The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on mainland Equatorial Guinea on Saturday. The previous winners, Nigeria's Super Eagles, did not qualify, ... and Les Etalons of Burkina Faso (runners-up of the previous competition) are psyched up to clinch this year's trophy. But with four-time winners Ghana and Cameroon vying for victory, and Côte d'Ivoire fielding its four-time CAF African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Touré, nothing is certain. Taimour Lay shows you the strengths and weaknesses of this year's qualifying teams.
From kick-off on 17 January to the final on 8 February, The Africa Report will be bringing you the latest news and views from the Africa Cup ... of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. Taimour Lay in Malabo previews a tournament that still captures the imagination of millions across the continent.
The game of thrones and succession planning in Africa was jolted by the spectacle on 31 October of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaoré ... fleeing the mass street demonstrations in Ouagadougou on a French helicopter for exile in neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire.
Dry Harmattan winds descended on many of Ivory Coast's cocoa growing regions last week as the rains ended, causing farmers to express concern ... on Monday over the potential negative impact of the seasonal weather phenomenon.