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) made the decision at an emergency summit in Accra. The summit was to respond toContinue Reading

Ethiopia’s military has called on former soldiers to re-join the army, as it battles to hold off a rebel advance. The appeal comes as rebel forces – spearheaded by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) – make advances towards the capital, Addis Ababa. The US embassy has told all USContinue Reading

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has reaffirmed its demand for the unconditional release of the ousted President of Guinea, Alpha Condé. The Authority says it takes note of the recent developments in Guinea, particularly the adoption of the Transition Charter, the appointment of a civilian Prime MinisterContinue Reading

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Niger has declared two days of national mourning from Friday, after at least 69 people were killed in an attack by suspected Islamist insurgents. The attack happened in the country’s south-west, near the border with Mali. Victims included a local mayor and the leader of a self-defence militia, the governmentContinue Reading

Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered the tomb of Batah-M-Woya, who was chief treasurer in the time of King Ramses II. The tomb is located in Saqqara, a huge necropolis south of Cairo, according to a statement from Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities published Saturday. Saqqara has been the site of a string ofContinue Reading

A young Nigerian lady, Kaitlin Gee- Akwada, has been appointed the Vice-Chancellor-for-one-day of her University, Godfrey Okoye University Enugu for completing with a perfect CGPA of 5.0. In a celebration post on her Instagram page on Thursday, October 28, the young lady affirmed that she actually declared her CGPA intoContinue Reading

Uganda’s President has announced that schools will be reopened in January, almost two years after they were closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. President Yoweri Museveni said this would happen regardless of how many people were vaccinated. Well under 10% of Uganda’s population have been jabbed, though Mr Museveni saidContinue Reading

The head of the Electoral Commission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been sworn in amid controversy over his nomination. Denis Kadima takes over as President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), with the heavy task of organising the next elections by 2023. His appointment has not beenContinue Reading

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The United States has suspended $700 million in aid to Sudan after a military coup on Monday, October 25, telling the military of the country to immediately restore its civilian government. “The civilian-led transitional government should be immediately restored and represent the will of the people,” State Department spokesman Ned PriceContinue Reading

Defiant protesters remain on the streets of Sudan after the country’s armed forces launched a military coup. Chanting and waving flags, they have blocked roads in the capital Khartoum and around the country following the takeover. On Monday coup leader Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leadersContinue Reading

Cameroon’s five-year conflict could be taking a significant new turn with reports that its English-speaking separatist groups are getting help from an armed group in neighbouring Nigeria. After two attacks by Anglophone militants which cost the lives of 15 Cameroonian soldiers last month, the army issued a statement declaring thatContinue Reading

Zimbabwe will not allow unvaccinated government employees to access their offices following the lapse of the compulsory COVID-19 vaccination deadline on Friday, a circular showed. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration is trying to encourage more people to get vaccinated to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The southern African country was among theContinue Reading

Police in Kenya have arrested the husband of record-breaking long-distance runner Agnes Tirop who was stabbed to death at her home. Emmanuel Rotich, who was detained in the coastal city of Mombasa, will face charges once investigations are completed, an official said. Ms Tirop, 25, was found dead on WednesdayContinue Reading

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The influential younger brother of the late Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has been sent to prison for two years for obstructing the course of justice. Said Bouteflika was sentenced alongside the former justice minister, Tayeb Louh, and a businessman, Ali Haddad. Mr Louh will serve six years while Mr HaddadContinue Reading

The Nigerian army has confirmed that it has arrested Chiwetalu Agu according to BBC sources. A statement from the army headquarters said he was arrested for urging member of the Nigerian public to support di proscribed indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB). The statement further noted that Chiwetalu Agu resisted arrestContinue Reading

Police in north-west Nigeria say they have rescued 187 villagers abducted from their homes by criminal gangs. The victims, who had spent several weeks in captivity, were freed by security forces following an operation in Tsibiri forest in Zamfara state, police spokesman Mohammed Shehu said. They include the young andContinue Reading

The 3rd Extraordinary Meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) council of ministers on institutional reform took place in Accra yesterday with a call on members to work towards an efficient and effective commission to deliver its mandate. The meeting aimed at finding a resolution and modalitiesContinue Reading

There have been protests in Nigeria’s capital Abuja with demonstrators carrying placards written that #BuhariMustGo. The demonstrations coincided with the country’s independence day anniversary. Police dispersed the protesters by firing tear gas canisters. It is unclear if anyone was arrested. Human rights activist Omoyele Sowore had asked Nigerians to demonstrateContinue Reading

The Guinea Junta has pleaded with the Economic Community of West African States to extend the six months given to return to constitutional rule. ECOWAS among its sanctions ordered that Guinea returns to Constitutional rule in six months after the Military took over from Prof Alpha Conde who was servingContinue Reading

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A high-ranking former Malawian MP, Clement Chiwaya, has shot himself dead in an office in parliament. Mr Chiwaya, who was a wheelchair user after he contracted polio at the age of two, served as deputy speaker between 2014 and 2019. In a note he left shortly before the shooting, heContinue Reading

20-Yr-Old SS3 Student Builds Drone from Local materials, people gather around to watch him. A 20-year-old man, Rejoice Oghenero, has shown off the drone he built in the presence of people in his community. The SS3 student said that he tried so many times before he could build an unmannedContinue Reading

Gunmen in Nigeria on Sunday freed 10 students abducted in the northwest Kaduna state after collecting a ransom, a school official told The Associated Press. The Rev. John Hayab said the students were released on Sunday afternoon, nearly three months after they were seized by the gunmen in Kaduna. GunmenContinue Reading

Another 32,417 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 7,664,230, according to official figures released Sunday. London [UK], September 26 (ANI/Xinhua): Another 32,417 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus casesContinue Reading

When Regina Nakayenga started to experience hot flushes as she went through menopause, a friend recommended that taking hibiscus products would help. At the time, Nakayenga, an enthusiastic farmer, had been growing passion fruit to sell in a concentrated form. It had been her ambition to build a fruit processingContinue Reading

The Gambia has won a case against Facebook in a US court over access to deleted posts. The court ruled that Facebook should provide deleted posts of Myanmar officials promoting hate against the Rohingya. The Rohingya is Muslim minority ethnic group. The Gambia seeks to use the posts in aContinue Reading

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The Chairman of ECOWAS, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has used the 76th  Session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, September 22 to launch an onslaught against the coup leaders in Guinea. He condemned the overthrow of the Government of Guinea by the soldiers and urged countries to defend democracyContinue Reading