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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

26 March 2020

Can Zimbabwe handle the coronavirus amid a collapsing health care system?

Zimbabweans brace for the coronavirus amid chronic health system struggles and expensive internet data. "Sadly, in the remote parts of our country, some are clueless of this pandemic."

20 March 2020

With no confirmed cases of COVID-19, Mozambique prepares for looming outbreak

Mozambique hasn't yet closed its land borders, but has imposed a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from affected countries and prohibited gatherings with more than 300 people.

COVID-19 pandemic lays bare the political leadership deficit in Nigeria

Nigeria's President Buhari is yet to speak to Nigerians about the COVID-19 pandemic. His spokespersons have even scolded legislators for daring to ask him to address the country.

19 March 2020

Local power play ends the reign of northern Nigeria's emir of Kano

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II used his privileged voice to confront 'the evil forces of feudalism' that have kept Northern Nigeria 'in bondage for so long'. But this cost him his throne.

Tanzania tackles COVID-19 with strict measures to slow the spread

In the wake of six confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tanzania, the government has taken strict measures to slow the spread. But messaging and communication around preventative measures remains a challenge.

Refugees in Ethiopia's camps raise privacy and exclusion concerns over UNHCR’s new digital registration

Advox

Biometric registration enables refugees to secure a digital ID that gives them access to aid. Their use has raised serious concerns about privacy and exclusion among refugees in Ethiopia.

Outrage as Zimbabwe’s military declares social media a ‘dangerous threat’

Advox

The military's declaration that social media is a "dangerous threat" has angered Zimbabweans concerned over the increasing deterioration of freedom of expression in the country.

14 March 2020

COVID-19 in Africa: ‘Unprecedented levels of mobilization’ as nations brace for pandemic

With at least 19 African countries facing COVID-19, several African governments have taken critical steps toward managing the outbreak, including travel restrictions, health screenings, rapid testing and social distancing measures.

9 March 2020

A ‘sweet’ deal: Sugar war ends between Tanzania and Uganda after years-long embargo

After a years-long ban on sugar imports from Uganda, Tanzania announced that it would open up trade on a government-to-government basis, strengthening ties within the East African Community.

6 March 2020

Kosovo politicians falsely claim Jamaica recognition. Why didn't media verify?

On February 19, Kosovar officials' tweets about Jamaica recognizing their country as a sovereign state received wide media coverage. And then Jamaica denied everything.

4 March 2020

France24 headline about COVID-19 in Africa irks netizens as racist

Having just a few COVID-19 cases in Africa has puzzled some experts, according to France24. Many netizens felt this news framing relied on stereotypical images of Africa as disease-prone.

3 March 2020

Lost in translation: Why Google Translate often gets Yorùbá — and other languages — wrong

Rising Voices

As more tech companies attempt to provide translation and access to multiple languages online, controversies and challenges arise — especially when it comes to accuracy and cultural nuance.

2 March 2020

Nigerians wear black to mourn latest victims of terrorist attacks

"We grieve for those who left in haste, with stifled cries and mangled limbs. We mourn Nigerians killed in the fiery furnace called Nigeria."

28 February 2020

An Italian national is the index case patient of COVID-19 disease in Nigeria

Lagos is a commercial hub in Nigeria and the likelihood of a rapid spread of COVID-19 to other parts of the country is a looming possibility.

YouTuber in Mozambique kidnapped after denouncing a self-proclaimed prophet

Advox

In some of his YouTube videos, the user "Beleza em pessoa" criticized Mozambican prophets.

25 February 2020

Justice for Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera comes at a steep price

Advox

Tanzanian freelance journalist Erick Kabendera was released from prison but faces hefty fines on charges of money laundering and tax evasion.

Rising attacks against journalists for reporting about the conflict in north Mozambique

Advox

There has been an alarming increase in the number of threats made against journalists who are covering the armed attacks in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

19 February 2020

Nigeria’s Victor Olaiya: Trumpeter and ‘evil genius’ of highlife music (1931-2020) 

"They thought I moved highlife music out of the ordinary. My highlife was a little bit out of this world, beyond explanation..." — Victor Olaiya

Inflation and corruption rattle Nigeria's economy

"Nigeria is a powerful country! Our corrupt government is the reason we are on our knees!"

13 February 2020

Broadcasters from Nigeria join global celebration of World Radio Day 2020

Nigerian broadcasters joined radio practitioners around the world to honor the powerful role that radio plays in global development on World Radio Day, February 13, 2020.