The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is one of the greatest examples of Pan-Africanism since the creation of the African Union (AU). ... The agreement has acquired the signatures of 54 of the AU’s 55 member-states, bringing together an impressive domestic market of more than 1.2 billion people with a collective GDP of $2.6tn.
As lockdowns and curfews are being gradually eased across Africa, the continent faces turbulent times ahead as the COVID-19 pandemic continues ... to impact the global economy. Already, the harsh economic fallout of stringent lockdowns seems to have been felt more keenly by families across the continent than the disease itself, pushing people with little or no savings and limited access to government support either back or further into poverty.
Of all the legacies of colonialism, one of those which has most hampered economic growth and the alleviation of poverty is fragmentation – ... neighbours with different currencies, regulations enabling trade with Europe but not with other Africans, and a neglect of intra-African transport and infrastructure links to facilitate this trade.
Since early 2020, a largely peaceful relationship between the two jihadist movements in the Sahel – the Al-Qaeda coalition under the Group ... to Support Islam and Muslims (known under its Arabic acronym JNIM) and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) – has turned into rather intense and deadly confrontations.
Racism against Nigerians – and other Africans – is not new in China. Africa-China history is marked by solidarity, but also dented by old ... and new racism. Nothing at this moment suggests that the current situation will drastically change.