A coup in Guinea has toppled President Alpha Condé. Since early in the morning of 5 September, the Guinean presidential palace and its environs ... saw heavy gunfire. The putsch was carried out by the Special Forces Group, led by Mamady Doumbouya.
Early last year, Nigeria’s Omah Lay (Stanley Omah Didia) posted a minute-long clip of an unreleased song on his Instagram. In the caption, ... he told his fans that if they got him 300 comments, he'd drop the full song. It was a bluff. In reality, all he had was that one-minute clip, which was actually just a freestyle he’d recorded and posted as filler because he hadn’t posted for a while. Little did he know that freestyle filler would grow to be a sensational hit of 2020.
Young women 'influencers' from poor backgrounds are being jailed by the Egyptian government for posting videos on TikTok. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ... may have muzzled the Muslim Brotherhood, but his electorate and country is still torn between competing forces of modernisation and conservative traditions. Activists claim the Egyptian authorities - keen to burnish their traditionalist credentials -- are using these defenceless women as convenient scapegoats.
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Two years ahead of national elections in Nigeria, and its two main parties are in disarray. Activists in the ruling All Progressives Congress ... (APC) are spending time attacking their fellow party loyalists, rather than those in the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Libya's Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the former Jamahiriya “Guide” Muammar Gaddafi, gave an interview to the “New York Times.” In it, ... he openly talked about his political ambitions ahead of Libya’s December presidential election.
Although France withdrew its troops from Afghanistan in 2014, it is still militarily present in the Sahel, despite an announced withdrawal. The ... disastrous events taking place in Kabul should prompt Paris to reflect on the conditions for the evacuation of its soldiers from the African region.
Prince Uche Secondus returned at the helm of affairs as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition ... party, after a leadership tussle that nearly caused the party to implode. He was replaced in August after a court removed him as chairman, and returned after another ruled in his favour. But the court rulings are only one manifestation of the power play behind the scenes in the capital Abuja, as he claims some powerful individuals want him out of the way. Infighting is set to increase as the party organises new leadership elections in October.