Between the politicians and the rich, there is considerable overlap. Running a political campaign is extraordinarily expensive in Nigeria, and many a senator is heard complaining, in private, about how much money is needed to buy a seat.
- Tuesday, 12 April 2016 12:07
- Patrick Smith in Freetown and Crystal Orderson in Cape Town
Sierra Leone, which earns 85% of its foreign exchange from mineral exports, has been devastated; economies as big as South Africa's and Nigeria's are also struggling. Now, leaders and activists are trying more nationalist tactics against the resource curse.
- Tuesday, 05 April 2016 16:12
- Leonard Lawal and Eromo Egbejule in Lagos and Nicholas Norbrook
Though it caters to the powerful and rich, Lagos will rise faster if it takes everyone along for the ride. Will new governor Ambode nudge the city down the right track?
- Friday, 19 February 2016 17:06
- Nicholas Norbrook
Islamic State fighters are setting up a base of operations in Libya, as the regional fight against the Nigeria-based Boko Haram takes a new turn. But do African governments have the tools to respond to radicalisation and terrorist attacks?
- Monday, 01 February 2016 17:11
Drought for some, devastating rains for others: the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 11 million children in East and Southern Africa are at risk of hunger and disease due to the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, caused by highwater temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.
- Friday, 29 January 2016 16:46
- The Africa Report
African animators' time has come. After being overlooked for decades, with traditional film a preference for investment, its commercial potential is starting to be tapped by advertising agencies, and artists are finding more opportunities to make a sustainable income from their creations.