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Demands for fair economies and less corruption fuelled protests in Africa – CIVICUS

A new report, the State of Civil Society Report 2020, published by global civil society alliance CIVICUS, sets out the major trends and events involving civil society over the past year.The report describes the massive people’s mobilisations that swept the...

Oxfam to close 4 offices in Africa as virus drains finances

Oxfam International, one of the world’s leading aid agencies, will severely curtail its work because of the financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic, including the closure of operations in 18 countries, including 4 in Africa at the potential...

Women at the margins – realities of African women & Covid-19

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage Africa and the number of cases on the continent now reaching 35,000 as at 27 April 2020.AfricanQuarters’ Mercie Wamoyi and Jean Kemitari, Director of Programmes at Urgent Action Fund-Africa in this interview...

US, African nations, decry racism against blacks in China

African officials are confronting China publicly and in private over racist mistreatment of Africans in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, and the U.S. says African-Americans have been targeted too.Some Africans in the commercial hub have reported being evicted or...

African Heroes of the week – Drogba, Eto’o, Ba

It was Fred Rogers that said, ‘when I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But...

Melania Trump honours 2 African women and 10 others for their courage

Melania Trump drew parallels Wednesday between her youth welfare initiative and a group of women from around the world whom the State Department has recognized for acts of courage in their countries.Although the “Be Best” initiative was designed for...

Freed Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi faints amid supporters, police scuffle

Freed Ugandan academic and activist Stella Nyanzi, fainted after a scuffle ensued between her supporters and police officers after her acquittal.Ms Nyanzi, who was ordered to be released immediately by a judge on Thursday, fainted after the trouble between...

Oxfam report criticizes EU aid money for Africa say it may harm, not help

European aid money earmarked for development in Africa is increasingly tied to how well countries can block their own citizens from trying to migrate across the Mediterranean and may be hurting the very people it is ostensibly intended to...

Ugandan activist cropped out of photo with white peers

Ugandan climate advocate Venessa Nakate was cropped out from a picture she took with fellow activists; Greta Thunberg, Loukina Tille, Luisa Neubauer and Isabelle Axelsson.Reacting, a pan-African said 'that it happened is not only shocking but shameful, and to...

Burundi first lady releases a song against abuse of women

Burundi’s First Lady Denise Nkurunziza has released a song to campaign against the abuse women face when they cannot get pregnant.The video clip opens with a scene of a wife welcoming her husband home and inviting him to eat...
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Scientist hunt for Covid-19 hotspots to test vaccine, may head to Africa and South America

Scientists in Europe and the United States say the relative success of draconian lockdown and social distancing policies in...
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Burundi 1st lady Denise Nkurunziza airlifted to Kenya after contracting Covid-19

The outgoing Burundi President's wife, Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza, has been airlifted to Kenya, where she is being treated at Aga Khan University Hospital for...

Appeal courts revokes bail granted to ex-Lesotho PM’s wife

Lesotho’s Appeal Court on Friday revoked bail which had been granted to former prime minister Thomas Thabane’s wife, who is accused of murdering his...

Why every African woman 18+ should take folic acid daily

By Lydia OkolieIf you're capable of reproducing, I am talking to you—even if you're not planning to get pregnant. If you ever wish to...

Report says Nigerians paid $18.434m as ransom to kidnappers in 9 years

A new report by Nigeria leading geopolitical platform, SBM Intelligence, has shown that between year 2011 and April 2020, Nigerians have lost at least...