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· September, 2013

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from September, 2013

Heavy on the Politicking, Light on the Substance in Cameroon's Elections

Many of the candidates running in Cameroon for National Assembly and municipal council seats are lacking well-defined platforms that tell voters where they stand on the issues.

Boko Haram Militants Kill Up to 50 Nigerian University Students

The students were asleep in their college dormitory when the armed gunmen attacked. Boko Haram has been behind many deadly attacks in the region recently.

Mozambique women's basketball reaches new heights

Following a thrilling victory in the quarterfinals (see our coverage), last night the Mozambican women's basketball team won a place in the Afrobasket Finals tonight against reigning champions Angola. With...

‘How Much Are You Paid?’ Young Nigerians Ask Their Members of Parliament

Young Nigerians on and offline ask their members of Parliament some hard questions.

Mozambique Women's Basketball Thrills with Last-Second Win Over Nigeria

Excitement is overflowing in Mozambique as the national women's basketball team triumphed over Nigeria during the final seconds of a quarterfinals match. The "Samurais" next face Cameroon.

GV Face: Retweeting Terrorists? The Westgate Mall Attacks

In this week's edition of our Google Hangout series GV Face, we discuss the role of social media in the aftermath of the devastating attack in Kenya.

“An e-Book is a Book” – Nigerian Poet and Linguist

"An e-Book is a Book" - Sticklers for traditional modes of publishing will lament this as retrogression, but they will be wrong, says Nigerian writer Kola Tubosun.

When There's No Emergency Phone Number, Kenya Tweets For Help

When al-Shabab gunmen attacked Nairobi's Westgate Mall, Philip Ogola of Kenya Red Cross jumped to action – with a tweet.

Protests in Sudan: Dozens Feared Dead

Sudan's answer against protests was cutting off the Internet and killing dozens of protestors. Activists say Sudan pulled the Internet plug to stop activists from sharing its crackdown on protestors.

Ugandan Minister: Indecently Dressed Women Are Asking to Be Raped

Uganda's Youth Affairs Minister Ronald Kibuule has been summoned to appear before Parliament to explain himself.

Lawyers Seek Ouster of Zambia's Chief Justice

Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda, Zambia's first female head of the judiciary, was rejected by parliament and therefore should not have the post, the Law Association of Zambia argues.

Nairobi Mall Attack Inspires Two Online Tools for Emergencies

The Ping will help families to quickly check in with each other during an emergency while Blood Donation Kenya matches blood location centers with people willing to help with donation.

Global Voices Author Remembers Friends Slain in Nairobi Mall Attack

Shurufu, a Tanzanian journalist based in Dar es Salaam, lost friends Ross Langdon and Elif Yavuz, who were expecting their first child together.

How the Nairobi Mall Attack Unfolded on Social Media

Twitter captured the confusion of the attack in real-time as users, who first reported what they thought was an explosion, learned the horrible truth.

In The Central African Republic, “We Still Hope to Live Together In Peace”

As the conflict between the rebels of Sékéla and the national army of the Central african Republic rages on, tension mounts in the city of Bossangoa. Locals fear that the...

Potraits in Black: Africans in Italy

Portraits in Black is a work of three photographers – Marco Ambrosi, Matteo Danesin and Aldo Sodoma – the Centre for Immigration Studies in Verona, the Cities of Verona and...

Tracking Kenyan Social Media During Westgate Mall Attack

Anahi Ayala Iacucci is maintaining a list of prominent social media sources and verified information about the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall.

The Disneyfication of Ellen Sirleaf Johnson

Aaron Leaf discusses how the Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is often presented by western media as an avatar of all things good. He says that this was the narrative...

Peruvian Physician Among Victims of Attack in Nairobi

Peruvian news agency Andina informed [es] on Saturday, September 21, 2013, that Peruvian physician Juan Jesús Ortiz is one of the fatalities from the attack in Kenya's capital city, Nairobi,...

Youth Protest Scheduled in Angola Despite Police Warning

An unauthorized youth demonstration [pt] called by the Angolan Revolutionary Movement (Movimento Revolucionario Angolana) is planned for this afternoon, September 19, 2013, in the capital city of Angola, Luanda. A few hours before...

About our Sub-Saharan Africa coverage

Nwachukwu Egbunike is the Sub-Saharan Co-Editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

Njeri Wangari is the Sub-Saharan Africa Co-editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Dércio Tsandzana is the Lusophone (Portuguese) editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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