The music-hall singer who was reburied at the Pantheon spent time in Algeria between the 1930s and 1950s as an artist. But Baker was also a spy ... for French intelligence during the Second World War. She later adopted two orphans of Algerian origin: a Kabyle boy and a 'pied-noirs' girl.
“I do not think anyone in Nigeria needs persuading of the need for urgent action on the environment. Desertification in the north, floods in ... the centre, pollution and erosion on the coast are enough evidence. For Nigeria, climate change is not about the perils of tomorrow, but what is happening today,” President Muhammadu Buhari said during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in October. And today means Nigerians are finding it increasingly hard to afford basic food items.
Even though Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy, Constantino Chiwenga, appear to be in good books while in public, insiders ... say, the latter’s allies are against the former's endorsement by some Zanu PF members to run for the 2023 elections. Hence, there has been an ongoing cold war between Mnangagwa and Chiwenga allies as Zimbabwe heads towards the harmonised polls.
Ghana’s parliament has voted to reject the 2022 budget, the first time since the West African country returned to multi-party politics in 1992. ... The political impasse has created doubts about the future of a country that's seen as a rare bright spot for democratic governance in the region and could scare away investors, experts argue.
When the power goes out in South Africa’s platinum mines—as it frequently does—emergency-response plans are activated to evacuate miners ... from the depths. And for every dark day in the mines, people above ground also suffer: businesses shutter their doors, refrigerators stop humming, health clinics go dark, access to financing gets tighter—all as the country’s power system struggles with ageing coal-fired power stations and rapidly rising energy demand.
Partly as a consequence of its rapid pace and dizzying mix of hustle and bustle, Lagos has long been a hub for rich African music. A cultural ... melting pot, the city has consistently birthed diverse, hybrid artists over the years. With all that life in Lagos comes with, its artists are bursting with stories to tell and experiences to share.
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Between Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dabaiba’s manoeuvres, the rejection of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s appeal in Sebha and the resignation of the ... head of the UN mission, political tensions are rising and seriously compromising Libya’s electoral process.
While the international community criticised the military coup led by Sudan’s General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in October, its neighbour Egypt ... kept a neutral position, leading many to wonder if Khartoum’s military government is an asset to Cairo.
One week after a double explosion in Kampala, the DRC’s President Félix Tshisekedi has reportedly authorised the Ugandan army to enter Congolese ... territory to fight the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). This strategy is not without risk.
On 28 November, Guinea’s deposed president Alpha Condé was transferred to the former first lady’s residence. He had been held at the Mohammed ... V Place, which houses the presidency, ever since the Mamadi Doumbouya-led coup took place.
On 30 November, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged rebels in Tigray to surrender, saying government forces were closing in on victory. ... It comes just a week after the PM pledged to lead military operations on the frontline.
A Nigerian fintech startup, TeamApt, which provides financial services to the underserved mass market in Africa, is eyeing the unicorn status ... on the back of nearly $50bn in yearly transactions, as it seeks to raise a Series C funding round ‘at well over $1bn in valuation from some of the world's biggest investors’. TeamApt could be the fifth unicorn from the Nigerian fintech ecosystem, following Interswich, Opay, Flutterwave and most recently, Andela.
South Africa's ruling party, ANC was dealt a hard blow after November's local elections, but according to President Cyril Ramaphosa, this was ... democracy at play. Since the fall of apartheid in 1994, he has been a major player in the ANC and South African politics in general. Who keeps him going? We have this look at his network, from the family to the financiers, the political allies and the core staff.