‘Hakuna Matata’ and Other Unlikely Trademarked Phrases

‘Hakuna Matata’ and Other Unlikely Trademarked Phrases

In recent days angry opinion pieces have sprung up in Kenyan media over the well-known Swahili phrase “Hakuna Matata”. The phrase translated means “no problems” or “no worries” and is a common expression throughout east Africa. But to the rest of the world, it’s best known as a song from the Lion King – and […]

Satelites Warn African Farmers Of Pest Infestations

Satelites Warn African Farmers Of Pest Infestations

UK researchers have developed an early warning system to prevent the crops of African farmers from being devastated. The Pest Risk Information Service (Prise) combines temperature data and weather forecasts with computer models. It then sends farmers a mobile phone alert so that they can take precautions. It is hoped that the system will boost […]

African Union Hit by Sexual Harassment Claims

African Union Hit by Sexual Harassment Claims

Sexual harassment is a major problem for women who work at the African Union Commission (AUC), an internal investigation has found. Most of the victims are short-term staff, youth volunteers and interns looking for jobs, the report said. Those responsible “position themselves as ‘gate-keepers’ and ‘king-makers’”, it added. The inquiry was launched in May and […]

Cameroon Speaking Regions Fight For Independence

Cameroon Speaking Regions Fight For Independence

The Red Dragons, Tigers and Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF) – these are just some of the armed groups which have sprung up to fight for independence in English-speaking parts of Cameroon, posing a major security threat to Sunday’s elections, in which President Paul Biya, 85, is seeking to extend his 36-year rule. In the absence […]

Teachers Whipped By Jihadists In Burkina Faso

Teachers Whipped By Jihadists In Burkina Faso

Schools in Burkina Faso near the borders with Mali and Niger are coming under increasing threat from jihadist groups demanding the schools abandon secular education. On Monday, four armed men on motorbikes pulled up to a school in the small northern community of Toulfé. Burkina Faso’s Minister of Education Stanislas Ouaro told BBC Afrique the […]

Tanzania Authorities Ban ‘Immoral’ Songs

Tanzania Authorities Ban ‘Immoral’ Songs

Tanzania’s arts regulatory council, Basata, has banned a brand new hit song – Mwanza – by household musicians Raymond Shabaan Mwakyusa, famously known as Rayvanny, and Diamond Platnumz The song, which was released over the weekend, is now strictly prohibited from being played on any TV and radio stations in Tanzania. Basata said the song’s […]

Gabons President Seriously ill

Gabons President Seriously ill

Gabonese President Ali Bongo is seriously ill but on the mend, his spokesman says, ending weeks of official silence on his condition. Speculation has mounted on the health of President Bongo, 59, with some reports saying he suffered a stroke. He is being treated in Saudi Arabia, with the initial announcement last month saying he […]

Cameroon’s President Inaugurated For 7th Term Despite Being In Power Since 1982

Cameroon’s President Inaugurated For 7th Term Despite Being In Power Since 1982

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya, Africa’s oldest leader, was today inaugurated for his seventh term in office amid rising separatist troubles. The 85-year-old, who has been in power since 1982, was sworn in as unrest reigned in the country. Biya asked all fighters to drop their guns, threatening further military action. He said he would work […]

Cameroon Kidnap: Army Searches For Pupils

Cameroon Kidnap: Army Searches For Pupils

An army search operation is under way in Cameroon to rescue dozens of people kidnapped from a boarding school. At least 79 students and three others were seized on Monday in Bamenda, the capital of the North-West region, a government official has told the BBC. The government and English-speaking separatists have accused each other of […]

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