Professor Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo, fondly referred to as Pastor-Prof in prominent Yoruba circles, is the current Vice President of Nigeria, ... serving his second term. A pastor, professor, and lawyer, he is not a typical cunning and seasoned politician. So how has he managed to rise to such prominence? Who are his supporters, and who are those that are against him?
The capital of the South West region of Cameroon is gradually losing the ghost town feel it has taken on every Monday for almost four years now, ... an indication of a decline in the intensity of violence in the region, in stark contrast with the tension that continues to grip the neighbouring North West region.
The launch of Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial is a crucial step in evaluating efficacy in different settings, Shabir Madhi, the professor ... of vaccinology who is leading the trial at the University of the Witwatersrand, tells The Africa Report.
There is no question on how important cotton is to Egypt’s textile industry: it contributes to around 3% of the country’s GDP, employs 2.25 ... million- one third of its industrial labour force - to meet its demand of 180 000 tons. But after years of trade wars between US and China, and now a global pandemic, the cotton industry in Egypt will need time to recover from its losses. In this fourth part of our series on the impact of COVID-19 on Egypt, we see how its prized 'white gold' will fare.
Sudan’s transitional government is being buffeted by dangerous economic headwinds. When Sudan’s international partners meet at a conference ... on Thursday 25 June, they should offer further financial support to Khartoum’s civilian cabinet, or risk reigniting economic frustrations and stoking new instability.
In the fourth part of our series on the impact of COVID-19 on South Africa, we look at its tourism and hospitality sectors. They have lost an ... estimated R68bn in revenue amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has necessitated national lockdowns and enforced restrictions on global travel.
Vital Kamerhe has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and is disqualified from holding public office for a 10-year period on charges of “embezzlement” ... and “corruption”. The verdict marks the end of an unprecedented trial and has officially sidelined a key player in the country’s power structure.
Calls by African ambassadors at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last week for a top–level investigation into racism and police brutality ... in the United States – as corporate apologias for links to the Transatlantic slave trade and demands for reparations multiply – show how the horrific police murder of George Floyd has resounded across the world.
A picture that went viral on social media in Zimbabwe at the end of last week reminded many of an equally famous picture from 2007 of a young ... boy smiling as he carried wads of notes at the height of the country’s hyperinflation.
In the second part of our series on the impact of COVID-19 on South Africa, we focus on its banking industry. South Africa’s banks are strong ... enough to withstand the pressures of COVID-19 – but the pandemic has shown the limits of their model of geographical diversification.
China, Western Europe, the United States and Brazil have thus far been the regions hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has also been ... spreading across the African continent and threatening to devastate vulnerable populations and overwhelm an already fragile healthcare system.
Johannesburg scares the shit out of me. Here, even my Chicago core feels intimidated, not quite up to the challenge in this city where safety ... is the first priority. Forever on guard. Driving down a major thoroughfare you grow tense when you see a road-sign warning about a high-crime hot-spot. Hope to make it through without getting jacked or smash-and-grabbed.
Following a request by Egyptian authorities, a video-conference meeting between the 22 members of the Arab League is due to be held this week. ... Allied to Libya's Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Cairo is seeking Arab support for its peace plan.